Weekly Briefing No. 99 | Giving Slack Flak and Praise to Sophia and Smart Contracts

Weekly Briefing No. 99 | Giving Slack Flak and Praise to Sophia and Smart Contracts

Criticizing unicorns? Check. Highlighting humanoid and smart contract advancements? Check and check. An obscure quote from a 1950’s French film director? Bien sûr. Welcome to edition 99. This week: Slack’s recent raise is nothing to celebrate; Sophia the humanoid will likely wow the crowd at UBS’s conference; Smart contract progress amidst a Bitcoin beat-down

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Weekly Briefing No. 98 | In Defense of Dimon, Personal Data Weaponized, Amazon’s One-Click Patent Expires

Weekly Briefing No. 98 | In Defense of Dimon, Personal Data Weaponized, Amazon’s One-Click Patent Expires

This week, the world of financial innovation grew a bit hot under the collar. Grab a glass of ice water and check out our segments below: Jamie Dimon goes all-in against Bitcoin; Stolen personal data is much more than just a financial problem; Amazon’s one-click technology goes off patent; Big Tech’s lever over Wall Street; Betterment diversifies; Comings and Goings: Jimmie Lenz joins FRG; SoFi ousts Cagney; Company of Note: Casa Verde wants to become King Cannabis

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Weekly Briefing No. 97 | No Growth is the New Extinction

Weekly Briefing No. 97 | No Growth is the New Extinction

This week, we’re back in action with heavy hearts ahead of the sixteenth anniversary of the 9/11 attacks on Monday. In the wake of that tragedy, France’s Le Monde ran the headline, “We are all Americans.” This year, a similar show of solidarity should be directed to those who have suffered terribly in the wake of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. We are all Houstonians, Caribbeans and Floridians.

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Weekly Briefing No. 96 | Best of 2017 Special

Weekly Briefing No. 96 | Best of 2017 Special

We’ll be back with a fresh edition of The FR next week. In the meantime, here are some of our most popular segments from 2017. Happy Labor Day. Treasury’s Mnuchin is no flat-Earther; Soup and warm blankets for the fintech revolutionists? Care to tango with an algo? Enterprise Ethereum Alliance is hatched; Nicki Minaj and student loans

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Weekly Briefing No. 95 | Going One-on-One With Fintech’s Big Dogs

Weekly Briefing No. 95 | Going One-on-One With Fintech’s Big Dogs

Several of the nation’s leading financial innovators and entrepreneurs have spoken in depth to The FR’s Gregg Schoenberg this year. We’ve got more to come in the fall, but until then, we’ve cherry-picked some of the highlights of those conversations. Here’s what we learned from the top dogs at firms

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Weekly Briefing No. 94 | BBVA’s Simple Seeks a Reset, ‘Hard’ Prices For Sell-Side Research, Disrupting the Movies

Weekly Briefing No. 94 | BBVA’s Simple Seeks a Reset, ‘Hard’ Prices For Sell-Side Research, Disrupting the Movies

We invite you to check out our last ‘fresh’ edition for the summer. Over the next two weeks, look for our Best of 2017 features. See you in September. BBVA’s Simple seeks a reset; How much for your sell-side research? If banks can be unbundled, what about movie studios? A new index investing skeptic; Apple resets watch to insurtech; Cyber bonds; Comings and Goings: John Crom, Shefali Roy,  Matt Beecher; Company of Note: TruValue Labs

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Weekly Briefing No. 93 | An Insurtech Rising Star, Marketplace Lending Rebound? Bitcoin vs. Gold

Weekly Briefing No. 93 | An Insurtech Rising Star, Marketplace Lending Rebound? Bitcoin vs. Gold

This week, we’re coming at you with lots of good stuff. Here’s what you’ll find below: PolicyGenius’ Jennifer Fitzgerald discusses her company’s journey; Marketplace lending benchmarks posted better Q2 results. Does it matter? Should Bitcoin be a safe haven alternative to gold? Low volatility isn’t the chief bogeyman of Wall Street’s labor malaise. No fintech vacation for the Milken Institute's white paper machine or M&A; Comings and Goings: Jon Butler, Heather Tuason and Jeff Kelisky; Company of Note: Privitar

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Weekly Briefing No. 92 | August Diversions on Fintech, Quantum Computing, Economic Sci-Fi and Amazon

Weekly Briefing No. 92 | August Diversions on Fintech, Quantum Computing, Economic Sci-Fi and Amazon

This week, we’re taking a vacation from our traditional format. Instead of offering our take on financial innovation news, we’re featuring a selection of things to watch, listen to and read while at the beach or in the office. Videos: Ethereum’s godfather and Arizona’s senior senator; Podcasts: Quantum computing and software accounting executives speak; Books: WEF’s Klaus Schwab, local banking pro John Waupsh, a sci-fi novel with a dose of fintech and Aimee Groth’s look at an Amazon subsidiary; Shareholder Letters: Amazon and Alleghany’s letters flow like mighty rivers

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Weekly Briefing No. 91 | ICO Growing Pains, Biblical Doom or Frictionless Doritos Buying? Too Big to Fintech?

Weekly Briefing No. 91 | ICO Growing Pains,  Biblical Doom or Frictionless Doritos Buying? Too Big to Fintech?

Next week, please be on the lookout for our recommendations on the best books to read, podcasts to hear and videos to watch about fintech. This week, please see our (highly opinionated) round-up of recent events in financial innovation. The SEC’s ICO crackdown: a good thing; Is RFID tech a sign of the “end times”?; Goldman’s lending push continues; Old and new ways to catch market cheats; AI trash-talking; Payments investments and M&A sizzles; Comings and Goings: Scott Blumstein and Jimmy Levin; Company of Note: SixThirty

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Weekly Briefing No. 90 | VanGamazon, An IPO Market Rant and AI Battles

Weekly Briefing No. 90 | VanGamazon, An IPO Market Rant and AI Battles

This week, the heat in fintech and innovation was matched only by the sweltering temperatures in New York. Here’s what raised our mercury levels: Vanguard’s succession; The IPO market needs fixing; Elon Musk’s warning through a hypothetical trade; Generational product labeling; Robos get SRI religion; FICO fabulousness? Comings and Goings: Transferwise’s Taavet Hinrikus; Company of Note: Silvernest

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