‘Friction’, NeoBanks, and the Internet of Money

The rapid expansion of investor interest in recent years in cryptocurrencies and blockchain infrastructure has led some industry observers to coin the term ‘Internet of Money’, as these technologies mature and gain widespread acceptance in financial markets. The term symbolizes the convergence of various fintech protocols and products, which are now combining to eliminate the friction that is associated with so much of the traditional banking and financial services sector. 

Digital Identity, Payments, and More

In our most recent Linqto Learn, we sat down with James Loperfido, the Director of Business Development at Tangem, which provides silicon hardware for blockchain uses. We learned about such complex concepts as digital data and governance, digital currencies, the seamless embedding of technology in our daily lives, and self-sovereign identity. Read more to hear James’ thoughts on the “convergence of identity and payments.”

What It Takes to Build a Unicorn – An Entrepreneur’s Journey

FalconX is one of the largest and fastest growing digital asset brokerages. Its valuation sits around $675M. Trading volume increased 12 times over and its net revenue spiked 46 times in the past year. This is a market pegged for meteoric growth and FalconX has positioned itself at the forefront. Raghu Yarlagadda, co-founder and CEO, is the brains behind this ‘startup’, but we ask what of his journey to get to where he is today? Karim Nurani, Linqto’s CSO, sat down with Raghu to learn about his path to today and why Raghu believes a people-first focus will always trump product.

The Next Chapter in Tech is Convergence

The next chapter in tech is all about convergence. This is what Karim Nurani, Linqto’s CSO, sits down and discusses with guests Rumi Morales, Partner at Outlier Ventures and Sujoy Sarkar, Director of Corporate Development at BYTON, an electric SUV tech company, in this ‘behind the scenes’ preview from our Global Investor Conference. Little by little, we find that everything is starting to consolidate into one hub of technology – all needing to interact with one another – and it’s really exciting to see what happens when these different technologies converge.

All Signs Point to Silicon Valley

Advertising billboards promoting a variety of innovative tech products and services have long been staple fixtures along the freeways and arterial roads of Silicon Valley. Over the decades, on many popular commuting routes, they have easily outnumbered the more traditional roadside marketing fare found elsewhere.

Payments, Wallets & Frictionless Commerce

The latest upswing of investor interest in fintech companies has been driven in no small part by the long-awaited public listing of Coinbase (Nasdaq: COIN) on April 14. The closing share price on April 23 was above $290, over eight times its secondary market valuation just a year ago, which had remained relatively flat since the last funding round in 2018, which had priced the stock at $36/share. This 800% gain seems in turn to be closely linked to the remarkable rise in the value of bitcoin recently, which itself has also seen an eight-fold increase over the last twelve months.