About (becoming a blockchain pathfinder)
From WSJ columnist to author, blockchain and cryptocurrency expert, Senior Advisor at MIT Media Lab, public speaker, and entrepreneur
Over 25 years working mostly as a journalist in Perth, London, Bangkok, Jakarta,
Buenos Aires and New York, I've acquired an eclectic, internationalist set of
interests. Most recently, they've coalesced around studying the social and economic
phenomena unleashed by digital technology and globalization.
When I recognized the social benefits promised by the blockchain technology that
underpins bitcoin, I decided I wanted to be a part of the movement to bring it to
So, having closed the curtain on 18 years at The Wall Street Journal, where I mostly
covered global economic and financial trends as a senior columnist,
my new home is the nascent Digital Currency Initiative at MIT Media Lab. There, our
team is working on blockchain-based solutions for everything from financial
inclusion and welfare payments to voting and identity.
In the meantime, I've authored/co-authored four books (soon to be five), all with top publishing houses and released to critical acclaim. Their topics are eclectic but share the common thread of exploring the nature of our seemingly globalized world, even in the face of forces that continue to encourage parochialism and fragmentation.
I also work as a consultant to financial institutions and other businesses looking to understand the challenges and opportunities posed by this disruptive new technology.
And I do a lot of public speaking at events of all sizes and themes.
photo courtesy of Tim Lofthouse
I've written four books -- all highly acclaimed -- and am working on others.
My literary agent is the Gillian MacKenzie Agency.
The Truth Machine: The Blockchain and the Future of Everything (working title)
with Paul Vigna
The sequel to The Age of Cryptocurrency will be published by St. Martin's Press in 2017.
The Social Organism: A Radical Understanding of Social Media to Transform Your Business and Life
with Oliver Luckett
The Age of Cryptocurrency: How Bitcoin and the Blockchain Are Challenging the Global Economic Order
with Paul Vigna
Written during my assignment as WSJ's Buenos Aires bureau chief, Che's Afterlife explores the history, economics and cultural dimensions of the global social phenomenon surrounding the most reproduced photo in history: Alberto Korda's famous image of Ernesto "Che" Guevara.
The Unfair Trade: How Our Broken Financial System is Destroying the Middle Class
"A well-reported, deeply serious appraisal of the exceptional damage a dysfunctional system inflicts.” —Kirkus
Che's Afterlife: The Legacy of an Image
“Fascinating. . . . Bracing and keenly observed. . . . Not only a cultural history of an image, but also a sociopolitical study of the mechanisms of fame.”
–Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times
Most of my career was spent at Dow Jones Newswires and The Wall Street Journal, though I have been widely published in other news outlets as well, including The Washington Post, Foreign Policy Magazine, Foreign Affairs and many other publications.
I began my career at The West Australian newspaper in Perth, Western Australia. Stints in Indonesia, the US and Argentina followed with various news agencies. I ended my career as a full-time journo in New York City with the Wall Street Journal, where I wrote a weekly column on global financial and economic affairs for various WSJ and Dow Jones platforms. I was also the lead and coordinating editor responsible for a published daily newsletter on economic and political developments around the world. I contributed to WSJ's Moneybeat blog and regularly hosted the morning News Hub, one of WSJ Live's daily video shows.
A collection of my work at WSJ, including my regular Horizons column on global economic affairs, the daily Macro Horizons roundup, Paul Vigna's and my Bitbeat, and posts on the comings and goings of bitcoinworld, can be found here.
Here is a selection of my more noteworthy recent columns and articles: