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Cathy Barrera, a CoinDesk columnist, is a founding economist at Prysm Group, an economic advisory group, and was chief economist at ZipRecruiter. She has a Ph.D. in business economics from Harvard.

Preston Byrne, a CoinDesk columnist, is a partner in Anderson Kill's Technology, Media and Distributed Systems Group. He advises software, internet and fintech companies. His biweekly column, “Not Legal Advice,” is a roundup of pertinent legal topics in the crypto space. It is most definitely not legal advice.

Leah Callon-Butler, a CoinDesk columnist, is the director of Emfarsis, a consulting firm focused on the role of technology in advancing economic development in Asia.

Jill Carlson, a CoinDesk columnist, is co-founder of the Open Money Initiative, a non-profit research organization working to guarantee the right to a free and open financial system. She is also an investor in early-stage startups with Slow Ventures.

James Cooper, a CoinDesk columnist, is a professor of law at California Western School of Law in San Diego.

Frances Coppola, a CoinDesk columnist, is a freelance writer and speaker on banking, finance and economics. Her book “The Case for People’s Quantitative Easing” explains how modern money creation and quantitative easing work, and advocates “helicopter money” to help economies out of recession.

Jeff Dorman, a CoinDesk columnist, is chief investment officer at Arca where he leads the investment committee and is responsible for portfolio sizing and risk management. He has more than 17 years of trading and asset management experience at firms including Merrill Lynch and Citadel Securities.

A former full-time member of the Editorial Team at CoinDesk, Alyssa Hertig is a journalist and programmer specializing in bitcoin. Her work has appeared in Vice, Mic and Reason.

Byrne Hobart, a CoinDesk columnist, is an investor, consultant and writer in New York. His newsletter, The Diff ( covers inflection points in finance and technology.

Ada Hui has been a reporter for CoinDesk since May 2018. Her articles in CoinDesk have appeared in Bloomberg, Business Insider, Crunchbase News, Forbes, Fortune and Investopedia.

Stephanie Hurder, a CoinDesk columnist, is a founding economist at Prysm Group, an economic advisory focused on the implementation of emerging technologies, and an academic contributor to the World Economic Forum. She has a Ph.D. in Business Economics from Harvard.

J.P. Koning, a CoinDesk columnist, worked as an equity researcher at a Canadian brokerage firm and a financial writer at a large Canadian bank. He runs the popular Moneyness blog.

William Mougayar, a CoinDesk columnist, is the author of “The Business Blockchain,” producer of the Token Summit and a venture investor and adviser.

Yorke Rhodes III, a CoinDesk columnist, co-founded Blockchain at Microsoft and is a principal program manager of Azure Blockchain engineering. He is also a board member of the Blockchain for Social Impact Coalition and the Enterprise Ethereum Alliance, and a founding team member of Baseline Protocol.

Lex Sokolin, a CoinDesk columnist, is a futurist and entrepreneur working on the next generation of financial services. He is the Global Fintech Co-Head at ConsenSys, a blockchain technology company building the infrastructure, applications and practices that enable a decentralized world.

Ajit Tripathi is a volunteer contributor to CoinDesk focusing on topics covering the intersection of traditional finance with blockchain and digital-asset technologies. The opinions expressed here are his personal views.

NLW is an independent strategy and communications consultant for leading crypto companies as well as host of The Breakdown – the fastest-growing podcast in crypto. Whittemore has been a VC with Learn Capital, was on the founding team of, and founded a program design center at his alma mater Northwestern University that helped inspire the largest donation in the school’s history.