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Nick Ayton

Founder /CEO at Chainstarter Ventures Ltd

London, United Kingdom

11357 Followers

Nick is a global thought leader on Deep Tech - Quantum Computing, AI, Blockchain and has been at the heart of the decentralised crypto revolution since 2013. A sought after speaker Nick is a prolific writer and is making a TV series about the existential threat of AI. He has built a crypto exchange and designed and built several production Blockchains for his clients. Chainstarter Ventures Ltd has been raising capital for founders - designing digital and crypto assets, and from conventional Tech Funds and Family Offices. Chainstarter has been co organising some of the worlds largest family offices events in Monaco, Dubai and elsewhere. He invests in leading tech and serves as a board members across a range of industries. His passion is Quantum Computing where he is involved at the cutting edge of quantum photonic silicon processing at room temperature. He is writing is also writing a book on why decentralised operating models always win!

Available For: Advising, Authoring, Consulting, Influencing, Speaking
Travels From: London, Dubai,
Speaking Topics: Deep tech, Quantum Computing, Existential Threat of AI, 4th Wealth Creation Revolution, Decentralised Business Models...

Speaking Fee $10,000

Personal Speaking Website: www.nickayton.com
Nick AytonPoints
Academic5
Author153
Influencer417
Speaker102
Entrepreneur0
Total677

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Featured Videos

19 JUNE 2019 - Monaco - Nick Ayton talks about Deep Tech Investing
March 03, 2021
Annual Investment Meeting Dubai 2018 - Blockchain
March 03, 2021
For CEO Magazine Dubai 2019 - Blockchain a legitimate technology
March 03, 2021

Featured Topics

The Rise of Quantum Computing

Quantum Computing is an entirely new technology that changes everything. What will be the impact? How can commerce prepare for what is the come? Ideas, thoughts and insights... When will Quantum Computers breech modern encryption systems (RSA) and what can be done now... Understanding the basics of Quantum Computing that delivers a brute force millions of times more powerful than any classical computer.

Why Decentralised Business Models will always win

Decentralised Business models that use Blockchain and DLTs have significant advantages over their centralised equivalents. Find out why? How to design them? What are the core principles? Examples of business models? The principles of digital assets and new stores of value. The architectures that work best, the consensus and the core difference between a Blockchain and a Decentralised Ledger technology.

Bespoke

You decide what you want me to talk about within the realms of Deep Tech and I will put together an impactful, informative and meaningful talk, with supporting research and deck... Providing an historical context, the journey to this point, where we are now and what we can expect from the future...

Company Information

Company Type: Company
Business Unit: Blockchain, AI and Quantum Computing
Media Experience: 30 years

Areas of Expertise

AI 41.61
AR/VR 31.31
Blockchain 100
Business Strategy 30.14
Cryptocurrency 100
Cybersecurity 30.19
Design Thinking 30.31
Emerging Technology 36.08
Fintech 78.50
IoT
Leadership 30.03
Mergers and Acquisitions
Quantum Computing 100
Renewable Energy
Sales 30.66
Startups
Supply Chain
Sustainability
Digital Transformation 30.16
Digital Disruption 30.43
Social 30.16
Entrepreneurship 35.16
Customer Experience 30.24
Culture 30.07
Diversity and Inclusion 30.43
Legal and IP 30.43
Ecosystems 30.49
Change Management 30.23
COVID19 31.40
Retail 30.24
Innovation 30.13
Analytics 31.36

Industry Experience

Aerospace & Defense
Automotive
Consumer Products
Federal & Public Sector
Financial Services & Banking
Healthcare
High Tech & Electronics
Insurance
Media
Retail
Travel & Transportation

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Publications

20 Article/Blogs
Why tech sectors is the hottest investor sector
Medium
March 17, 2021
2021 is the bounce back year for travel and tourism... What are the trends, why is travel tech a mega trends

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Tags: AI, Blockchain, Emerging Technology

THE SOLARWINDS HACK – THE DEBATE AND RECRIMINATIONS RAGES ON…
Irish Tech Times
March 05, 2021
Nick Ayton explores and digs into the Solarwinds hack which reveals a profound issues in Cyber Security.

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Tags: AI, Blockchain, Cybersecurity

Quantum Realms — the Hype and the Potential
Medium
February 16, 2021
Nick Ayton explore the potential of Quantum Computing and its potential to deliver for humanity...

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Tags: AI, Emerging Technology, Quantum Computing

The lie that is Digital Transformation and 'going digital'​...
LinkedIn
February 04, 2021
Back in 2016 on a very wet and rainy day, I delivered a keynote to the Chief Digital Officers event in London, where the theme of the event was to discuss the revelations that was the next big thing — Digital Transformation…and I couldn’t believe the complete tosh I was hearing.

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Tags: AI, Digital Transformation, Leadership

The Race for Quantum Standards...
Medium
January 21, 2021
Nick Ayton compares the race for Quantum Standards with the VHS and Betamax battle for standards and supremacy in the 1980's.

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Tags: AI, Emerging Technology, Quantum Computing

Quantum Computers Is a Direct Threat Today to All Forms of Cryptography Used to Defend Our Data, Our Information, and Our Assets.
Medium
January 19, 2021
Quantum Computing is rapidly advancing towards the tipping point where all forms of encryption will be broken. However there are things you can do now to protect your information assets...

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Tags: AI, Blockchain, Quantum Computing

7 Quantum Comporting Predictions 2021
Medium
January 04, 2021
The predictions for Quantum Computing we expect to see in 2021

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Tags: AI, Emerging Technology, Quantum Computing

Why Covid has changed customer behaviours - analysis
medium
December 01, 2020
Analysis of post covid consumer trends.

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Tags: COVID19, Customer Experience, Retail

FilmThe 5 things you need to know about making a Film or TV Series
medium
March 23, 2020
FilmThe 5 things you need to know about making a Film or TV Series

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Tags: Blockchain, Cryptocurrency, Fintech

The 5 Things about Quantum Computing you need to know
Medium
March 21, 2020
Nick Ayton discusses the 5 things your need to know about Quantum Computing

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Tags: AI, Emerging Technology, Quantum Computing

How Wall Street stole Bitcoin from the people in a coordinated effort of Fear and Greed?
medium
December 10, 2019
How wall street like to control everything and Bitcoin

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Tags: Blockchain, Fintech

The 4th Wealth Creation Revolution has arrived...
Medium
July 01, 2019
Nick Ayton discusses the 4th Wealth Creation revolution which is Quantum AI that follows steam, electricity and transistors...

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Tags: AI, Emerging Technology, Quantum Computing

It is time for the people to invoke Article 61 — The Lawful Rebellion
Medium
April 11, 2019
An article that has 100k views pre BREXIT that discusses the people rights and obligations to invoke Article 61 - The Lawful Rebellion.

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Tags: Culture, Diversity and Inclusion, Legal and IP

How to raise capital in the Covid19 crisis…
Medium
April 09, 2019
How to raise capital in a pandemic...?

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Tags: Blockchain, COVID19, Fintech

Has the USA already lost the battle for Ai Supremacy to China?
Medium
October 16, 2018
Nick Ayton explores the competitive position between USA and China in the new 'arms race' for Quantum AI supremacy...

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Tags: AI, Emerging Technology, Quantum Computing

The Bitcoin Generation
Irish Tech News
June 19, 2018
The story of Bitcoin, your ticket to the greatest show on earth, that parallels the 1960's revolution that gave us the mini skirt, rock music, Kings Road, rebellion and sexual liberty.

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Tags: Blockchain, Cryptocurrency, Social

Why is Bitcoin volatile
Cointelegraph
June 08, 2018
Nick Ayton explores Bitcoin volatility for Cointelegraph. The answer is simple..

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Tags: Blockchain, Cryptocurrency, Fintech

In the Blockchain Game, Reaction Time is a Fundamental Competitive Advantage
Cointelegraph
November 20, 2016
Nick Ayton writer and London Correspondent for CoinTelegraph - Blockchain for competitive advantage

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Tags: Blockchain, Cryptocurrency

Cryptocurrencies with Conscience Pave Way Into Machine 2 Machine World
Cointelegraph
November 20, 2016
Writer for Cointelegraph on Blockchain

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Tags: Blockchain, Cryptocurrency

The Five Most Confusing Things About Bitcoin That Hold Back Its Adoption
Cointelegraph
November 17, 2016
As writer and London correspondent for Cointelegraph Nick Ayton wrote many pieces on Bitcoin and Blockchain.

Things are hotting up for Bitcoin. But is terminology holding it back?

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Tags: Blockchain, Cryptocurrency, Emerging Technology

1 Book
HSAH# pilot episode
IMDB
November 19, 2019
Written and produced by Nick Ayton - A new TV Series starts with HSAH# filmed in 2019 in shoreditch

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Tags: AI, Blockchain, Quantum Computing

9 Keynotes
Themes: Deep Technologies and Commerce
CNBC
March 02, 2021
A series of keynote to 400+ Family Offices between 2017 and 2020 delivering a range of tech topics.

Bitcoin and Cryptocurrencies - digital assets and investing
Quantum Computing - 4th Wealth Creation Revolution
AI and Deep Fake - end of democracy

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Tags: Blockchain, Cryptocurrency

Nick Ayton talks Deep tech Investing
You Tube
June 19, 2019
19 JUNE 2019 - Monaco - Nick Ayton talks about Deep Tech Investing to 500 Family Offices in Monaco

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Tags: AI, Emerging Technology, Quantum Computing

Trusted Family Office Advisers
You Tube
June 09, 2019
Summary of Chainstarter Ventures Ltd Global Family Office activities in 2019

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Tags: AI, Blockchain, Quantum Computing

Day 1 Pyeonchang Blockchain Summit South Korea
You Tube
February 04, 2019
Nick Ayton was asked to advise the South Korean government specifically on Blockchain and designing their updated Healthcare systemm

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Tags: Blockchain, Cryptocurrency, Fintech

A Guide to Investing in Cryptocurrency & Blockchain Tech: Why & Where to Begin?
You Tube
June 27, 2018
Nick Ayton Keynote delivered at the Global Family Office event. ChainStarter.org
6th Global Family Office Investment Summit
27-29 June 2018. Le Meridian Beach Plaza Hotel, Monaco, Monte Carlo

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Tags: Blockchain, Cryptocurrency, Entrepreneurship

SVK Crypto London biggest Blockchain Meetup - Nick Ayton Keynote
SVK Crypto
January 26, 2018
Nick Ayton delivers a keynote on the state of play in the Cryptocurrency and Blockchain community.

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Tags: Blockchain, Cryptocurrency, Entrepreneurship

Blockchain Expo - Sanata Clara
You tube
November 30, 2017
Nick Ayton Blockchain evangelist Chairing and Delivering a series of Keynotes at Blockchain Expo in Santa Clara California. Starting with Fintech

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Tags: Blockchain, Cryptocurrency, Fintech

Blockchain Expo Santa Clara Calif...
You tune
November 30, 2017
Nick Ayton chairs and delivers keynotes at the Blockchain Expo in Santa Clara, California.

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Tags: Blockchain, Cryptocurrency, Fintech

Tokenising Different Stores of Value
AIM Congress Dubai
September 05, 2017
The main FDI event AIM Congress in Dubai to 20,000 attendees. Discussing creating and designing different stores of value using tokenisation, and the creating of new digital instruments.

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Tags: Blockchain, Cryptocurrency, Emerging Technology

101 Media Interviews
The Myth and Lies that is Digital Transformation
Irish Tech News
February 05, 2021
The article published in Irish Tech News discusses why Digital Transformation is a myth and connect be done, and why consultants, ambulances chasers and firms have created 'the emperors news clothes' approach that is a lie!

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Tags: Blockchain, Digital Disruption, Digital Transformation

Chainstarter Ventures Profile
Irish tech News
February 01, 2021
A background on Chainstarter Ventures and its founder Nick Ayton. A Blockchain thought leader, AI specialist and Quantum Computing evangelist. Chainstarter works with founder to help them raise capital through Family Offices primarily in the Middle East. Has offices in London and Dubai.

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Tags: Blockchain, Emerging Technology, Quantum Computing

Designing and Creating new digital assets and instruments
You Tube
March 05, 2020
Nick Ayton Founder Chainstarter Ventures discusses how they help their customers navigate the world of Blockchain and digital assets.

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Tags: Blockchain, Cryptocurrency, Entrepreneurship

Discovering Blockchain
You Tube
February 27, 2020
Thoughts and opinions on how people discovery Bitcoin, Crypto and Blockchains...

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Tags: AI, Blockchain, Cryptocurrency

Interview with host Nick Ayton of the Global Blockchain Summit in Frankfurt
Washington Post
November 04, 2019
Nick Ayton is interviewed by Bruce Porter at the Global Blockchain event in Frankfurt about his role as host/chair of the event and the work he is doing to promote Blockchain best practise.

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Tags: Blockchain, Cryptocurrency, Entrepreneurship

HSAH#, the first TV series financed with crypto
The Cryptonomist
October 24, 2019
HSAH# is the first crypto financed TV Series

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Tags: Blockchain, Cryptocurrency, Quantum Computing

Quantum Computing - The Best Investment You've Never Made?
Trader Cobb
October 02, 2019
Nick Ayton Interviewed by Trader Cobb about Quantum Computing - The Best Investment You've Never Made? Discussing the ins and outs of Quantum Computing

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Tags: Emerging Technology, Quantum Computing

What is Crix Exchange?
Crypto Wizards
September 25, 2019
Discussion with crypto Wizards about Crix the crypto exchange we built in 2014.

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Tags: Blockchain, Cryptocurrency, Customer Experience

Why decentralised business models always win?
www.nickayton.com
August 19, 2019
Nick Ayton defines why decentralised business models will always outperform centralised models.

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Tags: Blockchain, Cryptocurrency, Fintech

The existential threat of AI is real
www.nickayton.com
August 16, 2019
Nick Ayton explores the threat of AI as it mets Quantum Computing.

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Tags: AI, Blockchain, Quantum Computing

The 4th wealth Creation Revolution has arrived
www.nickayton.com
August 16, 2019
Quantum AI heralds the 4th wealth creation event in history that follows steam, electricity and transistors...

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Tags: AI, AR/VR, Quantum Computing

A quantum future is closer than you may think...
www.nickayton.com
August 11, 2019
Nick Ayton explores the progress of Quantum Computing.

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Tags: AI, AR/VR, Quantum Computing

Money is going to be obsolete
You Tube
July 02, 2019
Chainstarter Ventures years in focus. July 2019.

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Tags: Blockchain, Cryptocurrency, Entrepreneurship

Chainstarter Ventures sponsors Family Office event in Dubai
You Tube
July 01, 2019
Summary video

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Tags: AI, Entrepreneurship, Quantum Computing

Family Office Event Monaco July 2019
CNBC
July 01, 2019
General Interview by CNBC at Family Office Event in Monaco discussing Cryptocurrency, Blockchain and investing in other technologies.

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Tags: Blockchain, Cryptocurrency, Quantum Computing

The Family Office Landscape - A Forever Moving Target at Anthony Ritossa's 9th Global Family Office Investment Summit Under the
Bloomberg
June 25, 2019
Nick Ayton talks to Bloomberg about the Family Office Summit in Monaco and the trends in investments.

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Tags: Blockchain, Cryptocurrency, Fintech

Chainstarter Ventures crypto Gameshow pilot...
https://youtu.be/WAzu_hWAYLM
June 19, 2019
Chainstarter Ventures Gameshow pilot from 2019

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Tags: Blockchain, Cryptocurrency, Entrepreneurship

Why Private and Family Office wealth is seeking a new path and new direction?
Medium
June 10, 2019
Nick Ayton explores how family offices are seeking new investment opportunities in tech

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Tags: Business Strategy, Entrepreneurship, Innovation

9th Global Family Office Summit - Monaco 2019
You Tube
June 08, 2019
Summary of our hosted Family Office summit Monaco.

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Tags: Blockchain, Cryptocurrency, Quantum Computing

State of the Crypto Market and Market Manipulation (CRIX)
Crypto Wizards
May 18, 2019
Discussion the state of Crypto Market Manipulation with my co founder Dmitry Koval.

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Tags: Blockchain, Cryptocurrency

Crypto AM Industry voices: STOs must avoid ICO path
CityAM Newspaper
April 10, 2019
Nick Ayton discusses with James Bowater Editor CityAM. Why Security Token Offerings must avoid the pitfalls of ICO"s.

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Tags: Blockchain, Cryptocurrency, Emerging Technology

Tokenisation and how it works...
You Tube
April 01, 2019
Nick Ayton discusses tokenisation and the types off new stores fo value used in Blockchain and DLTs.

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Tags: Blockchain, Cryptocurrency

STOs are here to stay...
Yahoo Finance
March 31, 2019
Nick Ayton discusses with Yahoo Finance why Security Token Offerings are here to stay...

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Tags: Blockchain, Cryptocurrency, Entrepreneurship

CEO Magazine with Nick Ayton and Blockchain
CEO Magazine
March 13, 2019
Nick Ayton discusses The profound nature of Blockchain, with clients SimplePay and Freerange Bank in #Dubai Family Offcie event in Dubai.

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Tags: Blockchain, Cryptocurrency, Entrepreneurship

Family Office Event Dubai November 2018
CNBC
November 17, 2018
Family Office Event in Dubai 2018 discussing the state of cryptocurrencies and Bitcoin for CNBC

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Tags: Blockchain, Cryptocurrency

ICO’s are dead, STO’s become the trend in 2019
Bitcoin Magazine NL
October 30, 2018
Nick Ayton interviewed by Baz at Bitcoin Magazine Netherlands (Holland)

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THE BLOCKCHAIN’S BUILDING BLOCKS FOR THE ENTERTAINMENT INDUSTRY
Canada Media Fund
June 28, 2018
Nick Ayton interview about the Blockchain technology reinventing the film and TV industry

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Tags: Blockchain, Cryptocurrency, Fintech

Interview with Blockchain Thought Leader Nick Ayton
IntelligentHQ
June 05, 2018
Dinis Guarda interviews Nick Ayton a leading Blockchain thought leader...summer 2018

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ICOs Have Entered Intensive Care
Cointelegraph
December 10, 2017
Nick Ayton article in Cointelegraph on ICO's

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According to Key European Regulator, ICOs Could be Derivative Activities
Cointelegraph
November 16, 2017
Regulation in Blockchain and Crypto by Nick Ayton

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Tags: Blockchain, Cryptocurrency

The Movement Economy: How Appcoins Will Change Traditional Industries
Cointelegraph
October 30, 2017
Nick Ayton article in CoinTelegraph on Appcoins...

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Why Bitcoin will hit $1trillion Mkt Cap...
Cointelegraph
October 19, 2017
Nick Ayton article in Cointelegraph why Bitcoin and crypto will hit $1trillion MktCap...

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ICOs Can’t Skirt Rules Forever, Must Become Compliant to Attract Big Money
Cointelegraph
October 10, 2017
Nick Ayton article on ICOs in Cointelegraph

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London Scene Round Up - Bitcoin Sustainability
Cointelegraph
September 27, 2017
Nick Ayton article in Cointelegraph discussing Bitcoin sustainability

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The Good, Bad and Ugly side of ICOs
Cointelegraph
September 23, 2017
Nick Ayton article in Cointelegraph discussing the Good, Bad and Ugly side of ICOs

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Great Time to Buy Bitcoin as “Unreliable Sources” from China Spook Markets
Cointelegraph
September 10, 2017
Nick Ayton article in Cointelegraph on how crypto whales can move markets and how in China they can influence price...

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Why Choosing Wrong ICO Platform Could Lead to Knock on Your Door at 3 am
Cointelegraph
August 26, 2017
Nick Ayton article on ICOs in Cointelegraph...as founders were pushing the limit of regs and legitimacy

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ICOs Take Centre Stage, But Current Crop of ICO Platforms Unsuitable
Cointelegraph
August 20, 2017
Nick Ayton article in Cointelegraph discussing Initial Coin Offering platforms...

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London Scene RoundUp: Filecoin Gets Noticed, SpartaCoin Helps You Battle, Sweatcoins Make You Workout, and Trezor Gets Hacked
Cointelegraph
August 20, 2017
Nick Ayton London scene RoundUp crypto and Blockchain space in Cointelegraph, and the hunt for Satoshi...

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The real story behind Bitcoin price volatility
Cointelegraph
July 20, 2017
Nick Ayton article in Cointelegraph looks at how BTC prices is influenced.

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London Scene Round Up: Ethereum Meetup, Criminal Coin ICO & Satoshi in Wimbledon
Cointelegraph
July 17, 2017
Nick Ayton London scene round up article for Cointelegraph, criminalcoi, hunt for satoshi...

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Tags: Blockchain, Cryptocurrency

Are Boys With Midas Touch About To Make Move On ICO Market?
Cointelegraph
July 13, 2017
Nick Ayton article for Cointelegraph

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Stop try to kill my ICO
Cointelegraph
July 10, 2017
Nick Ayton article on approaching regulations and ICOs for Cointelegraph

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Why doesn't America hate crypto so much...
Cointelegraph
July 09, 2017
Nick Ayton article for Cointelegraph discussing US regs coming down hard on crypto and Bitcoin

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Tags: Blockchain, Cryptocurrency

Blockchain Will Drain Hollywood Swamp, Breaking Glass Ceiling
Cointelegraph
May 20, 2017
Nick Ayton article for Cointelegraph, why Blockchain will help drain the Hollywood swamp.

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WannaCry Ransomware: US-Led Ploy to Discredit Bitcoin?
Cointelegraph
May 16, 2017
Nick Ayton article for Cointelegraph investigates if US is behind WannaCry to damage Bitcoin

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Gibraltar Now Most Progressive Center in EU: London Scene Roundup
Cointelegraph
May 10, 2017
Nick Ayton article for Cointelegraph discussing regulatory territories supporting crypto

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London Gets Hacked, Banks Up To Stuff: Nick Ayton Reports
Cointelegraph
May 01, 2017
Nick Ayton article for Cointelegraph on london hacks...

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Crypto Capital Markets To Save Mankind From New Global Financial Storm
Cointelegraph
April 15, 2017
Nick Ayton article in Cointelegraph discussing the emergence of crypto capital markets...

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Ethereum Smart Contracts At Heart of Next TV Revolution: 21M Story
Cointelegraph
April 08, 2017
Nick Ayton article for Cointelegraph about the next TV revolution using smart contracts.

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Blockchain Mormons, ICOs, Aliens, Football: London Scene Round Up
Cointelegraph
April 05, 2017
Nick Ayton article in Cointelegraph discussing Mormons and London Scene round up...

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Bitcoin Unlimited, Hard Fork, New ICOs, Satoshi in London Scene Roundup
Cointelegraph
March 24, 2017
Nick Ayton Article for Cointelegraph London Scene roundup

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London Scene Roundup: Japanese investors, ICO snapshots, Satoshi Moving Bitcoin Price
Cointelegraph
March 13, 2017
Nick Ayton London Scene roundup for cointelegraph

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London Scene Round Up: PutinCoin vs. TrumpCoin, Satoshi’s Pedicure & More
Cointelegraph
February 26, 2017
Nick Ayton article in Cointelegraph - London scene round up

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Ethereum-Based Humaniq To Deliver Banking 4.0 to 2 Bln Unbanked
Cointelegraph
February 23, 2017
Nick Ayton article for Cointelegraph discussing a solution for the unbanked

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Gaming Meets Ethereum To Deliver Zero House Edge, Trust to Online Casinos
Cointelegraph
February 21, 2017
Nick Ayton article in Cointelegraph discusses how Blockchain can make online gambling fairer removing the house edge...

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Anatomy of ICO For Blockchain Investors and Entrepreneurs
Cointelegraph
February 17, 2017
Nick Ayton article for Cointelegraph discussion the anatomy of an ICO

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London Scene round up Joe Lubin reaches far...
Cointelegraph
February 07, 2017
Nick Ayton for Cointelegraph discusses Joe Lubin and Consensys commitments...

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Big Boys Club: The Tale of Blockchain, Reinsurance, B3i and Dispute of 9/11 Aircraft
Cointelegraph
February 06, 2017
Nick Ayton article discusses R3 and reinsurance market for Cointelegraph.

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Blockchain to Disrupt Balance of Power in TV, Music and Film Industry
Cointelegraph
February 06, 2017
Nick Ayton article for Cointelegraph discusses the change in the balance of power in the music industry brogue by Blockchaon

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Why Company Directors Must Prioritize Blockchain
Innovation Enteprise
January 30, 2017
Nick Ayton article for Innovation Enterprise - Why Company Directors Must Prioritize Blockchain

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Tags: Blockchain, Cryptocurrency, Fintech

Digital by Design
Innovation Enterprise
January 30, 2017
Nick Ayton explores digital using design thinking

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Tags: Change Management, Design Thinking, Digital Disruption

London Scene Roundup: Most Sexy ICOs, Blockchain-upon-Thames and Irishmen
Cointelegraph
January 28, 2017
Nick Ayton article for Cointelegraph London Scene round up - hunt for Satoshi

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Trading Guru Ernie Chan Workshop Uses Bitcoin Exchange Gemini
Cointelegraph
January 26, 2017
Nick Ayton article for Cointelegraph interviews Bitcoin Exchange guru Ernie Chan

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What Blockchain Skills Are In High Demand: Digital Headhunter
Cointelegraph
January 26, 2017
Nick Ayton article for Cointelegraph discusses digital skills shortages...

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IoT, Smart Contracts Focus of Blockchain Expo London 2017
Cointelegraph
January 25, 2017
Nick Ayton article for Cointelegraph discussing London Blockchain Scene. Blockchain Expo where Nick chaired the event.

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Bitcoin Price Set to Shoot Up As Chinese Devaluation, Trump Takeover May Cause Massive Bitcoin Buy
Cointelegraph
January 19, 2017
Nick Ayton article discusses Chinese devaluation and Trump impact on BTC BUY

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London Scene Roundup: Bitcoin’s Ups & Downs, Assange, Lightning Alpha, Satoshi, Blockchain Talents Scarce
Cointelegraph
January 14, 2017
Nick Ayton for Cointelegraph discusses Boobcoin and finds Satoshi

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Using Ethereum, ChronoBank Aims to Become Uber of Recruitment
Cointelegraph
January 14, 2017
Nick Ayton article for Cointelegraph discusses selling time tokens...

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Lightning Strikes More Than Once: Alpha Release Available
Cointelegraph
January 12, 2017
Nick Ayton for Cointelegraph discusses the arrival; and performance of Lightning

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Blockchain-Based ArtChain Looks to Clean up Murky Business of Buying and Selling Art
Cointelegraph
January 12, 2017
Nick Ayton article in Cointelegraph explore using Blockchain for art provenance

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London Scene Last 2016 Roundup: Insurance Markets Embrace Blockchain, Satoshi Spotted
Cointelegraph
December 30, 2016
Nick Ayton article for Cointelegraph finds Satoshi hiding in London...

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London Scene Roundup: Ether Death, Vampire Coven, Bitcoin Witness Protection Program
Cointelegraph
December 26, 2016
Nick Ayton article for Cointelegraph finds Vampire coven in London and death by either...

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Bringing In and Breaking Out: 10 Bitcoin and Blockchain Predictions for 2017
Cointelegraph
December 21, 2016
Nick Ayton aka Sage of shoreditch writes for Cointelegraph on Bringing In and Breaking Out: 10 Bitcoin and Blockchain Predictions for 2017

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London Scene Roundup: Christmas Crypto, Sex, Satoshi and VoyeurCoin
Cointelegraph
December 19, 2016
Nick Ayton article in Cointelegraph finds sex, christmas coin and satoshi all in London

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As ECB Embraces Blockchain, Bank of England Chooses Wait and See Approach
Cointelegraph
December 11, 2016
Nick Ayton writes for Cointelegraph As ECB Embraces Blockchain, Bank of England Chooses Wait and See Approach

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Offshore Services Providers Are To Be Wiped Out by Blockchain
Cointelegraph
December 08, 2016
Nick Ayton explores for Cointelegraph whether outsourcing businesses will be wiped out by Blockchain

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Blockchain’s Perfect Storm: Removing Money Laundering from Financial System
Cointelegraph
December 07, 2016
Nick Ayton explores Bitcoin money laundering for Cointelegraph

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Asian TV May Become the Next Industry To Embrace Bitcoin, Giving Viewers Control
Cointelegraph
December 02, 2016
Nick Ayton writers for Cointelegraph after attending Asian TV awards the impact of Blockchain

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Initial Coin Offerings: How To Distinguish Between Good, Bad and Ugly
Cointelegraph
November 28, 2016
Nick Ayton article in Cointelegraph looking at good, bad and ugly side of crypto

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Bitcoin Community Cracking Down On Money Laundering And Fraud
Innovation Enterprise
November 28, 2016
Nick Ayton writes for Innovation Enterprise

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Big Banks Scrambled To Jump On R3, Will They Scramble To Get Out Now?
Cointelegraph
November 25, 2016
Nick Ayton for Cointelegraph explores R3 Corda consortium

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5 Things About Bitcoin You May Find Confusing
Innovation Enterprise
November 25, 2016
Nick Ayton writes for Innovation Enterprise

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Cryptocurrencies with Conscience Pave Way Into Machine 2 Machine World
Cointelegraph
November 20, 2016
Nick Ayton for Cointelegraph discusses the opportunity for micro payments in a M2M world

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In the Blockchain Game, Reaction Time is a Fundamental Competitive Advantage
Cointelegraph
November 20, 2016
Nick Ayton article in Cointelegraph In the Blockchain Game, Reaction Time is a Fundamental Competitive Advantage

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Seven Reasons Why Investment in Blockchain Has Slipped
Cointelegraph
November 20, 2016
Nick Ayton discusses slow down in blockchain investments...for Cointelegraph

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The Five Most Confusing Things About Bitcoin That Hold Back Its Adoption
Cointelegraph
November 17, 2016
Nick Ayton looks at the confusion behind Bitcoin for Cointelegraph

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Why ICO Landscape Has Shifted From ‘Bootstrapped’ Projects
Cointelegraph
November 13, 2016
Cointelegraph article by Nick Ayton on ICOs

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7 Myths About Blockchain
Innovation Enterprise
October 28, 2016
Nick Ayton writes about the 7 Myths about Blockchain

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Fork Off’ Blockchain
Innovation Enterprise
September 29, 2016
Nick Ayton explores the recent forks in the Blockchain community

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Blockchain Returns Trust
Innovation Enteprise
September 15, 2016
Nick Ayton explores the 'trust protocol'...for Innovation Enterprise

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50 Shades of Blockchain
Innovation Enteprise
August 31, 2016
Nick Ayton explores the various choice of Blockchain, pros and cons...

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Global Custody Is About To Face Its Nemesis: Blockchain
Innovation Enterprise
August 15, 2016
Nick Ayton explores how global custody will be reshaped by Blockchain

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Blockchain Means The End Of Asset Management As We Know It
Innovation Enterprise
July 29, 2016
Nick Ayton predicts the end of Asset Management as Blockchain smart contracts automates the entire sector.

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Blockchain goes mainstream
Innovation Enteprise
July 25, 2016
Nick Ayton foretells Blockchain is about to go mainstream

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Blockchain Is Going To Destroy Your Industry And Take You With It
Innovation Enterprise
July 15, 2016
Nick Ayton writes about how Blockchain will transform entire industries.

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Ignoring Blockchain Is Corporate Suicide
Innovation Enterprise
July 07, 2016
Nick Ayton explores why ignoring Blockchain is corporate suicide.

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Why asset managers need to adapt to avoid extinction
Innovation Enterprise
May 15, 2016
Nick Ayton explores for Innovation enterprise why Asset managers remain exposed...

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The Real Fear In Business Is Fear Of Being Uber-rized
Innovation Enterprise
April 05, 2016
The real fear of being Uberised explains Nick Ayton

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What Are The Rules For building Customer Experiences in a Digital World?
Innovation Enterprise
April 04, 2016
Nick Ayton explores the world of digital business models...

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Why ICO’s Are Laying The Foundation To Capital Markets 2.0
Innovation Enterprise
February 16, 2016
Nick Ayton writes about crypto capital markets in Innovation Enterprise

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2 Miscellaneouss
First Crypto funded TV series
You Tube
October 16, 2019
promo pilot for the first crypto funded TV Series Filmed and screened in London

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Opinion Piece: Bezos debacle-What Lessons Can Be Learnt From Tezos ICO Debacle
Cointelegraph
October 22, 2017
Cointelegraph article: What Lessons Can Be Learnt From Tezos ICO Debacle opinion piece by Nick Ayton

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3 Panels
Blockchain Week Pyeonchang South Korea
You Tube
February 04, 2019
Nick Ayton was invited to advise South Korea by the government in 2019. This extract covers chairing an ICO pitch competition where the audience can invest LIVE using airdrop.

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Panel discussion state of Cryptocurrencies
CC Forum London 2018
October 28, 2018
Panel Talk: Alex Carter Silk, Ray Hindi, Steve Kelso. Moderated by Nick Ayton

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AIM 2018 - Plenary Session 2 - Understanding the Promise of Blockchain
Annual Investment Meeting AIM congress 2018
June 20, 2018
Annual Investment Meeting 2018 - Planery Session discussing Blockchain The session represented by stakeholders of the Blockchain community discussed various functions and areas including Currencies, Tokens and Smart Contracting. Richard Teng, CEO of Abu Dhabi Global Markets with Nick Ayton and Henric von Sheel.

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23 Podcasts
Quantum Realms Podcast with Nick Ayton
You Tube
March 07, 2021
Understanding Quantum Computing, why the hype, what's all the fuss about, why is there so much attention and investment on this new technology...

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Quantum Realms Podcast with Nick Ayton Episode 2
You Tube
March 07, 2021
Understanding Quantum Computing, why the hype, what's all the fuss about, why is there so much attention and investment on this new technology...

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Quantum Realms Podcast with Nick Ayton Episode 3
You Tube
March 07, 2021
Understanding Quantum Computing, why the hype, what's all the fuss about, why is there so much attention and investment on this new technology...

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Quantum realms Podcast with Nick Ayton Episode 5
You Tube
March 07, 2021
Understanding Quantum Computing, why the hype, what's all the fuss about, why is there so much attention and investment on this new technology...

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Quantum Realms Podcast with Nick Ayton Episode 6
You Tube
March 07, 2021
Understanding Quantum Computing, why the hype, what's all the fuss about, why is there so much attention and investment on this new technology...

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Quantum Realms podcast with Nick Ayton Episode 7
You Tube
March 07, 2021
Understanding Quantum Computing, why the hype, what's all the fuss about, why is there so much attention and investment on this new technology...

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Quantum Realms Podcast with Nick Ayton Episode 8
You Tube
March 07, 2021
Understanding Quantum Computing, why the hype, what's all the fuss about, why is there so much attention and investment on this new technology...

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Quantum Realms Podcast with Nick Ayton Episode 9
You Tube
March 07, 2021
Understanding Quantum Computing, why the hype, what's all the fuss about, why is there so much attention and investment on this new technology...

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Quantum Realms Podcast with Nick Ayton Episode 10
You Tube
March 07, 2021
Understanding Quantum Computing, why the hype, what's all the fuss about, why is there so much attention and investment on this new technology...

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qUANTUM REALMS PODCAST WITH Nick Ayton EPISODE 11
You Tube
March 07, 2021
Understanding Quantum Computing, why the hype, what's all the fuss about, why is there so much attention and investment on this new technology...

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Quantum Realms Podcast with Nick Ayton Episode 12
You Tube
March 07, 2021
Understanding Quantum Computing, why the hype, what's all the fuss about, why is there so much attention and investment on this new technology...

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Quantum Realms Podcast with Nick Ayton Episode 13
You Tube
March 07, 2021
Understanding Quantum Computing, why the hype, what's all the fuss about, why is there so much attention and investment on this new technology...

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Quantum Realms Podcast with Nick Ayton Episode 14
You Tube
March 07, 2021
Understanding Quantum Computing, why the hype, what's all the fuss about, why is there so much attention and investment on this new technology...

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Quantum Realms podcast with Nick Ayton Episode 15
You Tube
March 07, 2021
Understanding Quantum Computing, why the hype, what's all the fuss about, why is there so much attention and investment on this new technology...

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Quantum Realms Podcast with Nick Ayton Episode (15)
You Tube
March 07, 2021
Understanding Quantum Computing, why the hype, what's all the fuss about, why is there so much attention and investment on this new technology...

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Quantum Realms podcast with Nick Ayton Episode 16
You Tube
March 07, 2021
Understanding Quantum Computing, why the hype, what's all the fuss about, why is there so much attention and investment on this new technology...

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Quantum Realms podcast with Nick Ayton Episode 17
You Tube
March 07, 2021
Understanding Quantum Computing, why the hype, what's all the fuss about, why is there so much attention and investment on this new technology...

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Quantum realms podcast with Nick Ayton Episode 18
You Tube
March 07, 2021
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Quantum Realms - the fuss, hype and real story behind Quantum Computing
Podbeam
March 04, 2021
Nick Ayton looks at Quantum Computing, the stories, the hype, the myths and basics of this new pervasive and extraordinary technology.

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Quantum Computing Insights
SiliconDocks.news
November 30, 2020
Nick Ayton shares his insights into Quantum Comouting and other Deep technologies.

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Irish Tech News Podcast - Introduction to Quantum Computing
Irish Tech News
November 30, 2020
Simon Cocking Interviews - Nick Ayton as a soft introduction to Quantum Computing. Nick is at the cutting edge of Quantum Computing and discusses the implications for what is a pervasive and somewhat dangerous technology.

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The Future of Quantum Computing
ThinkTech
November 03, 2020
Nick Ayton Chairs the live event sponsored by the Ministry of Science and Technology in KSA.

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Mad4Digital Emerging Tech Talks
MAd4Digital
March 06, 2019
Nick Ayton Interview Mad4Digital with Donovan Whyte

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2 Speaking Engagements
Nick Ayton outside the NYSE
You Tube
February 15, 2019
Blockchain evangelist was in NTC to chair the Blockchain Summit. Giving his thoughts on Wall Street

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Nick Ayton discusses the IMF in DC
You Tube
February 11, 2019
Nick Ayton a Blockchain evangelist and thought leader outside the IMF.

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1 Visiting Lecturer
Blockchain Advisor South Korean Government
You Tube
January 04, 2019
In 2019 Nick Ayton was appointed to become an adviser to the South Korean government and made the long trip to Pyeongchang

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1 Webinar
Webinar On Innovations In Quantum Optics And Quantum Computing
Quantum Optics
May 23, 2020
Nick Ayton works ate the forefront of Photonic Quantum processing...shares his views and opinions

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1 Webinar
Developing an Effective Sales Operating Model with Nick Ayton
Sandler Training
March 26, 2016
Discussing with the worlds foremost sales trainer Marcus Cauchi what makes an effective sales operating model.

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The SolarWinds hack - the debate and recriminations rages on…
Thinkers360
March 04, 2021

As the recrimination and fingers pointing continues, the theatre surrounding the Solarwinds hack shows why we need to move beyond Passwords. Yes you heard it here - Passwords, are the problem.
Are we really surprised these types of hacks take place? The average hack remains undetected for 220 days or more… I will also postulate those intent on stealing your information assets are already on the inside, - the sleeping enemy within.
Whilst the precise details of the SolarWinds attack may never be know it is clear a catastrophic event happened. A critical collapse at every level of security. Or was it? Given the lessons from Sandworm attacks on US national infrastructure were themselves simple in approach and execution. Create a beachhead, a cascade strategy - get further inside, hide, gather and distribute, then spread the infectious malware far and wide, and keep repeating.
It is always interesting to me to witness how large businesses, government agencies and national infrastructure work with cyber security firms. In this case the compromise ( a sunburst) was directed against the Orion development environment, highlights the sheer scale of the vulnerability, and how inadequate any cyber security systems really is.
Will the Solarwinds attack become the new poster boy for the hacking community, whether state sponsored or frustrated opportunist given the amount of mayhem that it created? How sophisticated was the SolarWinds attack? Not very, but it was genius thinking. They way in, a compromised User Account - Password, created a small gap through which a malware was injected. The new patch on a development system distributed to all users and systems to make things more secure, was the issue. Compromising a software update, the Cyber Security software was going to deploy. The perfect crime - the defenders unknowingly compromising their own systems! Don’t you just love it.
Every hacker is wishing they thought of it - injecting malware into a trusted SolarWinds software update, the hackers were able to remain undetected, across the entire user network for months and months without detection. We may never know how long they were on the inside.
Once on the inside the hackers compromised and collected all users identity access rights, secure tokens to keep unlocking systems, even the heavily encrypted ones. I bet the hackers couldn’t believe their luck. A simple intrusion strategy that manifested in seeing and knowing everything. Happy days!
The way in? Point of least resistance - human frailties, mistakes, stupidity and cross use of apps, mixing social and business activities from a single device, moving from one to another while keeping everything logged in. Or was it the generic password sent with the Orion update, or was it as part of an automated software update, where Admin Rights handled global decision making? Or was it a case of get inside, find the server or user areas that hold all of the passwords, an old ploy.
The strategy was clearly those of a rogue state, given the size of the opportunity an ‘update server’ that supports thousands of high-security organisations that in this instance included the US Departments of Defence, Homeland Security and other core functions - all at once.
The question remains do cyber security companies ‘eat their own dog food’ and would we know? We can be sure based on similar hacks, the developer or engineer preparing the distribution of the ‘patch’ to gain access to the Orion update server was likely to be ‘SolarWinds123’? Maybe not? I would still have a small wager on this one…
The common theme - 90% of hacks use old fashioned Passwords. The root cause of most security issues and the people Passwords are attached to, especially now we have 90% of the people outside the company infrastructure working from home. Indeed the SolarWinds’ CEO confirmed ‘the Office 365 environment was the likely first breach, to gain access to employee email accounts opening the door wide open to the Orion systems development server, from which new code could be distributed unchallenged’.
Eventually the CEO Sudhakar Ramakrishna mentioned in a blog “We’ve confirmed that a SolarWinds email account was compromised and used to programmatically access accounts of targeted SolarWinds personnel in business and technical roles,” he continues “By compromising credentials of SolarWinds employees, the threat actors were able to gain access to and exploit our Orion development environment.” Attack the bodyguard, of the bodyguard…
What has made the Solarwinds hack more interesting, it emerged hackers were covering their attacks, in a sense walking back over their steps, removing fingerprints and deleting any evidence they were there (in the system) at all. All this without the use of Quantum AI systems?

The next evolution of threat is shapeshifting code, that hides. If detected copies itself, moves, destroys itself, or fragments. All this one did was disguise itself as one of the good guys, piggybacking on the good guys system. A free pass.
Could this hack have been prevented? One of my cients is a leader in Post-Quantum Encryption, a business called PostQuantum Ltd who work with encryption that even the most powerful Quantum Machines cannot breech. There are no excuses. The technology exists to defend against these threats.

The Post-Quantum Ltd company develops open source algorithms for quantum-safe public key encryption, not only removing the primary quantum threat but also securing what we have today. A simple relatively inexpensive overlay. The second level ‘braces’, the one that really holds your trousers up, not the belt for show, that keeps things neat a tidy and stops the ugly bits leaking.

The bad actors is not just the hacker, but also the use of Passwords themselves, as Users become bad actors, part of the crime due to laziness, stupidity and ignorance. Passwords are a poor 20th century concept that implicates everyone and makes everyone a target. As soon as a single password or a single user is compromised, the entire infrastructure is deemed open, vulnerable, and every security system rendered worthless.

Two things are important. Validating who or what is at each end of the network, and the content being sent has trusted data/information that hasn’t already been infected. The team at Post-Quantum Ltd insist in order to defend the enterprise the identity has to be confirmed biometrically, a PASSWORDLESS envrionment. Quick, secure biometric checks for logging in to all applications, delivered as a cloud or in-house ‘on-prem’ service. Eliminating the primary vulnerability the person and the password - stolen credentials, the source of circa 80% of hacks today.

Even with 2FA (two factor authentication in place), a breached Office 365 email account may still have allowed an attacker to gain entry with the users phone or message services (IMessage) going visibility of the 2FA code sent to the device, as the issue remains - Who is it? The addition of the Second Factor is no longer enough. The Post-Quantum team mention again the only way for authentication to work is when access credentials are tied biometrically to the individual, and doesnt become a best kept shared secret existing in more than one place like a password, pin code or record of a fingerprint scan that are transferable.

Identifying who is in your network beyond reasonable doubt, man and/or machine. Then validate what exactly is being sent down the pipe, across the network. The Solarwinds hacks demonstrates the new security patch was probably already infected. Unfortunately biometrics has had a ‘bad wrap’ - solutions can be expensive and also tied to a validation point centrally or on each device, as biometric files can be large, making them harder to work with and not able to be sent efficiently, maybe unless ‘hashed’ to a secure Blockchain, using a zero trust protocol.

How to validate Who, having seen the recent Tom Cruise Deep Fake messages going around, true authentication is often dependent on independent corroborative checking. But it gets worse as all trust evaporates as soon as a users mobile phone is compromised, lost or stolen. This is because the hackers toolkit makes it easy for them to re-trace fingerprints, facial recognition (re-facing to replace or bypass the user) from what is already stored on the device. The Founder at Post-Quantum - Andersen Chang confirms the right solution solves issues using a biometric check from a trusted third party, a form of multi-party consensus, enabling the user to login from any device and location they choose.

Each device has an identity - IAM and with passwords and even face recognition seemingly validating Who is it really remains a grey area. From an enterprise or large organisation (government) perspective there is no appetite to replace the current infrastructure, as lots of people who have signed off big expenditure will have ‘egg on face’, instead it is possible to add the ‘braces’ (new layer), a set of standards like OpenID Connect already exists.

Replacing SolarWinds password with a simple facial scan, combined with ‘three line voice’ check, before they could access the Orion system, but mostly before the firm’s employees accessed its Microsoft 365 environment. Whilst one can always speculate after the event, a take a superior position of - ‘if only’ there is a strong case that suggests eliminating Passwords and replace this with password less biometric validation would have most likely prevented the breech. We now have to move beyond static and transferable credentials for authentication and non-repudiation, the infamous Password, that hackers take great pleasure, similar to the team at Bletchley Park, solving the puzzle .

However we can take this even further for mission critical “cannot fail” infrastructure such as defence, critical national infrastructure and core capital markets infrastructure. In this scenario the authentication, the key is a segregation of duties that control parts of the biometric and device landscape. Separating access rights, from entry rights, from supervisors and admin rights. A rogue nation state may still have the resources and capabilities to compromise even this, but unlikely.

The obvious solution - a cryptographically based multi-party approval would be ideal as in the SolarWinds case, where above all else a critical update (software patch) cannot leave the sender, the source - unless a quorum of supervisors and permission have been released. Whilst these may seem unnecessary, as they say in Aliens when they decide to take off and new the Aliens that have assumed control of the facility from space “Its the only way to be sure”!


Author: Nick Ayton
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Nick Ayton is a leading deep technology influencer and thought leader who operates at the forefront of AI, Blockchain, Quantum Computing and is involved in projects that include Quantum Photonic Silicon Processing, real time 3D rendering, Post Quantum Cryptography... A sought after speaker and strategist, he founded Chainstarter Ventures that helps entrepreneurs capital from Family Offices. The business focuses on the middle east and assists with capital raising, business development and market entry. Having spent 45 years in technology, founded several tech startup he is a prolific writer and is making a TV Series that is set against the backdrop ion the existential risk of AI and race for supremacy between Russian, China and USA.

Based on public information on Solarwinds Hack and insight from Post Quantum Ltd
CEO Andersen Chang.





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