Wavelength Podcast Episode 149: The Biggest Stories from 2018

A discussion about the trends and stories that dominated the year.

James Rundle, WatersTechnology’s editor, and Anthony Malakian, editor at large, record a weekly podcast touching on the biggest stories in financial technology.


To hear the full interview, listen in the player above, or you can download it.

The Best Longform Stories of 2018

Anthony and James discuss the trends that they think will dominate the headlines in 2019:

Artificial Intelligence (2:00)
Blockchain (3:00)
Back to AI (4:00)
Cloud (6:00)
Regulation (9:00)
Alternative Data (14:00)
Quantum Computing (16:45)
M&A (17:30)
Market Data Fees (22:00)
WatersTechnology (24:00)
The Best Longform Outside of WatersTechnology (28:00)

Trashed: Inside the Deadly World of Private Garbage Collection, Kiera Feldman (ProPublica)

https://www.propublica.org/article/trashed-inside-the-deadly-world-of-private-garbage-collection

Blood Will Tell, Pamela Colloff (ProPublica)

https://features.propublica.org/blood-spatter/mickey-bryan-murder-blood-spatter-forensic-evidence/

“I Killed Them All”, Jessica Garrison (Buzzfeed)

https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/jessicagarrison/martinez-hitman-cartel-black-hand-mano-negra-contract-killer

Inside Palmer Luckey’s Bid to Build a Border Wall, Steven Levy (Wired)

https://www.wired.com/story/palmer-luckey-anduril-border-wall/

Palantir Knows Everything About You, Multiple Writers (Bloomberg Businessweek)

https://www.bloomberg.com/features/2018-palantir-peter-thiel/

The White Darkness, David Grann (New Yorker) — Great book, too.

https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2018/02/12/the-white-darkness

America Beyond Detention, Multiple Writers (Observer) 

https://www.texasobserver.org/america-beyond-detention/

How Goop’s Haters Made Gwyneth Paltrow’s Company Worth $250 Million, Taffy Brodesser-Akner (NYT Mag)

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/07/25/magazine/big-business-gwyneth-paltrow-wellness.html

Jose Mourinho’s Last Stand, Sam Borden

http://www.espn.com/espn/feature/story/_/id/25145480/jose-mourinho-last-stand

Japan’s Rent-a-Family Industry, Elif Batuman (New Yorker)

https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2018/04/30/japans-rent-a-family-industry

The Maraschino Mogul’s Secret Life, Ian Frazier (New Yorker)

https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2018/04/23/the-maraschino-moguls-secret-life

A Kingdom of Dust, Mark Arax (California Sunday Magazine)

https://story.californiasunday.com/resnick-a-kingdom-from-dust

How an Ex-Cop Rigged McDonald’s Monopoly Game and Stole Millions, Jeff Maysh (The Daily Beast)

https://www.thedailybeast.com/how-an-ex-cop-rigged-mcdonalds-monopoly-game-and-stole-millions


Contact Info

As is the case with everything we do, we’d love to get some feedback from our listeners. Feel free to reach out to Anthony or James via Twitter or email.

Anthony Malakian, editor at large: @a_malakian[email protected]

James Rundle, US editor: @JimRundle; [email protected]


Past 10 episodes:

Episode 139: Broadridge on Emerging Tech in APAC

Episode 140: Web Data Extraction & Refinitiv Update

Episode 141: Brexit and Blockchain and Data, Oh My

Episode 142: AWS Talks Cloud Adoption in the Capital Markets

Episode 143: Rick Lane of Trading Technologies on Cloud, Crypto

Episode 144: Market Data Fees Fight & Crypto Hype

Episode 145: CSDs Consider Crypto; Bank Robberies & AI; DTCC’s Blockchain 

Episode 146: Waters USA Preview; Brexit Drama

Episode 147: Crypto Insurance; Waters USA Recap

Episode 148: A Look at APAC Trends for 2019

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