To understand the point of cryptocurrencies and crypto assets, a fundamental understanding for money is critical in bringing us into that world. Ian’s book gives us the context for the rise of Bitcoin and, ultimately, decentralized finance (DeFi). That explores the realities of nonfungible tokens (NFTs), the metaverse, and the financial component of it all. This week, episode 180 of the Tech Intersect™ Podcast is about the promise and pitfalls of decentralized finance!
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Ian Horne is the European Head of Content at Money 20/20, the organizer of the largest global events for the fintech industry, where he works towards setting the fintech agenda for investors, technologists, banks and payments organizations. Prior to this, he was Head of UK Audience Development at Citywire. Ian Horne has been shortlisted for HeadlineMoney's UK Fintech Journalist of the Year award and is based in London, UK.
Today, we provide a balanced and nuanced discussion of cryptocurrency and decentralized finance (DeFi). Ian shares his background working in traditional finance and how he became interested in crypto. We discuss both the opportunities of DeFi, such as increased access and financial innovation, as well as potential risks like scams and lack of consumer protections. Ian and I emphasize that this is a complex topic with reasonable arguments on both sides. We stress the importance of education so people can make informed choices about crypto.
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