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New Do Kwon Footage: A Look Back On Coinage's Interview After 1 Year
Before our interview with Terra Founder Do Kwon, there was an interview with Do Kwon the man
This week marks one year since the community-owned Web3 outlet Coinage published our award-winning interview with Terra Founder Do Kwon.
In the year since, not only has Do Kwon been jailed in Montenegro – but an entire industry has crumbled, and another collapse on nearly a similar scale has landed its founder, FTX’s Sam Bankman-Fried, behind bars as well.
And yet, despite much being learned about both FTX’s and Terra’s collapses, both founders remain almost as enigmatic as they were before. Not even our attempt to ask one about the other yielded much results.
In revisiting new, never-before-seen footage of our two-day interview with Do Kwon, Coinage wanted to move past our historic recounting of Terra’s collapse during those six days in May. Instead, we endeavored to focus more on Do Kwon, himself. Not the founder, not the operator — but the man who sat down to talk with us.
During our final day interviewing Do in Singapore on July 23, 2022, there was a bit of an interview behind the interview. If I’m at liberty to share a bit from the interviewer's playbook, there always is. In particular, on our second day of filming, we asked Do to let us film inside his Singapore home. We had one request: Let’s just do what you would normally do.
That meant playing StarCraft.
Almost as quickly as we had started playing, I started losing. Minutes in, I lost the game. I miscalculated the computer’s attack, and didn’t establish my defenses enough. It wasn’t a $40 billion collapse, but I was embarrassed I lost. Do just as quickly chimed in.
“Yeah, I feel the same way.”
As the game started to melt away, the interview started to come to the forefront. Do’s hands left the keyboard. He leaned back from the laptop. An uncomfortable 17-second silence hung in the air after I asked my question at the heart of our interview now a year ago:
“What’s your take on … how you define fraud?”
Coinage NFT holders can watch the never-before-seen 17-minute lead up to our interview with Do Kwon above. Don’t have a Coinage NFT? Mint one now to subscribe, or co-own our outlet.