Samee Zafar

Samee Zafar

Director at Edgar Dunn Company
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Blogs

 

CRYPTO AND CENTRAL BANKS

06 Dec 2018

Ban them? Block them? Back them? Governments and central bankers have long been exercised by the disruptive nonsense of cryptocurrencies. Some countries are actively experimenting with cryptocurrencies with rather unimpressive results. These include Uruguay, Senegal, Tunisia, and Venezuela. Venezuela’s cryptocurrency, the petro, backed by the coun...

 

New Banks: Being Digital Being Different

02 Nov 2017

Years ago, at a banking conference in New Orleans, I attended a presentation by Michael Porter, the legendary Harvard Business School professor of strategy. Porter was presenting his theory of competitive strategy to a hall full of bankers. Whatever you want to be, he said, be different. A “me too” strategy is no strategy and an un-differentiated ...

 

A Bitcoin and Blockchain payment system

14 Aug 2017

Reforming a dubious past Can the notorious, high-flying, volatile, and unpredictable Bitcoin system be gainfully deployed for legal and legitimate business models that have the potential of disrupting the existing world of banking and finance? This article explores an interesting attempt by a start-up called Abra to develop a master plan for a glob...

 

The Bilateralism of Blockchain

06 May 2017

Most of us by now have heard, read, and wondered aloud about the idea and impact of blockchain in its various forms and manifestations on how things are done today. Countless commentaries appear in the media. There is detailed analysis by digital pundits every day. There are news and articles about exploratory industry consortiums and pilot projec...