• Fed Chairman Jerome Powell: Central bank digital currency? We don't need no stinkin' central bank digital currency! (via Federal Reserve Bank).
    Cryptocurrencies,  Politics

    Fed Chairman Powell calls U.S. central bank digital currency pointless

    America’s chief central banker told two congressmen that the problems a CBDC could solve are largely limited to poorer developing countries.

    Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell poured cold water on the idea of a United States-issued central bank digital currency happening anytime soon. Responding to two Congressmen, Powell wrote, “it is not yet clear what additional value a general purpose CBDC could provide in the U.S.”

  • Bittax VP Or Lokay Cohen at the Ethereal conference in Tel Aviv on September 15, 2019 (photo by Molly Jane Zuckerman for Modern Consensus).
    Technology

    How the IRS is cracking down on crypto taxes: A conversation with Bittax’s Or Lokay Cohen

    At this weekend’s Ethereal Summit, Modern Consensus delved into the murky waters of cryptocurrency taxation and its various pitfalls

    Or Lokay Cohen has been at crypto tax calculation service Bittax since 2016, which means that she may know more about how to file crypto taxes than any other person alive. Lokay Cohen told Modern Consensus that she came to the Ethereal conference in Tel Aviv on September 15 to meet other like-minded crypto people, as she was toying with the idea of using Ethereum-based smart contracts to pay your taxes automatically for the IRS.

  • 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.