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RelayNode NYC is curated by:

David Gogel Advisor @Paperchain fmr Associate @ Techstars’ Blockchain Accelerator, Co-president @ Wharton FinTech

Hsin-Ju Chuang Director of Community & Growth @TQ Tezos, ex-Head of Growth @Stellar/Lightyear, Side Hustle Dystopia Labs

Things to read​​

💰Funding & Exits


I joined Techstars Alchemist Blockchain Accelerator as a Business Associate in New York City. Over 13 weeks, I look forward to working with the inaugural class comprised of 10 inspiring early-stage blockchain startups (Alkemi, AnyLedger.io, Autom(8), Blockade Games, Embleema, Gilded, Paperchain, Paperstreet, Trixta, Veracity Protocol.)

The following provides a high-level overview of Weeks 6 and 7 of the accelerator program as well as a few personal insights.

We are now more than halfway through the accelerator (less than 45 days till demo day) and the companies are focused on gaining TRACTION.


I joined Techstars Alchemist Blockchain Accelerator as a Business Associate in New York City. Over 13 weeks, I look forward to working with the inaugural class comprised of 10 inspiring early-stage blockchain startups (Alkemi, AnyLedger.io, Autom(8), Blockade Games, Embleema, Gilded, Paperchain, Paperstreet, Trixta, Veracity Protocol.)

The following provides a high-level overview of Week 5 of the accelerator program as well as a few personal insights. After completing 86 mentor meetings, the companies’ focus for the next month has shifted to gaining TRACTION.

Past recaps on Mentor Madness: Week 1, Week 2, Week 3, Week 4.

TL;DR

  • AMA with Steven Nerayoff: laying…


I joined Techstars Alchemist Blockchain Accelerator as a Business Associate in New York City. Over 13 weeks, I look forward to working with the inaugural class comprised of 10 inspiring early-stage blockchain startups (Alkemi, AnyLedger.io, Autom(8), Blockade Games, Embleema, Gilded, Paperchain, Paperstreet, Trixta, Veracity Protocol.)

The following provides a high-level overview of Week 4 of the accelerator program as well as a few personal insights.

Re-read recaps of Week 1, Week 2, and Week 3 to get up to speed.

TL;DR

  • Mentor Madness: Part 3
  • Founder Story: Tej Bhatia
  • Master Class: Customer Discovery with Marisa Rackson from Hubspot
  • Workouts & Spin…


I recently joined Techstars Alchemist Blockchain Accelerator as a Business Associate in New York City. Over 13 weeks, I look forward to working with the inaugural class comprised of 10 inspiring early-stage blockchain startups (Alkemi, AnyLedger.io, Autom(8), Blockade Games, Embleema, Gilded, Paperchain, Paperstreet, Trixta, Veracity Protocol.)

The following provides a high-level overview of Week 3 of the accelerator program as well as a few personal insights.

Re-read recaps of Week 1 and Week 2 to get up to speed.

TL;DR

  • Mentor Madness: Part 2
  • Alogrand Technical Partner Presentation
  • MasterClass: Lean Startup Dropbox Case
  • Founder Story: Mike Dudas, Founder & CEO of…


I recently joined Techstars Alchemist Blockchain Accelerator as a Business Associate in New York City. Over 13 weeks, I look forward to working with the inaugural class comprised of 10 inspiring early-stage blockchain startups (Alkemi, AnyLedger.io, Autom(8), Blockade Games, Embleema, Gilded, Paperchain, Paperstreet, Trixta, Veracity Protocol.)

The following provides a high-level overview of Week 2 of the accelerator program as well as a few personal insights.

Re-read recap of Week 1 to get up to speed.

This week, the pace accelerated with the kick-off of mentor madness.

Mentor Madness

34 mentor meetings over the course of 4 days. 20 minutes in-person and…


I recently joined Techstars Alchemist Blockchain Accelerator as a Business Associate in New York City. Over the next 13 weeks, I look forward to working with the inaugural class comprised of 10 inspiring early-stage blockchain startups (Alkemi, AnyLedger.io, Autom(8), Blockade Games, Embleema, Gilded, Paperchain, Paperstreet, Trixta, Veracity Protocol.)

The following provides a high-level overview of Week 1 of the accelerator program as well as a few personal insights.

Check out my recap of Week 2.

Why am I writing this?

  • Memorialize and reflect on this amazing learning opportunity (writing helps me distill a lot of information).
  • Help current and prospective founders navigate the challenges with…


TL;DR

  • I was recently the victim of identity theft, crypto ransomware, and a cybercrime. Hackers were able to break havoc onto my digital/personal life by stealing my mobile phone number through illegal SIM porting. Account security/internet privacy is dead.
  • I was not the first victim, and unfortunately, I will certainly not be the last. EXTRA PRECAUTION, replacing two-factor authentication (2FA) via SMS with 2FA via 3rd party app (Google Authenticator or Duo) + hardware security tokens (Google Titan or Yubico), and pressuring companies to invest in advancing cryptography are the best ways to minimize the risk of getting hacked.
  • Sign the…


This is a good faith attempt to democratize access to knowledge and summarize much of my findings after spending 2+ years researching and meeting dozens of teams and investors at the edge of this fast-moving emerging industry.

I recently graduated from the full-time Wharton MBA program and spent the last 6 weeks documenting all my learnings as I reflect on my journey down the digital asset => crypto => blockchain vortex. I spend a lot of time thinking about the way the crypto industry works, what the future holds, and where we will end up in the next 10 years…


The following post analyzes trends in the cryptocurrency market, reviews Coinbase’s competitive positioning / business model / risks / prospects, and provides recommendations for the company to capture additional value by leveraging concepts taught in Wharton’s Tech Strategy MBA course. Special thanks to Michie Adachi, Andrew Felbinger, Kevin Tse, and Toni Wei for their contributions. Thanks for taking the time to read and welcome all feedback!

Coinbase Overview

Coinbase is a digital asset broker that offers a platform for buying, selling, transferring, and storing digital currency. The company is one of the earliest to focus on making cryptocurrencies accessible to mass consumers…

David Gogel

Associate @Techstars Alchemist Blockchain Accelerator | Crypto Investor | MBA/BS/BA @Wharton/Penn | Fmr Co-President @WhartonFinTech Corp Dev @LinkedIn @AIG

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