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Platforms for the people

Civic crowdfunding now finances civic infrastructure, but these platforms must navigate tension between growth and their social mission, says a study co-authored by Dr Matthew Grimes of Cambridge Judge Business School. The advent of alternative finance has created opportunities for…

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The Guardian: Can the planet afford the exorbitant power demands of machine learning?

The article investigates what technologies like machine learning or bitcoin have done to our planet. According to a report by the Cambridge Centre for Alternative Finance, the global bitcoin network uses more than seven gigawatts of electricity – which over…

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Regulatory momentum

Global regulation of online alternative finance will increase over the next two years, says fintech research by the World Bank and the Cambridge Center for Alternative Finance. A regulatory and legislative boom is underway in the online alternative finance space,…

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Crowdfund Insider: Regulation of alternative finance is key to make sector safe to scale

A regulatory and legislative boom is underway in the online alternative finance space, according to a global survey of 111 regulatory jurisdictions by the World Bank and the Cambridge Centre for Alternative Finance. “It is clear from this study that…

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Yahoo Finance Japan: Blockchain related business expanding to trade and retail

Bryan Zhang, Co-founder and Executive Director of the Cambridge Centre for Alternative Finance, recently gave a lecture on blockchain in Tokyo where he introduced blockchain applications that are rapidly expanding. Bryan defined blockchain as “a record-keeping system that can be…

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Traders Magazine: RegTech earned $5 billion in 2018

According to a report co-authored at the Cambridge Centre for Alternative Finance, the RegTech (Regulation Technology) industry generated an estimated five billion dollars in revenue last year. Bryan Zhang, Executive Director of the Cambridge Centre for Alternative Finance, said: “Building…

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Regulatory technology

Global RegTech industry earned an estimated $5 billion in 2018 following five-year surge in startup activity, says first Global RegTech Benchmarking Report by the Cambridge Centre for Alternative Finance with support from EY Japan. The global RegTech (Regulation Technology) industry…

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Crowdfund Insider: New partnership for Cambridge Centre for Alternative Finance

The Cambridge Centre for Alternative Finance (CCAF) at Cambridge Judge Business School has partnered with the World Economic Forum (WEF) to launch a research project addressing Artificial Intelligence (AI) in financial services. Bryan Zhang, Executive Director of the CCAF, said:…

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The CEO Magazine: The world’s leading CEOs are shunning banks – and this is why

Bryan Zhang, Executive Director at Cambridge Centre for Alternative Finance (CCAF), comments on peer-to-peer lending and traditional bank loans. “In many instances, the rates offered by peer-to-peer lenders are not that different to the rates banks are offering,” Bryan says.…

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BBC: Bitcoin’s energy consumption ‘equals that of Switzerland’

Bitcoin uses as much energy as the whole of Switzerland, a new online tool created at the University of Cambridge shows. Co-creator Michel Rauchs, Cryptocurrency and Blockchain Lead at the Cambridge Centre for Alternative Finance, said: "We want to use…

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