BlackRock – industry Goliath facing a Blockchain David

(LONDON 26 July 2016) BlackRock may be the industry ‘Goliath’ about to be hit by a stone from a ‘David’ competitor. The advent of a combination of Blockchain, ‘Smart Contracts’ and IBOR (click here for brief explanation of Blockchain) enable Asset Management firms to eliminate up to 50-95% of their operating costs across people, process, IT and infrastructure. This facilitates a …

Blockchain goes mainstream and accelerates…

Blockchain goes mainstream and accelerates…   Is the hype justified or is it people just don’t see it…   I get asked all the time is Blockchain for real… Do you think it is here to stay… Why do you think this technology will have fundamental change to the way we do business…   Here are some data points, answers …

Why ignoring Blockchain is corporate suicide…

The biggest single threat to all CEOs for destroying corporate value… I was going to call this article “Removing the Centre”…but in a sense this sums up Blockchain in a single phrase… My last article asked if Blockchain was a solution looking for a real business problem to solve…and like many new and emerging technologies it takes a while for …

After Phones 4U, who is the next Dead Man walking?

Sadly Phones4U has gone from one of the UK’s leading retail businesses worth £1.47 billion to bust within 8 years. On 26 September 2006, The Caudwell Group was sold for a sum of £1.47 billion to private equity firms Providence Equity Partners and Doughty Hanson & Co. In February 2008, the group bought online retailer Dialaphone in a deal worth …

Leave the entrails in the kitchen: 6 steps to plan for future success

“The future belongs to those who prepare for it” – Malcolm X. How unexpected is the unexpected? In the last week, one of the UK’s leading fashion retailers Republic went unexpectedly into administration putting 2,500 jobs at risk. It was only in 2010 that the business was bought for £300 million by private equity firm TPG and appeared to have a bright future …

Gnip – listening to the world’s conversation

Will Gnip make you go mad?Imagine being able to hear everyone’s conversation, all the time. The voices in your head would drive you insane.However there is now a constant stream of chatter available through the web. Using an interesting new technology service, Gnip, it’s possible at low-cost for you to monitor the explosion of social media usage of hundreds of thousands …