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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. You can find my posts using the link below. I also write a recurring series of biographies called "The Leaders Series" which profiles various individuals in the cryptocurrency and blockchain ecosystem. This project began in March of 2017, as an effort to highlight individuals who are not yet well known in the community, and to provide a platform for new and diverse ideas to be shared and archived.

I frequently create slides to accompany my talks, as I find visuals helpful to share data and analysis, introduce frameworks and models, and break down ideas into smaller concept maps for discussion. I share most content produced for public and private talks using SlideShare and Speakerdeck.

Welcome to Bagel World: Revisiting the Fundamentals of Finance 

Shitcoins: What I've Learned About Markets, Psychology, and Value Creation

Disrupting Capital Formation: Analyzing the Cost of Capital for Startups

Can Be Crypto be an Asset Class? The Evolving Role of the Finance Function

A Brave New World: The Promise and Challenge of Cryptocurrency

Playing the Game: The Nature of Competition among Blockchain Networks

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 

Upcoming Live Courses


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.