Inclusive FinTech: Blockchain, Cryptocurrency and ICO

Authors : David Kuo Chuen Lee (Singapore University of Social Sciences, Singapore) and Linda Low (Singapore University of Social Sciences, Singapore)

Publisher : World Scientific

ISBN : 978-981-3238-63-3 (Hardcover), 978-981-3272-76-7 (Softcover)

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Cryptocurrency market has been growing fast since its emergence in recent years. Moreover, digital finance has forged the convergence of profit motives with social objectives creating a class of large FinTech companies. In addition, the underlying technology innovation may be applied to a wide range of industries, not limited to financial sector. Yet, few researches have been done to study these phenomena. Hence, it is the task of this book to shed light on the introduction and trends in FinTech, blockchain and token sales.

Richly illustrated with original lecture slides taught by the authors, Inclusive FinTech: Blockchain, Cryptocurrency and ICO hopes to dispel the many misconceptions about blockchain and cryptocurrencies (especially bitcoin, Initial Crypto-Token Offering or ICO), as well as the idea that businesses can be sustainable without a social dimension going forward. With comprehensive coverage given to the FinTech scene in Asia, it is targeted at those who are searching for business opportunities. Most important of all, this book seeks to change the mindset of a whole new generation that is familiar with digital economy and yearns for a more just and equitable world.
Prof. David LEE Kuo Chuen, founder of several companies including California-based Left Coast, Singapore's Ferrell Group and BlockAsset. He is a non-executive director of two listed companies. He is the founding investor in Zcash, Qtum and a few other blockchain companies. He is an advisor to Financial Inclusion Institute, and was the Director of the Sim Kee Boon Institute for Financial Economics at the Singapore Management University. He graduated with BSc, MSc and PhD from the London School of Economics and Political Science. He was the Group Managing Director of OUE and Auric Pacific. He founded and managed one of the most successful hedge funds in 1998 for property investment in Asia with several commercial buildings and more than 100 units of residential units. He founded Premium Land and was the property developer for Ferrell Residences, a high-end 24-storey residential building in 2006. His operation and managing experience includes F&B, manufacturing, hospitality, hedge funds, stockbroking, property management, property development, REITs, medical plastic components, listing and de-listing of companies, start-ups and multinationals. He is the editor and an author of the American Library Association Outstanding Award Reference Book titled Digital Currency by Elsevier and the LASIC model for scalable technology companies. He has been nominated by Internal Consulting Group as a Global Thought Leader for Fintech and Blockchain.

Linda LOW is currently Associate Professor in Singapore University of Social Sciences, Business School. She was previously Associate Professor, National University of Singapore, in both Economics Department and Business School. She was Economic Advisor, Abu Dhabi Government, 2008–2012. Her research interests and publications include public sector economics and public policy, human resources development, education and health economics, international trade and regionalism, and regional economies in Asia-Pacific and Middle East. She has consulted for Singapore ministries and private sectors, as well as for Asian Development Bank, United Nations Economic and Social Commission for the Asia-Pacific, International Labour Organization, among others.
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