So, I’m going to prison. Reflections from Bitcoins’ first felon

So, I’m going to prison. Reflections from Bitcoins’ first felon

(Below I’ve details some ways to get in touch while I’m inside, please do not hesitate to do so. I look forward to everything! )

I’ve been dreading writing this blog post, and since I’ve written it, it’s been sitting as draft for a few weeks.

Never the less, it’s time I get on with it.

46044187-best-place-prisons-lewisburg (1)On March 30th, I’ll be self surrendering to Lewisburg Federal Prison Camp in Pennsylvania. It’s been a long hard fight, from getting arrested at JFK airport while landing home, to solitary confinement and being under house arrest the for the past 14 months. When the government indicted me and requested 30 years, I kept my head up with the help of friends, family, and the Bitcoin community. While some distanced themselves, most stood by and fought. I owe my life to those people. Of course I don’t look for sympathy, I did the crime and I will do the time. They say those who stand by you in the bad times, deserve to be with you in the good times. Good times are coming and I look forward to it. I also want to thank those select few in the SDNY District Court and NYSPT for treating me with dignity and respect.

 

18896-1sz9qf2Of course, no year is wasted in Bitcoin and I’ve made the best of house arrest. From consulting for Payza, Decentral.tv and others to piloting Bitcoin payments at Holidy Inn Hotels and other companies. I’ve made many speeches, some over skype and some in person. I even had a ShremBot take my place! I’ve met with dozens of VC’s and offered free advice to hundreds of companies, got to spend time with friends, throw parties and enjoy time with the love of my life. Making the best of house arrest requires some creativity, like hiring a Jazz Duo to serenade us on Valentines Day (bonus points because I even got to pay in Bitcoin)

 

 

Overall I’m content with my relatively short sentence and ready to move on.

Lewisburg Camp seems like a nice place, it offers outstanding recreational facilities including a walking track; a basketball court; softball fields and exercise equipment.

I will have access to limited email, mail and the ability to speak to the outside world while I’m inside. Here are a few ways to get in touch.

While inside, I’d love emails, letters, books, and magazines! Everything helps.

In Liberty,

Charlie Shrem

 

 

Latin American Bitcoin Conference – Argentina 2013

The first Latin American Bitcoin conference was held in Buenos Aires, Argentina on December 7-8, 2013.

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The Bitcoin bromance crew (L to R)  Ira Miller, Erik Vorhees, *Complete*

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Seeing friends and colleagues and meeting new faces in the Bitcoin community.

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With Tony Gallippi. The Startups & Entrepreneurs panel moderated by Joel Bowman also featured Bitcoin entrepreneur and former BitInstant Marketing Director Erik Voorhees.

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Making new friends.