Portrait: Chitra Ragavan, Chief Communications Officer at Gem

Transitioning into a tech career? Silicon Valley culture is one of the biggest initial obstacles

Women are underrepresented in the tech sector —myth or reality? In addition to the Women in Tech survey, we also launched a diversity series aimed at bringing the most inspirational and powerful women in the tech scene to your attention. Today, we’d like you to meet Chitra Ragavan, Chief Communications Officer at Gem.

Dr. Jamie Allsop speaking at JAX Finance 2016

The problem with finance

Finance isn’t just about developing technology with a few rules and regulations, it’s about the complex interactions between people and systems and the events that have helped shape the global economy over the past decade. It’s also a domain of contradictions. In this talk, Dr. Jamie Allsop will look at the problem of finance, where we are today, how we got here and how we might make sense of it all.

Blockchain will not eliminate the middleman

Looking beyond the blockchain hype

Blockchain comes in handy if you don’t want to put your trust in a specific third party. It is great if you want the transactions made in the system to be unchangeable but it also adds inefficiency compared to regular databases. It can be slow, cumbersome and it has scaling problems. Blockchain is not perfect.

Interview with David M. Brear

Fintech is “banking’s cooler cousin”

Recently, we talked with David Brear about the seemingly inevitable clash between FinTech and the banking industry, his best guess at the industry’s next step, and what exactly happens if banks don’t change with the times.

The skill that opens doors

Blockchain sells. Here’s the proof.

Marc Andreessen’s famous quote “Software is eating the world” has more meaning now than ever. Wall Street titans trade their comfortable offices for blockchain startups, investors throw money at anything with blockchain in it and business schools are tailoring their curriculum to fit the needs of a highly digitalized job market.

Money money money

How the Internet is changing the way we pay for things

No matter how you change the wiring, there is one major issue – ultimately, you need to take money from one bank and pay it into another bank. Still, the world is changing and alternative payment options are springing up like mushrooms after the rain. Let’s see where they are heading.

Interview with Randy Vanderhoof, executive director of the Secure Technology Alliance

Blockchain without smart card technology is like a house without a roof

Blockchain and smart card technology go together like cheese and wine. Why, you ask? We talked to Randy Vanderhoof, executive director of the Secure Technology Alliance about their newly-launched white paper, organizations’ need for blockchain, smart card technology and blockchain’s potential in IoT.