By Michael J. Casey, Chief Content Officer, CoinDesk

With the recent rush of professional investment money into bitcoin, coinciding with its spectacular year-end price surge, we’re pleased with the timing of CoinDesk’s acquisition of TradeBlock.

Wall Street is coming. It will demand reliable prices. With TradeBlock’s leading reference price and index service integrated into CoinDesk news and information platform, we are uniquely placed to provide the trusted data standards those big-spending institutions require.

But what does this all mean for CoinDesk as a media organization? How does the integration of an institution-grade indexing business fit into our mission to tell…


A newsroom is the most exhilarating and frustrating of work environments.

The instinct is to try to make it run like a factory, with an assembly line of reporters and editors rapidly pulling together the pieces that comprise the stories that come out the other end. But those pieces aren’t lifeless objects; they are the ideas and passions of teams of creative human beings, all of whom bring different mindsets and interests to the process.

When those various components come together to collectively produce a flow of up-to-date, informative, trustworthy stories, it’s a beautiful thing. That has been my overwhelming…


How the Web 3.0 future might help us maintain control over AI —rather than the other way around.

Having made my living writing and telling stories and, now, leading a team of talented content creators at CoinDesk, my first response to the latest announcement from OpenAI was one of horror.

If you missed it, OpenAI last month released “GPT-3,” the latest version of its language-generating AI tool. Countless test runs have shown its impressive ability to scribe entire essays, produce app wireframes and even write software code in response to just a few words of instruction. …


Self-Quarantine Diary, Day 3

NUMBERS GAME: It’s not the test per se that matters, it’s the data it produces and how it’s used.

Due to a prior medical condition that puts me at higher risk, I made a decision to ride out this coronavirus crisis in my bedroom, physically separated from my family and others. I started writing a daily diary to reflect on what all this means. The first post, laying out my (possibly flawed) reasoning, is here. The second, here. This is the third, addressing a positive change in circumstances. I welcome comments. We’re all figuring this out together.

By Michael J. Casey, Chief Content Officer, CoinDesk

Well, I am definitely no Nelson Mandela.

Apologies to anyone…


Self-Quarantine Diary, Day 2

STRAYING FROM THE HERD: Social distancing feels unnatural and goes against our deepest human instincts. but unlike any other animal we have the technological capacity to overcome it.

Due to a prior medical condition that puts me at higher risk, I aim to ride out this coronavirus crisis in my bedroom, physically separated from my family and others. I’m writing a daily diary to reflect on what all this means. The first post, laying out my(possibly flawed) reasoning, is here. This is the second. I welcome comments. We’re all figuring this out together.

I you haven’t read Yuval Harari’s Sapiens, do yourself a favor. I can’t think of a more relevant book to read during an epidemic-induced lockdown.

Harari explains that the reason we humans — and not…


Self-Quarantine Diary, Day 1

IN-N-OUT: Workers in hazmat suits greet visitors to the drive-through coronavirus testing facility in New Rochelle, N.Y., before sticking swabs up their noses. (Photo by Michael J. Casey)

By Michael J. Casey, Chief Content Officer, CoinDesk

I made a difficult decision Sunday.

Having watched with jaw-dropping amazement the speed with which coronavirus cases have exploded in Italy, Spain, Seattle and, now, in my home state of New York, I rapidly realized my family and I need to practice a much more extreme version of social distancing.

For reasons I’ll get into below, I will, for the foreseeable future, remain in my bedroom, while my wife and children occupy the rest of the house. …


I’m pleased to confirm that on Oct. 28, I’ll be taking on a senior role coordinating all forms of content for CoinDesk, the leading provider of news, event programming and research for the cryptocurrency and blockchain industry. I’ll begin part-time in order to wind down other commitments, but as of Jan. 1, I’ll be the full-time Chief Content Officer.

I’m super excited to assume a position that marks a full-circle journey for me. After I left The Wall Street Journal in 2015 to join the Digital Currency Initiative at MIT Media Lab, I expected to devote my time to research…


I post this drab photo, not because I’m an Apple groupie (far from it), but because as I sat down for a lonesome meal at Le Meridien MIT — after two months of travel that included Sao Paulo, Lausanne, Salt Lake City, Marrakesh and Nevis, as well as my regular shuttle between NY and Cambridge — I realized how irrevocably tied to these thin, transportable rectangles we itinerant knowledge workers are. There are ten people at this restaurant right now and five of us have our laptops open. (A couple more have their iPhones in hand, but my guess is…


Photo by Michael Righi. Published under Creative Commons License: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

Or… What We Risk Losing Under Donald Trump’s Policy Agenda

AUTHOR’S NOTE: If anyone reading this has a positive story they’d like to tell about their immigration journey, please share it under the hashtag #WeAreAllImmigrants

In a drab government building next to a shopping mall parking lot, the boss of an office clerk with a powerful pair of lungs and a soaring voice taught me the meaning of the American Dream.

Now, 13 years later, the nation I adopted during my naturalization that day is bitterly divided and seemingly incapable of defining that dream. A drastic travel ban order from our new President has upended the lives of tens of…


Bitcoin’s Moment?

History tells us that no international monetary system lasts forever. And as Barry Eichengreen, the leading thinker in this arena, has repeatedly reminded us, those systems tend to collapse very quickly, whether it was the dominance of Rome’s coins, the British pound’s status as the common unit of international trade, or the various periods in which the world aligned around the gold standard. The same will be so for the dollar’s unofficial status as the international reserve currency. …

Michael Casey

Aussie in exile. Chief Content Officer, @CoinDesk; Cofounder, Streambed Media. Author of 5 books covering business & life in the interconnected, globalized age

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