Greg La Blanc teaches primarily in the areas of finance and strategy in the MBA and MFE programs and in Executive Education at the Haas School of Business. He is the Co-founder of the Berkeley Fintech Institute. La Blanc has also worked in competitive intelligence and litigation consulting and has advised consulting teams in finance, marketing, and strategy. His research interests lie at the intersection of law, finance, and psychology, in the area of business strategy and risk management. La Blanc is the recipient of teaching awards including the Earl F. Cheit Award for Outstanding Teaching, 2009; and the Haas EWMBA Graduate Instructor of the year, 2004-2005.
La Blanc received a B.A. (History, Politics, Philosophy, and Economics) and a B.S. Economics (Business Administration) from the University of Pennsylvania, where he continued his education as a University Scholar and graduate fellow, studying in the schools of Arts and Sciences, Business, and Law. He later pursued a J.D. at the George Mason University and an L.L.M at Berkeley’s Boalt Hall. La Blanc has taught undergraduate and graduate courses in all areas of business. Prior to arriving at the Haas School in 2005, La Blanc taught at Wharton, Duke, and the University of Virginia.
The FinTech Revolution
We are currently undergoing what many people refer to as the fourth industrial revolution. As with previous industrial revolutions, this one is accompanied by a financial revolution. The exponential increase in the availability of data as well as the rapid growth in computing power is leading to a dramatic digital transformation of banking, investment management, payments, insurance, credit, and even money itself. This talk will offer a brief tour of how financial markets and institutions are changing with particular attention paid to blockchain technology and decentralized ledgers. While much attention has been given to bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies, blockchain may have an even greater impact on the size and scope of firms, the nature of contracts, and the financing of industry supply chains. These changes may dramatically affect the process of financial intermediation and the provision of credit in the economy.