What’s Your Focus Today?

I was interviewed by Yves for the “What’s Your Focus Today” podcast series:

David Birch is without any doubt one of the most astute long term observers of the financial services and fintech space, and I'm extremely excited and honored to have been able to talk to him about his upcoming book (The Currency Cold War; Cash and Cryptography, Hash Rates and Hegemony, published in May 2020), and other related issues we care about here.

His bio is impressive:

He's an internationally-recognised thought leader in digital identity and digital money; Named one of the global top 15 favourite sources of business information (Wired magazine); Emerging Payments Industry Contributor of the Year (EPA); One of the top ten most influential voices in banking (Financial Brand); One of the top ten Twitter accounts followed by innovators, along with Bill Gates and Richard Branson (PR Daily); Named one of the "Fintech Titans" (NextBank); Ranked Europe’s most influential commentator on emerging payments (Total Payments magazine).

In this episode, we talk about:

His background in the space and how he has been at the origins of 2 digital money / currency plays way back; How he came to be interested again in publishing this particular book now; Why he think that "... this time may be different..."; How he defines digital currency, and the confusion about it; What are the drivers of change that we are witnessing; What does he mean when talking about a currency cold war; And what's all this about the Red and Blue corner?