Posts Tagged ‘opinion’

The DAICO: ICO Savior Or Wolf In Sheep’s Clothing?

Last week, a gaming platform called The Abyss closed its sale and launched one of the first decentralized autonomous initial coin offerings (DAICO). Originally proposed by Vitalik Buterin, the DAICO aims to empower investors and provide more accountability to a rattled ICO market. In a traditional ICO, a development team receives the entire amount raised in one lump sum […]

Digital Disruption: How Fintech is Pushing Banks to Change

Fintech has brought unprecedented disruption in the financial services ecosystem. Legacy financial institutions looking to become digital-enabled face two main challenges. First, the business models and personal skills that have served the industry well for decades has been disrupted by digital innovation and no longer works in the new banking ecosystem. Second, attempts to create new, […]

Fintech: Next wave of innovation to focus on B2B needs

Inter-business transactions can be a headache for small and medium enterprises (SMEs) due to the extensive documentation required, not to mention the cost of transferring funds. Fintech could provide the solution, says Kerry Agiasotis, managing director and executive vice-president of Sage Asia Pacific. He believes that payment-related fintech solutions could help drive real efficiencies in […]

Fintech is disrupting big banks, but here’s what it still needs to learn from them

Much of the hype around fintech focuses on what traditional banks do wrong: they’re slow to adopt new technology; they don’t center the customer; they’re too big to respond nimbly to change. This narrative is part of why fintech continues to attract massive investment, with $31 billion total flowing into the sector last year, according […]

Move ‘Em Out: ICOs Don’t Seem So Scary Outside the US

In an environment of regulatory uncertainty, where the SEC has begun investigating ICOs and the industry surrounding the capital raising technology but has yet to make a formal decision of how it will regulate crypto tokens, issuers and other stakeholders are finding other jurisdictions a better bet for launching their projects. Both on stage and off during Blockchain […]

E-Commerce Giant Alibaba’s Jack Ma Says Blockchain Is Not a Bubble, Bitcoin Is

Jack Ma, the founder of Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba, spoke out at the 2nd World Intelligence Conference in Tianjin, saying that blockchain technology is not a bubble, but Bitcoin is. Ma said he has been researching blockchain for years, and believes strongly in its potential to address issues of data privacy and security for society […]

There’s a Fundamental Divide in the World of Blockchain

The Consensus conference in New York City was a collision of worlds. Crypto entrepreneurs are more confident than ever that the token economy is the decentralized future of blockchain. The enterprise blockchain market, meanwhile, is looking beyond coins to deploy private, permissioned blockchains across different facets of their businesses. Cryptocurrency panels delved into complex issues like […]

Investors are going to buy bitcoin whether advisors like it or not, says financial pundit

Many investors wonder when the right time will be to put some money in bitcoin. It’s a question that financial advisors increasingly hear these days. Yet advisors, for the most part, don’t recommend investing in digital currency, or in the investment vehicles that have cropped up around it, at all. Lex Sokolin, global director of fintech […]

Japan shouldn’t try and replicate Silicon Valley to spur innovation, venture capitalist says

If Japan wants to spur innovation from startups, it shouldn’t try to replicate Silicon Valley. That’s the message from James Riney — head of venture capital fund 500 Startups Japan — to companies nationwide amid the increased attention given to startups. A former banker at JPMorgan Chase & Co. in Tokyo, Riney said one way Japan […]

Five Reasons Why Balanced Teams Are So Important For Startups

Ben Jen — serial entrepreneur, angel investor and startup strategist, serving as principal consultant and investor with Ben Jen Holdings LLC — has identified five reasons why balanced teams lead to successful early-stage ventures. Balanced teams provide varied perspectives. Balanced teams define startup culture, which can make or break your business. Balanced teams create synergy. Venture capitalists […]