Accelerate your understanding of bitcoin and cryptocurrency.

What We Do

Founded by Nugget’s News in 2020, Collective Shift is a platform designed to help people understand and navigate the world of bitcoin and cryptocurrency.

Collective Shift plays host to our free Knowledge Centre for early-stage learning and a Membership platform for more dedicated enthusiasts – delivering access to our exclusive Research Reports, Learning Resources, Daily Insights, Community Discussion, and much more.

What Is Nugget's News?

Founded in 2017 by Alex Saunders, Nugget’s News is a digital media channel that delivers unfiltered coverage of the latest developments in cryptocurrency, housing, precious metals, commodities, stocks and other financial markets.

Today, Nugget’s News regularly broadcasts to over 177,000 subscribers across YouTube and podcast platforms, and delivers exclusive research reports, learning resources, headline analyses and more exclusive content to over 5,000 Collective Shift members.

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Alex Saunders


Alex Saunders is the Founder and CEO of Nugget’s News, a digital media company focusing on education in cryptocurrency capability, products and markets. Alex has been captivated by cryptocurrency since 2012 and in 2017 he began educating globally on the benefits of cryptocurrency and how to safely acquire it.

A few months later he responded to huge demand and created Nugget’s News Crypto Community. A discussion group where he provides his unique perspective in this fast-moving space, utilising his expertise in fundamental analysis, technical analysis and market sentiment.

Alex has spoken at the Gold & Alternate Investments Conference in Sydney; appeared on Channel 10 and ABC Radio; and is a trusted voice and leader in the Australian crypto community. Nugget’s News has been listed as a top-20 podcast by Business Insider, ShapeShift and Lifehacker, and has over 120k YouTube subscribers with 9 million total views.

Alex is also heavily focused on his cryptocurrency education platform Collective Shift which currently serves over 4,000 members. He is working towards fulfilling his mission of making it easier for everyone to understand the financial world we live in.

Alex is a graduate of the University of Tasmania with a Bachelor of Pharmacy (Honours) and is a previous board member of Blockchain Australia (2019).

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ben simpson

executive director

Ben leads the business in creating and executing on core strategies that drive business growth, with focusses ranging from Strategy, Growth, Product Development, Brand & Marketing, Finance and Operations.

Ben left college at 17 to found a profitable custom sports apparel e-commerce store, shipping to sporting teams across Tasmania. In his down time, Ben loves watching sport, travelling, investing and drinking coffee.

matt willemsen

Head of Research & Content

Matt oversees a team of researchers, writers, editors and designers to produce quality content on cryptocurrency and open finance.

He has worked in the crypto space since 2017 as a writer, reporter and independent researcher.

Matt holds a bachelor’s degree in business from Monash University, double majoring in accounting and economics.

When he’s not deep down the crypto rabbit hole, Matt enjoys hiking and running as well as spending time with friends and family.

megan steicke

Head of Member Success

Megan oversees all things digital marketing—from strategy to planning to execution—and leverages her SMB social media marketing experience to optimise the reach and impact of Nugget’s News’ content.

She holds a bachelor’s degree in business from APM College of Business and Communication, majoring in marketing.

Outside of work, Megan is a passionate home-cook who’s big on podcasts, reading and barracking for the Bombers!

Nicholas Sciberras

Research Analyst

Nicholas performs in-depth cryptocurrency research to ensure members remain at the cutting edge. He also helps contextualise key events and narratives for members by staying attuned to the latest crypto and macro developments.

He holds a double bachelor’s degree in arts and commerce from Deakin University as well as a master’s degree in public policy and management from the University of Melbourne.

Prior to Nugget’s News, Nicholas worked as a chef for several years as well as a policy researcher.

He enjoys researching stocks, collecting records, attending live music and is a huge fan of VR.

Abigail McInnes

Executive Assistant

Abigail provides a high level of administrative support to Executive Director Ben Simpson and the Nugget’s News team, Abigail also assists with the daily operations of the business and web platforms.

She has a background in design and administrative support, having worked at various boutique businesses in Western Australia and Victoria.

In her free time, Abigail enjoys designing women’s apparel and home textiles as well as artistic skating and hiking.

sarah petty


Sarah contributes to the team by creating resources, writing articles and editing content in her role as an Editor.

She is a Monash University graduate with a Bachelor of Business (Banking & Finance) and a Bachelor of Arts (Journalism). 

Sarah is passionate about writing, both as a career and hobby, having travelled the world to pursue journalism. 

She also enjoys cooking and attending live music events in her spare time.

Marniesa Martinez

Member Support Coordinator

Marnie assists members with subscription-related enquiries, resolving member issues, concerns or feedback and works with the team to improve any member support systems and processes.

She holds a Bachelors degree in Business specialising in Tourism & Hospitality Management, where she has worked in various major hospitality venues including Qantas, Accor Hotels and Hub Australia.

Outside of work, Marnie is a passionate actress in both Theatre & Film, whose life long goal is to pursue it as a full-time career.

mark drever

design & creative services

Mark creates a number of visual brand elements for Nugget’s News’ social media and member-facing channels. Among these are website design, advertising material, internal documentation and reports.

With an advanced diploma in digital media, Mark has spent over 12 years working as a graphic designer and branding specialist with brands in gaming, tech, finance, manufacturing, construction and healthcare.

Whenever he can, Mark enjoys going to the footy and surfing.

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Audio Engineer