Michael Casey is a Senior Advisor for the Digital Currency Initiative at MIT.

Prior to that, he was a Senior Columnist for the Wall Street Journal.

He spent 18 years covering global economic and financial trends and co-authored The Age of Cryptocurrency: How Bitcoin and the Blockchain are Challenging the Global Economic Order with Paul Vigna.


In this episode, Michael and I discuss:


– His journey from the Wall Street Journal to the MIT Digital Currency Initiative

– Why supply chains could be the best use case for Blockchain Technology

– His perspective on ICOs/token sales

– And how his co-author, Paul Vigna, became motivated to write a book on Cryptocurrency




[00:58] – Who is Michael Casey? Introduction and overview

[03:13] – How Michael fell into Bitcoin and Blockchain

[07:27] – Why he didn’t want to start his own company

[09:05] – Paul Vigna’s motivation to write a book on cryptocurrency

[13:16] – Michael and Paul’s second book – The Truth Machine: The Blockchain and the Future of Everything

[18:09] – Michael Casey’s work at the MIT Digital Currency Medial Lab

[29:00] – Hyperinflation in Zimbabwe

[31:31] – Supply chains: the one business model Michael believes is ripe for Blockchain disruption

[41:30] – Michael’s thoughts on ICOs/token sales

[52:22] – Are we in a Blockchain bubble?

[56:49] – Michael Casey’s 10-year prediction for Bitcoin and Ethereum

[1:01:32] – What Michael is most excited about in the Blockchain space

[1:08:36] – His advice to start-ups and entrepreneurs interested in Blockchain

[1:11:21] – How to get in touch with Michael

[1:13:16] – Conclusion




– Argentinian crisis

– Cyprus crisis

– Venezuelan crisis

– Matthew Spoke’s episode on Blockchain networks

– Tadge Dryja

– Robleh Ali

Zimbabwean hyperinflation

IBM and supply chains

– The Token Report

– The SEC’s Investigative Report on DAO tokens

– Canada’s guidance on ICO tokens

– Ripple’s Interledger





Click here to visit the “Books” section of Michael’s website

– The Truth Machine: The Blockchain and the Future of Everything (available early 2018)

– The Age of Cryptocurrency: How Bitcoin and the Blockchain Are Challenging the Global Economic Order

– The Social Organism: A Radical Understanding of Social Media to Transform Your Business and Life

– The Unfair Trade: How Our Broken Financial System is Destroying the Middle Class

– Che’s Afterlife: The Legacy of an Image




– Michael Casey’s website

– MIT Digital Currency Initiative website

– Email:  caseymj [at] cdi.mit.edu


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