• 7 Participatory Budgeting use cases: CivicTech is global
    by efipylarinou on May 21, 2019 at 4:04 am

      It was only last week that I took my first deep dive into CivicTech, thanks to the Costa Vayenas, the director of the Procivis Think Tank and author of the book Democracy in the Digital Age. As usual, there is no clear definition of what CivicTech is and there is a lot of debate […]

  • Top 7 Crypto Exchanges for IEOs
    by Ilias Louis Hatzis on May 20, 2019 at 5:00 am

    Last week our theme was “Bitcoin going parabolic. ALT Season is Almost Here!“ Our theme for this week is “Top 10 Crypto Exchanges for IEOs” TLDR. Initial Exchange Offerings (IEOs) are picking up steam, capturing the interest of investors, project teams, and exchanges. IEOs have been breathing new life into the dying ICO model. While the […]

  • The PewDiePie deal with Dlive is a big move forward for decentralized Blockchain media
    by Bernard Lunn on May 18, 2019 at 5:00 am

    TLDR. Centralized media (Facebook, Twitter, Google/You Tube etc) is in a perfect storm of privacy concerns/regulation, censorship/deplatforming and the resistance to advertising due to adblockers and runaway bots. The idea of decentralized media via immutable permissionless Blockchain networks is appealing as a solution. Yet the status quo seems to prevail and radical decentralized alternatives such as […]

  • Silicon Valley Stock Exchange and the Saints of Wall Street
    by Arun Krishnakumar on May 17, 2019 at 4:00 am

    A week ago, the news of the Long Term Stock Exchange (LTSE) backed by some of the biggest names in Silicon Valley emerged. The Elites in the valley, including Marc Andreessen, Reid Hoffman and Peter Thiel have joined hands to set up a stock exchange where firms do not have to worry about “Short Termism”. […]

  • Enjoying a cool discussion of InsurTech carrier Lemonade, not too sweet, not too sour
    by Pat Kelahan on May 16, 2019 at 5:00 am

    TLDR How can an interview with an insurance startup founder go from discussing InsurTech and innovation, and end up focusing on the concept of a Ulysses Contract, Game Theory, Prisoners’ Dilemma, and the Nash Equilibrium?  Simple- find some time to talk with Daniel Schreiber, serial entrepreneur and now CEO of Lemonade Insurance.  It’s certain that […]

  • Royalty, supply chain finance and Hollywood-esque mystique
    by Jessica Ellerm on May 15, 2019 at 7:42 am

    With a name that sounds like it was lifted from the screenplay of Casino Royale, Lex Greensill, the London based, Australian entrepreneur betting big on supply chain finance, has scored a strong indication his bet might play out, with news this week his company Greensill had cashed in a $800 million equity injection from Softbank. […]

  • Telecom Fintech innovation is spreading
    by efipylarinou on May 14, 2019 at 4:31 am

    MPesa`s early success in Kenya, will remain the mobile money business case study of payment innovation in Emerging markets[1]. It was 12 years ago; in 2007 when Vodafone launched the service. Africa continues to be the continent where `Necessity is the mother of invention`. Africa brings to market further efficiencies, improving the MPesa business model […]

  • Bitcoin going parabolic. ALT Season is Almost Here!
    by Ilias Louis Hatzis on May 13, 2019 at 4:00 am

    Last week our theme was “Initial Exchange Offerings: 2019 is the year of the IEO.“ Our theme for this week is “Bitcoin going parabolic. ALT Season Here” TLDR. Its been an extraordinary week. Binance was hacked for $40 million worth of cryptocurrency. Warren Buffett bashed Bitcoin and cryptocurrency. Bitcoin broke $7500. The negative news didn’t […]

  • How the Venture Studio model, borrowed from Hollywood, may finance the Blockchain Economy, replacing the current Fund centric model that drives Silicon Valley.
    by Bernard Lunn on May 11, 2019 at 5:00 am

    TLDR Hollywood & Silicon Valley both have proven models for harnessing ideas & talent to big profits. As we move from rock stars to film stars to code stars, the model from down south in LA is moving north to Silicon Valley and all places where tech ventures are created. This paradigm shift reduces the […]

  • World’s first Central Bank Digital Currency payment successful- MAS lead the way
    by Arun Krishnakumar on May 10, 2019 at 4:00 am

    The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) have been piloting several Blockchain use cases over the past few years. Central Bank Digital Currency (CBDC) was one of the key focus areas of Project Ubin – MAS’ Blockchain initiative. In September 2018, I had published my post on Singapore and their efforts around Blockchain. With the five […]

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