In this episode

Could Apple have a viable payments platform? Simon gets back from holiday, we had some questions about his new lifestyle choices. We get to the bottom of why Spotify may need a blockchain. Nigel Walsh drops by to talk to us about insurtech funding and we start filling out our mortgage applications to our parents.

Guests

Joining us for this week’s analysis of the news:

News this week

  1. Recode – Apple is in talks to launch its own Venmo – Link
  2. Medium – The first real revolution in venture capital: crypto tokens  – Link
  3. Coindesk – The United Nations Just Launched Its First Large-Scale Ethereum Test – Link
  4. Techcrunch – Spotify acquires blockchain startup Mediachain to solve music’s attribution problem –Link
  5. Techcrunch – PayPal launches a small biz toolset, ‘Business in a Box,’ with WooCommerce & Xero – Link
  6. FT – Bank of Mum and Dad is ninth-biggest lender with £6.5bn loans – Link
  7. Submitted by listener Quinn Dempsey on Twitter, American Banker – JPMorgan defection underscores tough blockchain choices – Link
  8. Neshoba Democrat – The Citizens Bank launching interactive tellers – Link
  9. FT – Investment in insurance tech start-ups drop sharply – Link
  10. Globes – Jes Staley sees technology as driving globalisation and changing banking, but says there’ll always be a Barclays. – Link
  11. Backchannel – The AI Cargo Cult – The myth of super hero AI – Link