Category: Mark Williams

Startups pitch fast and furious at Biotech Showcase

January 14th, 2015 in 2015, Boston Globe, Mark Williams, Newsmakers, School of Management 0 comments

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Frank Reynolds stood before two dozen investors in a windowless conference room not much bigger than a closet Tuesday, talking about his 12-person Medford, Mass., startup and the nerve-blocking pain treatment that it is working on. He wasn’t lacking for confidence…

Expert quote:

“We call it the petri dish. It’s a real laboratory, below the radar. These are companies that feel they are at the core of what biotech is all about. They’re solving problems in life sciences.”

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Is bitcoin the wave of the future or a dangerous fad?

January 12th, 2015 in 2015, Mark Williams, McClatchy Newspapers, Newsmakers, School of Management 0 comments

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Mark Williams, School of Management

As customers ate lunch at a popular restaurant in Washington’s Adams Morgan neighborhood, few had any inkling they were on the front lines of an international monetary war that’s featured FBI raids, the Deep Web, allegations of money laundering and millions vanishing in a nanosecond…

Expert quote:

“The underlying technology has great potential, but I’m skeptical of the raw, unregulated, anonymous form of bitcoin. It avoids the controls that have been created by our banking system, and it’s void of consumer protections. If your ‘bitcoin wallet’ gets picked digitally, there’s no way to trace it back to the culprit. You’ve lost everything.”

Goldman, UBS Start Year With a Bang After Santander Fee Windfall

January 9th, 2015 in 2015, Bloomberg, Mark Williams, Newsmakers, School of Management 0 comments

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Mark Williams, School of Management

If the New Year’s resolution of Goldman Sachs Group Inc. (GS) and UBS Group AG (UBSG) was to secure the lead in 2015’s ranking of stock-sale underwriters, they may have pulled it off in record time…

Expert quote:

“Goldman Sachs and UBS both scored a major coup.”

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Bitcoin Boosters Want 2015 to Be the Cryptocurrency’s Year

January 8th, 2015 in 2015, Mark Williams, Newsmakers, School of Management 0 comments

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Mark Williams, School of Management

Bitcoin enthusiasts hope 2015 will be the year when a critical mass of people start using the virtual currency — but to achieve their goals, they need to convince new users to overlook plummeting bitcoin values, unsolved heists, and other scandals that tarnished the crypto-cash’s reputation in 2014…

Expert quote:

“There were a lot of promises, a lot of hype about bitcoin. But we’re at the point now that they have to demonstrate that they can deliver on their promises of cheaper, faster, and safer.”

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Bitcoin Exchange Bitstamp Suspends Services After Breach

January 6th, 2015 in 2015, Mark Williams, Newsmakers, School of Management, Wall Street Journal 0 comments

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Mark Williams, School of Management

One of the largest online bitcoin exchanges has temporarily suspended services after losing some 19,000 bitcoins ($5.1 million) in what the company said was a breach of its systems, reviving concerns about the security of the digital currency…

Expert quote:

“There were lots of claims made year and in 2013 that bitcoin was faster and safer and cheaper, but what we are learning increasingly is that maybe it isn’t safer.”

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Will 2015 be bitcoin’s year?

December 30th, 2014 in 2014, CNBC.com, Mark Williams, Newsmakers, School of Management 0 comments

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Mark Williams, School of Management

Technologists, financiers and ideologues predicted that 2014 would be bitcoin’s coming-out party, but the digital currency slipped more than 70 percent from the previous year’s high…

Expert quote:

“The reality is that btcoin is possibly not safer, possibly not cheaper, possibly not faster than other means of distributing money from point A to point B.”

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How Mt. Gox Debacle Won Over a Bitcoin Convert

December 1st, 2014 in 2014, Mark Williams, Newsmakers, School of Management, Wall Street Journal 0 comments

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One event that inspired venture capitalist Tim Draper to amass a huge stash of bitcoin was the same one that turned other investors away…

Expert quote:

“The probability of success is low, but if it does hit, the reward will be very large.”

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Bankers can soon cash-in on deferred recession era bonuses

December 1st, 2014 in 2014, Mark Williams, Newsmakers, School of Management 0 comments

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Mark Williams, School of Management

When it comes to bonuses, the waiting on Wall Street is about to pay off…

Expert quote:

“You’re going to see a deluge of bankers cashing out their restricted stock grants in the weeks ahead. These grants are deeply in the money.”

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How pensions make investing too complex

November 8th, 2014 in 2014, Fortune, Mark Williams, Newsmakers, School of Management 0 comments

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Mark Williams, School of Management

Pricey consultants have convinced many pension funds to pile into private equity, real estate and hedge funds, which don’t necessarily promise higher returns or long-term investing…

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Bank of America’s Surprise Profit Is Wiped Out Amid Currency Probes

November 7th, 2014 in 2014, Bloomberg, Mark Williams, Newsmakers, School of Management 0 comments

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Mark Williams, School of Management

Bank of America Corp. cut third-quarter earnings by $400 million, wiping out the surprise profit it reported last month, as the firm braced for the end of probes into foreign-exchange dealings…

Expert quote:

“The attributes that make a strong currency trader is someone who’s aggressive and takes advantage of opportunities. If controls are weak or not enforced properly, they’ll take advantage of weaknesses in the system.”

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