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Justin Chan

Dr Justin S P Chan has a passion for clarity and synergy - seeing through the complexity of the intersecting spheres of technology, finance, innovation and social dynamics, to enable game-changing collaborations between entrepreneurs and innovative opportunities. Combining the vision of a true inventor and entrepreneur with his data-driven, evidence-based approach to investment, Justin also co-founded OCIM and serves as Chief Investment Officer for its fund management platform. Within OCIM, He co-manages OC Horizon Fintech, a transformational hedge fund, where he blends real applications, expertise and future-awareness into truly exceptional investment performance. Justin gains inspiration for these projects from his global network of contacts in investment and fintech communities, where he stays on the pulse of fast-moving conversations and trends affecting global markets and emerging technologies. Justin can be reached at justinchan@datadriveninvestor.com.

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5 Popular Digital Asset Custody Options for Individuals and Institutions

By Justin Chan / May 24, 2018

It’s no secret that crypto continues to be plagued by security issues. Although the technology underpinning such digital assets – blockchain – all but guarantees a tamperproof environment, coins remain vulnerable to hackers, especially whilst they remain on exchanges – most of which operate as centralised entities. Indeed, the last few years have seen many […]

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Could Blockchain Stop Skynet?

By Justin Chan / May 16, 2018

Machines are going to take over and obliterate the human race… according to some at least. But could the intersection of blockchain and AI, two of the world’s most anticipated technologies, prevent such a disaster from ever becoming reality? What’s the problem? “Eventually, I think human extinction will probably occur, and technology will likely play […]

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The Compliance Revolution: An Introduction to RegTech

By Justin Chan / April 26, 2018

The FinTech boom continues to gather steam. We are now observing some fairly seismic transformations taking place across virtually the entire cross section of the finance industry, as machine learning, blockchain, big data and many more innovations disrupt incumbent IT infrastructure that’s associated with increasingly antiquated business models. What’s more, this disruption even extends to […]

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What Criteria Do Venture Capitalists Consider When Seeding a Startup?

By Justin Chan / April 20, 2018

Venture capital funding climbed to a decade high in 2017.  Your startup’s current chances of attracting VC funding are higher at this moment right now than they have ever been. Despite the excess funding, the process isn’t simple, and investors are more critical now more than ever before. We found two of the biggest items […]

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An Overview of Privacy Coins

By Justin Chan / April 15, 2018

One of the most sought after features of cryptocurrency is the relative anonymity one can have when sending and receiving payments. Whereas PayPal, for example, requires each sender to disclose details up-front pertaining to real-world identity, such as name and contact information, it’s normally only the user’s wallet address that needs to be disclosed for […]

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What’s Striking About The Lightning Network?

By Justin Chan / April 13, 2018

“You can think of the Bitcoin blockchain like a road, and a lot of cars want to get on the road. Right now, there’s a lot of traffic.” Elizabeth Stark, CEO and co-founder of Lightning Labs. It was a little over nine years ago when Satoshi Nakamoto published the much-revered Bitcoin whitepaper, which laid out […]

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A Guide to Masternodes

By Justin Chan / April 9, 2018

If you think that the only way to earn money from cryptocurrency is to simply buy some coins, “HODL”, and hope the price sufficiently appreciates, then think again. Already, projects have come up with a number of ways to reward their token holders, through such schemes as token dividends (for example, the ‘Gas’ that is […]

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6 Key Differences Between Security and Utility Tokens

By Justin Chan / April 8, 2018

It’s not an overstatement to say that initial coin offerings (ICOs) have thoroughly transformed the fundraising landscape for early-stage blockchain companies around the world. Last year saw more than $4 billion being raised through such events, easily outstripping the amount blockchain start-ups raised through the more traditional channel of venture capital. Indeed, many would call […]

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6 Factors that Influence the Price of Cryptocurrencies

By Justin Chan / April 6, 2018

Given the massive and unpredictable volatility that cryptocurrencies have experienced ever since Bitcoin’s trading debut around nine years ago, one might be resigned to using mere guesswork to forecast the future direction of crypto prices. But it is possible to conduct a more scientific projection by being aware of several indicators and parameters that have […]

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How are Robo-Advisors Changing the Finance Industry?

By Justin Chan / March 27, 2018

The Terminator. Blade Runner. Transformers. The sci-fi genre is replete with the notion that robots will “take over the world”. But that’s just in the movies of course, it could never happen in real life…or could it? Well, although the chance of mechanised lumps of metal becoming our masters is slim, the investment world is […]

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How to Manage Your Crypto Portfolio

By Justin Chan / February 2, 2018

With Bitcoin managing to scale unprecedented heights over the last few years, the world is fast becoming aware of the investment potential of cryptocurrencies. But as attractive opportunities continue to present themselves, the sheer number of new cryptocurrency projects continues to rise meteorically. Indeed, CoinMarketcap lists almost 1500 tradeable currencies in existence today; and with […]

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Blockchain Consensus Algorithm: PoW, PoS and Beyond

By Justin Chan / November 12, 2017

One of the most critical aspects to understand blockchain – its speed, applications, and potentials is consensus algorithms. It determines everything from network security, confirmation speed, to environmental friendliness. As crucial as it is, few comprehend how such a dynamic concept works in practice; and among the most misunderstood aspects include just how new blocks […]

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ICOs and Cryptocurrencies – The Chinese Perspective

By Justin Chan / October 15, 2017

On Monday September 11th, the Wall Street Journal reported that the Chinese government intended to close down Bitcoin exchanges in the country, a mere seven days after authorities announced a complete ban on fundraising through ICOs on the basis that they had “seriously disrupted the economic and financial order.” Cryptocurrency prices then plunged in dramatic […]

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On The Perils Of Passive Investments

By Justin Chan / October 11, 2017

Weapons of mass destruction. “But what have WMDs got to do with passive investing?” you might ask. Well that’s exactly how exchange-traded funds (ETFs) – the most common type of passive investment instrument – were described by some fund managers earlier this year. According to Arik Ahitov and Dennis Bryan who run the $800 million fund […]

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A New Breed of Hedge Funds May Push Bitcoin to New Highs

By Justin Chan / October 8, 2017

The price of bitcoin has rallied by over 400 percent since the start of the year to hit an all-time high of over $5,000 in early September, while the price of one bitcoin started out at less than $0.01 only eight years ago. These exuberant returns have not gone unnoticed by the institutional investment community. […]

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Will Regulation Be Beneficial for ICOs?

By Justin Chan / September 18, 2017

“Capital raising through blockchain requires compliance with federal securities law”. tweeted by @SEC_Enforcement On July 25th, the SEC reported the findings from its investigation into the DAO. It concluded that the tokens that were offered and sold are “securities”, and therefore subject to US federal securities laws. As such, issuers of blockchain-based securities in the […]

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The Rise of the ICO

By Justin Chan / September 17, 2017

By now it’s more than likely that you’ve heard the term “ICO” being used. In fact, unless you’ve been living under a rock you’ll have noticed that it’s impossible to have a day go by without hearing about it. And the fact that it usually gets mixed with all the crypto lingos is most likely […]

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Is Bitcoin An Effective Substitute For Gold ?

By Justin Chan / August 23, 2017

During the first week of March this year, a momentous event took place – the price of bitcoin surpassed gold price on a per-unit basis for the very first time. Although this was largely an arbitrary occurrence, given that one bitcoin has no meaningful relationship to one troy ounce of gold, it was nevertheless a […]

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