Charlie Shrem is certainly making the most of his relaxed terms of house arrest. Judging by the his recent initiatives in the Bitcoin world, you couldn’t tell that he’s under house arrest at all.
The first bit of news is that Shrem is working as a “business development consultant” for a payments company called Payza. The company specializes in “international online payment processing to the global village, including developed, developing and underdeveloped countries.” Shrem is assisting them as they assess whether to accept Bitcoin, which has come in useful in areas of Payza’s specialty such as remittances.
Payza says that “clearly, Mr. Shrem has an exceptional knowledge of the bitcoin market that we felt would be beneficial.” Payza has set “specific parameters on his role which is based on a limited engagement.”
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Next, Shrem is scheduled to address the American Banker Digital Currencies conference in New York later this month. The conference will bring together “bankers, regulatory institutions and the minds behind digital currencies to shed light on how the industry could be transformed and what stake banks should take in it.” Shrem is to speak about “Bitcoin Pitfalls- and how to avoid them”. On the conference website, Shrem is described as follows:
“Charlie Shrem, a consultant to Payza and one of the earliest adopters and entrepreneurs in the Bitcoin community, reflects on the mistakes he’s made and lessons he’s learned that startups and aspiring innovators would do well to heed.”
Last month, Shrem was scheduled to speak at the Bitcoin in the Beltway conference in Washington but was barred from attending at the last minute by authorities. He had reportedly sought a dispensation for his already relaxed terms of house arrest, which confines him to the five boroughs of New York, but was turned down.