Category: Mark Williams

Italy’s approval of Monte dei Paschi deal raises new questions

Reuters Mark Williams, School of Management Italy’s Monte dei Paschi bank hoped to become a big player of European finance when it bought rival Antonveneta in 2007… Expert quote: “Bank regulators are always playing catch-up with the banks they are charged with regulating. Monte dei Paschi was a painful personal experience for Draghi. Now he, like […]

A priority list for fixing the MBTA

Boston Globe (subscription required) By Mark Williams, School of Management Our epic month of snowstorms has exposed Boston’s weakest link — the MBTA. Crisis planning, risk management, and communication were lacking; suspended, delayed, and reduced services infuriated commuters; loss of productivity and commerce has been staggering. But it can be silver-lining time for the T. […]

Bitcoin Exchange Highlights to Investors Currency’s Ability to Evade Sanctions

Washington Free Beacon Mark Williams, School of Management The most well-financed startup in the bitcoin industry boasted to investors that a major advantage of the electronic currency is that it can be used to flout international economic sanctions, according to an investor presentation obtained by theWashington Free Beacon… Expert quote: “Publicly, at least in writing, […]

A Nasdaq for Bitcoin: VICE News Interviews the Winklevoss Twins About the Future of Cryptocurrency

Vice News Mark Williams, School of Management It’s been more than six years since an anonymous developer created the cyber payment system and currency bitcoin, touted by users for its tenets of decentralization and anonymity… Expert quote: “One of the key ingredients of success with bitcoin is going to be building trust with regulators,” he […]

Bitcoin Scandals Increase Skepticism About Currency’s Trustworthiness Mark Williams, School of Management Even as mainstream awareness about bitcoin and its possibilities has grown over the past year, the digital currency’s volatility has become a cause of worry for investors… Expert quote: “Bitcoin is built with clay feet. It isn’t built with a focus on trust.” View full article

Startups pitch fast and furious at Biotech Showcase

Boston Globe (subscription required) Mark Williams, School of Management 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 […]