TowerIQ collects $2m in seed funding led by Hyperplane

TowerIQ collects $2m in seed funding led by Hyperplane

TowerIQ, a data and insight platform for the insurance industry, has collected $2m in seed funding.

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The Vast Amount of Sensor in Just a Smart Building Will Be Astronomical | The QTS Experience

In the early 90’s Coca-Cola began placing devices in their vending machines to better manage them through data. Who new it was the dawn of the Machine-to-Machine era, now called the Internet of Things. Since then, the entire planet has joined the party, but at what risk? One of the perceived greatest values to our homes and businesses is also one of our greatest risks. The NSA says that Cybercrime will be the greatest transfer of wealth in history! Steve Brumer, an IoT Expert with BH Group, joins David McCall as they discuss this and more on The QTS Experience.

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BH IoT Group is a Wireless & IoT Consulting Practice. Our team of experts helps companies navigate the constantly changing environment of the Internet of Things. We build Go-to-Market strategies, educate and enable our clients to be successful within IoT to ensure their success in SMB, mid-market and enterprise environments.


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Jason Lemkin: WTF is Going On in VC? Are LPs Investing in New Funds? | 20VC #965

The question is: “are VCs still investing?”. Today we are joined by Jason Lemkin; one of the OGs of SaaS of the last decade. As the Founder of SaaStr, he has inspired more SaaS founders than one can imagine building “The World’s Largest Community for Business Software.” Jason also invests out of the $100M SaaStr Fund and in the past Jason has led rounds into TalkDesk, Pipedrive, Algolia, Gorgias, Salesloft, and many more incredible companies. Prior to founding SaaStr, Jason was the Co-Founder of Echosign, an early e-signature business, funded by Emergence Capital and that was acquired by Adobe for $100M.



0:00 Intro
0:36 Where are the companies?
2:07 What has changed with early-stage investing?
3:46 Where should early stage founders focus their efforts?
7:40 SaaS Buying Patterns
11:30 How are marketing spends being impacted?
13:21 Marketing Advice for Startups
16:55 How To Do Target Setting
18:20 Biggest Mistakes Founders Are Making
24:34 Investing in Public Markets
27:41 Company Mark Downs
30:07 Will employees stay or leave?
32:57 Do you meet the full team before investing?
35:24 The Power of the Mature Founder
38:50 What happens to LP markets?
43:13 Do you know your winners early?
45:26 Are LPs re-uping?
55:59 What have you changed your mind about in the last 24 months?


In Today’s Episode on “Are VCs’ Still Investing” We Discuss:

1. What Does it Take To Get Funded Today:


How has what VCs want in early-stage investments changed in this new environment?
Should startups prioritize growth? Profitability? Capital efficiency?
How long a runway is sufficient enough for founders to feel comfortable?
Why does Jason believe most founders are still deluded that they are fundable?

Growth Stage Companies:

Is the growth stage totally dead?
What will we see happen to all the companies that raised $50M+ at large valuations that have very little revenue?
Why does Jason believe that any operator who joined a $BN company in the past few years will not make any money on their equity? What should they do now?
Will we start to see down rounds and structured rounds at the growth stage? If so, when?

Public Markets:

Why does Jason believe this is a time unlike any he has seen before?
Are we in full recession now in Jason’s mind? In Dec 2023, will this be better or worse?
Which are the most under-priced assets in the public markets today?
Why does Jason believe VCs investing in public markets are losers?

2. Micro Funds Will Be Decimated and LP Behaviour in 2023

Why does Jason believe that micro-funds in 2023 will be decimated and unable to raise new funds?
How will the majority of LPs approach new fund investments?
How will LPs approach re-investing in their existing managers? How has what they need to see changed?

3. Marketing and Sales: We Need To Change Budgets and Targets

How should CEOS be changing their marketing budgets in 2023?
What are the single biggest mistakes CEOs are making in this downturn with regard to their marketing budget?
How do sales targets need to be amended in the face of changing buying patterns?
How do the best sales and marketing leaders respond to these changing budgets and targets? How do the worst respond?


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Democratizing Investing and Building a Two-Sided Marketplace, with Ryan Feit of SeedInvest

Ryan Feit is the CEO and Co-Founder of SeedInvest (, a leading equity crowdfunding platform that provides individual investors with access to vetted startup investment opportunities. To date they have over 600,000 investors on their platform, through which founders have raised over $350M. SeedInvest sold to Circle in 2019.

Prior to founding SeedInvest, Ryan worked at Wellspring Capital Management and Lehman Brothers in New York City where he invested in, financed, and managed dozens of private and public businesses. Ryan was instrumental in the passage of the 2012 JOBS Act, which changed 80-year-old U.S. securities laws to make it possible for entrepreneurs to raise capital over the Internet.

Since then, Ryan has served as a focal point of the budding Equity Crowdfunding industry, co-founding the Crowdfunding Professional Association and serving as a board member of the Crowdfund Intermediary Regulatory Advocates. He also worked closely with members of the SEC, FINRA, the White House, and the Treasury Department on the implementation of the JOBS Act. In addition, he frequently serves as a subject matter expert on startup investing and the JOBS Act for the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, CNBC, FoxBusiness, the Economist and the New York Times as well as a columnist for Fortune Magazine and Inc. Magazine.

Ryan received an MBA in Entrepreneurial Management from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and a BBA in Finance and Accounting from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Topics Covered by Ryan Feit in this Episode:

-SeedInvest in a nutshell
-How Ryan got into the digitization and democratization of investing
-Getting the Entrepreneur Access to Capital Act approved
-The challenges of building a two-sided marketplace
-Getting SeedInvest off the ground and why they started with onboarding investors
-How they scaled the platform
-Shifting from onboarding investors to focusing on onboarding great companies
-Risk mitigation and how they vet companies for SeedInvest
-Their semi-automated diligence process
-Following up with and supporting companies who don’t qualify for the platform
-Tracking investors
-Supercharging their business with more resources by selling to Circle
-Their decision-making process and Ryan’s advice around acquisition
-SeedInvest’s big ambitions and Ryan’s thoughts on the future of investing

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How identity verification is the foundation for fintech `s future

How identity verification is the foundation for fintech `s future

How identity verification is the foundation for fintech's future

Michael Ramsbacker, Chief Product Officer, Trulioo joins FinextraTV at Money20/20 in Las Vegas, discussing how identity verification is fast becoming the foundation of the future of digital banking. Ramsbacker divulges how organizations should think about identity verification considering increasingly stricter regulations, how crypto exchanges can manage shifting compliance and regulatory requirem…

What is the future of biometric identity?

In the second session of our OneHub Insider Conversation series, Colin Illes together with Gur Geva, founder of iiDENTIFii and Jonathan Lamb, Standard Bank’s Platform Business Lead discuss the future of biometric identity and how we’re enabling clients to achieve their Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) ambitions through the remote biometric identity authentication solution, iiDENTIFii.

Event – Decentralized Identity for Payments

Greg Lukianoff: Free speech gives us richness, complexity, nuance, and awe

FIRE President Greg Lukianoff closes the 2023 FIRE Gala in New York City with a tribute to the true free speech believers: “The people who do not like the arrogance of power, people who do not like the idea that someone who thinks they’re smarter than us is going to tell us what to say or what to think.”

“When someone claims to speak for the people, you should say to them, ‘Why don’t you let the people speak for themselves?'”

Cutting-Edge Identity Verification Is Transforming Financial Services

Now, with e-wallets, cryptocurrency, payment platforms, and other fintech disruptors, that baseline motivation remains while a higher calling for safety and convenience has emerged. Our identities are the key to this equation, securing and personalizing how we lend, move, and access money.

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Temenos, Taurus join forces to bolster digital asset access for banks

Temenos, Taurus join forces to bolster digital asset access for banks

Swiss banking technology firm Temenos has partnered with digital asset platform Taurus to integrate the latter’s digital asset infrastructure into Temenos’ platform.

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Neptune Digital Assets Corp. (TSXV: NDA) – 2022 TSX Venture 50

Neptune Digital Assets is one of the first publicly-traded blockchain companies in Canada and is a cryptocurrency and blockchain infrastructure leader with operations across the digital asset ecosystem including Bitcoin mining, proof-of-stake mining, blockchain nodes, decentralized finance (DeFi), and other associated blockchain technologies.

The 2022 Venture 50 is a ranking of top performers on TSX Venture Exchange over the last year. The ranking comprises 10 companies from each of the five industry sectors, selected based on three equally weighted criteria: market capitalization growth, share price appreciation and trading volume.

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Temenos Infinity & Temenos Transact

Introducing our next-generation, cloud-native and cloud-agnostic products, Temenos Infinity and Temenos T24 Transact. Our new cloud-native, cloud-agnostic, digital front-office and core banking products offering unprecedented scalability, agility and the resilience required to deliver innovative products and experiences fast at a significantly lower TCO. Deployed together, in an embedded end-to-end stack or independently with any third party system, the barriers to adopting modern, packaged technology are gone. Only Temenos has the winning combination.

HSBC Australia signs new deal with Identitii

HSBC Australia signs new deal with Identitii

HSBC Australia has signed a new license with Identitii, a blockchain and tokenisation platform that supplies data needed to process, reconcile, and report on payments.

Existing HSBC Customers – Activate your Online Security Device and set up a PIN

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Why Argentina´s 100% Inflation Rate is our Future! [WEF & De-Dollarization]

If we think inflation is already bad in countries like the US, Great Britain, Australia, or the EU, then we haven’t seen anything yet. In this video, I would like to delve into Argentina, where the inflation rate has skyrocketed to a whopping 104%. What are the effects of this on the economy, political policies, and the people? How can they even cope? What has led to this inflation? What were the government decisions that created this mess, and are they any different from what politicians decide here in the West? What can we learn from this, and how can we ensure that we don’t lose everything?

HSBC BANK REVIEW: Why I am leaving HSBC in 2020


In today’s video, I’m going to explain to you why HSBC and I are breaking up. So if you watch my last video, I described banking with HSBC, like dating the divorce say, and although there were many positives to dating a divorcee like HSPC, eventually I really saw their true colors. So I’m going to get into all of the reasons why me and HSBC are breaking up. So if you are curious, the four reasons why HSBC and I are breaking up and how you can avoid making the same mistakes in your personal banking, then I would watch until the end of this video. Now let’s get into the first reason why HSBC and I are breaking up so late dating any older man. Typically they are very controlling and HSBC was not any different. And if you guys have ever watched girls next door you’ll know that the girls had a really hard time getting out of the mansion whenever they wanted.

That’s basically how I felt with HSBC. Once I put my money in there, it was so hard to move it and I’ll get into the reason later why I decided to move it. But let’s say you wanted to shift some funds here or there, or just even log into your account. You had to press a button on a mobile app that barely exists to get a six digit code and then put it in a computer and then somehow find which window to log in at. So, yeah, basically I had no access to my money in my high yield savings account, and I really felt like I was being pigeonholed in being able to access my money. Okay. Reason number two. So basically HSBC cut me off. I know like a lot of sugar daddies will do this every now and then, and I’m pretty sure they decided to cut me off.

So I got an email earlier this month as if the pandemic and all the writing, wasn’t already hard enough and HSBC. Let me know that my new AP, why for my high yield savings account was going to get down to 1.01. I know 1.01. How can I actually live on that as if my unemployment and my pandemic relief is not already enough. Now I’m only getting 1.01 back on my savings account at out. So that was basically reason. Number two, why decided reason? Number one, that I needed to move my money around HSBC. Like all divorcees are pretty impossible to get out of that control hole. Okay. Reason number three. And I say this in my last video, but the interface of HSBC on their mobile app and their website is so outdated that I can’t get past it. It’s like when you’re dating a really old guy and you’re trying to convince yourself that they’re still really hot.

Like, you know, they’re like that one actor that everyone’s in love with George Clooney. Well, HSBC, you’re not George Clooney and I’m sorry, I just can’t keep looking at your interface every day. Okay. Reason number four is politics. So earlier this month you probably have been keeping up with the news and you know that China and Hong Kong and America are not really getting along so long story short, the CCP Chinese communist party and Hong Kong are not getting along. They’re basically saying that whatever terms they had made previously are no longer going to be valid. Now HSBC decided to take China’s side, which was a little shocking because HSBC is actually originated in Hong Kong. So with that being said, I really can’t stand by a bank that supports CCP. So with that, I’m going to decide that HSBC and I are breaking up, but what’s next for me?

You ask, well, like every basic girl in 2020, I’m going to crawl back to my old ex-boyfriend Marcus by Goldman Sachs because every girl likes going back to an F boy and Marcus is still keeping my APY quite high. So I think I’m going to go back to him. But if you guys have any tips on better banks, that I can get a high return on my savings account because that emergency fund is going to run out eventually the definitely comment below. And if you already watched this far and you haven’t subscribed, go ahead and hit that link below and subscribe to this channel. So you’re notified in the next video where I show you how we’re actually going to shift that money from HSPC to another bank. I love you my coins, and I hope you stand up for yourselves and never seen a bad relationship. Bye.

Fligoo said to close $40m in its funding round

Fligoo said to close $40m in its funding round

Data and analytics platform for banks Fligoo has reportedly secured $40m in a funding round that will help it enter Brazil.

How to Create a Startup Pitch Deck (For Your Series A Funding Round)

How to create a startup pitch deck for your Series A funding round |

When you’re building out your pitch deck for your Series A funding round, there are going to be a lot of things that carry over from your Seed Round – such as your messaging and your ICP’s problem and solution. But, there are 3 key slides you’ll need to add to your Series A pitch deck that are wildly different from your Seed Round pitch deck. In this episode, I’m walking you through those 3 slides and how to create a startup pitch deck for your Series A round.



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The myths of follow-on investing debunked

The top of follow-on investing has SO MANY myths on both the founder side as well as the investor side.

This video sets out to debunk them – things like:

As an investor…
…should you allocate part of your fund for follow on?
…should you always follow on?

As a startup…
…is it bad signaling in an investor doesn’t follow on?
…should you take money from investors who do / don’t follow on?

Your Fundraising Legals: Get Investor Ready (with Anthony Rose, SeedLegals)

Few founders have properly considered what happens once they’ve created their fundraising assets. Once they decide they’re raising equity investment they plough full steam ahead into creating their pitch without even considering what comes next.

With the excitement of having nailed your pitch, it’s easy to jump straight into seeking investors and signing up to pitch events. However, in order to complete an investment round, you’re going to need to have a range of legal documents in place.

In this event, Anthony Rose, Founder of SeedLegals, covered everything founders need to know about the legal side of their funding campaign, from creating a founder agreement to securing their first investor.

• Getting your cap table right
• Allocating shares to team members
• What size option pool to create
• Deciding valuation and how much to raise
• Getting SEIS/EIS Advance Assurance
• Raising ahead of a round, and rolling close rounds
• The right options scheme for your team

Anthony is a technical and product visionary whose career has included 3D graphics, P2P music, internet video, social TV and online communities.
In 2016 Anthony co-founded SeedLegals, a revolutionary new LegalTech platform that lets startups and investors complete the legals needed to build, grow and fund their business, at a fraction of the cost of using a law firm. In 2015 Anthony founded 6Tribes, a world of communities based on shared interests. 6Tribes was acquired less than a year later.

Previously, Anthony co-founded Beamly, a social and content network for television, which was acquired by Coty in 2015. Known as “The man behind BBC iPlayer”, Anthony ran the iPlayer and other BBC services from 2007 to 2010, taking the iPlayer from pre-launch to major success story.

Anthony’s patent portfolio includes patents for distributed online rewards, content discovery and interactive television.

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FinTech start-up Bitpanda now valued at $4.1 billion after new funding round

Bitpanda co-founders and co-CEOs Eric Demuth and Paul Klanschek join CNBC’s ‘Squawk on the Street’ to discuss the fintech platform’s latest funding round, which puts the startup at a $4.1 billion valuation. For access to live and exclusive video from CNBC subscribe to CNBC PRO:

Bitpanda, a European cryptocurrency trading platform, has raised $263 million in a fresh round of funding valuing the company at $4.1 billion.

That’s more than three times the $1.2 billion Bitpanda was worth in its last private financing round five months ago. The latest cash injection brings the company’s total raised to nearly $500 million.

The investment was led by Valar Ventures, the venture capital firm co-founded by U.S. tech billionaire Peter Thiel. It’s the third time Valar has backed Bitpanda since its first major funding round, announced in September.

“I don’t like to do fundraising,” Eric Demuth, Bitpanda’s CEO and co-founder, told CNBC. “It’s very time-consuming.”

“When you have partners you have a close connection with, and they have deep pockets, you don’t have to do the whole roadshow,” Demuth said. Valar “wanted to double down and we wanted to stay with them,” he added. “It was quite an easy process.”

British billionaire hedge fund manager Alan Howard and REDO Ventures also invested in Bitpanda’s latest round, along with existing investors LeadBlock Partners and Jump Capital.

What is Bitpanda?

Founded in 2014, Bitpanda is a Vienna-based brokerage firm that lets people buy and sell cryptocurrencies and precious metals. The company also began testing a service this year that lets users trade stocks around the clock.

“By the end of the year, I think you’ll have a really good offering for stocks,” Demuth said.

Bitpanda is one of many online brokers in Europe attracting growing interest from investors, thanks in part to the “meme stock” trading frenzy. Retail traders piled into unloved stocks like GameStop and AMC, taking inspiration from a popular Reddit forum. That boosted trading volumes at digital platforms such as Robinhood.

Bitpanda’s competitors include Revolut, Trade Republic and eToro.

One way the company hopes to differentiate from rivals is by licensing its technology to banks and fintech companies. It declined to name any clients but said several big firms were already implementing the system and will be able offer crypto and stock trading in a matter of months.

Bitpanda makes its money from the spread between what someone is willing to pay for an asset and the price at which that asset is sold. The start-up has been profitable for five years, Demuth said.

Profitability is a rarity in fintech, with many venture-backed companies in the space racking up heavy losses. Revolut, which was last valued at $33 billion, lost £167.8 million ($232.3 million) in 2020, up 57% from a year earlier.

Demuth said a number of fintech companies are raising money at lofty valuations out of “hype” and a “fear of missing out.”

“I’m very skeptical about this,” he said. “Many companies, especially in the fintech area, are purely based on a combination of hype and growth. But the growth is mostly paid, so you have a product that is for free and you are simply buying your customers.”

Bitpanda didn’t provide a breakdown of how much money it makes each year, but said revenues were on track to rise sevenfold in 2021. The platform now has more than 3 million users.

The firm only operates in Europe, with offices in Vienna, Berlin, London, Paris, Barcelona, Milan and Krakow. It plans to use the money to expand in key markets like France, Spain, Italy and Portugal.

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Are smaller startups ready for big tech entering the FinTech space?

Are smaller startups ready for big tech entering the FinTech space?

Big tech firms already control what people watch, buy and find online. Now, some of them are trying the waters of FinTech.

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TOP 7 FINTECH TRENDS IN 2022 | Tech Tuesday Ep. 78

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Beyond Fintech Webinar: Fundraising for Fintechs

“Beyond Fintech” series are brought by Eleven Ventures as part of the Visa Innovation Program and look into what lays ahead of payments, authentication, traditional banking, investment opportunities, lending and more. The goal of the webinars is to bring together people from the banking and fintech sectors and provide them with insights from some of the frontrunners in the industry.

The second edition of the “Beyond Fintech” series will dig deep into the topic of Fundraising for fintechs and will connect prominent investors from the region and abroad.

— The speaker line-up —
– Maximilian Schausberger, Managing Director @ Elevator Ventures
– Perry Blacher, Partner @ Augmentum Fintech
– Myrto Papathanou, Partner @ Metavallon VC
– Mehmet Atici, Principal @ Earlybird Venture Capital

Moderator: Daniel Tomov, Partner @ Eleven Ventures

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If you look at the world’s most valuable companies, you won’t be surprised to find the likes of Apple, Microsoft, and Google. But one name does stand out: Tencent. The company is worth more than the likes of Facebook, Mastercard, and Samsung, and yet if you asked the majority of people what Tencent does, you’d be met with a confused look. The truth, is that Tencent does everything. Because whilst Tecent’s mascot is a friendly-looking penguin – a more accurate animal to embody this conglomerate would be a giant octopus, with tentacles reaching into almost every industry you can think of, all over the world. Whether you realize it or not, you almost certainly use products or services Tencent is involved with.

However in Tencent’s home country of China, it’s a very different story; everyone is aware that Tencent dominates their lives. And that’s because in China, Tencent has achieved the seemingly impossible: one app to rule them all. Tencent created an app called WeChat that’s been dubbed ‘the everything app’ because almost all of China’s 1.4 billion population use this app for an average of 4 hours every day, more than the average American user spends on all social media apps combined.

And the reason people in China use WeChat so much is because it’s basically every app you can think of rolled into one. Its essentially Facebook, PayPal, Whatsapp, Netflix, Google, Spotify, Uber, Yelp, Tinder, Zoom, YouTube, Deliveroo, Amazon and lots lots more all in one single app. You pay your bills through it, call your friends through it, and essentially live your entire life through it. However one single company having access to literally all your data – from your exact location to your entire bank history to every message and call and search you’ve ever made – it’s a lot. And then it gets worse when you realize that the line between where Tencent ends and the Chinese government begins, is blurry. Meaning, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has access to all that information as well, making WeChat one of the most powerful surveillance tools ever.

Plus, private messages and images that are sent through Tencent’s apps like WeChat are scanned to see if they need to be censored – if you say anything the Chinese government doesn’t want you to, you could end up in jail, or disappear. The Chinese government has even openly confirmed that it can access deleted WeChat conversations.

Tencent has used its vast wealth and resources to expand into many industries. They are also the largest gaming company in the world – with revenue significantly higher than any competitor. Gaming is just one of countless different industries Tencent operates in. Also Tencent’s Payments division is nearly as big as PayPal’s entire business. And its reported WeChatPay generates over 1 billion payment transactions per day – more than Visa and Mastercard. But it’s only recently that the West has started to realise the influence Tencent – and thus China – actually have… In this business documentary, we’ll answer questions like: What is Tencent? What does Tencent do? How did Tencent and other Chinese businesses get so big?

The Secret Chinese Company That Owns… Everything?
Tencent – The Craziest Company You Don’t Know About
The Penguin That Changed China Forever
The Chinese Company That Owns Everything
The Secret Chinese Company That Owns Everything

00:00:00 Prologue
00:10:21 Chapter 1: QQ & The Mysterious Founder of Tencent
00:21:12 Chapter 2: Microsoft vs Tencent
00:24:19 Chapter 3: Out Of Control
00:33:38 Chapter 4: WeChat: One App To Rule Them All
00:44:11 Chapter 5: Surveillance, Censorship & Control
00:53:25 Chapter 6: Tencent vs TikTok
00:56:27 Chapter 7: Empire
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1:06:11 Chapter 8: Tencent vs China
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1:14:12 Chapter 9: The Future of Tencent

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Aumni closes Series B to bolster its offering to customers

Aumni closes Series B to bolster its offering to customers

Investment analytics platform Aumni has closed its Series B round on $50m to help it increase its customer base.

The Savannah Bananas Vs. The Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association (Round 1)

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7. If a Fan Catches a Foul Ball it’s an Out
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Interoperability, Game Ecosystems and Web3

Interoperability between game ecosystems and economies has been held up as a possibility that is opened up by decentralized protocols, blockchain technologies and web3 – but until now, it has mostly been a pipedream rather than a reality. But now two web3 companies, metaverse avatar developer Ready Player Me and open-world shooter developer Faraway Games, have partnered up to deliver on the promise of interoperable game worlds. Your host, Niko Vuori, chats with Alex Paley, Founder & CEO of Faraway Games and Timmu Toke, Founder & CEO of Ready Player Me, about interoperability, closed vs open game ecosystems and the promise of web3.

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05:32 – Ready Player Me / Web3
09:48 Why does Interoperability matter?
15:12 – Positives vs Negatives
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26:02 – Avatars
29:05 – Economic Interoperability
32:48 – Blockchain / De-centralisation
36:50 – Crosschain Interoperabilty
38:43 – What’s next?
45:08 – Outro

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WealthTech and cybersecurity enterprises were among the FinTech businesses that closed investment rounds in the last seven days. Companies operating in the WealthTech, cybersecurity, RegTech, anti-fraud, PropTech, credit, InsurTech and loan segments of the FinTech industry raised money over the course of last week. Of the 36 rounds FinTech Global reported on over the past […]

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ING spins out analytics platform Katana into its own startup

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Today at Mini Katana, we tested sharp katana in Real Life! If you love katana unboxing, then you’ll love this. See the Katanas slice in action as satisfying as ASMR! These aren’t rusted katanas! Sword-making, blacksmithing, knife making, and katana making are Mini Katana’s passions! If you love anime like One Piece, Naruto, Demon Slayer, Attack on Titan, Mugen Train, Jujutsu Kaisen, and are excited for the Swordsmith arc, then you’re gonna love our ninja weapons! Trust, Mini Katana knows how to make a sword! Forget how to make paper katanas or lego katanas these are real carbon steel!


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Are Dull Katanas or Sharp Katanas Better?


Today at Mini Katana, we tested sharp katana in Real Life! If you love katana unboxing, then you’ll love this. See the Katanas slice in action as satisfying as ASMR! These aren’t rusted katanas! Sword-making, blacksmithing, knife making, and katana making are Mini Katana’s passions! If you love anime like One Piece, Naruto, Demon Slayer, Attack on Titan, Mugen Train, Jujutsu Kaisen, and are excited for the Swordsmith arc, then you’re gonna love our ninja weapons! Trust, Mini Katana knows how to make a sword! Forget how to make paper katanas or lego katanas these are real carbon steel!


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Do You Need a License to Own a KATANA? #Shorts

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No, you don’t need any special licenses to own a katana. This is because by law in Japan, unlike guns, katana are regarded as “pieces of art” instead of weapons.

However, each katana will have something called a… “銃砲刀剣類登録証,” which is a kind of registration certificate. The katana and its certificate must always be kept together, perhaps tied to the sheath, or put inside the katana bag.

If you have a katana that doesn’t have this registration certificate, there is a risk you will violate the… “銃刀法 Swords and Firearms Control Law.” You must immediately report to the police, and follow their instructions and either re-register the katana or dispose of it.

However, if the katana is just a replica like these… 居合刀 iai-tō/模造刀 mozō-tō, you don’t need any certificates because they are not sharp.

By the way, the rules regarding the possession of a katana will differ in each country. I sometimes receive questions asking, “Can I buy a katana in Japan and take it home?” This depends on the laws in your country, and these laws tend to change very easily, for example if a terrorist act happens.

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