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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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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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Gone in 60 Seconds, Startup Course- The Pitch,

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You’ve got a great idea. That’s great. Well done congrats. I’m busy, but I am willing to listen, I’ll give ya 60 secs on my way out the office. Pitch it to me…in the elevator. Like we mentioned in previous blogs a great idea does not sell itself, YOU have to sell it and sell […]

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Get Married in Delaware- Startup Course Thiel’s Law and Follow the Money

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Thiel’s Law and Follow the Money   This class focuses on Peter Thiel’s mantra, ‘that a startup messed up at its foundation cannot be fixed.’ To further explore this principle we had the pleasure of being joined by telecoms entrepreneur Haggai Barel. Haggai’s Orca Interactive was acquired by France Telecom that later merged with Viaccess. […]

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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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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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The Bitcoin Act – Legistlation of Bitcoin and Promoting Global Digital Finance

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“Financial regulators can’t regulate consumer behaviour” brett king As part of the emergence of bitcoin and digital finance, there are a lot of questions regarding the legality of bitcoin and its derivative projects. One of the main hurdles in financial innovation has always been legistlation and regulation, while regulators have the to keep the best […]

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The Social IPO and why you are going to buy facebook shares on facebok very soon

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I have just found out about Facebook’s ‘secret’ weapon planned for its IPO very soon. It’s called Loyal3, a way for Facebook users to buy its shares using $10 in their Facebook account. So why is this a secret weapon? Loyal3, which seemed to have come up from nowhere, has a SEC approved model, and […]

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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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Good Dollar – The Visible Hand

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The new currency Good Dollar is the basis of a new economic framework, the main difference between this currency and all other currencies are : Direct ownership connection between the entities and the currency (transparent money) Decreasing interest rates on larger deposits (Good Value or Good interest rates) The first is actually the creation of […]

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