To all CoinDesk readers, partners, and friends:
You would think, employing as many writers as we do, that we would have gotten around to launching a company blog. But in our constant quest to report on this exciting crypto & blockchain industry, telling our own story became an afterthought. With this blog, we hope to peel back the curtain on what we’re doing here at CoinDesk.
Since 2013, CoinDesk has been the leading newsroom covering the rapidly evolving crypto & blockchain community. Day-after-day, our journalists chronicle the latest launching startups; the incumbents leaning into the tech; the investors creating a new asset class and the developers who are building this new frontier. Each day, we focus on bringing transparency to the blockchain industry. That’s what our journalists aim to accomplish and it’s what we strive for at all Consensus events.
I joined CoinDesk over two years ago because I saw a small and hungry team that had a core mission to educate, inform and facilitate dialogue with the goal to contribute to the development of the industry. I’ve spent my career with high quality journalism media companies, including The New York Times, The Deal and Bloomberg, and appreciate the real impact CoinDesk can have on our expanding industry.
With that in mind we’ve invested aggressively over the past two years. Today, our editorial team has grown to over 18 journalists and market analysts who cover the blockchain market 24 hours a day. And we’re continuing to bring on talent who share our mission, values and aspirations.
Journalism is hard, though. That’s just a fact. However, I am very proud of the entire team who work tirelessly and ethically with quiet courage to put out an informative daily news report and create a forum for thought leaders to share ideas and opinions, even while sometimes receiving unwarranted abuse from our community and competitors.
We’re expanding our storytelling efforts, too, through a variety of different avenues. An example of this was Bitcoin@10, an in-depth, multimedia experience that acted as a true time capsule of the first 10 years of Bitcoin’s existence. The 2018 Most Influential series was a crypto-native experience where we minted actual non-fungible tokens (NFTs) about the most influential individuals in the space. Looking forward, our CoinDesk Live TV show which covers everything happening at our Consensus events, will broadcast live over Twitter from Consensus NY in May and Consensus Singapore in September.
If it’s not the CoinDesk brand that you know us by, then it is most certainly our event brand, Consensus, a vital extension of our corporate mission. Since Consensus arrived on the scene in 2015, it has been established as the big tent gathering for the global blockchain community. For each attendee and sponsor, it serves a different purpose. Startups can meet potential customers and investors; enterprises can learn from leading experts on how this technology applies to them; and regulators can learn about this new asset class so they can make informed decisions.
We launched Construct in January 2016 and we are bringing it back within Consensus this year. This is a great opportunity for developers of various blockchain-expertise to learn about the latest technological developments. It’ll also provide developers with the chance to network with other engineers. We have seen many startups launch after people met at our events and we aim to continue fostering that. Tickets are only $299 for Construct until April 16th, so for all the developers, we hope to see you there!
In a society dominated by digital communication, we believe hosting these in-person events for community members, customers, competitors and colleagues to discuss and collaborate is incredibly important. It’s why CoinDesk partnered with New York City to launch Blockchain Week NYC. By bringing the entire industry together, ideas and opportunities that might not otherwise reach the surface become actionable.
We hope you’ll join us May 13-15 this year at Consensus. We have many more announcements to share about Consensus on this blog – so watch for our news.
Over the past year, we’ve begun to expand CoinDesk to other parts of the world as well. We partnered with South Korea’s The Hankyoreh to launch CoinDesk Korea. In March, we launched CoinDesk Japan in partnership with Z-Corp, a subsidiary of Yahoo! Japan & Softbank. This technology is truly a global phenomenon and we are excited to see more countries expressing interest in our reporting.
We launched Consensus: Asia last September to bring together the vibrant communities of hard-working entrepreneurs and developers in that region. We almost had to call security for CZ, who was swarmed by fans once he got off stage! We partnered with Informa, one of the largest events companies in the world, to host Consensus: Asia with their TechXLR8 festival. We’ll be back in Singapore on September 11th and 12th 2019.
Diving deeper into the asset class, we also launched Consensus: Invest, an event that caters specifically to institutional investors. As hedge funds, asset managers, family offices, advisors, etc. get closer to entering the crypto asset class, they’re going to look for information they can trust and we’re excited to be that resource. This past year institutional investors heard directly from SEC chairman Jay Clayton, Allianz’s Mohamed El-Erian, Bakkt CEO Kelly Loeffler among many others about where the future of this asset class is headed. Consensus: Invest will be back in NYC on November 12th, 2019.
Inevitably, a core topic in our industry revolves around price and market cap. “What is the price of bitcoin?” is a question I hear at every meeting or party I go to. And there’s no denying that the price has pulled back from the high numbers of late 2017/early 2018. But price is only one measure and we believe there are so many other variables that should be analyzed when measuring the potential for crypto assets. So, we launched the Crypto-Economics Explorer (CEX), the first visual tool designed to measure and track interest and activity in crypto assets. This is just the beginning and we’re excited to see what other data sources—and partners—we can bring onto CoinDesk.
The last two years have been some of the most exciting in my career. I have had the greatest pleasure to work with bright and dedicated people who truly believe in contributing to the growth and maturation of the blockchain industry. All of our progress to date boils down to our core mission—to bring transparency to the blockchain industry.
There is so much to accomplish and we’re only getting started. Thank you for supporting us as we continue learning and pushing forward. The best is yet to come, so stay tuned.