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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June 2017

Blockchain bank Babb appoints Ripple advisor as CTO

(As featured in Finextra- June 15, 2017) Written by: Babb App Team Blockchain-based banking startup BABB has today announced the appointment of blockchain heavyweight Dr. Anish Mohammed, who has joined the team as CTO & CSO to spearhead the launch of the world’s first blockchain-based bank account. Mohammed is a renowned thought-leader in security and […]

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June 2017

National Bank of Abu Dhabi Embraces Ripple Technology

(As featured in Live Bitcoin News- June 15, 2017) Written by: JP Buntinx   Even though a lot of people tend to overlook Ripple, the company is working hard behind the scenes. So much even they announced their first Middle Eastern bank partnership. The National Bank of Abu Dhabi will use the Ripple protocol for […]

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June 2017

Walking the Walk and Talking the Talk

(As featured in YPO- June 8, 2017) Written by: Deborah Stoll   Having just returned home after a whirlwind round of participation at the Milken Institute Global Conference, the YPO Innovation Summit in Silicon Valley and the Berkshire Hathaway Annual Meeting, Demetri Argyropoulos (YPO Europe One) is besieged by friendly faces waving and stopping to say […]

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June 2017

MasterCard Experiments With Ripple Technology for Cross-border B2B Payments

(As featured in Live Bitcoin News- June 4, 2017) Written by: JP Buntinx   It is quite interesting to look how companies see different blockchain projects. A new PDF released by KPMG shows how MasterCard is looking to improve cross-border B2B payments. Apparently, they are doing so by using the Ripple payments blockchain solution. This […]

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June 2017

Ripple Engineers Unveil Cross-ledger Payment Solution

(As featured in Live Bitcoin News- June 3, 2017) Written by: JP Buntinx   It is evident Ripple’s technology will be of great value to the financial sector. That does not necessarily mean they will use XRP to gain cheaper access to global money transfers, but it is a start. Having the option to send […]

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June 2017

Interoperability Boost: Ripple Sends Blockchain Transaction Across 7 Ledgers

(As featured in CoinDesk- June 2, 2017) Written by: Michael del Castillo It just got a whole lot easier for banks to do business with bitcoin. Yesterday, Ripple open-sourced the first bitcoin plug-in for its Interledger protocol (ILP), designed to seamlessly let users conduct transactions across a wide range of ledgers. By open-sourcing the bitcoin […]

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May 2017

How Ripple is Targeting an Entirely Different Market to Bitcoin

(As featured in Cryptocoins News- May 7, 2017) Written by: Joseph Young Bitcoin was introduced in 2009 as an alternative network to the global financial system monopolized by centralized institutions and strictly regulated financial service providers. By providing a peer to peer protocol wherein users can send and receive transactions with the absence of intermediaries, […]

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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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