Dr. Cathy Barrera

Expert in blockchain economics, investor, researcher and writer

Cathy is a noted expert on the interplay of technology and the economy, having been appeared on CNN, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post among others. She researches, writes, and teaches about the digital revolution, entrepreneurship, and the future of work. 

She is the Co-Founder and Chief Economist at Prysm Group (, a blockchain economics and governance design firm. She is a Partner at Prysm Group Capital, a venture fund for early stage blockchain startups. 

Cathy is a former tenure-track faculty at Cornell University and currently serves as a contributor to the MIT Cryptoeconomics Lab  and as the Chief Economist at ZipRecruiter. She holds a Master’s in Applicable Mathematics from the LSE and a PhD in Business Economics from Harvard University. 



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