Pachinko Samurai

Alexander Ainslie (@AAinslie)

I think the most interesting point of note in this solution is how it essentially skips over banking. If we think about our own lives, and especially those of the generation entering the workforce now, banking is most decidedly archaic. The whole idea of opening an account and dealing with a level of indirection which offers very little by way of useful services — it just feels like there’s a need for disruption. Our installed base of infrastructure makes this very difficult, but in the developing world that challenge doesn’t exist. It isn’t likely that most people will graduate to full-fledged banking just as we don’t expect people to graduate from a mobile phone to a full-fledged PC.
Nearly every sub-sector within the financial services industry has the potential to be revolutionised by an innovative tech product. Unlike other tech segments such as e-commerce or advertising technology, which have seen innovation for many years, there is a dearth of startups in the financial sector and many legacy problems still to be solved by technology. The financial services industry is virgin territory for tech, largely due to the reluctance or inability of legacy financial institutions to drive innovation within their sector.

Blockchain Origins


I’ve been taking the Cryptography class on Coursera recently, taught by Dan Boneh. It’s terrific… just difficult enough to be a fulfilling challenge, but easy enough that I haven’t churned (yet).

We recently studied a practical application of the Cipher Block encryption methodology called…


You will love who you love if you really love them.
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You will love who you love if you really love them.


My presentation - this time where you can see it properly - from Swift Ignite this morning. A terrific day, with some excellent talks. Well done @innotribe team.

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Part of having an interesting life is knowing what actually interests you, and then making what you’ve picked an interest that can evolve as you evolve, that grows as you grow. Otherwise you’re just chasing the latest shiny object.

And then if you can take these interests, and somehow turn them into a viable business models, you’re never bored, and you’re never poor. And then life is good, better than most.

Roger and Mike's Hypernet Blog: Exploring Hypothesis 1: “Next” web architecture = Hypernet + Hyperweb


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Even though our blog is less than a month old, we have gotten a lot of great feedback and suggestions from readers. Apart from questions like, “Do you really know how to surf?” many have asked for a more in-depth explanation of Roger’s 10 Hypotheses for Tech Investing. We’ve also…

In the end, cleverness is not some sort of elixir of life, but the curiosity that is fundamental to it is the essential lifeblood of the modern organization. Understanding, organizing, lead- ing and maximizing this is a great challenge. In the clever economy, only the curious will thrive.
There is so much capital in the world that doesn’t trust Wall Street already. You don’t need to convince the world that Wall Street is corrupt — we know that — you need to convince us that your option is better. All that capital parked on Wall Street wants to participate in the creation of startups and the selling of shares on SecondMarket — where real money is made. They want to put their money to work on AngelList — the farm league for SecondMarket. Rich folks don’t want to give their money to the rigged game that is Wall Street because it’s boring AND it’s rigged. They want the excitement of startups. Radical is creating disruptive services that let you accumulate massive wealth while creating jobs and social good. Then when you become part of the 1%, you can use your wealth to really change the system by creating awesome movies, improving education or eradicating diseases from the planet. Sure, OWS is finally getting on TV after being ignored by our corrupt, bought-and-paid-for media machine, but you’re probably not going to change much of anything. You’ve got 100x the number of protesters showing up in Europe, rioting in the streets and throwing bricks — and they’re not getting the change they want. Protesting isn’t bad, and it’s important for a democracy, but it’s just not the most effective method of delivering change. Being the change you want is the most effective method of change. We’ve already won our freedom (I mean, with the exception of gay people and children). The system is already way, way open for everyone to participate in it and leverage it.

Be the 1%: Chamath, Airbnb, Occupy Wall Street and the Choice Millennials Should Make - LAUNCH -

a bit over-the-top but an interesting point of view nonetheless… 

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IBM’s Watson and finance…


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