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Sep 22, 2020

Matthew Leising, a reporter at Bloomberg who began covering crypto in 2015, is out with a new book Out of the Ether: The Amazing Story of Ethereum and the $55 Million Heist that Almost Destroyed It All. In this episode, he discusses:

  • the catalyst that led to him writing his new book, which covers the early history of Ethereum and the DAO attack of 2016
  • why he thought the story of the DAO hack was compelling enough to make a book, and how he went about reporting it
  • the surprising things he learned about Ethereum’s early days and Vitalik
  • the twists and turns during his quest to discover the identity of the DAO attacker
  • why he thinks separate people were responsible for the two biggest DAO attacks
  • his meeting in Tokyo with one of the prime suspects of a copycat DAO attack
  • why he decided to end his story at the Ethereum hard fork and chose not to write about Ethereum Classic 
  • what he feels the long-term significance of the DAO and the hard fork has been for Ethereum
  • why he thinks the lessons of the DAO are not being heeded today
  • what he thinks the next chapter of Ethereum will be and how it will unfold
  • the differences he’s found as a journalist covering crypto as opposed to covering more traditional finance
  • and how the book is about more than just the DAO


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Episode links: 

Matthew Leising:

Out of the Ether: The Amazing Story of Ethereum and the $55 Million Heist that Almost Destroyed It All:


Matt's original Bloomberg article on the DAO attack, "The Ether Thief":


Excerpt in Bloomberg:


Excerpt in CoinDesk:

Decrypt's interview with Matt about the book: