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Introducing Crypto Insider

Crypto Insider Introduction

The future of Crypto Media

Welcome to the future of Crypto and Blockchain News and Media. Crypto Insider is proud to announce that our official global launch will be on Monday, September 24th, 2018.  The Cryptoverse will never be the same again.

In order to ensure our success, we have gathered only the best journalists, writers, bloggers, and influencers in the crypto space. Our CEO and Founder JF Hotte has spent years working behind the scenes as an investor and owner of multiple crypto businesses, and now he has grand plans for Crypto Insider. In this quest for qualitative supremacy, the ambitious assembly of Insiders are more than willing to deliver high-quality content.

“The Crypto-space is in need of an unbiased news source, and we are going to be that source!”
– JF Hotte

The Need Today

Today, there’s an abundance of fake news being spread at an unprecedentedly fast rate, and as so it has become more important than ever to check the source and validity of the media we consume. When reading articles related to the crypto and blockchain space, the community should be even more cautious for reasons extending to a potential investment portfolio and therein their financial future. Just a couple of weeks prior to our launch, mainstream media reported that Goldman Sachs would scrap their plans for a Bitcoin trading desk, only to have the claim dismissed a couple of days later.

Crypto websites don’t tend to be much better either, as the race for clicks and sensationalism usually legitimates reckless negligence in regards to ethics. While this space should be more supportive and objective in regards to the projects (which bring billions in investments), we often see textbook cases of FUD in the shape of either misleading articles and headlines or paid advertisements that aren’t clearly advertised as such.

After years of frustrations, the team behind Crypto Insider has decided that enough is enough, and we set out to develop a platform for true journalists. We’re here to take the stage and provide in-depth, thoughtful pieces about the most important aspects of the industry today.

Community Expectation

Nine well-known figures from the blockchain space were asked the same question – “What do you expect from a new cryptocurrency news website, and what would you like to see more of?”:

Elizabeth Stark, Co-Founder of Lightning Labs: “Accurate coverage of the technology”

Emin Gun Sirer, Cypherpunk, and Professor at Cornell University: “There are very few press outlets that aren’t captured by some special interest group. So that’s the most important issue for most of us: a trustworthy outlet. The topics that I’d like to see covered better are the tech fundamentals. We have too much focus on price, not enough on tech development.”

Charlie Lee, Creator of Litecoin: “Don’t peddle ICOs and scams. No paid articles. Focus on the tech and adoption, and not the price. And lastly, report things that are researched, don’t just lazily write an article based on a tweet.”

Riccardo “Fluffy Pony” Spagni, Lead Developer of Monero and Co-Founder of Tari: “I think the biggest thing I expect is a guide to the cryptocurrencies and the technologies that I am able to refer n00bs to. People need to understand why Ripple is a bad investment, for example, and why Bitcoin has gotten to where it has. Journalists and news outlets *are* the oracles, so they have to start acting like it.”

Samson “Excellion” Mow, CSO at Blockstream and CEO of Pixelmatic: “I expect that crypto media would do far more research into topics rather than just do reporting on the surface. There is a wealth of public information on various subjects spread across Twitter, the Bitcoin dev mailing list, and forums. We also have a lot of empirical data available that would counter a lot of the FUD – all it takes is good old fashioned research.

I’d like to see more deep dives on various subjects with better historical references and data. For example, if reporting on some new scaling debate, relate it back to XT, Classic, or any of the earlier attempts to attack the protocol. If this isn’t done, the past will keep repeating itself.”

Whale Panda, Who Unlike The Corporate Suits Is Wise: “More focus on tech, no ICO shills, no paid press releases, and no fluff pieces.”

Naomi Brockwell, Blockchain Journalist, Broadcaster, and Emcee: “I guess I just expect to be kept up to date with current news that is explained in a clear way.”

Alex Mashinsky, VoIP Pioneer and Founder of Celsius Network: “Media needs to help separate the projects that are here to help drive decentralization and build a community that is using a public blockchain from projects that just make a profit taking advantage of the inefficiencies and challenges the industry is facing as it scales.”

Giacomo Zucco, Supremo at BHBnetwork and Bitcoin Maximalist: “I expect at least one media that’s focused on Bitcoin and not scam coins. Unfortunately, there isn’t such a thing, since even Bitcoin Magazine has gone scammy.”

The Need for Excellence as a Habit

In “Nicomachean Ethics”, Aristotle described excellence as a habit which gets perpetuated through hard work. It’s not something that you acquire through high education and possess for the rest of your life, and definitely not an accident which occurs to “regular” folks once in a blue moon.

In the crypto news media, excellence is about constantly delivering qualitative pieces and adding the deontology of insightful journalism to the blockchain layer. With Crypto Insider, excellence is developed article by article and flourishes right in front of your information-hungry eyes. We want to be the very best that we can be, but also become so competitive that we reach the very top of the crypto media.

That is why we invite you to read our articles and join us in our continuous growth towards a greater degree of excellence. We begin with a commitment to insightful and qualitative journalism, and our pledge is that we will continue to develop this behavior with no end point in sight.

Welcome to Crypto Insider!

Our Professional Team

Jean-François Hotte

Jean-François Hotte

Director of Operations

Jean-François Hotte is a serial Blockchain entrepreneur with extensive experience in the cryptocurrency business and news industry. He managed a myriad of blogs, a web marketing agency and other startups for the last 10 years. Having been an early enthusiast of decentralization through mining and staking over the last 6 years. He believes teamwork is everything.

Blakely Neil Jones

Blakely Neal Jones

Director of Marketing

Blakely Neal Jones is a traditionally educated business person with years of management experience across multiple industries. With a significant interest in the relationships between cryptocurrencies and general business Blakely is exuberant to push the cryptocurrency industry forward with improved news and information.

BJ Mendelson

BJ Mendelson

Editor-in-Chief

B.J. Mendelson is an author and speaker on issues involving advertising, marketing, and word of mouth. He is the author of the cult classic, “Social Media Is Bullshit”, which was published by St. Martin’s Press and “Privacy: And How We Get It Back” from Curious Reads. Mendelson has a Bachelor’s degree from the State University of New York at Potsdam and once worked as a mall Santa.

Christopher Booth

Content Manager

Christopher Booth is a Silicon Valley acquired Co-Founder, writer, and cryptocurrency enthusiast. Through his extensive years in the business and understanding of the crypto-landscape, Christopher offers a unique perspective tempered by experience and passion.

BJ Pirus

BJ Pirus

Writer

BJ is a full-time writer, editor, and trader in the cryptocurrency space. He has written many professional articles for numerous ICOs, news sites, and other interested parties in the crypto space. He is also a trader, staying up to date with the crypto markets constantly, and dabbling in traditional financial market trading occasionally.

Vlad Costea

Vlad Costea

Writer

Vlad is a political science graduate who got tired and disillusioned with the old highly-hierarchical and centralized world and decided to give this anarchistic blockchain invention a little try. He found out about Bitcoin in 2014, had to do a presentation about it at Sciences Po Paris in 2015, but was too foolish to buy any. Now that he’ll never be a crypto millionaire and hasn’t acquired his golden ticket to lifelong financial independence, he’ll just write op-eds on various topics instead.

Brett Burton

Brett Burton

Social Media Manager

Brett Burton is a growth and marketing consultant who has worked with both Fortune 500 companies as well as one-man startups. He is passionate about helping people and businesses grow through strategic partnerships, system-oriented strategy, and good ‘ol fashioned hard work. After a few of his friends made it big with crypto investing, Brett became interested in the evolution of Blockchain and cryptocurrency and how it will affect both society and business. Brett graduated from The Isenberg School of Management with a BBA in Finance and Operations.

Amrit Mirchandani

Amrit Mirchandani

Writer

Amrit Mirchandani is a hustler who believes there is a solution to every problem. He was born and raised in the beautiful island of Sri Lanka and has run businesses ranging from agriculture to digital marketing all over the world. He’s had crazy experiences in busy Asian towns like Mumbai and Kuala Lumpur, but also in African nations such as Madagascar. Being an entrepreneur who experiences various scenarios along with using his economics background freelancing on Blockchain and crypto projects, Amrit believes that Blockchain and Cryptocurrency have the ability to solve real-world problems.

Michael Kapilkov

Michael Kapilkov

Writer

Michael Kapilkov has been involved in the blockchain space since 2015 and has founded several blockchain startups.  Prior to that he has worked in finance and consulting. Currently, he serves as a managing director at mmviii [2008] Digital Assets Management Group. Michael Kapilkov has served as an advisor to several ICO startups, including Pundi X, CREDITS, CRYPTYK, AlchemyCoin and Job.com.  He gets frequently invited to speak at Crypto conferences and events. He has attended Columbia University and holds MBA from IE Business School.

Usman Javed

Usman Javed

Writer

Usman Javed has consulted with a number of blockchain startups – all the way from Toronto to Hong Kong. He is an ICO investor, a cryptocurrency trader and frequently writes and speaks on the crypto landscape. He graduated from the University of Cambridge, Judge Business School.

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