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Nathaniel Popper

Jun 6, 2020
Crypto Explainer+
Beginner

Nathaniel Popper is the author of “Digital Gold: Bitcoin and the Inside Story of the Misfits and Millionaires Trying to Reinvent Money” and a journalist at the New York Times covering finance and technology. “Digital Gold” was a finalist in 2015 for the Financial Times Business Book of the Year Award.

Prior to reporting on finance and technology for the New York Times, Popper covered financial markets and Wall Street banks such as Goldman Sachs, JP Morgan Chase, and Morgan Stanley. Popper began reporting on the crypto industry in 2013 when he published a piece about the Winklevoss twins acquiring large amounts of bitcoin after their debacle with Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg.

Additionally, Popper has written notable New York Times articles describing how bitcoin, ethereum, and initial coin offerings (ICOs) work. In a 2015 piece, Popper speculated that Satoshi Nakamoto is acclaimed cryptographer and bit gold creator Nick Szabo. Popper argued that there were multiple similarities between the two including linguistic similarities, the timing of their work and the technical overlap between Szabo’s bit gold and Nakamoto’s bitcoin.

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