Infrastructure should never be an afterthought

Ramon Villareal, Chief Technologists Payments, Red Hat Global Financial Services joins FinextraTV at Sibos 2022. Discussing the driving forces behind payment data, Villareal shines light onto what Financial institutions should be doing to develop their infrastructure to support real-time and high-availability payments, where to implement flexibility, and how technology-driven decisions should be p…

Your Code ISN’T SAFE

The Security of the systems that we create is often of enormous importance, but it is also often treated as a kind of afterthought. DevSecOps is meant to try and address this and find better ways to integrate security and security thinking into the development process. This is even more important as we adopt faster, more effective Continuous Delivery styles of working. If our aim is to create releasable software multiple times per day and its security is part of what defines its releasability, that means that we need to be creating secure, releasable, software multiple times per day. So what does that take, how does security fit into a Continuous Delivery world?

In this episode, Dave Farley explores how we can integrate security and security thinking into our working practices, offers some security tips for developers and describes what an effective approach to DevSecOps looks like.



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“Funds Typically Treat Community as an Afterthought; That’s Wrong:” Soona Amhaz

In this week’s episode, I speak with Soona Amhaz of Volt Capital. Soona saw the value of crypto from very close when her family lost most of their savings after Lebanon’s currency crashed. She immediately told them to move their money to Bitcoin to protect themselves against further currency devaluation and currency controls.

She was working on a startup as an engineer while trying to learn about bitcoin and onboard others into the space, and she realized there was very little information about crypto. So she decided to start the newsletter called Token Daily which quickly became one of the most popular news sources about Bitcoin and ICOs back in 2017. The newsletter went from being a network of information to a network of people thanks to live events.

That’s how she got to meet great teams building interesting projects in crypto and see their progress before anyone else did. When she saw big funds come in and invest in the projects she also knew had potential, she realized she had an edge and decided to start her own fund, Volt Capital.

She raised $10 million for the fund earlier this year, backed by CMT Digital, Balaji Srinivasan, and investors from Union Square Ventures and Founders Fund. Her focus is on pre-seed and seed investments. In this interview, she talks about her investment thesis, how she evaluates founders and what it’s like to be a VC in a crypto bull market. She says that while public crypto markets are cooling off, private equity markets are more insulated. She’s not sure whether the current environment is the start of a bear market or a dip in a longer bull market, but regardless, she says the builders will keep building and the tech will keep moving forward.

00:00 Intro
00:40 Background and how Soona got into the crypto space
05:20 Helping the family onboard to Bitcoin
08:03 How it helped them
09:01 Whether she’s introducing her family to DeFi and thoughts on its adoption in emerging economies
10:52 Founding TokenDaily
13:22 The forming of a community around the TokenDaily newsletter
17:03 How important was the mix of online/in-person events in this community?
18:37 How that evolved into starting Vault Capital
20:48 How the newsletter was wound down after the transition to Vault Capital
21:28 The restructuring of TokenDaily on relaunch
22:36 Balancing conflict-of-interest between the projects TokenDaily covers and the projects invested in by Vault Capital
23:38 Additional background on the starting of Vault Capital
24:05 The first investments of Vault Capital and the total composition by location
25:47 Valuation strategy used by Vault Capital (with examples)
28:58 The increasing interest of fintech firms in crypto
30:18 How Vault Capital assesses the founders of projects
34:13 A VCs perspective on the recent bull run (and all the capital being raised for projects)
37:03 The balance of implementing guardrails in a venture capital firm
37:48 Is the amount of capital being raised currently a sign of an overheated market?
39:19 Thoughts on where we are in the crypto market cycle
40:58 Primary cause of the correction?
41:45 How healthy is the market at the moment? (in terms of tech)
42:42 What’s being built during this bull run/cycle? (from Vault Capitals vantage point)
44:51 Take on investing in Ethereum dapps mirroring on other chains?
46:24 What does a venture capital firm look like in a DAO future?
49:09 Outro

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Achieving Healthcare IT Security Resilience on Hybrid Infrastructures

Cyber resilience needs to be part of business strategy for success in the digital era – and more so for the vulnerable healthcare industry. The spread of modern healthcare infrastructure across on-premise and cloud, increasing adoption of telehealth, medical wearables, and IoMT has spawned new risks in healthcare security.

GS Lab | GAVS is excited to host this webinar in association with Amazon, a leader in integrated cyber protection solutions. Empaneled with industry leaders with extensive experience in the healthcare cybersecurity space, this is a must-attend webinar!

Key Discussion Points:
• Securing modern healthcare infrastructure – the unique threats and challenges
• Risks in IGA for hybrid infrastructure models
• Comprehensive access management solutions from Amazon to elevate security posture
• Is there such a thing as fail proof cyber resilience?
• Future trends in IGA

#134 – Startup operations, infrastructure, & scaling it all

When it comes to building a tech startup, operations is one of the main foundations because it’s needed to operationalize the product that exists. In this episode, three Levels’ team members discuss infrastructure, throughput, how companies are built, and how they come together.

Join Levels’ Head of Member Experience Chris Jones, Head of Operations Michael “Miz” Mizrahi, and Head of Growth Ben Grynol as they talk about scaling operations and:

– Documentation the process as it’s happening
– Running customer support as a well-oiled machine, even across social media platforms
– Putting our members first and staying human Iterating as we go

�� What Levels’ Head of Member Experience Chris Jones, Head of Operations Michael “Miz” Mizrahi, and Head of Growth Ben Grynol discuss:

00:00 – Intro
10:42 – Why you don’t want blood sugar spikes
11:33 – What is the fab four?
18:08 – Start your day with good food
20:37 – Blood sugar balance is the key to food freedom
23:12 – Mindset matters
30:34 – Don’t focus on your weight
32:15 – Change may not look like what you expect
36:59 – Break down food rules
38:41 – Find the silver lining
47:40 – Be the instigator of change

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We talk about our mission to solve the metabolic health crisis, our fully remote and async startup culture, and the process of building a health and wellness movement from the ground up.

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