Moving the Chain Spotlight #40: Laura Shin

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Moving the Chain is an ongoing series from Blockchain WTF that shines a spotlight on folks who are making an impact in the world of blockchain technology and cryptocurrency


Laura Shin is a writer and podcast host who has been covering blockchain and cryptocurrency for several years now. As a senior editor for Forbes, the Columbia University grad won the 2016 Blockchain Award for Most Insightful Journalist.

She has become a mainstay on the crypto influencers list and is frequently featured in articles that highlight prominent individuals in the blockchain space.

Shin recently decided to step down from her position with Forbes to focus on her popular podcast, Unchained. The podcast features the former editor interviewing experts from a variety of sectors. They often focus on how blockchain tech will help reshape the world around us. Some recent guests include names like Bitmex CEO Arthur Hayes, Chainalysis (a blockchain analytics company) co-founder Jonathan Levin, and Ethereum Foundation head Aya Miyaguchi.

Unchained has generated a lot of buzz in the blockchain community and beyond. In fact, selections from the podcast are even available on United Airline’s flights.

As one of the first mainstream journalists to cover blockchain tech and a podcast pioneer –Laura Shin is helping move both the chain and the Unchained forward.


I have mixed feelings about the growing popularity (of cryptocurrency) because a lot of that popularity stems from a get-rich-quick mentality that I think is not only unhealthy and dangerous but flat-out wrong. By the same token (I’m not sure if that pun is intended or not), a lot of scammers or people with ill intentions who feel no scruples about taking money from everyday people to go buy a lambo or just live a cushy life without any intention to actually build anything are coming into the space.

On the flip side, what’s been great to see is that a lot of well-intentioned people are getting excited about the possibilities of this technology and working on helping to build new things with it. I know of people in other fields now who are looking to transition in, or who have only recently done so and are fired up about creating a better future. I hope that this latter group will prevail and the former group will eventually wither away.”

Fun Fact

Laura Shin was an outstanding student in her college days. She graduated Phi Beta Kappa with Honors from Stanford University.