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Many opportunities and challenges are at the intersection of technology and financial services. And FinTech itself is rapidly evolving as businesses continuously innovate and new ideas come from unexpected places. At the same time, government regulators are trying to keep pace. Troy A. Paredes and Lee A. Schneider explore this disruption by engaging the leaders who are changing what FinTech is and how we think about it. In this biweekly podcast, Troy, former SEC Commissioner and founder of P ...
 
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Joachim Schwerin, principal economist at DG GROW within the European Commission, discusses that vision for Europe, how it is developing, and the impacts on and implications for individuals and small- to mid-sized businesses. There are many considerations at play and many different technologies, so the topic is a broad one. Joachim takes us on a tou…
 
A quick chat with Binance's David Prinçay at France's big tech conference, Vivatech. Always exciting to hear about Binance's investment in this ecosystem and to see the buzz around web3 and crypto at this year's Vivatech. ------ Don't miss out on the full Web3 Economy News experience by subscribing to the newsletter and news/interview podcasts at h…
 
After a fantastic round table discussion at Latitude 59 in Tallinn on the state of the European crypto/web3 regulatory environment and where things need to go from here, Ethan was able to sit down for a few minutes with Binance's EVP Europe, Martin Bruncko, and discuss all of their recent news and activity. The Binance Web3 Accelerator at Station F…
 
Estonian Minister for Entrepreneurship and Information Technology, Andres Sutt, sits down with Ethan at Tallinn's Latitude 59 conference to talk about web3, startups/scaleups, ecosystem attractivity, and more. ------ Don't miss out on the full Web3 Economy News experience by subscribing to the newsletter and news/interview podcasts at https://thewe…
 
Tim Mohin of Persefoni joins Troy and Lee to talk about the development over the years of disclosures related to carbon and other environmental topics. Tim’s extensive background in environmental science and climate disclosure gives him a distinctive perspective about how companies have voluntarily enhanced disclosures, what standards can apply to …
 
Troy and Lee have an engaging conversation with Kristin Smith, Executive Director of Blockchain Association, in which Kristin explains the roots of the organization, its growth, and its many initiatives. As she discusses, the community around blockchain and crypto is dynamic and engaged, and there is a lot of participation and a lot of desire to ge…
 
Melanie Pickett and Paul Fahey of Northern Trust join us to discuss how a traditional financial services company thinks about and engages with FinTech. Melanie focuses on front office solutions for clients while Paul leverages data science. They both are keenly focused on what a digital experience means, particularly what it means for humans and th…
 
Everybody talks about the difference between traditional banks and FinTech companies. Treasury Prime seeks to facilitate the interactions between the two so that banks can have a FinTech offering and FinTech can have the risk management and compliance of banks. CEO Christopher Dean is leading Treasury Prime into this world between these two major i…
 
Sadie Raney and Jesse Proudman talk to us about Makara, which they co-founded. The genesis of Makara came from their work at cryptoasset hedge fund, Strix Leviathan, and the desire to provide an accessible set of portfolios for investors. We hear the story behind Makara, their approach to educating investors, and their experience with regulators in…
 
Jan van Eck, CEO of VanEck, has continued his father’s work in the funds world. Jan sees Bitcoin as part technology and part store of value as it matures as an asset. He also shares his view that individual investors have insights that institutional investors sometimes miss. Jan's journey in considering the impacts of Bitcoin and other trends over …
 
Rana Gujral, CEO of Behavioral Signals, joins us to explain how his company uses AI to help businesses improve their customer interactions. Behavioral Signals has a cool technology that uses AI to learn speech patterns and match the people who are predicted to engage most effectively with each other, especially in tough conversations. There is a lo…
 
Join us for a great conversation with Alex Masmej, Founder of Showtime and creator of the $ALEX coin, where we discuss the state of NFTs, Creator Coins / Social Tokens, Bitclout, and what's coming for Showtime following this month's announcement of $7.8M in funding. More information on Showtime can be found at https://tryshowtime.com/ Don't miss ou…
 
In this episode of The Blockchain Economy, we have the wonderful opportunity to speak with Joris Delanoue, Co-Founder and COO of Fairmint, to discuss its mission of transitioning the world toward a model of stakeholder capitalism. Over the next 30 minutes, we will discuss their recent investment from Tim Draper, their NFT celebrating that conversat…
 
Christine Sandler, Joel Revill, and Anton Katz have at least one thing in common: they are all traditional capital markets people who have migrated to blockchain. Anton started Talos Trading; Joel started 2 Oceans Trust; and Christine led Fidelity into the space. From their very different but intersecting vantage points, we hear the story of the bi…
 
We continue our conversation with BitGo founder and CEO Mike Belshe with an in-depth discussion of business and regulation in the sphere of new technology. Mike makes the point that many cryptoassets are about money and therefore should be regulated. He outlines some principles for regulation that focus on adaptability and balance. Troy and Lee cha…
 
We are joined by Mike Belshe, founder and CEO of BitGo, a FinTech firm focused on custody and other services related to blockchain assets. Mike describes his journey from helping friends hold their Bitcoin in the early days to building and improving new techniques for the custody of these assets. He drew on his experience in other areas of technolo…
 
A peek into the future of secure IoT. We continue our conversation with Paul Clayson, CEO of AgilePQ. Paul announces an exclusive first that they will open source their algorithm soon! He explains the reasons behind that decision and the benefits of the open source movement. He also delves further into what the future of the internet may look like …
 
In this episode of The Blockchain Economy, we have the wonderful opportunity to speak with Corbin Page, Head of Product at Codefi, ConsenSys’ blockchain platform for commerce and finance. Over the next 30 minutes, we will hear about what Codefi is up to in decentralized finance and discuss stablecoins, decentralized exchanges, cross-chain liquidity…
 
A peek into the future of secure IoT. People talk a lot about the wave of internet of things (IoT) devices that will provide convenience to many aspects of our lives and revolutionize areas such as healthcare. The folks at AgilePQ, whose CEO Paul Clayson joins us for a fascinating conversation, focus on related cybersecurity. Paul warns about the d…
 
Bloomberg reporter and author Matt Leising joins Troy and Lee to discuss his recent book about the Ethereum blockchain and the DAO hack. Part history and part detective story, Matt doesn’t spoil the whodunnit but he gives us great insights into what happened and how he solved the mystery. He also talks a lot about his views regarding the promise of…
 
How might applying Nobel Prize winning economics to markets affect how they operate? Jesse is the COO at alternative trading system OneChronos. He explains the thinking behind the ATS and how it matches securities orders in a unique manner that employs Nobel Prize winning auction theory, probabilistic search, expressive bidding. and other advanced …
 
Cost/benefit analysis and emerging technologies. We continue our conversation with Haime Workie of FINRA’s Office of Financial Innovation with a deep exploration of questions about balancing policy and regulatory considerations with innovation and offering new products and services. Haime shares his views on the opportunities and challenges, both f…
 
The December 1st catch up on what is hot in Blockchain and CryptoAssets brings you the following 5 stories: Facebook's Libra rebrands as Diem ahead of an expected 2021 launch. LVL crypto exchange now offering free trades. Blockchain coalition Universal Protocol launches a tradable carbon credit token. European Central Bank outlines 4 work areas for…
 
The November 26th catch up on what is hot in Blockchain and CryptoAssets brings you the following 5 stories: DLA Piper tokenizes fine art with the first project leveraging their in-house tokenized security platform TOKO. 3 French Banks announce a Digital Interbank Currency Project. The Australian Border Force will leverage blockchain to simplify cr…
 
The November 24th catch up on what is hot in Blockchain and CryptoAssets brings you the following 6 stories: In Decentralized Finance news, Ethereum’s deposit contract has achieved the necessary minimum threshold in order to confirm the December 1st launch of Ethereum's proof of stake blockchain. Chainalysis Raises $100 Million at over $1 Billion V…
 
Can financial innovation create the best day ever? Haime heads FINRA’s Office of Financial Innovation where he and the team study the future of financial services and the potential impact of innovation on investors, markets, and FINRA’s mandate. This work involves lots of learning about new technologies and new applications of technology to all asp…
 
The November 18th catch up on what is hot in Blockchain and CryptoAssets brings you these eight stories: Wyoming elects a bullish on bitcoin Senator. Germany’s Etherisc is developing a DeFi solution for African agricultural insurance. Spain’s national payments processor, Iberpay, moves towards testing of its bank-backed digital currency solution. C…
 
Troy and Lee welcome Bea Wray and discuss her new book and its main messages. She teaches us about gratitude as an attitude and the art of “thank you” notes. It turns out that "thank you" notes can make a big difference in relationships, both business and personal. You might say that they are Bea’s “secret sauce.” We also talk about how to create a…
 
The GraniteShares CEO finishes our conversation sharing his thoughts about the differences between public companies and private companies and how public markets can force companies to have more discipline. He also offers insight into some of his ideas for ongoing innovation and our financial markets. Stay tuned at the end as Troy and Lee discuss wh…
 
William Rhind is founder and CEO of GraniteShares, a recent entrant in the exchange traded funds space. As William explains, financial innovation -- and associated disruption -- continues. That disruption could come from new goods or services or whole new business models. He also touches on themes we hear from other entrepreneurs around the challen…
 
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