• Trust Square
    Cryptocurrencies,  Innovators

    What it’s like inside Trust Square, Zurich’s blockchain innovation hub

    We got a private tour from co-founder Ozan Polat

    ZURICH—A vibrant blockchain community has blossomed in Switzerland. On April 27, 2018, Ozan Polat and four other founding partners opened Trust Square in the Swiss capital. The three-floor coworking space (they’re adding a fourth soon) boasts a central Banhofstrasse address and houses some 40-45 companies actively doing work in the blockchain space. It’s exclusive! “We’re extremely startup-focused, and we do a little due diligence before we approve a membership here,” Polat told us when Modern Consensus visited for a tour. “We try to identify what these projects provide to the community. Some hedge funds want offices here, but they don’t make anything.” As a center of gravity for innovation in…

  • newspaper
    Bitcoin,  Cryptocurrencies,  Europe,  Media

    Must-reads for September 17, 2018: Tracking people through crypto, gold bashing, Goldman Sachs, and bragging wrongs

    Here are the crypto stories you should be watching today

    How bitcoin helped track down suspects in the Russia investigation (Vice) By now we know that with just a little bit of data, you can get a whole lot of info on someone through Bitcoin’s blockchain. This Vice video shows one of the ways Robert Mueller’s team did it.   Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley, Citigroup and NYSE Owner Prepare to Back Bitcoin and Cryptocurrency (Daily HODL) Nothing profound here but just a quick roundup of what some of the larger institutions are doing Bitcoin-related on Wall Street.   Bitcoin in Switzerland (CoinTelegraph) A fun 10-minute video of how into bitcoin the Swiss are. Well, at least some of them. Anyway,…

  • Bitcoin Rupees
    Asia & Australia,  Europe,  Regulation

    As India bans cryptocurrencies, Thailand, South Korea, Switzerland, and the EU embrace them

    India’s Supreme Court upholds Reserve Bank of India’s crypto ban

    India is thought of as a tech giant but there’s one technology it doesn’t like, even while other parts of the world do: crypto. India’s Supreme Court has decided to keep in place a cryptocurrency ban on regulated financial institutions announced by the country’s central bank three months ago. This basically dries up a large portion of the crypto market in the second-most populous nation in the world. On April 5, the Reserve Bank of India issued at statement saying, among other things: “In view of the associated risks, it has been decided that, with immediate effect, entities regulated by RBI shall not deal with or provide services to any…

  • Blockchain project jobs
    Cryptocurrencies,  Innovators

    Why it’s so hard to hire anyone working on blockchain tech

    Blockchain experts have a hard time calling anyone ‘boss’

    Modern Consensus was on the ground in Berlin for BlockShow, a two-day festival boasting thousands of attendees, each one there to expand their understanding of blockchain technology and meet some A-list crypto-players. Between the public on-stage panels and the private conversations we had with attendees, one theme cropped up consistently: it’s hard to acquire the talent and human resources necessary to take a large or small company into the new blockchain-enabled future. We know the song all the crypto-kids sing: blockchain technology isn’t just about powering bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies, it’s a “new internet” setting a higher standard for how information moves and is validated around the world. This stuff…