The mission of Modern Consensus is to cover the technology, people, and culture of the cryptocurrency and blockchain world.
Ken Kurson, founder
Ken Kurson served as the editor in chief of the New York Observer from 2013 to 2017. During his tenure, Kurson led the transformation of the publication to became a digitally focused, national outlet growing from 1.1 million monthly unique users to 6 million and increasing page views nearly sevenfold to 20 million. Kurson was named 2014’s Journalist of the Year by Algemeiner magazine. At the Observer, Kurson personally broke dozens of stories, including unearthing audio of Hillary Clinton proposing to rig the 2006 Palestinian Elections, a campaign by Samsung to undermine activist investor Elliott Management that resulted in Congressional inquiry and a change in Samsung policy, and the revelation that a boy investor who had supposedly earned $72 million made up the entire story. Kurson has appeared on television and radio hundreds of times worldwide. Kurson frequently wrote about cryptocurrency in the Observer and under his editorship, the publication printed some of the best-read stories on the topic, including an epic feature about the race to succeed bitcoin. Prior to the Observer, Kurson was chief operating officer for the Rudy Giuliani Presidential Committee. A highly accomplished author, Kurson authored four books and co-authored with former Mayor of New York City Rudy Giuliani the No. 1 best-selling book Leadership. Kurson wrote the money coverage for Esquire magazine for 17 years, including his story in 2013 about bitcoin, which was an early mention of the currency in the mainstream media and the very first mention of ripple in the mainstream media.
Lawrence Lewitinn, editor in chief and co-founder
Wall Street veteran Lawrence Lewitinn was previously deputy editor and senior business & technology editor at the Observer. He had been a writer and producer with Yahoo Finance, one of the world’s largest financial news websites. There he regularly created some of the site’s most popular pieces, covering complex market news stories. Prior to Yahoo, he was a producer for CNBC’s “Talking Numbers,” “Options Action,” and “Futures Now.” Lewitinn spent two decades in finance before reporting on it. He managed the Asian and European markets desk for quantitative-oriented hedge fund MQS Asset Management, trading fixed income, currencies, and commodities. He also served as director of acquisitions for two real estate investment companies. He began his career as a foreign exchange trader with then-fledgling Millennium Partners, LP (today Millennium Management, LLC), now one of the largest hedge funds in the world. A graduate of New York University, Lewitinn has both an MBA in finance and a Master of International Affairs from Columbia University, with concentrations in security policy and the Middle East. He is a Chartered Financial Analyst charterholder.