Level39: Best of the Blogs 2015

As the year comes to a close, we’ve been busy collecting some of the best thought-leadership from our members.

Industry vision and sector expertise. Our members have been busy putting finger to keyboard to deliver exceptional insights.

Here’s our pick of the bunch:

What is a Blockchain?

CEO/Founder of Credits, Nick Williamson, does what others have failed to do. Making clear the mystery of the blockchain, setting out simple rules for explanation and in true Nick Williamson fashion, uses the analogy of poker. Read and be enlightened.

The one chart you need to understand Fintech

Huy Nguyen Trieu, CITI Managing Director and Level39 friend and mentor, breaks down the business models of banks, compares them to the business models of big tech companies such as Google and wraps it all up by demonstrating the value of data.

CityFALCON’s journey to San Francisco

Level39 member CityFALCON has had a tremendous year. Making the finals of UBS Future of Finance Challenge, joining a FinTech mission to Tokyo, winning Ontario Government’s ‘Next Big Ideas Contest’ and travelling to San Francisco to take part in Twitter’s developer competition: Hatch. They eventually achieved runner-up position, beating thousands of applicants. Read about the journey here.

In Notts over Salford-ing the stream

Algorithmic trading might sound pretty complicated. In fact, we’re sure it is. But if there’s anyone who can provide a beautiful analogy, it’s Saeed Amen, MD and co-founder of trading consultancy outfit The Thalesians. In this particular article, read how Saeed compares the tribulations of trading to footballing underdogs Salford City.

Black Friday Lessons from 2015

It was an unprecedented week of shopping frenzy, both offline and online. Level39 member Risk Ident, who specialises in fraud prevention using machine learning, has carefully researched Black Friday trends to deliver a very important lesson.

Bank to the Future

Mincing no words, Benji Wakeham, founder of Pollen, talks about the modern banking environment with all its legacy and technology troubles. Want to know how the bank of the future will work? Read this.


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