On Oct. 1, 2019, Cointelegraph Magazine’s founding editor, Jon Rice, pressed publish on the first-ever feature story for the publication — a story by Swedish fintech writer Jinia Shawdagor about the country’s embrace of a cashless economy.
The brainchild of former Cointelegraph CEO Jay Cassano — who was managing editor at the time — Magazine was designed to fill a major gap in crypto media with in-depth features exploring all angles of the issues in a thoughtful, considered way. While it’s easier to get traffic writing breathless stories about Bitcoin price predictions, Magazine is an attempt to give readers and the industry a more intelligent approach.
I came on board after meeting the team at Cointelegraph’s conference in Singapore. Due to an amusing mix-up between “Austria” (where a story they wanted to cover was based) and “Australia” (where I actually live), I was commissioned to write Magazine’s seventh-ever published article, “Blockchain startups think justice can be decentralized, but the jury is still out.”
This stroke of good fortune led me to become a staff writer, and later to take over as editor after Rice moved on (he’s now editor-in-chief of Blockworks). Three years on, Magazine has amassed a great team of regular contributors, including Blockland author Elias Ahonen — who joined after being interviewed for a story on physical Bitcoin — Andrew Singer, Max Parasol of the RMIT Blockchain Innovation Hub, Christos Makridis of Stanford University, and freelance crypto writers Jillian Godsil and Julian Jackson. Magazine is always looking for more contributors, so if you would like to write for the publication, get in touch.
Without further ado, here are some of the highlights (and a couple of lowlights) of the first three years of Cointelegraph Magazine.
— Andrew Fenton, Cointelegraph Magazine editor
The most popular stories
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The most consistently popular…