• People walk outside of Ria Money Transfer office in Brussels, Belgium on Nov. 10, 2018 (via Shutterstock).
    Technology

    Blockchain must solve last-mile problem to dominate remittance business

    Sending money to relatives in developing countries is growing into a half-trillion-dollar business

    Blockchain-based money transfer services can dominate the international remittance business as it grows into a half-trillion-dollar industry over the next five years. That is the result of a study released Monday by Juniper Research, predicting blockchain technology will revolutionize money transfer if it can solve it’s “last-mile” problem—getting cash to recipients in low and middle-income countries. Those countries currently account for $332 billion in money transfers, much of it sent through traditional firms like Western Union and MoneyGram to unbanked people in third world countries, Juniper said. That will grow to $525 billion by 2024. (The World Bank said that number was much higher, reaching $528 billion in 2018.) According…

  • Crypto hackers often walk around wearing hoodies and holding useless tokens of fake bitcoin around just in case they get photographed (via Pixabay).
    Cryptocurrencies,  Technology

    MIT’s Stuart Madnick says blockchain’s biggest strengths can also be weaknesses

    Poloniex exchange lenders lost $14.4 million to flash crash decentralization made possible

    An MIT professor’s June 6 warning about some of blockchain’s vulnerabilities came too late for margin lenders on U.S. cryptocurrency exchange Poloniex, who lost nearly $14.4 million in bitcoin to a flash crash early last week.

  • Brad Stephens in the Blockchain Capital office in San Francisco (photo by Martine Paris).
    Innovators

    INTERVIEW: Blockchain Capital’s origin story is steeped in gaming lore

    Martine Paris interviews Brad Stephens about everything from video game currencies to Facebook’s GlobalCoin

    When the sons of legendary investment banker Paul Stephens met Mighty Ducks star Brock Pierce, they were avid World of Warcraft gamers and he was amassing an empire of digital goods exchanges where players could buy, sell, and trade valuable in-game items and virtual currency. Together they would go on to form Blockchain Capital, the first venture capital firm to fund the blockchain ecosystem.