Bitcoin Basics and Market Inefficiency

Posted by Matthew Mehring (VSB '18), on August 21st, 2016.

Probably the most common response I receive when I tell people about my summer research is something to the nature of “What is Bitcoin? I’ve heard of it, but I don’t understand it.” Probably the best way to describe Bitcoin is that it is a decentralized, digital currency. This simply means that there is no central authority (such as a central bank) controlling its worth (or lack thereof) like a normal fiat currency; and that, unlike Gold or Silver, a bitcoin is merely a line of code in a virtual ledger[1]. In other words, its value is derived purely from the expectations of investors it is valuable because it is accepted.

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Villanova Venture Community Demo Night Recap

Posted by Serena Woodward (VSB '16), on August 5th, 2016.

The Villanova Venture Community (VVC) held a demo night on August 2, 2016 in New York City. VVC is a private community for Villanova students, alumni and employees interested in all aspects entrepreneurship. The group welcomes members from any Villanova University school, sector or industry function. VVC seeks to foster entrepreneurship by facilitating communication, providing access to resources and creating community.

The following ventures were presented at demo night:

IBM Watson, Thorogood Consulting, and Grant Thorton Discussed At Analytics Roundtable

watsonOn June 20, 2016 the Villanova Center for Business Analytics (CBA) hosted a Business Analytics Roundtable in the ICE Institute’s IDEA accelerator. Started in 2009, the CBA’s Business Analytics Roundtable series brings together professionals and Villanova faculty interested in using analytics to make better business decisions.

The presenters at the June 20 roundtable spoke on a wide variety of topics: Read more…