WHAT grinds my gears
From Meltem Demirors and Jill Carlson, welcome to What Grinds My Gears, a podcast about the bizarre and buzzworthy happenings in the world of cryptocurrency. Each week, we delve into one key theme in crypto, and examine this theme through a broader financial, political, and cultural lens to learn from the past, understand the present, and explore the future.
writing & talks
I enjoy writing, and often share my ideas on Medium. I also write a weekly newsletter called Meltem's Musings where I write a deep dive post on a specific topic. Subscribe to get them delivered to your inbox!
I produce an annual Crypto Trends report for CoinShares, which you can find here. This report describes the macro environment, trends, and companies that are driving the space, and provides an outlook for the broader crypto ecosystem. For all you nerds out there, it's 120+ pages of charts and data.
I tend to use slides for all of my talks, and you can find these on Speakerdeck.
writing & talks
sci fi reading list
I'm obsessed with reading, particularly science fiction books. I'm constantly updating my book list, and have shared it here for easy referencing. Hit me up on Twitter to recommend more books for me to read and add!
Courses & Teaching
I am passionate about teaching and helping others deepen their understanding of the cryptocurrency ecosystem, new blockchain-based business models, and more. I have created the below courses, in partnership with leading online education providers and academic institutions:
Free Online Programs
Paid Intensive Programs
University of Oxford Saïd Business School | Blockchain Strategy Programme via Get Smarter MIT
No longer running - Media Lab via MIT Connection Science | FinTech Certificate Course: Future Commerce
Events are an important part of sharing ideas and fostering new connections in the crypto community. I've enjoyed attending, organizing, and hosting events since my early days in the bitcoin community, and am currently spending time on these events:
Crypto Springs - A two day gathering in Palm Springs, California focused on exploring the economics, culture, technology and future of cryptocurrency.
NYC Crypto Meets Mesh Networking Meetup - Interested in crypto? Interested in resilient infrastructure and mesh networking? Want to prepare for the zombie apocalypse, and make sure you can still use your bitcoin? Join us for the NYC Crypto Meets Mesh Networking Meetup
CoinShares CFO Roundtable Series - The CoinShares team periodically convenes finance professionals from crypto, startups, corporations, and investment funds to discuss the unique challenges facing the finance function when crypto assets are added to portfolio and balance sheets.
If you'd like to collaborate on an event or contribute to the above, please don't hesitate to reach out using the contact form below. Community events are still my favorite way to meet new people.