Today marks the start of London Fintech Week 2017.
Here’s our round up of the top events each day if you could only choose one.
China and Digital Currency
Michael Cao – Partner
Michael is a member of the Satoshi Roundtable, an invitation only group of leaders in blockchain technology. He regularly speaks on Bitcoin and the mining industry, and keeps close relationships with key industry players in the developer, exchange and mining spaces through the US and China.
He got involved in the blockchain industry 5 years ago, and has since gone on to manage a cryptomining facility in the US, as well as managing the largest Scrypt ASIC retail website worldwide.
If you’re at all interesting in the Chinese market or in blockchain technology, Michael’s talk is absolutely unmissable.
Robo-advisory & Machine Learning: Making Money with Algorithms
This talk discusses how technology and algorithms have cut costs and brought solid financial advice to the masses, and what this could mean for the future.
It is read by Richard Levin, Chair of the Polsinelli Fintech and Regulation Practice. He has co- written a handbook on digital currencies, Real Regulation of Virtual Currencies, and specialises in securities law.
Other speakers at this talk are:
- Joe Parkin – Head of UK Wealth and Retail
Joe is responsible for the distribution of BlackRock’s passive business in the UK, which includes sales and relationships with private banks, wealth managers, advisers, discretionary clients, D2C and adviser platforms, and digital clients.
This includes the distribution of iShares ETFs, BlackRock Index Funds and BlackRock passive solutions.
- Martina King – CEO
Former chief exec of Aurasma, Martina is now CEO of Featurespace. The startup takes advantage of the discoveries made by Professor Bill Fitzgerald and Dave Excell: the ability to read human intention through data and adapt our understanding automatically is a process applicable to every organisation with customers and data. They help organisations gain retrospective and predictive insight from their data in order to increase efficiency, reduce costs and gain a competitive advantage.
- Shaun Port – Chief Investment Officer
An expert in digital wealth management and the use of EFTs, Shaun is a regular speaker on finance for Sky News, CNBC, Bloomberg and BBC. Shaun specialises in asset allocation, multi-asset portfolio management, investment strategy, commodity investment and macro-economic analysis. At Nutmeg, consumers can access a platform for a fully managed, diversified portfolio of investments at a low cost with spread risks.
- Sylvain Forte – CEO
An entrepreneur and engineer, Sylvain’s company SESAMm has developed trading indicators based on Big Data social media analysis. The aim of this is to allow funds and banks generate alpha in a differentiating and efficient way by leveraging the power of Big Data and behavioral finance.
Entering the Chinese Market
Angelica Anton – Founder and Managing Partner
This discussion focuses on what companies really need in order to crack the Chinese market. Although it is lucrative, many western companies fail when venturing into China. Why is this, and how can your business avoid it?
Silk Ventures is a cross border investment firm, which invests in tech companies looking to expand in and out of China in order to bridge the tech world’s gap with the region.
China & Startups: The Serious Growth Potential of Heading East
Bo Ji – Chief Representative for Europe & Assistant Dean
Cheung Kong Graduate School of Business
Bo Ji provides European businesses with executive training in order to help them understand the dynamic nature of the Chinese market, and how to do business there sucessfully. He also aids in elite networking for companies.
He is a regular Ted speaker, and speaks at conferences around Europe. This talk at fintech week covers how new startups can seize the potential of expanding into the Chinese market and ramp up their growth in the region.
VIP Party with EOS
What better way to end Fintech Week than with an evening of food, drinks and tunes. Open to all conference ticket holders, this is a great event for networking and getting to know contacts you have encountered throughout the week. It takes place at Rocket in Canary Wharf and the party will be on until late.