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What Tools Are Spreading Usage of the Blockchain?

By Emily on Aug 17, 2020 5:08:02 AM

Perhaps no other development is as well known for its “disruptive” nature than the blockchain, the digital, decentralized ledger behind bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies that has held the spotlight over the past year.  Banks all around the world are exploring the blockchain’s capabilities.  It may significantly reduce overhead costs in the financial sector.

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Some of the latest technologies which use the blockchain and increases its applications by developers were presented at FinDEVr, the FinTech for developers conference held in New York City at the end of this March.  This was the first time that New York City was added to the FinDEVr roster after a long history of the conference being held in San Francisco in the fall. Especially considering the diminishing line dividing technology and Wall Street, it’s about time that the conference headed East...

Topics: Finovate FinTech Startup findDEVr Blockchain events conference
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Fireside Chat w/Vikram Pandit - Editor-In-Chief @ Finance Disrupted

By Emily on Aug 17, 2020 4:48:59 AM

 

No, we did not learn his presidential preferences (although that was a pressing topic). Vikram Pandit, the former CEO of Citigroup Inc. was a guest speaker at the Economist’s Finance Disrupted (#FinanceDisrupted) conference recently in New York City put on by Economist Events (great job Stephanie and Maria)  The theme, “Collaborate or Die,” featured fireside chats with leading FinTech experts on topics such as blockchain, financial inclusion, insurance and moreThe Economist news desk Editor-In-Chief, Zanny Minton Beddoes, chatted with Pandit in the late afternoon. In attempts to make this coverage “hot off the press” before the conference ends (!)

Here are some quick interesting bits we learned:
  • Vikram still takes taxis (revealed during discussion of the different business models of Uber vs. taxi medallions)
  • And, maybe older than we think (guess it’s those genes): He still remembers when Mosaic (?!) was around (sharing this while making the point that FinTech is in early stages)
  • He loves Singapore (the moderator brought this up after he mentioned the country 3x) Why? Government policy towards regulation (Byte Academy loves Singapore too :)
  • He does not like picking banking partnersModerator: “Who you would pick as a partner with if you were back in banking?” Vikram: “Thank G-d I don’t have to make that decision.”

Overall Vikram was a diplomat avoiding the moderator’s attempts to extract a true opinion (for instance, he avoided her question “does the US suck with regulation?")

Stay tuned for a more extensive follow-up on the Economist’s FinTech Disrupted conference…

 

 
 

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Topics: FinTech 2016 Election The Economist Banking Blockchain

Our Blockchain Bootcamp in Bloomberg

By Byte on Aug 14, 2020 9:04:25 AM

Bloomberg has a great article on rising demand of blockchain developers and the lack of supply. Our course starts on October 25th, Apply now or contact us to find out more about the course.

Topics: bloomberg Careers news education Blockchain
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How I Won My First Blockchain Hackathon: Newbie Hacker's Guide

By Emily on Aug 14, 2020 8:50:20 AM

Below we interview Gabby, a former Wealth Planning Analyst who enrolled in Byte Academy’s Intro To Python program.  Although he could not persuade his classmates, Gabby signed up for his first hackathon - the Linnia Protocol Blockchain Hackathon run by Consensys, one of the leading companies in the blockchain space.   Gabby both won the hack and advanced his career.  Read how he did it:

Topics: Student Stories Cryptocurrency hackathon Careers Blockchain student interview
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Blockchain FAQ #1: What is a fork in the Blockchain?

By Byte on Aug 12, 2020 9:25:16 AM

In the standard software industry parlance, a software fork is just a copy of an existing project. Considering the current pre-eminence of open-source software development, a software fork can very often be carried out without explicit permission from the developer of the original project. In case of the blockchain, it is different. A blockchain fork is when a blockchain splits into two separate chains.

Topics: Bitcoin education faq Blockchain
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Are We In A Cryptocurrency Bubble?

By Emily on Aug 12, 2020 9:13:06 AM

Recently Matt Gertler, cryptocurrency attorney at Digital Asset Research answered a big question on many minds recently: are we in a cryptocurrency bubble?  Particularly with the rise of ICOs (Initial Coin Offerings) and China's recent ban on them, this has been on many minds recently.

Topics: FinTech Startup Bitcoin ico Blockchain events
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Inside Bitcoin & Blockchain - By the Founder of a Bitcoin Wallet

By Emily on Aug 12, 2020 9:11:25 AM

Bitcoin and blockchain, the digital ledger used for bitcoin, have been headlining news.  Bitcoin, once associated with illicit online transactions, is being recognized by big banks. Just this week State Street, one of the oldest banks in the US, made headlines as it set up its own innovation lab to deal with blockchain technology. JP Morgan, Credit Suisse, Commonwealth Bank of Australia, with more banks to come, backed  R3, a blockchain consortium.  To understand Bitcoin, blockchain and the crypto future we sat down with Tim Lee, founder of ArcBit bitcoin wallet, who has been dealing with the blockchain much earlier before the general public, or even large banks, heard about the Bitcoin or its digital ledger.  Tim comes from the start-up background - similar to the Bitcoin and blockchain founders and disruptors.  Byte Academy is excited to announce that Tim Lee will be doing a blockchain workshop October 16 in addition to other part-time classes.

Topics: arcbit Cryptocurrency Startup digital ledger Bitcoin Blockchain
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Student Interview: From Aerospace To Blockchain CTO

By Emily on Aug 12, 2020 9:05:09 AM

Meet recent grad Stephane Gallet, whose background includes founding a travel company (based in Brazil) and aerospace.  Even before  graduating Byte's immersive blockchain  bootcamp program, Stephane was offered a role as Chief Technology Officer (CTO)/ VP Engineering at one of New York City's leading blockchain startups where he currently is loving his job.  (He even stops by to visit and collaborate with the team from his Alma Mater).

Topics: Student Stories Cryptocurrency Startup Careers Interview Blockchain student interview
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Blockchain set to transform Industries

By Kiran Datar on Aug 12, 2020 8:58:57 AM

Blockchain technology is commonly misconstrued as being applicable only for cryptocurrencies. As a secure, immutable ledger technology, blockchain can be applied to many use cases in several industries. The very nature of blockchain makes it a secure application for use in transfer of value or as storehouses of critical information. Because of its flexibility, the finance industry is already looking at other use cases for blockchain, one of them being online payments. The transparency and simplicity of blockchain makes it easy for anyone with an internet connection to transfer and receive funds without having to pay exorbitant amounts in banking fees.  

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Crypto Exchanges: What's The Difference/Which Should I Pick?

By Byte on Aug 6, 2020 7:11:18 AM

With the increasing number of cryptocurrencies available nowadays, it’s the right time to look at how to trade in cryptocurrencies. We start with examining your potential objectives, and from thereon, we look at the various factors you should consider before choosing the right trading platform. We also list prominent cryptocurrency exchanges, along with their pros and cons.

Topics: finance Cryptocurrency Bitcoin Blockchain

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