Last week, I had the great opportunity to attend Singapore’s first Money20/20 Asia.
From March 12 until 14, I was in Singapore, meeting a few old companions and FinTech enthusiasts – and experiencing a whole load of new things. Besides the climate shock that awaited me upon leaving wintry Germany and arriving in hot Singapore, I had a blast! I attended some really interesting events, e.g. with Ant Financial and the FCA (with the great Anna Wallace); ran into some great FinTech personalities, such as Brett King, Chris Skinner and Ghela Boskovich – and had some really interesting chats for our Podcast PayTechTalk, for instance about Blockchain, ICO and Token, which I want to present to you today.
Blockchain, ICO and Token
I was lucky enough to chat with Danette Wallace from Blockpass about their sovereign identity app based on the blockchain, which has already been featured in German media IT Finanzmagazin. Furthermore I talked to Eric Anziani from Monaco about their aim to bring cryptocurrencies into every wallet – and last but not least I had a chat with Igor Rogachev from Bonum about how and why their Tokens will make your life easier.
I have to unfortunately warn you in advance about the varying quality of the audio files. Recording was quite challenging since I was in the noisy center of the event and alas not in the quiet eye of the storm! But despite this, I’m confident you’ll get to know three very ambitious and promising companies. So sit back, relax and enjoy PayTechTalk 18!
Further information and related links:
Blockpass is a blockchain-based identity protocol. Through the use of blockchain technology and smart contracts, Blockpass offers shared regulatory and compliance services for humans (KYC), objects (KYO) and devices (KYD).
Danette Wallace has over 20 years’ experience in sales, marketing and business administration. She earned a Masters Degree in Business Communication from Northwestern University and a Bachelors Degree in Mass Communication from University of Colorado – Boulder. Her first love is science and technology however so now she is dedicated to ushering in blockchain technology with the BlockPass team.
Danette on LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook
Monaco‘s mission is to Power the Future of Money, Today, and has the vision to put Cryptocurrency in Every Wallet. Monaco aims to redefine how we move and spend money and is building convenient and elegantly designed financial services that improve people’s life. Monaco is committed to democratize the blockchain technology and bring it to the people. Monaco currently offers a beautifully crafted Visa Platinum Card (enabling our customers to spend fiat currency anywhere in the world where Visa is accepted at perfect inter-bank exchange rate and with awesome perks) and a Wallet App (enabling our customers to buy, sell, and exchange cryptocurrencies, as well as convert them into fiat currencies and spend them using our Monaco card).
Eric Anziani – Senior Vice President, Group Strategy: Eric is a seasoned tech leader with 12 years of experience in strategy, partnerships and innovation in financial services/payments, fintech and lifestyle tech. Prior to joining Monaco, Eric worked at leading global companies like Global Fashion Group (where he ran CEO’s office, special projects and group strategy), PayPal, McKinsey and Goldman Sachs in London, Paris, Singapore and Tokyo. Eric completed his MBA from INSEAD in 2012, and has a Master of Science degree from the Ecole Superieur d’Electricite (Supelec), France’s leading graduate institution.
Bonum is an international loan and deposit platform. Customers can use the platform to receive instant liquidity (i.e. a loan) or to receive additional passive income by earning interests on their deposits. Bonum isn’t a P2P lending platform. Instead, all deals are made instantly with Bonum as an intermediary. You can use cryptocurrencies and digital tokens as collateral on Bonum. In the future, the company claims it could accept other assets, including tokenized versions of real estate, cars, diamonds, securities, and gold, among other assets.
ICO- and startup- investor with higher jurisprudence education. 15 years of entrepreneurial experience. Igor has been investing in startups since 2002. In 2010 he co-founded Denga – one of the biggest Russian microfinance companies. Igor has been a blockchain enthusiast since 2016.
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