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CeBIT Australia and Blockchain

October 30, 2019
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CEBIT Australia is a showcase of the dynamic merger of business with technology, where it’s going and how it can help you in your daily job. I went along to see the “blockchain”component of it which was relatively small but nevertheless good to see something blockchain related. There were three sessions on day 2 of CeBIT. A Blockchain 101 workshop, which wasn’t really a workshop but a 50 min talk of the blockchain landscape, and two panels. Tim actually did a very good job with his engaging talk. The audience kept growing and was easily the largest of the “mini” zones. The panel discussion was less engaging but having said that, panel discussions are hard in nature. Here, it was basically ask a question and get 4 opinions or thoughts. The audio quality was super clear though! Looking around at the event, it seemed quite empty to tell the truth. Even the main stage looked empty. Many of the topics looked interesting, especially around space and quantum computing and automation and AI. Maybe the other days were different but I didn’t end up returning as many of the booths and the technology on showcase lacked any wow factor.
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Stablecoin comparison charts

September 12, 2019
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Here are a list of some handy stablecoin comparison charts. Coincodex Coincodex is probably the best on as it provides the ability to select up to 17 stablecoins and compare their value over the time frame of your choice. Each stablecoin can be toggled on or off as well which is very useful. Longhash Longhash provides an interesting stablecoin health index as well as price charts for 5 stablecoins. Each stablecoin can be toggled on or off. Stablecoins War Stablecoins War shows the chart for 7 stablecoins but without the feature to select or unselect various stablecoins.
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Blockchain training with LG in Korea

November 9, 2018
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Even as the crypto market continues to tank, the technology that underpins it is still going strong. Lots of very smart people are working very hard behind the scenes and lots more want to learn about blockchains. I had the chance to help train LG CNS (Consulting and Solutions, one of the business units) who were particularly interested in Quorum which is used for creating permissioned blockchains. From our hotel room we could see the many buildings of LG CNS. Security was very tight. Not surprising as it was around their R&D facility. We had to go through airport style x-ray scanners when leaving the building every day and have our laptops checked to make sure the serial number matched the one we registered with them.   The biggest challenge was actually the fact that we had a Korean interpreter for the entire 5 days. We had to speak slowly, clearly and pause after a few sentences to let the interpreter do her thing. It certainly did make things interesting! I teamed up with Carlos, who is the Global lead of Enterprise Education at ConsenSys Academy and has amazing knowledge of blockchains and is a world class trainer. Day one […]
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Understanding The ICO Landscape Podcast with Jose Mota from OST

October 10, 2018
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I had the opportunity to share my knowledge on Tokenomics talking about tokens, ICOs and blockchains with podcaster Jose Mota. Check it out below. https://medium.com/ostdotcom/recap-from-ost-live-with-tokenomics-author-sean-au-understanding-the-ico-landscape-ed498d4700a0 https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/ost-live-blockchain-branded-tokens-and-token-economies/id1432951800?mt=2#episodeGuid=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.blubrry.com%2Fostlive%2F38114241%2F  
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Cryptocurrencies and Tax in NZ

April 3, 2018
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This is how to official handle cryptocurrencies and tax in New Zealand. https://media.ird.govt.nz/articles/cryptocurrency-investors-reminded-of-their-tax-obligations/
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Accounting on the blockchain for SME

July 24, 2017
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I had an idea to give the accounting industry a little tickle up so did a bunch of some research and found out there wasn’t much on accounting on the blockchain. There’s a lot of fluff from the “big four” that uses big words like “hash” and “consensus algorithms” along with mentions of single, double and even triple entry accounting but nothing of real substance. What do accounting applications such as Xero, MYOB, Sage and Intuit actually do? Fundamentally they take transaction data as an input (manually entered, scanned receipts with optical character recognition or bank feeds) and produce nice pretty reports and the ability to create invoices and perform reconciliations as well. Many of them have wonderful extra features such as payroll and inventory management but let’s just keep things simple and ignore this for now. Accountants use these applications to perform tasks such as submitting tax returns and understanding the financial health of a company. Again, a simplistic view and we’re talking SMEs here. (Small to Medium Enterprise). Now imagine the day when your local supermarket accepts bitcoins or any other form of cryptocurrency. Imagine getting paid in bitcoins and paying your suppliers in bitcoins. Current thinking and […]
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Bitcoin Exchanges in NZ

June 27, 2017
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Here is a neat site that list some, if not all of the bitcoin exchanges in New Zealand. https://www.bitcoinexchange.co.nz There are a handful of proper exchanges. The others are either shut down or use Localbitcoins under the hood.
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Blockchain vs. Bullshit: Thoughts on the Future of Money

April 24, 2017
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Another great talk by Andreas Antonopoulos. Some key points. There is a lot of BS going around. BAU disguised as innovation Blockchain is bitcoin with a haircut and a suit that you parade in front of your board Define blockchain in such a way that you can’t replace it with database and still make the sentence work Open, borderless, transnational, no 3rd parties, neutral, decentralised Consortium = Cartel This isn’t about banking the unbanked. It’s about debanking all of us  
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Protected: Understanding how permissioned blockchains can work for you?

April 9, 2017
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Protected: STEM

May 4, 2016
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Protected: Innovation Challenge

January 7, 2016
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