Meet the German Baron Who Thinks Blockchain Will Beat the Middlemen

The former head of Germany’s armed forces is now helping to bring blockchain tech to some of the world’s largest financial institutions.

An early advisor to distributed financial technology firm Ripple, not to mention a bonafide German baron, Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg today plays a key role in enabling the heavily funded startup to make inroads in the banking sector. But as co-founder of consultancy Spitzberg Partners, he is setting his sights beyond finance.

Over the course of his time as both Ministry of Defense and Minister of Economics  Technology, zu Guttenberg built up an extensive network of global politicians, technologists and bankers.

Long been rumored to be a potential candidate to replace his former boss, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, zu Guttenberg revealed exclusively to CoinDesk that his firm had partnered with the State of Delaware’s blockchain initiative to help bring a global tech cohort to the tiny US state.

Further, his firm has taken on a “significant portion” of blockchain companies as clients and is consolidating those resources to focus on a concerted push to bring the technology to the world.

At Spitzberg’s New York City headquarters, zu Guttenberg explained how

Read more ... source: CoinDesk

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