London Wants to be the Fintech Capital of the World

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In my previous blog I wrote about Tel Aviv’s regulatory challenges in dealing with industry changes. I am delighted to see that the financial regulator in the UK, the FCA has set up an initiative, Project Innovate to help innovative finance companies. Members of Parliament, such as Mark Hoban have challenged fellow politicians, business leaders and regulators to be aware […]

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The Startup nation’s digital finance revolution

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I had the awesome opportunity of speaking at the Geektime Conference this month, on a panel talking about whether Israel could become a hub of global fintech. The internet company I founded, eToro has it’s RnD centre here in Tel Aviv as well as a corporate office in London. These are two markets where digital […]

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Snapchat worth 10 Billion USD … I thought it was crazy at 3.

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Remember last year, when everyone was going nuts over Snapchat’s rejection of Facebook’s 3bn offer to buy the company? a few thoughts I had about this when reading this week’s news : 1) Private is the new social, this week Snapchat’s valuation has reached  $10bn.  It has tripled Facebook’s valuation within one year alone, and despite […]

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Moonshots in Faraway Places: Why Eric Schmidt called me an idiot

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Eric Schmidt believes it and so do we. Technology will soon enable people to have all the information they need in the palm of their hands regardless of wealth status. He has set up a fund Innovation Endeavours  intended to invest in the Israeli and US entrepreneurial ecosystem and I was honored to be invited to […]

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The Virtual Social Network

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Experience the impossible. Interact with those that are not around you, experience their experiences. Facebook intends to take sharing to a new level with its 2B USD acquisition of the virtual reality headset company, Oculus. Facebook intends to be at the forefront of a new medium of interaction; virtual reality. Its acquisition is symbolic. Facebook embodies […]

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The evolution of the social web

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The evolution of the social web over the past 24 months has been fascinating. We are kind of witnessing a social revolution within the social revolution. Social web 2.0. It looks like the world went perhaps too open too quickly and we have seen a revolt. Many young teenagers shifted their social network activity from […]

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2014: Still living in the 20th century?

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Let’s cast our minds back to Peter Thiel’s Start-up Course that we teach here at eToro. Recent tragic events reminded me of this particular class. It is now well over a month since flight MH170 disappeared from radar and has still not been found. Ignoring the conspiracy theories circling the web, assuming this plane is […]

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Great 2013! Now onto 2014…

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 I wanted to take the time to reflect on what has been a  truely revolutionary year 2013. I don’t think anyone, including myself, had dared to imagine what a year of change it would be for all of us. At eToro we launched some exciting features; the eToro OpenBook for mobile devices (both IOS and […]

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eToro meets David Cameron, the British Prime Minister via Future Fifty

eToro meets David Cameron, the British Prime Minister via Future Fifty

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We recently were accepted into the Future Fifty programme- a UK governmental programme designed to accelerate a select group of high-growth stage tech. The formal event took place together with the Tech City 3rd anniversary. We were welcomed in ceremonial fashion by being invited to open the world’s financial markets at the London Stock Exchange along with other […]

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Start-up Course: Back to the Future- Changing the world today and tomorrow

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It’s almost impossible to predict the future, whether it be the financial or tech future. There is so much great innovation out there, but when will it reach widespread market distribution? As mentioned in a previous blog, the world has been waiting for electric cars for several years and we are still waiting… we are […]

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