Melanie Swan is a Technology Theorist in the Philosophy Department at Purdue University. She is the author of the best-selling book /Blockchain: Blueprint for a New Economy/. She is the founder of several startups including the Institute for Blockchain Studies, DIYgenomics, GroupPurchase, and the MS Futures Group. Her educational background includes an MBA in Finance and Accounting from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, an MA in Philosophy from the New School in New York, and a BA in French and Economics from Georgetown University. She is a faculty member at Singularity University, an advisor to FQXi, and an Affiliate Scholar at the Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technology.