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Interview with Shidan Gouran



One of the biggest financial news source, the FinancialBuzz has recently interviewed the President and Chief Operating Officer, Shidan Gouran from the Global Blockchain Technologies Corp.

In the interview he shares his experience about Blockchain technology and talks a bit about the future of the company with its latest projects and developments.

Shidan Gouran

FB.  Can you explain to our readers why blockchain technology has increased in popularity? What makes this technology so appealing to investors?

SG: “Blockchain technology has increased in popularity because it fills many of the gaps that exist in traditional computing and information management – and it is setting a new standard for reliability, transparency, and accuracy. The technology’s value is appealing to everybody including investors as a technology to use. However, blockchain is specifically appealing to investors as a technology to invest in because it is still in its infancy, and having a stake in the companies that are propelling blockchain’s rapid growth is an investment with exponential upward potential. This is much like having an early stake in Google; investing in a concept, and capitalizing on that concept’s impact as it continues to materialize.”

FB. In the previous interview, you said you plan to hedge your positions by investing into other fields of blockchains if the cryptocurrency segment were to fall. Now Most of the community is invested into cryptocurrency based blockchain technology, so how can you ensure that other blockchain segments will effectively hedge your portfolio?

SG: “We’re specifically paying attention to areas that the blockchain can have an impact on that have nothing to do with cryptocurrency at all. Aside from the fact that this underpins our hedging strategy, this is an untapped area of the blockchain ecosystem where there is not only great opportunity to invest, but also where new applications of the technologies won’t face adoption issues. The success of technologies like cryptocurrencies can be hindered by a lack of acceptance – whereas for technologies like file management or instant messaging, these are not functions that users need to be sold on. Thus, user adoption is barely a factor (if at all), making investments in non-cryptocurrency blockchain technologies a uniquely safe bet. This by itself, we believe effectively hedges our investments – along with our team’s analytical strengths to invest in the technologies that have the greatest ability to build a balanced portfolio.”

FB. With the recent cryptocurrency crackdown happening in South Korea and China, how do you plan to keep your cryptocurrency blockchain segment profitable, considering most of the volume stems from regions in Asian countries?

SG: “It is true that most of the trading volume comes from Asian countries – but we don’t believe that this will affect our profitability, and I say this for three reasons. The first is that because our cryptocurrency assets are diversified, the tumble of one cryptocurrency will only stand to have a minimal impact on our holdings. The second is that even though there is a crackdown on cryptocurrencies, that doesn’t mean there won’t be workarounds, nor does it mean that traders won’t find a way to be legally compliant. The term “crackdown” is a bit of a buzzword that seems to imply doom – but may not have an actual measurable impact on a cryptocurrency’s performance. Then, having said that, the third reason is that the market has demonstrated its ability to weather these “crackdowns”. These past few weeks we saw Bitcoin drop considerably, going even below $10,000 USD at one point – but it bounced back just days later. So to say that cryptocurrencies can sustain the actions of regulators is not just theory – it’s something that has been proven beyond all doubt.”


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Bank Bans Credit Card Crypto Purchases




The Lloyds Banking Group in Britain is one of the giants in the whole world and the largest in the UK, and it has recently become the first major credit card provider in the country to ban its customers from using credit cards to purchase digital currencies.

Credit Card Ban: Cryptocurrencies

The ban comes after the case of J.P. Morgan Chase, Bank of America, and Citigroup’s similar choice yesterday to ban credit cards purchases of cryptocurrencies for all their customers.

Lloyds, has in itself Halifax, Bank of Scotland, and MBNA, and it will block its 9 million credit card users from buying cryptocurrencies.

However, Lloyd’s customers will still be free to buy cryptos with debit cards.

The credit card crypto ban came into place after Bitcoin saw a huge price drop in the market this week, falling below $8000 for several days which is not very good for the mainstream crowd.

Lloyds stated that the ban will “protect customers” that could store big amounts of credit debt if the market price keeps going crazy, which it may, if cryptos stay true to their rule of volatility

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Airline in Japan to Support BTC




Japanese airline, Peach Aviation has announced that it plans to accept Bitcoin (BTC) as a payment method.

Airline BTC Payment

The idea had been delayed, however it has been confirmed that they will in fact go through with it.

Japanese broadcasting corporation NHK World had previously posted an article about Peach Aviation doubting cryptocurrencies after the Coincheck hack for $534 mln. The article was removed not long after.

According to the airline, the rumors that Peach Aviation would not follow through with their BTC payment option after the NHK article, are false.

They said:

“There have been some reports today on our company retracting its plan to enable airline tickets to be purchased with Bitcoins; however, this is not something that was announced by our company and is not a fact. We are currently considering our start period in aiming to introduce such a service.”

Although it is still a new thing to include cryptocurrencies as a form of payment in airlines, Peach Aviation is not the first to accept them.

Back in July 2017, AirBaltic introduced to their customers the option to purchase flights with Bitcoin. On the Blockchain court, Singapore Airlines have just today, announced a Blockchain-based frequent flyer app which will be releasing in August this year.

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Blockchain and the Digital Revolution




Cryptocurrencies and new technologies such as Blockchain are bringing a new idea for the future of finance.

Many people however have been saying that even if the uncertainty towards Bitcoin ends in failure, the Blockchain technology is the real protagonist in this digital revolution.

In an interview with Francesco Abbate and Luigi Matrone, they give some light about the potential of digital currencies and Blockchain.

Interview: Abbate, Matrone


Francesco Abbate – Finance Director at Procter & Gamble, co-founder of, CEO at Swiss Crypto Advisors. With 15 years of high level Finance experience in a multinational environment, coupled with many years of study and interest first in Bitcoin and then in crypto-currencies he is not only an investor & trader but also an orator, public speaker in the world of crypto.

Luigi Matrone – Former global brand manager at Procter & Gamble, co-founder and CEO at E-Business Institute, a consulting firm that provide digital and e-business solution for companies. Investing in the crypto world since few years, also co-founder and CEO of Smarter-chains, a digital platform helping manufacturers drive margin improvement and customer centricity by leveraging new technological capabilities.

I tried to get out some tips. But I got much better than only tips.

How is the weather in Davos? Blockchain must have been a dominant part of the narrative at the recent WEF?

It is quite cold and it snowed a lot here, but the super-hot topic was undeniably blockchain, there were so many discussion panels on this, it is clearly one of the most debated area, with people interested in this from all industries. It shows that this is getting traction, although we are still at a very early stage.

Let’s begin with the value. Because in the end it is the ‘value’ that is going to determine the usage, prevalence and future of cryptos. What is the intrinsic value of Bitcoin/crypto? They are not backed up by gold like $ dollar or guaranteed by the government?

That is a very good point. Actually since 1973 Nixon abandoned the gold coverage of $ dollar so we entered into the fiat money era. We are personally the opposite of an anarchist and I like and value order and governments, although to be fair people in Argentina or Zimbabwe might have a different idea of what trust in the government means.

When it comes to intrinsic value it all depends on circumstances and what people are willing to use to transfer value. We started with barter deals, we went through gold, fiat money, credit cards…and credit card was a big revolution decades ago as people could not see the real money. In prisons often cigarettes are used as a mean of value transfer, so it is all relative and what matters is what people are willing to attribute value to, not always this might be what is guaranteed by a government.

So ultimately value is a matter of trust. But how can we believe in Bitcoin if it is not regulated? We often read of hacks and theft. I wouldn’t leave my money on the mercy of these cyber-crooks.

Very important point indeed. We get this question every day. Bitcoin in itself as a protocol and as a software is fully regulated, there are rules for everything, the code is open source and everyone can read it. You can see how new Bitcoin are created roughly every 10 minutes as rewards for mining, how transactions are signed and broadcasted, how the ledger is validated and maintained. You can’t change the rules without consensus; it is a “distributed democracy system”. And in itself the system is completely secure, not because we say so but because that is how it mathematically works, the block-chain itself practically immutable thanks to the amount of computational power necessary to add every block to the block-chain, it is just mathematically impossible to go back and change the content or orders of transaction, you can’t lose your Bitcoin or get stolen this way. What indeed happened and will continue to happen is hacks to personal accounts which are not protected, or to exchanges which are centralized. This has nothing to do with Bitcoin itself, it is either a personal fault (you are responsible for your security, like you would not give your credit card pin to strangers), or the result of a centralized player exchanging money for Bitcoin. If you leave your Bitcoin on exchanges and their central server gets hacked, then you can lose. Again, the point here is not to leave Bitcoin on exchanges and use basic security and safety procedures to be protected, we also take care of education and consultancy about this in As always, the users are the weakest point of the chain, but this can be minimized with specific knowledge, tools, and good practice.



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