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Episode 145
Featuring Camila Russo
Demetri Kofinas speaks with Camila Russo, host of the Defiant podcast & author of “The Infinite Machine” about the history of Ethereum, the ICO craze of 2017, the rise of decentralized finance, and the transformation of the crypto media industry during the subsequent bear market of 2018/2019.

In Episode 145 of Hidden Forces, Demetri Kofinas speaks with Camila Russo, the host of the Defiant podcast and author of “The Infinite Machine,” the first official account of the rise of the Ethereum blockchain.

The first 25 minutes of this conversation explores Camila’s experience working as a journalist in Argentina, how she got interested in covering cryptocurrencies, as well as her process for writing such an ambitious book. The rest of the episode deals mostly with the book itself, including a discussion about the ICO craze of 2017 and the impact that it’s had on Ethereum, it’s developer community, and investor appetite for funding new ventures and initiatives in the space.

This part of the conversation continues into the overtime, where we also debate whether or not the ICO model itself is the ideal mechanism by which to fund early-stage, open source innovations. We also discuss what it’s like to be a journalist covering crypto today, how the media industry in crypto has changed in the years since the onset of the 2018 bear market, and the opportunities for more sophisticated, high-quality journalism in the space going forward.

You can access the episode overtime, as well as the transcript and rundown to this week’s episode through the Hidden Forces Patreon Page. All subscribers gain access to our overtime feed, which can be easily added to your favorite podcast application.

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Episode Recorded on 07/06/2020

Camila Russo is a financial journalist, and one of the most prolific and dedicated cryptocurrency reporters, with experience across continents and asset classes. She has worked at Bloomberg News and covered the Argentine market while based in Buenos Aires, European stocks with a focus on Southern Europe in Madrid, macro emerging markets moves for the Markets Live blog in New York. Previous to Bloomberg, she wrote international news for Chile’s largest national newspaper, El Mercurio. She has moderated and spoken at some of the most influential cryptocurrency conferences, done multiple TV and radio appearances, and was awarded first place for online journalism by Brazil’s exchange operator BM&F Bovespa. She has a Master of Science degree from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism and a bachelor’s degree from Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile, and is the founder of blockchain content platform The Defiant.

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