7 Trends in Blockchain Computing

Andreessen Horowitz

In a follow-up to one of our most popular podcast episodes that originally aired in April 2017 , a16z crypto general partner Chris Dixon returns to talk with Olaf Carlson-Wee of Polychain Capital in a free-wheeling conversation about the seven … cryptocurrencies & blockchains open source

Five Open Problems for the Blockchain Computer

Andreessen Horowitz

How fun, challenging, and fulfilling would it have been to work on semiconductors in the … cryptocurrencies & blockchains open source policy security & privacy

Towards a Decentralized Storage Network for the Blockchain Computer

Andreessen Horowitz

In a previous video , a16z crypto Deal Partner Ali Yahya laid out five open problems for building the blockchain computer. In this video, we double-click on the decentralized storage … cryptocurrencies & blockchains security & privacy

5 Revolutionary Applications of Blockchain Technology

The Marketing & Growth Hacking Publication

As quoted by Don & Alex Tapscott, authors of Blockchain Revolution (2016), “The blockchain is an incorruptible digital ledger of economic transactions that can be programmed to record not just financial transactions but virtually everything of value.”

Salesforce offers blockchain lite to entice users

IT World

Salesforce is now offering select customers blockchain as a permissioned, centrally controlled service, which in some ways runs counter to the basic premise of the technology: that it's an anonymous, distributed network with no central authority.

a16z Podcast: Voting, Security, and Governance in Blockchains

Andreessen Horowitz

Whether in corporations, boardrooms, or political elections, voting is something we see in all kinds of social systems… including blockchains. It’s the natural human tendency for how to organize decisions, and in distributed systems without centralized middlemen, it’s the only … cryptocurrencies & blockchains online communities security & privacy a16z Podcast on-the-road governance hallway conversations

For real estate, blockchain could unshackle investment

IT World

A blockchain industry alliance has released a guide and list of use cases for deploying the technology to enable, among other things, the purchase of fractions of real estate property as digital securities on an open marketplace.

Including "blockchain" in your marketing copy powers willingness to pay

ProfitWell

On this episode of the ProfitWell Report, Marcelo Furtado , Co-Founder at Convenia , asks us a brilliant SaaS marketing question: How does having "blockchain" or "crypto" in your marketing impact willingness to pay?

6 Ways Blockchain Could Change the Marketing Landscape

Nimble - Sales

Blockchain is the single most disruptive technology in our lifetime. If you’re like most people, you probably associate blockchain with Bitcoin or other cryptocurrencies. Here are six ways blockchain could alter the marketing industry […].

7 blockchain mistakes and how to avoid them

IT World

Companies are still cautiously dipping their toes into the blockchain trough, hoping to discover where the distributed ledger technology can create efficiencies in their business processes.

SAP targets counterfeit drugs with blockchain tracker

IT World

SAP has launched a supply chain tracking service based on blockchain that will enable drug wholesalers to authenticate pharmaceutical packaging returned from hospitals and pharmacies. Further reading: What is blockchain?

Amazon goes live with its blockchain managed service

IT World

After nearly a year of testing, Amazon on Tuesday announced the general availability its Amazon Managed Blockchain , a fully managed service that makes it easy to create and manage scalable blockchain networks. Amazon originally announced the blockchain-as-a-service (BaaS) at its AWS re:Invent conference last June, inviting companies to sign up for a pilot of it.

SAP targets counterfeit drugs with blockchain tracker

IT World

SAP has launched a supply chain tracking service based on blockchain that will enable drug wholesalers to authenticate pharmaceutical packaging returned from hospitals and pharmacies. Further reading: What is blockchain?

IBM launches global blockchain-based payments network

IT World

IBM today unveiled Blockchain World Wire , a real-time global payments network based on distributed ledger technology (DLT) for regulated financial firms. The blockchain-based network will offer a new way for near real-time cross-border payment exchange and international settlement. The settlements can be done in five to 10 seconds.) The network is currently able to transfer funds to more than 50 countries using 47 digital coins backed by fiat currencies.

How blockchain may kill the password

IT World

That's the potential blockchain holds for decentralized identity management. Further reading: What is blockchain?

From coffee bean to cup: Starbucks brews a blockchain-based supply chain with Microsoft

IT World

Starbucks is working with Microsoft to develop a blockchain-based supply chain tracking system and mobile app that will allow customers to track the supply chain journey of the beans they buy and the coffee they drink. In March, Starbucks announced a " digital transparency plan " that would let it verify their coffee beans as 100% ethically and sustainably sourced. Last year, Starbucks worked with more than 380,000 coffee farms to ensure ethical sourcing.

Microsoft touts its first managed blockchain service: JPMorgan’s Quorum

IT World

Microsoft today announced its first Azure-based, managed blockchain platform using JPM's Quorum enterprise-class distributed ledger technology. Since 2015, Microsoft's Azure cloud service has allowed users to install a number of blockchain platforms, including Enterprise Ethereum, Hyperledger Fabric, R3 Corda, and Quorum.

The Impact of Blockchain on SaaS

Tom Tunguz

The blockchain is a technical advance. Blockchain startups have already targeted major buyers of software, from email security products to job marketplaces, from legal products to human resources software. In contrast, blockchain startups are exploring inter-company applications, processes that involve two or more companies. Blockchain companies are striving to identify where this novel technology will dislocate incumbents, dislodge budgets and create massive businesses.

Microsoft launches Azure-based blockchain development kit

ITPro

Another blockchain project has been announced by Microsoft which aims to integrate blockchain and its cloud services

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What Does AirBnB's 'Shares for Hosts' Idea Imply for Blockchain?

Tom Tunguz

And the Blockchain is here. Network effect businesses, those like AirBnB and Facebook, face a theoretical risk from blockchain startups. Blockchain technology incentivizes network participants. If the SEC permits AirBnB and other network-effect companies to reward usage with shares, the SEC may dull the competitive threat from blockchain - especially where there’s an incumbent.

Blockchain craze helps push up related salaries

IT World

Salaries for blockchain developers are up again, with annual pay soaring by more than $4,000 over the past six months for those in the highest bracket. The median annual salary for a blockchain developer is now $132,000, with experienced workers commanding upwards of $176,000 a year when they move to new organizations, according to Janco Associates, a management consulting firm that conducts regular salary surveys and updates its report biannually.

Global blockchain spending to hit $12.4B by 2022; finance sector leads growth

IT World

The largest chunk of worldwide spending on new blockchain networks – nearly $2.9 The research firm also noted that blockchain implementations are moving quickly beyond the pilot and proof-of-concept phase to real-world production systems. Further reading: What is blockchain? The use cases that comprise the blockchain opportunity are developing as swiftly as the technologies enabling it," said Jessica Goepfert, IDC's program vice president for customer insights and analysis.

Libra

Andreessen Horowitz

Today, we collaborate with colleagues, stay connected with friends and family, educate ourselves on new … cryptocurrencies & blockchainsThe internet has changed nearly every aspect of our lives, connecting us in ways that would have been hard to imagine even a decade ago.

Coming soon: A token taxonomy to define the world of blockchain

IT World

The Enterprise Ethereum Alliance (EEA) is working with Microsoft and more than a dozen businesses, research organizations and industry consortiums to create a blockchain-neutral business-focused Token Taxonomy Framework. In essence, the group is working to universally define in non-technical terms what a token is – regardless of the blockchain platform involved – and create a common set of terms and definitions for cross-industry business use.

Past, Present, Future: From Co-ops to Cryptonetworks

Andreessen Horowitz

Network effects are innocuous at first, but can cause … cryptocurrencies & blockchains online communities open source governance historyToday, some of the most valuable corporations in the world today are “network operators”.

Ockam SDK taps blockchain-based identity services for IoT

IT World

Ockam Blockchain Network. When the SDK is added to firmware in connected devices, the devices become clients of the Ockam Blockchain Network, providing identity and trust for IoT and deployed on the Microsoft Azure cloud. Ockam has released an open source SDK, based on Google’s Go language , to allow developers to build identify services into their Internet of Things applications.

Ockam SDK taps blockchain-based identity services for IoT

IT World

Ockam Blockchain Network. When the SDK is added to firmware in connected devices, the devices become clients of the Ockam Blockchain Network, providing identity and trust for IoT and deployed on the Microsoft Azure cloud. Ockam has released an open source SDK, based on Google’s Go language , to allow developers to build identify services into their Internet of Things applications.

Kik and the SEC: What’s Going On and What Does It Mean for Crypto?

Andreessen Horowitz

Weeks before that, the SEC issued guidance that ICOs may constitute illegal securities offerings, so it was no surprise to learn Kik was … cryptocurrencies & blockchains policy glossaries & terms to knowKik, the Tencent-backed messaging app, raised $150 million in August 2017 in an initial coin offering (ICO).

MIT, Stanford and others to build blockchain payments network to rival VisaNet

IT World

Seven major universities are working together to develop a digital currency network that solves blockchain's scalability and performance problems before public confidence in the technology erodes.

MIT, Stanford and others to build blockchain payments network to rival VisaNet

IT World

Seven major universities are working together to develop a digital currency network that solves blockchain's scalability and performance problems before public confidence in the technology erodes.

Facebook’s blockchain cryptocurrency could mean big money – and kill 'fake news'

IT World

Facebook is developing its own cryptocurrency for payments, according to at least two reports, a move that has the potential to make the social network billions of dollars while also helping to eliminate fake news and bots.

Start-up Devvio claims its blockchain can handle 8M transactions a second

IT World

A start-up firm claims its highly efficient distributed ledger protocol can address all the major problems facing blockchain networks, including being able to scale for global financial business by executing up to eight million transactions per second (TPS). The new blockchain protocol, called Devv , was unveiled and demonstrated at CES in Las Vegas last week.

Founding Stories: Anchorage

Andreessen Horowitz

Well, if you were a pirate, you’d keep your booty in a locked treasure … cryptocurrencies & blockchainsWe continue our YouTube series “Founding Stories” with the story of Anchorage. To set the stage, what do you do to keep a valuable asset safe?

On Crypto and Its Implications for American Technology Innovation

Andreessen Horowitz

Cryptocurrencies: Oversight of New … cryptocurrencies & blockchains policy field notesEditor’s Note: This testimony was delivered by a16z managing partner (and former chairman of the board of the National Venture Capital Association) Scott Kupor to the House Agriculture Committee as part of their public hearings on.

Shareholders vs. Stakeholders? No: Customers

Andreessen Horowitz

As companies generally — and tech companies specifically — play a greater role in social and economic issues, the fundamental question that many consumers, politicians, and company builders are asking is, Do corporations exist only to maximize shareholder value … … cryptocurrencies & blockchains policy activist investors/shareholders ethics gig economy & sharing economy governance nature of the firm & evolving institutions

FedEx exec: Blockchain will become a foundational layer – for everything

IT World

BOSTON – While blockchain may never be a panacea for solving all business transaction problems, it will eventually become a foundational technology across industries that will lead to new business models. Related: Blockchain vs. a database: What's the difference? ].

On Startups, Platforms, and Innovation

Andreessen Horowitz

Editor’s Note: This testimony was delivered by managing partner (and former chairman of the board of the National Venture Capital Association) Scott Kupor to the FTC as part of their hearings — with various professors, policymakers, industry representatives, and other … cryptocurrencies & blockchains policy field notes M&A

Libra, Anchorage, and a New Global Currency

Andreessen Horowitz

a16z portfolio company Anchorage is a founding member of the Libra Association , an independent not-for-profit group with the big, hairy, audacious goal of building a new global currency to serve the billions of people who are not well served … cryptocurrencies & blockchains

a16z Podcast: Cryptonetworks as Emerging Economies (Done Right?)

Andreessen Horowitz

Like not separating currency and capital, which accelerated and spread economic growth through the former… but also … cryptocurrencies & blockchains a16z in NYC roadshow a16z Podcast on-the-road data network effects economics governance hallway conversations historyWhen designing cryptonetworks — really, emerging economies — how do we avoid some of the monetary and fiscal policy failings of “real-world” economies?

How Blockchain Technology Enables Open, Meritocratic Start-ups - An Interview With Jack du Rose, Co-founder, Colony

Outseta

By Geoff Roberts 10 min read When you say “Blockchain” or “Ethereum” to people who live their lives outside the spheres of tech or highly speculative investments, you often get confused or simply apathetic reactions, to which I say… understandable.

Encyclopedias are moving to the blockchain. Everipedia, joined by Wikipedia’s co-founder, is leading the charge.

Mucker Capital

Mucker portfolio company Everipedia , the “encyclopedia of everything,” announced today that it is creating the world’s first encyclopedia on the blockchain, and that Wikipedia co-founder Dr. Larry Sanger has joined the company’s executive team as Chief Information Officer. Blockchain technology is making exciting new things possible.

Facebook’s cryptocurrency ratchets up pressure on banks, but has big risks

IT World

Facebook's plans to launch its own cryptocurrency and digital wallet should be a clarion call to commercial banks: if you don't begin to explore blockchain technology, tech companies could eat your lunch. Further reading: Blockchain: The complete guide ].

Enterprise Ethereum upgrades to boost interoperability, performance

IT World

The Enterprise Ethereum Alliance (EEA) today announced new and updated specifications aimed at helping developers create business-class blockchain networks that are faster, easier to use and capable of interacting with other distributed ledger networks.