After a not so short “sabbatical”, I am back at Finextra. (Thank you for the warm welcome, Steve.) To kick things off, I’ll write a series of short blog posts on the changing world of money –
blockchain, stablecoin, cryptocurrencies, micropayments, ICO, STO, to name a few global macrotrends and buzzwords.
Things are changing at breakneck speed. 256 bits of digital data is (was) worth more than 256g of pure gold (think about that!). Fiat money gets tokenised. Transaction parties can deal with each other without any status quo intermediaries, instantly, across
the globe. Hypothetical companies raise billions of real dollars for non-existent solutions that will never be built. And that’s just the beginning…
Why should you care? A number of transformative initiatives in the market are now being driven by bold CEOs of large financial companies – they are usually risk-averse people, but not anymore. If your boss is discussing blockchain with her husband (and I
am not talking about Kelly and Jeff here), you should have an opinion on it too.
Also, the incumbents are now disrupting the disruptors, entering the space previously dominated by agile fintech companies: Goldman with Marcus, JP Morgan with You Invest and ICE with Bakkt, to name a few. You have to wear multiple hats now, whilst spinning
What should be on your radar? Bakkt and stablecoin to start with.
Bakkt’s grand vision goes well beyond institutionalisation of Bitcoin trading – the company is planning to redefine how the global payments industry works by disintermediating banks, acquirers and card networks. That’s not just big and bold – it’s a
US$2.2 trillion pie.
Stablecoin (digital fiat) – when done right – decouples money from the legacy monetary system, removing friction and inefficiencies. To requote Ginni Rometty, the CEO of IBM, that’s the equivalent of what the internet did for information. Instead of going
to a library, buying a newspaper or switching on TV, you simply use Google.