At first, bitcoin was just the purview of cryptography nerds and libertarian redditors. Since then, digital currencies have been used to fund everything from World Cup betting rings to congressional elections. Now that bitcoin is out in front of legislators and safer than ever to use, investors are starting to pour record amounts into bitcoin startups.
From April through June of this year, bitcoin startups pulled in a record $76.8 million in investments, which is almost as much as the entirety of 2013, CB Insights reports.
When asked about bitcoin on CNBC’s Squawk Box on Friday, billionaire investing tycoon Warren Buffett had his answer ready to go.
“Stay away from it,” Mr. Buffett said, “it’s a mirage, basically.”
Mr. Buffett’s conclusion about bitcoin seems to be that bitcoin is just a system for “transmitting money.” He gave Read More
All the Single Traders
TechCrunch has gotten hold of an internal report by Goldman Sachs wherein the investment firm takes a deep look at crypto-currencies, and many are quick to call it a devastating blow to Bitcoin’s future.
The report says that bitcoin is not a real currency, and shouldn’t be trusted as a safe Read More
‘What do people like? Beyonce. What do people check a lot? Stocks.’ Enter Bey Trader. Read More
As if being a Wall Street i-banker and working in a power suit till 4 a.m. every morning isn’t already appealing, now you can do it with a computer strapped to your face. As Quartz reported yesterday, Fidelity Labs—sort of like the mad scientists’ division of Fidelity Investments—has developed a “market monitoring app” for Google Glass.
In between pushing piles of gold brick around and saying racist things in elevators, bankers are getting in touch with their inner teenagers by obsessively Snapchatting all day, New York Magazine reports.
The Financial District’s finest gravitate to the app because typical social media photos tend to linger, liable to pop up in a higher-up’s Google search, while Snapchat photos disappear after they’re viewed. Well, for the most part.
There’s always some trader who’ll find a way to lose a couple billion dollars, no matter what kind of risk management software Wall Street installs on its servers. Tape the phone calls, monitor the emails, and somehow they still get around the safeguards.
Well, a columnist for American Banker has been giving the problem some thought, and he’s decided the solution is Google Glasses.
Sex Drugs and Code
Guess the guys on Wall Street were feeling a little left out: Earlier this week, the S.E.C. signed off on official company announcements via social media (as long as shareholders are warned in advance where to look). And now, Bloomberg L.P. has announced that it will integrate tweets into the stream of information pulsing through the terminals that grace desks all over the financial industry.
Like everything else on the Bloomberg terminals, the tweets look butt-ugly.
Silicon Wall Street
Provigil, the Adderall-like drug used to combat sleepiness, is experiencing a resurrgence fit for our maximum-efficiency lifestyle. Back in 2008, TechCrunch cofounder Michael Arrington penned a post about how Silicon Valley entrepreneurs were increasingly using the prescription pill to stay awake for long periods at a time and focus better. Now, New York Magazine reports Provigil is making a comeback among traders and entrepreneurs, some of whom affectionately refer to it as “Viagra for the Brain.”
“That’s not Jamie Dimon,” joked Adam Sodowick, founder and CEO of True Office, as an avatar in his game walked onto the screen. However, Mr. Dimon’s employer, J.P. Morgan, was one of the 12 banks that mentored the FinTech Innovation Lab participants who demoed their products to potential investors and senior executives in the financial industry Wednesday morning at Credit Suisse. (Duh, “FinTech” stands for Financial Tech–get in the game!)
True Office was one of six companies who participated in the three-month long mentoring process, during which these FinTech entrepreneurs presented their products to and received guidance from key executives in the banking industry. True Office is a mobile game that allows companies to conduct more interesting and engaging compliance training.
“This is a very large and deeply unsexy market,” Mr. Sodowick said about compliance training. “It is akin to getting a flu shot.” But TrueOffice makes the training a game, arguably incentivizing users to pay attention and learn from the process. People may even end up reading the company’s policies, where they would inevitably learn that it is, in fact, unethical to lie about your Computer Science degree.