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I read David because I can never accurately predict his opinion, which means either it's all signal, or he is in fact a natural source of randomness, both of which are highly valuable.

Danny O'Brien (July 2009).

Here comes the judge

Absolutely delighted to have been asked to be a judge for the GSMA’s Global Mobile Awards for 2019. This year there are 42 awards across ten categories so if you been doing something cool with mobile (especially something cool with digital money or digital identity) then head on over the awards side and enter now!

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European Women Payments Network

Very flattered to be invited along to the European Women Payments Network annual event in Amsterdam as one of the “male allies”. Here I am with Sophie Wawro from Money2020 (who will be sponsoring the event next year and making it part of Money2020 Europe) presenting the “Pink Chip” award. The award recognises a company that has created a culture that helps women to advance at all levels in the organisation. Sophie got to open the envelope and announce “the winner is… PaySafe!” and we presented the award to Andrea Dunlop and her team.

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Emerging Payments Award

I was surprised (to say the least), greatly honoured and immensely proud to be chosen as Industry Contributor of the Year Award at the Emerging Payments Awards for 2018 in London this week (gallery). As I said in my (very short) acceptance speech, the reason I had the honour to recieve the award was that I work with great, great people. They make me think, and I can offer no higher praise than that. Here I am with Jon Chaplin, chair of the judging panel, and the actor Stephen Mangan (who, I have to say, was an excellent host of the event).

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Here’s a short video with interviews with the award winners (including me!)


Money2020 China

I’m geniuinely excited to announce that I have been invited to speak at the inaugural Money2020 China this year! I’m really looking forward to coming to Hangzhou in November to take part in what is shaping up to be a superb event.


Big in Japan

Well, I’m very excited to report that the English version of “Before Babylon, Beyond Bitcoin” made it to the top of the hit parade in Japan! Yes, that’s right - I was number one in the banking category on the Amazon there! Anyway, just saying.

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Summer Choice

Wow. Thanks! American Banker has chosen Before Babylon, Beyond Bitcoin as one of their 12 “books for bankers” this summer, calling it “an insightful, witty look at how money has changed over the ages”.


Open banking and its discontents

Here I am being interviewed by Interest in New Zealand, explaining why there are concerns that open banking as concieved in the UK may not lead to the best possible outcomes for consumers.


You can find my article on open banking and why the asymmetric playing field that it creates may harm rather than further compeition (the subject of my talk at Payments NZ’s "The Point” conference, which was why I was in NZ) in the June edition of Payments and Fintech Laywer. They have kindly provided a PDF version of the article that you can download it here

Agent

I’ve signed with Provoke Management! They will be my agents for speaking engagements and, when not separating the different coloured M&Ms for Brett King, will be representing me from 1st July 2018. Excited to be working with this great team.

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Turning Japanese

The Japanese edition of “Before Babylon, Beyond Bitcoin” has been published, which is very exciting. I’ve now been published in English, Italian, Turkish and Japanese so I’m beginning to feel like a real author!

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El Mariachi and Me

I’ll be interviewing Antonio Banderas (yes, that Antonio Banderas) live on stage at Money2020 in Amsterdam. He is an investor in an identity and authentication startup called Biocryptology, and I’ll be talking to him and the CEO Ted Oorbals in the afternoon keynote at 3.25pm about the identity problem and what their solution offers.