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Cryptocurrency Finance Innovation

Money–Mankind’s Greatest Innovation

This story kicks off Techonomy's original series about the evolution of money.   More

Finance Net Giants

Why Facebook’s Libra Could Be Way More Than a Currency

Facing regulatory heat, Facebook may need a hedge in case targeted ads become less profitable. Libra could plant the seeds for a whole new approach.   More

Finance The Internet

What’s Missing From Pinterest’s IPO?

Why won't Pinterest's IPO price much exceed its private valuation of $12 billion? It seemed to have a great product/market fit, but there's a problem, especially compared to arch-rival Instagram. It doesn't offer sufficient incremental improvements in cost dynamics or productivity.   More

Finance Partner Insights Security & Privacy

Why Banks Could Be Your Ally for Managing Identity

“You have zero privacy,” Scott McNealy, CEO of then-mighty Sun Microsystems famously said back in 1999, “Get over it.” His words have echoed through the subsequent two decades, too often seeming prescient. Now a fatalism has set in among consumers about what companies know about us and how much data is escaping our control.   More

Finance Net Giants

Why Amazon Will Keep Winning

Amazon's latest results only underscore the scale of the company's opportunity. Our resident analysts deconstruct the earnings and explain why you should be optimistic, if you weren't already, about this amazing company's continuing potential to win.   More

Business Finance Partner Insights

How tech companies allocate capital can make a huge difference to shareholders

Making the right capital allocation decisions is essential if technology companies are going to grow over the long-term and maximize shareholder returns. Capital allocation decisions are even more important now because interest rates are rising, as is geopolitical uncertainty. As many tech companies begin to unwind their debt positions and are less inclined to borrow, […]   More

Finance Net Giants

Time is Money, Money is Time, and What That Means for Tech

Once you start thinking about time as the currency, it becomes easier to see which companies will succeed and which will fail. The ones that save us time will become the most valuable.   More

Finance Net Giants

2019 Market Predictions: Apple and Amazon Bounce, China Caves

Markets may be haywire now, but next year Amazon and Apple could head back to the trillion-dollar mark, says our analyst. He also sees China caving on trade and Uber capitalizing on ads. Privacy, though, will be a hallmark of success this year.   More

Cryptocurrency Finance Government

Investing in Bitcoin is Antisocial

Bitcoin is all the rage until it's not. A libertarian dream, it implies a distrust of established governments. This has finally sunk in on the governments themselves, and may be a cause of its continued decline. The associated blockchain technology, however, may be the real keeper.   More

Finance Global Tech

Mobile Design is the Future of Banking

Today, banks must interact with their customers 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Some millennials never even set foot inside a bank branch and only interact with their finances via smartphone. Are new, mobile-only services like Pepper and Nequi the future of banking?   More

Finance Security & Privacy

Talking with Tezos Co-Creator Kathleen Breitman

Kathleen Breitman is person of the hour. Her company developed Tezos, a new blockchain-based cryptocurrency whose ongoing fundraising has raised over $200 million since July 1. We talked to her about why she thinks this is the way to make a better internet, and a better world.   More

Analytics & Data Finance Security & Privacy

The Fin-ternet of Things: Connecting Everything Means Rethinking Money

The coming world of the Internet of Everything means driverless cars making per-minute toll payments, lightbulbs that pick an energy vendor, IP royalties paid by devices themselves in real time, and investment decisions made by robo-advisors. This more efficient world will mean changes for banks, investment, and the way all of us live.   More

Finance Government

India Tackles Corruption with Currency Chaos

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi interrupted most evening news in his country last Tuesday to announce that in just three hours, the Indian government would bar the use of 85% of its existing currency. This dramatic announcement comes as India seeks to root out untaxed “black money."   More

Business Finance

Why the Finance Industry is Ripe for AI Disruption

The financial sector is on the brink of an AI revolution. Data is being generated faster than any person or companies’ ability to analyze it. And industries that run on numbers and data are at risk of being overwhelmed. But this new AI platform can create simple narratives and actionable analyses.   More

Business Finance

Faced With Impending Disruption, the Financial Ecosystem Must Change

The world is buzzing about fintech and the impending disruption in the banking industry. Smarter technology companies are attempting to give customers quality service and an experience that’s relevant to the world in which they live, and big banks are being left behind. The speed of innovation might surprise all of us.   More

Finance Government Society

Accelerating Financial Inclusion with National Digital Currencies

Central banks from England to China have floated the notion of issuing their own national digital currencies. The banks may issue digital currency units alongside notes and coins and adjust the mix over time. If they do, it could accelerate and help scale a wave of service innovations that advance financial inclusion, stimulate economic growth, and spur social progress.   More

Finance

The Key to Blockchain Adoption: Make It Cheaper

Blockchain—the technology behind (or interwoven with) BitCoin—is the main story. The "cryptocurrency" is almost a distraction, a sideshow to the real deal. Blockchain is a public ledger, a record against which anyone can see whether a transaction contained therein is valid. The applications may be mind-boggling.   More

Finance Global Tech Opinion

Big Tech: Better Together or Better Apart? Wall Street Doesn’t Care.

Wall Street fashions come and go. Does a company do better as an ever-accumulating conglomerate or a thinning-down disaggregator of business units? Eager investment bankers, hungry for fees, apply different rationales in different times. Hewlett-Packard and Compaq were better together. Now HPE and HPQ, are better apart. Or so they say. And the transaction occurred, generating vast fees for lawyers, bankers, and consultants. The benefit to shareholders, employees, and customers? Unclear.   More

Analytics & Data Finance

The Re-Humanizing Impact of Robo-Advice

It’s not technology that’s dehumanizes us, but rather tedious tasks like personal finances themselves. And that's not just because working on them takes time out of our day. We’re simply not evolved to plan perfectly for the future. Automated advice is re-humanizing people. It’s giving them more time to spend what they want to be doing, and it’s based not just on their personal goals, but also on what fits into their lives.   More

Finance Partner Insights Startup Culture

Financial Startups: Solid Investments that Improve Life in Emerging Markets

Financial technology startups promise to dramatically lower costs and make financial services more accessible to people who are not reached by traditional financial services today, especially (but not only) in emerging markets. And serving these populations can be profitable. Omidyar Network, where I work, has invested in numerous other fintech companies. But for us, this is more than the latest trend for investors seeking big multiples.   More