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Buy Ethereum In 2017

After more than eighteen months reading (almost) constantly about crypto currencies, I think that the entire space can be reduced to the four best opportunities for investors. There are currently more than 600 crypto currencies, so I have not investigated them all, but from everything I have seen, there are a few to be interested… » read more

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Business Models And Innovation

In the EU world we hear about “innovation” all the time, but what does that actually mean? I am currently re-reading “More Money Than God” by Sebastian Mallaby. It tells the stories of the pioneers in the hedge fund sector, explaining their methods and the workings of this secretive arena. It has made me realise… » read more

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The Perfect Crime?

Over the last year or so I have read quite extensively about Bitcoin. The amateur economist in me is fascinated by it’s disruptive capabilities and supply and demand characteristics. However, something that has been evident over the months is the extent to which very smart people around the world have been able to hack less… » read more

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Europe Needs More Startups

On Friday last week (6th September) your author moderated two panel discussions at an EU event in Floriana, Malta. It was an EESC Going Local event in partnership with DG Connect. The first panel discussion began with a few words and some Q&A with the Director General of DG Connect (responsible for the Digital Agenda),… » read more

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Until 5th June 2013 there was only one place in the world to launch your tech start-up if you wanted the best possible chance of success: Silicon Valley. There are genius coders, tech venture capital funds and mentors everywhere and it is the role model for geographic “clusters” the world over. Then on June 6th… » read more

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In my last post (What Is The Cost To Europe Of Individual Actions?) I looked at the apparent movement of money out of Greece and into potentially safer locations. That is, of course, only one form of individual action. This weekend has seen another sort of individual action which has the collective power to cause… » read more

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Your author was in Brussels on Monday for the launch of the 2012 e-Skills week by the European Commission. The event was split into three sessions and for me, session number three lit up the day. This is possibly problematic since the session only had one genuine policy person in it, the rest were people… » read more

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Since my last post a few days ago (The Digital Policy Landscape Seems To Be Moving) the European Council has convened and pushed European digital policy even further forwards. With the hoo-ha going on in advance about whether Greece should have some form of European fiscal Tzar overseeing their spending habits, your author was not… » read more

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This week saw FinancialGuy fly in to Brussels to attend the 2011 TEDxBrussels event, held in Bozar. Honestly, the event was excellent and well worth the effort and costs of travel. I can’t lie, there were a number of speakers that seemed desparate to discuss the exact same topic, “singularity”. Most of the attendees I… » read more

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European Voice has recently produced a briefing document about Europe’s innovation policy. Titled “Innovation in Europe“, it really is an excellent beginners guide to what this oh-so-important policy area is all about. (It was actually released in print several weeks ago, but I have been waiting for it to land on their website before I… » read more

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Today’s Digital Agenda Summit from The Lisbon Council proved to be both an eye opener and perplexing. As someone with an above average understanding of digital issues it was a real worry just how much more complex the main issue being discussed really is than I had realised. What is that issue? Data management and… » read more

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If you are one of my regular readers that is interested in EU innovation policy, I would like to draw your attention to an article in last week’s Economist (Start me up August 6th 2011). The article is actually about Britain rather than the EU, but I think that if the word ‘Britain’ was substituted… » read more

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On Wednesday this week, the Brussels based Lisbon Council hosted an event about IP and copyright laws titled, “How the Intellectual Property Framework Supports Innovation and Growth“. Your author has been doing a lot of reading about these topics in recent weeks and found this to be another very interesting event from the Lisbon Council.… » read more

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