Zach Sokol

The Cash Only co-founder on twin booms, legacy markets, and consulting for sex workers.


Since I was a kid, I always wanted to be a writer. It was never a soccer player or rock star—always a writer. 

I’m from a town in Massachusetts called Sherborn. It’s near Wellesley, Framingham, and Natick. It’s in the middle of nowhere. All woods, no commercial stores, no sidewalks. The only thing people seem to know about it is that Shutter Island was filmed there because there was an abandoned insane asylum attached to my high school. It’s also where we’d often smoke weed.


Being a twin is one of the most defining factors of my life. 



My attitude was, “This is a really fucking expensive private institution. If I’m gonna be in New York, I need to work constantly, nonstop.” And from day one, I did.



All of a sudden everyone had Pelican cases and were using Wickr to message things. It felt like a moment of change.