Monthly Archives: December 2018

Fidelity’s Man: Can Tom Jessop Bridge Crypto and Wall Street for Good?

––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– Everyone in cryptocurrency has a story about the time they went down the proverbial rabbit hole. Tom Jessop’s takes place in his kitchen. It was around 2013 or 2014 when Jessop, then a managing director at Goldman Sachs with two decades of Wall Street experience, became enthralled with bitcoin – at the time an… Read More »

Crypto Mom’s Crusade: Inside the SEC, Hester Peirce Is Putting Up a Fight

––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– “It’s always time for a change.” Unexpected words from a regulator, but then again, Hester Peirce, one of the five commissioners at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), isn’t an average regulator. When she speaks of the disruptive role of cryptocurrencies, her words could pass for those of any aspiring blockchain disruptor. “I’m… Read More »

Stable Times at Circle: A Crypto Startup Counted Out Is Riding High

––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– As I walked from my car to Circle’s offices in Boston on a Friday afternoon in early November, the sun appeared to have already set, even though it would be up a while longer – past 4:00 p.m. The weather was gray, windy and cold – above freezing, but only because it was due… Read More »

Stable Times at Circle: A Crypto Startup Counted Out Is Rebuilt and Riding High

––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– As I walked from my car to Circle’s offices in Boston on a Friday afternoon in early November, the sun appeared to have already set, even though it would be up a while longer – past 4:00 p.m. The weather was gray, windy and cold – above freezing, but only because it was due… Read More »

McCaleb’s Comeback: Breakups, Breakdowns and Stellar’s Big Break-Out

––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– You might know Jed McCaleb as the creator of Stellar, the world’s sixth most valuable cryptocurrency, and if you do, it can’t be exaggerated just how big of a miracle that is. In the pantheon of early cryptocurrency evangelists, there might be no one whose name has been run through as much mud as… Read More »

McCaleb’s Quiet Comeback: Breakups, Breakdowns and Stellar’s Big Break-Out

––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– You might know Jed McCaleb as the creator of Stellar, the world’s sixth most valuable cryptocurrency, and if you do, it can’t be exaggerated just how big of a miracle that is. In the pantheon of early cryptocurrency evangelists, there might be no one whose name has been run through as much mud as… Read More »

A Psychic Visit with Nouriel Roubini: The Mother and Father of All Crypto Skeptics

––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– Admit it – you already hate that this article exists. That itself is no small testament to the man it’s about, Dr. Nouriel Roubini, the outspoken economist and professor whose tweets, interviews and public testimonies this year have seemed to treat the entire cryptocurrency movement with all the tenderness of an insubordinate prison inmate.… Read More »

The FUD Stompers: Like It or Not, XRP Army Is Winning Crypto’s Hashtag War

––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– When it comes to crypto, everyone loves to talk about “community.” Every cryptocurrency has one, we’re led to believe, but often as not the community is just a Telegram channel peppered with demands of “@admin wen airdrop.” There is one cryptocurrency, however, for which the word is anything but a cliche. I’m talking of… Read More »

Bitcoin’s Warrior Queen: Lightning’s Elizabeth Stark Is Building an Army

––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– A former academic, Elizabeth Stark likes to play devil’s advocate. Take, for instance, her appearance at the Crypto Springs conference in October 2018. It’s a sunny morning in Palm Springs, California, and a handful of attendees are lounging by the pool; onstage, however, Stark is busy describing some of the darker potential scenarios for… Read More »

In Bed With Brenna Sparks: Porn’s Rising Star Might Be Crypto’s Best Advocate

––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– Brenna Sparks wills herself to try new things. Equal parts adult star and crypto evangelist, she’s not the kind of Las Vegas denizen who never hits the strip. But when asked if she wants to take the High Roller, the city’s 550-foot tall Ferris wheel with a serious view, the thought clearly petrifies her.… Read More »