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In one place, relevant information about what the people linked to Forctis will be doing, are doing or have done that might be of interest to you.

Presentation of Forctis at Trust Square in Zurich
September 13, 2018

Last night, in front of a very engaged and motivated audience, our CEO Eduardo presented Forctis in Trust Square, Zurich's vibrant Blockchain hub and start-up incubator. It was planned to be a 45 min. presentation but ended up being a 2 hour "passionate and thought provoking" exposition followed by great questions from the audience. We wish to thank everyone for their time and interest. For those who didn't make it, a (slightly edited) copy of the deck has been uploaded in the resources area of the website.

Sergio interviewed by XL Semanal
September 11, 2018

Our Advisory Board member Sergio was recently interviewed by XLSemanal, the leading Spanish current affairs magazine, to talk about the algorithmic strategies that can be used to influence people on Social Media. Most of Sergio's insights come from his experience on algorithmic trading and his own research at SciTheWorld. For example, Sergio's latest work has focused on Twitter bots and the analysis of their behaviour to attempt influence the market price of a number of cryptocurrencies.

Forctis Technical Series Document 001-18 available for download
September 01, 2018

We are pleased to announce the publishing of our Technical Series Document (TSD) 001-18 where we discuss (at an introductory level) the design and engineering features of our token ARES. This TSD will be the initial section of our White Paper #2 which we have decided to first release as a series of decks, rather than in long-handed form as White Paper #1. The emphasis of our TSD is placed much more on visuals (graphics and diagrams) than in mathematics or pseudo-code. The document is freely available and downloadable from the link above, or just visit our Resources area. 

Eduardo in Econsultancy report on Blockchain for marketers
August 30, 2018

Digital consultancy firm Econsultancy released today a freely available Best Practice guide by Sean Donnelly about "Demystifying Blockchain: Guidelines for Marketers" featuring contributions from leading industry practitioners, including our CEO Eduardo Salazar. Econsultancy provides leading brands with support from setting strategy and planning, to applying best practice and learning, as well as profile building and networking in digital business, marketing and e-commerce. This report is aimed at marketers to equip them with the knowledge they need to evaluate blockchain use cases and make informed decisions about them.

Luis Tonelli opinion column for Clarín
August 09, 2018

Today's edition of Clarín (the largest newspaper in Argentina, published by the Grupo Clarín) published an opinion piece by our Advisory Board member Luis about the current (and quite fluid) state of Argentine politics. Those wishing to read Luis' article can access it through the following link.  

Ugo Panizza presenting the IHEID Journal International Development Policy
August 03, 2018

The IHEID (The Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva) is promoting a special edition on Latin America of its open-access, peer-refereed journal International Development Policy. The journal embraces cutting-edge research and policy debates on global development, bridging academic research with policy issues. This special issue will be debated at a seminar about "Policies for Sustainable Development in Latin America" taking place in Lima, Peru, on August 9. You can watch Ugo's video presentation by following this link.  

Ugo Panizza writes article about Venezuela for Il Foglio
August 02, 2018

Ugo has recently contributed an article about Venezuela under the running title W la democrazia dei mercati (W the democracy of the markets) in the August 2 printed edition of the Italian newspaper Il Foglio where he broadly discusses the situation of PDVSA, Venezuela's state-run petroleum company, the so-called "Hunger Bonds" and freedom of press. Those interested in the "Hunger Bonds" (a term coined by Harvard and Venezuelan economist Ricardo Hausmann) can read Ugo's recent Working Paper (joint with Mito Gulati) by the title The Hausmann-Gorky Effect.

Leading political scientist Luis Tonelli joins Forctis' Advisory Board
July 24, 2018

Luis Tonelli, one of the most renown Argentine political scientists of his generation, has today joined Forctis' Advisory Board. He works as Senior Advisor to a number of Argentine provincial and local governments, writes about politics in the press and is regularly invited to comment on current affairs in the Argentine radio and TV. Luis is also full tenured professor of Comparative Politics in the Department of Political Science of the University of Buenos Aires. His hands-on experience in dealing with political institutions becomes invaluable towards implementing our platform to real use cases that seek to positively influence the lives of real people. 

Anton Golub speaking at the Blockchain Partners Summit
July 20, 2018

Anton has been invited to the 2018 Blockchain Partners Summit in Seoul, South Korea, to integrate a live panel (alongside Hen Yi, Binance co-founder, plus other notable speakers) about a "blockchain-empowered future" and more generally, to provide his perspective about the future of crypto. For more information about the speakers and topics covered in this event please refer to the agenda section in their website.

Forctis Information Pack available for download
June 26, 2018

We are pleased to announce the availability of our Information Pack providing top-line content regarding our approach and technology, in this case having a specific focus on financial inclusion. Needless to say, our technology opens the door to a broad scope of applications. The presentation can be accessed from the link provided above or simply by going to the Resources section in our website. Updated August 2018.

Hugo's autobiography in the AAPC series on prestigious Argentine scientists
June 21, 2018

Hugo has been asked to contribute a review of his journey through life and science for the AAPC (Asociacion Argentina Para el Progreso de las Ciencias) series on "Autobiographies of Prestigious Argentine Scientists" that appeared as Issue 6, Number 2 (2018) under the title "Half a Century in Applied Mathematics (Optimisation, Models, Cryptography)." The article (in Spanish) is freely downloadable. The AAPC is an NGO founded in 1933 by the Argentine Nobel Prize laureate in medicine Bernardo Houssay as a precursor to CONICET, and is the leading voice of the Argentine scientific community.

Technology industry veteran Iván Markman joins Forctis' Advisory Board
May 31, 2018

We are greatly pleased to announce that Iván Markman, a seasoned professional in the technology sector (across marketing, media and consumer analytics; AI and emerging technologies) has joined Forctis' Advisory Board. He is currently a Senior Advisor at Abundant Venture Partners and a Special Advisor to the CEO and Board of Directors of comScore, Inc., a leading American media measurement and analytics company. Iván brings to the table his unrivalled knowledge of the technology landscape having been engaged in Senior roles, at the forefront of the industry, for 20+ years.

Anton Golub featured in Deutsche Bank's "Thoughts of the Week" series
May 25, 2018

Can the blockchain bring complete democracy into finance? Hear what our Advisory Board member Anton has to say in the "Thoughts of the Week" series curated by Deutsche Bank. To access Anton's video please use this link. Other videos from the "Thoughts of the Week" series can be accessed from Deutsche Bank's dedicated YouTube channel

Hugo Scolnik to present his team research on time series forecasting
May 24, 2018

On May 28, our Advisory Board member Hugo and his team (Rodrigo Castro, Santiago Laplagne, Daniel Foguelman and Alejandro Danos) will be presenting their work on "Advances in Time Series Forecasting" at a special IIEP-BAIRES Research Seminar. If you want to know more about the IIEP follow this link. Hugo and team will be discussing VAR (vector autoregression) models, which have become the "bread and butter" in much econometric work, and then introduce novel alternatives to include non-linear structures using robust non-linear optimization methods and regularisation techniques.

Anton Golub at Quant Minds Conference
May 18, 2018

Our Advisory Board member Anton gave a talk on "Cryptocurrencies - An Emergent Asset Class" at Quant Minds, the world's leading quantitative finance conference, that took place in Lisbon between May 14-18. Anton's was the first-ever session on crypto at Quant Minds, where he talked about cryptocurrencies as a new asset class, explaining in detail blockchain technology and cryptocurrencies as an investment vehicle, realities, and challenges.

Ugo Panizza to become Director of the ICMB-CIMB
May 16, 2018

We are greatly pleased to share the news that Ugo Panizza, one of our Advisory Board members, has been appointed as Director of the International Center for Monetary and Banking Studies (ICMB) in Geneva, effective from September 1, 2018. The Institute is associated to the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies. Its aim is facilitating the exchange of ideas, information and research in the fields of international money, banking and finance by bringing together central bankers, private bankers and academics.

Urs Bolt at the Future of Finance Summit 2018
May 15, 2018

Organised by The Asian Banker in Beijing and running between May 23 and 25, 2018, The Future of Finance Summit will bring together industry leaders and disruptors from all over the world to present their latest achievements and ideas to banks, internet finance companies, asset managers, insurance companies, investors and customers. Our Advisory Board member Urs Bolt has been invited to provide his insights in a panel about the future of blockchain in finance.

Anton Golub interviewed by Hannah Wise for CNN Money
May 10, 2018

Anton Golub, one of our Advisory Board members, spoke yesterday to Hannah Wise in a live interview for CNN Money Switzerland about the challenges facing the banking industry and where the disruption is coming from. "The same way the Internet transformed the way we exchange information, Blockchain will transform the way we exchange assets." The interview can be accessed from the following CNN link.

Forctis in the Swiss FinTech Startup Map by e-foresight
May 09, 2018

Forctis has been included in the May 2018 edition of the Swiss FinTech Startup Map compiled by the Think Tank e-foresight, a research unit set up by Swisscom to recognise, monitor and analyse trends as well as behavioural and technology developments in the global financial sector and digital ecosystem. Of the 232 companies nowadays making the Swiss FinTech ecosystem, Forctis has been included as one of the 36 startups engaged in the "blockchain application" space. More information about the FinTech Startup Map is available here, from where you can also download a free copy.

Forctis in a Swissinfo.ch Article on Price Volatility
May 03, 2018

Matthew Allen, Zurich bureau chief for Swissinfo.ch (the digital news portal of the Swiss Broadcasting Corporation) has published an article by the title Will price volatility be the death of bitcoin? where he analyses the impact of bitcoin price volatility (and that of cryptocurrencies, in more general terms) on acceptance, also commenting on the Stablecoin projects currently under development in Switzerland, Forctis' GenS being one of them.

On Money's Intrinsic Value
April 28, 2018

Our CEO Eduardo retakes the discussion about money’s role in a new blog post discussing whether fiat currencies do, in fact, have any intrinsic value. This debate is certainly not new and has deeply permeated in everyday talk (highly infused by ideology, rather than theory) amongst crypto-enthusiasts. It’s a scaled-down version of the content already presented in Part I of our White Paper (available from our resources page) and a recommended read for anyone having an interest in token economics.  

Thinking about Trust
April 20, 2018

In Forctis' Medium blog our CEO Eduardo gives his take on the topic of trust, identified in Barclays' Research 2018 Equity Gilt Study as one of the key challenges that crypto-technologies need to overcome. Eduardo discusses how trust is created and disputes, using both theory and factual evidence, the idea of a “non-trust-based platform” advanced in 1998 by Satoshi Nakamoto. For those wishing to go deeper, a number of selected references from the broad literature on this complex (and equally fascinating) subject is also provided. 

Oliver Wyman appoints Sergio Alvarez Teleña as Senior Advisor
April 20, 2018

We're very happy to announce that one of our Advisory Board members, Sergio, has been appointed as Senior Advisor by Oliver Wyman, becoming the youngest ever advisor in the history of the company. Sergio will be setting out the strategic steps needed to optimally on-board digitization at a corporate level for Oliver Wyman and its clients, with a specific focus in the financial services vertical. 

Forctis Research Paper Series 001-18 (White Paper Part I)
April 18, 2018

We're pleased to announce the release of our Research Paper Series (RPS) 001-18 where our CEO, Eduardo Salazar, embarks in a detailed review of cryptocurrencies. This paper looks at the actors involved, their underlying motivations, emergence, recent developments and prevailing trends, through the lens of economic theory, history, sociology and economic anthropology as they have been (competitively) used to explain the genesis and logic of money. Richly documented, it's a unique academic work in this field and also Part I of our White Paper. Part II will focus on Forctis' technology. Freely available for download in the resources area.

An Introduction to Altcoins
March 19, 2018

Marc, one of our Directors, delivered a talk about Alternative Cryptocurrencies (or Altcoins, as they are usually known) at the EY Auditorium in Zurich, in an event sponsored by the Bitcoin Association Switzerland. Designed as an entry level seminar, Marc spoke about the history of Altcoins, the differences between Coins and Tokens, explained what POW and POS are, provided examples of different generations of Altcoins, and more. The video of Marc's talk is available here.   

Anton Golub at the World Blockchain and Cryptocurrency Summit
January 27, 2018

Anton, a member of our Advisory Board, will be speaking at the WBC Summit in Moscow. The Summit brings together key figures in the cryptocurrency and blockchain space that are shaping the global digital agenda and driving positive changes in the blockchain and cryptocurrency sphere. More information is available through this link http://www.wbcsummit.org and hashtag #WBCSummit

Marc Degen and Marc Bettinger at Blockchain in Finance
January 26, 2018

Organised by Prof. Martin Angerer and Demelza Kelso Hays of the Finance Institute at the University of Liechtenstein, two of our Directors will be in Vaduz to showcase their experience in ICOs (Initial Coin Offerings) to an audience of academics and professionals in banking and finance, insurance, asset management, regulators and specialists from top-tier consulting firms.

To know more about this event and access the day programme, please follow the link http://bit.ly/2G0kgMl

Marc Bettinger interviewed by Matthew Allen for Swissinfo.ch
January 24, 2018

Matthew Allen, business correspondent and Zurich bureau chief of Swissinfo.ch, recently interviewed Marc for the lead article "Is blockchain the solution for the next financial crisis?" published by the SBC news portal as part of their coverage of the 2018 World Economic Forum in Davos. Those interested in knowing Marc's views can freely access the article through the link http://bit.ly/2Dzfi7l

Swissinfo.ch is the international service of the Swiss Broadcasting Corporation (SBC).

Marc Bettinger at the Global Crypto Finance 2018 Conference
January 17, 2018

Marc, one of our Directors, will be speaking at this big event taking place in St. Moritz about investment guidelines in alternative cryptocurrencies. CFC'18 is the first and largest investor conference on cryptocurrencies and blockchain investments, bringing together both private and institutional investors and the leading providers of the crypto and blockchain space. 

For those interested to know more, the link is https://www.crypto-finance-conference.com/en

Ugo Panizza at the Peterson Institute for International Economics
January 10, 2018

Ugo, one of our Advisory Board members, presented at the Peterson Institute for International Economics (PIIE) in Washington D.C. the findings of the 2018 Geneva Report on the World Economy, of which he is one of its authors. The report is freely available as a PDF from the CEPR VoX portal. The Peterson Institute is a private, nonpartisan and nonprofit institution for rigorous, intellectually open, and in-depth study and discussion of international economic policy.

Quentin Stafford-Fraser is honoured at the 2017 Lovie Awards
November 17, 2017

A member of our Advisory Board, Quentin, received the Lovie Lifetime Achievement Award in 2017 for his myriad contributions to computer science, and most notably his role in the invention of the first webcam. The Lovie Awards is the most prestigious, and the only, truly pan-European awards honouring online excellence. It has a sister event in the USA, the Webby Awards. It is named in honour of Britain's Ada Lovelace, who is credited as being the first computer programmer and a lasting symbol of European innovation and creative excellence. Follow the links to watch Sophie Wilson's presentation of the award and Quentin's acceptance speech.