Glenn Parry, Professor of Digital Transformation at University of Surrey – Digital And Real Economy

Glenn Parry is a professor of Digital Transformation and Head of Department of Digital Economy, Entrepreneurship and Innovation at University of Surrey. Professor Glenn Parry is the new guest in this Dinis Guarda citiesabc openbusinesscouncil YouTube Series. Hosted by Dinis Guarda.

Prof Glenn Parry Interview Focus

1. How did your profile Background come together?
2. Can you tell us about the academic background Cambridge, Warwick, and now leading critical areas in the University of Surrey and the work you have been doing between the academic and business?
3. You are leading the Digital Transformation as CoDirector of DECaDE – what is this department and some examples of the department work as Head, Department of Digital Economy Entrepreneurship and Innovation. How do you see the Digital Economy – specifically the bridges between the real economy and the digital twin economy?
4. How do you see the changes between digital transformation inclusion and exclusion – special when it comes to corporations and governments and how to bridge the digital divide?
5. Difference between digitisation and digitalisation?
6. Blockchain and supply chain is now a critical element but there are still substantial myths around decentralised ledgers technologies. Can you guide us through the concept and some major case studies you have been working on?
7. You are a global authority on blockchain for good. Can you tell us about that and some vision and highlights?
8. You have been working on Biological markers Digital and biological biomarkers solutions. This is going to be the next frontier when it comes to bioengineering and related solutions. Can you elaborate on this and some particular case studies?
9. You have been involved in creative industries, music and art. We are now seeing a major growth of NFTs and Digital Art as a whole. Can you tell us about your background and how you see this?

Glenn Parry Interview Notes

Universities are a hub for collaboration mainly because they provide a learning environment made up of people with different cultures and perspectives. That is inherently good as such a mix of experiences and perspectives promotes conversations and drives innovation. At universities we find the entrepreneurs of the future, the academics, the leaders and it is within universities where we expand humanity’s knowledge and that is ultimately good per se.

Differences between the real economy and digital economy. Its impossible to split the digital economy and the economy. The only economy that exists is the digital economy. Everything is digital somewhat. My window cleaner has a Facebook page. You can transact in the dessert via mobile phone. There is still an ongoing digitization as there are some processes and businesses that still operate parts of their businesses in analog, but I think that is a good thing as there must be some things that need to be on paper, so to speak. Mainly because the problems that exist in the analog world will be translated into the digital. And there are frameworks that were sorted out in the real economy that are presenting issues in the digital economy, like data privacy. That is a conversation that we need to have: how a company saves and uses user’s privacy and how that data is going to be used and regulated. There are many more examples; inequality – that is being automated and we need to question that.

About blockchain. Blockchain is basically a list that is very difficult to change. As of now, it works well with transactions. That provides a record that can be easily accessed and traceable while leveraging security as it can’t be easily edited. Before we had third-parties that had to be trusted by all parties involved in that transaction, but sometimes parties had no other option. Blockchain is more reliable and the data can’t be easily manipulated. Blockchain works specifically well when applied in the supply chain industry as goods, costs can be traced to the very beginning.

This is linked with the concept of blockchain for good. For example, a company can use blockchain to list the resources they have on offer, showing for example the mass of a resource as it moves through a supply chain. That can be a good thing as everyone knows what they have, how that resource is transformed and through audit we can see the provenance. That can be used to make sure that companies, and countries, follow sustainable and ethically sound social processes. It provides visibility. However, making that data available for everyone presents also a privacy challenge. It gives competitors insight into your supply chain. But it also means that companies not inclined to follow sustainability procedures can hide behind a competitive advantage claim. These are problems to solve.

So blockchain for good should be an initiative that involves not only the technology development but also all the players involved in the supply chain, in this case, bringing together firms, workers’ unions, decision makers, retailers and consumers. It’s a socio-technical challenge.


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Glenn Parry Biography

Professor Glenn Parry received B.Sc and M.Phil degrees from University of Wales, Swansea in 1995 and 1997. In 2003, he obtained Certificate in Counselling and Psychotherapy from Coventry University, and Certificate in Teaching Higher Education, and a Diploma in Rogerian Counselling and Psychotherapy from University of Warwick in 2005. He completed his PhD from University of Cambridge in 2000.

Professor Glenn Parry is Professor of Digital Transformation; Head, Department of Digital Economy Entrepreneurship and Innovation at the University of Surrey. He is currently involved in understanding value in digital markets, business models, supply chain resilience, application of Blockchain for good, and helping companies move from product to service provision. His research is characterised by a focus on practical application, looking at process and leading practice which moves companies forward.

Prof Parry is also CoDirector of DECaDE: Centre for the Decentralised Digital Economy, a UK research centre exploring the potential for decentralized platforms to disrupt the Digital Economy and represents £4M of UKRI/EPSRC investment plus over £6M of industrial contribution.

Glenn is CoI of the £1.5M Optimising Me Manufacturing System [OMMS] EPSRC project developing a healthcare microfactory that provides on-the-body manufacturing of therapeutics. 

Prof Parry is CoI of the £1.75m EPSRC project to develop the next generation of “Trans-Disciplinary Design-Engineers” who have the skills to realise the potential of current and future manufacturing processes and techniques.

He is CoI on the £1.2m EPSRC Hub of All things [hubofallthings.com] a personal virtual computer and data store for individuals. He is working on a British Academy project examining Blockchain for Good, was PI on an RCUK grant to explore Cryptocurrencies and distributed ledger, was CoI on “The Uber Disruption”, a project examining which variables can be used to describe digital technology disruption. Glenn has worked in the creative industries [music, books, TV], exploring the impact of the move from physical to digital.

Prof Parry was PI for British Academy project to examine how ex-offenders achieve better outcomes when supported by business to use their own resources. Case studies detailed effective rehabilitation business models in the UK and USA.

As a CoI on the AHRC grant Bristol and Bath by Design (BBxD) Glenn examined the business models and enterprises that create design value propositions. Work captures the history of design in the region and the value that working as a designer in Bristol and Bath brings.

Prof Parry was part of the £2million BAE Systems/EPRSC S4T programme that informed the continuing transformation of the UK economy towards increasing value generation from product related services. Glenn is an Editor for the resultant project book “Complex Engineering Service”, by Springer.

Prof Parry is an editor for the textbook “Service Design and Delivery” published by Springer. The book is aimed at Masters level students and has been adopted by universities around the world.

Prof Parry was a Theme Leader and Director for the €16M EU Intelligent Logistics for Innovative Product Technologies (ILIPT) project, a European consortium of 30 companies from across the automotive supply chain. The work demonstrated how automotive companies can produce and deliver a customer bespoke car only 5 days after receiving an order. Findings were published in the book, ‘Build to Order; The Road to the 5-day Car’, available from Springer.com. ​

Glenn Parry Links & References

https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=bvBOazMAAAAJ&hl=en
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Glenn_Parry
https://www.linkedin.com/in/glenn-parry-a44356/
http://www.youtube.com/c/GlennParryTheGoodProfessor
https://www.surrey.ac.uk/people/glenn-parry
https://people.uwe.ac.uk/Person/GlennParry
https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Glenn-Parry-2
https://www.hat-lab.org/programs/people/glenn-parry
https://medium.com/hub-of-all-things/prof-glenn-parry-has-accepted-the-position-of-academic-director-hatlab-355570f9a762
https://www.moonexecsearch.com/future-gazing/2020/6/12/prof-glenn-parry-lessons-on-digital-transformation
https://surreylawtech.org/authors/parryg/

From Sophia The Robot To Established Artists: This Is How NFTs Are Disrupting The Creative Industry

From Sophia The Robot To Established Artists: This Is How NFTs Is Disrupting The Creative Industry

NFTs are taking the world of art and creativity by storm. The latest iteration comes from the most advanced robot out there, Sophia The Robot, who just raised a total of $ 1.7 million at a public auction selling her digital artwork.

On March 23rd, the auction for the 12 seconds video “Sophia Instantiation” was purchased by NFT collector _888_ for $688.888. The digital artwork is a “self-portrait” video-file showing the transformation of Andrea Bonaceto’s portrait into Sophia’s digital painting. The minted clip portrays Sophia crafting a portrait of her own face which was then processed by the robot’s neural networks.

Following the sale of the self-portrait, the buyer tweeted “I have goosebumps.” Sophia replied to the tweet, saying: “Me too, we really had a connection.” Having added that the artist’s “work was very inspiring on so many levels, so I want to hold on to its meaning a little longer. Will share soon.”

That artwork was part of Sophia the Robot’s NFT Digital Artworks series, and it wasn’t the only one that was successful at auction. In fact, the best selling series was the “Marcello Portrait” which sold 66 copies at $1,500 each. One of the editions of the portrait is currently on sale for over 12mln USD.

What really stood out from this auction is that all this artwork series was that each piece was linked to a unique NFT (Non-fungible token).

As it was recently said in an intellignthq article about Digital art and NFTs, “Non-fungible tokens – NFTs are scarce digital cryptographic assets. This means that NFTs are unique digital assets that run on the same technology (blockchains) as cryptocurrency but are fundamentally different.”

A good example to picture how NFT works is the Ticket Analogy: each ticket – NFT contains specific information including the purchaser’s name, the date of the event and the venue, which makes it impossible for tickets to be traded with one another.

NFTs can bring real benefits to creators and artists. They can be designed to pay their creators a cryptocurrency fee every time they change hands. If for example a buyer of NFT of the creator’s pieces resells it, the creator automatically receives 10 percent of the price paid. The lack of digital scarcity in the creator economy is one of the main reasons people have slowly but surely been gravitating to NFTs as a possible solution. And in recent months, that interest grew exponentially.

Like Sophia the Robot’s Digital Artwork experience, there have been a growing number of successful NFTs art auctions

On March, 11th, the artwork “Everydays: The First 5,000 Days” by creator Beeple was sold for $69.3 million at a Christie’s auction, becoming the highest sale of NFT art till date. This sale surpassed CEO Dylan Field’s CryptoPunk for 4200 ETH (about $7.5 million) and Billionaire Jack Dorsey’s NFT converted tweet “just setting up my twttr,” which while still open, already has a high bid of $2.5 million from Sina Estavi, CEO of Bridge Oracle.

Another noteworthy initiative in the NFT space that harnesses the true potentiality of the technology is the Hashmasks project. This is a living digital art collectible created by over 70 artists globally that sold its collection of 16,384 unique digital portraits for $16 million. The most expensive Hashmask was sold for 420 ETH, or $650,000, and features a mystical halo demon that may or may not make it the deal with the devil.

According to specialized site Vice, “these Hashmasks are unique as compared to other NFT artworks, or even real paintings, since they are unnamed. Each Hashmask owner has the responsibility of naming their art, thus contributing to it creatively. Hashmasks are sold in the open market, and also allow the buyer as well as the creator to determine its value.”

Other artists from the creative industries that are using NFTs are Kings of Leon, who launched an album as NFT and Basketball collectives; Grimes, a Canadian musician, singer, songwriter, record producer, music video director, and visual artist, who sold around $5.8 million worth of digital artworks, and a series of 10 pieces went up for sale on Nifty Gateway on February 28th, or Blake Kathryn, Giant Swan and Dream Catcher Auction by Steve Aoki x Antoni Tudisco, among others.

These sales are the latest art-related NFT that has sparked a craze across Wall Street and multiple markets such as sports and music in the past few months. From a digital copy of a Banksy print being burned to magazine covers, NFTs are ushering a new domain of buying, selling and trading.

Sophia The Robot Digital Artwork

NFTs can radically change the way art is created and distributed, making it a fairer sector for creators. Although still in its infancy, digital arts NFTs and other crypto collectives have exploded and the growth potential is still off the charts.

Talking about the potentiality of the technology, Andrea Bonaceto, Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (FRSA) and blockchain pioneer commented: “NFTs will act as a catalyst to help society achieve the ideal balance between creativity and rationality. This could be the dawn of a new Renaissance, springing straight after a global pandemic – reminiscent of the 15th century Renaissance that arose in the immediate aftermath of the plague. NFTs are for the creative industry what Bitcoin is for the financial industry – a paradigm shift. It is very exciting to be at the cusp of this new trend.”

White Paper: Expert Prognosis For The Planet – We’re On Track For A Ghastly Future

An international group of 17 leading scientists have produced a comprehensive yet concise assessment of the state of civilization, warning that the outlook is more dire and dangerous than is generally understood.

A loss of biodiversity and accelerating climate change in the coming decades coupled with ignorance and inaction is threatening the survival of all species, including our very own, according to the experts from institutions including Stanford University, UCLA, and Flinders University.

The researchers state that world leaders need a ‘cold shower’ regarding the state of our environment, both to plan and act to avoid a ghastly future.

Lead author Professor Corey Bradshaw of Flinders University in Australia says he and his colleagues have summarised the state of the natural world in stark form to help clarify the gravity of the human predicament.

“Humanity is causing a rapid loss of biodiversity and, with it, Earth’s ability to support complex life. But the mainstream is having difficulty grasping the magnitude of this loss, despite the steady erosion of the fabric of human civilization,” Professor Bradshaw says.

“In fact, the scale of the threats to the biosphere and all its lifeforms is so great that it is difficult to grasp for even well-informed experts.

“The problem is compounded by ignorance and short-term self-interest, with the pursuit of wealth and political interests stymying the action that is crucial for survival,” he says.

Professor Paul Ehrlich of Stanford University says that no political or economic system, or leadership, is prepared to handle the predicted disasters, or even capable of such action.

“Stopping biodiversity loss is nowhere close to the top of any country’s priorities, trailing far behind other concerns such as employment, healthcare, economic growth, or currency stability.

“While it is positive news that President-elect Biden intends to reengage the US in Paris Climate accord within his first 100 days of office, it is a minuscule gesture given the scale of the challenge.

“Humanity is running an ecological Ponzi scheme in which society robs nature and future generations to pay for short-term economic enhancement today”.

“Most economies operate on the basis that counteraction now is too costly to be politically palatable. Combined with disinformation campaigns to protect short-term profits it is doubtful that the scale of changes we need will be made in time,” Professor Ehrlich says.

Professor Dan Blumstein from UCLA says the scientists are choosing to speak boldly and fearlessly because life literally depends on it.

“What we are saying might not be popular, and indeed is frightening. But we need to be candid, accurate, and honest if humanity is to understand the enormity of the challenges we face in creating a sustainable future.

“Without political will backed by tangible action that scales to the enormity of the problems facing us, the added stresses to human health, wealth, and well-being will perversely diminish our political capacity to mitigate the erosion of the Earth’s life-support system upon which we all depend.

“Human population growth and consumption continues to escalate, and we’re still more focused on expanding human enterprise than we are on devising and implementing solutions to critical issues such as biodiversity loss. By the time we fully comprehend the impact of ecological deterioration, it will be too
late.

“Without fully appreciating and broadcasting the scale of the problems and the enormity of the solutions required, society will fail to achieve even modest sustainability goals, and catastrophe will surely follow,” Professor Blumstein concludes.

The experts say their ‘perspective’ paper, which cites more than 150 studies, seeks to outline clearly and unambiguously the likely future trends in biodiversity decline, mass extinction, climate disruption, planetary toxification, all tied to human consumption and population growth to demonstrate the near
certainty that these problems will worsen over the coming decades, with negative impacts for centuries to come. It also explains the impact of political impotence and the ineffectiveness of current and planned actions to address the ominous scale of environmental erosion.

UK Tech Nation: Next Steps For First LawTech Sandbox As Pilot Draws To A Close

  • The success of the Pilot paves the way for a second phase of the Lawtech Sandbox in the summer
  • Five UK lawtechs which were selected to join the pilot share their experiences
  • The three month Sandbox Pilot launched in December, was designed to drive forward the development of lawtech by providing access to a number of tools, connections and services, including access to legal data and participating regulators
  • LawtechUK in collaboration with the Regulatory Response Unit to launch new tool over the coming weeks to help lawtech pioneers navigate legal services regulation and to increase confidence in lawtech development

LawtechUK, the government-backed initiative within Tech Nation to help transform the UK legal sector through technology, today brings to a close the Pilot stage of the first Lawtech Sandbox – a research and development initiative for lawtech scaleups – following a successful three month trial period.

The Sandbox Pilot, launched in December last year, has been a driving force in the development of early-stage lawtech scaleups. The Sandbox Pilot is a key part of the LawtechUK programme, and is instrumental in galvanising the growth of lawtech and positioning the UK as a global leader in legal technology.

Amplified Global, Legal Utopia, ClauseMatch, Deriskly, and Legal Schema were the five UK lawtechs selected to join the Pilot and today share their insights from the success of the Lawtech Sandbox Pilot.

Through the three month period, they all saw accelerated growth, realised through a number of tailored tools and services, including: access to regulators for fast response support in navigating regulation and governance; connections to LawtechUK’s network to help drive collaboration, commercial opportunities and development of lawtech products; and access to legal data by matchmaking with data sources.

The success of the Pilot paves the way for a second phase of the Lawtech Sandbox in the summer and exploration into how its benefits can be provided to the wider market to support its transformation.

As part of the pilot, LawtechUK and the Regulatory Response Unit have also considered a number of cross sector issues and will launch a tool over the coming weeks designed to help lawtech pioneers navigate legal services regulation in the UK.  The tool takes a UK-wide approach and demonstrates that despite different regulatory regimes, lawtechs and regulators can work cohesively across the different jurisdictions of the UK.

Jenifer Swallow, LawtechUK Director at Tech Nation, comments: “The Lawtech Sandbox Pilot was designed to help bring transformative lawtech to market faster and help reinvent the service of law.   The success of the Pilot has been fantastic to see, playing a crucial role in the development of several early stage scale-ups and demonstrating the value and knock on effects of the burgeoning lawtech sector.  As we saw with fintech, the Sandbox has the potential to propel lawtech into the mainstream – that is an incredibly exciting future many can help to build.”

Sheldon Mills, Executive Director, Consumers and Competition at the Financial Conduct Authority and Chair of the Regulatory Response Unit, comments: It is a ground-breaking initiative to bring regulators together in this way to support technology innovators in law.  It has been impressive to see how this engagement and support can make a difference and to see regulators themselves actively solving problems, including where there are boundary issues between two regulators.  The creation of the Regulatory Response Unit is a clear demonstration of the commitment and scale behind LawtechUK’s approach.”

Insights from the Five Lawtech Pioneers

Anastasia Dokuchaeva, Head of Product, ClauseMatch, a company which digitises regulation enabling smart compliance, comments: “The programme was highly instrumental for us for working with the ecosystem, understanding the challenges and the problems that both sides – regulators and the regulated – face. What was the most unique about it is that it provided us with a great opportunity to work with multiple regulators and have them come together at the round table all ‘in one room’, all at one time simultaneously, something that we were not able to do before. As part of the Sandbox, we were looking at several use cases such as anti-money laundering and KYC use cases, ESG, privacy, onshoring post-Brexit. Meeting experts allowed us to tap into this wealth of experience and deep-dive more into the issues that the industry is looking at.”

Peter Hunn, Founder, Legal Schema and Clause.io, Legal Schema enables legal documents to be easily structured and consumed as data, comments: “Accelerating the adoption and use of smart contracts is critical to the global competitiveness of the UK as a jurisdiction. In order to do so, a simple, universal, means to add structured data into contractual documents is needed to transform them into digital agreements. The Lawtech Sandbox enabled us to test the viability of this idea and to collaborate with key stakeholders to get to a point where we have something of real substance, as outlined in the whitepaper to be released in the coming days.”

Dr. Mimi Zou, CEO, Deriskly, which analyses corporate communications to detect and avoid disputes, comments: “For Deriskly, the Sandbox has helped to connect us with potential users and potential clients, as well as a network of individuals and organisations that have provided us with rich insights to inform our market research and product development. Moreover, being part of the inaugural cohort of Sandbox Pioneers has helped to raise our profile as an early stage lawtech venture that is trying to innovate in a new space (dispute avoidance).”

Minesh Patel, Founder, Amplified Global, a company that helps customers engage with technical legal information, comments: ”Through the Sandbox Network we partnered with Vodafone to access some of their datasets and have been able to collaborate with legal regulators. That’s allowed us to develop, test and further calibrate our product. An organisation of our size and stage would have found it really difficult to be working with, or even engaging with these partners without the Sandbox Network. The process has rapidly accelerated our growth and helped us to get the product to market quicker than we could have ever imagined.”

Fraser Matcham, CEO, Legal Utopia, which provides DIY tools and makes it easy for SMEs to get legal support, comments: “The LawtechUK Pilot was a particularly well-timed event for Legal Utopia’s product development and the key projects we’ve been focused on launching since early 2020. The pilot helped us get these different projects locked-in and funnelled the resources needed to get them done. The results I think exceeded both sides’ expectations, in particular, to go from nothing to a full modelling training platform with a training dataset on one project. This will directly result in an expansion of our service offering to SMEs and the wider market.”

San Sunner, Producer of Amazon ‘The Social Movement’ – The Future of Work: Learning To Learn

San Sunner, Producer of The Social Movement Amazon Prime, The Future of Work, Learn how to Learn, Recruitment Industry

San Sunner is a Producer/ PR/ Public Speaker/ Digital Strategist, focused on the ‘Future of Work’ and raising Global consciousness. Based in London with a client portfolio including CISCO, IBM,Accenture and Tech-Connect.

San Sunner is an employer branding / PR, podcast host at @businessfirsttv, public speaker and “flexipreneur”. She is currently the Associate Producer at reality tv and philanthropy show The Social Movement, a series produced by Amazon.

San Sunner Interview Focus

1. An introduction from you – background, overview, education…
2. You have been researching in the areas of the future of work. Can you tell us some of the major trends you saw so far?
3. As an expert in recruitment and work organisation what would you consider your Career highlights?
4. What advice do you give to new people coming into the work world?
5. You have in your profile the word “Flexipreneur”. Can you explain the concept?
6. As we spoke you are the Associate Producer Red Knight Studios Company and in the quality she is working as Associate Producer The Social Movement. The Social Movement is a documentary series by Chris LaVoie (Producer of hit series Top Recruiter) that brings together CEO’s in a reality show that through philanthropy will have four days to change the world. The show will feature 50 leaders that can solve social and economic issues that are harming the planet. Some of these issues include income inequality, access to health care, global warming, hunger, and support for homeless people. Can you tell us what the project is?
7. With the challenges you Covid-19 what ways do you envision to redesign our society with technology and social impact?
8. What are your visions for the present and future?

San Sunner Biography

San Sunner is an employer branding / PR, podcast host at @businessfirsttv, public speaker and “flexipreneur”. She is currently the Associate Producer at reality tv and philanthropy show The Social Movement, in partnership with Amazon Prime.

San Sunner is a single parent to two small children and became the main breadwinner overnight when her marriage ended has rapidly built a successful company employing 5 remote members of staff. A champion of flexible working, San is an excellent example of the future of flexible working.

San Sunner studied Culture and Media studies at university. Once San finished university, she started her professional career as an intern at a production company in the West Midlands. However, San found some challenges in that industry so she decided to shift onto another industry and started to work in the recruitment industry.

San has a strong background in recruitment, with experience spanning over a decade. For the last two years, she has paired this with her knowledge and experience within the media sector and created Rec-Social, a niche Employer Branding and Social agency that is going from strength to strength. Rec-Social has been shortlisted for the UKSCMA 2019 Awards.

As CEO of Rec-Social

REC-Social is a social media agency that specialises solely on the recruitment industry. Under the leadership of San Sunner, she pulled together a group of talent, copywriters, photographers, marketing strategists and animators to work on the company.

She stated the following about Rec-Social: “It is a great feeling to push something from an idea into a reality, we knew that pushing social media will generate ROI and that is why recruiters needed to use us but actually proving that has been one of our greatest achievements and confirmation that we know what we are doing and can deliver on what we say.”

The Social Movement and Amazon Partnership

San Sunner has an extensive career as a public speaker and host in different projects. She co-hosts a series on Business First TV, often presents live at industry events and she joined reality and philanthropy TV show The Social Movement as an Associate Producer.

The Social Movement is a documentary series by Chris LaVoie (Producer of hit series Top Recruiter) that brings together CEO’s in a reality show that through philanthropy will have four days to change the world. The show will feature 50 leaders that can solve social and economic issues that are harming the planet. Some of these issues include income inequality, access to health care, global warming, hunger, and support for homeless people. Series one launches on Amazon Prime in July 2020 and filming for series 2 starts in July 2020.

San recently said the following about her involvement in The Social Movement”; “We have a purpose bigger than ourselves, we have the knowledge and ability to find solutions to our planet’s biggest issues, this can only be achieved if we work together. I knew this was the right path and show for me when Chris La Voie, the producer of The Social Movement got in touch”.


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Interview with Ben Goertzel Founder SingularityNet, OpenCog – Benevolent And Open AI, What Kind Of Evolutionary Mind Can We Engineer?

Interview With Anish Mohammed, Blockchain Researcher. Head of Research – IIS , SRH Berlin – Building Blockchain and AI Foundations and Ethics 


San Sunner Links

https://agilitypr.news/Flexipreneur-San-Sunner-joins-Amazon-Pri-6741
https://www.linkedin.com/in/san-sunner/?originalSubdomain=uk
https://www.instagram.com/san_sunner/?hl=es
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bPcS9eyDLZ8
https://www.midsussextimes.co.uk/news/people/amazon-prime-reality-tv-show-will-see-hassocks-mother-help-change-world-1430733
https://www.talentedladiesclub.com/articles/interview-with-san-sunner-founder-of-rec-social/

LIVE Event: Digital Assets, NFTs, DeFi and The Future of Global Economy and Exchanges On Dinis Guarda YouTube Channel

· Dinis Guarda openbusinesscouncil summit – citiesabc Youtube will host a special LIVE event where seven experts in the crypto and blockchain space will share their insights on Digital Assets, NFTs, DeFi and The Future of Global Economy and Exchanges. 

· In partnership with INX Limited, a blockchain-based platform for trading digital assets and BTCU Ultimatum, a next-gen blockchain based on Bitcoin fork.

· The event can be watched live on Dinis Guarda YouTube channel on Wednesday 24th at 1pm EDT / 5pm GMT.

LIVE Event: Digital Assets, NFTs, DeFi and The Future of Global Economy and Exchanges On Dinis Guarda YouTube Channel

Blockchain is as diversified and complex as the opportunities it presents to the global economy. The frontier between the physical and the digital economy are blurred, and solutions to tokenize every aspect of the world accelerate. The new DeFi and NFTs wave are taking full advantage of what blockchain can bring to the global economy. And there is a discussion to have to make sure we do so in the right way.

That is what this Dinis Guarda openbusinesscouncil summit – citiesabc Youtube special LIVE event aims to bring about.

Moderated by openbusinesscouncil and citiesabc CEO Dinis Guarda in partnership with INX Limited, a blockchain-based platform for trading digital assets and BTCU Ultimatum, a next-gen blockchain based on Bitcoin fork, it will gather top industry leaders and experts in innovative companies, including Douglas Borthwick – CMO INX Limited; Dr Guenther Dobrauz – Partner & Leader PwC Legal Switzerland; Hirander Misra – Chairman & CEO GMEX Group & SECDEX; Derek Mayne – MD co-Founder CrescoFin; Peter Kristensen – Co-CEO JP Fund Services and Eric Ma – CEO BTCU Ultimatum, to discuss all the opportunities, challenges and consequences of this global disruption.

The finance industry, the first being disrupted by digital assets, is taking one step closer to full decentalization with the latest innovations in DeFi. New platforms and solutions are changing the rules, the players and the access to financial services. But there is much to discuss, including regulatory compliance and building trust, to make sure that DeFi doesn’t end up in just another buzzword.

Likewise, DeFi has in NTFs the most transformative and powerful tool now. NFTs are shaping the creative industry and the global collectibles economy as a whole, and pushing multiple industries such as real estate, sports, fantasy football, gaming, internet ephemera, etc.

Non-fungible tokens – NFTs are scarce digital cryptographic assets. This means that NFTs are unique digital assets that run on blockchains. NFTs create digital scarcity for a given asset, which is particularly interesting for art pieces and collectives, where there was none before. This lack of digital scarcity in the creative industry is one of the main reasons people have slowly but surely been gravitating to NFTs as a possible solution. But NFTs are still in its infancy and we need to make sure that they are actually developed for what they expect to be for: creating a fairer industry.

The last pillar of this LIVE event is the role that exchanges will play in this tokenized economy. The future of the global economy is based on platforms and marketplaces and so exchanges will be the critical new system of financial, trading and business interconnectedness.


What: Dinis Guarda openbusinesscouncil summit – citiesabc Youtube special LIVE event

Speakers: Douglas Borthwick – CMO INX Limited; Dr Guenther Dobrauz – Partner & Leader PwC Legal Switzerland; Hirander Misra – Chairman & CEO GMEX Group & SECDEX; Derek Mayne – MD co-Founder CrescoFin; Peter Kristensen – Co-CEO JP Fund Services and Eric Ma – CEO BTCU Ultimatum

Where: Dinis Guarda YouTube channel

When: Wednesday 24th at 1pm EDT / 5pm GMT


The Experts

openbusinesscouncil and citiesabc CEO Dinis Guarda will be joined by top experts and leaders in the blockchain space, including:

Douglas Borthwick – CMO INX Limited – The First SEC Registered Security Token IPO.

Douglas Borthwick is the Chief Marketing Officer and Head of Business Development at INX Limited trading platform company. A financial industry veteran with over 25 years of experience and a financial technology expert, Mr. Borthwick has worked with the likes of Morgan Stanley, Merrill Lynch and Latin American FX trading business Standard Chartered.

Dr Guenther Dobrauz – Partner & Leader PwC Legal Switzerland | Member of PwC’s Global Legal Leadership Team. 

Guenther is a Partner with PwC in Zurich, Leader of PwC Legal Switzerland, a member of PwC’s Global Legal Leadership Team directing the firm’s global legal practice comprising 4000+ lawyers in 90+ countries and the firm’s Global LegalTech Leader.

Guenther is the author of ten books on innovation and the European, Swiss and Liechtenstein legal regulatory framework as well as of 100+ publications in international expert magazines and has to date been speaking at more than 200 conferences worldwide. He also founded the Disruption Disciples movement and hosts the online series Appetite for Disruption.

Hirander Misra – Chairman & CEO GMEX Group & SECDEX, Partner at Digital Partners Network. 

Hirander Misra is the Chairman and CEO of GMEX Group (GMEX), offering innovative solutions for the creation & operation of electronic exchanges and post trade infrastructure in securities, FX, derivatives, commodities, crypto & digital tokenised assets. He is also part of the Mauritius Financial Services Commission task force on Digital Finance.

Derek Mayne – MD co-Founder CrescoFin;

Derek Mayne co-founded CrescoFin in 2019 and started the Cresco group of companies in 2011 with Cresco Capital Markets, a foreign exchange broker, adding Cresco Capital Management in 2014.

Known as Ice-Man in his early career as an engineer in offshore oil and gas production (as he specialized in sea ice, not G&T ice), he worked with Agip KCO in Kazakhstan and London and later founded Abai Resources Ltd to develop junior oil and gas in Kazakhstan. He has a PhD in Civil Engineering from the University of Calgary, where he also held an adjunct professorship.

Peter Kristensen – Co-CEO JP Fund Services – TradeMakers;

Peter Kristensen has an accumulated financial markets experience of over 35 years. Peter has an extensive career, starting off at a Danish Bank to Saxo Bank, where he became an expert in online trading. Peter is now the co-CEO of JP Funds and recently co-founded of investment platform trademakers along with Adam Hill.

Eric Ma – CEO BTCU Ultimatum, Former Community Manager CoinMarketCap

Eric Ma is the CEO of BTCU. Eric studied a major in Landscape architecture in the University of Winscouncil. In this position he got his project management capacities and foundations of working with teams and strategy. After this experience he worked in human resources and managed a big network of education in a major group out of Taiwan.

Between 2018-2019 Eric became Community Manager for CoinMarketCap – the world’s leading platform source for crypto market capitalizations, pricing and information. Eric later took the role as the CEO Bione, a world leading cryptocurrency exchange for global digital asset professionals and enthusiasts, was established in May 2018 in Singapore. In 2020, he was approached by BTCU to become the CEO of the company.

The lines between decentralised finance and centralised finance are as blurry as they have ever been as the economy goes completely digital, with marketplaces and exchanges tokenizing different sectors of the global economy. And we need to make sure that we grab all the opportunities that DeFi, NFTs and Digital Assets bring about, while ensuring that they are developed and deployed in an ethical way. That is why these conversations are critical now.

The Digital Assets, NFTs, DeFi and The Future of Global Economy and Exchanges LIVE event is due to go live on Dinis Guarda YouTube channel on Wednesday, 24th March at 1pm EDT / 5pm GMT .

Women Empowerment, Fintech Innovation, Digital Transformation, Decentralization: The Biggest Digital Trends of 2021 At Digital Week Online 

Women Empowerment, Fintech Innovation, Digital Transformation, Decentralization: The Biggest Digital Trends of 2021 At Digital Week Online

In times of uncertainty, building trust and coming together with ideas and best strategies is more important than ever. There are many challenges to overcome, from the widespread adoption of Fintech services to further empowering Women’s role in society. All those main topics were discussed in the Women In Tech Day and Fintech Day at the Digital Week Online, which happened on 8-12th March.

Covid-19 has triggered a global acceleration to digital solutions. But this unprecedented technological revolution needs to be properly addressed so no one is left behind, while all these trends are properly understood. The financial industry is at the forefront of that digital revolution, with trends ranging from integrating cryptocurrencies into the monetary system to Fintech new innovative solutions. All those topics were discussed on Fintech Day, co-hosted by CryptoLaw Partners, PALcapital and MaGESpire. This will be one of the hottest days finalizing the Digital Week Online event– there we will discuss global Fintech trends, CBDC, DeFi and many other important topics.

Likewise, this year we are excited to see the realization of women empowerment across all layers of society. And we were happy to give voice to those women leading the change. On  8th March, Women Leadership Day opened the Digital Week Online with the insights of the world’s brightest women in digital communications, blockchain and fintech, femtech, investments. Yamilette Cano (Louder Global), Bowie Lau (MaGESpire), Maria Jones (The Third Millennium Woman), Carman Chan (Click Ventures), Brittany Kaiser (Own Your Data Foundation), Jane Nguyen (PALcapital), and many other female leaders shared their vision, success stories, passion, and experience, showing the real power of Women.

March 9th – the DeepTech Forum, organized by Sanctum Ventures, covered such topics as Artificial intelligence, Machine Learning, Space Technologies, Green Energy, Agriculture Tech and Quantum Computing.

March 10th, the Digital Transformation Day, devoted to the Global Digital Transformation was co-hosted By Ztudium and Dinis Guarda. The openbusinesscouncil.org and citiesabc.com founder hosted a whole one-day event around major topics: the 4th industrial revolution, Smart Cities, the impact of Covid 19 and a special focus on a positive note for the future in the shape of building a better society, the Society 5.0.

“In this time of unprecedented disruption due to the global pandemic, we must base the future of society on the strong foundations of the 4th Industrial Revolution and Society 5.0. Trust and coming together with ideas and best strategies is more important than ever.” Dinis Guarda, partner, curator, founder, CEO openbusinesscouncil and citiesabc.

March 11th  – Innovation Tech Day, co-hosted by PALcapital, was focused on ESG & Impact investments, Corporate Innovation, Privacy & Cybersecurity, Gaming & Entertainment. Privacy & Cybersecurity Session, organized by PrivacyRules, brought together representatives of Bloomberg, Foundation for Interwallet Operability, wizlynxgroup, Tanner De Witt, PALcapital, with the hottest discussion about the use of Bitcoin/other cryptocurrencies in the context of ransomware incidents/investigations.

The day was launched with Startup Pitch Competition, sponsored and supported by StartmeupHK, the department of InvestHK, the Government of Hong Kong SAR. and co-organized by Seedstars. 10 startups pitched their project to VC investors from Netrove Ventures, Blockchain Founders Fund, EnToro Capital, and others.

March 12th  – Fintech Day co-hosted by CryptoLaw Partners and Grodon Einstein, MaGESpire, PALcapital. This is one of the hottest days finalizing the week and covering global Fintech trends, CBDC, DeFi, NFT, The Future of Finance, Banking for Unbanked.

The opening of the day with the keynote given by Ben Zhou, CEO of ByBit, a Gold Sponsor of FinTech Day and Women Leadership Day, highlighted the trends of the present and future, which will be definitely linked to decentralization of finance, adoption of cryptocurrencies, new financial and investment tools, available for every person on the Earth.

This opinion was confirmed by Jason Luo, Head of Business Development and CEO of Bitforex, a Gold Sponsor of Digital Week Online, during his keynote speech about the challenges and opportunities of 2020/2021, the latest trends in digital assets and exchanges markets, future plans of Bitforex, such as DEX, incubation platform for project, and more. Watch the replay of the keynote in the video below:

200+ top-level speakers, 100+ professional investors, 48000+  unique viewers on Youtube from 5 continents, hundreds of meetings and contacts made on the networking platform  – that are results of Digital Week Online Spring 2021.

The event was organized by Uvecon.Pro, ECIDE, Invest Show.

The next Digital Week Online is planned in Sep-Oct 2021.

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Douglas Borthwick Interview – CMO At INX Limited, The The First SEC Registered Security Token IPO In US History

Douglas Borthwick is the Chief Marketing Officer and Head of Business Development at INX Limited trading platform company. A financial industry veteran with over 25 years of experience and a financial technology expert, Mr. Borthwick has worked with the likes of Morgan Stanley, Merrill Lynch and Latin American FX trading business Standard Chartered.

INX Limited became in August, 2020 the first SEC Registered Security Token IPO (https://token.inx.co/) in the U.S. history after the SEC declared as effective its registration statement on Form F-1 filed in connection with the initial public offering of up to 130 million INX Security Tokens.

Douglas Borthwick Interview Focus

1. An Introduction about you: personal background, professional career, achievements…
– Tell us about INX in a nutshell.
– What is INX – problems it solves
– How does it work?

2. INX’s Mission is to bring regulated digital asset opportunities to institutions and retail Investors. Now that the digital assets industry has reached $1.3 trillion USD, there is a great opportunity for exchange. How do you expect to roll out this?

3. INX offers a number of solutions combining traditional markets expertise and a new disruptive flah approach. Can you tell us about these solutions and how they impact a trader/investor?

4. INX the first ever SEC registered Security Token IPO in U.S. history. Can you tell us more about this milestone and INX’s USA regulatory footprint? INX is led by an experienced and dedicated team of business, finance and technology veterans. Can you tell us about the team and main achievements?

5. What is your road map and how can people invest/trade in your platform?

6. Not many security tokens – digital assets succeed. How can you assure the investors that you will have volume and liquidity?

7. You commented recently on the media about one important topic: From Crypto to Tokens. The Great Migration. How do you see this?

8. NFTs had a watershed moment in 2021, which has seen digital NFT art sales grow by 2,800% to over nearly $200 million. Music NFTs are going mainstream as well. Are you planning to offer any of these solutions on INX?

9. Coinbase, the dominant regulated cryptocurrency exchanges, is nearing its debut as a public company with a valuation pegged at $100 billion. How do you see this IPO?

10. For people and investors watching/listening to us, why should they come to INX?

Douglas Borthwick Interview Highlights

Realizing INX Limited Vision. We wanted to create a platform that would allow for digital asset exchanges to be as safest and accessible for investors as possible. To make sure we could realize that vision, we needed to make sure we had the financial strength that such an endeavour required. That is why we created a Security Token and then do an IPO with that Security Token.

We also understand the importance of being compliant with current regulatory frameworks as the best way to create a safety net for the listing and trading of both our INC Token and other cryptocurrencies that would be later available through our platform. This is something we are striving for in the near future, because we believe in crypto’s potential and we want people / investors to feel confident about trading and using crypto. And we are trying to make this space a more secure place where everyone is welcomed.

As of now, we are legally operating in the U.S under the broker-dealer regulation and we are registered with an ATSs License, a trading system that meets the definition of “exchange” under federal securities laws.

Likewise, in the U.S. if you want to operate with cryptocurrencies, you need to have a Money Transmitter License, which is different in every State. As of now, we can operate in the 25% of all U.S. States and are in ongoing negotiations with the rest of the country. About a year from now we expect to have an MT License to operate in all the States.

The first ever SEC registered Security Token IPO in U.S. history. One important milestone for us was when we registered our Security Token with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) regulatory body. What we did is we added security layers regarding current KYC and AML standards that are needed for other trading products. The SEC declared as effective its registration statement on Form F-1 filed in connection with the initial public offering of up to 130 million INX Security Tokens. We then became the first ever SEC registered Security Token IPO in U.S. history.

Creating a Security Token trading market. There are many cryptocurrencies that are being traded as utility tokens but I think the SEC at some point will declare them as security tokens. So I expect a delineation at some point which will affect many exchanges in the U.S.

An important point is that in order to create a $1.3+ trillion market you need to onboard both retail and institutional investors. We saw that back in 2018 when we sent our prospects to the SEC. And for that to happen you need to create volume, liquidity and an attractive market for these millions of retail investors that are already using decentralized exchanges. Once you have that, you also want to attract institutional investors, and they only go to exchanges that are compliant with current regulations.

About Security Tokens. People and traders might not know it yet, but security tokens are the way to go for the industry. Security tokens are essentially digital, liquid contracts for fractions of any asset that already has value, like real estate, a car, or corporate stock. Using security tokens means investors can expect that their ownership stake is preserved on the blockchain ledger. In short, they are a hybrid between the shares of a company and a cryptocurrency, with the advantage that they have a lower cost than stock shares and the security and advantages of blockchain technology. Security tokens can be applied in a different range of industries. In the creative industries, for example, artists can tokenize their intellectual property to make it fairer for creators and the public.


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Interview with Edwin Diender: CDTO and VP, Huawei Enterprise – Leading the World in Digital Transformation Smart Cities

Interview with Daniel Sloan, co-founder Future Tech, ‘RebuildTheChain’ – Building Blockchain and AI solutions

Video Interview with Dr Jamal Ouenniche, Professor & Chair in Business Analytics, University of Edinburgh – Business Analytics, AI Data Road Maps

Interview with Ben Goertzel Founder SingularityNet, OpenCog – Benevolent And Open AI, What Kind Of Evolutionary Mind Can We Engineer?

Interview With Anish Mohammed, Blockchain Researcher. Head of Research – IIS , SRH Berlin – Building Blockchain and AI Foundations and Ethics 


Douglas Borthwick Biography

Douglas Borthwick graduated from Carnegie Mellon University with a BA in Economics and in 1992 he received his MBA in Financial Engineering from Yale University School of Management.

Since then, Douglas Borthwick has held various positions in the financial and trading industries. Starting off from Morgan Stanley from 1996 to 2005, managing foreign exchange derivatives trading groups in New York and London, with a strong focus on emerging markets.

He then ran the strategic trading desk at Merrill Lynch from 2005 to 2006, and the Latin American FX trading business at Standard Chartered from 2006 to 2009. In 2010, Mr. Borthwick managed trading and research areas for startup foreign exchange agency Faros Trading, a company that was later sold to FXCM in 2013.

Mr. Borthwick founded and built the Chapdelaine FX electronic and voice trading business for inter-dealer broker TP-ICAP from 2012 to September 2018.

As CMO and Head of Business Development at INX 

Mr. Borthwick joined INX Limited as Chief Marketing Officer and Head of Business Development

in 2019. INX is a blockchain asset trading solution and a regulated cryptocurrency, security token, and derivatives trading platform in the U.S.

Under Mr. Borwtwick’s leadership, INX launched in August 2020 the first SEC Registered (F1) Security Token IPO in US history, for the development of their cryptocurrency and security token trading platform.

About INX Limited

Founded in 2017 and registered in Gibraltar, INX was founded by financial market, cryptocurrency and technology experts with a shared vision of revolutionizing the world of finance and financial crypto trading.

INX announced in January 2018 its submission of a confidentially-filed draft registration statement to the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) for an initial public offering of the #INXToken. In August 2020, INX announced its initial public offering of up to 130 million INX #SecurityTokens. INX set the offering price at $0.90 per Token with a minimum investment of $1,000.

Four days after the INX Security Token IPO was announced, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) declared effective the INX registration statement on Form F-1 filed in connection with the initial public offering. INX, then, became the first SEC Registered (F1) Security Token IPO in US history.

Douglas Borthwick and INX Limited links

https://token.inx.co/?_ga=2.33884584.866164318.1615800180-746656149.1615800180

https://www.inx.co/

https://www.linkedin.com/in/douglas-borthwick-a20495/

https://www.thestreet.com/investing/trump-tax-cuts-could-actually-weaken-the-dollar-14019771

https://www.securities.io/the-future-of-securities-trading-thought-leaders/

Yechuan Charlie Hu, Blockchain Expert, Founder of Candaq Fintech Group – Polkadot, Tezos And The Rise of DApps

Yechuan Charlie Hu, Blockchain Expert and Founder of Candaq Fintech Group is the guest in this Dinis Guarda citiesabc openbusinesscouncil YouTube Series. Hosted by Dinis Guarda, both experts talk about the future of blockchain and the opportunities regarding decentralized tech platforms like Polkadot and Tezos and DApps.

Charlie Hu Interview Focus

1. An introduction from you – background, overview, education…
2. You are based in China but you have a great global background. How do you see the Chinese innovation and the bridge between systems and cultures?
3. You created Candaq Fintech Group. Can you tell me about the company?
4. You are responsible for Tezos China ecosystem
5. What are your thoughts on the PolkaDot network?
6. How do you see the web 3.0?
7. At the moment we have multiple challenges in the digital web world – the western web – internet – the chinese – the Russian. How do you see the challenges with this fragmented ecosystem where blockchain are opening new challenges and opportunities?
8. How do you see the challenges with the fragmentation of technology and close of technologies and systems? Special as technology – Internet protocols, Blockchain, AI advances so fast?
9. With Covid-19 digital transformation has leapfrogged. What are your visions for the present and future of blockchain and AI special when it comes to your work with Governments and universities?
10. How do you see the valuation of tokens like Polkadot and Tezos that are as we speak the 5th biggest token and 23rd respectively and the technology value and utility and research on this new ecosystem of crypto and investment and society?


More Interviews

Interview with Edwin Diender: CDTO and VP, Huawei Enterprise – Leading the World in Digital Transformation Smart Cities

Interview with Daniel Sloan, co-founder Future Tech, ‘RebuildTheChain’ – Building Blockchain and AI solutions

Video Interview with Dr Jamal Ouenniche, Professor & Chair in Business Analytics, University of Edinburgh – Business Analytics, AI Data Road Maps

Interview with Ben Goertzel Founder SingularityNet, OpenCog – Benevolent And Open AI, What Kind Of Evolutionary Mind Can We Engineer?

Interview With Anish Mohammed, Blockchain Researcher. Head of Research – IIS , SRH Berlin – Building Blockchain and AI Foundations and Ethics 


Yechuan Charlie Hu Biography

Yechuan Charlie Hu is an expert on Web 3.0, decentralized technology platforms and applications. He is a founder and managing partner of Candaq Fintech Group, with offices in Hangzhou, Berlin and the Silicon Valley.

With Candaq, Yechuan has been focused on the incubation of and investment in Fintech and blockchain-based start-ups and offers professional tokenized initial offering advisory services. Charlie Hu has led investment and business development in more than 15 projects and cross-border international technology partnerships.

Yechuan Charlie Hu is also experienced in community building, technology driven innovation ecosystem development and growth marketing, currently leading the Chinese ecosystem for Polkadot and Tezos networks.

Yechuan Charlie Hu is a member of the World Economic Forum Global Shaper Beijing Hub. Organizer of TEDxHangzhou, Organizer of ThingsCon Shanghai. Alumni of Aspire Academy Harvard leadership program.

Vision

About technological development in China. The way we have built our digital and technological infrastructure is different from the Western world and that has paid off as it is allowing China to advance very quickly. We are integrating high-end technologies like IoT, blockchain, AI and people are benefiting from it as it is driving a lot of innovation in sectors such as Fintech, Supply Chains, Computing and Hardware manufacturing. Another great driving force is the effort that has been put into the academics, promoting University education and financial literacy across the country.

About Candaq. Since Candaq was created in 2015, we have invested in more than 15 projects in the blockchain and tech space. One of those projects is Polkadot, which we invested in 2018 and have been building the interesting platform based on ethereum.

The investment arm is one of the pillars of our company. The second one is consultancy. Helping projects come into fruition and putting together the government, universities and startups.

About Polkadot and blockchain. Blockchain apps and platforms need to have a utility to become truly widespread. That is the only way for blockchain. There has been a misunderstanding when approaching blockchain as many investors and users have seen crypto and blockchain as a security, but in the end what matters the most is the utility of them. The Polkadot platform is built on ethereum and uses smart contracts to make sure that it is useful for the users. There is a utility value in the network.

Links & Sources

https://www.linkedin.com/in/charlieyechuanhu/

http://www.candaq.com/#/

https://www.crunchbase.com/person/charlie-yechuan-hu

https://www.startupranking.com/person/charlie-yechuan-hu

https://medium.com/@ultrain/triple-3d-s-experience-in-cebit-2015-from-industrial-4-0-to-product-hacking-24a82ebeccd3

https://www.ted.com/tedx/events/23156

https://www.montesquieu-instituut.nl/id/vk96cic786zo/agenda/cgi_amsterdam_conference_g20_china?ctx=viq0f924s9y1&v=1

https://twitter.com/CharliePolka

Dinis Guarda To Interview Douglas Borthwick, CMO At INX SEC Registered Digital Assets Exchange

· Douglas Borthwick, CMO and Head of Business Development of INX, has been announced as the starring guest in the upcoming interview for Dinis Guarda citiesabc openbusinesscouncil YouTube Series.

· An expert in fintech and digital assets, Mr. Borthwick will tell us more about INX’s SEC regulated Security Token IPO, the current state of cryptocurrency exchanges and how regulatory bodies are changing their minds about digital assets. 

· The interview can watched on Dinis Guarda YouTube channel

Digital Assets Regulation: Dinis Guarda To Interview Douglas Borthwick, CMO At INX Trading Platform

A trading solutions company, INX launched one of the first SEC regulated Security Token IPOs in August 2020, a milestone in the blockchain and digital assets exchange market. This achievement advanced the company’s mission of “creating regulated digital asset opportunities for institutions and retail investors.”

Hosted by author and CEO of citiesabc.com, openbusinesscouncil.org and ztudium, Dinis Guarda, the interview features INX CMO and Business Development Officer Douglas Borthwick.

The interview will present the INX vision and roadmap, and shed some light on the opportunities and channels in the digital assets space. Additionally, as per the one-year running Dinis Guarda citiesabc openbusinesscouncil YouTube Series, the interview will focus on Mr. Borthwick’s experience at INX, its mission and offerings. As a company that has had to deal with regulatory bodies, Mr. Borwtick will also share his company’s experience obtaining SEC approval as well as the next step for INX.


What: Dinis Guarda citiesabc openbusinesscouncil YouTube Series – Interview

Guest: Douglas Borthwick, Chief Marketing Officer and Head of Business Development at INX Limited

Where: Dinis Guarda YouTube channel


Regulation in the crypto and digital assets space has been a legacy burden, dragging back investors and the general public, and slowing down innovation in tech and fintech – until recently. Regulatory bodies throughout the world are starting to see the advantages of blockchain technology to public and private securities and the extra safety net that it would add to digital exchanges.

Douglas Borthwick is an advocate of blockchain technology as the way forward for both private and public securities trading. “The blockchain allows companies to digitize their issuances, creating a whole new playing field for both public and private assets. This new playing field makes trading more efficient by cutting out the need for various middlemen. It allows for a 24/7 trading market, fractionalized ownership, and for the first time, thanks to the work of INX Limited, opens up private markets and early stage funding to retail investors. This is the future.” Mr. Borthwick said in a recent article. “

Additionally, blockchain could leverage compliance to current regulations, especially those regarding AML and KYC: “Regulators prefer the blockchain given tokens can have smart contracts, designed to autonomously ensure that all owners of a security have gone through AML and KYC screenings. On the blockchain, a security can only change hands if both parties have whitelisted their digital wallets,” Mr. Borthwick continues.

INX is a SEC Regulated Trading Platform

A veteran in the finance industry with more than 25 years of experience, Douglas Borthwick has held various positions at Morgan Stanley from 1996 to 2005, managing foreign exchange derivatives trading groups in New York and London, with a strong focus on emerging markets. He then ran the strategic trading desk at Merrill Lynch from 2005 to 2006, and the Latin American FX trading business at Standard Chartered from 2006 to 2009. In 2010, Mr. Borthwick managed trading and research areas for startup foreign exchange agency Faros Trading, a company that was later sold to FXCM in 2013. Prior to joining INX as CMO and Business Development Officer, Mr. Borthwick founded and built the Chapdelaine FX electronic and voice trading business for inter-dealer broker TP-ICAP from 2012 to September 2018. Mr. Borthwick holds a bachelors of science in Economics from Carnegie Mellon University and an MBA from Yale University’s School of Management.

“The future of securities is now. With regulators, issuers and consumers all seeing advantages to tokenization, and with the pathway to tokenization now lit by pioneers like INX Limited, it’s only a matter of time before this stream turns into a torrent,” ended Mr. Borthwick.

We look forward to more insightful thoughts and ideas in the upcoming interview on the YouTube channel Dinis Guarda.