Laura Shin

Laura Shin a crypto journalist, host of the , and author of the book “The Cryptopians: Idealism, Greed, Lies, and the Making of the First Big Cryptocurrency Craze” [1][2][3]


In 1997, Laura Shin graduated from Stanford University where she studied Modern Thoughts and Literature. In 2007, Laura Shin attended the Columbia University - Graduate School of Journalism and studied for a Master of Arts degree in Journalism. [2]


In the early stages of her career, Laura Shin worked as a Producer at The New York Times on the Web and then as a Freelance Writer for 10 years. As a writer, she wrote stories on business, tech, personal finance, environment, energy, arts, fitness, health, travel, and other topics. She has written for publications such as The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The Wall Street Journal, Fortune, ZDNet, More, The New York Observer, Fast Company, AARP Foundation, The Fiscal Times, Audubon,, Slate, USA Weekend, BlackBook, Saveur, Yoga Journal, Travel + Leisure, The Robb Report, Time Out New York, among others. [2]

In April 2011, Laura moved to LearnVest as a Senior Editor. Here, she supervised all business and economy news and evergreen personal finance content on the site, including editing the site's 12 multimedia "boot camps." She also worked as a Features Editor at CBS Interactive, SmartPlanet where she oversaw all the site's reported features by 25 contributors and doubled page views. [2]

In May 2013, Laura served as a Contributor at Forbes writing about , , crypto, fintech, personal finance, business, and economy stories for the company. She also authored a Forbes ebook, "The Millennial Game Plan: Career and Money Secrets To Succeed In Today’s World." In 2017, she moved to the role of a Senior Editor at Forbes managing Forbes's coverage of crypto assets, Bitcoin, Ethereum, ICOs, tokens, and blockchain technology. She was the co-lead reporter on the Forbes Fintech 50 list, wrote a magazine cover story on initial coin offerings and managed and co-wrote a cover package on the crypto-rich list. [2][4]


Laura Shin founded in February 2018 and serves as the host and producer of the podcast. Unchained is a media resource that provides insights into the world of cryptocurrency. The channel is known for its weekly crypto podcast, which reveals how the marquee names in crypto are reacting to the week’s top headlines. [3][5]

Laura Shin is recognized for her skill in posing challenging questions to her audience and simplifying complex crypto concepts into an accessible narrative. Her unbiased approach aims to broaden understanding of the significance of crypto and blockchain technology, emphasizing their potential to revolutionize various aspects of lives in the near future. [6]

The Cryptopians

In February 2022, Laura Shin published her book, The Cryptopians: Idealism, Greed, Lies, and the Making of the First Big Cryptocurrency Craze. The book tells the story of the idealists, technologists, and opportunists fighting to bring cryptocurrency to the masses. It covers the short history of and other , which have gone through booms, busts, and internecine wars. [7][8]

The book introduces readers to larger-than-life characters like , , Joe Lubin, a former Goldman Sachs VP who became one of crypto’s most well-known billionaires. It shows the crypto market for what it really is: a deeply personal struggle to influence the coming revolution in money, culture, and power. [7]

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