Impact Lab


Subscribe Now to Our Free Email Newsletter

» Currently browsing: Finance


A ‘human swarm’ has figured out where Jeff Bezos should donate his money

August 15th, 2017 at 9:48 am » Comments Off

Jeff Bezos tweeted in June that he wanted short-term, high-impact ways to do social good. An artificial intelligence platform put 46,000 suggestions to a vote, using a method inspired by how bees swarm. Universal access to clean drinking water was the winner.  



SEC concludes that “initial coin offerings” may be securities

August 3rd, 2017 at 8:58 am » Comments Off

After an investigation, the Securities and Exchange Commission has concluded that organizations offering or selling digital assets using blockchains or distributed ledgers may be subject to securities laws, depending on the circumstances. This includes “initial coin offerings” (ICOs), a recently popularized crowdfunding method by which an organization issues virtual currencies or tokens.



7 cryptocurrency predictions from the experts

August 1st, 2017 at 2:18 pm » Comments Off

Fortune convened some top cryptocurrency entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, bankers, and others to chat about the future of digital money at Fortune’s Brainstorm Tech conference in Aspen, Colo. last week. A select group met at the Aspen Institute for a breakfast roundtable discussion on Wednesday morning.



P2P payment transactions to exceed $120 billion this year

July 30th, 2017 at 3:56 pm » Comments Off

Meanwhile, mobile payment apps are being adopted in smaller numbers



The war in cash intensifies: Visa offers restaurants $10,000 to go cashless

July 22nd, 2017 at 3:04 pm » Comments Off

Visa has declared war on cash and its “opening salvo” is to start paying restaurants $10,000 to go completely cash free.



Poised to overtake bitcoin this year, Ethereum is changing the way we think about cryptocurrency

July 17th, 2017 at 12:15 pm » Comments Off

Vitalik Buterin is the brains behind what some say is the next generation of bitcoin, called Ethereum.



BARCLAYS: Amazon is probably going to be one of the first ‘trillion-dollar’ companies (AMZN)

April 19th, 2017 at 11:00 am » Comments Off

Amazon’s stock price has been on a tear over the last year, gaining 46%. A Barclays equity research team led by Ross Sandler thinks that the party may just be getting started, initiating coverage of the stock with $1120 price target, or 29% upside. In a flurry of notes released from their Internet & Media desk on March 29, […]



This Kenyan Startup Uses Mobile Phones To Build Credit For Farmers

April 5th, 2017 at 11:00 am » Comments Off

If you want to help the world’s poorest, help them to farm. So says Bill Gates, and it makes sense. More than three-quarters of the poorest live in rural areas and most are smallholder farmers working less than two acres. They often lack the seeds, machinery, livestock, and finance they need to grow, so they struggle […]



Blockchain can create the world’s biggest supercomputer

January 5th, 2017 at 12:20 pm » Comments Off

As our desktop computers, laptops, mobile devices, etc. stand idly by for a huge portion of the day, the need for computing resources is growing at a fast pace. Large IoT ecosystems, machine learning and deep learning algorithms and other sophisticated solutions being deployed in every domain and industry are raising the demand for stronger cloud […]



The state of equity crowdfunding post-JOBS Act

November 23rd, 2016 at 10:59 am » Comments Off

From savings to banking to investing… finance is moving online. With this, we’re seeing the disruption of venture capital brought about by new laws that may change the game for how entrepreneurs can raise funding and who can invest.



Coworking 13