This Week in Fintech ending 22 April

This week our experts brought you the following insights based on their experience as investors, entrepreneurs & executives.

Monday Ilias Hatzis our Greece-based crypto entrepreneur (Founder & CEO at  Kryptonio a “keyless” non-custodial bitcoin and cryptocurrency wallet, that lets users manage bitcoin and crypto, without private keys or passwords and Weekly Columnist at Daily Fintech) @iliashatzis wrote Crypto Gambling

The phenomenon of bitcoin casinos has been fascinating. With the rise of bitcoin, it is no wonder that bitcoin is accepted as a form of currency in these casinos.

Cryptocurrency casinos are the new way to gamble online. With bitcoin, you can be sure that your money is safe and secure. You can also enjoy anonymous gambling.

Traditional casino games require players to place real money bets with fiat currency.

If you’re prepared to gamble, you must be prepared to win or lose, so what difference does it make whether you are using fiat currency or cryptocurrency? There is s big difference.

Editor note: We are now in the Cambrian Explosion phase of crypto gaming platform; this phase is usually followed by consolidation.

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Tuesday Bernard Lunn, CEO of Daily Fintech and author of The Blockchain Economy wrote: Part 4 How many poles in a multipolar world? 

I think there will be two poles in a multipolar world based on two spheres of influence – the Chinese and American spheres. That is putting it in old fashioned nationalist terms. Another way it is being framed by America is freedom/democracy vs autocracy. China will frame it differently as wealth distribution vs wealth inequality. That is a good debate to have and the two super powers competing can benefit many people just like it did in the last cold war.

Editor note: Will Bitcoin be one of the reserve currency poles in a multipolar world?

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Wednesday Alan Scott Managing Director EMEA at 24 Exchange @Alan_SmartMoney wrote his weekly roundup of Stablecoin news.

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Thursday

Rintu Patnaik, an Insurtech expert based in India, wrote: Maritime industry navigates rising digitalization tides

Be it the Ever Given episode in the Suez Canal or the 100+ ships waiting off LA/Long Beach or fears that the supply chain crisis would perturb Christmas, shipping has seldom been so much in the public eye. Maritime tech has seen unprecedented activity over the past year, with a surge in deals and an increasing pace of capital influx. Start-ups overall received $620 billion in funding last year, by far the highest annual total ever and more than double the $294 billion recorded in 2020.

Editor note: Rintu shines a light on a little-understood industry that accounts for 90% of trade.

Christian Dreyer @x3er, the Swiss based CFA who focusses on how XBRL changes our world wrote his weekly roundup of XBRL news.

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Friday Howard Tolman, a well-known banker, technologist and entrepreneur in London, wrote his weekly roundup of Alt Lending news.

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