Untold Stories

Bitcoin Pioneer 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.

What Did Satoshi Get Wrong About Banking? Journ...
Journalist and Author Ken Kurson joins Charlie Shrem on today’s episode of Untold Stories.
64 min
Too Early or Too Late? Brock Pierce Talks How t...
Brock Pierce joins Charlie on this episode of Untold Stories.
67 min
COVID Power Grab? Komodo CTO Kadan Stadelmann o...
Kadan Stadelmann, CTO of Komodo, joins Charlie Shrem on today’s episode of Untold Stories.
50 min
Satoshi's Identity in the Bitcoin Code? Ava Lab...
Emin Gun Sirer, Founder and CEO Ava Labs, joins Charlie Shrem on today’s episode of Untold Stories.
70 min
Bootstrapping a Decentralized Network? Hedera H...
Dr. Leemon Baird, co-founder and Chief Scientist of Hedera Hashgraph, joins Charlie Shrem on today’s episode of Untold Stories.
56 min
The Charles Hoskinson Story: Losing Faith in In...
Charles Hoskinson, Founder of Cardano and CEO of IOHK, joins Charlie Shrem on today’s episode of Untold Stories.
67 min
Environmentalists Have it Wrong! Genesis Mining...
Marco Streng, CEO of Genesis Mining joins Charlie Shrem on today’s episode of Untold Stories.
57 min
Can Blockchain Fix Voting? DigiCash Founder Dav...
David Chaum, pioneering cryptographer and founder of the xx network, joins Charlie Shrem on today’s episode of Untold Stories.
60 min
Is the Middle Class in Danger? #TheMoneyHackers...
Dan Simon, author of The Money Hackers, joins Charlie Shrem on today’s episode of Untold Stories.
57 min
Redemption in Crypto? Neo & Bee Founder Danny B...
Danny Brewster, Founder of Fastbitcoins, joins Charlie Shrem on today’s episode of Untold Stories.
58 min
Can Bitcoin Be Improved? BitTorrent Creator Bra...
Bram Cohen and Charlie Shrem discuss Bram's work on the 90's cryptocurrency project MojoNation, the contributions of cryptographers in Satoshi's circle including Hal Finney's pre-Bitcoin presentation, Bram's introduction to Bitcoin and his formative years in programming, his creation of BitTorrent, Proof of space and Proof of time, ASIC-resistance, mining, and the scaling debate.
75 min
Who's Buying Bitcoin? Bitpanda's Co-CEOs Paul K...
Paul Klanschek, Eric Demuth, and Charlie Shrem sit down to discuss Bitpanda's unorthodox marketing techniques, how Eric and Paul started working together, what it's like with two CEOs, and the company's growth and environment.
67 min
Is a Precious Metals Squeeze Coming? GoldSilver...
Justin O'Connell and Charlie Shrem discuss the Silk Road, Ross Ulbricht's arrest, and COVID19's effect on precious metals markets.
59 min
OST and Pepo Founder Jason Goldberg on What Nee...
Jason Goldberg and Charlie Shrem discuss the roots of Pepo and OST, user experience, maximalism, tribalism, and Jason's belief in Bitcoin and Ethereum as the only layer 1's that matter.
58 min
The Story of Crypto_Bitlord & COVID-19. From Wu...
Charlie Shrem sits down with @Crypto_Bitlord to discuss the COVID-19 outbreak.
66 min
What's Next for Global Markets Post COVID-19? A...
Bill Barhydt and Charlie Shrem discuss the Coronavirus lockdown and Bill's market predictions.
70 min
Secure Your Privacy for COVID-19 – Jameson Lopp...
Jameson Lopp and Charlie Shrem discuss personal privacy and Bitcoin.
66 min
Mrinal Manohar, CEO of Casper Labs, Deep Dives ...
Mrinal Manohar and Charlie Shrem discuss Bitcoin's evolution, Casper Labs' focus on decentralization, and the pros and cons of PoW and PoS.
56 min
What is Libra’s Mission? Bison Trails CEO Joe L...
Joe Lallouz and Charlie Shrem discuss imposter syndrome, non-Proof of Work blockchain infrastructure, the Libra Association, and the future of crypto.
72 min
Is zk-SNARK the Key? Horizen Labs CEO Rob Vigli...
Rob Viglione and Charlie Shrem discuss Rob's move to Puerto Rico, Act 22, the launch of ZenCash, Horizen's sidechain technology and how it could be used to get other blockchains all working together.
67 min
Hard Forks Better Than Soft Forks? Dev Peter To...
Peter Todd and Charlie Shrem discuss hard and soft forks, the Bitcoin scaling debate, and the lighting network.
70 min
The Block CEO, Mike Dudas, on The Disaster of F...
Mike Dudas and Charlie Shrem discuss the purpose of crypto media, starting The Block, and the generational change in how people view and invest money.
69 min
What's Pushing Bitcoins' Momentum? Marc Fleury,...
Marc Fleury and Charlie Shrem discuss bringing back the ICO, the physics of Proof of Work and mining energy expenditures, and end on a positive prediction.
77 min
Who leaked the Mt. Gox Memo? Ryan Selkis, CEO o...
Ryan Selkis and Charlie Shrem discuss the Mt. Gox and Bitcoin's existential threats.
75 min
A Crypto Industry Pilgrimage: BitcoinMagazine &...
David Bailey and Charlie Shrem discuss Bitcoin's changing narratives over the years.
68 min
Crypto Tax Amnesty? CPA Clinton Donnelly Shares...
Clinton Donnelly and Charlie Shrem discuss crypto taxes, the IRS, the difference between big fish and small fish, and tax amnesty.
56 min
Dash Core CEO Ryan Taylor Shares the Dash Philo...
Ryan Taylor and Charlie Shrem discuss Dash, adoption in Venezuela, and growing when other coins have not.
74 min
Does Use Equal Value? Rodolfo Novak (NVK), CEO ...
Rodolfo Novak and Charlie Shrem discuss business philosophy, Bitcoin security risks, and whether or not there's still urgency in the Bitcoin community.
58 min
Will 2020 Be Bitcoin's Year For Hockey Stick Gr...
Tuur Demeester and Charlie Shrem discuss Austrian economics, the levers of governmental power, survival mechanisms, challenging your irrational thoughts, and dealing with toxicity.
79 min
BitAngles co-founder David A. Johnston Shares H...
David A. Johnston and Charlie Shrem discuss the early arguments around building on Bitcoin, the General Theory of Decentralized Applications, and the issues surrounding the scaling debate.
63 min
Legal OG Marco Santori of Blockchain.com on Adv...
Marco Santori and Charlie Shrem discuss what makes a good lawyer, taking risks, and controlling the narrative in crypto.
81 min
Does Liquid Democracy Work? Arthur Breitman of ...
Arthur Breitman and Charlie Shrem discuss creating a true digital commonwealth by incorporating liquid democracy and POS.
64 min
Jake Brukhman, Founder of Coinfund: How to Beco...
Jake Brukhman, Founder of Coinfund: How to Become an Angel Investor, Bitcoin Voting Theory & Governance Models, and Scalability
78 min
Jeff Garzik, CEO of Bloq, on Working With Satos...
Jeff Garzik and Charlie Shrem discuss Jeff's first hand experience with Satoshi, writing the first CPU miner for Bitcoin, the inception of altcoins, sidechains, tribalism, and the three models for Bitcoin going forward.
72 min
How Andrew Kiguel, CEO of Hut8Mining, One of Th...
Andrew Kiguel and Charlie Shrem discuss the future of mining and the upcoming BTC halving and its effect on the industry.
69 min
Untold Stories: 50th Episode - Charlie & Peter ...
Peter McCormack and Charlie Shrem discuss how podcasting has transformed their lives.
87 min
Crypto’s Oldest PR Firm's David Wachsman on Mt....
David Wachsman and Charlie Shrem discuss PR's role in the Crypto Space.
73 min
Bittrex CEO Bill Shihara on “Going Public” in t...
Bittrex CEO Bill Shihara and Charlie Shrem discuss how far the industry has come.
68 min
Maxine Ryan, COO of BitSpark Shares the Gospel ...
Maxine Ryan and Charlie Shrem discuss what’s really going on in Hong Kong, the downfall of faith in the banking infrastructure and how people are preferring cash over using a banking facility.
74 min
Vasja Veber, COO of Viberate, on Disruptive Inn...
Vasja Veber and Charlie Shrem discuss the impact his company is making in the music industry with Blockchain, an unimaginable scenario for the industry back then until the introduction of Viberate.
60 min
Tim Byun, CEO of OKCoin and Formerly FDIC, on H...
Tim Byun and Charlie Shrem discuss stories of his workday and how Tim progressed all the way to being the CEO of a leading crypto company.
74 min
OG Miner Marshall Long on Pioneering Crypto Esp...
Marshall Long and Charlie Shrem discuss esports and the origins of Bitcoin Classic.
73 min
TradingView GM Pierce Crosby on the Magic of Te...
Pierce Crosby and Charlie Shrem discuss crypto trading in 2014 and highlights events and current trends shaping the crypto trading ecosystem.
71 min
Ledger CEO Pascal Gauthier on the Narrative Shi...
Pascal Gauthier and Charlie Shrem discuss long road ahead and the idea of making the world a better place to live in.
66 min
Coinlist Co-Founder Andy Bromberg on the Downfa...
Andy Bromberg and Charlie Shrem discuss why ICOs died, screening criteria for good crypto projects, regulations, current state of token projects, new approach to crypto fundraising, security tokens, post-release token trade and uncertainty in the blockchain industry.
65 min
LIVE from SF: Kraken CEO Jesse Powell on a Deca...
Jesse Powell and Charlie Shrem discuss how tokens are listed, exchange security, capital efficiency, self-regulation & government support for crypto.
65 min
OG Dan Held on Launching ZeroBlock in 2013, 1st...
Dan Held joins Charlie to share his interesting experiences and opinions in the crypto sphere. He breaks the media stereotype of POW and talks about its efficiencies.
72 min
VP of the Democratic Party of Kosovo, MP Memli ...
Memli Krasniqi and Charlie Shrem discuss Kosovo’s maximum tax rate of just 10% and how its economy is in just 20 years now comparable to well established European economies.
74 min
OG Bitcoin Pioneer George Mandrik on Guns & Dru...
George Mandrik and Charlie Shrem discuss working together at BitInstant, his experience with ASIC mining, and moving to Blockchain.com,
77 min
Andreas M. Antonopoulos on How Bitcoin Defeats ...
Andreas M. Antonopoulos and Charlie Shrem discuss the 4th property of money, how Bitcoin defeats it, and corruption in the US political system.
67 min
Bitfinex CTO Paolo Ardoino on the 2012 Bitcoin ...
Paolo Ardoino and Charlie Shrem discuss the 2012 Bitcoin Wild West, and how tokenizing debt is one of the greatest economic experiments in history.
74 min
CEO of AtomicWallet, Konstantin Gladych on Hack...
Konstantin Gladych and Charlie Shrem discuss crypto exchange hacking, Libra love/hate, and why government shouldn’t tell us what to think of other nations.
63 min
Kris Marszalek of Hong Kong’s Crypto.com Render...
Kris Marszalek and Charlie Shrem discuss the phenomenal growth of crypto.com and the deep data insights user transactions show. As a financial and crypto expert Kris gives his view of how his products help bring privacy to traditional financial tools.
61 min
Bestselling Author, Critic, & Bitcoiner Michael...
Michael Kimelman and Charlie Shrem discuss the criminal justice system and life in prison.
70 min
Vinny Lingham on the Economy Apocalypse and Ano...
Vinny Lingham and Charlie Shrem discuss how Vinny’s creation of Civic Coin affects privacy and what’s the difference between privacy and anonymity. Vinny shares his critical points on entrepreneurship grit and how to be successful over the competition. Lastly, Vinny gives his prediction for Bitcoin in 2020 and beyond.
67 min
Bitcoin Embassy Atlanta CEO Jeffrey Tucker on B...
Jeffrey Tucker and Charlie Shrem for a conversation about trade policies that have resulted in iPhones being thrown in the garbage, transformation of economics throughout history, and predictions for the future of cryptocurrency.
64 min
Shapeshift Founder Erik Voorhees on Bitcoin Tri...
Erik Voorhees and Charlie Shrem discuss digital assets and why Erik actually loves Libra.
68 min
SFOX Exec Danny Kim Describes Bitcoin OTC, Cust...
Danny Kim and Charlie Shrem discuss why he left traditional finance for crypto, how the trading space is evolving, and welcoming newcomers to the crypto revolution.
67 min
BnkToTheFuture Founder Simon Dixon on Bank Prob...
Simon Dixon and Charlie Shrem discuss Bank Problems, Bitcoin’s Role in Solving Them, and Crypto Innovation
65 min
BitPay Founder Stephen Pair Shares his Journey ...
Stephen Pair and Charlie Shrem discuss unique perspectives on Satoshi, the gorgeous simplicity of the white paper and how it gave rise to Bitcoin, using existing technology and coding language.
63 min
eToro Founder and CEO Yoni Assia on Financial A...
Join Charlie and eToro CEO Yoni Assia, who at 25, founded the company that leveled the playing field for investors, eliminating the need for middlemen and giving regular people the tools to grow wealth.
69 min
Charlie Lee Talks Founding Litecoin and the Ult...
Charlie Shrem interviews Charlie Lee, the founder of Litecoin, about Altcoins, Butterfly Labs, Ripple, and how crypto has changed from 2011 to today.
61 min
Charlie Talks to Crypto OG Bobby Lee — Founder ...
Bobby Lee and Charlie Shrem discuss China’s unique and evolving relationship with Bitcoin
55 min
Indian Politician Rajeev Chandrasekhar on India...
Rajeev Chandrasekhar and Charlie Shrem discuss how the crypto revolution is well underway, parallels between the 1980s early internet and early crypto, dealing with “anti-innovators,” the benefits of self-regulation before of government regulation, and how India is moving toward regulatory and legal frameworks for crypto and privacy.
54 min
Blockstream’s Samson Mow on the Art of Trolling...
Samson Mow and Charlie Shrem discuss Bitcoin surviving China’s attempts to stifle it and the quirkiness of the crypto space.
64 min
Tenacious Innovator Amber Baldet on Leaving JP ...
Charlie Shrem interviews Amber Baldet, a top 40 under 40 for leading JP Morgan’s blockchain program, founding Clovyr and being a leading thinker in the space.
63 min
Brian Hoffman On Leaving His Elite Government J...
Brian Hoffman and Charlie Shrem discuss leaving his elite government job to grow a startup.
62 min
Actress and Crypto Advocate Courtney Shrem Shar...
Courtney and Charlie Shrem discuss diversity in crypto, how they met, and sticking by Charlie through prison and beyond.
46 min
Diary of a Made Man Ian Balina shares his famil...
Ian Balina and Charlie Shrem discuss how he and his family worked their way from remote village to amazing success.
64 min
Alena Vranova From Communism And Casa To Crypto...
Alena Vranova and Charlie Shrem discuss how she discovered Bitcoin, her experience of communism’s fall, how mass surveillance culture pushes people to crypto, the birth of the first crypto hardware wallet, the true meaning of updates that will come “in two weeks”, the driving philosophy behind the Trezor wallet, and how Trezor guards hardware security.
72 min
Binance’s CZ gives an Unfiltered, Behind-the-Cu...
CZ and Charlie Shrem discuss his life, leaving China, Binance’s inner workings and his vision for the future evolution of crypto exchanges.
59 min
Lennart Lopin: from Buddhist monk to MarsCoin t...
Lennart Lopin and Charlie Shrem discuss interplanetary commerce, communist East Germany, life as a Buddhist monk, and the promise of public blockchains.
60 min
Casascius Coin Creator Mike Caldwell on making ...
Mike Caldwell and Charlie Shrem discuss luck and Bitcoin, Casascius Coins, and Creating cryptography projects like SwipeClock that solve problems.
72 min
Untold Stories takes crypto’s pulse with Moe Le...
Moe Levin and Charlie Shrem discyss how crypto challenges the norms to make the space stronger.
58 min
Taylor Monahan, Founder of MyCrypto.com, Dives ...
Join Charlie and guest Taylor Monahan, founder of MyCrypto.com, on a deep dive into MyCrypto.com along with crypto’s evolution and the quirky people in this space.
69 min
Charlie and Best Selling Author Ben Mezrich Dis...
Ben Mezrich and Charlie Shrem discuss Ben's new book Bitcoin Billionaires and the early days of crypto.
64 min
Olga Feldmeier’s Tale of Jumping Ship from Her ...
Olga Feldmeier and Charlie Shrem discuss her journey from post Soviet Union Ukraine and its hyperinflation crisis to her meteoric rise through traditional banking, and her ultimate switch to crypto, including her role in the early days of Switzerland’s “Crypto Valley.”
65 min
Brandon Goldman – Ideological Issues with Token...
Brandon Goldman and Charlie Shrem discuss the issues with tokenized debt, what makes a good currency, whether or not Bitcoin is a religion, and how to deal with crypto burnout.
69 min
Steven Nerayoff – Crypto as a Disruptive Techno...
Steven Nerayoff and Charlie Shrem discuss how cryptocurrency is the most disruptive technology he's ever seen, and how the first time he ever bought Bitcoin was at gunpoint.
82 min
Simon Dix – The Dangers of Storing Money in the...
Simon Dix and Charlie Shrem discuss the risks of the banking industry, gold vs silver and why globalization isn’t necessarily a good thing.
71 min
Galia Benartzi – Defining the Global Financial ...
Galia Benartzi and Charlie Shrem discuss global reserve currencies, the global financial order established post-WW2, why people can't just create money, growing up down the block from Steve Jobs, and why technology is the language of progress.
84 min
Arianna Simpson – Why Founders Shouldn't Think ...
Arianna Simpson and Charlie Shrem discuss her time in Africa, why she left a high paying job at Facebook to become the third employee at BitGo, the "Bitcoin vs. Blockchain" argument, and why founders shouldn't think about the exit.
78 min
J. Maurice "Wiz" – The Real Story of Mt. Gox & ...
Wiz and Charlie Shrem discuss the failure of Mt. Gox and Mark Karpeles’ criminal trial, how Bitcoin will take on Venmo, creating a better financial system, mining pools, and whether or not Bitcoin is bad for the environment.
99 min
Jered Kenna – An Ex-Marine Talks Early Bitcoin ...
Jered Kenna and Charlie Shrem discuss living in Afghanistan and his transition back to the U.S., the turning point when crypto went from collaborative to competitive, and Jered's experiences with identity theft and losing 99% of his net worth.
96 min
Pete Rizzo – Technology's Impact on Journalism ...
Pete Rizzo and Charlie Shrem discuss journalism and technology, crypto governance, Bitcoin maximalism, and why Pete lived in a van for a year.
81 min