What We’re Reading on the Road to Consensus

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This week, members of the Grayscale team are headed to Consensus 2022. We’re looking forward to sharing insights alongside some of the most influential and trusted names in crypto. We asked our team what they’re reading on the way. They shared recommendations that directly speak to the past, present and future of our industry, as well as a few that invite the reader to imagine beyond. 

 

David La Valle, Global Head of ETFs

The Bullish Case for Bitcoin by Vijay Boyapati

 

“Our audience might be familiar with this one, but it’s a classic, and it’s such a foundational text that I find myself returning to it. Even if you haven’t read the book, read the article.”

 

At Consensus, you can find Dave on the Spot Bitcoin ETF Panel on Thursday June 9 at 4:35 PM CDT. 

 

 

Matt Maximo, Associate, Research 

“The Sovereign Individual by James Dale Davidson and William Rees-Mogg

 

In 1999, the authors of this book made the case for how the information age would transform society in 3 main ways: the dissemination of information removing geographical boundaries, the creation of decentralized money and the rise of dissident technology by using cryptography to reduce the cost of protection and physical violence — a new way of settling contracts. All of this 10 years before the creation of Bitcoin!”

 

At FIL Austin, you can find Matt making The Case for the Metaverse on Wednesday June 8 at 11:35 AM CDT. 

 

 

Jenn Rosenthal, Vice President, Communications

The Man Who Broke Capitalism by David Gelles

 

“I have deep respect for David Gelles and I’ve always loved his Corner Office leadership profiles in the New York Times. I’m curious how this new book might help us learn from history and illuminate trends about effective modern day leadership.”

 

At Consensus, you can find Jenn just offstage during “From White Paper to Wall Street: The Evolving Bitcoin Investor” on Fri Jun 10 at 10:00 AM CDT. 

 

 

Edward McGee, Chief Financial Officer 

Create Your Own Economy by Tyler Cowen 

 

“An early take (circa 2009) about the burgeoning Web 3.0 movement and the impact the internet has had on human potential. The concepts here can be easily applied to the potential created by digital assets.”

 

 

Danielle Bibeault, Associate, Investor Relations

The Cryptopians by Laura Shin

 

What was it like in the early days of Ethereum? Laura Shin interviewed early participants and advocates to assemble a comprehensive history. This book offers an opportunity to take a step back and learn more about crypto’s second-largest protocol on which so much of the ecosystem is now built.

 

 

Michael Zhao, Analyst, Research 

“How To Understand Things” by Nabeel Qureshi 

 

“Especially for things that are complex and esoteric like crypto, taking the time to sit down and read individual sentences and lines of code over and over and over again is painful initially but pays off in spades later.  This applies to other domains as well. This essay is a good reminder to myself to avoid lazy thoughts and dig deeper if you don’t understand something.”

 

 

Emily Wilson, Associate, Communications

The Hungry Tide by Amitav Ghosh

 

“This book grapples with the conflict between man and nature, while also exploring what happens when powerful individuals take it upon themselves to preserve and protect the natural world from overfishing, poaching, and the general spread of civilization on previously wild land.”

 

 

Andy Fowler, Vice President, Product Strategy

Bitcoin: A Peer-to-Peer Electronic Cash System by Satoshi Nakamoto

 

“Almost 14 years after the original publication of the Bitcoin whitepaper, I plan to re-read it, for maybe the 50th time, on my trip to Austin. It’s a great reminder of where we came from and excites me for what the industry can do in the next 14 years.”

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