The Crypto Craze: Inside Ethereum Incubator Consensys

In this episode of Cheddar's The Crypto Craze, Brad Smith and Nora Ali explore the factors driving the massive sell-off of cryptocurrency this week and speak with investors Travis Kling and Arjun Balaji to get their takes. Tanaya Macheel goes inside Consensys to learn about how the company is strengthening the Ethereum network by empowering entrepreneurs and developers. Plus, IBM Blockchain Global Vice President Jesse Lund shares his outlook for the technology.

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Why I Left a World-Class Hedge Fund for Crypto Investing

I’m not a techie. I’ve never been the early adopter type. I don’t have an Apple watch and Alexa scares me. So when I first started reading about Bitcoin in 2013, when the Silk Road marketplace blew up, it was solely due to my own fascination with the absurdity of it all—“look at these crazy drug dealers that made up this magic Internet money so they could buy drugs!” A few months later when hackers plundered Mt. Gox, then the major Bitcoin exchange, I took it as confirmation that this area was not something to take seriously.

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100 Tokens By 2020: Ledger Pledges Big Expansion for Crypto Custody

So far, this self-custody approach appears to be rare, though. Typically, institutions don't want to manage their own private keys, and even some that do so don't want to be completely self-reliant.

"The best solution is I have a key, my partner has a key, and some guy that I've never heard before has a key," said Travis Kling, co-founder of Ikigai Asset Management, a hedge fund that uses BitGo in this way.

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Stephen Bannon Buys Into Bitcoin

Timothy Lewis, a hedge fund manager who met with Mr. Bannon to talk about cryptocurrencies last month, said he was impressed with the degree to which Mr. Bannon had delved into the details of the technology and the challenges it faces.

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Meet the traders, investors, and technologists pioneering crypto on Wall Street

These savvy folks are building indexes, launching funds, and trading billions.

This hasn't been an easy year for cryptocurrency enthusiasts.

Bitcoin, the largest crypto, is down more than 70% from its all-time highs set at the end of 2017, as regulators look to clamp down on exchanges and tech companies shun advertisements related to the nascent digital coin market.

But Wall Street's enthusiasm for crypto has not been dampened.

Trading, technology, and asset management executives are leaning in on digital assets and working on projects that could bring them front and center in mainstream financial services.

Business Insider reached out to market participants to identify those at the intersection of financial services and digital assets who are building indexes, launching funds, and trading billions.

We came across many talented people, and this list of 36 people is by no means comprehensive. They work at household names like CME Group, Fidelity, and BNY Mellon, and crypto power players like Coinbase, Kraken, and Cumberland. Their roles range in scope, covering research, trading infrastructure, and investing.

But they all have left their mark on the new market.

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