Deloitte calls on innovative Irish companies to apply for awards

Deloitte’s Best Managed Companies Awards programme is seeking applications from companies that are preparing to scale in innovative and strategic ways. The awards, which are sponsored by Bank of Ireland, are open to applicants until 28 September. The awards aim to showcase the success of indigenous companies and their contribution to the Irish economy. The … [Read more…]

PwC’s David Lee: ‘Impact of Brexit on IT budgets will vary by organisation’

David Lee is a partner in PwC Ireland’s advisory consulting business, where he is leading the delivery of technology consulting services. Lee has more than 25 years of experience in the delivery of technology-related services to clients in both the private and public sector in Ireland and internationally. His experience covers the full technology life … [Read more…]

Weekend Takeaway: The business of tech, the tech of business

Google’s ads boss says trust is the biggest issue facing the web Google’s Sridhar Ramaswamy pictured at TechCrunch Disrupt in New York. Image: Noam Galai/Getty Images/TechCrunch/Flickr (CC BY 2.0) The head of Google’s global ads business, Sridhar Ramaswamy, believes in the open web, but warns trust is crucial. He talks to John Kennedy. Wake-up call as … [Read more…]

Half of CFOs are still doubtful about robotics

Half of finance organisations are failing to embrace robotics and automation and, as a result, run the risk of becoming irrelevant. According to KPMG and the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA), automation is only being embraced by half of the 2,700 chief financial officers they surveyed. ‘The hesitation in embracing this technology lies in the knowledge of … [Read more…]

Binance CEO: ‘I Don’t Understand Why the Bitcoin Price Isn’t Shooting Through the Roof’

Changpeng “CZ” Zhao quietly offered a utopian forecast for the cryptocurrency industry and his ubiquitous cryptocurrency exchange, Binance–which he revealed is becoming increasingly institutionally oriented and will launch five to 10 fiat-to-crypto operations in nearly every continent. Related: Michael Arrington Praises Binance CEO, Says ‘Bet On CZ if You Can’ Speaking at Consensus Singapore, the … [Read more…]

New ERC-1404 Security Token Standard Could Spark STO Explosion

The regulated future of blockchain-based crowdfunding is just around the corner, with regulators now taking a hands-on approach to the oversight of initial coin offerings (ICOs). Regulatory interest in ICOs, as well as the recent establishment of legal precedents that define ICOs as securities under U.S. law, have catalyzed a dramatic surge in the amount … [Read more…]

Coinbase, Kraken Respond to NY Virtual Markets Integrity Report

Earlier this week, the New York Attorney General’s office released a report on the state of the cryptocurrency marketplace in the state, called the New York Virtual Markets Integrity Report. The report took a look at how several cryptocurrency trading platforms operated and what measures they had in place to protect consumers’ investments. ‘These Platforms … [Read more…]

$6.2 Billion Fine Paid by Major Banks, Will Merchants Switch Over to Crypto?

On Sept. 18, Visa, Mastercard and three major banks paid $6.2 billion in an antitrust settlement for forcing merchants to pay swipe fees and preventing them from utilizing other methods of payment. Experts believe increasing cases of malpractice in the traditional finance sector will lead merchants to cryptocurrencies. According to Reuters, the $6.2 billion fine … [Read more…]