Sam Kessler

Sam Kessler

Sam is CoinDesk's deputy managing editor for tech and protocols. His reporting is focused on decentralized technology, infrastructure and governance. Sam holds a computer science degree from Harvard University, where he led the Harvard Political Review. He has a background in the technology industry and owns some ETH and BTC. Sam was part of the team that won a 2023 Gerald Loeb Award for CoinDesk's coverage of Sam Bankman-Fried and the FTX collapse.

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Atmosphere
Protocol Village: Aethir, for Sourcing GPUs, Launches Decentralized Cloud on Ethereum
The latest in blockchain tech upgrades, funding announcements and deals. For June 10 - June 12.
Atmosphere
Joe Lubin, Founder and CEO of Consensys, MetaMask's developer, speaks at Consensus 2024 by CoinDesk. (Shutterstock/CoinDesk/Suzanne Cordiero)
MetaMask Adds 'Pooled Staking' for Cheaper Ethereum Validation
The new feature aims to expand the accessibility of staking, which previously required an investment north of $100,000. But the project is still missing features offered by ot...
Joe Lubin, Founder and CEO of Consensys, MetaMask's developer, speaks at Consensus 2024 by CoinDesk. (Shutterstock/CoinDesk/Suzanne Cordiero)
Lido's boosters say it has helped keep Etheruem staking from falling into the hands of a few large actors. (Image by Mason Webb)
Lido Introduces 'Restaking Vaults' in Collaboration with Symbiotic, Mellow Finance
The launch comes after restaking platform EigenLayer started to threaten Lido's dominance in Ethereum DeFi.
Lido's boosters say it has helped keep Etheruem staking from falling into the hands of a few large actors. (Image by Mason Webb)
The Protocol Wide
Live from Consensus 2024 | The Financialization of Crypto and the Influence of Narratives
David Schwartz and Robert Leshner share how the convergence of traditional financial markets and on-chain systems presents a major opportunity for driving adoption over the ne...
The Protocol Wide
Quasar Labs co-founders Laurens Kubat and Valentin (valeyo) Pletnev (Quasar Labs)
Did a Single Trump NFT Purchase Change Washington's Mind on Crypto?
Valentin Pletnev couldn't use his ticket for a Mar-a-Lago Trump gala, so prominent crypto figure Ryan Selkis went instead. Neither expected the U.S. policy whirlwind that foll...
Quasar Labs co-founders Laurens Kubat and Valentin (valeyo) Pletnev (Quasar Labs)
Atmosphere
Protocol Village: Coinbase Launches Passkey-Based 'Smart Wallet,' Alchemy Unveils 'Rollups,' Fleek Releases Testnet
The latest in blockchain tech upgrades, funding announcements and deals. For May 28- June 7.
Atmosphere
The Protocol Wide
Clarity, Blockchain Integration, and the Wormhole Interoperability Initiative
Dan Reecer, COO of the Wormhole Foundation, explains that open-source code and decentralization are essential for transparency and trust in the blockchain industry.
The Protocol Wide
visa, credit cards
Who Needs an Off-Ramp? Ether.fi Plans Visa Card for Crypto Degens
The "Cash" Visa card from Ether.fi, the liquid restaking startup on Ethereum, might help crypto natives turn their decentralized finance investments into spending money.
visa, credit cards
Plume co-founders Eugene Shen, Chris Yin and Teddy Pornprinya (Plume)
Plume, Layer-2 Blockchain for Real-World Assets, Pulls $10M in Seed Funding from Haun, Galaxy
Plume plans to make it possible for people to easily – and compliantly – bring real-world assets (RWAs) like real estate and collectibles onto blockchains.
Plume co-founders Eugene Shen, Chris Yin and Teddy Pornprinya (Plume)
The Protocol Wide
Inside the MIT Brothers' Ethereum Exploit
Flashbots’ Hasu discusses the recent MEV Boost exploit, emphasizing the ongoing MEV challenges and the need for decentralized solutions.
The Protocol Wide