October 2017

How Modern Meadow Is Fabricating The Animal-Free Leather Of The Future

(As featured in Fast Company- October 11, 2017)   Written by: Eillie Anzilotti In a 72,900-square-foot former pharmaceutical facility in Nutley, New Jersey, test tubes sit atop lab tables crowded with microscopes and trays of materials. Out in the main area, huge fermentation vats churn. This is not what you would imagine when you think […]

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October 2017

ROSS Intelligence lands $8.7M Series A to speed up legal research with AI

(As featured in TechCrunch- October 11, 2017) Written by: John Mannes Armed with an understanding of machine learning, ROSS Intelligence is going after LexisNexis and Thomson Reuters for ownership of legal research. The startup, founded in 2015 by Andrew Arruda, Jimoh Ovbiagele and Pargles Dall’Oglio at the University of Toronto, is announcing an $8.7 million Series A today led by iNovia […]

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October 2017

October Surprise: Ripple Price Surges 30% as RippleNet Adds 100th Member

(As featured in Cryptocoins News- October 10, 2017) Written by: Josiah Wilmoth The ripple price has risen by 30% since the beginning of October, bolstered by the growth of RippleNet — the startup’s enterprise network — as well as anticipation for the company’s upcoming “Swell” conference next week. The price of XRP — the native […]

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October 2017

How Reverting to ‘Old School’ Ways Helped Me Build Strategic Relationships

(As featured in Business News Daily- October 10, 2017) Written by: Demetri Argyropoulos Credit: Demetri Argyropoulos   When I was in college, I was eager and hungry to make connections. At 21 years old, as a dorm resident at Westmont College, I founded my business advisory firm, Avant Global. The company has since grown into a […]

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October 2017

Ripple Global Center Stage And It Is Growing More

(As featured in Ethereum World News- October 1, 2017) Written by: Sam Quinn Out of the cryptocurrencies that made it to stand out, Ripple [XRP] had one of the best performing 2017. The on-point real time gross settlement system and transaction structure being one of the three largest virtual currencies by market cap has just […]

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September 2017

Ripple: The Road Ahead

(As featured in The Market Mogul- September 29, 2017) Written by: Thomas Smith Ripple, the real-time gross settlement system and currency exchange, has had an impressive 2017.  One of the 4 most valuable cryptocurrencies, it has recently enlarged its presence in Asia with the opening of a new office in Singapore; a sign of determination from the […]

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September 2017

Harri Valpola dreams of an internet of beautiful AI minds

(As featured in Wired- September 23, 2017) Written by: Rowland Manthorpe Harri Valpola dreams of an internet of minds. “It will look like one huge brain from our perspective,” he says, “in much the same way that the internet looks like one big thing.” That impression will be an illusion, but we will think it […]

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September 2017

U of T plays prominent role in what magazine dubs Toronto ‘tech revolution’

(As featured in University of Toronto News- September 22, 2017) Written by: Chris Sorensen The latest issue of Toronto Life magazine dubbed Canada’s largest city “the new Silicon Valley” – and the University of Toronto is playing a key role. The magazine highlights several U of T researchers who have helped fuel Toronto’s tech revolution. They include: […]

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September 2017

Legal industry finds itself in midst of artificial intelligence revolution

(As featured in AZ BigMedia- September 21, 2017) Written by: Cianna Leparulo The technology industry is constantly growing and citizens of Arizona are likely not aware of every technology advancement that could impact the way they live and do business. Screenwriters in Hollywood have appeals to sci-fi lovers by capitalizing on these advances with technological […]

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September 2017

SBI Ripple Asia advances on South Korea

(As featured in FinExtra- September 19, 2017) Written by: FinExtra Team Ripple is to work with financial institutions in South Korea to enable blockchain-based cross-border payments transfers with Japanese banks. Less than a year ago, SBI Ripple Asia announced the creation of a Japanese consortium of banks who will use Ripple’s technology for domestic payments […]

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September 2017

The Secrets to Silicon Valley

(As featured on CNN Greece- September 12, 2017) An interview with Avant Global CEO, Demetri Argyropoulos We’ve all heard that the road to success is a steep one. In a recent interview by CNN Greece, Silicon Valley hopefuls can learn a secret or two from Greek-American Venture Capitalist Demetri Argyropoulos, CEO and Founder of Avant […]

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September 2017

Ripple to host Swell: The Future Is Here

(As featured in Coin Report- September 6, 2017) Written by: Tabish Faraz Ripple has announced it will host Swell: The Future Is Hereconference from October 16 to 18 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, according to an email CoinReport received from The Hatch Agency, the PR firm of Ripple. The event is attracting leaders from blockchain and banking who are […]

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September 2017

Ways to supercharge the economy

  (As featured in Financial Review- September 5, 2017) Written by: Ian Grayson Data analytics could transform public transport. Georgia Matts This content is produced by The Australian Financial Review in commercial partnership with Australia Post. A raft of emerging technologies is poised to supercharge innovation throughout the Australian economy, disrupting traditional business models and creating massive new […]

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September 2017

A Failed Deal Was (Partially) Responsible for My Success

by Demetri Argyropoulos (As featured in Real Leaders- September 7, 2017)   Yes, you read that headline correctly. A failed deal was, partially, responsible for my success. When I launched Avant Global nearly 20 years ago, I was introduced to someone I thought would become a long-term partner. After months of collaborating and getting close […]

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September 2017

Stocks George Soros and Warren Buffett Agreed On in 2nd Quarter

(As featured on Guru Focus- September 5, 2017) Written by: Holly Lafon As noted in part one, legendary investors Warren Buffett (Trades, Portfolio) and George Soros(Trades, Portfolio) have opposing views on how to approach investing. Buffett primarily takes big stakes in quality companies he expects to do well over at least five years’ time and holds them “forever.” Soros instead […]

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September 2017

Ripple Launches New Mumbai Office to Serve India’s Digital Economy

  (As featured on Ripple.com- September, 2o17) Written by: Sarah Marquer Image: Shutterstock We have been committed since day one to providing frictionless global payment services to financial institutions around the world. To make good on that commitment, we have actively opened new offices to serve our growing customer base, including Australia in 2015, in Japan through a joint […]

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September 2017

Ripple Cryptocurrency Woos China’s Central Bank

(As featured on Investopedia- September 5, 2017) Written by: Prableen Bajpai Ripple is a venture-backed startup that provides global financial settlement solutions that reduce the total cost of settlement by enabling banks to transact directly and instantly, while ensuring certainty. It aims to “enable the world to exchange value like it already exchanges information—giving rise to […]

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August 2017

Can Ripple Effectively Rival Bitcoin and Ethereum in Terms of Success?

(As featured in NewsBTC- August 21, 2017) Written by: JP Buntinx Their XRP business model is entwined with the success of the company. One cannot succeed without the other, that much is evident. There is still a lot of confusion regarding Ripple and their XRP token. Unlike cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin and Ethereum, Ripple is […]

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August 2017

Hints and Rumors? How Ripple Might Really Enter China’s Market

(As featured in CoinDesk- August 21, 2017) Written by: Noelle Acheson   When word started circulating last week that Alibaba might be running a Ripple validator node, a key question emerged – could this be the blockchain company’s road into China? The answer, it seems, is both yes and no. While Ripple denied the rumors, it did […]

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August 2017

First Republic Bank’s Stock May Be Too Rich For The Market To Handle

(As featured on Seeking Alpha- August 21, 2017) Written by: Chris B. Murphy First Republic missed its EPS and revenue targets for the quarter. However, the bank posted solid deposit growth of 8% and loan growth of 11% for the first half of the year. The valuations are high, and if the bank continues to […]

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August 2017

Ripple Uses Blockchain To Move Money Faster Than A Flying Courier

(As featured in Forbes- August 16, 2017) Written by: Tom Groenfeldt   Brad Garlinghouse, CEO of Ripple, likes to compare speeds of moving money internationally. “If I want to move money from here (San Francisco) to London, the fastest way is to fly there,” he said. “We can stream video from the space station, but […]

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August 2017

Ripple Aims to Expand into China Without Help From Local Businesses

(As featured in Live Bitcoin News: August 16, 2017) Written by: JP Buntinx   It has been a while since we last discussed plans by Ripple the company. Some news has been posted in recent weeks, but nothing major. It turns out the company is looking to expand into China, which won’t be easy. Especially […]

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July 2017

Ripple’s Distributed Ledger Network Passes 50-Validator Milestone

(As featured in CoinDesk- July 17, 2017) Written by: Michael Del Castillo   Distributed ledger software provider Ripple has more than doubled the size of its network in less than two months, according to information provided exclusively to CoinDesk. Since May, the inter-bank payments startup has grown its validator network by 140% to include 55 participants, […]

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July 2017

Ripple is Venturing into the Saudi Arabian Banking Sector

(As featured in Live Bitcoin News- July 15, 2o17) Written by: JP Buntinx   Ripple continues to make media headlines all over the world these days. After initial successes in Asia, the company is now establishing a global presence. Earlier this week, news broke about a partnership with Indian institutions. It now appears Ripple is […]

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July 2017

Legal futures round-up

  (As featured in CBA ABC National- July 14, 2017) Written by: Yves Faguy Legal futures round-up   Inspired by the CBA Legal Futures report on Transforming the Delivery of Legal Services in Canada, here’s our regular round-up of noteworthy developments, opinions and news in the legal futures space as a means of furthering discussion […]

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July 2017

New Bitcoin.com Podcast: Fidelity Labs – Innovating in the Crypto Space

(As featured on Bitcoin.com- July 12, 2017) Written by: Bitcoin.com Team Our Bitcoin.com podcast host, Richard Jacobs, talks with Fidelity Labs executive Hadley Stern in this week’s episode. Fidelity Labs is a subset of Fidelity Investments, and Stern discusses how the organization is “Innovating in the Crypto Space.” Also read: New Bitcoin.com Podcast Episode with Stephen King […]

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July 2017

Sedgwick LLP Engages Artificial Intelligence to Serve Clients

(As featured in Market Wired- July 12, 2017) Written by: Caran Smith   Sedgwick Partners with ROSS Intelligence for Comprehensive, Significant Edge in Legal Research in Creditors’ Rights and Bankruptcy SAN FRANCISCO, CA–(Marketwired – Jul 12, 2017) – Sedgwick LLP is pleased to announce the adoption of artificial intelligence (AI) to better serve its clients […]

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July 2017

Ripple makes progress with blockchain tech thanks to some high profile partners

(As featured in Business Insider- July 12, 2017) Written by: Maria Terekhova Ripple and SWIFT have been engaged in a race to develop a blockchain- or distributed ledger technology (DLT)-based banking solution for cross-border payments. To date, Ripple’s smaller bank member base has stood against it, as an effective DLT solution depends on amassing a wide network of users. […]

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July 2017

BBVA Bridges Europe-Mexico Payment Corridor With Ripple Technology

(As featured in Live Bitcoin News- July 12, 2017) Written by: JP Buntinx Most people are well aware of what Ripple is and does. The company provides blockchain technology catered toward financial institutions. More specifically banks and others service providers don’t want your average blockchain. It would not be feasible for them by any means. […]

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July 2017

UK Central Bank Tests Ripple’s Interledger Protocol for Cross-Border Payments

(As featured in CoinDesk- July 11, 2017) Written by: Stan Higgins The Bank of England has released new details about a proof-of-concept it has developed in partnership with distributed ledger startup Ripple. Among several fintech proofs-of-concept revealed by the UK central bank yesterday, one test involved Ripple’s Interledger protocol, designed to facilitate transactions between different distributed ledger […]

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July 2017

21.co Uses Bitcoin To Reinvent And Optimize Sales And Marketing

(As featured in Huffington Post- July 11, 2017) Written by: Vala Afshar In 2010, a developer purchased two pizzas using the forum Bitcointalk.org. He paid 10,000 bitcoins for the pizza. The price of Bitcoin today is 2X the price of ounce of Gold. Had the developer kept his 10,000 bitcoins, he would have had $25 […]

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July 2017

Ripple expands Japan bank consortium to 61 members

(As featured in FinExtra- July 11, 2017) Written by: Ripple Team Less than a year ago, SBI Ripple Asia announced the creation of a Japanese consortium of banks who will use Ripple’s technology for payments and settlement. The set of banks set out to be the first in Japan to conquer the slow and costly […]

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July 2017

Should Other Bitcoin Wallets Implement Blockchain’s Transaction Fee Estimator?

(As featured in Cryptocoins News- July 2, 2017) Written by: Joseph Young Prior to the major clearance of the bitcoin mempool, the holding area for unconfirmed transactions waiting to be picked up by miners, a large number of bitcoin transactions were left unconfirmed for days despite the attachment of high fees. Such occurrences emerged due […]

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July 2017

An Interview with Entrepreneur Argyropoulos of Avant Global

(As featured in the National Herald- July 2, 2017) Written by: Eleni Sakellis Demetri Argyropoulos. Photo by Santi Visalli NEW YORK – Greek-American Demetri Argyropoulos- founder and CEO of global advisory firm Avant Global, based in Santa Barbara, CA, loves Greece. A dual citizen for the last 7 years, he divides his time between his home in […]

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June 2017

The Internet of Money: Bitcoin Is Dead, Long Live Ripple

(As featured in The Markey Mogul- June 30, 2017) Written by: Francois Normandeau Investors are cottoning on to the fact that Ripple is jostling for a leading position in the new Internet of Money. But very few know what’s going on under the hood. While most are aware of the difference between Ripple and XRP, […]

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June 2017

Launched: Ripple Blockchain Powers Japan-Thailand Bank Transfers in 2 to 5 Seconds

(As featured in Cryptocoin News- June 30, 2017) Written by: Samburaj Das The era of near-instant international retail bank transfers, powered by blockchain technology, is taking shape. The first blockchain-enabled instant remittance service between Japan and Thailand is rolling out today. Launched by Thailand’s Siam Commercial Bank (SCB) in collaboration with Japan’s SBI Remit over […]

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June 2017

Bitfinex brings Ripple (XRP) access to updated mobile app

  (As featured in CryptoNinjas- June 30, 2017) Written by: CryptoNinjas Team Hong Kong-based cryptocurrency exchange Bitfinex announced today that for its version 2.5.8 mobile app release for iOS they have enabled access to Ripple (XRP). With XRP now approved by Apple for mobile applications, the exchange was quick to integrate it. The Ripple native asset […]

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June 2017

Artificial Intelligence for Attorneys: No, Not a New Robot Overlord

(As featured in Bigger Law Firm- June 30, 2017) Written by: Ryan Conley Artificial intelligence (AI) is inspiring great optimism for its potential to improve the lives and jobs of its users. But it also inspires great concern for its potential to disrupt industries and automate people out of their jobs. The legal industry is […]

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June 2017

Ripple’s Blockchain Solution Powers Instant Remittances from SBI Remit to Siam Commercial Bank

(As featured in Business Wire- June 29, 2017) Written by: Business Wire Team SCB, SBI and Ripple launch first blockchain-powered payment service between Japan and Thailand SAN FRANCISCO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Siam Commercial Bank (SCB), in collaboration with Japan’s SBI Remit, is using Ripple’s blockchain enterprise solution to power real-time remittance payments between Japan and Thailand. A first […]

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June 2017

Here’s the Biggest Security Threat to the World’s Third-Largest Cryptocurrency

(As featured in MIT Technology Review- June 16, 2017) Written by: Emerging Technology from the arXiv Transactions on the Ripple cryptocurrency network are entirely transparent. That clearly reveals the network’s strength—and its weaknesses. “Six degrees of separation” is a phrase that sums up the social network phenomenon. The idea is that anybody on Earth can link […]

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