• A useful map of Southeast Asia, in case one were to get lost (via Shutterstock).
    Asia & Australia

    Central banks across Southeast Asia are embracing blockchain

    Serving the unbanked and leapfrogging inefficient interbank and international settlement systems are a major focus

    Financial authorities across Southeast Asia are embracing blockchain technology and digital currencies as a way of helping the poor get better access to banking services that can help lift them out of poverty, as well as speeding and improving interbank payments and cross-border settlements.

  • Igor Pejic, author of "Blockchain Babel" (publicity photo).
    Technology

    In ‘Blockchain Babel,’ a warning for banks and FinTechs

    Igor Pejic’s new books sees blockchain bringing misunderstanding, opportunities, and looming threats to the financial sector

    If there’s one theory at the heart of Igor Pejic’s new book, “Blockchain Babel: The Crypto Craze and the Challenge to Business,” it is that when it comes to using blockchain technology to remake the banking business, neither the financial institutions looking to maintain their dominance nor the FinTech firms trying to topple them understand each other, or how much they need each other.

  • The caption for this is "Young crypto engineer applying form of characteristics of new bitcoin mining hardware," but we're not quite sold that's accurate (via Shutterstock).
    Innovators,  Technology,  United States

    Ford, Verizon, Revlon among companies looking to up their blockchain game

    Distributed ledger technology is a skill sought in firms not traditionally associated with the blockchain or cryptocurrency industry

    There’s been a lot of attention paid in the last few days about the amount of blockchain and cryptocurrency jobs available at banks like JPMorgan and accounting firms like PricewaterhouseCoopers and Deloitte, but there are more than a few large, non-finance firms looking to hire people with blockchain knowhow and experience right now, including Ford, Revlon, and Penske Logistics, according to LinkedIn Jobs.