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Blockchain is the technology behind bitcoin, a huge database distributed in numerous servers all around the world that gathers all the transactions made in bitcoins. It supports secure and reliable financial transactions between two parties without intermediaries, thus driving down costs. We list below some blockchain experts that you can not miss.
Don Tapscott is cofounder and chairman of the Blockchain Research Institute, a Toronto-based think tank that consults businesses and governments on how to make the most of blockchain technology. He co-wrote his latest book, “Blockchain Revolution,” with his son Alex.
Susanne Chishti is the CEO of Fintech Circle, Europe’s 1st Angel Network focused on fintech opportunities & Founder of the Fintech Circle Institute, the 1st peer-to-peer online fintech learning platform. She is also the Co-Editor of the Bestseller “The Fintech Book” which has been translated into 5 languages and is sold across 107 countries. Susanne is recognised in the European Digital Financial Services ‘Power 50’ 2015, an independent ranking of the most influential people in digital financial services in Europe. She has been selected as top 15 Fintech UK twitter influencer and as a “City Innovator – Inspirational Woman” in 2016. She has also been a fintech TV Commentator on CNBC and is a guest lecturer on financial technology at the University of Cambridge.
Brock Pierce is an entrepreneur and venture capitalist with an extensive track record of founding, advising and investing in disruptive businesses. He pioneered the market for digital currency in games and has raised more than $500 million for companies he has founded. He is the Chairman of the Bitcoin Foundation, co-founder of Blockchain Capital, co-founder and Head of Strategy at Block.one, founding board member of Mastercoin (inventor of the ICO), and an advisor to Bancor.
Julian Hosp became a serial entrepreneur, bestselling author and keynote-speaker after his successful career as a professional kitesurfer (ranking among top 10 in the world) and later as a trauma surgeon. He co-founded the Singapore based FinTech company TenX, the only company worldwide that makes multiple digital currencies instantly spendable anytime anywhere by offering a debit card payment system to its users. Julian was named one of the top Blockchain and Cryptocurrency experts in the world, is a frequently invited speaker at global Tech/FinTech events as well as a regular commentator in the media on current blockchain trends, the future of cryptocurrency and best ICO practices.
Kuchkovsky is the CTO of New Digital Businesses in BBVA. The speech by this computer engineer, who worked as a consultant for financial institutions and designed videogames before joining BBVA, is in keeping with the bank’s avant garde and modern image. For years, BBVA has been working toward dialoguing with machines and becoming a leading software company, influenced by the major industries of the 21st century which center their activities around programmable language codes. Along these lines, Kuchkovsky told CriptoNoticias that BBVA is going to great lengths “to find out the financial needs of automated and connected things and to study how Blockchain might be a powerful solution to oversee relationships between companies or individuals and machines or things”.
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In just one year, the second European Payment Services Directive—or PSD2 as it is better known—has created a new scenario combining innovation and security, in which banks have been progressively opening up access to their infrastructure to third parties.
On December 23, 2015, Directive 2015/2366 of the European Parliament and Council, known as the PSD2 directive, was approved, providing a new regulatory framework for the use of mobile payments, tools from non-banking institutions and enhanced security. What do these changes mean compared to the first PSD and how do they affect companies?
While countries like Singapore lead the drive for open banking in the region, larger ones like Japan are slowing down. The twinned nations in the Commonwealth look at each other and the United Kingdom in their strategies.