Navigating Frontier Tech – Episode 3 | FedNow | FSB Report | Kuwait Crypto Ban | EQIFi

In this episode

Jay Steinback, CEO & Founder of yWhales, Zemfira Khisaeva, yWhales Co-Founder & President, Jessica Billingsley, yWhales Board Member and Brad Yasar, EQIFi CEO discuss the latest in the world of emerging tech and Web3. They cover topics like crypto regulation, including Kuwait’s recent ban on cryptocurrencies, the U.S. Federal Reserve launch of the FedNow instant payments service, NASDAQ’s halt on crypto custody, and the U.S. Spot Bitcoin ETF approval. Brad delves into EQIFi’s recent achievements to provide a crypto-friendly banking experience to clients in over 180 countries. Listen in for insights from industry experts!


About Guests

Brad Yasar, a global entrepreneur and investor, specializes in blockchain and innovative technologies. With 30 years of experience, he has successfully grown multiple companies. Presently, Brad is the CEO of EQIFI, a leading decentralized global banking platform, and Founder of Beyond Enterprizes, offering support to blockchain projects. Co-founding Blockchain Investors Consortium (BIC) with over $5B for blockchain projects, he has vast experience in analyzing disruptive technologies and has participated in numerous crowd sales since 2016. Brad is a renowned speaker on entrepreneurship, angel investing, and business strategy, having spoken at events like EBAN, WBAF, d10e, NexChange, and CoinAgenda. Additionally, he actively mentors young entrepreneurs and supports various charitable causes.

Jessica Billingsley is a renowned executive and innovator in the global technology sector. With 25 years of experience, she has led successful companies as CEO and served on multiple boards. Jessica currently serves as Chairman and CEO of Akerna (Nasdaq: KERN), a leading agtech company in the cannabis industry. She co-founded MJ Freeway, a subsidiary of Akerna, and has been instrumental in driving its growth. Jessica is also involved in various industry associations and mentorship programs. Her expertise spans P&L oversight, data analytics, cyber security, and more. Jessica's achievements have earned her numerous accolades and media coverage, making her a respected thought leader.

With over a dozen years of corporate governance and strategy experience, Zemfira co-founded yWhales after working as a senior finance executive at Scotiabank. Transitioning from Web2.0 to Web3.0, she focused on the future of finance and successfully invested in Web3.0 companies. Zemfira's achievements include creating top-performing teams and being recognized as a top woman in Fintech in Canada. Her earlier career involved work in nanotechnology, space missions, and aircraft design. Zemfira's passion for positive change led her to become an angel investor, start-up mentor, and YPO chapter board member, embodying her commitment to making the world a better place.


Guest Social Links: 

Brad’s LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/bradyasar/

EQIFI’s Website: https://www.eqifi.com/?locale=en-US

Jessica’s LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jessicabillingsley/

Zemfira’s LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/zemfira-khisaeva-8a50042/



00:00 Jay’s intro 

01:19 Zemfira’s intro 

01:50 Jessica’s intro 

02:27 Brad’s intro 

03:14 New U.S. Senate Bill Wants to Regulate DeFi-Like Banks 

11:09 Fed Opens Service That Dramatically Speeds Up U.S. Payments 

16:00 Financial Stability Board releases framework for global crypto-asset regulation 

19:40 Nations Welcome FSB's Tougher Crypto Rules 

25:48 Kuwait bans crypto and virtual asset transactions 

30:10 EU-Latin America and Caribbean: Joint Declaration on a Digital Alliance 

34:53 Nasdaq Halts Plan for Crypto Custody Service 

36:50 U.S. Spot Bitcoin ETF 

41:06 Bitcoin Trading in Japan 

43:49 EQIFI Announces the Launch of its Latest NEOBank 

52:52 EU: Metaverse, AI and crypto strategies 

59:59 Sen. Casey: Bills to protect workers from AI surveillance and 'robot bosses’ 

1:01:51 The current state of Web3


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DISCLAIMER: yWhales is not affiliated with YPO. Support and production for today’s episode was done by Truth Work Media. Nothing in the podcast constitutes professional and/or financial advice, nor does any information on the podcast constitute a comprehensive or complete statement of the matters discussed or the law relating thereto.

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