9781541763012

The Cryptopians Idealism, Greed, Lies, and the Making of the First Big Cryptocurrency Craze

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    9781541763012

  • ISBN10:

    1541763017

  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2022-02-22
  • Publisher: PublicAffairs

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Summary

The story of the idealists, technologists, and opportunists fighting to bring cryptocurrency to the masses.

In their short history, Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies have gone through booms, busts, and internecine wars, recently reaching a market valuation of more than $2 trillion. The central promise of crypto endures—vast fortunes made from decentralized networks not controlled by any single entity and not yet regulated by many governments.

The recent growth of crypto would have been all but impossible if not for a brilliant young man named Vitalik Buterin and his creation: Ethereum. In this book, Laura Shin takes readers inside the founding of this novel cryptocurrency network, which enabled users to launch their own new coins, thus creating a new crypto fever. She introduces readers to larger-than-life characters like Buterin, the Web3 wunderkind; his short-lived CEO, Charles Hoskinson; and Joe Lubin, a former Goldman Sachs VP who became one of crypto’s most well-known billionaires. Sparks fly as these outsized personalities fight for their piece of a seemingly limitless new business opportunity.

This fascinating book shows the crypto market for what it really is: a deeply personal struggle to influence the coming revolution in money, culture, and power.

Author Biography

Laura Shin is a writer, podcaster, and cryptocurrency journalist. A former senior editor at Forbes, she left the magazine in 2018 to commit to her podcast, Unchained, which has had more than seven million downloads. Shin now also hosts a second podcast, Unconfirmed, and hasspoken about and led discussions on cryptocurrency at places such as TEDx San Francisco, the IMF,Singularity University and the Oslo Freedom Forum. She lives in New York City.

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