Led by Intelligence Analyst, Arieh Levi
Featuring Fortune Reporter, Robert Hackett
In November 2015, with a single bitcoin priced at $400, J.P. Morgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon said bitcoin would “not survive”. Since then, the cryptocurrency hasn’t just survived, but thrived, with the price of bitcoin peaking near $5,000 in early September 2017. Additionally, in 2017 YTD hundreds of companies have raised almost $2B in initial coin offerings, promising to fundamentally change the way businesses, consumers, and societies transact via novel decentralized applications.
Still, in mid-September Dimon doubled down on his claim, calling bitcoin a “fraud” and saying that it would “blow up.”
So, what’s going on here?
We’ll take a data-driven dive into bitcoin, cryptocurrencies, ICOs, enterprise blockchains, and a host of other related topics as we explore this fascinating space.
Specifically, we’ll aim to:
- Understand blockchain’s potential and current value proposition
- Explore enterprise blockchain development, and parse their respective roadmaps
- Dissect state regulatory environments regarding initial coin offerings, cryptocurrency exchanges, and government-sponsored blockchain projects
- Explore token valuation methodology for tokens and offer predictions around blockchain startup trends
Arieh Levi is an intelligence analyst at CB Insights, where he produces data-driven analysis and research reports on private company financing, exit and performance trends across emerging industries, geographies and investors – specifically, blockchain and fintech.
Prior to joining CB Insights, Arieh held roles in healthcare and financial services. Arieh is a summa cum laude graduate of Yeshiva University.
Robert Hackett is a staff writer at Fortune where he covers technology, business, security, and all things crypto-related. He is the creator of Cyber Saturday, the weekend edition of Fortune’s daily tech newsletter. He is a co-host of Fortune Tech Debate, a weekly video series. And he is a founding editor of The Ledger, Fortune’s new fin-tech franchise.
Before Fortune, Hackett served at Nautilus Magazine, TED Conferences, and Johnson & Johnson. He studied chemistry and English with minors in history and science & technology studies at Cornell University and journalism at Columbia Journalism School.