100 BPN Episodes Document the Fascinating World of Crypto in All its Glory
Last year, Matt Aaron was comfortably running his export business from Latin America, an expat on a fulfilling adventure. Chance meeting with a Bitcoin.com executive looking to expand the company’s podcast presence online led to a conversation, leading to a job offer.
Mr. Aaron, host and curator of all things Bitcoin.com Podcast Network, set about to meet the varied needs of listeners. Veterans of the space often are lacking for time, needing a quick listen to the most important news of the week. There is never a dull day in the cryptosphere, and so Mr. Aaron created This Week in Bitcoin (TWiB), one of the first summary shows of its kind in the community. TWiB is exactly as advertised: a sub 15 minute investment gets listeners caught up on an international spread of topics relevant to the ecosystem. Its easy format, story selection by news.Bitcoin.com writer and editor Kai Sedgwick, and consistent publishing have made it a BPN favorite.
Blockchain 2025 was BPN’s initial attempt at a longer-format show, one loose enough to pull from at the margin issues within the community and relate them to the tech underlying crypto, blockchain. Its ‘2025’ number is to give it a forward-looking focus, but not too far off. Mr. Aaron and a variety of co-hosts have examined cutting edge topics, and usually before most enthusiasts have heard about them. Prediction markets, religion, voting, storytelling lore, 3D guns, real estate, Blockchain 2025 seems to never run out of new and interesting topics. A key to the show’s success is production value: Editor Isabel Chaparro adds sound drops to make listeners smile while also keeping the show’s pace fluid, moving. The show was even recently nominated for a podcast award.
Exhaustive Coverage of the Ecosystem
Humans of Bitcoin is Bitcoin.com Podcast Network’s most ambitious show. Imagine This American Life turned completely into a crypto-centric, longer format show focusing on one principal guest. It’s a time for luminaries, ecosystem lights, those making a difference in the cryptosphere to let their hair down and discuss personal journeys they’re not normally asked about, if ever. Some of the most compelling episodes include interviews with Lyn Ulbricht, mother of alleged Silk Road founder Ross Ulbricht, Wall Street analyst Caitlin Long, Billionaire Coin Geek owner Calvin Ayre, former gigolo turned Cointext revolutionary Vin Armani, and crypto’s spirit animal, Jeffrey Tucker. More recently, Mr. Aaron scored an exclusive interview with 3D gun printing advocate Cody Wilson, and listeners were the first in the world to hear Mr. Wilson’s historic response to court bans.
BPN has become so popular, it is venturing into emerging markets such as Latin America. Calle Bitcoin, loosely translated, ‘Bitcoin Street,’ is an ambitious project to get back to cryptocurrency’s roots, as a peer-to-peer cash for the entire world. Arguably, Latin America could be both in the greatest need for crypto and one of the first regions to reach considerable adoption as a result. Calle Bitcoin guides Spanish speaking listeners through topics surrounding blockchain, current issues, and why crypto is so revolutionary.
100 episodes over four distinct shows is a herculean effort, and as BPN expands so has its team. Emily Dallara is the mistress of marketing and promotion, and is sure to get shows out in front of those who are most interested. Bitcoin.com China News correspondent Cindy Wang and Gerald Fabrot from Business Development have contributed to important guest gets. Attila Kramer, Joey King, and Luis Barreto keep the BPN website slick looking and running smooth.
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