Weekly Briefing No. 107 | Thanksgiving Week Morsels

Weekly Briefing No. 107 | Thanksgiving Week Morsels

Ahead of the Thanksgiving holiday, we are taking the week off from our usual format. In its place, we’re proud to re-feature some of the recent opinion pieces written for The FR. We are thankful that several of our accomplished subscribers have been willing to lend their voice to our platform and hope you enjoy their contributions.

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Weekly Briefing No. 106 | Paradise Lost is Crypto’s Gain

Weekly Briefing No. 106 | Paradise Lost is Crypto’s Gain

We invite you to peruse our choices for the week that will take you around the world and to the Garden of Eden. The Paradise Papers and cryptoassets; Praise for a bank CEO who “dared” to learn Python basics; The path to VC greatness: Data or daughters? Crux Informatics; OCC’s Keith Noreika; A $240-million gaffe; Commandiv’s Tom Goldenberg’s new opinion piece; Comings & Goings: Bill Donnelly headlines a troika of new LendUp hires

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Weekly Briefing No. 105 | Financial Innovation Moneyball, Amazon’s Healthcare Play, Insurance’s Quant Future

Weekly Briefing No. 105 | Financial Innovation Moneyball, Amazon’s Healthcare Play, Insurance’s Quant Future

With a nod to the Houston Astros, we are delighted to present you with our take on the financial innovation news and notables of the week: Reframing the tech talent ‘problem’ in finance; Amazon could dominate US healthcare; What’s the deal between AIG and Two Sigma? FinTech Payments Corp’s Michele Tivey on payments innovation; Credit bureaus and blockchain; the CME embraces Bitcoin; Cannabis financial services mainstreaming; Company of Note: BondIt Media Capital

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Weekly Briefing No. 104 | Spooky Special Edition

Weekly Briefing No. 104 | Spooky Special Edition

In honor of Halloween, All Saints’ Day, All Souls' Day and Día de los Muertos (our favorite), this issue is dedicated to ghosts and spirits. Our spooky stories include: Wonder Woman vs. AI omens; One grisly sum-of-the-parts analysis of sell-side analysts; A séance for Teddy Roosevelt; Theodora Lau’s scary-good opinion piece; The vanishing fintech sector; Nike, Apple and ING seek to slay boring retail; Prince Al-Waleed’s Bitcoin fright; Company of Note: Greenlight (Even the Grim Reaper likes this start-up)

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Weekly Briefing No. 103 | Decentralization, Medium-Rare With a Side of Lamb

Weekly Briefing No. 103 | Decentralization, Medium-Rare With a Side of Lamb

Welcome to The FR. On our Oktoberfest menu for this week: The decentralization of everything; More tech is needed to combat insider trading; Jeff Bezos and his second chocolate factory; Payments deals; America’s fintech artist; AI hype vs. reality; Comings & Goings: Rebecca Kaden and Ken Chenault
Company of Note: CollegeBacker

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Weekly Briefing No. 102 | Banking’s Future, Universal Basic Creativity, Bitcoin Goes Berserk

Weekly Briefing No. 102 | Banking’s Future, Universal Basic Creativity, Bitcoin Goes Berserk

Welcome to The FR. On our agenda this week: Blumberg Capital’s new survey; UBI gains a new booster; Bitcoin madness; Enterprise fintech’s fate in a bear market; “Sandwich Generation” panic; Stealth fintech Domino’s Pizza “disappoints”; Jimmie Lenz on sales practices; Charity of Note: Sebastian Strong; Company of Note: Green Bits

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Weekly Briefing No. 101 | Bank Charters 101, Goldman’s Crypto-Flirtations, Fake Stock News

Weekly Briefing No. 101 | Bank Charters 101, Goldman’s Crypto-Flirtations, Fake Stock News

We are delighted to present our 101st edition.  Here’s what we have in the hopper for this week: Banking Charters 101 (or The Road to Utah); What’s behind Goldman’s flirtation with Bitcoin? Can social media rig the markets?; Financial services lessons from Despacito; Treasury issues report #2; Insurtech financings surge; Blockchain CEO calls out “tourists”; Company of Note: Kayrros  

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Weekly Briefing No. 100 | Our 100th Birthday, Hope for a Safer Cyber Future? Cannabis and State Budget Deficits

Weekly Briefing No. 100 | Our 100th Birthday, Hope for a Safer Cyber Future? Cannabis and State Budget Deficits

We are delighted to present the 100th edition of our newsletter. To celebrate reaching our Benjamin, we are paying homage to the man who adorns the $100 bill and is perhaps the original financial revolutionist. Electricity and diplomacy weren’t how Ben Franklin made his Paris-party money. His Benjamins came from collecting linen rags and turning them into paper. Franklin found many end-markets willing to buy his paper, including the colony of Pennsylvania, which used his reformulated rags to make currency.

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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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