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Labor in the 21st Century: Cryptoeconomics, Communities and Global Markets

Today is Labor Day in the United States, a day when we are supposed to reflect on everyday people who work hard to make sure our economy works. The past two years have upended the 20th century industrial model of Read more…


$20,000 in 2020: Bitcoin’s Point of No Return

Three years ago (almost to the day), I wrote about Bitcoin reaching $10,000: Bitcoin is at $10K — and that’s just the beginning of how it will revolutionize money. We know how that story ended. CNBC put together a clip Read more…


Bitcoin: Resilience in Crisis

As investors try to navigate the COVID-19 world, they’re taking a hard look at their portfolios and solving for the new normal. In the midst of highly volatile traditional financial markets, savvy investors are searching for new avenues for not Read more…


SEC Fines and Libra Woes

This past week, two companies within the token ecosystem announced settlements with the SEC. The SEC has been pursuing enforcement action for the past couple of years in wake of the ICO boom and bust of 2017. Neither of the Read more…


FOMO in Washington DC: Mnuchin, Trump and Tomorrow’s Libra Hearing

The last time I wrote was on the eve of Facebook’s cryptocurrency Libra announcement. At this time tomorrow, the US Congress will have held its first hearing on the matter. It’s been quite an active few weeks – Bitcoin reached Read more…


Facebook’s Libra Launch

The big news heading out of last week and into the upcoming week is Facebook’s long-awaited GlobalCoin (or Libra Coin), likely to be a stablecoin pegged to a basket of global currencies. Details of its initial consortium leaked late last Read more…


Campus Crypto Fever

This past Friday I spoke at Penn’s inaugural Blockchain Conference. It was a special speaking engagement for me, as I am a Penn grad and my interest in economics and business started and flourished there. Over the past five years speaking on Read more…


Regulatory Support: “My Niece is a Hodler”

Last Tuesday February the Senate Banking Committee held a hearing with SEC Chairman Jay Clayton and CFTC Chairman Christopher Giancarlo to discuss potential cryptocurrency regulation. As the chart below displays, the cryptocurrency market was in the middle of its second Read more…


Token Thoughts on the Blockchain Boom

The past 10 days have been heady for anyone in the cryptocurrency space.  The market cap of digital currencies increased to over $90 billion last week (a 50% increase in 7 days).  Bloomberg put together the chart below to show Read more…


My Talk at MIT: Beyond Finance, Considering Business and Social Impact of Blockchains

A couple of weeks ago I spoke at a conference entitled “Business of Blockchains” that the MIT Technology Review and MIT Media Lab organized in Cambridge. One of the reasons I started investing in the blockchain space 4 years ago Read more…