BlockSpeak 10 – Richard Heart Founder Hex

BlockSpeak 10 – could crypto be the biggest wealth asset in history?


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BlockSpeak 10 is probably the most controversial of all our video podcasts to date where we feature Richard Heart, the dividing figure of crypto and the CEO of Hex.

When he first appears on screen, Heart looks like the Phantom of the Opera, his face wreathed in shadow adjacent to a crystal chandelier that looks like the best Zoom background during lockdown.

The background, however, is a real one although Heart refuses to disclose where he is, and like the Phantom Of The Opera he certainly looks like a creature of the night and somebody who doesn’t come out of his bunker very often.

That’s not surprising. In the interview Heart reveals that he much prefers bots to humans and that lockdown has made no difference to him, he doesn’t go out very often.

The reason for Heart’s fragile reputation is whether he is a force for crypto good or a clever scammer who preys on all of crypto’s greed and speculation.

As the conversation continues, Heart becomes more persuasive and warms up to the subject.

Whether it is discussing the plot of the ‘plague’ movie Contagion and the untimely death of Gwyneth Paltrowe (and her subsequent scalping during the post-mortem) or the soul of his Hex project, there appears to be a transparency to his words.

In this divided world where everything seems to be split 50/50 between widely disparate opinions, this interview will probably please both Heart-lovers and Heart-haters.

While BlockSpeak never comments on the viability of projects or otherwise, we like our listeners to listen and find out for themselves.

Vampire or victim, you decide. The only thing that is certain that lockdown makes no difference to Richard Heart’s already-lockdown life and that you won’t be seeing him at a Black Lives Matter rally any time soon.

BlockSpeak 9 – Brett King, Moven CEO

BlockSpeak 9 is all about the difference between fiat currencies and crypto.

BlockSpeak 9BlockSpeak 9 takes on the intricacies of digital currencies and what defines a fiat currency such as the Dollar, Euro or Pound Sterling.

It’s a difficult subject to understand, but Moven CEO Brett King and global finance superstar is the perfect person to explain it. Fiat currencies are those that are regulated by governments giving them a value while crypto currencies are decentralized from any government regulation.

Their formation goes all the way back to 11th Century China when banknotes were originally issued and they began to proliferate in the 20th Century before US President Richard Nixon untethered the US dollar from the gold standard in 1971.

Then there is another complication. If fiat can be defined as a government-issued currency, what then is digital fiat and how does that compare to the nature of a cryptocurrency?

Wikipedia says that a Central bank digital currency (CBDC), also called digital fiat currency or digital base money, is the digital form of fiat money (a currency established as money by government regulation, monetary authority or law). Are you with us so far?

If so, here we go again.

Central bank digital currency is different from virtual currency and cryptocurrency, which are not issued by the state and lack the legal tender status declared by the government. As such, public digital currencies can compete with commercial bank deposits and challenge the current fractional reserve banking system.

King has his considerable nose to the ground when it comes to hot-to-handle subjects such as this one. While not an idiot’s guide to digital currencies, digital fiat currencies and fiat itself, King’s style appeals to both the veteran and ingenue.

At the end of the 35-minute broadcast, listeners will take away a wealth of information that will help anybody who is interested in the subject.

Accountancy Cloud Q&A: Wesley Rashid, CEO and Co-Founder

FinTech is changing the face of money, but it’s not all about apps, it’s also about some of the oldest financial instruments of the world. Meet Wesley Rashid who is disrupting accountancy.
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Please tell our readers what The Accountancy Cloud is

We help businesses turn chaos into financial clarity. We offer a robotic accounting service that uses our intuitive API, can connect to financial services clients are already using to offer daily bookkeeping, custom dashboards and unlimited reporting, removing the barriers to financial clarity.

We pair them up with an Accountancy Cloud expert so they get a trusted partner, at every stage of their growth to help them with future planning.

Do you regard yourself as a FinTech company?

The Accountancy Cloud is a tech company solving the problem of accounting, which needs to be solved with next-gen technology.

What problems are you solving for your industry?

Accounting was invented back in medieval venice when Excel and beans were used to count numbers and paperwork was used to record financial transactions. It hasn’t changed all that much today.

We are bringing accounting back into the 21st Century, and into the Cloud then adding gasoline into the Cloud with a box of matches, all so we can create a best in class-super f’charged service that is 7x faster than conventional tools.

What do you think of Tech Nation’s Upscale Program you were previously part of?

Excellent program, there’s nothing quite like it. The quality of the founders and peer to peer learning aspects of the program were really helpful.

Could you tell us about your funding history?

We were/are on the Barclays Techstars accelerator so although Techstars and Barclays are on our cap table, we’ve essentially bootstrapped ourselves to £1 ARR to date.

Are you current looking at raising more money?

Yes we are! Contact me 🙂

You have offices in London and New York, more expansion soon?

Our focus in the next year is on the UK market as we are strongly positioned with a huge commercial opportunity ahead.  Then we’ll see.

What’s next for The Accountancy Cloud?

Fundraising and then growth!

REVIEW: PaMu Slide Mini Bluetooth Earphones

Mini means maximum quality when it comes to PaMu’s Slide earphones.


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Mini earphones are probably the most unsociable technologies ever released. People stop talking when they’re listening and that was when wires were hanging from their ears.

Now it’s impossible to see who’s listening to what. Thanks to Bluetooth there are no wires and it just becomes pointless to talk to anybody; they won’t listen to you.

On the plus side, if those people are happy in their otic-channel, watching the world as if that’s the virtually reality and the music going through their ears is the real one, then they might as well do it with the right product that gives excellent quality and happy time.

The PaMu Slide Mini is one such product and it doesn’t cost the earth… well, as far as we know. The price, on the other hand, comes in at an economical $55 from the company’s website. That’s a huge saving of $94 on the previously listed price of $149.

They are extraordinarily comfortable, easy to charge and the box fits into any pocket… let’s say, a MINI pocket, because they’re so small.

For the technically minded, please go and read another blog because we only like specifics on this site; to wit:

– 2 Bluetooth Earbuds
– 1 Dual-Function Portable Charger
– 1 USB Charging Cable
– 6 Ear Tips
– 1 Carry bag

The self-charging box means it only takes five minutes to charge up the Mini Slides for up to an hour and, apparently, even galaxy-famous NBA stars think they’re awesome as well.

After an initial road-test, I handed them over to my teenage son in exchange for washing my car for the next two weekends. He seemed happy with this deal and they are part of his uniform now.

No matter that he doesn’t listen to a word I say anyway. At least, with the PaMu Mini Slides he has an excuse… he’s already in a different universe. I may as well talk to myself.