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Notes from Consensus – Day 3 and Recap Blog,Commentary,Feature,Fintech

Consensus ended with a short, half-day of sessions on Wednesday, but the energy and number of participants was not diminished in the slightest. In fact, you might have thought that they were giving jobs away for free by the number of bright, young (and some old) faces that bustled at the afternoon job fair. Unlike a run-of-the-mill industry conference, where attendees linger more as a sign of duty, those at Consensus were energetic and boldly inquisitive. If only one in a hundred does well, that will be 85 new crypto millionaires out to make the world a better place. The…

Notes from Consensus 2018 – Day 2 Blog

As expected, Day 2 of Coindesk’s Consensus conference lacked some of the energy and fireworks of the first day but it did manage to defy what seems to be a law of nature: fewer people in attendance at the second day of an industry event when compared to the first. In this case, Coindesk announced that total registration ticked up to over 8,500 and it was definitely harder to fight the lines for lunch on the second day compared to the first. Somehow I survived. Beyond that, there was the expected slew of mostly underwhelming corporate enterprise announcements, some insights…

Notes from The Trading Show Chicago 2018 Blockchain,Blog,Commentary,CryptoMarkets

Terrapinn’s Trading Show has established itself as a sure sign of spring in Chicago, and while the past few years have found the event swinging heavily to a focus on the technology side of trading, including chips, servers, databases and connectivity, the 2018 edition of the show had a strong leaning towards…you guessed it: cryptocurrencies. Everywhere you go in financial markets in 2018, bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies are sure to be there. The exhibitors at the conference still skewed to the hard technology side (let’s face it, all of trading is touched by technology at this point) but the open…

Chicago Venture Capital Firms Are Funding Fintech Blockchain,Blog,Commentary,CryptoMarkets,Fintech

Chicago may not be doing as well as some other cities in certain areas, but it is leading the charge in technological innovation in the financial world and in the crypto world. Several Chicago-based venture capital companies took part in a panel on financial innovation moderated by Chuck Mackie, consultant at Maven Wave Partners and contributing editor to John Lothian News, at The Trading Show Chicago on Thursday. DRW works with companies on development in the later stages. Its Digital Asset Holdings venture, headed by Blythe Masters, is building a database to speed up trading, clearing and settlement using blockchain…

New CryptoMarketsWiki.com Site Planned by John Lothian Blog,Commentary,Mwiki,ReformWiki

John Lothian, the publisher of the John Lothian Newsletter and founder of MarketsWiki, today announced a new microwiki website, CryptoMarketsWiki (CMW), is in development in the burgeoning crypto markets area to launch late in the second quarter of 2018. The aim of CMW will be to educate and inform the public, traders, investors, industry professionals, government employees, the media and others interested in cryptomarkets, fintech, and related regtech subjects. “The crypto markets have grabbed the public’s attention, but there is a great deal of self-serving, promotional information that is being passed off as educational, and the investing public needs an…

CryptoCon 2018 – Impressions Blog,Commentary,Feature,Fintech

You practically can’t walk down the street these days without bumping into a conference, seminar, or MeetUp about blockchain and cryptocurrencies as the bitcoin fever of 2017 has metastasized into a cottage industry bent on “figuring it out.” If the results from last week’s FinTank CryptoCon are any indication, the crypto industry is further along than you thought but still very much in its early stages. Aside from its name, which has to make any branding expert cringe, CryptoCon was excellent in terms of the quality of the speakers and breadth of material covered, not to mention strict adherence to…

Highlights from the International Blockchain Conference Blog,Feature

The Innovation and Development Foundation (IDF) presented the International Blockchain Congress at mHub on February 9 and it was a bit like taking a train trip on Amtrak; it started late, got a little bit later at each stop along the way, and somehow still managed to be rewarding at the same time. The event highlighted how many exciting projects and developments are taking place with blockchain, the dynamic international community that is propelling progress, and just how hard it still is to separate the gold from pyrite at this point. Highlights from the conference included: Still struggling with blockchain…