I read David because I can never accurately predict his opinion, which means either it's all signal, or he is in fact a natural source of randomness, both of which are highly valuable.

Danny O'Brien (July 2009).

What’s ICO all about?

A date for your diaries: on Monday April 9th I have been invited along to the Financial Services Club in London to give a talk about the world of tokens and ICOs. With cumulative ICO funding heading towards $9 billion (see below), it’s a good time to take a look at the phenomenon and see if there is any intellectual superstructure we can use to support  token market of the future.

I’ll be explaining why I don’t think this world is as mad as it seems and why the financial services industry will be exploiting a regulation token marketplace in the near future. For more information and to register for the talk, please visit The Financial Services Club.

Wired World 2018

I was delighted to be a contributor to Wired magazine’s Wired World issue for 2018. They asked me to write something about fintech, so I chose Open Banking as my theme. You can read the article here.

Top 100 Identity Leader

I was flattered to be named one of the “top 100 leaders in identity” by the good people at One World Identity. What’s more imporant though is that I am part of a network of really great people who are thinking differently about the role of identity in the modern world and who genuinely want to change it for the better. Thanks to all of them for making me smarter.

Quartz/Retro Future of Money

I took part in the “Future of Money” short film put together by Erik German for Quartz and RetroReport. It’s a super piece of work, drawing on one of my favourite “back to the future” themes and using the famous stone money of Yap to explain Bitcoin.

The core idea is discussed in the film is that money is a form of memory. The memory of communities. It used to be dumb as rocks, but we are moving into an era of smart money. 

BBBB at De Nederlandsche Bank

Thanks to the wonderful people at the Amsterdam Institute of Finance and the Dutch Central Bank, I will be launching “Before Babylon, Beyond Bitcoin” in the Netherlands on Wednesday 6th Septmber 2017. You can register here to come along and hear me talk about the “5Cs” who may issue money in the future.

There’s drinks and networking afterwards so please feel free to stay and ask me the tough questions that you didn’t want to ask in front of other people.

Merchant Payments Ecosystem

The wonderful people at one of my favourite conferences, Merchant Payments Ecosystem have invited me to be part of the organising committee for Febraury 2018 events that will be again held in Berlin. If you are at all interested in the topic, you’d be mad to miss this conference. I’ve already seen the draft agenda for 2018 and it is amazingly comprehensive, covering everything from business consolidation and biometrics to cryptocurrencies and PIN-on-glass.

LSE Review of Books

The LSE Review of Books have a kind review of my work. They say…

In Before Babylon, Beyond Bitcoin: From Money that We Understand to Money that Understands UsDavid Birch draws on a long sweep of history to trace how technological developments have changed, and will continue to transform, money, and outlines a largely optimistic vision for the future of payment technologies. Regardless of whether readers agree with all of Birch’s claims, this is a timely and illuminating contribution that should be read by students of finance and financial law as well as policymakers working in the field of financial regulation

BBBB Launched at Money2020

Check out “Before Babylon, Beyond Bitcoin” in book2look here

And here’s The Economist review… "PEOPLE use money every day and yet struggle to understand it… 'Before Babylon, Beyond Bitcoin' by David Birch, a consultant, offers a broad historical overview on the nature of this essential economic instrument"


My new book, “Before Babylon, Beyond Bitcoin” arrived from the printer today! A huge, huge thank you to my publishers London Publishing Partnership and my good friend Austin Houldsworth for his brilliant cover photo.

I made a few short YouTube clips to talk about some issues that are raised in the book...

Mobile 360 Privacy and Security

The GSMA were kind enough to invite me to host the panel discussion about data protection and organsational strategies in response to the impending GDPR at the Mobile 360 Privacy and Security event in the The Hague. They put together a short highlights video that you can see below.

And you can watch the full panel discussion online too. Here’s the panel description…

Data is the fuel driving the digital economy enabling greater personalisation, creating new services and empowering new business models. Key to this is building consumer trust. New data protection rules mean consumers must be presented with greater choice and control over the way their data is collected and used. Consumers must have total confidence that their personal information will be used to their benefit, and never cause them harm.

Heather Hinton, PhD, CTO Cloud Security, Privacy & Compliance, IBM Cloud & Cognitive

Katryna Dow, Founder & CEO, Meeco

Rimma Perelmuter, CEO, Mobile Ecosystem Forum

David Poole, Business Development Director, myPINpad

Emanuele De Leonardis, Director, Data Strategy & Governance, Orange

Dave Birch, Director of Innovation, Consult Hyperion