Zack Seward

Zack Seward is the managing editor in charge of CoinDesk's coverage of startups and venture capital. He was previously the editor-in-chief of, a network focused on local tech communities on the U.S. East Coast. Prior to that, Seward worked as a reporter covering business and technology for a pair of NPR member stations, WHYY in Philadelphia and WXXI in Rochester, New York. Seward originally hails from San Francisco and went to college at the University of Chicago. He worked at the PBS NewsHour in Washington, D.C., before attending Columbia’s Graduate School of Journalism.

Facebook Unveils Libra Cryptocurrency, Targeting 1.7 Billion Unbanked

| Zack Seward and Nikhilesh De

Facebook's newly unveiled Libra blockchain is tackling remittances at first, but it could have a much broader impact.

Square Hires Ex-Google Director as First Member of New Crypto Team

| Zack Seward

Square has hired former Google director and Bitcoin Optech contributor Steve Lee as the first member of its new crypto team.

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Coinbase Adds DAI as First Stablecoin in Crypto Exchange’s Earn Program

| Zack Seward

Fresh on the heels of the addition of EOS, Coinbase is adding ethereum stablecoin DAI to its Earn program.

More Details Emerge on Team Behind Facebook’s Secretive Blockchain

| Zack Seward

News outlets are beginning to identify key staffers behind Facebook's "GlobalCoin" project.

Coinbase President Steps Down, Emilie Choi Named as Replacement

| Zack Seward

Asiff Hirji is leaving Coinbase after 18 months on the job. The crypto exchange also announced that current executive Emilie Choi would take over as…

Telegram-Based Crypto Wallet App Now Allows Fiat Purchases

| Zack Seward

Button Wallet, an app that puts a crypto wallet inside your Telegram account, is adding a fiat on-ramp in a partnership with Wyre.

Decentralized Domain Registry Raises $4 Million From Draper, Boost VC

| Zack Seward

Unstoppable Domains says its decentralized registry can create a censorship-resistant internet, and big investors are backing the idea.

Crypto Startup Circle Cuts 30 Employees Citing Market, Regulatory Conditions

| Zack Seward

Circle is laying off roughly 30 people, CoinDesk has learned.

‘Facebook Coin’ Could Generate Billions in Revenue: Barclays Analyst

| Zack Seward

A note from Barclays analyst Ross Sandler sketches out how much Facebook might gain from developing its own cryptocurrency.

NEM Foundation Charts Path Forward After $8 Million Rescue, Major Cutbacks

| Zack Seward

The NEM Foundation is mapping out its survival plans in real time after a funding injection of roughly $8 million last month.