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Blockchain: Transforming Your Business and Our World

Book Summary

The internet was envisaged as a decentralised global network, but in the past 25 years, it has come to be controlled by a few, very powerful, centralised companies. Blockchain is a technological paradigm shift that allows secure, reliable, and direct information transfer between individuals, organisations, and things, so that we can manage, verify, and control the use of our own data.

Blockchain also offers a new opportunity for humanity to fix some major problems. It can authenticate data, manage its analysis, and automate its use. With better data comes better decision-making. In this way, Blockchain can contribute to solving climate change, reduce voting fraud, fix our identity systems, improve fair trade, and give the poor an opportunity to improve their lives by monetising their (digital) capital. A world built upon peer-to-peer transactions and smart contracts can empower individuals and communities.

This book offers a fresh perspective with which to consider this transformative technology. It describes how Blockchain can optimise the processes that run our society. It provides practical solutions to global problems and offers a roadmap to incorporate Blockchain in your business. It offers a blueprint for a better world. Filled with easy-to-understand examples, this book shows how Blockchain can take over where the internet has fallen short.

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Endorsements

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Don Tapscott

Co-Founder and Executive Chairman at Blockchain Research Institute

“The digital revolution’s first era failed to solve pressing social, economic and environmental challenges. Blockchain offers a once-in-a-generation opportunity to get it right. Blockchain: Transforming Your Business and Our World skillfully champions the opportunities offered by a new Internet of value.”

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Paul Zikopoulos

IBM, VP Cognitive Systems, Big Data speaker and author

“ So much more than JABB (Just Another Blockchain Book). Van Rijmenam and Ryan take you on a tour of the world’s potential with the blockchain trust protocol and its ability to change our world. When you’re done reading this book, you’ll be sketching the art of the possible . . . not dreaming about it. Trust is a competitive advantage. You earn it in droplets and lose it in buck- ets. Van Rijmenam and Ryan turn the typical boring blockchain book upside and create a journey on how trust can change our world. More so, the book makes you dream big – not just about the changes that are coming, but ones that you can participate in or imagine on your own. Never really had a ‘Must Read 2018 Books’ list . . . until now. Blockchain will do for trust what the internet did for search. In a world of good and bad actors, where trust becomes a differentiator, Van Rijmenam and Ryan expand the blockchain aperture from the ubiquitous (and overwritten) cryptocurrency discussion, to a discussion how trust can change the world: business, social, equality, and more. ”

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Thomas Power

Board Member, 9Spokes PLC New Zealand

“ Blockchain will do for trust what the internet did for search. In a world of good and bad actors, where “This is a fine and important read, especially the Blockchain history. I thoroughly recommend you read, ponder and absorb for your token strategy planning. ”

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Vinny Lingham

CEO and Co-Founder of Civic Technologies, Inc.

“Blockchain’s potential is so much more than digital currency. Blockchain: Transforming Your Business and Our World is a step towards bringing that poten- tial to life, exploring positive use cases and practical solutions to a diverse range of global social issues, from climate change and healthcare access to digital identity and poverty. For anyone interested in how we can build a better world with blockchain technology, this book provides an educational snapshot into what a more decentralized future could look like. ”

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Simon Cocking

Editor in chief Irish Tech News & Cryptocoin.News

“The authors tackle a timely and important new technology in an accessible and engaging way. This is a book that will reward you for the time you spend reading it, and we are already looking forward to reading it a second time. It is a worthy addition to the emerging collection of informative and helpful books on the world of blockchain.”

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Lior Rozenman

Author/Publisher Sports Tech--Blockchain Finance

“Unlike any treatise on the topic I've seen to date, this book is a comprehensive but easy to read exposition of the number one transformative problem of our time; trust and how mathematics can help deliver it. It's not a technical book about the algorithms, although it explains what they are and and how they differ from each other. Instead it's a more useful document for most of us because it explains why this new class of consensus driven, distributed, immutable databases we collectively call "Blockchain" are generating so much interest. The authors take us on a journey looking at the seven "Wicked Problems" from the definition and implementation of identity, corruption and fraud detection and its mitigation, to smart contracts, the rule of law and even how new blockchain processes may improve participation and secure democracy itself. I can highly recommend this book for anyone wishing to learn what all the fuss is about”

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