Dominic Frisby recalls meeting MicroStrategy’s Michael Saylor for the first time at a crypto event. What started off as an awe-struck moment became confusing after things took an unexpected turn.
“I saw Michael Saylor there. I was like, ‘Wow, that’s him!’” he tells Magazine. But it was Saylor who quickly came over and introduced himself before Frisby had a chance:
“He just came up to me and said, ‘I’ve seen some of your videos, and I really like your work and what you’re doing. Would you like to come over to dinner?’”
Frisby explains he was thrilled to be hanging with the OG Bitcoin maxi in Saylor’s house, which is “much nicer” than his own.
“Every time I watch a Michael Saylor video, I get orange pilled. The guy is so clever,” he declares.
It’s something of a mutual admiration society, with Saylor frequently sharing Frisby’s television appearances discussing Bitcoin.
Frisby is not just a Bitcoiner and has his fingers in a bunch of different pies, including cracking jokes on stage as a respected comedian, writing books and hosting TV shows.
With a modest 32,300 followers on Twitter — some way behind Saylor’s massive 3.1 million — he’s still making a name for himself and can often be heard talking about Bitcoin on radio stations like BBC 5.
Oh, and ever heard of hit U.K. show Money Pit? Well, Frisby was the face of it. He admits he has a knack for juggling multiple balls at once.
“I’m a bit of a jack of all trades, and I just tend to go and do whatever interests me in any given moment.”
Frisby can also boast of having penned one of the very first credible books on Bitcoin, Bitcoin: The Future of Money, published by Unbound back in 2014.
“I think it was the first book on Bitcoin from a recognized publisher,” he declares.
Despite his admiration for Saylor, he thinks the next generation needs its own Bitcoin champion.
“I think Roger Ver was a brilliant evangelist for Bitcoin. Saylor was a brilliant evangelist for Bitcoin. But when the next bull market happens, we need a new evangelist. We need to find some new narratives to propel the story.”
And even though he’s a self-proclaimed Bitcoin maximalist, he admits he’s got a small bag of Ether tucked away, even if that’s more an investment in Ethereum co-founder Vitalik Buterin than the actual network itself.
“My portfolio is probably over 90% Bitcoin, and I’ve got some Ethereum. That guy [Vitalik] Buterin, he’s obviously really clever. And I sort of think by investing in Ethereum, you’re effectively investing in Vitalik.”
What led to Twitter fame?
Frisby admits that his Twitter is a bit all over the place, a bit of a “hopscotch.”
He acknowledges that things might be better for him if he just focused on ranting about one topic.
“If I just tweeted about crypto all day long, I would probably have a much bigger following than I do.”
His followers spiked in 2021 when Frisby and a group of others went to well-known landmarks in the United Kingdom and beamed messages onto them.
“I was involved in this thing where we got a projector. And we went round projecting slogans on public buildings,” he explains.
Frisby decided to project the message “Bitcoin fixes this” on the Bank of England.
What type of content can people expect?
Frisby’s tweets are all over the place – one day it’s Bitcoin, the next it’s CBDCs, and then he throws in some comedy or drops a new music video.
His latest project is a parody song and music video on central bank digital currencies (CBDCs).
Titled “Programmable money,” Frisby plays the chairman of the World Economic Forum, Klaus Schwab. He starts off chanting “CBDC” and then goes “these monitor every purchase you make, every transaction or decision you make.”
“It cost me a few thousand quid, and I had to call in a lot of favors. Yeah, I mean you can see it’s an expensive video.”
It looks like it’s paying off, getting shoutouts from well-known economist Lyn Alden and the famous Bitcoin podcaster Peter McCormack.
What content do you enjoy?
Frisby is a Bitcoin maxi for all the “wrong reasons.”
“I just don’t have the time to study all these other coins, and I’m in various WhatsApp groups and stuff and Telegram chats, and I just can’t keep up with this new coin and that new coin. I just don’t have the time or the energy.”
He rattles off a few of his favorite commentators, like Lyn Alden, Peter McCormack, GiGi, Bitcoin entrepreneur Robert Breedlove and Adam Back, CEO of Blockstream.
By the sound of it, Frisby’s been thrown the prediction ball before:
“Do you want me to give you a headline stupid prediction that will get loads of clicks because I’ve said Bitcoin’s going to half a million dollars, or do you want me to give you a realistic one that in three years’ time people go, ‘You got that prediction right!’”
Obviously, we want the prediction that gets lots of clicks, but we’ll take what we can get.
Frisby’s prediction seems pretty reasonable for the upcoming cycle, suggesting we might hit an average price between $70,000 and $100,000.
But it could shoot up to a whopping $250,000 during this cycle. Maybe we should put that in the headline?
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Ciaran Lyons is an Australian crypto journalist. He’s also a standup comedian and has been a radio and TV presenter on Triple J, SBS and The Project.