ICO or NO? Episode 15 BrickBlock

Looking for a blockchain-based investment platform? BrickBlock is aiming to be the best decentralized investment platform to date! In this video, Jeremy goes over what the project is and what market advantages the project is trying to capitalize on. He also points out the noteworthy details about the ICO, any potential concerns, and hopes for the project.

Moving the Chain Spotlight #1: Sandra Ro

Moving the Chain Spotlight #1: Sandra Ro

Moving the Chain is an ongoing series from Blockchain WTF that shines a spotlight on folks who are making an impact in the world of blockchain technology and cryptocurrency.

Profile: Sandra Ro is a derivatives industry executive, crypto investor, and entrepreneur who focuses on using blockchain tech to help enable financial access for all. In 2004, she received a MBA in Finance from London Business School. Ro has worked for banking giants, such as Deutsche Bank, and she was previously a vice president at Morgan Stanley. The native of New York is also known for her work with CME Group, which happens to be the world’s largest derivatives exchange.

Ripple: Blockchain Token – What is it?

Ripple is an earlier blockchain project, created in 2012, that evolved from the idea that decentralized payment and monetary systems need greater scalability and quicker transaction times. They use RippleNet and other features of their network to create interconnectivity and compatible infrastructures.

In episode 8 of Blockchain Token, Joe goes over Ripple, discussing it’s features and functionalities as a blockchain or token, possibly both! And he gives you some helpful resources to explore more!

3 Women That Prove That Blockchain Technology Isn’t Just For Men

3 Women That Prove That Blockchain Technology Isn’t Just For Men

The blockchain community would seem to have a long way to go when it comes to gender diversity.  For example, bitcoin, the cryptocurrency most often associated with blockchain technology, has a 90% male user base according to 2015 study. While this number may not sound encouraging for those hoping to find more women involved with the world’s leading form of cryptocurrency; it is actually an improvement.

A similar study back in 2013 showed that the user base was 96% male, suggesting that women are slowly coming around to Bitcoin and blockchain technology.

Cryptocurrency: A Perfect Solution For Intergalactic Trade

Cryptocurrency: A Perfect Solution For Intergalactic Trade

A History of Trade & Possibilities for Intergalactic Trade

Since the discovery of outer space, mankind has seemingly been fascinated by the possibility of other intelligent life forms living outside the boundaries of planet Earth.

Countless films reflect the ideas of this very subject. However, many of these films center around these newly discovered life forms attempting to wipe out the human race.

Yet if we look at our own species history, we find that exploration of any kind usually centers around trade. For example, Christopher Columbus is best known for discovering the New World, but he was actually looking for a trade route from Europe to Asia. Assuming our potential new friends from another galaxy are like-minded in that they will likely be looking to do a bit of wheeling and dealing with us Earth folk.

Economic Protectionism: Fiat Currency’s Propulsion of Cryptocurrency Into the Mainstream

Economic Protectionism: Fiat Currency’s Propulsion of Cryptocurrency Into the Mainstream

It’s hard to dispute the blockchain revolution, given major international financial institutions, such as JPMorgan and HSBC, plunging massive amounts of capital into R&D of the technology. The price of major cryptocurrencies have skyrocketed over the past month (June 2017) alone. With funding on the rise and market adoption on the horizon–see Japan–it is hard to estimate an upper-limit on the value of these tokens. However, the relationship between the crypto markets and traditional markets can provide insight into the future valuation of these tokens.

Impacts of Globalization & Immigration

Impacts of Globalization & Immigration

Influence of Banks on Globalization

Increasing globalization constantly tests our current financial systems. Previous importance placed upon traditional sovereign boundaries has given way to a borderless financial world; one where capital moves freely between citizens of multiple countries.

Globalization has brought about significant immigration of disparate populations. This created demand which has fueled the wire money transfer business for years. Citizens from developing economies move abroad and continually want to send money back home, in hopes of a better life for their families. Multimillion dollar business deals are being finalized between multinational corporations based in different countries. Thus,  creation of a reliable internet marketplace has opened up trade between people residing in opposite ends of the world. All of these scenarios are examples of the borderless financial world we’ve built.

Blockchain on the Front Lines of Finance

Blockchain on the Front Lines of Finance

The Financial System & Blockchain Technology: Could It Be the Solution?

Our current financial system serves tons of people every day, and moves multiple-trillions of dollars. While it may be our current system, it doesn’t mean it’s necessarily the best system. Not surprisingly, its wrought with issues. These issues include, but certainly aren’t limited to

  • Super-high transaction fees
  • Delays in transactions
  • Cumbersome paperwork