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117. Blocking Libra left and right

Simon Taylor is back in the hosting seat this week and he is joined by Catherine Rutter from R3 to talk about the latest and greatest news in Blockchain, Bitcoin and Crypto including:

Coinbase, Kraken and others develop a system to rate cryptocurrencies on likelihood they are securities (02:22)
Blockchain in banking: An inside look at Four Banks’ early blockchain successes & failures (06:17)
US House Committee Pressuring Zuckerberg to Testify on Libra (12:51)
US Lawmakers Ask FED to Consider Developing ‘National Digital Currency (21:04)
German finance minister Olaf Scholz wants to introduce digital euro (23:20)

The Tweet of the Week comes from @StephendPalley about the EOS settlement! Why not send us your best tweets? See if you can get a shout out on the show! (28:18)

We also bring you an amazing interview with Jason Kelley, General Manager,Blockchain services @ IBM! (29:33)

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.

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

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116. Blockchain as an excuse

Simon Taylor is back this week to talk about the latest and greatest news in blockchain, Bitcoin and Crypto including:

Block.one agrees to pay $24M penalty for unregistered EOS ICO (01:32)
Swiss Stock Exchange SIX lines up buyers for its Initial Digital Offering (12:05)
Fidelity Digital Assets to Provide Custody for Bitcoin Derivatives Yield Fund (20:53)
SEC Commissioner Hester Peirce says digital assets could one day be ‘the money of the internet’ (27:16)
Barclays, Overstock lead $8m funding for identity startup Evernym (32:10)
LedgerX cries foul; CFTC says there’s no favoritism (35:52)

The Tweet of the Week comes from @davidmarcus about well… libra! Why not send us your best tweets? See if you can get a shout out on the show! (37:44)

We also bring you an amazing interview with Matthew Pollard, Founder and CFO at Archax! (41:33)

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: Richard Cohen.
Links:

Fireside
Swiss Stock Exchange SIX Lines up Buyers for ‘Initial Digital Offering’ | CoinDesk
Fidelity Digital Assets to Provide Custody for Bitcoin Derivatives Yield Fund – CoinDesk
SEC Commissioner Hester Peirce says digital assets could one day be ‘the money of the internet’ – The Block
Barclays, Overstock lead $8m funding for identity startup Evernym – Ledger Insights
LedgerX cries foul; CFTC says there’s no favoritism – The Block
Richard ⚖️ on Twitter: “Bakkt to life. https://t.co/7T5FROsp7O” / Twitter

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115. Bakkt to reality

Simon Taylor is joined by some awesome guests, coming to you straight from Sibos in London! Our brilliant panel of guests include:

Todd McDonald, Co-Founder and Chief Product Officer of R3
Lex Sokolin, Global Fintech Lead @ Consensys
Thomas Zeeb, Head Securities & Exchanges @ SIX Group A

Together they talk about the latest and greatest news in blockchain, bitcoin and crypto including:

Bakkt Exchange’s Bitcoin Futures See Slow Start on First Day of Trading (01:26)
No Chinese yuan in basket underpinning Facebook’s Libra (11:59)
Swiss Stock Exchange SIX Launches Digital Asset Prototype (25:35)
Wells Fargo’s Stablecoin ‘Faster, Cheaper’ Than SWIFT (37:08)

The Tweet of the Week comes from @squarecrypto about the bitcoin dream team! Why not send us your best tweets? See if you can get a shout out on the show! (44:03)

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Want to join the conversation on all the topics discussed? Tweet the show at: www.twitter.com/bchaininsider
Special Guests: Lex Sokolin, Thomas Zeeb, and Todd McDonald.
Links:

Bakkt Exchange’s Bitcoin Futures See Slow Start on First Day of Trading – CoinDesk
No Chinese yuan in basket underpinning Facebook’s Libra – Spiegel – Reuters
Swiss Stock Exchange SIX Launches Digital Assets Exchange Prototype – CoinDesk
Wells Fargo’s Stablecoin ‘Faster, Cheaper’ Than SWIFT, Says Exec – CoinDesk
Tweet of the week

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Telegram Charges Ahead with Gram Cryptocurrency

Telegram appears to be moving forward with
its own cryptocurrency. The company has told investors that it plans to launch
its first group of crypto coins within the next couple of months. Additionally,
the company is also providing Gram digital wallets to all the current users of
the Telegram messaging application. This totals nearly 300-global users.
Telegram has plans to make the new Gram crypto currency the digital currency of
choice and the way to move money anywhere in the world.

Who is Telegram?

Telegram is a messaging app that focuses on
security and speed.  Telegram is
available on all devices at the same time, so your messages sync seamlessly
across any number of your phones, tablets or computers. You can send messages,
photos, videos and files of any type as well as create groups for up to 200,000
people. You can also generate channels for broadcasting to unlimited audiences.
Telegram is like SMS and email combined. The company was created by Pavel Durov,
who fled Russia after clashing with the government. Mr. Durov now moves between
offices in the Middle East and Europe.

What Plans Does Telegram Have for its
Crypto Coin?

The scope of Telegram’s ambitions became
clear in 2018 when it raised $1.7 billion from some of the largest venture
capital firms in Silicon Valley. The goal initially was to launch a new crypto
currency that could be used on the telegram application. Unlike Facebook, which
released public plans for its digital money long before the first token was
ready, Telegram has largely proceeded in secrecy.

How Have Regulators Reacted?

Regulators appear to be concerned that
coins like Gram and Libra could, like Bitcoin before them, be useful to drug
dealers and money launderers. There is little regulation on crypto currency,
and authorities are concerned with any operation that has a platform to launch
a coin. The authorities in the United States have already moved to shut down
smaller cryptocurrency projects. The Telegram app makes it easy to send
encrypted messages between phones. While this is very attractive to
cryptocurrency operators it also makes the app popular both with terrorists and
with government dissidents.

How Will the Coin Function?

The New
York Times reports that the company has reviewed the pitch deck for the
Gram digital currency. The prospectus says that Telegram’s new digital money
will operate with a decentralized structure similar to Bitcoin. Similar to
bitcoin and Litecoin, Telegram releases the coins, it has said the coins will
be governed by a decentralized network of computers that will give Telegram no
control over the future value of these coins. Security researchers raised
concerns about the coin because of security problems Telegram, or problems the
company has had in the past. Telegram promised in legal documents that it would
deliver Grams to investors by October 31, 2019 or give back the money.

While many investors have agreed to a
holding period once the coin is launched, some people will immediately be able to trade crypto currency
on exchanges and exit their positions.

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113. Why do regulators hate libra?

Simon Taylor is back in the hosting seat this to talk about the latest and greatest news in blockchain, Bitcoin and Crypto. As always, he is not alone but joined by returning friend of the show Noelle Acheson, Director of Research @ Coindesk! Together they cover the following stories:

France and Germany agree to Block Facebook’s Libra (01:36)
Facebook’s Crypto Launching in H2 2020, Says Libra Association Chief (09:21)
Deutche Bank Joins JPMorgan’s Crypto Payments Network (11:41)
Wells Fargo to Pilot Dollar-Linked Stablecoin for Internal Settlement (13:39)
Vitalik Buterin speaks out on privacy, DeFi and Ethereum 2.0 (18:39)
Harbor Tokenizes Real Estate Funds Worth $100 Million on Ethereum (27:56)
What Bitcoin’s Valuation Says About its Volatility (34:41)
The Tweet of the Week comes from @JohnWhelan about a $20 million bond on the Ethereum mainnet! Why not send us your best tweets? See if you can get a shout out on the show! (41:33)

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Want to join the conversation on all the topics discussed? Tweet the show at: www.twitter.com/bchaininsiderSpecial Guest: Noelle Acheson.Links:France and Germany agree to block Facebook’s Libra | Article [AMP] | ReutersFacebook’s Crypto Launching in H2 2020, Says Libra Association ChiefDeutsche Bank Joins JPMorgan’s Crypto Payments Network – CoinDeskWells Fargo to Pilot Dollar-Linked Stablecoin for Internal Settlement – CoinDeskVitalik Buterin speaks out on privacy, DeFi and Ethereum 2.0 – DecryptHarbor Tokenizes Real Estate Funds Worth $100 Million on Ethereum – CoinDeskWhat Bitcoin’s Valuation Says About Its Volatility – CoinDeskJohn W. 🇮🇪🇺🇸🇪🇸🇪🇺 on Twitter: “People have been asking for the transactions that we did to clear and settle the $20 million bond on the Ethereum mainnet.”

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113. What is the value in bitcoin?

Simon Taylor is back in the hot seat this week and is joined by Tim Swanson to talk about the latest and greatest news in blockchain, Bitcoin and Crypto including:

Venture Capital Stalwart Fights US Crypto Crackdown (01:27)
BAKKT prepares to launch Bitcoin future (06:10)
Maximalists can’t meme (09:43)
Digital currency can help meet new financial challenges (14:02)
What to expect from Binance US (17:37)
In other Binance related news, they’ve also launched a dollar-backed Stablecoin (19:18)
Netki Retools Digital ID Service for FATF’s New Crypto ‘Travel Rule’ (22:44)
The Tweet of the Week comes from @Whale_Alert about bitcoins being transferred from unknown wallet to… unknown wallet! Why not send us your best tweets? See if you can get a shout out on the show! (28:20)

We also bring you an amazing interview with Ouriel Ohayon, CEO at Zengo! (30:01)

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/bchaininsiderSpecial Guests: Ouriel Ohayon and Tim Swanson.Links:Venture capital stalwart fights US crypto crackdownBakkt prepares to launch its Bitcoin futures, here’s what we know | CryptoSlateBitcoin Maximalists can’t meme — and it’s not good for Bitcoin  – DecryptWhat to Expect From Binance.US – Binance.US – MediumNetki Retools Digital ID Service for FATF’s New Crypto ‘Travel Rule’ – CoinDeskPortugal’s tax authority says crypto trading and payments are tax-free

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IT Adaptation Patterns to Enterprise-wide Systems

The introduction of enterprise-wide systems requires users to simultaneously adjust to both the new system’s requirements and changes associated with modified business processes—an adaptation that often goes beyond conspicuous behavioral elements. Therefore, to investigate the underlying attributes that characterize user interaction with and adaptation to information technology (IT), we collected data from four organizations that had implemented enterprise-wide systems for at least three years prior to commencing fieldwork. By taking a grounded theory approach, we identify four distinct adaptation patterns: reluctant, compliant, faithful, and enthusiastic. These patterns represent configurations of five interrelated attributes that users espouse in their interaction with enterprise-wide systems: attitude towards the system, approach to learning how to use the system, level of interaction with the system, exploration of system features, and stance towards changing work practices. We propose an emergent, substantive theory of IT adaptation patterns that explains the intricate interplay of individual, task, and organizational initiatives in shaping these adaptation patterns.

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Conflict and Development: A Headquarter Intervention View of IT Subsidiary Evolution

In this paper, we examine the impact that headquarter interventions have on how subsidiaries evolve in the Indian IT offshoring industry. We analyze how a subsidiary evolved in the presence of a rare phenomenon: a negative headquarter intervention. Such an evolution has nuances and theoretical implications that existing frameworks cannot fully explain. Although researchers have often studied the relationship between a subsidiary and its headquarters through a headquarter-intervention lens, they have not employed it to examine how subsidiaries evolve. In this paper, we present a generalized model of subsidiary evolution using three constructs: value potential, headquarter intervention, and headquarter control of the subsidiary. In line with our study’s exploratory nature, we conducted an in-depth case study of a multinational firm and its Indian subsidiary over several years. We found that, in the presence of high potential value in the subsidiary ecosystem, certain headquarter interventions can lead to a conflict between the headquarters and the subsidiary. If not aligned with the subsidiary’s interests and values, a headquarter intervention can negatively affect the subsidiary’s growth even if the headquarters has good intentions.

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User Satisfaction with Information Systems: A Comprehensive Model of Attribute-level Satisfaction

In this study, we introduce and test a comprehensive model of attribute-level satisfaction to measure user satisfaction with information systems (IS). Recognizing that, as complex “objects”, IS feature multiple subsystems, components, and attributes, we draw on marketing research and attribute satisfaction theory to assess user satisfaction across three levels of abstraction. We first assess overall satisfaction as the most abstract level then move to satisfaction with each major IS component (i.e., information, system, and service satisfaction). Subsequently, we measure user satisfaction with key attributes of each major IS component (e.g., information format, system reliability). The results provide a parsimonious yet practical model along with associated measures that can assess user satisfaction across various IS aspects (i.e., components and attributes) and different user interactions with IS.

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Gearing Up For Successful Digital Transformation

Digital technology platforms have become the foundation for an increasing share of economic activity resulting in a changing business environment. Digital transformation—the reinvention of a company’s vision and strategy, organizational structure, processes, capabilities, and culture to match the evolving digital business context—is not only changing companies but also redefining markets and industries. Executives require frameworks to guide their transformations and assess their digital journeys over time. Six dimensions of digital transformation at the enterprise level emerged from our research as those that position a company for a successful competitive stance due to digital transformation. They are: a company’s strategic vision, alignment of the vision and its investments in digital transformation, the suitability of the culture for innovation, possession of sufficient intellectual property assets and know-how, strength of its digital capabilities, and its use of digital technologies. The six-dimension framework facilitates benchmarking one’s company with others—either within a sector or against companies that are in the same state of progress towards digital transformation.

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