• Part of the header image on Brock Pierce's Twitter profile page shows him appearing heroically on fictitious money (via Twitter)
    Bitcoin,  Innovators

    Brock Pierce buys a million-dollar home with a crypto-backed loan

    The controversial bitcoin investor’s use of Bitcoin as collateral has tax benefits, but also big pitfalls

    Controversial Bitcoin investor Brock Pierce has used cryptocurrency to buy a $1.2 million house in Amsterdam. The wealthy former child star, known for his role in “Mighty Ducks,” used Bitcoin as collateral to obtain a $1.2 million loan from Swiss FinTech Nexo for a home.

  • 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.

  • Enron the play in London—will there be one about a stablecoin one day? (via Wiki Commons)
    Innovators

    Former Enron CEO seeks to transition from jail to blockchain

    Jeffrey Skilling is reportedly working on creating a blockchain-based business aimed at connecting investors with oil and gas firms

    Former Enron CEO Jeffrey Skilling is working on creating a blockchain-based company in the oil and gas industry, according to an article in the Wall Street Journal. Skilling was recently released after serving more than 12 years in prison for his role in the Enron scandal, which saw the energy-trading firm collapse in 2001 due to an enormous accounting fraud scheme.

  • Forte co-founder and COO, Kent Wakeford (Photo by Martine Paris).
    Innovators,  Ripple,  Technology

    Forte’s $100 million Ripple-backed fund draws top developers at GDC, says COO Wakeford in interview

    Why the future of gaming could lie in the cloud and on the blockchain

    Forte Labs, the latest venture from Kabam founder Kevin Chou and former Kabam COO Kent Wakeford, had an overwhelming response at the Game Developers Conference (GDC) in San Francisco this past week. This comes on the heels of announcing its brand new $100 million fund backed by Ripple that will enable traditional games to add key blockchain features.