Blockchain in Financial Services

Bringing trade finance to small and medium enterprises

Thanks to a collaboration between seven European banks and IBM, small and medium-sized enterprises in Europe could be trading in a whole new way by the end of this year. How? It’s called the Digital Trade Chain, and it’s based on a prototype trade finance and supply chain solution that was originated by KBC. The […]

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Blockchain Technology Summit: Across the industries

This is the year of blockchain: the year that business networks based on blockchain are put into production around the world. Early adopters have been using this technology to reimagine their industries, developing new ways of interaction that reduce friction and foster innovation. I’m super excited for the IBM Blockchain Technology Summit in Atlanta on […]

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Going big and going global: IBM Blockchain at Consensus

In the last year, there has been a dramatic shift in the way people talk about blockchain. Before, it was all about the opportunities for disruption and the transformation that distributed ledgers would make possible. Everyone had ideas about how to use the technology, but it had only been applied in one significant way: Bitcoin. […]

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Transforming an industry: Making blockchain real for insurers

Blockchain is emerging as a potentially disruptive force capable of transforming the insurance industry by making transactions faster, cheaper, more secure and transparent. In every meeting I’ve had with global insurance chief experience officers (CXOs) in the last couple of months, I was asked about blockchain. I’ve found that most insurance CXOs are keen to […]

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The difference between Bitcoin and blockchain for business

Are Bitcoin and blockchain the same thing? No, they aren’t. However, they are closely related. When Bitcoin was released as open source code, blockchain was wrapped up together with it in the same solution. And since Bitcoin was the first application of blockchain, people often inadvertently used “Bitcoin” to mean blockchain. That’s how the misunderstanding started. […]

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From concept to production: Getting real with blockchain at Consensus

Last year, Consensus was the blockchain event to attend, and this year it’s shaping up to be the same. Presented by CoinDesk, the blockchain technology summit in New York City will feature more than 100 speakers and draw a crowd of over 2,000 attendees. However, a few things will have changed. In 2016, industry leaders […]

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The platform of the future: Blockchain at PAYMENTS 2017

Leaders in payments environments are cultivating new delivery approaches for instant payment processing that incorporate real-time fraud prevention methods. From April 23 – 26, the National Automated Clearing House Association (NACHA) will be hosting PAYMENTS 2017, a conference that will bring together the organizations and professionals who are setting the agenda for the future of […]

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Blockchain technology and the future of financial products

In my previous blog post, I discussed my work influencing the direction of blockchain technology adoption in finance, noting how far we’ve come in just three years. Now, I’m moving into a new role at IBM Research, and I will focus on what is commonly referred to as “top of stack” product development. That is, […]

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Blockchain in finance: How far we’ve come

Professionally, one of the most exciting aspects of working on blockchain technology is finding out on a daily basis the opportunities available for me to influence so many things. These include the evolution of blockchain platforms, protocols, consensus algorithms, ledger models and message propagation algorithms, and the evolution of advanced financial applications as a direct result of blockchain enablement. But what […]

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