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Previews, guides and recaps of blockchain conferences.

Unbanked to big banks: How crypto facilitates financial inclusion

With the advent of Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies, many are heralding a new age of digital native money that is meant to transcend the physical boundaries of its predecessor. But before we dive into how cryptocurrency is being used today as a new form of money, we must ask the question, “What is money?” This […]

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14 banks using we.trade for global trade finance, breaking down trade barriers for business

A shipment of 12 bottles of rare wine moves by truck from a small winery in France to a buyer in Spain. Twenty pieces of office furniture from the U.K. are sold to a German retailer and arrive two weeks later. Transactions like this happen daily, but for many small and medium businesses, the financing […]

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What’s the difference between a blockchain and a database?

If you are familiar with cryptocurrency, then you are probably familiar with blockchain. Blockchain is the underlying technology ensuring transactions are accurate, transparent and immutable. Why is this technology important? When you’re working across a large number of individual stakeholders, there’s always the fundamental presence of inconsistency. Even if you completely trust the other person, […]

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Cleveland rises to the forefront of blockchain thought leadership

After 17 years on the West Coast, working for Intel and a variety of tech start-ups on disruptive technologies like virtual reality, OTT video, discrete graphics, digital store fronts and more, I migrated back to Cleveland for my position at Folio Photonics, a local start-up in next generation optical-based random access mass storage. Actually, more than […]

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Great day to blockchain: Positive contributions to the industry

A rising tide lifts all ships. A step forward for one is a step forward for all. Because blockchain is a team sport, any advancement, whether from collaborator or competitor, brings the world closer to realizing the true interoperable potential of blockchain. It’s a great day to blockchain and each announcement around Consensus 2018 is […]

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Enterprise-ready blockchain brings transparency to supply chains

There are over 17 million shipping containers in the world, of which five to six million are currently being transported on oceans, rails and roads. In the shipping process, inconsistent information and limited transparency across organizational boundaries can sometimes hinder the efficient movement of goods. These costly inefficiencies could soon be eliminated by blockchain supply […]

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Seven reasons to be thankful for blockchain

  Sure, coming off the holiday there were probably very few of us that gave thanks for blockchain but it has been a big year to think about.  It’s been nothing less than epic for blockchain, the distributed ledger technology that is being used to facilitate direct value exchange over the internet. Why is it […]

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Blockchain provenance: Where’s my new sweater really from?

Recently we learned that a major steel company falsified inspection certificates that detailed the quality of aluminum and copper it sold. This scandal is now reverberating through the global supply chain. Hundreds of major auto, aircraft and train manufacturers worldwide have long relied on this company to provide raw materials for their products. These companies are now […]

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Beyond proof of concept: Blockchain highlights from Sibos 2017

These days, you can’t go to a financial services conference such as Sibos without encountering animated discussions about blockchain. The distributed ledger technology that underpins Bitcoin has matured in several areas over the last year, and it’s now at a point where companies are looking to go beyond proof of concepts (PoCs). Because of my […]

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