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The financialization of cryptocurrencies

What does it mean to “own a Bitcoin?” It means there is a recorded transaction on the Bitcoin blockchain where someone sent one bitcoin to your public key address and that you (and you alone) know the address’s private key. Even if that terse description explains things, it does not help with the logistic details […]

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Making sense of digital assets

Bitcoin, tokens, Ethereum, and stable coins oh my! These are a few names and phrases you may frequently hear when attempting to understand the emerging digital asset class. CNBC now lists the price of Bitcoin on its ticker but what does it all mean? And what are the differences? Finding clear cut answers on definitions […]

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The rising NFT tide lifts all tokens: So what is an NFT?

How can businesses absorb disruptive impact and begin to integrate these new business models in existing and new streams of business opportunity? NFTs have taken the world by storm. Rejuvenating the blockchain movement started by Bitcoin, followed by smart contract platform Ethereum, NFTs seem to be a natural progression in the explosion of asset tokenization, […]

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Blockchain Newsletter for February: Sustainability, COVID-19, crypto and digital events

Of the 96 companies that have been included in the Forbes Blockchain 50 since 2019, only 12 have made the list for all three years — including IBM. Three other 2021 listees have partnered with IBM for their claims to Forbes fame. A.P. Moller-Maersk made the list for TradeLens, the international shipping platform co-created with […]

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The future is crowdfunded

You may have heard about equity crowdfunding as a way of financing a business. Most people have actually participated in crowdfunding before and don’t realize it. If you’ve ever made a donation or tithed, that is a form of crowdfunding known as donation-based crowdfunding. For those history buffs our there, they’ll inform you that the […]

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Crypto Castle: Once a Bitcoin heaven, now lies in ruins!

Money has turned many faces ever since its inception. From gold to paper to plastic even. One thing is for sure, though. It’s never about the material per se. No, the real essence of money lies in its insubstantial value — one that’s recently taken a liking to a virtual form of currency. Virtual, because […]

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What we really mean when we talk about “real” blockchain

The advent of any new technology always sparks healthy and lively debate over fundamentals: standards, business models, best practices and the like. Blockchain is no exception. We’re seeing that kind of debate unfold today as the technology continues to evolve and gain traction. Some in the blockchain community are asking, “What constitutes real blockchain?” I’m […]

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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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Blockchain jobs at IBM, and how to get one

As a blockchain recruiting consultant at IBM, I’m often quizzed on the subject. What’s Blockchain? What is it good for? What is the potential of blockchain? These talks invariably lead to discussions around the demand, technology, skills, experience necessary, and ultimately, “how do I get a job in blockchain?” Let’s cover the first two questions […]

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