• Bitcoin

    Meet the new kids on the blockchain

    Bitcoin has been around for half the life of these five young entrepreneurs—and they’re now doing their part to change finance

    A surge of young people has taken a headfirst dive into cryptocurrency. High school day traders have made hundred percent multiples on cash earned from summer jobs. College freshmen have exchanged doctoral dreams for computer science. Students have dropped out of school altogether. Some have embraced cryptocurrencies out of curiosity, others out of conviction, but all are banking that Bitcoin is the technology of the future. It’s early 1990s dot-com boom deja-vu.

  • NYU
    Bitcoin,  Cryptocurrencies,  Ethereum,  Innovators

    Crypto class the new cool thing on campus

    NYU has doubled its crypto course offerings this year

    Professor Andrew Hinkes was ready to begin teaching the class “Digital Currencies, Blockchains and the Future of the Financial Services Industry” promptly at 10:30 a.m. inside one of New York University Stern School of Business’s largest classrooms. It’s a packed house for the lecture, which is also livestreamed. “A lot of students view education in this area as pivotal to success in the job market,” Hinkes said. “It’s one of the hottest areas in law and business.” With little reverence to it’s speculative price, the number of undergraduate students across the country deciding to study cryptocurrency and blockchain is booming. A new study from Coinbase says that almost half (42…

  • Starbucks
    Cryptocurrencies,  Innovators

    ICE heats up on crypto with Starbucks

    NYSE’s owner launches crypto initiative with another household name

    Last month, the owners of the New York Stock Exchange quietly bought a domain name for a made up word. The misspelled wordplay belongs to startup Bakkt—pronounced ‘backed’—which had been in the works for months. Bakkt introduced itself to the world Friday as a digital asset ecosystem hoping to make cryptocurrency mainstream for consumers and merchants. That’s the goal of many a crypto company, but this time it might be more than just talk. Bakkt will launch with an impressive global partner, Starbucks. “As the flagship retailer, Starbucks will play a pivotal role in developing practical, trusted and regulated applications for consumers to convert their digital assets into US dollars…

  • music
    Alt coins,  Media

    Blockchain strikes a chord with the music industry

    eMusic latest to announce token, decentralized platform for artists to get tunes into headphones

    Jared Bowser was brushing his teeth, about to leave for a concert, when he heard a knock at the front door. The 19-year-old still lived with his parents. His mother, the only other person home, answered the door and walked back to the bathroom. “Her voice was the crying, shaky kind,” Bowser said. “She asked me ‘Jared, why is the FBI at the door?’” Two agents dressed in black suits with leather bound portfolios sat at the kitchen table and asked about five songs by musician Ryan Adams they said Bowser shared on the internet. The songs had not yet been released, but Bowser had copies thanks to a friend…