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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Jesse Pollak Discusses Base, Optimism, and the Evolving Landscape of Layer 2 Solutions
A Preview to ETH Denver, hosts delve into strategies aimed at democratizing Ethereum accessibility for all attendees, ensuring inclusivity across the community.
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Gauntlet CEO Tarun Chitra (Gauntlet)
Days After Ditching Aave, Risk Manager Gauntlet Moves to Rival Lender Morpho
According to Gauntlet, the move offers the potential for more money with greater flexibility.
Gauntlet CEO Tarun Chitra (Gauntlet)
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Are We Ready for the Speculative Frenzy? Airdrop Controversies, Smart Contracts, and Liquid Restaking Critiques
Ether.fi CEO Mike Silagadze joins as Guest Host to discuss the controversies and issues surrounding the Starknet airdrop, the phased rollout of Soroban smart contracts on the...
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Risk Manager Gauntlet Terminates Relationship with Aave, Citing DAO Dysfunction
Gauntlet co-founder John Morrow said his team "found it difficult to navigate the inconsistent guidelines and unwritten objectives" of Aave's "largest stakeholders."
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Citrea says its zero-knowledge rollup will help expand Bitcoin's ability to accommodate NFTs and DeFi. (Unsplash modified by CoinDesk)
Bitcoin Zero-Knowledge Rollup Citrea Raises $2.7M in Seed Funding
Citrea says it plans to use zero-knowledge cryptography to help grow Bitcoin's budding decentralized finance (DeFi) and NFT ecosystems.
Citrea says its zero-knowledge rollup will help expand Bitcoin's ability to accommodate NFTs and DeFi. (Unsplash modified by CoinDesk)
Crypto projects are offering "points" to lure in new users. (Sigmund/Unsplash)
As Crypto 'Points' Farming Grows, So Does Risk of Vague Promises
Liquid restaking protocols based on EigenLayer are offering "point" incentives attached to the vague prospect of future airdrops, but the trend carries risks.
Crypto projects are offering "points" to lure in new users. (Sigmund/Unsplash)
Puffer has reached a milestone $1B in deposits within 3 weeks of its launch. (Stelio Puccinelli/Unsplash)
Liquid Restaking Protocol Puffer Rakes in $1B in Deposits in Just 3 Weeks
Liquid restaking protocols are seeing ample demand from users as speculation mounts over potential applications for the Ethereum restaking juggernaut EigenLayer, and the pros...
Puffer has reached a milestone $1B in deposits within 3 weeks of its launch. (Stelio Puccinelli/Unsplash)
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Liquid Restaking Tokens or 'LRTs' Revived Ethereum DeFi. Can the Hype Last?
New liquid restaking platforms like Puffer and Ether.Fi have attracted billions of dollars in deposits, but they've birthed a speculative "points" frenzy that carries some ris...
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Senator Elizabeth Warren (D–Mass.) (Gage Skidmore/Wikimedia Commons, modified by CoinDesk)
Did Elizabeth Warren Just Endorse Bitcoin? Not So Fast
A stunt from Bitcoin supporters led to the appearance that the U.S. senator and staunch cryptocurrency opponent Elizabeth Warren signed an order for a flag to be flown over th...
Senator Elizabeth Warren (D–Mass.) (Gage Skidmore/Wikimedia Commons, modified by CoinDesk)
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The Trio of Crypto Trends: Is It a Meme or Is It Hype? Ethereum Tokens, a Bitcoin Code Resurgence and Airdrop Fever
The hosts dissect three key topics: the inception of DN 404 tokens on Ethereum, the resurgence of the OP_CAT function in Bitcoin, and the ongoing airdrop season in the crypto...
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