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IQ’s First Private Breakfast Briefing was a great success
Cryptocurrencies and Blockchain: “Can’t Make Head nor Tail of It”

This week, the Investment Quorum team were up bright and early to welcome guests from our professional networks to our inaugural Private Breakfast Briefing at The Ivy City Garden on Old Broad Street. Our guests enjoyed a delicious two-course breakfast in the elegant surrounding of The Ivy. With plenty of tea and coffee on hand, as well as an incredible discussion on blockchain and cryptocurrencies, facilitated by Noelle Acheson, Cryptoasset researcher, lecturer and writer for Coindesk.  

Noelle’s thought-provoking presentation outlined the what and why of cryptocurrency, including why professionals should not only know about it but also understand the barriers to its progress.

Who, exactly, is right when it comes to cryptocurrencies?

Warren Buffet, the billionaire chairman and CEO of Berkshire Hathaway,reiterated his negative view on Bitcoin at the company’s annual shareholder meeting, comparing it with rat poison. Mr Buffet has often compared the cryptocurrency to gold, saying that both assets are strictly speculative and don’t produce earnings and dividends as stocks do.

On the other hand, Bill Gates, co-founder of Microsoft, has expressed a cautiously optimistic opinion in the past.  “Bitcoin is exciting because it shows how cheap it can be,” the billionaire told Bloomberg in 2014. “Bitcoin is better than currency, in that you don’t have to be physically in the same place and, of course, for large transactions, currency can get pretty inconvenient.”

The debate and discussion that followed Noelle’s talk was fascinating and illuminating and guests left the briefing with a greater knowledge of Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies along with an insight to how, potentially, it could affect the future of currency as we know it.

Our next event

Due to the overwhelming success of this inaugural event, we look forward to hosting more private briefing events for our peers in the industry as we believe that educating our team and networks on emerging technologies and new options for our industry are critical to our success.

To ensure you don’t miss out on our next briefing event or if you would like to suggest a topic for conversation, please get in touch!


“Thank you so much for the most brilliant and interesting event this morning.  I really enjoyed the event and thought Noelle was fantastic and her talk was extremely illuminating.” – Emily Brand, Partner, Boodle Hatfield LLP

“Thank you for inviting me along this morning. I enjoyed the event very much. Noelle spoke well about an interesting subject and it was lovely to catch up with you, your colleagues and some of the other guests.”
– Nick Morgan, Partner, Foresight Group

“Thank you so much for inviting me to your breakfast seminar yesterday. It was such an exciting topic, with an engaging speaker.”
– Elysa Jacobs, Associate, McDermott Will & Emery UK LLP


 


Charlotte Goodrich, Client Services Manager at Investment Quorum, is an integral member of our Operations team.

This article does not constitute specific advice and investors should bear in mind capital invested is not guaranteed. Investment Quorum is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority.

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