Blockchain 

LSE Interested in Blockchain and Distributed Ledgers? CEO Hints Yes

On May 2, CNBC published an interview with Nikhil Rathi, the CEO of the London Stock Exchange, a 300-year old trading venue. In the interview, Rathi gave hints that the LSE is looking at blockchain technology. Here’s what we know. LSE Interested in Blockchain According to CNBC, Nikhil Rathi, who has been the CEO of the LSE since 2015, said the exchange is keeping an eye on blockchain. He also said the LSE has noticed an “interesting array of different ideas,” from competing exchanges. Before the exchange, which is one…

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Blockchain 

Accepting Crypto | Interviewing ERA Timepieces CEO Michael Galarza

ERA Timepieces (www.eratimepieces.com) is a new luxury watch company that has taken haute horlogerie complications and made them accessible to the common man. And with various forms of cryptocurrency now spreading globally, Michael and his team have begun accepting forms of it as payment, making his company the first ever to receive two different types (Bitcoin and Ethereum) for the sale of a watch. We sat down with Michael to learn more about his thoughts on crypto, his upcoming timepieces, and if he thinks more retailers in his industry along…

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Cryptocurrency 

NASDAQ CEO | Friedman Thinks Crypto Deserves Place in Our Economy

It bodes well for cryptocurrencies everywhere that the CEO of the world’s largest exchange, NASDAQ, has their back. Specifically, Adena Friedman thinks they “deserve an opportunity to find a sustainable future in our economy.” The comments were made yesterday by Friedman in a posting on her LinkedIn profile. The president and CEO of the Nasdaq exchange was writing ahead of her scheduled appearance at the World Economic Forum at Davos. NASDAQ CEO and Crypto Friedman believes crypto will have an important part to play in the future, believing “the invention itself [is] a tremendous…

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Bitcoin 

Bitcoin Gains 18% | Quinone CEO Says 2019 Will Bring New All-Time High

Despite Bitcoin’s intense price drop in recent months, some still believe it is going to turn it around next year. And there’s nothing to say it definitely won’t; in the last three days, Bitcoin has packed on 18% in gains. Sudden Gains The world’s largest cryptocurrency by market cap jumped from $3,181 to $3,776 in under three days, proving further that nobody can truly know where this coin is headed next. One advocate for its future upturn is Mike Kayamori, CEO of Quinone, a Japan-based crypto exchange platform. Speaking with Bloomberg TV,…

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Blockchain 

Blockchain Adoption | Sberbank CEO Anticipates 1-2 More Years

The head of Russia’s Sberbank has set tongues wagging after he emerged bullish about the future of blockchain adoption. CEO Herman Gref is forecasting industrial scale adoption in as little as one or two years. Blockchain Adoption Gref believes the technology is on the cusp of entering the industrial development stage of its evolution. Speaking to journalists this week, he said: “The hype around the technology [blockchain] is now over, and the technology is entering the stage of industrial development. It needs a year or two to be implemented at the…

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Bitcoin 

Bitcoin ETF Approval | Abra CEO Believes It will Happen Soon

Cryptocurrency enthusiasts and bulls have been hopeful that the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) will grant the first Bitcoin ETF (exchange-traded fund) this year. However, these bulls have been left disappointed recently as the SEC has handed out a handful of rejections and postponements. Bill Barhydt, CEO of Bitcoin payment start-up Abra, told CNBC that it’s because the applications sent in haven’t fit the financial archetype that the SEC is looking for. Abra CEO Speaks Out “I think the issue with the SEC, quite frankly, is that the people…

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