Aubrey Strobel: This South African community is embracing bitcoin, and surfing

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  • Aubrey Strobel gives a behind-the-scenes look at her recent film, “Lekker Feeling: A Bitcoin Ekasi Story.”

Episode 77 of Season 5 of The Scoop was recorded with The Block's Frank Chaparro and Aubrey Strobel.

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Aubrey Strobel is the host of The Aubservation and the producer of "Lekker Feeling: A Bitcoin Ekasi Story."

In this episode, Strobel explains how the combination of bitcoin and surfing is transforming a South African community and gives a behind the scenes look at the filmmaking process.


1:33 - Film Background
4:38 - Bitcoin in Africa
7:07 - Bitcoin Ekasi
9:18 - Merchant BTC Adoption
11:09 - Bitcoin vs. Banking in South Africa
- Lekker Feeling Highlights
16:20 - Surfing & Bitcoin
17:58 - Filmmaking
18:27 - Global Perceptions of Bitcoin
22:19 - Bitcoin Culture
24:20 - Crypto Fundraising Difficulties
27:48 - What’s Next?
29:23 - Building on Bitcoin

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Davis Quinton is the Director of Podcasts at The Block and runs our flagship podcast called The Scoop, hosted by Frank Chaparro. Since joining The Block as an 'intern' in early 2022, he has worked closely with leaders across departments to translate The Block's written content into engaging multimedia formats. He holds a degree in Social Research & Public Policy from New York University in Abu Dhabi and is based in Sydney, Australia.
Frank Chaparro is the Editor At Large at The Block. Chaparro started his career at Business Insider, where he specialized in the intersection of digital assets and Wall Street, market structure, and financial technology. Soon after joining Business Insider out of Fordham University, Chaparro was interviewing top finance and tech executives, including billionaire Mark Cuban, “Flash Boys” star Brad Katsuyama, Cboe Global Markets CEO Ed Tilly, and New York Stock Exchange President Tom Farley. In 2018, he become a sought after reporter in the crypto world, interviewing luminaries such as Tyler Winklevoss, the cofounder of Gemini, Jeremy Allaire, the CEO of Circle, and Fundstrat head Tom Lee. He runs his own podcast The Scoop and writes a biweekly eponymous newsletter. He leads special projects, including The Block's flagship podcast, The Scoop. Prior to The Block, he held roles at Business Insider, NPR, and Nasdaq. For inquiries or tips, email [email protected].


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