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Open your mind to the possibilities of crypto

02 February 2018

With more people than ever to live an ever-greater proportion of their lives in crypto, online gamers who use these currencies can be some of the stickiest around. John Caldwell, director of advocacy at the Isle of Man-based Double C foundation, explains what it takes to rework a disused crypto-currency so it’s fit for purpose in 2018, and why the gaming industry should open its mind to the possibilities of crypto.

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ICE Cool Coverage

24 February 2017

I have just returned from a hectic schedule at ICE, one of the biggest e-Gaming summits in the world. ICE 2017 brought together a collection of the world’s top firms and jurisdictions to share ideas, learn from one another, make new connections and ultimately develop new business opportunities.

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Movers, shakers, relocators

27 September 2016

The introduction of work permit exemptions for ICT professionals was a great step forward for the Isle of Man and demonstrates how a flexible Government can really work for the economy. In the ICT sector, we need additional digital expertise and we need it now. The result of the ICT work permit exemption is that recruitment for ICT positions on the Island is now a faster and smoother process with minimal red tape from Government. This means that the rapidly growing ICT sector can get the right skills in the right jobs right now. Ultimately, growing our base of taxpayers and the workforce contributing to the Island is in the public interest for the long term development of our thriving economy.

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Knowledge is Currency - ISLEXPO 2016

25 April 2016

It’s all go at the moment here at the Department of Economic Development. The Enterprise Development Scheme (EDS) is now live with our new appointed Fund Manager – SPARK Impact, and we are already seeing a lot of quality interest from various sized companies from all different sectors and locations. All this is very promising for the Isle of Man’s economy… and busy for us!

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Is Banking About to Have its Social Media Moment?

01 April 2016

In my previous blogs I have written about the importance of the millennial generation and how this group is changing the face of wealth management. This is this very same generation that is driving technological change in the fintech space (where finance meets technology). Not only does this generation not see a traditional bank branch in their future, they expect banks to provide them with state of the art products and services they demand. This is, in many cases, at odds with what the traditional banks think they can sell to this market segment.

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Women in Tech: Part 2

29 February 2016

In the first part of my blog I was looking at the issues facing women in tech, in particular that of culture and education.

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When all the Hype is gone….

24 February 2016

If you haven't been aware of the international levels of excitement around Blockchain in the last few years you may have been living in a parallel universe!

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Data... The New Asset Class

12 February 2016

Our increasing reliance on data is causing it to evolve into a progressively valuable asset that needs effective protection. Unfortunately we are seeing a few stories in the news about data being hacked, or worse, stolen, meaning the need for exceptional protection is on the rise.

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Women in Tech: Part 1

01 February 2016

As a female myself working in the e-business tech world. I can openly say it is a male dominated industry, although the male to female ratio is slowly decreasing there is still a large segregation between the two sexes.

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The largest spectator sport you’ve never heard of...

23 November 2015

Since the beginning of summer, industry commentators seem to have fallen in love with 'omni-channel' & 'big data', and the ritual hubbub surrounding M&A activity has been stealing the headlines. However, there's been a strong undercurrent of activity taking place in one of the world’s largest spectator sports, yet it seems to have gone almost unnoticed - hiding in plain sight.

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Player Protection in the Casino

13 August 2015

It’s been a few weeks now since I returned from my annual pilgrimage to the home of arguably the most significant event in any Poker players’ calendar – the World Series of Poker (WSOP). This year however, rather than pitting my wits in the ‘Main Event’ I elected to play in some of the smaller tournaments.

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Marketing the Destination not its sectors

26 June 2015

Tourism, or the ‘visitor economy’ as it’s better known these days has, over the last few decades, been seen by some as the poor relation to its Finance Industry counterpart. Bringing in 1.2% in terms of Gross National Income in comparison to 34% Finance, (the largest income generator to Isle of Man Government) it’s no wonder the Visitor Economy has lacked the profile of newer industries such as e-Business and ICT.

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What on earth was I thinking?

10 June 2015

It wasn't just moving back to the Isle of Man, but also my move from the Private to Public sector that made many people ask me “why…?”

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Vision 2020 – A clear picture of the Island’s economy

08 May 2015

Just over a year ago the Isle of Man Government released Vision2020, a comprehensive new strategy that looked to outline the Island’s plans to achieve growth and sustainable development for the future. I want to look at the progression of the strategy and some of the achievements one year on.

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Reduce wealth to pure data and transmit it round the world cost-free!

05 February 2015

I guess everyone is talking about the Coinbase news and the eye-watering valuations being ascribed to new businesses in the crypto space. Coinbase has just raised $75 million and is now backed by NYSE and the BBVA banking group. Crypto is indeed going mainstream!

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What a difference a year makes…

26 January 2015

ICE 2014 took place during a strike of workers on the London Underground. On the first morning 17,000 visitors flooded through the gates to see over 500 exhibitors. The buzz around the floor was mainly about the proposed UK gaming regulations and how these would affect our industry.

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Isle of Man - the new world capital of Crypto 2.0

31 October 2014

I previously wrote about the development of the digital payments and digital currency space in the Isle of Man and the technological infrastructure that supports this. As we look to the future we see many new exciting opportunities growing from this base.

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Crypto Valley Summit creates a real Bitcoin Buzz…

24 September 2014

For many of the 80 plus C-level executives from digital currency companies that visited the Isle of Man last week, it was their first visit to our small rock in the Irish Sea. Judging from the response to the Crypto Valley Summit, this will be the first of many, and a large number of them will be establishing businesses here.

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Digital Currency: the new-age “disruption”

16 September 2014

One day before the inaugural Crypto Valley Summit (being held on the Isle of Man on 17-18 September this week) I thought I would reflect on how digital currency and the technology behind it is shaping the future of the Isle of Man and the wider world.

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Marketing – it’s just common sense, right?

29 August 2014

I’m feeling depressed this week. I stumbled across a couple of articles and one blog that stated that marketing is actually mainly just common sense.

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"Isle of Man? What's that then?"

23 May 2014

I had occasion to speak to a journalist a couple of weeks ago. She’s from the Isle of Man but works as a successful freelancer in London. She was saying that most don’t even know where it is! My tongue in cheek comment about standards slipping in the teaching of geography or, “have they ever watched the national weather forecast on TV and wondered what that big blob in the middle of the Irish Sea is between Ireland and England?”, didn't go down too well.

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ICE Survives, IOM Thrives!!!

07 February 2014

Despite the problems of the Tube strike, ICE attracted record crowds and the quality of the attendees at the Isle of Man stand surpassed all expectations. Representatives from all aspects of the gaming industry on the Island joined the Department of Economic Development and the Regulator to handle a record number of enquiries.

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The best of both worlds

09 January 2014

Chatting to friends who came back to the island from London for Christmas, we got onto the subject of commuting. Two hours of their day, every Monday to Friday, is taken up by travelling to and from their offices in London – that’s 10 hours a week, 40 hours a month or 440 hours a year (taking four weeks’ holiday into account) – and two hours a day is considered quite reasonable in London terms.

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DED host CEO of International Festival for Business

08 November 2013

We recently hosted Max Steinberg CBE on the Island. Max is the Chairman for the International Festival for Business 2014 and CEO of Liverpool Vision the organisers of the festival, which takes place in Liverpool in June and July next year.

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Notes from an “even smaller” island

15 October 2013

100 days into my new position on the Isle of Man and it is time to take a breath and reflect a little.

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