The Customer Service Transformation Is Real, And Just In Time For The Holidays

If today’s brands do one thing to prepare for the holiday shopping season, it should be to make sure that their customers have as easy and effortless an experience as possible. As online shopping patterns hold firm, CX organizations are facing mounting pressure to provide seamless customer assistance at every step of the buyer journey. […]

UK's first green gilt raises £10bn after record investor interest

The UK’s first ever ‘Green Gilt’ is on track to beat all previous records for British government debt sales thanks to huge demand from investors, helping to raise £10bn towards net zero projects such as electric vehicle, renewable energy, and green building infrastructure since its launch this morning. Investors are estimated to have this morning […]

How Restaurants Are Reinventing To Thrive

Angela Diffly is co-founder of the Restaurant Technology Network. Headline after compelling headline, the world’s most beloved restaurant brands are reimagining what it means to be a restaurant. Why? Because they have to.  During the pandemic world, reinvention has been table stakes for survival in many industries, but restaurants took a direct hit. Imagine owning your […]

Coinbase Ventures, Samsung NEXT back Metrika’s $14M Series A

Blockchain intelligence platform Metrika has concluded a $14 million Series A fundraiser to bootstrap the next phase of its growth strategy, further underscoring the venture capital demand for budding blockchain startups.  Metrika announced Tuesday that the funding will be used to further develop its blockchain intelligence platform, which provides monitoring and analytics for decentralized networks, […]

What Does The Consumer IoT Market Tell Us About Security?

CEO of CUJO AI, the only AI cybersecurity solution currently deployed on 1B connected devices. Acclaimed by World Economic Forum, Gartner. Computers are faster, smaller and more affordable than ever before. More interestingly, they are being integrated into many consumer products, making everything from our beds to wristwatches smarter, Internet of Things-ready and capable of doing […]

Bitcoin in ‘good shape’ as long as BTC price stays above $40K — Mike Novogratz

Bitcoin (BTC) won’t be making Galaxy Digital CEO Mike Novogratz “nervous” unless it dips below $40,000. In an interview with CNBC on Sept. 21, the infamously bullish investor calmed fears about the latest sell-off across cryptocurrency. Novogratz on institutions: “I see nothing but engagement and activity” Despite the macro environment wobbling over China and Bitcoin […]

Rationing, Anyone?

Yves here. I have to confess that I’d never considered rationing as a possible response to Covid-induced economic disruptions. Most assume things will revert to a semblance of the old normal in at worst a year or two, save with more working from home and less business travel. But recall that the Russian flu of […]

Code ‘420’: Weedbit NFT bringing the 420 culture vibe to the metaverse

Ashvarya KharooSep 21 · 5 min readDo you know what ‘420’ is or how it came into existence: 420, 4:20, or 4/20 (pronounced four-twenty) is cannabis culture slang for marijuana and hashish consumption, especially smoking around the time 4:20 p.m., and also refers to cannabis-oriented celebrations that take place annually on April 20. (Reference from […]

The Next Crypto Crash? Crypto Crash 2021

A crash, whether in stocks or crypto, can be a time of high stress and anxiety for many people. No one wants to lose any investment gains in the months leading up to a big drop.Charles BronsonSep 21 · 7 min read Now instead of just burying our head in the sand or thinking that […]

Low-Cost Franchises: Four Types Of Businesses To Consider Buying

CEO of Frannexus, award-winning franchise consultant and author of “Profits are Better Than Wages“. Franchises as a whole are faring better right now than independent businesses, and many are thriving. When people think about the possibility of owning a franchise, they often envision multi-million dollar investments, like purchasing a McDonald’s, but that isn’t the norm. Many […]

Retroactive Airdrop — Hop & Connext

Brandon GossSep 21 · 4 min read If you’ve followed the cryptocurrency industry for any portion of time greater than a few weeks, you’re probably familiar with airdrops. It was just the other week, September 8th to be exact, when I was waiting in line at the Walgreens drive-thru pharmacy that I read the dYdX […]

Basics Revisited: The Why of Blockchain

Blockchain Basics RevisitedUnderstanding the problems blockchain technology solvesBenjamin EbnerSep 20 · 5 min read Many developers, creators and companies jump right into the technical details and implementations of blockchain projects without taking a moment to properly reflect on what underlying problem the technology actually solves. In this article, we’ll take this step back to revisit […]

The Crypto Wars of the 90s

Nice cryptocurrencies, but how did we get to this point? The story behind the most important piece holding up the world of blockchain and p2p protocolsGianmarco GuazzoSep 21 · 3 min readhttps://bcfocus.com/global-quantum-cryptography-market-2020-industry-growth-id-quantique-magiq-technologies-sequrenet-qasky-quintessence-labs-quantumctek-toshiba/ At the core of cryptocurrencies there is a simple but fundamental concept that allows for open source and transparent protocols: asymmetric or public […]

DELOITTE Claims: Bye Bye, FIAT Currencies!

Maximilian PerkmannSep 21 · 3 min read Digital assets will replace fiat currencies — according to a study by Deloitte. But how and when? Between March 24 and April 10, 2021, Deloitte conducted a study on blockchain and what role cryptocurrencies will play in financial services. Participants in the study included senior executives from the […]

Top Staking WALLETS

One of the best and safest ways to get passive incomeFrederick IrwinSep 21 · 6 min read In this article, we will check top wallets, which are completely decentralised ways to store and own your coins, offering you full ownership and control. So that means no centralised exchange in the middle actually owning your coins […]

Seven Tips For Efficiently Running A Company As A First-Time Founder

Founder and CEO at Realworld, a first-of-its-kind platform to navigate adulthood. I’m a first-time founder, and I entered the startup world without having worked at a big tech company or another startup. As a result, when I launched Realworld, an educational platform for young adults, I realized there was a pretty significant learning curve not only […]

Central bank of Ukraine to promote ‘fair’ Bitcoin regulation

The central bank of Ukraine has moved to support the development of the cryptocurrency industry after the Ukrainian parliament adopted a major crypto law in early September. The National Bank of Ukraine (NBU) issued an official statement on the basic principles of monetary policies for the upcoming year in which it paid particular attention to the […]

How Do Multifamily Property Investors Raise Money?

Preston Byrd is a Real Estate Developer, Wealth Creator, Public Speaker and Managing Partner at Horizon Companies. As a successful real estate developer for over 20 years, I have learned a considerable amount of valuable skills. Skills that I have willingly shared with individuals looking to get into multifamily unit development. But in this time, I have […]

PayPal releases new consumer app for crypto, savings and direct deposits

PayPal has announced the release of a new app billed to be a one-stop-shop for all of the digital payment needs of the company’s customers. As previously reported by Cointelegraph, PayPal CEO Dan Schulman stated back in July that the company’s super app was ready for a rollout in the United States. According to a […]

All About Quannabu, the Cryptocurrency Built for the Cannabis Industry

In 2019, merchant processor Fortress Payment Technologies announced that it would no longer be able to accept Visa payments for cannabidiol (CBD) related products. The announcement only gave merchants eight hours’ notice of the change, this is just one example of the many financial hurdles that the cannabis industry has faced when trying to process […]

Adapt or die: Payments giants partner with crypto firms to ensure security

Institutional interest for digital assets continues to grow rapidly, demonstrating that cryptocurrencies, stablecoins and nonfungible tokens (NFT) are here to stay. At the same time, traditional financial institutions are beginning to understand the dire need to properly support digital assets. For example, although payments giants such as Mastercard and Visa currently offer crypto-enabled credit and […]

Kraken App Adds Apple Pay and Google Pay Integration

We are excited to announce that Kraken now supports Apple Pay and Google Pay in the Kraken App.  At Kraken we are committed to continually offering faster, easier and more convenient ways for our clients to buy crypto.  The Kraken App (available in the Apple App Store or Google Play Store) will automatically connect with […]

Apple iPhone 13 Review: The Most Incremental Upgrade Ever

The new iPhone is 10 percent faster than the last one, and the photos are slightly better. In a word: Huh. The truth is that smartphones peaked a few years ago. After so many advances, the miniature computers have reached incredible speeds, their screens have become bigger and brighter, and their cameras produce images that […]

A Pandemic Space Race: Self-Storage Roars Back

Occupancy rates and rents are at record highs, drawing investors and entrepreneurs looking for growth opportunities. Early in the pandemic, Katharine Lau, a commercial real estate professional, turned her focus to decluttering, and as she stared at a pile of unneeded things, she wondered how she could save them despite her lack of space. “It […]

Startup Fundraising: Creating An Investor Outreach Checklist

Founder & CEO, Step2Growth – Helping Startups Reach Self Sufficiency | Women of Influence | Startup Mentor & Marketing Strategist As a startup mentor, I often see startups struggle with fundraising, and often the reason for the struggle is not having an effective process to plan, reach out, track and learn during the fundraising process. In this […]

Montserrat's Audacious Tourism Experiment During the Coronavirus Pandemic

To step onto Montserrat’s volcanic beaches, 21 travelers (so far) with an income of at least $70,000 have agreed to stay two months. The goal: to keep cash coming in, while keeping Covid away. Every day at noon, a melodic chime reverberates across the Caribbean island of Montserrat. For nearly two months, Krystal Bajkor, a […]

Never Lose Money: How To Follow The No. 1 Rule In Real Estate Investing

Award-Winning Coach | Author | Real Estate Investor | co-founder of The Ligon Group – Real Estate Investors & Business Advisors We’ve all heard the saying, “The number one rule in real estate investing is to never lose money.” So, as a real estate investor, how can you ensure you make the right investments? Well, it […]

Housing Starts increased to 1.615 Million Annual Rate in August

by Calculated Risk on 9/21/2021 08:40:00 AM From the Census Bureau: Permits, Starts and Completions Housing Starts: Privately‐owned housing starts in August were at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1,615,000. This is 3.9 percent above the revised July estimate of 1,554,000 and is 17.4 percent above the August 2020 rate of 1,376,000. Single‐family housing […]

California is sued over its rule on solar power installers.

Fearing that growth in California’s solar power sector could grind to a halt, the association representing the industry has filed a lawsuit against the state over a new requirement that installers be “certified electricians.” In the lawsuit filed on Friday, the California Solar and Storage Association asked the Superior Court of California in San Francisco […]

Three Ways AI Is Improving Assistive Technology

Wendy Gonzalez is the CEO of Sama, the provider of accurate data for ambitious AI. Artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) are some of the buzziest terms in tech and for a good reason. These innovations have the potential to tackle some of humanity’s biggest obstacles across industries, from medicine to education and sustainability. One […]

Uneven vaccination rates put an economic rebound at risk, the O.E.C.D. warns.

The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development said on Tuesday that a global economic recovery from the pandemic was finally taking hold, but it inched back its forecast for worldwide economic growth and warned that the rebound was benefiting wealthier countries more than the developing world as vaccine distribution occurs at an uneven pace. Countries […]

How Bad Is It?

The jitters over a potential collapse of the Chinese property developer Evergrande only tell part of the story. “What to make of this?”Andrew Kelly/ReutersEvergrande is only part of the story The global stock market drop yesterday — the S&P 500 recorded its biggest one-day plunge since May — was seemingly induced by the troubled Chinese […]

What Would an Evergrande Default Look Like?

Shares of China Evergrande, the troubled real estate giant whose fate has contributed to jitters in global markets, fell again on Tuesday amid a new prediction that it would soon default. The company’s chairman, Xu Jiayin, told employees in a letter quoted in Chinese media that Evergrande would surmount its problems, which include $300 billion […]

What Crisis Can Teach Us About Ourselves As Leaders

It’s easy to see our current circumstances as being outside of the scope of normal events, and thus everything we do as being unrelated to who we are within our typical existences. There’s an ethos on offer from many that we should all do what we need to in order to get through this crisis, […]

Jax.Network Unveils Blockchain Co-Inventor, Dr. W. Stornetta on Its Advisory Team

As the race for the foremost blockchain solution heats, more crypto projects continue to throw their hats into the ring. The efforts of some blockchain projects cannot be overemphasized. Bitcoin’s influence on the market has facilitated the unparalleled exponential growth that the crypto industry has enjoyed over the last decade. This growth is despite the […]

How soaring fossil fuel costs are driving the rise in UK power prices

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A Hollywood Producer and a Master of Adaptation

Freedom, Maine, population 722, is about as far away from Hollywood as you can get. So when Erin French, who runs the uber-popular Lost Kitchen there, had boldface names flocking to her virtual doorstep looking to buy the film rights to her best-selling memoir, she approached them with a lot of trepidation and a bit […]

The Kids Are Also Polarized

Adolescents used to identify with a party but polarization was muted by a general warmth towards authority figures. Today, however, the warmth is gone and adolescents are as polarized as adults which has implications for future polarization and generalized distrust. New paper by Iyengar and Tyler (note the data is pre-pandemic): We have shown that […]

#FA Success Ep 247: Systematizing How To ‘Deliver Massive Value’ To Charge What You’re Really Worth, with Matthew Jarvis

Executive Summary Welcome back to the 247th episode of the Financial Advisor Success Podcast! My guest on today’s podcast is Matthew Jarvis. Matthew is the owner of Jarvis Financial, an RIA in Seattle, Washington that manages $240 million for 170 households. What’s unique about Matthew, though, is his ongoing focus on increasing the overall efficiency and […]

Links 9/21/2021

We get mail: “Yours truly (Howard Beale IV) will be having a cochlear implant surgery today in Metro Detroit. Good vibes from the NC commentariat welcomed and accepted!” –lambert * * * Seven decades of international banking Bank of International Settlements Welcome to Yosemite, the new Pyrocene Park Wildfire Today and California’s giant sequoias remain […]