By Binarystar Ventures
Blockchain unfiltered covers all things blockchain and crypto, the good, bad, and the ugly. From the latest news, trends, and opportunities to more in-depth insights into the ecosystem’s future and its impacts on the global economy. We take an unfiltered look at what’s happening in the dynamic world of blockchain and cryptocurrency.
The digitalization of the classroom
Latest news: Alibaba is spending more than $3 billion to dominate online groceries in China The US government sues Google for alleged anticompetitive abuses in search Featured roundtable: Does COVID19 mark the beginning of the end for traditional education? What transformations will we see over the next decade Covid-19 could push some universities over the brink An economist explains how COVID-19 will impact universities Education may be forever changed for Gen Z after the coronavirus pandemic. VCs pour funding into edtech startups as COVID-19 shakes up the market Learn more about our special guest Laurence Smith: LinkedIn Twitter Transformation Mindset
November 12, 2020
What influence has COVID-19 had on technology adoption and the digital transformation of industry?
Latest news: Politics in tech- Inside the BLM turmoil at Coinbase https://www.wired.com/story/turmoil-black-lives-matter-political-speech-coinbase/ Technology becoming a cornerstone of global diplomacy? https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2020-10-01/china-tech-to-face-even-closer-scrutiny-from-global-governments The beginning of the breakup of bigtech? https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2020-10-05/house-panel-to-recommend-breakup-of-tech-giants-republican-says Featured Roundtable: What influence has COVID-19 had on technology adoption and digital transformation? Which companies and industries will be the winners and losers? https://www2.deloitte.com/us/en/insights/topics/digital-transformation/digital-transformation-COVID-19.html
October 30, 2020
Tech Investing in Asia: Where are the key opportunities in the next decade?
Latest News: Singapore-based cryptocurrency exchange KuCoin disclosed today a mega hack https://www.zdnet.com/article/kucoin-cryptocurrency-exchange-hacked-for-150-million/ TikTok’s fate coming to a head https://www.livemint.com/technology/tech-news/tiktok-s-fate-coming-to-a-head-11601210526711.html Featured Roundtable: Asia encompasses a diverse mix of advanced and high-growth emerging economies undergoing immense demographic, economic and technological transformations. As such, the region’s growth and dynamism represent one of the world’s best long-term growth stories. https://docs.google.com/document/d/1GadhFQAcxOmQjEWnGRC3tovr3icPl3DKFsnsbl5gDOc/edit Investment highlights/ Startup spotlight: Indonesian fintech startup BukuWarung gets new funding to add financial services for small merchants https://techcrunch.com/2020/09/28/indonesian-fintech-startup-bukuwarung-gets-new-funding-to-add-financial-services-for-small-merchants/ Philippines payment processing startup PayMongo lands $12 million Series A led by Stripe https://techcrunch.com/2020/09/27/philippines-payment-processing-startup-paymongo-lands-12-million-series-a-led-by-stripe/
October 19, 2020
Asia's Digital Advantage
Latest news: https://www.dealstreetasia.com/stories/alibaba-3-207255/ https://techcrunch.com/2020/09/17/tiktoks-chinese-rival-kuaishou-becomes-a-popular-online-bazaar/ Investment highlights/ Startup spotlight: https://www.techinasia.com/tiktoks-rival-kuaishou-aims-raise-5b-hk-ipo https://techcrunch.com/2020/09/21/wm-motor-1-47-billion-funding/ https://e27.co/kim-an-raises-series-a-to-connect-vietnams-financial-institutions-with-msmes-via-its-fintech-platform-20200911/ Featured roundtable: Asia's digital economy is developing rapidly, and at a faster pace than the West. Why is this so? 1. Asia's scale a digital advantage: Asia has around half of the global internet users, with China and India leading the way. 2. Emergence of Unicron innovators - Asia has around 40% of the global tech unicorns who are actively driving innovation. 3. Role of the government, in some cases, governments have remained on the sidelines, creating space for startups to experiment. In other cases, governments have taken an active role in promoting innovation eg Singapore. 4. In some emerging economies in the region, there is less legacy infrastructure standing in the way, enabling innovators to bring advanced solutions right to the public at speed. 5. Consumers’ openness to new technologies and the mobile Internet. 6. In many countries fundamental infrastructure is broken, and founders can leverage technology to fill those gaps. What does this all mean for investors and the wider global economy?
October 08, 2020
Do financial institutions and crypto startups need to work together to build a brighter future?
Latest News: Global Square Forms Group to Stop Patent Hoarding From Stifling Crypto Innovation https://www.coindesk.com/square-alliance-patents-crypto Binance introduces $100 Million Decentralized Finance or DeFi Fund for “High-Quality” Projects https://www.crowdfundinsider.com/2020/09/166623-binance-introduces-100-million-decentralized-finance-or-defi-fund-for-high-quality-projects/ Asia SBI, A Japanese Financial giant, is planning to launch a digital stock exchange based on blockchain technology. https://cointelegraph.com/news/sbi-holdings-to-set-up-blockchain-based-digital-stock-exchange-in-osaka China is serious about Blockchain and DLT, pumping out thousands of startups. https://cointelegraph.com/news/beijing-pulls-ahead-of-shenzhen-as-chinas-top-blockchain-city Featured roundtable: Do financial institutions (the old guard) and crypto startups need to work together? https://www.coindesk.com/an-open-letter-to-our-dear-bankers-be-brave https://www.coindesk.com/visa-cred-fast-track https://cointelegraph.com/news/payment-giants-drive-crypto-adoption-by-engaging-with-startups Investment highlights/ Startup spotlight: https://www.theblockcrypto.com/linked/77555/crypto-to-fiat-gateway-xanpool-raises-4-3-million
October 02, 2020
Where is blockchain getting real world traction?
Where is Blockchain gaining real-world traction? Blockchain has seen much hype over the last decade, but where has the technology actually seen real-world traction and value add? Where should investors be looking? One area which we’ll cover this week is provenance and supply chain tracking. This area also happens to be of particular importance, given global trade uncertainties between the US and China and COVID-19. Provenance including traceability, data immutability, clarity on the origin of goods. Supply chain tracking with traceability, instant data reconciliation, transparency between players, real-time accurate information are all important topics we discussed on this week's episode.
September 17, 2020
De-fi, Yfi, and tracking and provenance in blockchain
A wide ranging discussion on blockchain and our thoughts on the latest news and trends in the space. News articles discussed: Vitalik's view on de-fi https://decrypt.co/40318/vitalik-buterin-ethereum-defi-yield-farmers-central-banks Japans evolving view on blockchain https://decrypt.co/40220/japans-evolving-view-on-blockchain-regulation Track and Trace and provenance in whisky, and Amazon's counterfeit problem https://decrypt.co/23384/blockchain-is-helping-weed-out-fake-japanese-sake
September 10, 2020
Welcome back to blockchain. Has anything really changed?
A wide ranging discussion on blockchain, what's really changed in the last two years, and our thoughts on what's happening today. News articles discussed: DEFI DeFi Is Just Like the ICO Boom and Regulators Are Circling Security Uber’s Former Security Chief Charged With Trying to Conceal Hack Using Bitcoin Huawei Builds Blockchain Platform to Help Beijing Government Manage People’s Data Central banking and Regulation Boston Fed looks into 30 Blockchain networks to support Digital Dollar Story from News Brazil’s Central Bank Tasks Group With Laying Out Road Map to Digital Currency Issuance PBoC Says Digital Yuan Tests Focus on Small Transactions After Rumored Property Sale Venture and M&A Polychain Capital’s Original Crypto Fund Raises an Additional $19.5M ConsenSys Acquires JPMorgan’s Quorum Blockchain
September 03, 2020