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World’s Biggest Insurtech Conference Captures Industry Mood on Blockchain, AI

On October 2-3, 2018 Oliver Wyman, a global management consulting firm, presented Insuretech Connect at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada. The event was promoted as the largest annual insurtech event in the world, this year boasting over 6000 registered guests and over 250… Read More

Stanford-Trained Brazilian Professor Warns SEC Not to Approve Bitcoin ETF

A Stanford-trained Brazilian professor of computer science has left several of the sacred cows of Bitcoin wounded in the field after submitting a systematic take down of several of the coin’s tropes questioning manipulators in a submission to the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC)…. Read More

tZero Distributes Security Token to Investors, Plans Secondary Trading

tZero, Overstock.com’s (NASDAQ:OSTK) blockchain based crypto platform, has distributed its own security token. tZero, a registered alternative trading system (ATS), closed a funding round in August with investors purchasing $134 million of preferred equity in the startup. The funding delivered unicorn status to a marketplace… Read More

Crypto Industry Responds to Old School Finance Getting into Crypto as Fidelity Launches Fidelity Digital Assets

Fidelity, a nearly seventy year old financial firm with $7.2 trillion in assets under management, announced its entry into blockchain based finance today with the launch of Fidelity Digital Assets. The vision is to offer institutional quality trading in crypto while providing a superior level … Read More

Britain Leading the World – or Losing a Historic Opportunity Forever: An Open Letter to Philip Hammond

On the brink of Brexit, whatever happens, and as the USA cedes it, Britain can – and should – be again providing leadership at a historic turning point for the world. However, despite warm words and good intentions, we have started shooting ourselves in the… Read More

Hong Kong is Rocking Fintech

Later this month, Hong Kong will host their annual Fintech Week. This year’s event is being billed as the “world’s first” cross-border Fintech event. The multi-faceted conference will straddle Honk Kong and Shenzen – the relatively new metropolis that links Hong Kong to China’s mainland. Macao… Read More

China: WeiyangX Fintech Review

Alibaba Submits Blockchain Patent Applications that Allow “administrative intervention” On October 6th, Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba applied for a blockchain system patent, allowing third-party administrators to perform “special treatment” (e.g. suspend a smart contract or freeze an account associated with an illegal activity). For example,… Read More

Dr. Doom Does DC: Blockchain Industry Execs Fire Back at Roubini’s Comments from US Senate Hearing

This morning, well known economist Dr. Nouriel Roubini and Peter Van Valkenburg, Director of Research at Coin Center testified before the U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs. The topic of discussion was cryptocurrency and the emerging blockchain technology. Roubini attacked and Van… Read More

The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly: How Different Industries are Utilizing (or Exploiting) Blockchain Technology

When a new technology emerges, the word ‘disrupt’ is utilized to highlight the wonderful features to be developed and promises to be fulfilled. Since blockchain technology gained popularity in the last decade, the term blockchain has been linked to the term ‘disrupt’ almost as a… Read More

Dr. Nouriel Roubini Prepared Testimony: “Crypto is the Mother of All Scams” & Blockchain Most Overhyped Tech Ever

Dr. Nouriel Roubini, aka Dr. Doom, has posted his prepared testimony in advance of the Senate Banking Committee Hearing scheduled to take place tomorrow (October 11, 2018). As one may expect, Roubini has not held back one iota. His testimony is entitled; “Crypto is the… Read More

Security Token Launch Event: What’s Going on with Blockchain & Securities

Last week, the Security Token Academy held its second annual STO focused event in Manhattan. This year, attendance at the Security Token Industry Launch event increased dramatically as more financial services players are viewing securities on blockchain as a likely path for the future of… Read More

UiA: Norwegian University Launches Master’s Elective Crowdfunding Lab Course

Innovation Norway and the School of Business and Law at the University of Adger (UiA) have partnered to offer a master’s course in crowdfunding. In addition to lectures and teaching, participating students will be working with real campaigns from real companies. Reportedly, more than 20 companies and… Read More

Equity Crowdfunding Platform Anaxago Launches Asset Management Firm Anaxago Capital

A leading French equity platform, Anaxago is launching an asset management firm, Anaxago Capital, to attract more institutional investors and ready itself to fund larger projects. With this, Anaxago expects to double its outstanding investments by 2020. We spoke with Caroline Lamaud, Co-founder and Chairman… Read More

Circle’s Acquisition of SeedInvest is Indicative of a Big Change in the Investment Crowdfunding Industry

Yesterday, the online capital formation world witnessed a tectonic shift in the investment crowdfunding industry. Circle, a fast emerging crypto focused company, acquired leading US based investment crowdfunding platform SeedInvest. CI has been assured that CEO Ryan Feit will remain at the helm, along with his… Read More

More US Banks are Coming, Fintech Ones Too & That’s Good for Consumers

This week N26, a Germany based digital bank, announced it has set up shop in the United Kingdom. N26 already provides banking services in 17 European markets including France, Spain, Italy, Belgium and more. The launch of the challenger bank has long been expected but… Read More

From Goldman Sachs to Crypto: CoinFi Founder Believes it is the Dawn of a New Industry

CoinFi, is described as the “world’s first decentralized crypto market intelligence platform” designed to offer research, analysis and trading signals for crypto traders. The goal is to give users an edge when they speculate on the price movement of crypto – a higher that is… Read More

Will the EC Pass Pan European Crowdfunding Regulations, Including Initial Coin Offerings?

For quite some time now, the European Commission has been discussing creating a pan-European approach to investment crowdfunding. This policy move absolutely makes sense and clearly aligns with the Fintech Action Plan and Capital Markets Union. In many ways, creating a single law for all… Read More

Bitcoin Foundation Challenges French Pacte Bill and Bitlicense Proposal as France Preps ICO Legislation

The Bitcoin Foundation has submitted an opposition letter to the French Parliament Special Commission which is currently reviewing the PACTE legislation that is ostensibly designed to empower initial coin offerings (ICOs) in France. The Bitcoin Foundation “strongly opposes” an amendment apparently submitted on Friday, September… Read More

Exclusive! Mr & Mrs Smith Founder Tamara Lohan Discusses the Record-Breaking Crowdcube Raise, Global Travel Industry Growth & Women in Tech

Since Mr & Mrs Smith, a global luxury travel business, launched its equity crowdfunding campaign through Crowdcube in September, the business has been the first offering to top €5 million. At this writing, Mr & Mrs Smith has secured over £5,817,124 — overfunding by 581%–… Read More

What We Can Learn From the SEC’s Lawsuit Against Elon Musk

On September 27, 2018, the SEC filed a lawsuit against Elon Musk for committing securities fraud because of some tweets he published on August 7, 2018. A mere two days later, September 29, 2018, Musk settled with the SEC. As part of their settlement agreement,… Read More

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