CoinDesk Confidential: Robin Schmidt

The head of video and multimedia at media company The Defiant answers our questionnaire ahead of Consensus 2022.

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Robin Schmidt is He's also the head of multimedia at The Defiant, where he churns out some of the highest quality videos documenting the emergence of "decentralized finance." He's defiant. An artist. And a muckraker. Today he fills out CoinDesk's version of the Proust Questionnaire, a style of interview popular during that French novelist's age, which asks a series of short questions and expects short answers. Although seemingly prosaic, the survey might reveal something of Schmidt's "true" character. He is a speaker at CoinDesk's Consensus festival. If you want to take the survey, find it here.

Do you own bitcoin?

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  • Yes

    Do you own dogecoin?


    What about SHIB?


    Where are you from?


    Greatest fear?

    Losing one of my kids

    Greatest joy?

    My kids

    What is the quality you most like in a man/woman/person?

    A sense of humor

    What do you consider the most overrated virtue?

    Critical faculties

    Do you often remember your dreams?

    Almost never

    Do you like lemons?


    Is crypto still blossoming?


    Is crypto an ugly duck?


    Should Elon Musk run Twitter?


    Should countries be run as companies?


    In 100 years, will there be more or fewer monies?


    Is the U.S. dollar a Ponzi scheme?


    Is everything [a Ponzi scheme]?

    Option 1

    Who is your favorite politician? Why?

    Andrew Yang, because I've actually spoken to him on several occasions.

    Is Bitcoin forever?


    Which living person do you most admire?

    Simon Wan

    What is your idea of perfect happiness?

    A day at the beach with the family

    Ću vi parolas esperanton?


    Do what you want or do what you must?


    Would you choose a green thumb or the absolute guarantee you will never get gangrene?

    Absolute guarantee

    What is your best characteristic?


    What characteristic do you most deplore in yourself?

    Risk taker

    Do you use a hardware wallet?


    Greatest extravagance?

    A meebit

    Your worst regret?

    Lying to my wife

    Favorite TV show? (What you're watching now?)


    Any words of wisdom?

    Challenge all assumptions.

    You can have one historical figure over for coffee. Who do you choose?

    Philip Seymour Hoffman

    Jack Dorsey wanted a “Blue Sky” for Twitter. Should the web only be built on open protocols?


    Approximate size – depth and width – of the largest hole you’ve dug?

    9 foot wide, 6 foot deep

    What is your greatest achievement?

    My kids

    AI. To be pursued?


    Your current state of mind?


    Would you choose to live forever? Why or why not?

    Yes. I will never run out of things I want to learn.

    Do cars look like faces to you?


    Dogs or cats?


    Can dogs smile?


    Who is your favorite singer?

    Lady Gaga

    Napkins: for or against them?


    Do you have a library card?


    How is the weather today?


    On what occasion do you lie?

    When I have to

    What do you most dislike about your appearance?

    Varicose veins

    Which living person do you most despise?

    Donald Trump

    Do you write a list before grocery shopping?


    If you could be safely catapulted somewhere, would you prefer to walk?


    Do you own an article of clothing that could be called indigo?


    Bees see ultraviolet. Do you see the same world (or most of it)?


    New York or San Francisco bagels?

    New York

    How many glasses of water do you drink per day?


    Are birds real?


    What drives you?

    A car

    Would you ever drive a red convertible regularly?


    What or who is the greatest love of your life?


    Which words or phrases do you most overuse?

    For real

    What’s your strongest-held belief that would get you "canceled?"

    The royal family are lizard people.

    What’s the funniest/smartest tweet you’ve seen that can recall off the top of your head?


    Single favorite meme?


    If you could be granted one superpower, what would it be?

    Repel idiots

    How would you like to die?


    In three words or fewer, what is currently the largest detriment to society?


    In three words or fewer, what is currently the greatest hope for society?



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