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Digital Gold: The Inside Story of Bitcoin

RZCCI welcomes New York Times Reporter Nathaniel Popper for a discussion of his book Digital Gold: Bitcoin and the Inside Story of the Misfits and Millionaires Trying to Reinvent Money.
When  Oct 28, 2015
from 06:15 PM to 08:00 PM
Where  151 E. 25th Street (between Lexington and Third Avenues), Room 750
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Contact Phone  646-312-3231
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About the Program

RZCCI welcomes New York Times Reporter Nathaniel Popper for a discussion of his book Digital Gold: Bitcoin and the Inside Story of the Misfits and Millionaires Trying to Reinvent Money.  The book details the history of Bitcoin, the landmark digital money and financial technology that has spawned a global social movement.

The notion of a new currency, maintained by the computers of users around the world, has been the butt of many jokes, but that has not stopped it from growing into a technology worth billions of dollars, supported by the hordes of followers who have come to view it as the most important new idea since the creation of the Internet. Believers from Beijing to Buenos Aires see the potential for a financial system free from banks and governments. More than just a tech industry fad, Bitcoin has threatened to decentralize some of society’s most basic institutions.

An unusual tale of group invention, Digital Gold charts the rise of the Bitcoin technology through the eyes of the movement’s colorful central characters, including an Argentinian millionaire, a Chinese entrepreneur, Tyler and Cameron Winklevoss, and Bitcoin’s elusive creator, Satoshi Nakamoto. Already, Bitcoin has led to untold riches for some, and prison terms for others.

About the Speaker

Nathaniel Popper PhotoNathaniel Popper is a business reporter at the New York Times and the author of Digital Gold: Bitcoin and the Inside Story of the Misfits and Millionaires Trying to Reinvent Money, released by HarperCollins. 

Nathaniel grew up in Pittsburgh where his primary goal as a youngster was to one day play in the National Hockey League. After realizing the low odds of that outcome, he took a year off before college during which he hiked the southern half of the Appalachian Trail (from Harpers Ferry to Springer Mountain), and worked on a research station in the Caribbean National Forest in Puerto Rico. His time in Puerto Rico led to his first byline on a scintillating scientific paper about mahogany leaf growth under contrasting light regimes.   

As an undergraduate at Harvard, Nathaniel studied the history and literature of the United States, writing a thesis on William Faulkner. He spent much of his time in college working on Let's Go travel guides and serving as a stalwart on the third and fourth lines of the junior varsity hockey team. After college, Nathaniel spent a year in Berlin on a DAAD fellowship. He got his start as a journalist working as an unpaid intern in Reuter's Berlin bureau. 

Nathaniel's first reporting job was at the Forward, a Jewish newspaper that was founded in 1897 back when Yiddish was the primary language of most Jewish Americans. At the Forward, Nathaniel got a chance to write, in English, about Lee Harvey Oswald's killer, Jack Ruby; the roots of Bobby Fisher's anti-semitism, and the saga of a Holocaust denier living on the Upper West Side. On a fellowship from the International Center for Journalists, Nathaniel traveled through eastern Europe covering the battle for the post of chief rabbi in Ukraine and a pilgrimage of Jewish worshippers to the small Ukrainian town of Uman. In his final years at the Forward, Nathaniel conducted a lengthy investigation of the kosher meat industry, which sparked a protest movement and major efforts at reform and led to the closure of the largest kosher meat company in the world.

To read Nathaniel's full bio, please click here.


The program will run from approximately 6:15 to 8 p.m.


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