Charlie Shrem, BlockWorks Group and BLOCKTV are happy to announce their new partnership in the field of cryptocurrency media and introduce Untold Stories TV.
Untold Stories TV is based on the wildly popular podcast Untold Stories, in which Charlie Shrem, a Bitcoin pioneer in its early days and today one of the foremost chroniclers of the industry, interviews the top names in the cryptosphere.
In the first episode, Shrem and BLOCKTV’s Yael Lavie focus on the podcastד with Peter McCormack, Andrew Kiguel and Jeff Garzik.
The first interview of this episode was a special one, Shrem's 50th on Untold Stories, in which he spoke to equally accomplished podcaster and storyteller Peter McCormack.
"What I think is going on is that someone like Rogan, the reason people like Rogan, it's like he doesn't give a fuck, right? He says what he wants. He gives his opinion. He will go on and he will say, "Yeah, I hunt. I do DMT. I'm an MMA commentator. I don't like some of this trans stuff that's going on." He will criticize both the left and the right. You're like, "I trust this guy," whereas if you stick on Fox News, it's going to be very, very right wing. You stick on MSNBC, it's going to be very, very left wing. You just don't trust them anymore. So, what ends up happening is someone like Rogan ends up getting the bigger audience, and then also the advertisers are like, "Well, people like him and they trust him. I'm going to spend money with him." I think what podcasting is, is nothing more the growth of more authentic and trusted media."
Shrem and McCormack also addressed the topic of trolling.
"Some go too far, but I actually met one of them in real life in, where was I, I think it was in Munich, a group of people, and he started then trolling me in person. I was like, "Dude, come on, man. This isn't Twitter," and he was just really going at me and losing his shit with me to the point where I was like, "Listen, I'm just going to go. I'm going to go back to my hotel and I'm going to get on a flight and go home tomorrow. I don't want to be at this conference, I don't want anything to do with it." It was this weird thing whereby I was like, I've sat there arguing and being a dick on Twitter myself, but when it got into the real world, I was like, "This is weird. What the hell's going on here?" I didn't want to be a part of that, and I think that's the thing."
Yael Lavie. (BLOCKTV)
In the interview with Andrew Kiguel, CEO of Hut8Mining, Shrem deep dived into the business of mining and where the industry is going.
"Mining for Bitcoin, it's not a guy sitting behind a computer, typing away. These are just motherboards sitting there that run 24 hours a day, seven days a week. They need a cool environment because computers give off a lot of heat. And so when we're looking at sites, we're looking for A, is there a ton of land there for us to use. Both of our sites use like I think Medicine Hat is 11 acres and Drumheller is about eight acres. And we just have these freight containers that are laid out and plugged into electricity sources and the internet. And so when we look at this stuff, we're looking at political environment. Is it a friendly place? You can get real cheap power in Venezuela, but no one's going there."
Yael Lavie and Charlie Shrem. (BLOCKTV)
Shrem also recently interviewed one of the true pioneers of Bitcoin Jeff Garzick, the co-founder of Bloq and a compatriot of Satoshi Nakamoto
"I sent my first post, my first patch to Satoshi within 24 hours of that post. It hit every, ticked every check box, hit every group for me. It was like Linux, and that it's an open source project, and it was very much a meritocracy. It was not about who is this weird Satoshi? What's his resume? What are his qualifications? The greatness of his anonymity was that you had to focus on the code because you didn't know who it was."
Jeff also spoke about having giving away over 15,000 Bitcoin throughout the years.
"Certainly, I wish I had held onto more of that than I did. But at the time, it was a very important as an amateur economist, and market player that not only did I pay with Bitcoin to enhance the Bitcoin industry, but I bought those Bitcoin on the market with US dollars to fully exercise the system. So, I paid with FIAT, transferred to Bitcoin, and then paid the developers of Bitcoin."