Business Insider recently shared a completely unvarnished glimpse inside the daily routine of an HSBC banker. It became a viral hit, and we were so inspired by BI’s fearless truth-telling that we decided to bring you the daily routine of equally-real crypto leader Petrof Gerhard.
Gerhard was an early bitcoin booster—early enough that he’s now believed to be worth several million dollars. But he isn’t resting on his laurels. Gerhard is now a Dream Director at HyperTrust, a Brooklyn-based incubator for projects built on the Ethereum blockchain.
On a typical day, he gets up early to check in with friends in different time zones, take a detour through Black Rock Desert, and envision our collective future.
He recently broke down his daily routine for BREAKER. Here’s what it looks like.
Gerhard wakes up at 3:30 a.m., when his personal assistant pours a bucket of ice on his head.
“Tim Ferriss told me that he’s experimenting with extreme trauma as a fat-loss technique,” Gerhard says. “When I start my day like this, the terror never leaves my bones. That means I’m constantly burning calories, even if I’m not moving.”
At 4:30 a.m., he protein-loads.
“For breakfast, I have a 20 ounce steak and a Bulletproof coffee. I haven’t been to a doctor in ten years, and I’m in flawless health. I think it’s just good genes. Unfortunately, the only photo I have is from the one time the cook added vegetables. I found a new cook.”
At 5:30 a.m., he gets warmed up.
“This is when the day traders in Seoul are waking up. I have a paid Telegram group – it’s invite only, and it’s capped at 200 people. I usually spend about 20 minutes buying some random shitcoin on Binance, calling the pump, then bailing. I can usually clear about $5,000.”
By 6:30 a.m., he’s reconnecting with the community.
“Every morning, I spend about an hour at a small regional Burning Man event—we call it a ‘regional burn’—located in my basement. I love getting a little reminder of the playa. It’s where we can rehearse for a better future.”
At 7:30 a.m., he applies his disguise.
“The SEC have been poking their noses around a little too much.”
He walks to the office at 8:30 a.m.
“I only live about two blocks from our office,” Gerhard says, “which is because I don’t wear shoes. They’re restrictive.”
Gerhard’s main duties include thought leadership, blogging, going to conferences, and tweeting.
At 10:30 a.m., he writes things on a whiteboard.
“We’re constantly iterating, brainstorming, trying to sketch out our vision,” says Gerhard. “We’ve been hitting it every day for a year now, and we’re getting close. We’re focused on building revolutionary tech—the money will take care of itself. Plus, we still have like $200 million from the ICO, so we can just do this for 20 years.”
Over lunch, he communes with nature.
“Pretty often my midday meal is either a puffin, or an echidna,” Gerhard explains. “They’re both incredibly high in protein and healthy fats. Sure, they’re endangered, but I’m funding cloning research. Mostly for the sabre-tooth tigers, which I plan to keep as pets. But I’m sure we’ll get to puffins eventually.”
At 2:30 p.m., he programs the blockchain.
“EIPs don’t write themselves, you know. I’ve submitted over 200,” says Gerhard. “None have actually been implemented, but I’m enriching the dialogue.”
Throughout the day, he volunteers to educate local children.
“One of the great things about this part of Brooklyn is that a lot of people in finance live here,” says Gerhard, “and a lot of them have kids. When I have a free moment, I take the time to explain to the kids that their parents’ industry will be dead in 10 years, so they probably won’t be able to go to college.”
“I think giving back is important.”
At 3 p.m., he takes a hat shopping break.
“I’m not a materialistic person,” Gerhard says, “but hat shopping is a refuge for me. I prefer them to be made out of leather, and have a feather or two. I own over 500. I really like to pay homage to the natural world.”
Then he travels to the moon. Gerhard has two work locations—his office is in Brooklyn, but he works with many concepts that can only be understood in nine dimensions. He takes a proprietary chemical cocktail to travel between the two.
While he’s commuting, he listens to a podcast—his favorites include “The Crypto Show,” “Welcome to Night Vale,” and “The Joe Rogan Podcast.”
Gerhard says he loves both Brooklyn and intense psychedelic drugs.
“New York has a lot of culture, and it’s exciting to be in the city,” he said. “I never leave a five-block radius, as far as my physical body is concerned, but I’ve heard good things.”
Then he recovers with an afternoon snack.
Gerhard, just like the rest of us, can feel drained later in the day. But he has a sure-fire pick-me-up.
“This is a meat shake. It contains raw German sausage, uncured bacon, and unpasteurized milk from a secret farm in the Hudson Valley. I drink this, then take a three-hour nap, and I’m completely re-energized.”
After work, he lets off some steam at the range.
“It’s not precisely legal in the city, but I have a place. I’ll tell you one thing: they’re not gonna get me like they did Ross Ulbricht. Not that either of us did anything wrong.”
Later in the evening, Gerhard works with an organization that airdrops Dentacoin to single mothers in Kenya.
“We have a unique opportunity here to reverse centuries of racism, sexism, and colonial exploitation. I’m just doing my part.”
After dinner, he walks around the neighborhood as part of an evening ritual.
“In the evening, when the dose hasn’t quite worn off, I’ve been told I walk down to the Brooklyn Bridge. I’m usually accompanied by the King in Yellow, and together we reflect on my key wins and challenges, and prepare for the adventures of the next day. Usually, we can find a new friend under the bridge. I’m making great sacrifices to build a better future. It only seems fair that I take sacrifices in return.”