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How has the conversation about blockchain changed at the World Economic Forum in Davos? And can blockchain be used to clean up the plastic in our oceans? CNNMoney Switzerland caught up with Joseph Lubin, founder of ConsenSys and co-founder of Ethereum, to get his outlook for 2019.
Olivia Chang
February 21: What happened in blockchain this week?
UEFA kicks off blockchain-based ticketing for EURO 2020; Swiss diamond start-up loses its sparkle; blockchain powers local electricity markets in Switzerland; and Xing adds 6,000 blockchain jobs in DACH in Q4 2019.
Olivia Chang
February 13: What happened in blockchain this week?
Hundreds of crypto shoppers head to Digitec Galaxus; Zermatt jumps on the crypto train after Zug and Chiasso; Crypto Valley Conference returns for the third time; and BitGo enters the Swiss and German market to provide custody for digital assets.
Olivia Chang
Bitcoin is a hit with Swiss tax collectors
It started with Zug and then Chiasso. Now Zermatt is the latest Swiss town to let residents pay their taxes with Bitcoin. While cryptocurrencies are striking a chord with Swiss tax collectors, it’s falling short with residents.
Olivia Chang
PwC wants to make smart contracts smarter
PwC Switzerland is building up its blockchain arm with a focus on smart contracts. Partner Andreas Eschbach explains why the company is integrating ETH spin-off ChainSecurity and what’s holding blockchain back from mass adoption.
Olivia Chang
January 17: What happened in blockchain this week?
• Ulysse Nardin launches warranty certificate on blockchain • Crypto conference takes on Crypto Finance Conference St. Moritz • Swiss hospitals trace medical devices with blockchain Xatena • Blockchain real estate deal on Zurich’s Bahnhofstrasse
Olivia Chang
Libra says it’s just 3 steps away from launching its currency in 2020
“We realize there’s a number of hurdles left to be overcome and crossed,” says Dante Disparte, head of policy and communications at Libra Association. Disparte outlines the three main priorities for the digital currency project to take off in 2020. Regulation is just the first one.
Olivia Chang
January 10: What happened in blockchain this week?
IBM to trace coffee with #blockchain thanks to a new app developed in Switzerland; Bitcoin Suisse releases its 2020 Crypto Outlook Report; and PwC Switzerland snaps up blockchain start-up ChainSecurity.
Olivia Chang
Bitcoin Suisse delivers 2020 crypto outlook
Bitcoin Suisse CEO Arthur Vayloyan discusses his 2020 outlook for the crypto market, the imminent bitcoin “halving” and the Libra project.
Olivia Chang
Building a blockchain dialogue between Switzerland and Germany
Germany may be ahead in funding, but the regulatory environment for blockchain start-ups in Switzerland is more favorable. Zug investment firm CV VC explains why the two countries need to build a closer dialogue on blockchain.
Olivia Chang
We’re open to partnerships with SIX, says Swisscom Blockchain CEO
Swisscom and Deutsche Börse have turned the shares of a Swiss company into tokens and traded them using blockchain as part of a pilot project. Swisscom Blockchain CEO Lukas Hohl says the partnership with Deutsche Börse is “on track” and that they are also open to partnership discussions with SIX Swiss Exchange.
Olivia Chang
November 15: What happened in blockchain this week?
Swiss blockchain start-ups head to the Singapore Fintech Festival; SEBA Bank now accepts clients from Switzerland; Novartis ramps up focus on blockchain; and the ambitious plan to bring Bitcoin to the masses in Switzerland.
Olivia Chang
Novartis to go live with blockchain projects in 2020
Swiss pharmaceutical giant Novartis will ramp up its focus on blockchain in 2020. “We are now at the point where we say, we want to go live,” says blockchain lead Marco Cuomo. The company will start by digitizing manual processes to increase efficiency. Novartis is also leading a blockchain healthcare consortium as part of the Innovative Medicines Initiative. So far, 28 entities are onboard including 11 pharma companies.
Olivia Chang
November 8: What happened in blockchain this week?
Wecan Tokenize closes sale of Lisbon properties for 11 million euros through digital tokens, Swiss-Singaporean start-up Rice Exchange links up with Fujitsu to tackle the rice trade, and the Bank for International Settlements discusses the e-franc, central bank digital currencies and Libra.
Olivia Chang
Bank for International Settlements: Libra needs to make a better case
The Basel-based Bank for International Settlements is the bank of central banks. General manager Agustín Carstens sits down to discuss central bank digital currencies and why there’s no “clear case” for an e-franc in Switzerland. On Libra, Carsten says it is a “provocative proposition” but that it still needs to build a better case to convince the BIS.

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