Ben ‘Funky’ Askren, a former Olympic wrestler and current MMA fighter, has launched a new podcast to explain what Bitcoin is to the general public.
The series will be called ‘FunkyCrypto‘, with the inaugural episode explaining the history and details of the world’s largest cryptocurrency by market cap. Askren aims to dissect the topic using simple terms that do not alienate those who are unfamiliar with crypto.
Askren has long been known as an enthusiast for digital assets. Back in September, he hosted a poll on his Twitter account asking his followers what they would invest in if they were given $10,000.
The three choices were Bitcoin, gold, or a US treasury bond. Unsurprisingly, Bitcoin won, collecting 50% of the votes from the 64,000 people who took part in the poll.
In a follow-up tweet, he explained how if you invested $10,000 in Bitcoin 10 years ago, it would now be worth an approximate $26 billion – whereas with gold it would only be worth $15,000.
In a video explaining his decision to start the podcast, he reveals that he doesn’t consider himself to be a “genius in cryptocurrency” or an “expert in Bitcoin”.
“But I do love freedom of liberty and financial sovereignty. I think that I help try to export my ideas to the masses. I think crypto and Bitcoin is the future,” he continues.
The mixed martial artist’s first podcast was conducted with the Litecoin Foundation’s chief evangelist John Kim.
It covers a range of introductory topics such as blockchain technology, decentralisation, debt, inflation and hyperinflation, and mining.
Having a professional fighter with a Twitter following of nearly 300,000 people publicly talking about Bitcoin is a positive for the space and has the potential to attract audiences who otherwise might never have explored the topic.
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