Two Consensus 2015 speakers, Nathaniel Popper and Wences Casares, are in the spotlight this week, mainly because of Popper’s new book. We’re also announcing the addition of Hernán Botbol, a co-founder of the hugely popular Argentinian social network, Taringa!
Digital Gold, the book that takes a long, unflinching look at the individuals behind the rise of bitcoin, hit the shelves this week.
We published an extract from Digital Gold detailing the inner workings of Charlie Shrem’s BitInstant, which was a high-flying bitcoin startup with funding from the Winklevoss twins – until it all came crashing down.
Shrem was nabbed by federal agents in a New York airport on money laundering and other charges; he is now serving a two-year sentence in a federal prison.
Digital Gold’s author, Nathaniel Popper, normally covers Wall Street for the New York Times. He’s fresh off launching his book at the New York Public Library with a panel discussion with Union Square Ventures’ Fred Wilson, the Times’ Andrew Ross Sorkin and bitcoin core developer Gavin Andresen.
‘Patient zero’ for bitcoin
Another protagonist in Popper’s book is Wences Casares, the founder of bitcoin storage and wallet firm Xapo.
The book reveals Casares’ pivotal role in getting