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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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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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Start-up Course Web2.0…There Once Was a World Without Web.

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After web 2.0 My kids will grow up and they won’t understand how I lived and coped in a world without the  web. I always found it amazing how my parents never really had a television growing up. How did they live their lives?! We now live in the web 3.0 world, it is almost […]

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Financial Regulation 2.0 – Great Thought Leadership

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I recently read a great post by Fred Wilson talking about regulation 2.0: Regulation 2.0 is a framework that we have been working on with a bunch of others who are rethinking what government means in a networked world. In the Regulation 1.0 world (the one we are in now) regulators are required to give you permission […]

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The Official Agreement for a Financial Assistance to the Republic of Cyprus

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Ministry of Finance Announcement Agreement for a Financial Assistance to the Republic of Cyprus On the 16th of March 2013, an agreement has been reached by the Member States of the Eurozone, for granting financial assistance to the Republic of Cyprus. Financial assistance up to an amount of €10 billion is to be granted to […]

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Could MIT Research on Sustainable Trading Advance the End of Poverty?

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It was released this week that MIT is conducting a $1 million test to see if social media can make investors money. These are very exciting times for us at eToro, where we see this great academic research done around social investing. MIT are researching what they call ‘sustainable trading’. Everyone is talking about sustainable energy, and […]

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Bitcoinlegal.org – The Open Legal Site to Help Legalise Digital Finance

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As part of the emergence of bitcoin and digital finance, there are a lot of questions regarding the legality of bitcoin in general, and its derivative projects. I propose an open source source project: to build a website that is dedicated to solving all the legal issues of bitcoin and digital finance. The website will […]

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Why The Future Of Money Is In Japan

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It’s morning and I’m drinking Miso and eating Dim Sum. Must mean I’m in Japan. I arrived in the beginning of the week to Osaka, where the largest banking event called Sibos was taking place. It  is organized by SWIFT, a cooperative of 8000 banks in charge of most money flow in the world. 5000 suited bankers came from […]

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Would you deposit your funds in the Google Bank ? I would

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It is mind boggling to realize that retail banking is still a local offline activity, specially when you realize banking is a virtual service.For anyone that grew in a any country in the world (but the US), it is easy to see that a lot of products we consume are global, the shoes you wear (Nike, […]

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