035: NASDAQ is Quietly Dominating Blockchain – with Johan Toll

Johan Toll is an Associate VP and leads Nasdaq’s blockchain efforts. He received the prestigious “FinTech person of the Year” award from the Financial Technologies Forum in 2018. Johan is also a renowned blockchain thought-leader and frequent speaker and panelist.

 

In this episode, we discuss:

 

  • How Nasdaq is not just a stock market company, but a full-fledged FinTech firm
  • We go over how Nasdaq started experimenting with blockchain back in 2012, and how they created Nasdaq Linq, a blockchain-powered private share issuance platform that they used to become the first organization in the world to issue actual company shares on a blockchain in 2015
  • We also explore Nasdaq CEO, Adena Friedman’s statement, that Nasdaq is open to becoming a cryptocurrency exchange

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