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Harmony CEO and founder Tse sees future in DeFi

by Blocks99

6 months ago

Blockchain platform Harmony CEO and founder Stephen Tse draws on a background in research, systems and programming. The blockchain entrepreneur sees a bright future in DeFi tech.   Harmony CEO Tse is clearly committed to a future in DeFi. He did his master’s in mathematics and computer science and PhD in compilers, before moving on to type theory. To really understand what role other infrastructures play, he went to Google for a few years and worked on Google Maps. Stephen sold his first startup to Apple. “So many of us got together at Google leaving the big...
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MIT economist at Davos: More women equals more collaboration

by Blocks99

6 months ago

We had the privilege of speaking with MIT economist Navroop Sahdev at the WEF. Her new initiative, The Digital Economist, has a bold vision of a human-centered technological convergence. Navroop Sahdev and Blocks99 Editor in Chief Mike Durrie in Davos As an MIT economist, Navroop has been deeply involved in the blockchain space for years. She co-authored the influential book, “Blockchain Economics: Implications of Distributed Ledgers: Markets, Communications Networks, and Algorithmic Reality,” contributing to the chapter on value creation with tokenized assets. The...
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DLT and FinTech professor: DeFi is here to stay

by Blocks99

7 months ago

Bestselling author Prof. Dr. Fabian Schär talks about blockchain and the future of finance. The DLT and FinTech professor also shares his views on public and private blockchains and Facebook’s Libra. Prof. Dr. Fabian Schär is the Credit Suisse Asset Management (Switzerland) Professor for Distributed Ledger Technology and Fintech at the Faculty of Business and Economics, University of Basel. In addition to DLT and FinTech teaching, he is the Managing Director of the Center for Innovative Finance at the University of Basel. His research focus is on the potential and...
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Futurist entrepreneur: Climate change is an opportunity and a duty

by Blocks99

7 months ago

Serial futurist entrepreneur in areas like exponential finance Tobias Reichmuth shares his thoughts on topics like investment in climate-change countermeasures and blockchain solutions. As a futurist entrepreneur and investor, Tobias Reichmuth focuses on what he considers the most important challenge of the 21st century: global warming and climate change. He has founded SUSI Partners AG to mobilize institutional capital to finance energy transition infrastructure projects. He also co-founded The Singularity Group, an asset management firm based in Switzerland and Luxembourg...
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Blockchain entrepreneur says the tech can support democracy

by Blocks99

7 months ago

Serial blockchain entrepreneur Daniel Gasteiger shares insights into blockchain tech in e-government and e-voting. He also says the tech can help fight fake news and support transparent information. Daniel Gasteiger is a blockchain entrepreneur with over 20 years of practical managing director-level banking experience at Credit Suisse and UBS covering various disciplines in investment banking and at the Chairman’s office. In 2015, he co-founded Nexussquared, Switzerland's first dedicated blockchain business and startup platform. Following that, he incorporated Procivis AG...
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PwC FinTech expert: Tokenization will enable millennials to invest in what...

by Blocks99

7 months ago

Award-winning futurist author Daniel Diemers talks about cyborgs and humans, new financial services like tokenization, blockchain regulation and developments in mature and emerging markets. Daniel Diemers studied economics at the University of St. Gallen HSG and has a PhD in “Virtual Communities.” In 1997 he won the European Honeywell Futurist Award and his book “Virtual Triad: Cyberspace, Cyborgs and Artificial Intelligence” was published in 2002. Tokenization is one of his special interests. As an entrepreneur and founder, he worked in the field of Internet-based...
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Leading German blockchain scholar: Germany is front-running

by Blocks99

8 months ago

Frankfurt School Blockchain Center Head Philipp Sandner on the German blockchain landscape, the newly passed law on cryptocurrencies and what Germany needs to become a blockchain powerhouse. Philipp Sandner is Head of the Frankfurt School Blockchain Center at the Frankfurt School of Finance & Management (FSBC). Launched in February 2017, FSBC and is a think tank and research center that investigates implications of blockchain technology for companies and their business models. Besides the development of prototypes, it serves as a platform for managers, startups, technology...
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Tech investment expert Pflugi: Blockchain will change business models

by Blocks99

8 months ago

Swiss tech investment advisor Evelyne Pflugi talks about value creation through the exponentially developing technologies that are reshaping industries and society. Evelyne Pflugi is CEO and Co-Founder of The Singularity Group, a Zurich-based investment advisory dedicated to developing tech investment strategies and vehicles that enable investors to capitalize on exponential innovation across all industries and sectors. Her previous positions include roles as Portfolio Manager for Energy and Resources Funds at GAM Investment Management and Capital Research Global Investors...
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Blockchain and real estate expert: Tokenization can widen bottlenecks in...

by Blocks99

8 months ago

Vietnamese-German economist Binh Nguyen Thanh talks about attitudes and blockchain and real estate, tokenization and the correlation between economic policies and cryptocurrency prices. Binh is a financial economist particularly interested in blockchain, FinTech, cryptocurrency and real estate. He is currently the Program Manager of Finance (Acting) at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (Vietnam Campus). In this role, Binh provides the school with academic support and leadership and ensures the high quality of the student experience in the finance courses. Binh...
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FinTech and Bitcoin pioneer Bernegger: You can’t stop technology – that’s...

by Blocks99

8 months ago

Serial entrepreneur and FinTech investor Marc P. Bernegger talks about developments in FinTech and cryptocurrency. As a Bitcoin pioneer, he sees crypto as unstoppable. [caption id="attachment_1256" align="alignnone" width="1500"] Bitcoin pioneer Marc P. Bernegger speaking at the panel Europe Fintech Landscape at Exponential Finance Summit in Zurich in November 2019[/caption]   Marc P. Bernegger co-founded the party platform usgang.ch in his twenties and sold it later to Axel Springer Media. He is co-founder of amiando, a ticketing platform, which was bought by Xing and...
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Zilliqa Co-Founder Max Kantelia on blockchain: The tech works. Start thinking...

by Blocks99

9 months ago

Tech entrepreneur Max Kantelia on blockchain, diversity, financial inclusion and the need to stop explaining the technology and come up with cool solutions.   Max Kantelia is CEO & Co-Founder at Anquan Capital, a group of deep-tech companies that includes Zilliqa, Anqlave and Aqilliz. Zilliqa is a blockchain platform built for secure, scalable applications across a variety of industries, ranging from financial services, digital advertising, and gaming. Max is a serial entrepreneur with over 25 years of experience in building technology companies to deliver...
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Hedera co-founder and entrepreneur Tom Trowbridge: Preventing forks gives...

by Blocks99

9 months ago

Tech and finance investor and entrepreneur Tom Trowbridge talks about Hedera, Bitcoin and the formidable financial and economic power the Libra Association could potentially wield. Entrepreneur Tom Trowbridge went to Yale University and after graduation spent six years advising and investing in technology companies before going to business school. His first job after college was in technology and telecom investment banking. The US had just passed the telecommunications deregulation act, and the industry was booming. After two years, Tom joined to a private equity firm and spent...
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Thomas Moser, Swiss National Bank: Bitcoin has more users than the population...

by Blocks99

9 months ago

Thomas Moser of the Swiss National Bank on FinTech, cryptocurrency and disruption of the finance industry. He also shares his views on central bank digital currency (CBDC). Thomas Moser has been an Alternate Member of the Governing Board and Deputy Head of Department of the Swiss National Bank since the beginning of 2010. Before joining the Enlarged Governing Board of the Swiss National Bank, Thomas Moser was Executive Director at the International Monetary Fund (IMF) in Washington D.C. (2006–2009), economist at the KOF Swiss Economic Institute ETH Zurich, and research and...
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ConsenSys FinTech Co-Head Sokolin: Banks are like CD producers facing Spotify

by Blocks99

9 months ago

Part II of the two-part interview with ConsenSys FinTech Co-Head: Lex Sokolin talks about DeFi, the digital disruption of banking, the recent boom and bust in cryptocurrency and what business can learn from art. Read part I of the two-part interview with ConsenSys FinTech Co-Head Lex Sokolin here ConsenSys FinTech Co-Head Lex Sokolin is a futurist and entrepreneur working on the next generation of financial services. He is the Global FinTech Co-Head at ConsenSys, a blockchain technology company building the infrastructure, applications, and practices that enable a...
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ConsenSys FinTech Co-Head Sokolin: DeFi infrastructure is needed

by Blocks99

9 months ago

Part one of a two-part interview: Lex Sokolin talks about his journey from pre-2008 investment banking to the center of today’s FinTech and blockchain action – and why DeFi infrastructure is needed. Lex Sokolin is a futurist and entrepreneur working on the next generation of financial services, with a conviction that DeFi infrastructure is needed. He is the Global FinTech Co-Head at ConsenSys, a blockchain technology company building the infrastructure, applications and practices that enable a decentralized world. Lex focuses on emerging digital assets, public and private...
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Advisor to Thai Commerce Ministry: Blockchain adoption can drive sustainable...

by Blocks99

9 months ago

Prinn Panitchpakdi talks about the need for financial and technological education, blockchain adoption and healthy economic growth in Thailand. This is part three of a three-part interview. Blocks99 had the honor of speaking with Prinn Panitchpakdi – Advisor to Thailand Minister of Commerce – about blockchain adoption in Thailand and other topics in October 2019. When Thailand formed a new government following this year’s election, Panitchpakdi of the minority Democrat Party was appointed Head of the Economic Team, an excellent fit considering his background in business and...
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Advisor to Thai Commerce Ministry: Let’s not overregulate crypto

by Blocks99

10 months ago

Prinn Panitchpakdi warns not to overregulate crypto. Companies have gained a foothold without legal clarity, and blockchain needs wiggle room. This is part two of a three-part interview. Blocks99 had the honor of speaking with Prinn Panitchpakdi – Advisor to Thailand Minister of Commerce – about blockchain in Thailand and other topics in October 2019, including the problems involved when governments overregulate crypto. When Thailand formed a new government following this year’s election, Panitchpakdi of the minority Democrat Party was appointed Head of the Economic Team,...
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Advisor to Thai Commerce Ministry wants laws favoring blockchain startups

by Blocks99

10 months ago

Prinn Panitchpakdi is passionate about driving the grassroots Thai economy, with a special focus on digital and blockchain startups. This is part one of a three-part interview.   Blocks99 had the honor of speaking with Prinn Panitchpakdi – Advisor to Thailand Minister of Commerce – about blockchain startups in Thailand and other topics in October 2019. When Thailand formed a new government following this year’s election, Panitchpakdi of the minority Democrat Party was appointed Head of the Economic Team, an excellent fit considering his background in business and...

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