cryptocurrency

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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Leading the blockchain conversations taking place at SXSW

If you are involved in the tech world, chances are you have heard of SXSW, the week-long conference and series of festivals hosted in the city of Austin, Texas. What started as a local music festival in 1987 has become throughout the years one of the world’s biggest gatherings of creative professionals across the board. […]

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How Kansas basketball can pioneer a blockchain use case

Blockchain technology enables a safe and secure peer to peer (P2P) ecosystem to exchange value and host applications that expand outside the hype-driven realm of cryptocurrency — complimenting the trend of digitizing stores of value like coupons, gift cards and event tickets. Right now, blockchain has cured many of our inefficient back office tasks, but […]

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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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Hold on tight, Bitcoin is on a roller coaster: Regulate it right

It seems as though every year during the fourth quarter, the value of the cryptocurrency market climbs to extreme mountaintops and plummets below the valley. Investing in cryptocurrency is not for the faint at heart. In fact, I stopped watching my holdings so closely. My poor heart can’t take it. Cryptocurrency, however, is more than […]

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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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Financial services and blockchain: Disruption on the trading desk

On an increasing number of trading floors, new sections are popping up. Past the commodities, foreign exchange, and futures desks, you might see a digital assets trading desk — the “crypto desk.” A few early players have had 9-to-5 crypto desks since 2015; others built 24/7 desks; still others are examining whether to start a […]

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Blockchain for enterprise business is more open than you think

I’m sure by now you have heard time and again the common misnomer that blockchain equates to Bitcoin and vice versa. With that said, I’m going to start with the simple fact that Bitcoin leverages blockchain as an underlying technology and this underlying technology has tremendous capabilities. These capabilities have spawned an enormous and ever-growing […]

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Digital currencies: The next paradigm shift for my money

Why do I need a bank account to hold, manage or spend money? I really shouldn’t have to pay fees and service charges, especially since my money — everyone’s money — is the gas in the bank’s lending engine. But if I don’t have a bank account, how do I pay my bills? I often […]

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