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VANCOUVER, BC / ACCESSWIRE / November 15, 2018 / VanFUNDING 2018: CONVERGE, an annual innovation, technology and capital event organized by the National Crowdfunding and FinTech Association (NCFA), will take place in Vancouver on November 29-30 at Parq Vancouver. The event showcases leading technologies and experts in blockchain, fintech, artificial intelligence and alternative finance that are making an impact on Canada, the capital markets and the world. The event will feature over 50 speakers including Monique Morden, CEO of Judi.ai; Brady Fletcher, Managing Director, TSX Venture Exchange at TMX Group; Toufi Saliba, CEO of Toda.Network; Mark Wang, Director of Capital Market Regulation, BC Securities Commission; Paul Schulte, Managing Editor, Schulte Research; Rojin Nair, General Manager Fintech Solutions for Celero and more. The event will also feature its annual pitching program that will award three "Front of the Line"Dragon's Den Golden Tickets and other prizes to the winning startups. Startups selected to pitch include Flux Network, Capiche Capital Technologies, Very Good Butcher, Squamish Canyon, Drive Hockey, Veme, Moca Estimator, Symend and HeyBryan. As NCFA Canada CEO, Craig Asano states, ''We are witnessing unprecedented change that is already affecting our daily lives - how we interact with financial services, generate digital wealth, ...
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VanFUNDING Brings Leading Blockchain, FinTech, RegTech, and Capital Innovation Experts to Vancouver #VF2018
Gowling Article Mondaq | Nov 13, 2018 As technology continues to evolve and develop it brings the opportunity for businesses to build on current and future processes to benefit both them and their customers. Developments such as artificial intelligence, virtual reality and blockchain are powering change within the organisations they are implemented in. In advertising, blockchain technology is beginning to be harnessed to drive personalisation in the messages that are being communicated and the experiences being offered. What is blockchain? Blockchain is a form of distributed ledger technology (DLT) that allows for lists of transactions to be recorded in a transparent and decentralised way. The digital information is then distributed rather than copied ensuring that there are no copies that can be altered and differ from one another. The power of blockchain is that it allows for a verifiable and auditable history of all information to be stored on each dataset. Any changes to a data record would require the alteration of any subsequent records and the entire network's agreement, ensuring that transactions are more consistent, transparent and accurate in comparison to paper-based processes. Blockchain and advertising In our report, 'The Ultimate Disruptor: How Blockchain is Transforming Financial Services' we ...
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Using Blockchain In Advertising
The Globe and Mail OpEd | Bilal Khan | Nov 15, 2018 Bilal Khan is the new managing partner and head of Deloitte Data At every moment of every day, data courses through our lives. It is the lifeblood of the new economy. The world is rapidly transforming. Cities are becoming smarter with sensor technologies, industry is becoming more productive with artificial intelligence (AI), we’re developing medical breakthroughs in cancer therapies and medical genetics, and our world is more connected than ever. But what many of us may not realize is that if we don’t find a way to enable our institutions to harness the enormous power of our collective and rapidly growing data assets, Canada risks being left behind in the world. The recent uproar regarding Statistics Canada’s request for anonymized banking data shows that many of us are uncomfortable with and unaware of just how much of our data is already out there – and who has access to it. While the rights and protections of Canadian consumers are of paramount importance, in many ways we are having the wrong debate. Responsible and ethical use of data is vital for our future. The subject of debate should not ...
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While Canada debates, others are commercializing our most valuable asset: data
Newswire Release | Nov 15, 2018 NEW YORK, Nov. 15, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- via NetworkWire -- NetworkNewsWire (“NNW”), a multifaceted financial news and publishing company, today announces its participation in the upcoming VanFUNDING 2018: CONVERGE (#VF2018) conference, taking place Nov. 29-30, 2018, at the JW Marriott Parq Vancouver in Vancouver, B.C. NetworkNewsWire is the official social media sponsor of this leading fintech and capital conference, which will explore the explosive growth currently happening relative to blockchain, AI, fintech and funding innovations, global market developments and alternative investing opportunities. “Our team is proud to be chosen as the official social media sponsor of VanFUNDING 2018,” said Jonathan Keim, communications director for NetworkNewsWire. “We look forward to lending our expertise in promoting the conference to our 1.6+ million followers via dozens of investor-focused brands, helping greatly expand the reach of VanFUNDING 2018 and its sponsors and exhibitors.” As part of its sponsorship, NNW is featuring VanFUNDING 2018 on its website and the website of its sister brand CryptoCurrencyWire. NNW is also providing a summary profile for each conference partner and disseminating these profiles through its many social channels and robust editorial syndication network with 5000+ outlets to help expand the reach ...
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NetworkNewsWire Announces Collaboration with VanFUNDING 2018 as Official Social Media Sponsor
Fintech News Singapore | Nov 14, 2018 During her speech at Singapore Fintech Festival 2018, Christine Largarde, IMF’s Managing Director expressed the need for states to consider the possibility to issue digital currency, adding that there may be a role for the state to supply money to the digital economy. Ms Lagarde is of the opinion that a central bank backed cryptocurrency could achieve the following goals financial inclusion, security and consumer protection; and to provide what the private sector cannot — privacy in payments. How a central bank backed cryptocurrency could aid financial inclusion She shared during her speech that cryptocurrencies offer great promise through its through its ability to reach people and businesses in remote and marginalized regions where banks are not exactly rushing to serve poor and rural populations. Ms Largarde further added that it is critical because cash might no longer be an option, if the majority of people adopt digital forms of money, the infrastructure for cash would degrade, leaving those in the periphery behind. See:  The Bali Fintech Agenda: A Blueprint for Successfully Harnessing Fintech’s Opportunities She emphasized of course, cryptocurrency is not necessarily the only answer. There may be scope for governments to encourage ...
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IMF: Nations Need to Consider a Central Bank Backed Cryptocurrency
McKinsey&Company | By Chiara Brocchi, Davide Grande, Kayvaun Rowshankish, Tamim Saleh, and Allen Weinberg | Oct 2018 While most companies understand the importance of analytics, fewer than 20 percent have maximized the potential and implemented AA at scale. The CEOs of most financial institutions have had data on their agenda for at least a decade. However, the explosion in data availability over the past few years—coupled with the dramatic fall in storage and processing costs and an increasing regulatory focus on data quality, policy, governance, models, aggregation, metrics, reporting, and monitoring—has prompted a change in focus. Most financial institutions are now engaged in transformation programs designed to reshape their business models by harnessing the immense potential of data. Stay current on your favorite topics Subscribe Leading financial institutions that once used descriptive analytics to inform decisionmaking are now embedding analytics in products, processes, services, and multiple front-line activities. And where they once built relational data warehouses to store structured data from specific sources, they are now operating data lakes with large-scale distributed file systems that capture, store, and instantly update structured and unstructured data from a vast range of sources to support faster and easier data access. At the same ...
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Designing a data transformation that delivers value right from the start
NCFA Canada | Nov 9, 2018 JOIN US ON A STORYTELLING JOURNEY EVERY FRIDAY. Ep17-Nov 9:   How Artificial Intelligence is Optimizing Sales and the Future of Business AI About this episode: On this episode NCFA Fintech Friday's our host Manseeb Khan sits down with the co-founder and president of Fortuna Asad Naeem. They chat about how AI can supplement salespeople, the excitement behind computer vision and the future of business AI. Enjoy!(see Transcript) Host: Manseeb Khan, NCFA, Fintech Fridays show host Guest:  ASAD NAEEM, Co-founder and President, Fortuna.ai (view Linkedin) Bio: Asad is the Co-Founder of Fortuna.ai, a top of the funnel sales automation company. Prior to co-founding Fortuna, Asad spent time with a big 3 bank in Canada, first on the sales team covering the largest financial territory in Canada, and after, with the Data Analysis and Strategic Initiatives Team, providing insight and consulting on sales campaigns. A life long entrepreneur, Asad has consistently been feeding his entrepreneurial spirit ever since starting his first business in Grade 9 and starting and running a couple of start-ups throughout his university days. Having spent over 10 years in and around sales, he is intimately familiar with the problems being faced by sales ...
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FINTECH FRIDAY$ (EP.17-Nov 9): How Artificial Intelligence is Optimizing Sales and the Future of Business AI with Asad Naeem, Co-founder and President, Fortuna.ai
BNN Bloomberg | November 9, 2018 #VF2018 promises to be a comprehensive overview of emerging technologies and alternative financing options The #VF2018 Conference features blockchain, AI, fintech, funding innovations, and alternative finance options for investors and businesses This year’s theme, CONVERGE, engages participants and builds bridges across the most disruptive emerging technologies Immersive educational content, over 50 speakers, and a multitude of networking and partnership opportunities The 2018 VanFUNDING Conference comes at a perfect time for investors and enthusiasts alike to dive into the vast world of fintech, blockchain, artificial intelligence, digital banking, and much more. Held at Parq Vancouver from November 29-30, this event promises to be the epitome of innovation and knowledge. Emerging, Disruptive Technologies Our world is undergoing a period of unprecedented change, especially when it comes to emerging technologies in the financial realm. For instance, we have seen how AI has been adopted into various industries where it powers chatbots and self-driven vehicles. We have also seen how digital commerce has been at the forefront of eliminating the need for paper. Most importantly, we have come to the clear realization that blockchain’s momentum is not slowing down anytime soon and that its capabilities for revolutionizing the ...
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Innovative tech is shaping the future of financial services
Finextra | Nov 7, 2018 A collective of top UK banks and and financial technology firms have helped to craft a set of guidelines designed to improve engagement between fintech startups and financial institutions. The new guidelines have been developed by the British Standards Institute through sponsorship from the government-backed Fintech Delivery Panel as part of HM Treasury’s Fintech Sector Strategy. The document has been jointly created by the UK’s top retail banks - Royal Bank of Scotland, Barclays, HSBC UK, Lloyds Banking Group, and Santander - and vendors, such as MarketInvoice, The ID Co., and iwoca, with the aim of addressing the issues that prevent fintechs and financial institutions from becoming successful allies. The Publicly Available Specification - PAS 201:2018 - will be freely available not only to the 1,600 fintech companies currently operating in the UK but also to those international startups wanting to engage with UK-based financial institutions. See:  Fintech Reports and Research The PAS provides a number of pointers for companies to bear in mind when pitching to banks, and an explanation of both the commercial considerations and the necessary checks and controls that need to be satisfied to meet business and regulatory demands. This includes ...
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UK banks publish fintech collaboration toolkit
Venture Beat | Dean Takahashi | Nov 8, 2018 Seagate Technology and IBM have teamed up to use blockchain technology to reduce the counterfeiting of hard disk drives. Blockchain is the transparent and secure decentralized ledger behind Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies, but its usefulness extends to a lot of other parts of tech, and the two companies will use it to uniquely identify hard drives — and perhaps other products — to prevent counterfeiting. IBM blockchain leader Jerry Cuomo recently told me that Big Blue has 1,500 blockchain specialists. Seagate Technology and IBM have teamed up to use blockchain technology to reduce the counterfeiting of hard disk drives. Blockchain is the transparent and secure decentralized ledger behind Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies, but its usefulness extends to a lot of other parts of tech, and the two companies will use it to uniquely identify hard drives — and perhaps other products — to prevent counterfeiting. IBM blockchain leader Jerry Cuomo recently told me that Big Blue has 1,500 blockchain specialists. The joint project is designed to help manufacturers, integrators, and business partners fight counterfeit hard drives, using the IBM Blockchain Platform to authenticate the provenance of disk drive products, bringing a new ...
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IBM will use blockchain to prevent counterfeiting of Seagate’s hard drives

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June 9, 2016:  Rapid fire Crowdfunding Opps for Advisors

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