Anastasia Chernikova
Journalist, writer, consultant


Hello! I’m Anastasia (Nastya for short). I’m a journalist and writer covering mental health and leadership for Fast Company,,, and other magazines. From interviewing Jan Koum, the Founder of WhatsApp right after he sold his messenger to Facebook for $18B to Vitalik Buterin who’s reshaped the crypto scene as we know it, my work has taken me around the world from Moscow to New York City.

I’m based in Brooklyn, New York. In addition to my work as a journalist, I’ve helped organize some of the largest blockchain and fintech events in the US and Europe. In San Francisco and New York, I hosted conferences with leaders including Nick Szabo (some say he is Satoshi, but I have doubts), Michael Arrington (the founder of TechCrunch, who bid heavily on Ripple), Tim Draper (one of the early investors in Coinbase and Tesla), and more.

I’m also running Vivid Minds, a newsletter-driven media featuring leaders who overcome challenges yet proceed to move forward.

I’m now pursuing an MFA program in creative nonfiction at Sarah Lawrence College, New York.



    What I can help with:

    – Media training: Emprowering clients to help them effectively communicate with the media, handle interviews, and manage media relationships.

    – Business media landspace: Providing an overview of the specifics of various business outlets.

    – How to build a media/blog inside your company: from developing a content grid to hiring editors and proofreaders.

    – Crafting a story: Providing advice on how it’s best to develop a story.

    – Content strategy: Developing content strategies that align with your business goals.

    – Personal brand: Where to pitch and write even from outside of the US.

    – Impactful storytelling: How to develop an important story and make it seen.

    – Identifying your news angles: How to understand what is the most newsworthy for your story.

    – Data-driven pitch: How to use data effectively in your pitch.

    – In-house media team: How to handle media presence in-house, without hiring a PR agency

    – Online presence on social media: Dos and don’ts of promoting your brand.

    – How writing can change your life as an entrepreneur.

    Didn’t find your question? Feel free to send it to me at, and I’ll be in touch.

    Vivid Minds

    Vivid Minds is a newsletter-driven media website dedicated to stories about how leaders overcome challenges and move forward.