Ryan Taylor doesn’t immediately come across as a cryptocurrency bigwig. When we meet, he’s wearing a sharply tailored suit that screams Wall Street, while also radiating a grounded, no-nonsense, slightly dweeby air that couldn’t be further from the sector’s dominant piratical edge. He doesn’t seem like he’d have much interest in your average ICO-funded boat party.
That’s probably exactly why he’s managed, in a shifting series of leadership roles, to keep Dash a top-20 cryptocurrency for more than four years—eons in crypto time. His current role is as CEO of Dash Core Group (DCG), a for-profit company that is funded by the Dash network and makes major contributions to it, but ultimately answers to the network’s maintainers. We discussed the sophisticated governance and technical innovations that now make Dash seem increasingly ahead of its time—and in the end, he showed he’s ready to be just as bold as anyone in crypto.