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126: Are banks banking on crypto in 2020?

Simon Taylor is back in the hosting seat again and this week he’s joined by returning guest Aman Kohli, CTO of Banking & Capital Markets UKI at DXC. Together they talk about the latest news in blockchain, Bitcoin and Crypto including:

Brave Passes 10 Million Monthly Active Users and Sees 19% Growth since 1.0 Launch (02:15)
SEC Reveals Telegram’s Communications With Investors, Seeks to Question Advisor (09:45)
With parliament approval, German banks to sell and custody crypto in 2020 (13:01)
China begins Phase 2 of digital yuan roll-out (18:42)
Commerzbank, Credit Suisse and UBS execute first live transactions on the Deutsche Börse-HQLAx securities lending platform (25:28)
Huobi joins China telecom and finance giants to form state-backed blockchain alliance (34:16)

The Tweet of the Week comes from Twitter CEO @Jack about his upcoming move to Africa. Why not send us your best tweets? See if you can get a shout out on the show! (37:13)

Check out our brand new documentary 11:YEARS – the Rise of UK Fintech now. Head over to 11years.film to watch for free, and share using #11YEARS.

If you enjoyed the show and, as ever, don’t forget to subscribe and leave a review!

Want to join the conversation on all the topics discussed? Tweet the show at: www.twitter.com/bchaininsider
Special Guest: Aman Kohli.
Links:

Brave Passes 10 Million Monthly Active Users, and Sees 19% Growth since 1.0 Launch
SEC Reveals Telegram’s Communications With Investors, Seeks to Question Advisor
With parliament approval, German banks to sell and custody crypto in 2020
China begins Phase 2 of digital yuan roll-out
Commerzbank, Credit Suisse and UBS execute first live transactions on the Deutsche Börse-HQLAx securities lending platform
Huobi joins China telecom and finance giants to form state-backed blockchain alliance
Tweet of the Week

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125. Jamie Bartlett: Still searching for the Missing Cryptoqueen

Simon Taylor is back this week and is joined by Jamie Bartlett, the author of The Dark Net, People vs Tech, and Radicals Chasing Utopia, and now the host of the hottest new podcast in the crypto community: The Missing Cryptoqueen.

The series, based upon OneCoin’s founding CEO Dr Ruja Ignatova, has had the community at their edge of their seats. Following the hugely successful series’ suspenseful finale, Simon Taylor sat down with Jamie to explore the genesis of the podcast, how the blockchain boom fuelled the rise of Ponzi schemes, and much more!

Check out our brand new documentary 11:YEARS – the Rise of UK Fintech now. Head over to 11years.film to watch for free, and share using #11YEARS.

If you enjoyed the show and, as ever, don’t forget to subscribe and leave a review!

Want to join the conversation on all the topics discussed? Tweet the show at: www.twitter.com/bchaininsider
Special Guest: Jamie Bartlett .

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124. Venture Bingo & Cryptomaximalists

Simon Taylor is hosting again and this week he’s joined by returning guest Lex Sokolin, Global Fintech Co-Head at Consensys. Together they talk about the latest news in blockchain, Bitcoin and Crypto including:

JPMorgan to finance a ledger-based inventory system to remove information asymmetry in the automobile industry (01:44)
UK confirms legal status of cryptoassets and smart contracts (11:22)
25,000 Blockchain firms in China tried to issue own cryptos (17:26)
Fidelity eyes new client opportunities and an expansion of its crypto trading platform (28:53)

The Tweet of the Week comes from @NLW about the volatility of Bitcoin. Why not send us your best tweets? See if you can get a shout out on the show! (34:46)

Check out our brand new documentary 11:YEARS – the Rise of UK Fintech now. Head over to 11years.film to watch for free, and share using #11YEARS.

If you enjoyed the show and, as ever, don’t forget to subscribe and leave a review!

Want to join the conversation on all the topics discussed? Tweet the show at: www.twitter.com/bchaininsider
Special Guest: Lex Sokolin.
Links:

JPMorgan to finance a ledger-based inventory system to remove information asymmetry in the automobile industry
UK confirms legal status of cryptoassets and smart contracts
25,000 Blockchain Firms in China Tried to Issue Cryptos, Senior Official Claims
With trust license, Fidelity eyes new client opportunities and an expansion of its crypto trading platform
Tweet of the Week

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123. Bitcoin or britcoin?

Simon Taylor is back in the hosting seat to talk about the latest developments in blockchain, Bitcoin and crypto. Of course, he is not alone! This week Simon is joined by returning guest Aman Kohli, CTO Banking & Cap Markets UKI at DXC.

The stories covered this week are:

Andreessen Horowitz leads $25M funding round for crypto lending startup (02:22)
Why the UK should launch its own cryptocurrency (09:57)
Brave browser hits 1.0 with crypto-coin rewards for your fave websites (26:19)
Swiss stock exchange SIX lists first income-generating crypto product, tied to tezos token (32:16)

The Tweet of the Week comes from @Mayazi about dissident tech and the VC market segment. Why not send us your best tweets? See if you can get a shout out on the show! (39:00)

Check out our brand new documentary 11:YEARS – the Rise of UK Fintech now. Head over to 11years.film to watch for free, and share using #11YEARS.

If you enjoyed the show and, as ever, don’t forget to subscribe and leave a review!

Want to join the conversation on all the topics discussed? Tweet the show at: www.twitter.com/bchaininsider
Special Guest: Aman Kohli.
Links:

Andreessen Horowitz leads $25M funding round for crypto lending startup
Here’s why the UK should launch its own Cryptocurrency
Brave browser hits 1.0 with crypto-coin rewards for your fave websites
Swiss stock exchange SIX lists first income-generating crypto product, tied to tezos token
Tweet of the week

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122. ETH 2.0, Bitcoin the asset & blockchain for banking

Simon Taylor is back in London this week with some amazing returning guests:

Richard Crook – Director of Lab577
Vinay Gupta – CEO of Mattereum

Together they talk about the latest in blockchain, Bitcoin and Crypto news including:

Ethereum’s Istanbul hard fork release date is confirmed by core developer (01:46)
Bakkt’s monthly bitcoin futures hit all-time-high of $15M (08:09)
The UN accuses North Korea of laundering money through a blockchain firm (15:48)
FBI Director says crypto is a ‘significant issue’ for law enforcement (22:00)
Ray Dalio writes about the financial system and why he thinks it’s broken (34:16)

The Tweet of the Week comes from @PeterMcCormack about his honest opinions on DAI! Why not send us your best tweets? See if you can get a shout out on the show! (44:56)

Check out our brand new documentary 11:YEARS – the Rise of UK Fintech now. Head over to 11years.film to watch for free, and share using #11YEARS.

If you enjoyed the show and, as ever, don’t forget to subscribe and leave a review!

Want to join the conversation on all the topics discussed? Tweet the show at: www.twitter.com/bchaininsider
Special Guests: Richard Crook and Vinay Gupta.
Links:

Ethereum’s Istanbul hard fork release date is confirmed by core developer
Bakkt’s monthly bitcoin futures hit all-time-high of $15M
The UN accuses North Korea of laundering money through a blockchain firm
FBI Director says crypto is a ‘significant issue’ for law enforcement
Ray Dalio writes about the financial system and why he thinks it’s broken

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121. Central banks have fomo

Simon Taylor is back this week and still coming to you from New York! Of course he is not alone but joined by some fantastic guests:

Sandra Ro – CEO Global Blockchain Business Council
Emin Gün Sirer – CEO, AVA Labs

Together they talk about the latest and greatest news in blockchain, Bitcoin and Crypto including:

China Announces New Regulatory Authority to Certify Digital Payments, Blockchain Products
Binance to Open Beijing Office Amid China’s Renewed Blockchain Push
Harbor receives transfer agent license from SEC to help security token issuers pay out dividends
Association of over 200 German private banks calls for digital euro
FATF Releases Guidance on Global Digital IDs as Use Cases Grow
Lone Bitcoin Whale Likely Fueled 2017 Price Surge, Study Says

The Tweet of the Week comes from @thecryptodog about how Xi Jinping pumped bitcoin! Why not send us your best tweets? See if you can get a shout out on the show!

Check out our brand new documentary 11:YEARS – the Rise of UK Fintech now. Head over to 11years.film to watch for free, and share using #11YEARS.

If you enjoyed the show and, as ever, don’t forget to subscribe and leave a review!

Want to join the conversation on all the topics discussed? Tweet the show at: www.twitter.com/bchaininsider
Special Guests: Emin Gün Sirer and Sandra Ro.
Links:

China Announces New Regulatory Authority to Certify Digital Payments, Blockchain Products – CoinDesk
Binance Said to Plan Beijing Office Amid China’s Renewed Blockchain Push – CoinDesk
Harbor receives transfer agent license from SEC to help security token issuers pay out dividends – The Block
Association of over 200 German private banks calls for digital euro – The Block
FATF Releases Guidance on Global Digital IDs as Use Cases Grow – CoinDesk
Did Bitcoin Price Manipulation Fuel 2017 Surge? Study Says Yes – Bloomberg
Tweet of the week

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120. China takes a swing at libra

Simon Taylor and Will White are coming to you from New York this week, and of course they is not alone but joined by some amazing guests:

Amber Baldet, Co-founder at Clovyr (pronounced Clover)
Mike Dudas, CEO and co-founder at The Block

Together they talk about the latest and greatest news in blockchain, Bitcoin and Crypto including:

Zuckerberg: Facebook would leave Libra if US regulators don’t approve the project (01:35)
Twitter’s Jack Dorsey says Hell No to joining Libra (16:20)
CCIEE Vice Chairman Says PBOC Will Be First to Roll Out Digital Currency (25:41)
Bitcoin Jumps 12% as China’s Xi Embraces Blockchain, Boosting Crypto Sentiment (30:51)
Visa-backed crypto custodian Anchorage launches governance voting platform for Maker holders; support for more coins coming (37:06)

The Tweet of the Week comes from @ColeGotTweets about the staggering volumes of blockchain related searches on wechat. Why not send us your best tweets? See if you can get a shout out on the show!

Check out our brand new documentary 11:YEARS – the Rise of UK Fintech now. Head over to 11years.film to watch for free, and share using #11YEARS.

If you enjoyed the show and, as ever, don’t forget to subscribe and leave a review!

Want to join the conversation on all the topics discussed? Tweet the show at: www.twitter.com/bchaininsider
Special Guests: Amber Baldet, Mike Dudas, and Will White.
Links:

Huobi Japan raises $4.6M in new funding to expand in the country – The Block
Twitter’s Jack Dorsey says ‘hell no’ to joining Libra Association [Video]
CCIEE Vice Chairman Says PBOC Will Be First to Roll Out Digital Currency – Pandaily
Bitcoin Jumps 12% as China’s Xi Embraces Blockchain, Boosting Crypto Sentiment – CoinDesk
China state paper urges calm after blockchain stocks, bitcoin soar – CNA
Visa-backed crypto custodian Anchorage launches governance voting platform for Maker holders; support for more coins coming – The Block

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The Role of Flow in Learning Distributed Computing and MapReduce Concepts using Hands-On Analogy

The expansion of technical concepts into everyday business practices suggests a need for effectively teaching difficult subjects to non-technical users. This paper describes hands-on analogy, an innovative method for teaching technically difficult concepts using interactive, experiential learning activities and a gamified exercise. We demonstrate our technique by investigating Hadoop Hands On, an exercise designed to teach MapReduce. Students experienced how MapReduce functions work conceptually by envisioning students as compute and tracking nodes in a Hadoop system and playing cards as data processed to complete two tasks of varying complexity. A study of 56 students was conducted to validate the exercise and demonstrated the impact of triggered flow on perceived understanding. The main contributions of this work are 1) an alternative learning approach that communicates a technically difficult concept through analogy and 2) the demonstration of the role of flow in facilitating learning using this approach. We recommend using this approach to teach technically difficult concepts to non-technical students who can more easily comprehend the benefits of distributed computing methods interactively in a way that complements the traditional lecture approach.

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Scaffolding Case Analysis Writing: A Collaboration between Information Systems and Writing Faculty

In this paper, we present a collaboration between writing professors and an information systems (IS) professor to scaffold case analysis writing at an American English-medium branch campus in the Middle East. We describe our process for revising the professor’s writing assignment to make his expectations more explicit and for creating scaffolding materials that we delivered in classroom workshops to assist students’ pre-writing. We provide insights about the positive impact of the writing workshops on students’ writing from an end-of-semester interview with the professor and from interviews with students about their perceptions of the workshops and the personalized feedback they received.

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Developing Measurable Cross-Departmental Learning Objectives for Requirements Elicitation in an Information Systems Curriculum

The ability to elicit information systems requirements is a necessary learning objective for students in a contemporary information systems curriculum, and is a skill vital to their careers. Common challenges in teaching this skill include both the lack of structure and guidance in information systems textbooks as well as the view that a student’s education consists of a disparate set of unrelated courses. These challenges are exacerbated by faculty who focus only on their taught courses and by textbooks that often promote an isolated, passing glance at both the importance of and the idea behind requirements elicitation. In this paper, we describe a multi-year, faculty-led effort to create and refine learning activities that are aligned to requirements elicitation learning objectives both within and scaffolded across courses in a modern information systems curriculum. To achieve success in developing this marketable skill within information systems students, learning activities were integrated across the entire information systems major in a process we call Bloomification, where learning objectives, aligned learning activities, and courses are related and connected across the curriculum. This cross-departmental process is presented and lessons learned by the faculty are discussed.

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