In this episode, I sat down with the 25x author Ben Mezrich! He's most famous for his book "Bringing Down the House" and has gone on to write others such as "The Accidental Billionaire," "Bitcoin Billionaires," "The Anti-Social Network," and many more.
I had a great time chatting with Ben about his journey into his journey as a writer, some pivotal moments in history where technology changed the world, and of course, his web3 project.
The Ben Mezrich Project is a series of three NFT drops, granting you access to a screenplay token at the end. While this is happening, Ben is hard at work writing a screenplay for an upcoming film. Holders of the screenplay token will give holders prorated rights to 50% of any revenue from the monetization of the screenplay.
The longer-term vision for the Bens project is to create a launchpad for authors who need extra support to get their works published, whether that be financial, mentorship, or both; this is Ben's 20-40 year plan.
NFT Website: https://www.benmezrichnft.com/
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The reigning cowboy of narrative non-fiction with a writing career spanning nineteen years, Mezrich has authored twenty-four books – major international and New York Times bestsellers, with well over ten million copies sold. The genre he’s created – cinematic and unique true stories of young geniuses battling their way through the grey area between right and wrong, and succeeding at all costs – includes the wildly successful Bringing Down the House: The Inside Story of Six M.I.T. Students Who Took Vegas for Millions, which spent sixty-three weeks on the New York Times bestseller list. It was adapted into the hit motion picture 21. The Accidental Billionaires: The Founding of Facebook, a Tale of Sex, Money, Genius and Betrayal spent eighteen weeks on the New York Times bestseller list, and appeared on hit bestseller lists in over a dozen countries. It was adapted into the hit movie THE SOCIAL NETWORK, which was nominated for eight Oscars, winning three including Best Adapted Screenplay, and won Golden Globes for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Adapted Screenplay, and Best Score. Mezrich and Aaron Sorkin share a prestigious Scripter Award for Best Adapted Screenplay as well. Mezrich is the only non-fiction author to have two adaptations open #1 at the box office. Mezrich’s latest book, The Antisocial Network, was an international bestseller and is being made into a motion picture. Currently, Mezrich is also a writer and consulting producer for the tv show Billions.