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.
Mark Karpeles, CEO of the infamously hacked Mt. Gox cryptocurrency exchange, is planning another foray into the blockchain business.
Hot on the heels of his legal victory over the Winklevii, Bitcoin bad boy and early adopter Charlie Shrem has unleashed a new podcast looking at the early days of the first cryptocurrency and the blockchain technology on which it’s built.
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.