Benjamin Schiller

Ben Schiller

Ben Schiller is CoinDesk's managing editor for features and opinion. Previously, he was editor-in-chief at BREAKER Magazine and a staff writer at Fast Company. He holds some ETH, BTC and LINK.

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Rhett Mankind's depiction of Casey Rodarmor, creator of "Ordinals" on Bitcoin, for CoinDesk's Most Influential 2023.
Most Influential 2023
How CoinDesk chose 50 people who defined the year in crypto.
Rhett Mankind's depiction of Casey Rodarmor, creator of "Ordinals" on Bitcoin, for CoinDesk's Most Influential 2023.
Stani Kulechov (Mason Webb/CoinDesk)
Stani Kulechov Defied Crypto Winter
With upgrades to the Aave lending/borrowing protocol and Lens, an open-source social media protocol, the Estonian native kept BUIDLing in a down-market.
Stani Kulechov (Mason Webb/CoinDesk)
Paul Sztorc (Mason Webb/CoinDesk)
Paul Sztorc: Scaling Bitcoin With Sidechains
The developer’s proposal (BIP 300) for “Drive Chains” (sidechains) on Bitcoin – meant to allow greater collaboration with other chains – was met with fierce opposition from so...
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PayPal's Jose Fernandez da Ponte: Stablecoins for All
The payments giant debuted its own Ethereum-based U.S. dollar stablecoin this year, offering serious competition to existing market leaders such as Tether's USDT and Circle's...
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Can You Put a Price on Decentralized Governance? Polygon and DraftKings Did
Danny Nelson describes his recent scoop where he learned that Polygon quietly gave DraftKings preferential treatment while telling the public it was an "equal" member of the v...
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U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission Chair Gary Gensler (Jesse Hamilton/CoinDesk)
‘A Politician Masquerading as a Regulator’ – 3 Takeaways From Fortune's Gary Gensler Profile
An in-depth magazine story about the SEC chair reveals the breadth of the man’s ambition and the limitations of his record.
U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission Chair Gary Gensler (Jesse Hamilton/CoinDesk)
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Opinionated
This is Opinionated, a roundtable debate to convey strong ideas, and at times share in the latest casual controversy. Join Features editor Ben Schiller and reporters Anna Bayd...
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Riding the Bull and Bear in El Salvador
Jonathan Martin traveled across El Salvador, observing bitcoin adoption in the first country to make BTC legal currency.
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A sentry tower and wall complex in Bethlehem in the West Bank. Crystal head of research Nicholas Smart said terrorists are aware that on-chain activities can be monitored. (Johannes Schenk/Unsplash)
Does Crypto Finance Hamas and Other Terrorists?
Terror groups, if they are using public blockchains for financing, are likely finding ways to cover their tracks, Crystal head of research Nicholas Smart said.
A sentry tower and wall complex in Bethlehem in the West Bank. Crystal head of research Nicholas Smart said terrorists are aware that on-chain activities can be monitored. (Johannes Schenk/Unsplash)
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Moving on From Sam Bankman-Fried
Well, the show's over: Sam Bankman-Fried was found guilty on all seven counts in the FTX fraud trial. Now, the crypto industry and its reporters move on to other topics – mayb...
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