Monthly Archives: October 2014

Eight reasons bankers and Fintech upstarts are “up at night” about Compliance

Originally posted on Daily Fintech:
Compliance is a big ugly problem and it’s getting worse and nobody has nailed it yet. That should have entrepreneurs salivating. Investors say, “show me compliance deals”. Bankers say, “show me a solution”. Startup founders say, “we must spend our precious cash on lawyers and regulatory experts”. Nobody loves compliance.…

A Message to the 21st Century

“So we must weigh and measure, bargain, compromise, and prevent the crushing of one form of life by its rivals. I know only too well that this is not a flag under which idealistic and enthusiastic young men and women may wish to march—it seems too tame, too reasonable, too bourgeois, it does not engage […]

Bitcoin 2.0: Sidechains And Ethereum And Zerocash, Oh My!

Originally posted on TechCrunch:
Strange, interesting, and wildly ambitious things are afoot in the world of Bitcoin and blockchains. I give you Zerocash, a completely anonymous currency; Ethereum, a blockchain platform designed to decentralize much of the Internet; and sidechains, a proposal to accelerate the evolution of Bitcoin itself. Any one of these could conceivably…

Introducing Eris Industries

Sorry for being quiet/off the radar for so long, but I’ve been a little busy lately getting Eris Industries, the commercial offshoot of Project Douglas, up and running with my co-founder and legal coder extraordinaire Casey Kuhlman for the last couple of months. We expect to have a bit more to say about the product in early Spring 2015, although I […]

Comparing Richard Branson and Peter Thiel Fintech bets

Originally posted on Daily Fintech:
Looking at Fintech funding rounds, two names crop up a lot and as both are high profile and savvy entrepreneurs/investors, it was interesting to see what they have been investing in. Richard Branson: Transferwise (consumer FX) Virgin Money (full stack bank, IPO watchlist) Blockchain (Bitcoin) Indiegogo (equity Crowdfunding) Bitpay (Bitcoin)…