In a fun change of pace, Steven Ehrlich, editor of Forbes Cryptoasset and Blockchain Advisor, joins Unchained to interview me about my book, The Cryptopians: Idealism, Greed, Lies, and the Making of the First Big Cryptocurrency Craze, which came out this week. We discuss…

  • where the inspiration for “The Cryptopians” title came from
  • why I wanted to write a book about Ethereum
  • how Vitalik’s role changed over the course of Ethereum’s founding
  • who the main characters in The Cryptopians are
  • the biggest challenges Ethereum and the Ethereum Foundation faced in its early days
  • Ethereum’s “red wedding” day
  • what issues with crowdfunding and US securities laws were faced by early Ethereum founders
  • how The DAO hack, along with the Shanghai attacks and Parity drama, shaped Ethereum
  • what I discovered about Ming Chan’s time as the Ethereum Foundation director
  • my biggest takeaways from researching ICOs
  • why I think DAOs could be the next big thing
  • whether or not I have an idea for a new book…

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Laura Shin

The Cryptopians

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Steven Ehrlich