May 2017

The Most Powerful Skill You Need to Succeed in the C-Suite

(As featured in Huffington Post- April 22, 2017) Written by: Nicole Sawyer   Demetri Argyropoulos Avant Global CEO and Founder Whether you’re CEO of a multi-billion-dollar brand, or a start-up working towards Series A, there is one thing every executive has in common; you want to get to the next level and expand your customer […]

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April 2017

Blockchain Boom Begins: Ripple Locks In 10 More Financial Institutions

(As featured in Forbes- April 26, 2017) Written by: Madhvi Mavadiya Blockchain payments provider Ripple announced today that 10 more financial institutions would be joining their global payments network. With a range of different sizes of banks and payment service providers joining what is known to be the only proven blockchain solution for payments, this […]

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April 2017

Meet Canada, the Queen of AI

(As featured in Ross Intelligence- April 17, 2017) Written by: Ava Chisling It’s not often big business, government, non-profits and universities agree on anything, but when it comes to Canada being THE place for AI research and development, everyone is on board, including ROSS Intelligence. The news seemed to arrive all at once, even though […]

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April 2017

Artificial Intelligence – A game changer in the legal industry?

(As featured in JDSupra- April 7, 2017) Written by: LawVision Group LLC A.I. changes everything for law firms.  Today’s technology allows for contract review at a speed with which a lawyer simply cannot compete.  The result is a faster and more accurate work product.  Law firm clients get better results for less money. Does AI […]

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March 2017

Andrew Arruda’s big bet on AI

(As featured in CBA National- March 21, 2017) Written by: Yves Faguy CBA National caught up with Andrew Arruda, one of the co-founders and CEO of ROSS Intelligence, the artificial intelligence-based legal research platform. Yves Faguy asked about the hype surrounding AI, what it means for law firm hiring and what legal organizations should do […]

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March 2017

21 Adds List Feature to Bitcoin ‘LinkedIn’ Alternative

(As featured in Coin Desk- March 8, 2017) Written by: Pete Rizzo Bitcoin startup 21 Inc has released an update to its previously announced paid messaging platform, soft launched earlier this year. In a Medium post today, the San Francisco-based startup debuted ’21 Lists’, a new function that enables 21 users to offer bitcoin as […]

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March 2017

Woven Digital Changes Name to Uproxx Media

(As featured in Variety- March 3, 2017) Written by: Todd Spangler Say ciao to the Woven Digital name: The digital media company focused on male millennial audiences is now calling itself Uproxx Media Group, adopting the name of the entertainment website it acquired in 2014. The company, founded in 2010, rolled up several digital publishers […]

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March 2017

47 Banks Complete DLT Cloud Pilot With Ripple Tech

(As featured in Coin Desk- March 2, 2017) Written by: Pete Rizzo A consortium of 47 banks has completed a distributed ledger technology (DLT) pilot that is now set to move to production in 2017. Announced today by SBI Ripple Asia, Ripple’s joint venture arm with Tokyo-based financial services firm SBI Holdings, the firms lauded the […]

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March 2017

Aetrex Worldwide, Inc. Acquires SOLS Systems

(As featured in Business Wire- March 2, 2017) Written by: Business Wire Team Leading developer of customized 3D printed orthotics and footwear joins Aetrex’s growing family of companies TEANECK, N.J.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Aetrex Worldwide, Inc. (“Aetrex”), a global leader in comfort and wellness footwear products and technology, is pleased to announce the acquisition of SOLS Systems, Inc. […]

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February 2017

Ripple’s XRP asset boosted by BitGo linkage

(As featured in FinExtra- February 16, 2017) Written by: FinExtra Team Ripple’s efforts to build an active ecosystem around its XRP digital asset has been boosted by a deal with virtual currency processor BitGo. Under the programme, BitGo will provide multi-signature security, advanced treasury management and additional enterprise functionality for XRP, which will be integrated […]

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February 2017

BloomThat’s Feminist Galentines Day Box Is A Sight To Behold

(As featured in Bustle- February 13, 2017) Written by: Rosie Narasaki Have you heard of BloomThat? They’re an online flower service that also happens to have pretty rad gift boxes. This year, BloomThat has a feminist Galentine’s Day box that’s a definite must-have — for you (and/or your BFF, if you’re feeling especially generous). Honestly, […]

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February 2017

21 Inc Launches New Inbox Service That Pays Users in Bitcoin

(As featured in Live Bitcoin News- February 11, 2017) Written by: JP Bruntinx 21 Inc has come up with a new service to revolutionize the way people think about using bitcoin. In fact, the company now offers users an alternative email service that will reward people for every paid message they receive from outside of […]

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February 2017

Floral start-ups aim at younger generation with flash sales, organic bouquets

(As featured in USA Today- February 10, 2017) Written by: Jefferson Graham LOS ANGELES — The new way to ‘say it with flowers’ may be tapping a flash sale for organic cactus. A crop of tech start-ups aims to marry the tradition of sending flowers to loved ones with a new generation’s passion for artisan products, […]

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February 2017

LinkedIn Killer? Bitcoin Upstart 21 Takes on Social With Email Play

(As featured in CoinDesk- February 9, 2017) Written by: Bailey Reutzel Cryptic bitcoin company 21 Inc has launched a paid email platform that seems far removed from its initial focus on hardware. The move is yet another in a string of pivots by the firm. Since it revealed it had raised $116m in 2015 (accrued over multiple rounds), 21 has evolved […]

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February 2017

AngelList Founder Naval Ravikant Recognized as Angel Investor of the Year

(As featured in CrowdFund Insider- February 7, 2017) Written by: JD Alois AngelList co-founder and CEO Naval Ravikant was recognized as the Angel Investor of the year at the Crunchies last night. During the 10th Annual Crunchies Awards, Techcrunch called out Ravikant’s 88 personal investors he has made in the past decade.  Ravikant topped Carine […]

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February 2017

Would you wear a leather jacket grown in a lab?

(As featured in Quartz- February 5, 2017) Written by: Karen Hao It’s hard to place a finger on what makes leather so alluring. Perhaps it’s the unique supple strength, the timeless chic, or the primal intimacy of donning animal skin. The highly-coveted material is used across the fashion, automotive, and interior design industries, and it […]

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February 2017

What Solo and Small Firms Should Know About Artificial Intelligence

(As featured in State Bar of Wisconsin News- February 1, 2017) Written by: Joe Forward Artificial intelligence is emerging in legal practice, from legal research to predictive analysis. But what is it, and what does it mean for solo and small-firm practitioners? Feb. 1, 2017 – Here’s the good news: robot lawyers are not taking […]

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February 2017

Prosper Marketplace Appoints Usama Ashraf Chief Financial Officer

(As featured in Business Wire- February 1, 2017) Written by: Business Wire Team SAN FRANCISCO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Prosper Marketplace announced today it has appointed Usama Ashraf as Chief Financial Officer. As CFO, Ashraf will oversee the company’s capital markets function, as well as all of the company’s finance activities. As head of the Capital Markets team, he […]

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January 2017

Ripple launches staunch defence of FinTech

(As featured in IBS Intelligence- January 30, 2017) Written by: Scott Thompson Blockchain startup Ripple has responded to Governor of the Bank of England Mark Carney’s warning last week that financial innovation could lead to “systemic risks” unless properly regulated. There’s nothing new under the sun, it would seem. In a speech at the Deutsche Bundesbank […]

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January 2017

Success Mantras From Radically Successful Founders And CEOs

(As featured in Forbes- January 30, 2017) Written by: Patrick Hanlon There are many theories about what creates success, business school libraries are filled with them. But no one knows better than the brand founders and CEOs who started out with nothing but a scratchpad and a dream. We thought that it would be interesting […]

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January 2017

Bitcoin startups to watch in 2017

(As featured in ForexNews- January 26, 2017) Written by: ForexNews Team It seems the bitcoin momentum is just beginning, as the cryptocurrency becomes the topic on everyone’s tongues. Besides the obvious advantages of bitcoin and other altcoins, more significant is the underlying technology – blockchain. Simply, blockchain is the backbone on which every cryptocurrency operates, […]

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January 2017

Ripple Plans to Allow Qualified Participants to Borrow XRP in Q1 2017

(As featured in Finance Magnates- January 25, 2017) Written by: Avi Mizrahi   Ripple has released its Q4 2016 XRP Markets Report with growth metrics and plans for a more stable ecosystem. Ripple, the New York regulated San Francisco based blockchain development firm, has published its first quarterly XRP Markets Report. It offers updates on the […]

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January 2017

Knight Time

It is becoming quite a year for Montecito business executive Demetri Argyropoulos. The 39-year-old entrepreneur, who attended Westmont College and Harvard Business School, became a cavaliere, the youngest knight in the former royal house Order of Merit of Savoy in a ceremony in New York’s St. Patrick’s Cathedral last month, as I exclusively chronicled here.   […]

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January 2017

Fennemore Craig implements ROSS intelligence technology

(As featured in Business Weekly- January 24, 2017) Written by: Business Weekly Team Fennemore Craig, a Mountain West business law firm, announced its partnership with ROSS Intelligence, as one of the first leading national law firms to engage artificial intelligence (AI) resources to enhance legal research. “We must continuously adapt to the rapid evolution of […]

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January 2017

SXSW Eats: How to sell meat-free ‘meat’ to a billion carnivores

(As featured in Austin 360- January 17, 2017) Written by: Addie Broyles The environmental impact of meat production is hard to dispute. Livestock, especially cattle, require an enormous amount of water, feed and land to produce protein that those of us who eat meat often overlook when we bite into that hamburger. In recent years, […]

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January 2017

The Knight In The Boardroom

(As featured in Forbes- January 14, 2017) Written by: Patrick Hanlon   © Santi Visalli Photo by Santi Visalli Fifth Avenue in New York City was bustling with holiday traffic on a recent Saturday morning, as an Uber driver pulled up to the curb in front of St. Patrick’s Cathedral. A dark-haired man wearing a […]

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January 2017

The Experience Economy: Making Your Money Mean Something

(As featured in The New York Times- January 1, 2017) Written by: Citigold Media Team Remember when investing was all about the financial returns? For a growing number of individuals and families, those days are long gone. Today’s investors increasingly want other kinds of returns as well. They want to travel with friends to faraway […]

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December 2016

Modern Meadow to receive cheap electricity

(As featured in International Leather Maker- December 22, 2016) Written by: International Leather Maker Team Modern Meadow the Brooklyn biotechnology startup, which is hoping to make the first genuinely ‘synthetic leather’ without killing animals, has been awarded low-cost electricity by New York State in hopes of persuading the company to expand in Farmingdale rather than […]

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December 2016

Say “Good Knight,” Demetri

(As featured in Montecito Journal- December 16, 2016- January 5, 2017) Written by: Richard Mineards Montecito business executive Demetri Argyropoulos received the perfect 39th birthday present- a knighthood. Demetri, who attended Westmont College and Harvard Business School, is founder of Avant Global, a Santa Barbara business networking company, and during his successful career has raised […]

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December 2016

Newest Form D Filing: Woven Digital $20.00 million Financing

(As featured in Friscofastball- December 16, 2016) Written by: Matthew Polesetsky   Woven Digital Financing Woven Digital, Inc., Corporation just submitted form D because of $20.00 million equity financing. This is a new filing. Woven Digital was able to sell $18.57 million. That is 92.84% of the financing round. The total fundraising amount was $20.00 […]

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December 2016

Ripple vs SWIFT: Payment (r)evolution

(As featured on Ripple Insights- December 2, 2016) Written by: David Blair Summary Cross border payments are currently slow, expensive and opaque. Ripple offers sub second efficiently priced payments using a variant of blockchain technology. In response, SWIFT has launched GPII, same day credit of funds, up front pricing and payment tracking. This article explores […]

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December 2016

Can Cradle Of Civilization Carry FinTech Torch?

(As featured in PYMNTS- December 1, 2016) Written by: PYMNTS Team With a location right on the crossroads of North, South, East and West, Athens, Greece is known as the “cradle of civilization,” but the location also delivers on a growing mix of offerings as a global tech hub. In this week’s installment of PYMNTS’ […]

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November 2016

CME Group Executive Miguel Vias Joins Ripple

(As featured on Ripple Insights- November 30, 2016) Written by: Meghan Elison Ripple is proud to announce another addition to our team: Miguel Vias, head of XRP markets. In his new role, Vias will utilize his considerable expertise building liquidity for new financial products by working with market makers, traders, investors and exchanges to strengthen […]

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November 2016

Smart Token Chain tests first Smart Token transaction across Ripple Network

(As featured in Econotimes- November 11, 2016) Written by: Econotimes Team Blockchain firm Smart Token Chain, Inc. (STC) announced that it has completed its first full Smart Token transaction on the Ripple Network. STC will use Ripple platform and will gain access to a wide range of partners and customers without having a digital relationship […]

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November 2016

FastPay Expands Lending Limits For Audience-Rich And Cash-Hungry Publishers

(As featured in Adexchanger- November 7, 2016) Written by: James Hercher While publishers deliver an online ad in fractions of a second, the buyer typically doesn’t pay for 90 days or more. That’s not a relationship that advantages the sell side. “You have to pay payroll right away and you have to pay supply sources […]

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November 2016

Remaking the Financial Rails: Ripple CEO Chris Larsen

(As featured on the Barefoot Innovation Group website- November 9, 2016) Written by: Jo Ann Barefoot Welcome to today’s show. One night last summer I attended a small dinner in New York hosted by the editors of a global financial publication, on financial innovation. We had some of fintech’s brightest stars seated around the table, but […]

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November 2016

SEB to build Ripple-flavoured blockchain payments network

(As featured in Finextra- November 7, 2016) Written by: Finextra Team SEB is to use blockchain technology from Ripple to enable customers to make real-time intra-bank transfers between accounts in Stockholm and New York. The Nordic bank says that it has verified that Ripple’s technology is compatible with the bank’s infrastructure and work is now underway […]

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November 2016

Woven Digital Names Content Pioneer Benjamin Blank as CEO

(As featured in Business Wire- November 1, 2016) Written by: Business Wire team Blank Promoted from Previous Role as Chief Creative Officer; Colin Digiaro Named Executive Chairman LOS ANGELES–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Woven Digital, one of the largest millennial male-focused digital media and content companies, announced today it has named creator and content pioneer Benjamin Blank as CEO. […]

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October 2016

Hiring trained homeless people as cooks can be a major payoff for the food industry

(As featured in Food.Mic- October 27, 2016) Written by: Alex Orlov Too many cooks in the kitchen? Right now New York City and several other cities nationwide are going through the opposite problem. But the dearth of cooks means an opportunity for some nonprofits that have quietly expanded the talent pipeline by training former inmates and homeless […]

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October 2016

12 R3 Member Banks Trial Cross-Border Payments with Ripple’s XRP over its Blockchain

(As featured in Crytocoins News- October 25, 2016) Written by: Samburaj Das Twelve member banks of the R3-led banking blockchain consortium and the New York-based startup have trialed Ripple’s native digital currency token XRP, using the Fintech startup’s blockchain technology. The trials were conducted at R3’s lab in an effort to demonstrate cost-cutting and increased […]

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October 2016

Here’s What Asian Lenders Are Doing With Blockchain Technology

(As featured in Bloomberg Technology- October 23, 2016) Written by: Chanyaporn Chanjaroen Asian lenders are spending millions of dollars developing applications using blockchain, a technology that promises to slash transaction costs, expedite cross-border payments and reduce the risk of fraud. Banks active in the region from Standard Chartered Plc to National Australia Bank Ltd. have […]

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