ditto is... launching DASL - Digital Asset Shared Ledger

Last week, new ditto client LAB577 announced they have gone live with their product DASL

LAB577 are a software company who co-create applications using emerging technology for clients in the financial services industry. The have created DASL - Digital Asset Shared Ledger which provides Financial Institutions the ability to re-imagine how value is moved and managed. DASL is an open solution that gives institutions the increased control, automation and connectivity they need to handle digital assets with confidence. It is built on the Corda Network from R3 - an enterprise blockchain software firm with a broad ecosystem of members and partners across multiple industries in the private and public sectors.

With this product launch to market, we interviewed LAB577 CEO & Founder Richard Crook to hear more about what he had to say regarding DASL's partnership with global cryptocurrency broker BCB Group.

Listen to the full interview here

Read the interview article here 


ditto is... having FinTech fun after dark

When we aren’t in our Clerkenwell studio helping businesses disrupt and advance, you can bet we are out and about in London at a city event.

Last week we had the pleasure of being guests at FinTech insider presents: AfterDark #FINInTheSun produced by 11:FS. The event was packed without a spare seat in the house, as guests eagerly anticipated the hour-long panel discussion dissecting the big headlines in the Financial and Technology world.

Before and after the panel discussion WeWork’s Devonshire Square courtyard was filled with innovators and disruptors, as the city’s FinTech community gathered to network and chat over cold beverages and tasty food - all under the East London evening sunshine.


The show was hosted by Simon Taylor, Dr. Leda Glyptis and Jason Bates, joined by these industry experts on the panel:

The main topics covered in the event were:

  • Big banks being accused of giving fintech start-ups a raw deal
  • UK fintech Jaja's acquisition of the Bank of Ireland’s UK credit card business for £530M
  • Singapore to issue digital retail and wholesale bank licenses
  • New Lifetime ISA best buy for younger savers keen to get on the property ladder
  • Libra: Facebook’s digital asset proposition


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You can check out the whole podcast here https://fi.11fs.com/508


ditto is… fighting financial crime with AI

We are delighted to introduce our new client Bleckwen. Leading the way to tackle serious financial crime, they use AI to provide a real-time fraud prevention solution for Financial Institutions.

The firm was set up in 2016 in Paris, with the goal to reveal deep truth within fraud – protecting banks and their customers from the sophisticated world of financial crime. Bleckwen’s experienced team made up of 70% system engineers have created a robust and rigorous architecture using explainable AI to put users in control.

We are pleased to be working with this award winning firm – Bleckwen were recently named 2019 EBAday Fintech Zone winners. They received this accolade by showcasing how their fraud prevention solution allows banks to collaborate with the start-up community and drive their internal innovation agenda with support from newer players.

To keep posted on our work with Bleckwen make sure you follow us on Twitter and LinkedIn.

ditto is... watching the global AI race

At the start of June ditto visited the brilliant Fora Fitzrovia to attend a jam-packed breakfast discussion surrounding an extremely hot topic – Who is winning the global AI race?

The discussion was hosted by Tortoise Media who are on a mission to build a different type of newsroom, for more considered, wiser news.

The room was full of debate from juniors, senior professionals and industry experts, looking to gain invaluable insight, with an audience and thought leaders including:

- Niklas Zennstrom, Founder of Skype, Atomico
- Mike Lynch, Founder, Invoke Capital
- Chris Wigley, COO, Quantum Black
- Nigel Toon, CEO, Graphcore
- Roger Taylor, Chair, Centre for Data Ethics and Innovation

We were delving deeper into one of the great geo-political battles of the 21st century – the dominance in Artificial Intelligence!
The talk explored how the race for AI supremacy is so much more than a conflict between the US and China, but spans all aspects of worldwide society, asking questions of consumers and citizens, business and industries, and nations and states.

Artificial Intelligence provides methods to solve problems we couldn’t 10 years ago - problems that didn’t even exist 10 years ago. The discussion revealed just how complex this topic was with the questions of ethics, addressing whether humans are ready psychologically to let machines have more control, education into AI and Machine Learning, and the role of governance within this global race.

Technology has seen unprecedented advances in the last 10 years, but will one single nation, business or consumer ever be the sole winner in this competitive AI world, or should we all be working with machines to for an overall global society?

“In the 1700’s machines saved our muscle power and bought about a revolution, now, AI is building machines to enhance our minds – a new revolution”

ditto is... discussing the Eastern opportunity of IFRS 17


Our retained client, Legerity have recently opened their brand-new office in Hong Kong, the heart of Asia-Pacific.

Legerity are transforming finance and risk functions, enabling firms to meet the increasing complexity and compliance challenges of IFRS 17. Globally, Insurers are having to consider how to standardise processes, bridging the gap between actuarial and finance functions across multiple, worldwide locations. So what does this mean from a regional perspective?

We caught up with Legerity’s Jeremy Wood, CEO and Founder, and Mark Miller, IFRS Global Lead to learn more about their Eastern opportunity with IFRS 17.

The discussion explored why this new global standard has taken them to Hong Kong specifically, how the standard is viewed in the Asia-Pacific region, what are the differences in that part of the world and identifying international themes that are reinforced there.

To read the full article you can visit the Legerity resource centre here to download the in-depth discussion, along with a range of other IFRS 17 articles.

You can watch and listen to the interview on the Legerity site here.
You can also view Legerity’s other videos and interviews on their YouTube channel here.

ditto is... hiring a copywriter!

ditto is always growing. Now we are hiring!

As we move into the second half of the year, we have lined up an array of new and retained clients. To create messaging that moves people to action and is heard on the world stage, we are looking for an expert wordsmith who has a passion for tech, loves to work with creative colleagues and has an abundance of clever ideas.

ditto invites applications from experienced copywriters who would like to join our bench.

At ditto we thrive on challenging briefs from global clients – working on projects to really sink teeth into.

We can offer a brilliantly bright copywriter a steady flow of projects and fantastically flexible working terms – whether you work on the beach or choose to come into our wonderful Fora office in Clerkenwell, all we ask is that you are committed to provide world-class copy.

You are a person in demand, we know you’ll have a couple of clients already, and you like to spin a plate or two, that is absolutely fine with us.

Your work spans across all copy types, from short and long-form content, video scripts to white papers, industry articles and web-copy.

If you want to grow communities and grow with us, join our conversation.

To apply for this position, send 200 words on why you – with an example of your work to mike@ditto.tv.

ditto. good people doing good things.

ditto is... transforming its online presence

ditto are super happy to be revealing our brand new website... Here it is!

We said goodbye to our old website and made way for a bolder look.

As we continually help our clients disrupt and advance in the FinTech and Emerging Tech space, it gave us food for thought to produce a transformed identity for ourselves.

The new site showcases all the exciting projects we are involved in.
Explore to see the full range of services we provide for our clients and navigate your way through our portfolio for fresh examples of our work.

We love our new online look, we hope you do too.


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On Thursday 31st January, one of ditto's newest clients, Invenica, are hosting a breakfast briefing and industry panel event 'Blockchain for the Enterprise', taking place at the Museum of London. Read more