A large reprint of Jean-Leon Gerome's "Pollice Verso" hangs behind Charles Hoskinson in a recent video. (Wikimedia Commons)
In his most recent video, Charles Hoskinson frets that massive egos and bitter conflicts threaten to undermine the cryptocurrency community. But, with a touch of Trumpian hyperbole, he suggests that journalists and rivals are trying to keep his project down.
“Are we being too overzealous with Cardano?” the IOHK CEO mulls at the start of the .
He’s in a cluttered home study. Tribal masks leer down from the walls and a six-foot reprint of Jean-Leon Gerome’s “with its vanquishing gladiator hangs to the left.
Hoskinson leans forward on his desk, folding his arms: “Let’s be honest, as a community we’ve been really treated unfairly, we’ve been [urinated] on, [defecated] on, ‘scam, scam, scam, scam, no working product’ … everything that could be said, has been said.”
“In particular, crypto media has got it wrong a lot,” he says, looking directly at the camera.
For the past year, the chief of IOHK, the developer house for blockchain platform Cardano, has used YouTube extensively to communicate directly to his followers. Sometimes these videos are basic protocol updates or “ask me anything” sessions (AMAs). Other times it’s to hit back at perceived criticism.
This week’s animus surrounds a video that made the rounds on social media last week, which showed a marketing group promoting the Cardano project in a rural province of China. Both the Cardano project and Hoskinson said they have no affiliation with the group.
Similarly, Hoskinson talks about an article from industry news site Crypto Briefing that argued the upcoming launch of staking protocol Shelley would not suffice to give Cardano the edge it needs over rival blockchain platforms such as TRON or EOS.
Following the article’s publication, he took to to call Crypto Briefing a “dumpster fire of a publication.”