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The Web3 Founder Whose Wife Won’t Let Him Talk Bitcoin


7 p.m. — Soccer night. I drive to the field in Santa Monica. I snap a picture with my Stacks water bottle and tag @nftsonbitcoin on IG. I post two quick memes to my story — the first one comparing fiat currency to bitcoin and the second one quoting Andrew Carnegie, “Ninety percent of all millionaires become so through owning real estate.”


7 a.m. — I wake up, walk the dog, and start reading The Wolf Den #547, a daily newsletter by Scott Melker, aka the Wolf of All Streets. “When all else fails, buy Bitcoin,” he starts, then continues with a humble critique of the world’s No. 1 cryptocurrency.

8 a.m. — I eat waffles, sausages, and OJ for breakfast, still reading Melker’s newsletter. Ethereum’s upcoming “Merge” to Ethereum 2.0 will supposedly allow the network to process 100K transactions per second and reduce its total energy consumption by 99.95%. The Ethereum Foundation suggests Sept. 19 as the provisional launch date for the Merge. Exciting times for ETH.

10 a.m. — A friend working on a DeFi business texts me that Citibank shut down all his accounts, including personal checking, savings, and credit cards. “I must be blacklisted,” he said. “I have no idea what I did.” This is common practice for banks targeting crypto firms, unfortunately.

11 a.m. — I manually buy small amounts of bitcoin, ethereum, and stacks as part of my dollar-cost average strategy using Okcoin. I send my new coins to a secure Ledger wallet in cold storage. I can hear the pundits in my head, “Not your keys, not your coins.”

12 p.m. — I spend my afternoon building wireframes for a new marketplace app I’m building for a client. I send a few Slack messages to my developers in Argentina. One of the most exciting parts of Web3 is meeting people from all around the world who share the same mission of building open, free worlds.

7 p.m. — I go out to dinner with my wife. She says I’m not allowed to talk about bits, coins, blocks, hashes, arrows, or crypto for the entire dinner…to which I comply. ●

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