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Untold Stories

Charlie Shrem | BlockWorks Group

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Host Charlie Shrem dives deep into the lives and personal histories of some of crypto’s most influential leaders. A focus on personal stories weaves together a nuanced, untold narrative of how the bitcoin, crypto and web3 movements truly came to be.
 
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My guest today is Roneil Rumburg, Co-Founder and CEO of Audius. Audius is the first decentralized, community-owned, and artist controlled music-sharing platform designed to help up-and-coming artists publish their work and connect directly with fans. Created by a platinum-selling pop artist and tech entrepreneur, Audius provides a blockchain-based …
 
My guest today is my friend, Matthew Le Merle, Managing Partner of Blockchain Coinvestors. Blockchain Coinvestors is the leading blockchain venture fund-of-funds and coinvestment program with a combined portfolio of more than 400 blockchain enterprises and crypto projects, including 30+ blockchain unicorns, today announced its year end 2021 list of…
 
My guest today is Mary Beth Buchanan, an experienced legal, compliance, business executive and trusted strategic advisor to the CEO and Board of Directors. She currently serves as President, Americas and Global Chief Legal Officer for Merkle Science. Founded in 2018, Merkle Science is the next generation predictive cryptocurrency risk and intellige…
 
My guest today is Robert Breedlove, a Bitcoin-focused entrepreneur, writer, and philosopher. Robert is the host of the “What Is Money?” podcast. Through his writing and media work, Robert aims to elucidate the importance of freedom and self-sovereignty across all spheres of human action. To him, Bitcoin is fundamentally a humanitarian movement expo…
 
My guest today is my friend, Scott Melker, the Wolf of All Streets. Scott is a trader, investor, and the host of the popular “The Wolf of All Streets Podcast,” the author of “The Wolf Den” Newsletter, and prolific writer and thought leader in the crypto space. He has been featured on Fox Business, in the New York Times, Forbes, Businessweek, The Wa…
 
My guest today is my friend Andreas Kohl, Chief Business Development Officer of Mintlayer. Mintlayer is a Bitcoin sidechain dedicated to asset tokenization - like stablecoins and stock tokens - and DEX transactions, including direct atomic swap and lightning swaps between BTC and any token issued on the Mintlayer sidechain. MLT is the governance ut…
 
My guest today is Brandon Quittem, Head of User Acquisitions at Swan Bitcoin. Swan Bitcoin isn’t a crypto exchange. It’s a bitcoin-only accumulation platform, with options for both one-time purchases and recurring purchases (dollar-cost averaging plans). It works easily on both a desktop device or mobile device. In addition to their consumer-focuse…
 
On this episode of Untold Stories, my friend Jamil Hasan, currently the program director of the “Crypto Corner,” a weekend podcast series hosted by Irish Tech News, turns the spotlight on me. A few of the conversation topics discussed in the interview included: how I got into Bitcoin and Crypto, Bitcoin’s role on the macro-landscape, how to level u…
 
My guest today is my friend Brian Norton, the Chief Operations Officer of MEW (MyEtherWallet). MyEtherWallet (MEW) is an open-source, client-side interface that allows users to interact directly with the Ethereum blockchain, without having to join a centralized exchange. One of the first such interfaces of its kind, MEW allows users to create and u…
 
My guest today is my friend Graham Jenkin, CEO of CoinList. CoinList's mission is to accelerate the advancement of blockchain technology. We do this by finding the best emerging blockchain projects and helping them succeed. They've become the global leader in new token issuance, helping blue chip projects like Filecoin, Solana, Celo, Algorand, Dapp…
 
My guest is Jonathan Victor, the Head of Web3 and NFTs for Protocol Labs. Protocol Labs is an open-source research, development, and deployment laboratory. Our projects include IPFS, Filecoin, libp2p, and many more. They aim to make human existence orders of magnitude better through technology. IPFS makes the web work peer-to-peer. IPFS is a protoc…
 
My guest today is Colin Pape, the founder and CEO of Presearch.io and Shopcity.com. Presearch is building a next-generation search engine powered by the community and leveraging a blockchain token. Presearch.org will be an open, transparent alternative to the current search hegemony. The ShopCity.com Community Commerce Platform provides local commu…
 
My guest today is my friend Brian Laughlan, the creator and lead project engineer of Satoshibles. Satoshibles are a series of 5000 algorithmically generated crypto collectible NFTs that have been hand illustrated. Each one is unique. The project uses Dorian Nakamoto as their mascot. The project originally launched on Ethereum in July 2021 but the p…
 
My guest today is my friend Brian Hunt, CEO of InvestorPlace. InvestorPlace is one of America’s largest, longest-standing independent financial research firms. Started over 40 years ago by a business visionary named Tom Phillips, they publish detailed research and recommendations for self-directed investors, financial advisors and money managers. I…
 
My guest today is my friend Andrew Kiguel, CEO and co-founder of Tokens.com. Tokens.com Corp is a publicly traded company that owns an inventory of DeFi and NFT based cryptocurrencies. Through a process called staking, Tokens.com’s inventory of cryptocurrencies is used to earn additional tokens. In addition, Tokens.com co-owns Metaverse Group, one …
 
My guest today is Paul Rogash, Founder and CEO of BetU. BetU is a sports, esports & crypto betting platform. Secured by smart contracts and powered by the BETU Token. BetU aims to become a leader in the global sports betting market worth $391 Billion USD. With the goal of taking significant market share from global bookmakers such as Bet365, Willia…
 
My guest today is Starkerz, DAO member of 3Speak, a censorship-resistant video platform built on top of the Hive Network. Launched on March 20th, 2020, Hive is a decentralized information-sharing network with an accompanying blockchain-based financial ledger built on the Delegated Proof of Stake (DPoS) protocol. Myriad dapps, APIs, and front-ends c…
 
Matt Kalish is President of DraftKings North America. DraftKings is a platform that offers daily fantasy sports, sports betting, and gambling products. Users can access the products via the firm’s website as well as by downloading its mobile app. Users can play and bet games in a variety of sports and leagues, including the NBA, NFL, MLB, NHL, or s…
 
My guest today is Adam Jackson, founder & CEO of Freelance Labs, builders of Braintrust. Braintrust is the first decentralized talent network that connects skilled, vetted knowledge workers with the world’s leading companies. The community that relies on Braintrust to find work are the same people who own and build it, ensuring the network always s…
 
My guest today is my friend, Gabe Higgins, the Co-founder and Managing Director of BlockSpaces, a blockchain technology center for education, coworking, and development located in South Tampa. Founded in 2017, BlockSpaces, Inc., is a software company headquartered in Tampa, Florida that provides blockchain integration software for connecting applic…
 
My guest today is Mitja Goroshevsky, CTO of TON Labs. TON Labs is a core developer of the Free TON blockchain protocol and TON OS (operating system). Free TON is a fast, secure, and scalable blockchain and network project, capable of handling millions of transactions per second if necessary, and both user-friendly and service provider-friendly. One…
 
My guest today is Dave Connor, a DAO member at API3. API3 is a platform for decentralized API services targeted at the web3 infrastructure. Data feeds are served and governed in a decentralized manner. In the standard internet web, API3’s stated goal is to allow decentralized versions of APIs to be built, managed, and monetized at scale. As blockch…
 
My guest today is my friend, Vinny Lingham, prolific venture capitalist, serial entrepreneur and thought leader. Vinny is currently a GP at Multicoin Capital and Newton Partners. He was a seed investor in Solana and Filecoin Vinny was one of Co-Founder & CEO at Civic Technology. He is also a GP at Multicoin Capital He was the founder and CEO of Gyf…
 
My guest today is Nicholas Fett, CTO of Tellor. Tellor was launched in 2019 by a U.S.-based team with the aim to address the oracle problem on the Ethereum (ETH) blockchain. Tellor is an Ethereum-based, decentralized, secure oracle for decentralized finance (DeFi) decentralized applications (DApps). Tellor is a decentralized oracle that provides pr…
 
My guest today is Dan Doney, the CEO of Securrency, Inc, a RegTech/FinTech company that democratizes access to capital markets. Securrency is a FinTech platform that monetizes excess capacity in assets – the engine of the sharing economy. Securrency was formed in 2015 by US national security and technology experts to enable the free trading of prev…
 
My guest today is Mauricio di Bartolomeo, the co-founder and Chief Strategy Officer of Ledn.io. Ledn provides financial products with a mission to help clients across the globe unlock the power of digital assets to build wealth for the long term. Operating in over 100 countries, Ledn offers interest-bearing savings accounts and Bitcoin-backed loans…
 
My guest today is my friend Han Kao, the CEO of Sanctor Capital, a thesis-driven investment manager that focuses on early-stage blockchain and distributed ledger projects. Their investment philosophy centers on identifying business opportunities with transformative potential, led by people who can demonstrate excellence in their field. They have a …
 
My guest today is Dominic Williams, the CEO and chief scientist of DFINITY, the company behind the Internet Computer Protocol (ICP). DFINITY aims to replace the traditional IT stack and disintermediate large tech companies with its Internet Computer — a public blockchain network hosted by a collection of independent data centers around the world. T…
 
My guest today is my friend Lou Kerner, a Partner at Flight VC where he manages the Israeli Founders Syndicate on AngelList. Lou is also the Founder and Managing Partner at The Social internet Fund, which invests in the primary or secondary shares of private social media or mobile companies. Lou started his career as a Wall Street analyst following…
 
My guest today is Brandon Millman, Co-founder and CEO of Phantom. Phantom is best-known among the Solana community, where it has become the go-to wallet for applications on that blockchain. Phantom was founded by software engineers Brandon Millman and Francesco Agosti and product designer Chris Kalani. Since releasing its product in April for testi…
 
My guest today is Jan Capek, Co-founder and co-CEO of Braiins. Braiins is the preeminent Bitcoin mining software company. Braiins offers a full-stack software solution by providing miners with everything from state-of-the-art mining firmware to a best-in-class mining pool. Braiin's is the company behind the legendary mining pool, Slush Pool. Slush …
 
My guest today is John Stefanopoulos, CEO and Founder FutureBit. FutureBit develops cryptocurrency hardware solutions. It provides mining hardware for Bitcoin and Litecoin. It develops ASIC mining hardware for mining farms, facilities, and individual miners. Their products are designed from the ground up in their Brooklyn, NY office with industry-l…
 
My guest today is my friend Jahon Jamali, the Chief Marketing Officer at Sarson Funds. Sarson Funds is an independent provider of blockchain technology and cryptocurrency marketing and educational services focusing on the financial professional community and their clients. Sarson Funds was among the first US cryptocurrency managers to directly addr…
 
My guest today is Eric Weiss, the Founder and Chief Investment Officer at Blockchain Investment Group. Blockchain Investment Group is a hedge fund of funds that identifies, evaluates, makes and manages investments in hedge funds that invest exclusively in blockchain assets including, protocols, tokens, initial coin offerings (ICOs) and cryptocurren…
 
My guest today is my friend Dr. Adam J. Scheiner, a world-renowned Laser Eyelid and Facial Cosmetic Surgeon. He has expertise in many modern facial cosmetic surgery techniques, as well as non-surgical treatments, to improve your appearance with minimal downtime. Dr. Scheiner’s patients appreciate his friendly, approachable manner, as well as his ad…
 
My guest today is Mike Colyer, CEO of Foundry. Foundry was created to meet the institutional demand for better capital access, efficiency, and transparency in the digital currency mining and staking industry. As a Digital Currency Group company, Foundry taps unparalleled institutional expertise, capital, and market intelligence to provide North Ame…
 
My guest today is Donald E. Bullers, the founder of Tuum Technology. Tuum Technology is Tuum Technologies is the world’s leading Elastos software company. Tuum enables a global network of entrepreneurs, developers, academics, industry experts, and users to access the decentralized internet. Through their network, they empower teams with the necessa…
 
My guest today is Phil Geiger, the managing director of concierge services at Unchained Capital. Unchained Capital is a blockchain financial services company that lends cash to long-term crypto holders. It offers cash loans to long-term cryptocurrency holders in a secure, fast, and transparent manner, backed by multi-signature cold-storage custody …
 
My guest today is Jason Les, CEO of Riot Blockchain. Riot Blockchain Inc., formerly Bioptix, Inc., is focused on gaining exposure to the blockchain ecosystem through its cryptocurrency mining operations, internally developed businesses, joint ventures, and targeted investments in the sector. The Company primarily focuses on Bitcoin and general bloc…
 
My guest today is Scott Stuart, Co-Founder & Chief Product Officer at Kava Labs the team behind Kava and the Kava ecosystem. The Kava platform is a decentralized network purpose built for scalability and security. It provides access to high yield earning opportunities, inclusivity and no-limits in a de-risked DeFi model. At the center of this is a …
 
My guest today is Alex Thorn, Head of Firmwide Research at Galaxy Digital. Galaxy Digital is a diversified financial services company operating in the digital asset, cryptocurrency, and blockchain technology sector. He manages a research team and platform that generates unique insights on the state of public blockchain networks for their clients. P…
 
My guest today is my friend Jeff Garzik. Jeff has long been at the center of developing and commercializing open source software related to Bitcoin and blockchain technology. Before co-founding Bloq to develop blockchain solutions for a multi-chain world, he spent five years as a Bitcoin core developer and ten years at Red Hat. His work with the Li…
 
My guest today is Will Reeves, Found and CEO of Fold. Fold is a rewards app where users can earn bitcoin back on every purchase. Fold offers bitcoin cashback via its Visa debit card and mobile application. Fold enables its customers to earn bitcoin on everything they do: spending, saving and investing. Cardholders can win up to 100% back on every p…
 
My guest today is Fernando Martinelli, Co-Founder and CEO of Balancer Labs. Balancer Labs is the company behind Balancer. Balancer is an automated market maker (AMM) that was developed on the Ethereum blockchain and launched in March 2020. It was able to raise a $3M seed round by Placeholder and Accomplice. Balancer protocol functions as a self-bal…
 
My guest today is my friend Aaron Gooding, Founder and CEO of F.I.T. CONCEPTS, a verticalized fitness company focused on helping people achieve their fitness goals. He was pushed to start a fitness company out of his immense passion for helping others overcome the difficulties associated with health, fitness, and lifestyle change. Aaron's journey i…
 
My guest today is Ryan Condron, CEO and Co-Founder of Titan. Titan is a leading developer of software and services for advancing Bitcoin mining at scale. Built by miners for miners, Titan makes mining easy, profitable, and scalable through advanced mining management software and North America’s first enterprise-grade mining pool. Titan was formed a…
 
My guest today is Scott Conger, the Mayor of Jackson, Tennessee. Jackson is a city in and the county seat of Madison County, Tennessee. Located 70 miles east of Memphis. Latest estimates the total population of Jackson to be approximately 67,000. Scott has been the Mayor of Jackson for a few years now and is actually the 3rd person in his family to…
 
My guest today is Dean Tribble, Agoric CEO. Agoric is an open-source development company launching an interoperable Proof-of-Stake chain and economy. Our JavaScript-native smart contract platform offers developers a safe, reusable library of DeFi components to rapidly build and deploy on-chain. Dean is an OG cypherpunk, he co-designed the negotiati…
 
My guest today is my friend, Joseph Weinberg. Joseph was an early investor in Bitcoin and director at Coinsetter until its acquisition by Kraken FX in 2016, Joseph Weinberg knows his way around the digital currency world. Presently, Joseph is the Chairman of Shyft; the leading credibility network, which leverages an open and unified blockchain fram…
 
My guest today is my friend Luke Lango, the Senior Investment Analyst at InvestorPlace. InvestorPlace is an investment and financial news website that provides millions of individual investors with access to free stock picks, options trades, market news, and actionable commentaries. Luke jumped into the startup world while in college. He began his …
 
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