Jacquelyn Melinek

Jacquelyn Melinek

Senior Reporter, Crypto, TC+

Jacquelyn Melinek is a senior cryptocurrency reporter based in New York City. She previously was a crypto reporter for Blockworks covering decentralized finance, DAOs and crypto venture capital funding and prior to that covered energy markets for S&P Global Platts and Bloomberg News. Her articles are published in over 70 news outlets and she graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a degree in Media and Journalism and a minor in creative writing. Disclosure: Jacquelyn owns various cryptocurrencies including Bitcoin and Ethereum. She does not day trade cryptocurrencies, NFTs or any other crypto-related products.

The Latest from Jacquelyn Melinek

Prosecution tries to paint Sam Bankman-Fried as a liar

The prosecution brought up a number of Bankman-Fried's statements, videos and interviews, both before and after he stepped down as CEO of FTX.

Sam Bankman-Fried says he didn’t defraud FTX customers or take their funds

“I made a number of small mistakes,” Bankman-Fried said Friday. The main one being not having a risk management team at FTX.

Sam Bankman-Fried takes the stand, but without jurors

The judge sent the jury home. He first wanted to review Sam Bankman-Fried's comments before determining whether that testimony could be shared with jurors.

SBF testifying, bitcoin rises amid spot ETF speculation and Walmart’s web3 accelerator surfaces

It’s week four of the Sam Bankman-Fried trial…and he’s taking the stand today at 2 p.m. So keep an eye out for additional coverage. 

SBF trial: Everything to know from the FTX courtroom ahead of his testimony

The trial of Bankman-Fried, the former CEO and co-founder of collapsed crypto exchange FTX, is entering its next chapter as proceedings resume Thursday. As confirmed during a teleconference Wednesday,

As SBF plans to testify, former SDNY federal prosecutor sees it as a ‘Hail Mary’

Bankman-Fried testifying comes with risk of more evidence mounting against him.

Bitcoin is now worth over $34,500 — but will it hold?

This week, the cryptocurrency’s price shot to nearly $35,000 per token, further cementing its position at the top of the pile. But will this bull run last?

US security remains paramount in the continued rise of AI, according to Treasury Department secretary

As investments grow globally, there’s still a concern stateside for security and making sure the U.S. protects its businesses.

Ex-SDNY prosecutor says Caroline Ellison, Gary Wang and Nishad Singh probably won’t get jail time

Gary Wang, co-founder and CTO of FTX; Caroline Ellison, CEO of Alameda; and Nishad Singh, FTX head of engineering, all pleaded guilty to charges a month after the crypto exchange and sister company’

Walmart and Outlier Ventures’ web3 accelerator launches with five startups

Walmart’s incubation arm, Store Nº8, and Outlier Ventures have joined forces to launch its web3 accelerator program, Store Nº8 Base Camp. TechCrunch got a first look at its cohort. The 12-week vir

There’s ‘great hope’ for bitcoin spot ETF approval in 2024, says Bitwise’s general counsel

Even though the industry has been slowly moving toward regulation, the future ahead looks bright.

Third Point managing director doubles down on SBF investor fraud in trial testimony

Robert Boroujerdi, managing director at Third Point, testified on Thursday at Sam Bankman-Fried’s trial in assistance with the government’s case to try and find the defendant guilty on seven count

SBF trial brings in FTX exec and experts, NY AG sues three crypto firms for fraud, Reddit kills blockchain program and FTC sues bankrupt Voyager

Welcome back to Chain Reaction. It’s week three of the Sam Bankman-Fried trial…how are you holding up?

SBF asked FTX general counsel to create ‘legal justification’ for using billions in customer funds amid collapse

Can Sun, former FTX general counsel, took the stand on Thursday to testify on behalf of the prosecution’s case against Sam Bankman-Fried. Sun has a non-prosecution agreement in exchange for his coop

NY attorney general sues Gemini, Genesis and DCG for allegedly defrauding crypto investors of over $1B

New York Attorney General Letitia James filed a lawsuit against three crypto companies: Gemini Trust Company, Genesis Global Capital and its affiliates and Digital Currency Group (DCG) for allegedly d

FTX misused customer funds, accounting expert who assisted in Enron prosecution testifies

The Sam Bankman-Fried trial is 11 days in and witnesses continue to take the stand on behalf of the prosecution’s case. The defamed former co-founder of FTX and Alameda is on trial for seven crimina

Meet Alliance DAO’s latest accelerator cohort of startups building in crypto winter

TechCrunch+ got to see a number of startups during web3 accelerator Alliance DAO’s latest demo day, which we're covering exclusively.

Trezor launches two new devices to help onboard crypto newbies

Trezor, a hardware crypto wallet company, debuted two new products this week at the Bitcoin Amsterdam conference — and we got to take a first look at them. Trezor Safe 3, a hardware crypto walle

FTX trial stirs up more chaos as ex Alameda CEO Caroline Ellison testifies on faulty balance sheets, bribes and more

Welcome back to Chain Reaction. It’s week two of the Sam Bankman-Fried trial and I’m writing this live from outside the Southern District of New York courthouse.

Former Alameda CEO Caroline Ellison explains how FTX hid losses, sandbagged lenders

“We were in a bad situation,” Ellison said.
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