COVER STORY MAKING MALTA THE CENTRE OF INNOVATIONS An exclusive interview with Nick Dobrovolskiy, Co-Founder/Vice- President of Parallels p.6 INTERVIEWS BEYOND THE SURFACE Interview with Kenneth Mallia, Director at Seamless p.14 IN-DEPTH INTERVIEW SERIES TASTE OF TRADITION MBR sits down to talk with intrepid Dorianne Kurtcu Mifsud, Director and owner of Diar Il-Bniet Diner in Had-Dingli p.22 MALTA BUSINESS REVIEW EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW GAMING, BETTING AND THE DIGITAL TECH WAVE? EIG Berlin: BtoBet’s chairman Alessandro Fried discusses the hot topics and changes that will affect the gambling industry p.36ISSUE36 | 2017
The National Crowdfunding & Fintech Association of Canada (NCFA) and exclusive Title Partner of the 4th VanFUNDING conference held in downtown Vancouver Nov 29-30, 2018, TODA Network, are proud to present select content in an inaugural pop-up digital magazine format.
This year’s theme, CONVERGE, immerses participants and builds bridges across the most disruptive emerging technologies, capital market innovations and key stakeholders that are powering new global markets, new decentralized models, new forms of computer intelligence, new IP, new infrastructure and new alternative investment opportunities toward the vision of a Web 3.0.
The world is undergoing unprecedented change that is already affecting our daily lives — how we interact with financial services, generate digital wealth, invest, evaluate, consume, vote, store, transfer, and purchase anything of value.
Blockchain’s momentum is not slowing down anytime soon and its capabilities for revolutionizing the financial industry go beyond merely eliminating the “middleman” to harnessing the power to improve fraud detection, transparency and trust, and enhance financial management, change the nature of money and encourage financial inclusivity. The potential is limitless.
While blockchain technology has shown immense potential to push us closer towards a utopian financial world, the global penetration of [this technology] is less than 0.2 per cent. While individuals should remain cautious about fraudulent businesses that have arisen from people looking to cash in on the hype, the next wave of blockchain adoption and utilization will be like a tsunami, [where] you can partake in what's yet to be the most disruptive technology in human history or ignore it and get disrupted.
We’d like to thank all the partners, speakers, attendees, volunteers and the entire organizing team for coming together to make VF2018 an incredible experience. Congratulations to Symend, Very Good Butchers and MOCA Estimator and for winning the pitching competition. We wish you all great success!
The commercialization of emerging technologies is a journey, not a sprint. With this in mind, we encourage you to converge with us in volume 1, issue 1 of ‘Blockchain Fintech CONFIDENTIAL’ and step inside the future of blockchain, fintech, AI and alternative investing.