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Nathaniel Popper

Business reporter at the New York Times

Author of 'Digital Gold: Bitcoin and the Inside Story of the Misfits and Millionaires Trying to Reinvent Money.'

Former business correspondent at the Los Angeles Times

Nathaniel Popper is a business reporter at the New York Times and the author of Digital Gold: Bitcoin and the Inside Story of the Misfits and Millionaires Trying to Reinvent Money.

He got his start as a journalist working as an unpaid intern in Reuter’s Berlin bureau before obtaining his first reporting job at the Forward . At  the Forward, Nathaniel got a chance to write about Lee Harvey Oswald’s killer, Jack Ruby; the roots of Bobby Fisher’s anti-semitism, and the saga of a Holocaust denier living on the Upper West Side. On a fellowship from the International Center for Journalists, Nathaniel traveled through eastern Europe covering the battle for the post of chief rabbi in Ukraine and a pilgrimage of Jewish worshippers to the small Ukrainian town of Uman.

Nathaniel then moved from the Forward to the Los Angeles Times to serve as the New York business correspondent, covering Wall Street as it recovered from the financial crisis. This led to stories about the small room with a nerf basketball hoop that functioned as the headquarters of the Federal Reserve’s massive quantitative easing program, and the effort among trading firms to recruit young poker players. Farther afield, he wrote about the cutting edge dentist Edward Zuckerberg (Mark’s father) and the surprising labor battles at Ikea’s first American factory.

Nathaniel joined the New York Times in 2012, initially to write about financial markets. He wrote one of the first stories about a friendly Canadian trader trying to upset the plans of the high-frequency trading industry and an in depth profile of the unexpected new owner of the New York Stock Exchange. This being the New York Times, Nathaniel also had a chance to write about the lengths to which college coaches have gone to recruit middle school girls for college sports teams.

A story in the spring of 2013, revealing the significant stockpile of Bitcoins that Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss had quietly amassed, plunged Nathaniel into the strange, fascinating world of virtual currencies, which eventually resulted in Digital Goldthe story of Bitcoin. The book was short-listed in 2015 for the Financial Times and Mckinsey business book of the year.

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