Former Long Valley resident hosts online podcast about cryptocurrency 

By: Gary Simeone


Ash Bennington, a 48-year-old former Morris County resident, has been interested in cryptocurrency, since the alternative digital form of finance, started in 2009 with the emergence of Bitcoin. In 2017, he joined the Real Vision video channel, and currently hosts a podcast video series on the many different aspects of the financial and tech industry.


“I have always been interested in financial assets, as well as the technology field, particularly when cryptocurrency and Bitcoin was first introduced,” said Bennington, a 1991 graduate of West Morris Central High School. “To me this is a new emerging technology that is constantly in flux and in my opinion will be the future world of business, finance and commerce. These blockchain based software platforms will be how people interact with one another.”


After graduating West Morris, Bennington attended several different colleges, including Emerson College in Boston, where he studied writing.


He found that he enjoyed the financial and technical side of writing and ended up taking a job with CNBC in Manhattan. He worked as a reporter and writer behind the camera at the news outlet for over a decade.


After working there, he started his own blog on the concept of macroeconomics. He covered real world issues like the 2007-2008 financial crisis, which ended up being the most serious financial crisis since the Great Depression.


“One individual that I followed and wrote about intently was a man named Nouriel Roubini, an Iranian American economist, who predicted the 2007-2008 financial crisis and the downfall of the economy at the time.”


Bennington took a job at Real Vision in 2014. He was a host at the video channel, speaking with multiple pioneers in the financial field. In 2020 he focused his attention on the cryptocurrency side, and that is when he began filming his online podcast series.


“Basically, what I do is interview individuals and various guests in the cryptocurrency space, and hold long form deep-dive interviews, which are hourlong conversations with different segments.”


He hosts the live podcasts remotely at his home studio in New York City. He uses Riverside recording software to interview his guests, who are cryptocurrency pioneers from around the world.


“I talk to two different categories of people,” said Bennington. “I talk with the people who are involved with or the creators of these types of coins, and the investors in this type of currency.”


He said that in many of his interviews the guests sometimes wear hoods or disguises to protect their identities.


“It’s odd to interview this way at times, but it’s understandable because of the security and high-tech stakes involved in digital cryptocurrency like Bitcoin, Litecoin and Ethereum.”


 He added that till this day nobody knows or has any idea who was the creator of the original Bitcoin.


“I absolutely love what I do hosting this podcast, because it is fun speaking with these people who are brilliant investors, technological pioneers and software developers, who are the creators of the future of finance and commerce.”


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