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INTERVIEW TRANSCRIPTS: Ben Yablon, Chairman/Co-Founder of SALT Lending interview with Matt Bird
Matt Bird (Show Host, Traders Network Show): 00:00
Welcome back to the Traders Network Show broadcasting worldwide on Equities.com I’m your host Matt bird. We’re in Davos, Switzerland covering the 2019 World Economic Forum. Today, we’re in the Russia house and we have our next guest, Ben Yablon, who’s been our eyes and ears on the street. Ben, what’s happening out there?
Ben Yablon (Chairman/ Co-Founder, SALT Lending): 00:17
You know, it’s a beautiful day in Davos. Most people are out of the hotels and kind of networking, walking around on the street, enjoying the beautiful weather before it gets cold tonight.
Matt Bird (Show Host, Traders Network Show): 00:25
You know, I’ve actually been, I’ve heard some rumors. I, Matt Damon’s floating around. Jamie Diamond’s floating around. I mean, are there some, there’s celebrities, there’s some big major influencers there. I mean, they’re, they’re bouncing around. I mean, they’re, they’re visible.
Ben Yablon (Chairman/ Co-Founder, SALT Lending): 00:35
Absolutely. So, Matt Damon, I had a very interesting panel yesterday in which he announced a major water initiative. There was an event hosted by the government of Australia last night. Jamie diamond was sitting outside of that and some of our friends, some mutual friends of ours that might’ve taken a selfie or two with them.
Matt Bird (Show Host, Traders Network Show): 00:46
You know what I did have a chance to see some of the selfies floating around. I as well was able to go to the famous piano bar and bounced around in a few different places. But listen, lets getting towards the tail end of Davos. We’re going to start to see some solidation on what’s happened the street and up at WEF. What you’re going to be your takeaway with what’s happening as we see the crypto aspect shrinking, but we see enterprise kind of evolving. What’s up next for the blockchain and in the street here in Davos?
Ben Yablon (Chairman/ Co-Founder, SALT Lending): 01:26
You know, what we’re really seeing is a clear trend toward consolidation. Many of the questionable projects collapsed under their own weight and even some really good ones unfortunately disappeared in 2018. Those that are, that are remaining going forward into 2019 are going to begin to consolidate with one another. So, it’s going to be the year of M&A.
Matt Bird (Show Host, Traders Network Show): 01:43
And M&A means regulation?
Ben Yablon (Chairman/ Co-Founder, SALT Lending): 01:46
Yeah. So we’ve got smart regulation that’s, that’s being adopted in a broad based manner and that will begin to allow all of these businesses that are that have been growing wildly over the last two years to, to expand it a more reasoned pace with some jurisdictional certainty and proper regulation around them.
Matt Bird (Show Host, Traders Network Show): 02:05
That’s amazing. That’s amazing. Listen, we got to cut to the commercial break. When we come back, we’re going to have our next guest, CJ Comu, CEO of Earthwater. Don’t go away. We’ll be right back with our next guest.