Blockchain Revolution

How Data Centralization Ends by 2030

Link to Coindesk: https://www.coindesk.com/data-centralization-2030
The next 10 years will witness the systematic manipulation of human life at a scale unrivaled in history. For all the recent controversies over privacy and surveillance, the real threat is ahead of us.
Unless new approaches to online identity and data management take hold, both governments and private actors will move inexorably from knowing you to shaping you. Blockchain-enabled decentralization will develop as the only viable response to the iron logic of data centralization.
Blockchain believers often talk as though today’s early-adopter use cases, such as cryptocurrency trading and decentralized finance, will lead straight to mass market adoption. As the inevitable ‘killer apps’ appear, so the story goes, blockchain-based systems will conquer the mainstream. One might imagine that we’ll all soon be trading digital collectibles and relying on token-curated registries for accurate information. Governments will lose control over money, and blockchain-based smart contracts will replace court-enforced legal agreements. Uber, Facebook and the banks will wither away in the face of tokenized alternatives.
This narrative is wishful thinking. In most markets, intermediaries will endure for the same reasons they always have: they provide value. The Ubers and Facebooks – and yes, even the banks – tame complexity and produce coherent, convenient, de-risked experiences that no decentralized community can ever match. Early adopters use blockchain-based systems for ideological reasons or to get rich on cryptocurrency speculation. The billions behind them in the mainstream will not. The lock-in power of network effects creates high barriers for alternative economic systems. And the need for trust disqualifies decentralized solutions that are havens for criminals, incapable of effective compliance or vulnerable to catastrophic attacks – which, regrettably, means virtually all of them today.
Truly decentralized blockchain systems will reach critical mass not out of hope but out of necessity. Powerful actors and mainstream users will adopt blockchain as a counterbalance to digital behavior-shaping by governments and private platforms. Dramatic innovations such as decentralized autonomous organizations (DAOs), which manage activity automatically through smart contracts, will become significant at the end point of this process, once the foundations are in place.
Big data and artificial intelligence, pitched as freeing us from human frailties, are becoming powerful tools for social control. This is occurring along two parallel tracks: surveillance authoritarianism and surveillance capitalism. Through massive data collection and aggregation, China’s social credit system envisions an airtight regime of perfect compliance with legal and social obligations. Many other governments, including liberal democracies, are adopting similar techniques. The potential for catching terrorists, child predators and tax evaders is simply too appealing – whether it’s the real objective or a cover story.
"WHAT WE NEED IS A TECHNOLOGY THAT ALLOWS FOR SHARING WITHOUT GIVING UP CONTROL. FORTUNATELY, IT EXISTS."
Meanwhile, private digital platforms are using troves of data to shape online experiences consistent with their business models. What you see online is, increasingly, what maximizes their profits. Companies such as Google, Amazon, Tencent and Alibaba can build the best algorithms because they have the most data. And they aren’t interested in sharing.
Regulatory interventions will fail to derail the self-reinforcing momentum for ever more centralized data repositories. They may even accelerate it by creating layers of compliance obligations that only the largest firms can meet. Europe’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) actually increased the market share of Google and Facebook in online advertising, and so it is not surprising to see such incumbents actively welcoming the prospect of more regulation.
The only lasting solution is to change the economics of data, not to impose private property rights; that would accelerate the market forces promoting data centralization. Giving you “ownership” over your data means giving you legal cover to sell it, by clicking “OK” to a one-sided contract you’ll never read. The problem is not ownership, but control. In today’s algorithm-driven world, sharing and aggregating data increases its value, producing better models and better predictions. The trouble is that once we share, we lose control to centralized data hogs.
What we need is a technology that allows for sharing without giving up control. Fortunately, it exists. It is called blockchain. Blockchain technology is, fundamentally, a revolution in trust. In the past, trust required ceding control to counter parties, government authorities or intermediaries who occupied the essential validating roles in transaction networks. Blockchain allows participants to trust the results they see without necessarily trusting any actor to verify them. That’s why major global firms in health care, finance, transportation, international trade and other fields are actively developing cross-organizational platforms based on blockchain and related technologies. No database can provide a trusted view of information across an entire transactional network without empowering a central intermediary. Blockchain can.
Adopting any new platform at scale, along with the necessary software integration and process changes, takes time – especially when the technology is so immature. But today’s incremental deployments will serve as proofs-of-concept for the more radical innovations to come. Chinese blockchain networks are already managing tens of billions of dollars of trade finance transactions. Pharmaceutical companies are tracking drugs from manufacturing to pharmacies using the MediLedger platform. Boeing is selling a billion dollars of airline parts on Honeywell’s blockchain-based marketplace. Car insurance companies are processing accident claims in a unified environment for the first time. These and other enterprise consortia are doing the essential technical and operational groundwork to handle valuable transactions at scale.
The need for transformative approaches to data will become acute in the next five years. Every week, it seems, another outrage comes to light. For instance, users who posted photos under Creative Commons licenses or default-public settings were shocked they were sucked into databases used to train facial-recognition systems. Some were even used in China’s horrific campaign against Uighur Muslims. Clearview AI, an unknown startup, scraped three billion social media images for a face identification tool it provided, with no oversight, to law enforcement, corporations and wealthy individuals. The examples will only get worse as firms and nations learn new ways to exploit data. The core problem is there is no way to share information while retaining control over how it gets used.
Blockchain offers a solution. It will be widely adopted because, behind the scenes, the current data economy is reaching its breaking point. Outrage over abuses is building throughout the world. The immensely valuable online advertising economy attracts so much fraud that the accuracy of its numbers is coming into question. Communities are looking for new ways to collaborate. Governments are realizing the current system is an impediment to effective service delivery.
The technologist Bill Joy famously stated that no matter how many geniuses a company employs, most smart people work somewhere else. The same is true of data. Even giants such as Google, Facebook and Chinese government agencies need to obtain information from elsewhere in their quest for perfect real-time models of every individual. These arrangements work mostly through contracts and interfaces that ease the flow of data between organisations. As Facebook discovered when Cambridge Analytica extracted massive quantities of user data for voter targeting, these connection points are also vulnerabilities. As tighter limits are placed on data-sharing, even the big players will look for ways to rebuild trust.
The blockchain alternative will begin innocuously. Government authorities at the subnational level are deploying self-sovereign identity to pull together information securely across disparate data stores. This technology allows anyone to share private information in a fine-grained way while still retaining control. You shouldn’t have to reveal your address to confirm your age, or your full tax return to verify your stated income. The necessary cryptography doesn’t require a blockchain, but the desired trust relationships do.
Once people have identities that belong to them, not to banks or social media services, they will use them as the basis for other interactions. Imagine a world where you never need to give a third-party unnecessary data to log into a website, apply for a job, refinance a mortgage or link your bank account to a mobile payment app. Where you can keep your personal and professional profiles completely separate if you choose. Where you can be confident in the reputation of a car mechanic or an Airbnb or a product made in China without intermediaries warping ratings for their own gain. The convenience of user experiences we enjoy within the walled gardens of digital platforms will become the norm across the vastness of independent services.
We will gradually come to view access to our personal information as an episodic, focused interaction, rather than fatalistically accepting an open season based on preliminary formal consent. Major hardware companies such as Apple, which don’t depend on targeted advertising, will build decentralized identity capabilities into their devices. They will add cryptocurrency wallets linked behind the scenes to existing payment and messaging applications. Stablecoins – cryptocurrencies pegged to the dollar, pound or other assets – will help tame volatility and facilitate movement between tokens and traditional currencies. Privately created stablecoins will coexist with central bank digital currencies, which are under development in most major countries throughout the world.
Once this baseline infrastructure is widely available, the real changes will start to occur. DAOs will begin to attract assets as efficient ways for communities to achieve their goals. These entities won’t replace state-backed legal systems; they will operate within them. As numerous controversies, crashes and hacks have already demonstrated, software code is too rigid for the range of situations in the real world, absent backstops for human dispute resolution. Fortunately, there are solutions under development to connect legal and digital entities, such as OpenLaw’s Limited Liability Autonomous Organisations and Mattereum’s Asset Passports.
Today, the legal machinery of contracts strengthens the power of centralized platforms. User agreements and privacy policies enforce their control over data and limit individuals’ power to challenge it. Blockchain-based systems will flip that relationship, with the legal system deployed to protect technology-backed user empowerment. Large aggregations of information will be structured formally as “data trusts” that exercise independent stewardship over assets. They will operate as DAOs, with smart contracts defining the terms of data usage. Users will benefit from sharing while retaining the ability to opt out.
"DATA WILL BE TREATED NOT AS PROPERTY BUT AS A RENEWABLE RESOURCE, WITH THE COMPETITION FOR ECONOMIC VALUE IN THE APPLICATIONS BUILT ON TOP OF IT."
Many significant applications require aggregation of data to drive algorithms, including traffic monitoring (and eventually autonomous vehicles); insurance and lending products serving previously excluded or overcharged customer groups; diagnosis and drug dosing in health care; and demand forecasting for economic modeling. Collective action problems can prevent constructive developments even when rights in data are well defined. DAOs will gradually find market opportunities, from patronage of independent artists to mortgage securitization.
The big data aggregators won’t go away. They will participate in the decentralized data economy because it provides benefits for them as well, cutting down on fraud and reinforcing user trust, which is in increasingly scarce supply. Over time, those who provide benefits of personalization and targeting will more and more be expected to pay for it. A wide range of brokering and filtering providers will offer users a choice of analytics, some embedded in applications or devices and some providing services virtually in the cloud. Governments will focus on making data available and defining policy objectives for services that take advantage of the flow of information. Data will be treated not as property but as a renewable resource, with the competition for economic value in the applications built on top of it.
The most powerful benefit of open data built on blockchain-based decentralised control is that it will allow for new applications we can’t yet envision. If startups can take advantage of the power of data aggregation that today is limited to large incumbents, they are bound to build innovations those incumbents miss.
The surveillance economy took hold because few appreciated what was happening with their data until it was too late. And the cold reality is that few will accept significantly worse functionality or user experience in return for better privacy. That is why the blockchain-powered revolution will make its way up from infrastructural foundations of digital identity and hardware, rather than down from novel user-facing applications.
This vision is far from certain to be realized. Business decisions and government policies could make blockchain-based data decentralization more or less likely. The greatest reason for optimism is that the problem blockchain addresses – gaining trust without giving up control – is becoming ever more critical. The world runs on trust. Blockchain offers hope for recasting trust in the networked digital era.
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Blockchain in Insurance: Use Cases and Implementations

Blockchain in Insurance: Use Cases and Implementations
This article was first posted on Medium: https://medium.com/swlh/blockchain-in-insurance-use-cases-and-implementations-a42a00ebcd91
Almost all major insurers are planning to integrate blockchain by 2021, according to PwC. At first glance, such a high level of commitment to new tech may seem surprising in an old and traditional industry such as insurance. However, enterprise blockchain adoption is poised to help insurers significantly cut costs, become more responsive to customers, and write more business.
Two recurring themes throughout this post are that:
  1. Blockchain can lower costs for insurers and lower insurance premiums for customers.
  2. Blockchain can help insurers understand & price risks better by allowing customer, risk and policy information to be shared more quickly and securely across parties the insurance ecosystem. This will increase revenue and growth prospects by allowing insurers to price insurance products more accurately.
Costs are becoming an issue for insurers. Life insurers in Asia and the US have seen cost ratios climb above 30% and 20% respectively over the past few years. This figure should ideally be below 20%. Part of this is due to increased compliance costs such as Know Your Customer (KYC) and Anti-Money Laundering (AML) laws. A bigger reason is that selling and servicing insurance policies is still a complex and labor intensive process.
Insurance Growth Rates (CAGR) 2012–17. Source: EY
A recent EY insurance market report showed low growth rates for Life insurance and Non-Life insurance outside Asia Pacific. Digging deeper, Life insurance premiums in the US declined by 0.4% from 2012–17.
Insurers find themselves needing to reduce operating costs and write business more effectively. While blockchain is not a magic elixir, proper adoption will help address these needs.

What is Blockchain?

In their book “Blockchain Revolution,” authors Don and Alex Tapscott describe blockchain as “an incorruptible digital ledger of economic transactions that can be programmed to record not just financial transactions but virtually everything of value.”
Organizations need secure ways to record transactions and manage information flows, making blockchain’s appeal easy to see. Blockchains ensures that:
  • All participants have a copy of the digital ledger and that each copy is updated in real-time when transactions occur;
  • There is no centralized server, making hacking next to impossible;
  • A recorded transaction theoretically cannot be reversed, which makes the ledger an immutable source of truth no matter how many participants hold copies;
  • Transaction data, records, and participant identities can be authenticated while remaining private.
Enterprise blockchains used by companies are different from public blockchains such as Bitcoin and Ethereum. Public blockchains are too clunky and slow for enterprise purposes. Enterprises require scale and speed — the ability to process hundreds of thousands of transactions very quickly. Public blockchains suffer from very low transaction speeds. Their verification process is cumbersome because participants are unknown and untrusted. Private enterprise blockchains don’t suffer from this limitation since all participants are known and trusted.
Enterprise blockchains have the following characteristics:
  • Participation requires invitation: all participants in the blockchain network are trusted
  • Data is private and secure: you don’t have access to transactions that you are not a party to, even though you’re on the same blockchain network
  • Enterprise blockchains are fast and light: the network can handle thousands of transactions per second and numerous participants working in tandem
  • ‘Smart contracts’ automate processes: transaction rules and process flows can be programmed to execute automatically, allowing payments and transfers to execute without human intervention, for example
The insurance industry will benefit from blockchain because most underwriting and claims activity requires cooperation among multiple parties. Some of these parties are from outside the firm, making data security important. Reconciling data from multiple sources during claims investigation, for example, is time and resource intensive and prone to manual error. Putting this data on a blockchain would streamline operations.

Blockchain Use Cases in Insurance

Industries have always adopted technology that has made it easier, faster and cheaper to conduct business. Blockchain tech promises to deliver on all three fronts, especially in the insurance industry, which is seen as slow and complex.
Let’s face it, insurance customers don’t enjoy interacting with insurance companies. Customers often deal with time-consuming paper forms when applying for a policy or submitting a claim. They may have to speak with people at insurance companies and hospitals, for example, to get medical insurance claims reimbursed.
On the flip side, insurance companies have to deal with the high costs of managing and servicing policies. Many of these costs are administrative — claims administration, verification and reconciliation of information, and paperwork. Insurance also requires coordination among many parties — consumers, brokers, insurers and reinsurers. This introduces overhead costs that translate to higher premiums paid by customers.
Blockchain can help make selling and servicing insurance better, faster and cheaper by improving fraud prevention, claims management, health insurance, and reinsurance. The end result could be lower prices and better experiences for customers.

Fraud Prevention

According to the FBI, non-health insurance fraud in the US is estimated to be over $40 billion per year, which can cost families between $400–700 per year in extra premiums.
Common types of insurance fraud can be eliminated by moving insurance claims onto a blockchain-based ledger that is shared among insurance companies and cannot be modified. It can prevent criminals from collecting money from different insurers for the same claim, for example.
Blockchain will make coordination easier among insurers. If all insurers access a shared blockchain ledger, they would know if a claim has already been paid. Since all insurers use the same historical claims information, it would also be easier to identify suspicious behavior.
Insurers currently try to detect fraud by using publicly available data as well as data acquired from private companies. The problem is that these data sets are incomplete due to legal constraints around sharing personally identifiable information of individuals. Blockchain, by cryptographically securing data, would allow claims information to be shared across insurers without divulging personally identifiable information.

Claims Management

Putting insurance policies on a blockchain as smart contracts can radically improve the efficiency of Property & Casualty (P&C) insurance, saving insurers more than $200B a year in operating costs according to BCG.
Let’s use car insurance to illustrate this. If you get into a car accident and it was the other driver’s fault, you must submit a claim to your insurance company to recover your loss. Your insurance company investigates your claim and tries to recover money from the other driver’s insurance company. The other insurance company has its own claims processes, which leads to duplicated work, delays, and possible human error. The end result is that you get paid much later than you’d like, and insurers spend time and money on unprofitable activities.
Putting insurance policies and claims data on a blockchain that different insurers, reinsurers, brokers, and other parties can access reduces duplicate manual work by different parties.
Insurance policies as smart contracts on a blockchain automatically execute programmed claims processing actions, automating information transfers between insurers and other parties, and releasing payments to policyholders. Additional info such as claims forms and supporting evidence supplied by policyholders can later be added to the blockchain so that all parties have the same information, making disputes unlikely.

Health Insurance

Blockchain enables fast, accurate, and secure sharing of medical data among healthcare providers and insurers. This will translate into faster health insurance claims processing and lower health insurance costs for customers.
Privacy laws around sharing patient data among hospitals and health insurance providers makes it time-consuming and expensive to process health insurance claims. Lack of data can even lead to insurance claim denials.
Patients deal with numerous doctors, hospitals and insurers over time and across borders. A patient’s medical history exists in fragments across healthcare providers and insurers. Worse, the way in which insurers and healthcare providers cooperate, share patient data, and process claims involves complex manual work & reconciliation. Even the technical infrastructure for medical records is outdated.
Putting encrypted patient records on a blockchain allows healthcare providers and insurers to access a patient’s medical data without sacrificing patient confidentiality. An industry-wide synchronized database of patient data can save the industry billions annually. Patient privacy is ensured because the blockchain stores cryptographic signatures for each medical record, which verifies the authenticity of the record without having to actually store any sensitive info on the blockchain. Changes to a patient’s medical records are also stored on the blockchain, which creates an audit trail.

Reinsurance

Data sharing among insurers and reinsurance companies is complex, time consuming, and requires inefficient manual work. Blockchain can streamline information flows between insurers and reinsurers.
Reinsurers provide insurance to insurance companies. That way, insurance companies won’t get wiped out when many claims occur at once, such as during a hurricane or earthquake.
The problem is that reinsurance processes are lengthy, inefficient, manual and are based on one-off contracts. Insurance companies generally engage multiple reinsurers for the same risk, which means that data has to be shared among many companies to settle claims.
When reinsurers and insurers share a blockchain ledger, data related to policies, premiums and losses can exist on insurers’ and reinsurers’ systems simultaneously. This takes away the need for reconciliation, which saves everyone time and money. Reinsurers can also automate claims processing and settlement.
PricewaterhouseCoopers estimates that blockchain can save the reinsurance industry up to $10 billion, which can then lead to lower insurance premiums for customers.

Blockchain Implementation in Insurance

Saving the best for last, here are just some examples of how the insurance industry is using blockchain. Keep in mind that at this point, there are more prototypes and POCs than full-scale implementations.

R3

R3 is an enterprise blockchain company. It maintains an ecosystem of over 300 firms across industries that build blockchain software apps on top of its Corda platform. These apps can be used across industries from insurance to banking to healthcare. R3 maintains 2 versions of Corda; an open source platform and an enterprise-specific version called Corda Enterprise. Both versions of Corda are compatible with each other.
Insurance-specific applications on Corda are designed to help insurers automate back office activities, streamline operational flows, and generally spend less time on things like claims admin and data processing. There are also apps being development to speed up underwriting and enable faster data sharing among insurers and reinsurers.
Basically, Corda wants to host a common set of insurance apps that the entire industry can use to cut costs and boost revenue. Corda currently boasts over 15 insurance-specific apps, with a few of these deployed into production such as:
  • Blocksure OS: solves problems related to legacy systems, slow manual processes and high rates of error by automating policy admin and claims activities. Policyholders can access all policy and claims info in one app.
  • MIDAS: is a motor insurance authentication platform designed to serve 80 motor insurance companies in Hong Kong. It provides real-time authentication of motor insurance policies, verification, and audit trails. This can help with fraud detection and reduce time required for certain verification activities when it comes to policy and claims management.

B3i

B3i was a blockchain consortium, now an independent software company, supported by leading insurers and reinsurers including Swiss Re, AXA, Zurich, Munich Re, and Allianz. They develop blockchain-based applications for insurers and reinsurers and aim to create industry-wide standards. B3i aims to use blockchain tech to streamline back office processes and claims management — basically lower costs and do things faster. In 2018, B3i switched from IBM’s Hyperledger Fabric to R3’s Corda platform.
In July 2019, they launched a Catastrophe Excess of Loss product on Corda. The product is designed for brokers, insurers and reinsurers to negotiate and place risks more efficiently by reducing manual activities related to placing, renewing and managing treaties.

AXA

In 2017, AXA launched Fizzy, a blockchain platform for flight delay insurance. Customers purchase flight delay insurance, which is recorded in a smart contract. The platform is connected to global air traffic databases and receives flight statuses. If a customer’s flight is delayed for more than two hours, the smart contract automatically triggers payment to the customer.
Customers don’t have to fill out claims forms or speak to service reps. The claim is deposited directly to their bank account. Customer satisfaction: maximized.
AXA does not have to spend time processing claims, verifying flight data, or enduring paperwork for payment authorizations. They save on time & cost and can deploy these resources to more profitable activities.
Update: Fizzy has since been discontinued after 2 years, possibly due to lack of appetite from the travel/airline industry. Regardless, Fizzy was a pioneer of sorts and has laid the groundwork for future blockchain insurance platforms.

Blue Cross

Hong Kong insurer Blue Cross is using blockchain since April 2019 to speed up medical insurance claims processing and prevent fraud.
Blue Cross’ blockchain platform validates claims data in real-time, which greatly reduces fraud potential from duplicate claims filing, for example. Claims are also processed faster for their 200,000+ customers. The platform also removes the need to reconcile claims data across parties such as insurers and medical service providers. Medical practitioners such as doctors and chiropractors who don’t employ many admin support staff could save time and money by partnering with Blue Cross.
Blue Cross’ blockchain platform is built on Hyperledger. Blue Cross is owned by Bank of East Asia.

Insurwave

Insurwave is a blockchain-based marine hull insurance platform launched in 2018. The platform was a collaboration among Ernst & Young, Guardtime, Maersk, Microsoft, and ACORD. It was built on R3’s Corda platform.
Insurwave provides real-time information on ships’ location, condition, and safety factors that both insurers and customers can access. If ships enter high-risk areas, Insurwave automatically factors this into underwriting and pricing calculations.
Premium calculations for this type of insurance are very complex. Having an immutable audit trail for ship-specific information substantially eases this calculation, enables accurate pricing, and speeds up underwriting. Insurers are also able to better account for ship-specific risks.

The Future of Blockchain in Insurance

These are still early days. Most of the work around blockchain in insurance is in the Proof of Concept stage and regulation is slowly catching up. However, we have already seen some applications that have gone live.
The ‘quickest win’ for blockchain in insurance is in the area of cost control. Rising costs are hitting insurers across most markets. Blockchain platforms and Dapps that allow firms to free up resources by automating claims management, fraud detection and data reconciliation, for example, will be heartily endorsed by executives.
The real win will be when blockchain platforms enable insurers to create better products and onboard customers faster — things that bring in revenue. For this to happen, we need a more robust ecosystem of insurers, reinsurers, tech companies and service providers working together on industry-standard blockchain platforms.
This has already started with software companies like R3 launching enterprise-grade blockchain platforms such as Corda Enterprise. We also have leading insurers involved in B3i that share common goals related to blockchain development. It remains to be seen if these natural competitors share enough long-term interests to sustain the initiative. If not, industry-wide blockchain adoption may take longer and become more fragmented.
However, the benefits are too obvious to ignore. We will probably see a few committed companies invest early in blockchain and enjoy a short period of above-normal performance, with early adoption coming from mature markets burdened with high costs as well as some parts of Southeast Asia (e.g. China, which proactively adopts tech). The rest of the industry will follow.
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11 Books about Ethereum/Solidity/Blockchain/Trading.

Greets, everyone.. So I made a list of the best books out there about Ethereum/Solidity/Trading and a few about Blockchain in general to the people that want to get involved deeper and perhaps develop any Dapp or get better at Day trading.
Hope you like it.
Ethereum: Blockchains, Digital Assets, Smart Contracts, Decentralized Autonomous Organizations • by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
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The book aims to help you get your head around blockchains in general and around Ethereum specifically. Since Ethereum is currently the pre-imminent blockchain, it makes sense as reference point. The essential stuff is the same for any blockchain. This text was written for people with a fast grasp, who are not programmers. Reading this should give you the basics to cut through the hype and to identify blockchain opportunities in your professional domain. There are tiny bits of code, which can be admired and skipped.
Introducing Ethereum and Solidity: Foundations of Cryptocurrency and Blockchain Programming for Beginners • by Apress
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Learn how to use Solidity and the Ethereum project – second only to Bitcoin in market capitalization. Blockchain protocols are taking the world by storm, and the Ethereum project, with its Turing-complete scripting language Solidity, has rapidly become a front-runner. This book presents the blockchain phenomenon in context; then situates Ethereum in a world pioneered by Bitcoin.
Mastering Ethereum: Building Smart Contracts and Dapps 1st Edition (Pre Order)
• by Andreas M. Antonopoulos (Author), Gavin Wood (Author)
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With this practical guide, you’ll learn how to create markets, store registries of debts or promises, move funds in accordance with instructions given long in the past (like a will or a futures contract), and many other things that have not been invented yet, all without a middle man or counterparty risk.
Ethereum Programming – August 4, 2017
• by Alex Leverington (Author)
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This book shows you how to build decentralized, resilient, unstoppable apps with Ethereum. We'll start with the basics, what ether is and how to acquire and use it, what DApps are and how they're relevant for developers and businesses of all sizes. Then we dive straight into examples that explore the concepts. Moving on, we'll design and build powerful, unstoppable applications that use Ethereum for their state storage. Finally, you'll see how to test and launch your app to provide resilient, unstoppable, reliable services to your users.
Blockchain Revolution: How the Technology Behind Bitcoin Is Changing Money, Business, and the World • by Don Tapscott , Alex Tapscott ( No1 Best Seller Money & Monetary Policy & Digital Currencies)
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Blockchain is the ingeniously simple, revolution­ary protocol that allows transactions to be simul­taneously anonymous and secure by maintaining a tamperproof public ledger of value. Though it’s the technology that drives bitcoin and other digital cur­rencies, the underlying framework has the potential to go far beyond these and record virtually everything of value to humankind, from birth and death certifi­cates to insurance claims and even votes.
The Business Blockchain: Promise, Practice, and Application of the Next Internet Technology • by William Mougayar (Author), Vitalik Buterin (Foreword)
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The Business Blockchain charts new territory in advancing our understanding of the blockchain by unpacking its elements like no other before. William Mougayar anticipates a future that consists of thousands, if not millions of blockchains that will enable not only frictionless value exchange, but also a new flow of value, redefining roles, relationships, power and governance. In this book, Mougayar makes two other strategic assertions.
Blockchain: Blockchain, Smart Contracts, Investing in Ethereum, FinTech • by Jeff Reed
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Learn About the Emerging World of Financial Technology, and What They Won't Teach You In School.. Jeff Reed has packaged four of his best-selling book so you can learn everything you need to know about financial technology in the 21st Century. By purchasing this book you're getting Blockchain, Smart Contracts, Investing in Ethereum, and Smart Contracts...a sweet 4-in-1 bundle deal (which Jeff considers a steal)!
Investing in Ethereum: The Ultimate Guide to Learning--and Profiting from--Cryptocurrencies • by Oscar Flyn
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Ethereum is now one of the hottest platforms to trade cryptocurrency on today. It’s growing by leaps and bounds every day, and it offers a different range of services that Bitcoin just doesn’t deliver. It’s also fairly simple to understand and is a low to no cost system to start on. Now, in this book, you’ll get the inside look at this new and virtually untapped network--. You’ll learn all about Ethereum, it’s amazing benefits, its relationship to bitcoin, its decentralized nature, and the potential pitfalls to watch out for.
The Internet of Money • by Andreas M. Antonopoulos
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Andreas goes beyond exploring the technical functioning of the bitcoin network by illuminating bitcoin’s philosophical, social, and historical implications. As the internet has essentially transformed how people around the world interact and has permanently impacted our lives in ways we never could have imagined, bitcoin -- the internet of money -- is fundamentally changing our approach to solving social, political, and economic problems through decentralized technology.
Ethereum: A look into the world of Ethereum and how to trade and invest this cryptocurrency! • by Ben Abner
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You’re about to discover how to... I want to thank you for downloading the book, Ethereum Trade and Investment. This book contains all the information that you need to know about Ethereum in a compact and to the point format. The book is targeted toward people who love to learn about investing, trade and new money making opportunities.
Mastering Bitcoin: Unlocking Digital Cryptocurrencies 1st Edition • by Andreas M. Antonopoulos
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Mastering Bitcoin is essential reading for everyone interested in learning about bitcoin basics, the technical operation of bitcoin, or if you're building the next great bitcoin killer app or business. From using a bitcoin wallet to buy a cup of coffee, to running a bitcoin marketplace with hundreds of thousands of transactions, or collaboratively building new financial innovations that will transform our understanding of currency and credit, this book will help you engineer money. You're about to unlock the API to a new economy. This book is your key.
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Digital Gold: Bitcoin and the Inside Story of the Misfits and Millionaires Trying to Reinvent Money • by Nathaniel Popper
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Bitcoin, the landmark digital money and financial technology, has spawned a global social movement with utopian ambitions. The notion of a new currency, maintained by the computers of users around the world, has been the butt of many jokes, but that has not stopped it from growing into a technology worth billions of dollars, supported by the hordes of followers who have come to view it as the most important new idea since the creation of the Internet.
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How to follow, study and keep up to date with the Ethereum project. This info or link might help with newbies or people you would like to send info to regarding what ethereum is.

Iv been asked to put together some info / links on the Ethereum Project by a few people lately that iv met or talked to and since its Sunday and i got a half day from work here it is:
I emailed them and then pasted it here so sorry if its a bit clumped together. Cant get the grasp of how reddit breaks up sentances 8-()
https://www.ethereum.org/ Ethereum is a decentralized platform that runs smart contracts: applications that run exactly as programmed without any possibility of downtime, censorship, fraud or third party interference.
These apps run on a custom built blockchain, an enormously powerful shared global infrastructure that can move value around and represent the ownership of property. This enables developers to create markets, store registries of debts or promises, move funds in accordance with instructions given long in the past (like a will or a futures contract) and many other things that have not been invented yet, all without a middle man or counterparty risk.
The project was bootstraped via an ether pre-sale during August 2014 by fans all around the world. It is developed by the Ethereum Foundation, a Swiss nonprofit, with contributions from great minds across the globe.
Ethereum Blog: https://blog.ethereum.org/
Note: This is not investment advise, This email is just to show you what Ethereum is, what these 1000's of computer scientists, developers, programmers and hackers are building. A whole new internet run from millions of peoples computers all over the world to create the "Ethereum Virtual Machine" or world computer that 7 Billion people can log onto at the same time. It is censorship resistant, encrypted and the Ethereum Blockchain can not be hacked. This is going to change the world as we know it.
There is a built in currency called "Ether" or "ETH" and can be purchased from any of many exchanges listed below.
Note 2: ETC or Ethereum Classic is a smaller blockchain project that also uses the EVM (Ethereum Virtual Machine) and id advise to stay away from that project, it has not got the 1000's of developers building it like ETH does, it apparently has one or 2 developers that went their own way, The EVM can also run private and consortium blockchains that alot of big and small companies are building on for their inhouse private operations. Like a Intranet (intranet is a private network that is contained within an enterprise)
Its very hard to understand at first what exactly blockchain is so here are some videos that i think explains it well:
BBC 2015 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0X33lgMbvdI
Ethereum: the World Computer https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j23HnORQXvs
An Ethereum Interview Series // Teaser from the recent Devcon2 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gHseIdJ0SJU
What is Ethereum? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Clw-qf1sUZg&t=123s
ETHEREUM explained in 100 seconds. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eRDKP8nCVtU
Vitalik Buterin explains Ethereum https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TDGq4aeevgY
DEVCON1: Understanding the Ethereum Blockchain Protocol - Vitalik Buterin
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gjwr-7PgpN8
2016 China Devcon2: Ethereum in 25 Minutes https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=66SaEDzlmP4&t=1s
Joseph Lubin - The Basics of Blockchain and Etherum https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0ilYnuP1qd4&t=50s
DEVCON1: Ethereum for Dummies - Dr. Gavin Wood https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U_LK0t_qaPo
Blockchain is Eating Wall Street | Alex Tapscott | https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WnEYakUxsHU
How the mysterious dark net is going mainstream https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pzN4WGPC4kc&t=378s
The four pillars of a decentralized society | Johann Gevers https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8oeiOeDq_Nc
Gavin Wood: Why is Blockchain a game changer? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ygZWhQXZtl4&t=188s
Brock Pierce: Blockchain technology https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3lMvo0PPxjQ&t=619s
2014 Keiser Report: New Crypto Phenomenon Ethereum https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hdAnyC45ZbU (starts at about 12 mins)
Devcon2 Videos from 2016 https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCNOfzGXD_C9YMYmnefmPH0g/videos
Devcon1 and other Ethereum Videos from 2014 & 15 https://www.youtube.com/useethereumproject/videos
Soundcloud: (these are great with Arthur speaking directly to Developers that are building on Ethereum)
The Ether Review - Arthur Falls https://soundcloud.com/arthurfalls
ConsenSys Media - Arthur Falls https://soundcloud.com/consensys
Evan Van Ness sends out "The week in Ethereum" latest here: http://www.weekinethereum.com/
Id highly recommend subscribing to his news letter here http://evanvanness.us14.list-manage1.com/subscribe?u=4c6ec57a148e890524b6ac91f&id=7061f7fa65
Ethereum Rules and Getting Started Guide https://www.reddit.com/ethereum/comments/4ws9um/rethereum_rules_and_getting_started_guide/
Reddit:
https://www.reddit.com/ethereum/new/ News, development and everything apart from price. Most news about Ethereum can be found here daily
https://www.reddit.com/ethtradenew/ price and trading discussions
Ethereum News commentators i watch:
Crypt0 https://www.youtube.com/useobham001/videos
Mr Yukon C https://www.youtube.com/channel/UClfAgeZvfwC9hcJrFisW8cQ/videos
Ethereum people to follow on twitter to get linked and fed important blockchain info:
@SingularDTV @golemproject @ethcoreproject @MrYukonC @EthereumCanada @ConsenSysLLC @R3CEV @DigixGlobal @AugurProject @NickSzabo4 @ethereumJoseph @Gatecoin @aantonop @BobSummerwill @GeorgeAHallam @el33th4xor @awrelllRo @mingchan88 @peter_szilagyi @koeppelmann @LefterisJP @stephantual @wmougayar @jeffehh @TaylorGerring @avsa (there is plenty more i just don't have them on my twitter yet)
To run a node from your computer you can download the "Ethereum Wallet" here: https://github.com/ethereum/mist/releases
Instructions:
How to Install the Ethereum Wallet https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y3JfLgjqNU4&t=7s
How to Back up and load the Ethereum Wallet https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CZ8ZCtbxD0M&t=2s
How To Watch Tokens and Other Smart Contracts with the Ethereum Wallet https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V_KJ84jkPi8
Ethereum and other blockchain project prices http://coinmarketcap.com/
There are many exchanges that trade Ether around the world http://coinmarketcap.com/currencies/ethereum/#markets
Some ones i have used are: www.kraken.com Accepts Euro, Dollar, GBP etc.. by SEPA or international bank transfer and you can buy Ether
www.poloniex.com (does not accept fiat but it is the largest volume for trading crypto pairs, I have used www.bitstamp.net in the UK to buy Bitcoin and then send them to Poloniex to swap for Ether )
www.yunbi.com A very good exchange based in China and have listed a few ethereum tokens, you need to swap through CNY (Chinese Yuan) but its easy and very good support.
www.bittrex.com No Fiat but also lists some Ethereum Based tokens
www.gatecoin.com Based in Hong Kong and you can send Euro and Dollar, Also lists alot of Ethereum Based tokens, Volume is very low at the moment as they recover from a hack but they offer very good support.
The safest place to store you Ether is on a hardware wallet like this one https://www.ledgerwallet.com/products/12-ledger-nano-s.
You can also store all you Ethereum based tokens or shares on this device https://ledger.groovehq.com/knowledge_base/topics/how-to-secure-your-eth-tokens-augur-rep-dot-dot-dot-with-your-nano-s
The way "I view" the incentive to keep Ether (ETH) is the following and the reason i think it will go up in value is because of "The velocity of Ether moving through the Ethereum economy (Platform)". So the more Ether is used the higher the price will get and in a number of years will see us move down to the lower units finney, szabo, shannon, babbage, lovelace, and wei as the digital economy grows. Ether has 18 decimal places 1,000,000,000,000,000,000. Because after POS Ether total supply will be set at approx. 100 Million with a small inflation of 1 to 3% that pays the computers running it.
So ether will be more like the reserve currency and trade currency between all the other currencies, contracts and Dapps interacting in the Ethereum digital economy. But its main function is like a gas to run the network. Every transaction you have to pay a tiny amount to the network that goes to all the computers running the network. less than 1 penny.
Ethereum Based Tokens / Synthetic assets (What is a Synthetic Asset https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=St9DBpNBP1Q)
On coinmarketcap.com you can see there are 642 other Blockchain projects listed and some like Bitcoin are 8 years old. 90%+ of these projects are junk projects developed by 1 or 2 people and are just copies of Bitcoin. Some have added extra functions over Bitcoin and Bitcoin is a very secure but slow payment DAPP but cant do much else besides payments.
Ethereum was built from scratch and is built like lets say "android or a smart phone" so that DAPPS can be plugged in as you should have heard from the above videos. So there are now a good few DAPPS that are nearly completion that were built on the ethereum blockchain by different groups of developers. There are alot more but 328 are listed here: http://dapps.ethercasts.com/. So there is not just 643 blockchain projects there are over 1000 but all the ones on Ethereum can communicate or interoperate with eachother. Some notable ones you can see listed on coinmarketcap are Augur, Iconomi, DigixDAO, Golem, SingularDTV etc..... All these because they are built on the Ethereum blockchain can interact with eachother but the other 600+ blockchains can not. This is what makes Ethereum different from the rest.
As DigixDAO is the one i have studied most ill give an example of a DAPP thats built on Ethereum and why a DAPP would be usefull
In industry most work is automated, the operators no longer have to take process samples manually and send to the lab or go and top up a tank manually with certain additives, This is all done by automation, When the process is at a certain temperate, level, viscosity etc.. the instrumentation measures this and adds or pumps the necessary ingredients / additives to make sure the final product is made correctly. This automation has saved alot of costs and manual labour in industry.
What Digix / blockchain is doing is automating alot of the back office paperwork, accounting, agreements etc... Example: company that owns a gold vault (Like Silver Bullion) have employees handling paperwork / sales etc and when people sell and buy gold it changes hands or changes registered ownership and the employees have to manually do this paperwork. What Digix provides is automated software that does all this automatically in 14 seconds. For billing / storage if you have gold stored in the vault you pay about 1% a year so you know if you have $10,000 worth of gold then you need to pay about $100 a year which you pay by topping up your gold (DGX) by $100 and its taken out automatically each day by a tiny tiny amount.
The good thing is that if you have Gold Tokens as your savings instead of Fiat and you need to borrow $ short term you can borrow $ by agreeing to lock your Gold Tokens in a smart contract in the software and pay interest for that loan. If you pay back the loan over 3 months then the gold tokens are automatically returned to your address and you havent missed a gold rally or a Fiat devaluation. If you dont pay it back then the person who lent you the $ gets all your gold (or the % not paid) Again this process is automated in a smart contract and the bullion employee didnt have to settle all the paperwork, transfers of gold or get contracts and agreements signed by both parties, This is done by digital signature / agreements and saves the Vault operator alot of costs.
The vault operator can also earn a bit of the loans interest and $ can be provided by them or even 3rd parties. Using the Ethereum blockchain this can be done for lots of different industries from banking, stocks, insurance, gambling, pritty much everywhere
Other non Ethereum related Youtube people i follow, mainly Economics, Geo-politics, Gold / Silver etc.... These people give some very good info that you wont get from the big media companies or state media. Maybe this will help you understand why you should not keep 100% of your wealth in $ and maybe a few % is worth keeping in Crypto or ever Gold Physical or easier DGX (DigixDAO) or DGD.
Greg Hunter https://www.youtube.com/useusawatchdog/videos
Gerald Celente Trends in the News https://www.youtube.com/usegcelente/videos
Gregory Mannarino https://www.youtube.com/useGregVegas5909/videos
Realist News Jsnip4 https://www.youtube.com/usejsnip4/videos
SGT Report https://www.youtube.com/useSGTbull07/videos
Stefan molyneux https://www.youtube.com/usestefbot/videos
X22 Report https://www.youtube.com/useX22Report/videos
Clif High https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=clif+high
Noem Chomsky https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=noem+chomsky
Health
Dr John Bergman https://www.youtube.com/usejohnbchiro/videos
Nutrition Facts Org https://www.youtube.com/useNutritionFactsOrg/videos
Any questions just ask
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Top Blockchain and Crypto Events in the 2nd Quarter of 2019

Top Blockchain and Crypto Events in the 2nd Quarter of 2019
2019 has become a slow but steady year for blockchain and crypto.
From a very low point by the end of last year, cryptocurrencies have gained a relevant increase again although no way near the peak value that they had during the conclusion of 2017 and the beginning of 2018.
But the blockchain technology along with its most famous application, cryptocurrencies, have a lot to improve and innovate. This year, conferences and summits on blockchain technology, crypto investments, and the likes are being conducted for public information, educational purposes and opportunities for bigger implementation through prospect investors.

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The first quarter of the year started with big gatherings such as The North America Bitcoin Conference in Miami, Crypto Finance Conference in Switzerland, World Blockchain Summit in Singapore and Block Hedge Conference in Bangkok and more all throughout the world. In the second quarter of 2019, more events are coming up for investors, enthusiasts, and even starters in the blockchain and crypto world.
If you are looking for conferences to join in the coming months, we have listed some of the most awaited and upcoming blockchain and crypto events for the remainder of 2019’s second quarter all over the globe:
1. Blockchain Life 2019 | April 23-24, 2019 | Singapore, Marina Bay
This is a global blockchain forum in Singapore, proclaimed in their website as one of the most famous and important events in the blockchain industry. Some of the notable speakers include Roger Ver CEO of Bitcoin.com, Ella Zhang, Head of Binance Labs, Xinxi Wang, Litecoin Foundation Director, and Felix Mago, Co-Founder or Dash Thailand.
2. Blockchain Revolution Global | April 24-25, 2019 | Toronto, Canada
With speakers like the Executive Chairman of Blockchain Research Institute, Don Tapscott, Bridget van Kralingen, SVP Global Industries Clients and Platforms and Blockchain IBM, and Richard W. Smith, President, and CEO of FedEx Logistics, and more, this blockchain event aims to cover all problems blockchain could give solutions to, in all aspects from assets, to financial services, healthcare, etc.
3. Consensus 2019 | May 13-15, 2019 | New York
This blockchain technology summit is a proud event of CoinDesk that has run for five years now. The aim is to discuss all of the real-world applications of blockchain technology that are being developed and have yet to develop. The event expects over 125 guest speakers.
4. Digital Asset Summit (DAS) | May 15, 2019 | New York
Main attendees of this event will be the institutional participants in the digital space. Speakers like Head of Corporate Development in Fidelity Investments, Tom Jessop, Director of Business Development and Global Head of Cryptos, John Tornatore, Founder & Chief Investment Officer of Ikigai Asset Management, Travis Kling, and more, will discuss the evolution of the crypto ecosystem’s market infrastructure and regulatory hurdles.
5. European Blockchain Convention | May 20, 2019 | Copenhagen, Denmark
Big people from Copenhagen like Cecilia Lonning-Skovgaard, Mayor of Employment and Integration in the city of Copenhagen will attend this event. This conference is the Nordic Edition for The European Blockchain Convention. With 40 brightest experts from the blockchain scene as speakers, it aims to produce inspiring content and also facilitate an environment for networking and possible business relations.
6. Blockchain for Financial Services Global Summit | June 4-5, 2019 | Toronto, Canada
Speakers such as Alex Tapscott, Advisor and Co-Founder of Blockchain Research Institute, and Ravindra Bandaru, Director, Counterparty Credit Risk Analytics Governance and Compliance from the Bank of America will explore the latest innovations of blockchain technology.
7. EventHorizon Summit 2019 | June 19-20, 2019 | Kraftwerk, Berlin
As the world’s leading summit on energy and blockchain, this event aims to showcase the future of energy supply and discuss how to acquire 100% renewables and negative carbon. Speakers include Founder of Rimac Automobili, Mate Rimac, Chief Operating Officer at Verv and VLUX.io, Maria McKavanagh, and more.
8. Blockchain Summit | June 26-27,2019 | Olympia West, London
This summit is the largest blockchain-focused event in Europe, with 5,000 people, combined investors, innovators, leaders, and businessmen. Speakers aim to address the challenges and potentials of blockchain in the future. There will be interactive sessions, workshops and networking opportunities with blockchain enthusiasts.
As blockchain and crypto need more exposure when it comes to educating the public, these conferences help solve this need and not only the sole purpose and intent of the specific event.
Wherever you are in the globe, you may attend and be informed about blockchain and crypto developments by participating in these events and conferences. Conferences and summits are best for beginners to fully understand what blockchain is, the underlying technology behind cryptocurrencies.
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BORA Ecosystem

ntroducing BORA Ecosystem, the Solution for the Content and Entertainment Industry

The last few years the media has been releasing countless stories of companies that have been suffering from hacks or security breaches that resulted in user data being compromised by malicious actors. Hackers are apparently becoming ever more creative on how to divert servers and hack into systems. Even big companies, like Yahoo, Ebay and LinkedIn, have fallen victim to hackers. It seems like no one is safe; except for systems that are literally incorruptible.
Like Don and Alex Tapscott state in their 2016 book, Blockchain Revolution: How the Technology Behind Bitcoin Is Changing Money, Business, and the World: “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.”
Blockchain is a system that is incorruptible, tamper free, safe, secure and transparent. By implementing the technology into various projects, vulnerabilities can be phased out. A project that is focused on creating a blockchain based ecosystem that does just that is BORA ecosystem.
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5 Most Selling Books To Learn Bitcoin-easy for beginners.

5 Most Selling Books To Learn Bitcoin-easy for beginners.
5 Best Books About Bitcoin
Nathaniel Popper, a reporter at The New York Times who covers finance and technology, chronicles the history of the earliest bitcoin supporters in his 2015 book, including the stories of key players like the Winklevoss twins, Cameron and Tyler (who reportedly became the first "bitcoin billionaires" when the cryptocurrency's value breached $10,000 in November) and bitcoin's mysterious creator Satoshi Nakamoto.
"Bitcoin may be a product of computer science, but it is a very human story. ... This highly entertaining history reminds us yet again that truth can be stranger than fiction," former Treasury Secretary Larry Summers says of the book.
2. "Cryptoassets: The Innovative Investor's Guide to Bitcoin and Beyond" by Chris Burniske and Jack Tatar
Chris Burniske, partner at crypto-focused venture capital firm Placeholder Capital, and Jack Tatar, a frequent author on personal finance, published a "how-to" guide for investing in bitcoin and other digital assets. Their 2017 book discusses how to value cryptocurrencies, when to invest, and "tips to navigate inevitable bubbles and manias," according to the book's website.
"Informative and actionable, Cryptoassets is a must-read for crypto-enthusiasts and capital market investors alike," Arthur Laffer, a member of former President Ronald Reagan's Economic Policy Advisory Board, says of the book.
3. "Blockchain Revolution" by Don Tapscott and Alex Tapscott
Bitcoin uses a technology called blockchain, which is a digital ledger. (Check out CNBC's explainer here.) Blockchain experts Don Tapscott and Alex Tapscott explore how the technology could impact global systems in their 2016 book. The father and son pair co-founded the Blockchain Research Institute, a Canadian think tank with backing from companies like Microsoft, IBM, FedEx and PepsiCo. Forbes named Don Tapscott the second most influential business thinker in 2017.
"The Tapscotts have written the book, literally, on how to survive and thrive in this next wave of technology-driven disruption. Likely to become one of the iconic books of our time," says Harvard Business School professor Clayton Christensen.
4. "The Age of Cryptocurrency" by Paul Vigna and Michael J. Casey
Wall Street Journal reporters Paul Vigna and Michael J. Casey seek to explain how a world run on digital money would differ from today's system of tangible cash, banks, checkbooks, gold and credit cards in their 2015 book.
For example, the book's opening anecdote about a woman in Afghanistan with no bank account accessing money through cryptocurrency shows the kinds of change technology can bring, Fortunenotes in a review.
"Vigna and Casey's thorough, timely and colorful book is a rewarding place to learn about it all," according to a review in The New York Times.
5. "American Kingpin" by Nick Bilton
American Kingpin
This book tells the story of Ross Ulbricht, creator of the Silk Road, who built the dark web e-commerce site into a $1.2 billion platform for drugs, guns and anything else illegal.
One of Amazon's 100 Best Books of 2017, Apple's Best Book of 2017 and a New York Times "Editor's Choice" best-seller, bitcoin enthusiasts can read about the role cryptocurrency played. Nick Bilton is a special correspondent for Vanity Fair, a former reporter for The New York Times and a contributor to CNBC.
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How to follow, study and keep up to date with the Ethereum project. This info or link might help with newbies or people you would like to send info to regarding what ethereum is.

Iv been asked to put together some info / links on the Ethereum Project by a few people lately that iv met or talked to and since its Sunday and i got a half day from work here it is:
https://www.ethereum.org/ Ethereum is a decentralized platform that runs smart contracts: applications that run exactly as programmed without any possibility of downtime, censorship, fraud or third party interference.
These apps run on a custom built blockchain, an enormously powerful shared global infrastructure that can move value around and represent the ownership of property. This enables developers to create markets, store registries of debts or promises, move funds in accordance with instructions given long in the past (like a will or a futures contract) and many other things that have not been invented yet, all without a middle man or counterparty risk.
The project was bootstraped via an ether pre-sale during August 2014 by fans all around the world. It is developed by the Ethereum Foundation, a Swiss nonprofit, with contributions from great minds across the globe.
Ethereum Blog: https://blog.ethereum.org/
Note: This is not investment advise, This email is just to show you what Ethereum is, what these 1000's of computer scientists, developers, programmers and hackers are building. A whole new internet run from millions of peoples computers all over the world to create the "Ethereum Virtual Machine" or world computer that 7 Billion people can log onto at the same time. It is censorship resistant, encrypted and the Ethereum Blockchain can not be hacked. This is going to change the world as we know it.
There is a built in currency called "Ether" or "ETH" and can be purchased from any of many exchanges listed below.
Note 2: ETC or Ethereum Classic is a smaller blockchain project that also uses the EVM (Ethereum Virtual Machine) and id advise to stay away from that project, it has not got the 1000's of developers building it like ETH does, it apparently has one or 2 developers that went their own way, The EVM can also run private and consortium blockchains that alot of big and small companies are building on for their inhouse private operations. Like a Intranet (intranet is a private network that is contained within an enterprise)
Its very hard to understand at first what exactly blockchain is so here are some videos that i think explains it well:
BBC 2015 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0X33lgMbvdI
Ethereum: the World Computer https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j23HnORQXvs
An Ethereum Interview Series // Teaser from the recent Devcon2 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gHseIdJ0SJU
What is Ethereum? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Clw-qf1sUZg&t=123s
ETHEREUM explained in 100 seconds. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eRDKP8nCVtU
Vitalik Buterin explains Ethereum https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TDGq4aeevgY
DEVCON1: Understanding the Ethereum Blockchain Protocol - Vitalik Buterin
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gjwr-7PgpN8
2016 China Devcon2: Ethereum in 25 Minutes https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=66SaEDzlmP4&t=1s
Joseph Lubin - The Basics of Blockchain and Etherum https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0ilYnuP1qd4&t=50s
DEVCON1: Ethereum for Dummies - Dr. Gavin Wood https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U_LK0t_qaPo
Blockchain is Eating Wall Street | Alex Tapscott | https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WnEYakUxsHU
How the mysterious dark net is going mainstream https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pzN4WGPC4kc&t=378s
The four pillars of a decentralized society | Johann Gevers https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8oeiOeDq_Nc
Gavin Wood: Why is Blockchain a game changer? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ygZWhQXZtl4&t=188s
Brock Pierce: Blockchain technology https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3lMvo0PPxjQ&t=619s
2014 Keiser Report: New Crypto Phenomenon Ethereum https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hdAnyC45ZbU (starts at about 12 mins)
Devcon2 Videos from 2016 https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCNOfzGXD_C9YMYmnefmPH0g/videos
Devcon1 and other Ethereum Videos from 2014 & 15 https://www.youtube.com/useethereumproject/videos
Soundcloud: (these are great with Arthur speaking directly to Developers that are building on Ethereum)
The Ether Review - Arthur Falls https://soundcloud.com/arthurfalls
ConsenSys Media - Arthur Falls https://soundcloud.com/consensys
Evan Van Ness sends out "The week in Ethereum" latest here: http://www.weekinethereum.com/
Id highly recommend subscribing to his news letter here http://evanvanness.us14.list-manage1.com/subscribe?u=4c6ec57a148e890524b6ac91f&id=7061f7fa65
Ethereum Rules and Getting Started Guide https://www.reddit.com/ethereum/comments/4ws9um/rethereum_rules_and_getting_started_guide/
Reddit:
https://www.reddit.com/ethereum/new/ News, development and everything apart from price. Most news about Ethereum can be found here daily
https://www.reddit.com/ethtradenew/ price and trading discussions
Ethereum News commentators i watch:
Crypt0 https://www.youtube.com/useobham001/videos
Mr Yukon C https://www.youtube.com/channel/UClfAgeZvfwC9hcJrFisW8cQ/videos
Ethereum people to follow on twitter to get linked and fed important blockchain info:
@SingularDTV @golemproject @ethcoreproject @MrYukonC @EthereumCanada @ConsenSysLLC @R3CEV @DigixGlobal @AugurProject @NickSzabo4 @ethereumJoseph @Gatecoin @aantonop @BobSummerwill @GeorgeAHallam @el33th4xor @awrelllRo @mingchan88 @peter_szilagyi @koeppelmann @LefterisJP @stephantual @wmougayar @jeffehh @TaylorGerring @avsa (there is plenty more i just don't have them on my twitter yet)
To run a node from your computer you can download the "Ethereum Wallet" here: https://github.com/ethereum/mist/releases
Instructions:
How to Install the Ethereum Wallet https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y3JfLgjqNU4&t=7s
How to Back up and load the Ethereum Wallet https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CZ8ZCtbxD0M&t=2s
How To Watch Tokens and Other Smart Contracts with the Ethereum Wallet https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V_KJ84jkPi8
Ethereum and other blockchain project prices http://coinmarketcap.com/
There are many exchanges that trade Ether around the world http://coinmarketcap.com/currencies/ethereum/#markets
Some ones i have used are: www.kraken.com Accepts Euro, Dollar, GBP etc.. by SEPA or international bank transfer and you can buy Ether
www.poloniex.com (does not accept fiat but it is the largest volume for trading crypto pairs, I have used www.bitstamp.net in the UK to buy Bitcoin and then send them to Poloniex to swap for Ether )
www.yunbi.com A very good exchange based in China and have listed a few ethereum tokens, you need to swap through CNY (Chinese Yuan) but its easy and very good support.
www.bittrex.com No Fiat but also lists some Ethereum Based tokens
www.gatecoin.com Based in Hong Kong and you can send Euro and Dollar, Also lists alot of Ethereum Based tokens, Volume is very low at the moment as they recover from a hack but they offer very good support.
The safest place to store you Ether is on a hardware wallet like this one https://www.ledgerwallet.com/products/12-ledger-nano-s.
You can also store all you Ethereum based tokens or shares on this device https://ledger.groovehq.com/knowledge_base/topics/how-to-secure-your-eth-tokens-augur-rep-dot-dot-dot-with-your-nano-s
The way "I view" the incentive to keep Ether (ETH) is the following and the reason i think it will go up in value is because of "The velocity of Ether moving through the Ethereum economy (Platform)". So the more Ether is used the higher the price will get and in a number of years will see us move down to the lower units finney, szabo, shannon, babbage, lovelace, and wei as the digital economy grows. Ether has 18 decimal places 1,000,000,000,000,000,000. Because after POS Ether total supply will be set at approx. 100 Million with a small inflation of 1 to 3% that pays the computers running it.
So ether will be more like the reserve currency and trade currency between all the other currencies, contracts and Dapps interacting in the Ethereum digital economy. But its main function is like a gas to run the network. Every transaction you have to pay a tiny amount to the network that goes to all the computers running the network. less than 1 penny.
Ethereum Based Tokens / Synthetic assets (What is a Synthetic Asset https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=St9DBpNBP1Q)
On coinmarketcap.com you can see there are 642 other Blockchain projects listed and some like Bitcoin are 8 years old. 90%+ of these projects are junk projects developed by 1 or 2 people and are just copies of Bitcoin. Some have added extra functions over Bitcoin and Bitcoin is a very secure but slow payment DAPP but cant do much else besides payments.
Ethereum was built from scratch and is built like lets say "android or a smart phone" so that DAPPS can be plugged in as you should have heard from the above videos. So there are now a good few DAPPS that are nearly completion that were built on the ethereum blockchain by different groups of developers. There are alot more but 328 are listed here: http://dapps.ethercasts.com/. So there is not just 643 blockchain projects there are over 1000 but all the ones on Ethereum can communicate or interoperate with eachother. Some notable ones you can see listed on coinmarketcap are Augur, Iconomi, DigixDAO, Golem, SingularDTV etc..... All these because they are built on the Ethereum blockchain can interact with eachother but the other 600+ blockchains can not. This is what makes Ethereum different from the rest.
As DigixDAO is the one i have studied most ill give an example of a DAPP thats built on Ethereum and why a DAPP would be usefull
In industry most work is automated, the operators no longer have to take process samples manually and send to the lab or go and top up a tank manually with certain additives, This is all done by automation, When the process is at a certain temperate, level, viscosity etc.. the instrumentation measures this and adds or pumps the necessary ingredients / additives to make sure the final product is made correctly. This automation has saved alot of costs and manual labour in industry.
What Digix / blockchain is doing is automating alot of the back office paperwork, accounting, agreements etc... Example: company that owns a gold vault (Like Silver Bullion) have employees handling paperwork / sales etc and when people sell and buy gold it changes hands or changes registered ownership and the employees have to manually do this paperwork. What Digix provides is automated software that does all this automatically in 14 seconds. For billing / storage if you have gold stored in the vault you pay about 1% a year so you know if you have $10,000 worth of gold then you need to pay about $100 a year which you pay by topping up your gold (DGX) by $100 and its taken out automatically each day by a tiny tiny amount.
The good thing is that if you have Gold Tokens as your savings instead of Fiat and you need to borrow $ short term you can borrow $ by agreeing to lock your Gold Tokens in a smart contract in the software and pay interest for that loan. If you pay back the loan over 3 months then the gold tokens are automatically returned to your address and you havent missed a gold rally or a Fiat devaluation. If you dont pay it back then the person who lent you the $ gets all your gold (or the % not paid) Again this process is automated in a smart contract and the bullion employee didnt have to settle all the paperwork, transfers of gold or get contracts and agreements signed by both parties, This is done by digital signature / agreements and saves the Vault operator alot of costs.
The vault operator can also earn a bit of the loans interest and $ can be provided by them or even 3rd parties. Using the Ethereum blockchain this can be done for lots of different industries from banking, stocks, insurance, gambling, pritty much everywhere
Other non Ethereum related Youtube people i follow, mainly Economics, Geo-politics, Gold / Silver etc.... These people give some very good info that you wont get from the big media companies or state media. Maybe this will help you understand why you should not keep 100% of your wealth in $ and maybe a few % is worth keeping in Crypto or ever Gold Physical or easier DGX (DigixDAO) or DGD.
Greg Hunter https://www.youtube.com/useusawatchdog/videos
Gerald Celente Trends in the News https://www.youtube.com/usegcelente/videos
Gregory Mannarino https://www.youtube.com/useGregVegas5909/videos
Realist News Jsnip4 https://www.youtube.com/usejsnip4/videos
SGT Report https://www.youtube.com/useSGTbull07/videos
Stefan molyneux https://www.youtube.com/usestefbot/videos
X22 Report https://www.youtube.com/useX22Report/videos
Clif High https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=clif+high
Noem Chomsky https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=noem+chomsky
Health
Dr John Bergman https://www.youtube.com/usejohnbchiro/videos
Nutrition Facts Org https://www.youtube.com/useNutritionFactsOrg/videos
Any questions just ask
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5 Ways Blockchain Technology will Revolutionize Business

5 Ways Blockchain Technology will Revolutionize Business

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The media headlines today, broadly revolve around the volatility and hype of cryptocurrencies lead by Bitcoin and Ethereum. On the other hand, the growing entente cordiale among business leaders and entrepreneurs is hint enough on the potential applications of Blockchain Technology. This nascent technology is evolving at a robust pace and there is clear evidence that the revolution has begun.But first, what is Blockchain Technology?A new type of internet backbone was created when Blockchain Technology was introduced to the world in the form of Bitcoin. The key essence of Blockchain is that it allows digital information to be distributed but not copied or altered.According to 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.”
Blockchain Technology can be leveraged by businesses around the globe as the spectrum of opportunities emcompasses a great breadth. Here are 5 ways blockchain is disrupting the way we do business.
1. Digital Distinctiveness
Security is a top concern for Businesses of all size and is estimated to cost the industry roughly $18.5 Billion annually. This means that in every three dollar spent by a company, one dollar goes to ad fraud.Blockchain technology offers a solution to many digital identity challenges, where identity can be uniquely authenticated in an immutable and irrefutable manner thereby offering enhanced digital security. Current methods deploy problematic password-based systems of shared secrets exchanged and stored on insecure platforms. Blockchain-based authentication systems are based on irrefutable identity verification using digital signatures based on public key cryptography.
ShoCard is using the blockchain to validate an individual’s identity on their mobile device.”
2. Accounting
Accounting is a classic case-study for a business process that stands to benefit from blockchain adoption. The overwhelming complexities of codes and mathematical tools used by businesses increase the chance of human error to a great extent. Managing and communicating widespread business operations is an uphill task making audit work burdensome.
Blockchain technology may represent the next step for accounting: Instead of keeping separate records based on transaction receipts, companies can write their transactions directly into a joint register, creating an interlocking system of enduring accounting records. Since all entries are distributed and cryptographically sealed, falsifying or destroying them to conceal activity is practically impossible.Transparency and Immutability offered by blockchain adoption, reduces auditor’s workload thereby reducing the fraud to both system failures as well as human errors.Moreover, the large scams that break out due to negligent and corrupt auditors can be kept in check making the entire system trust-free.
Auditchain is the world’s first decentralized accounting, audit and real time reporting ecosystem for enterprise and token statistics.”
3. Supply-Chain Management
How can you assure that the branded product delivered to you by an online retailer is authentic and not counterfeited?How many times have you resent the delivered product raising a quality complain?
How many times have you been delivered a wrong product/good due to technical error?
In the current system, we do not have a choice but have to trust the conventional process being followed by businesses to deliver their goods.Blockchain comes with the characteristics of Traceability and transparency which are essential foundations of logistics.
With the merger of IOT and smart ledger, i.e. blockchain, one can verify the product and you are no longer required to trust the process.
Auxledger’s partnership with HPE aims to strengthen the widely used fault tolerance software - Mission Critical NonStop OS for Supply Chain Management.”
Provenance and SkuChain are two other examples of companies attempting resolve this issue.”
4. Human Resources
Human Resources (HR) is the custodian of the most valuable asset an organization possesses – its People. The core component of enterprise management, Employees are the storehouse of confidential information, knowledge and whereabouts of the enterprise. Hence, nothing can substitute the discretion and importance of HR in the continuous development of a firm. The authenticity of human resource information assumes paramount importance in ensuring cost and efficiency of human resource management.Combination of Blockchain technology and human discretion will establish an HR information management model that addresses the risk concerning the authenticity of human resource information.
5. Capital Access
For an economy to expand, it is necessary for the businesses to perform well. Capital savvy businesses, face many hurdles in procuring capital to run its day to day operations. The loan requested against the unpaid accounts receivable is subjected to heavy scrutiny and is prone to malpractices by corrupt officials resulting in fraud. This raises a question on the integrity and trust of the entire system.
Auxledger, over any other blockchain companies, gives the most profound solution to cater the challenges mentioned above. Adding onto the core characteristics of blockchain i.e; transparency and trust-free environment,Auxledger further adds significant features which include Interoperability between different Financial Institutions negating fraudulent activities and Enhanced Transaction Speed compared to existing technologies available.You can read the details here.
You can refer to the Executive white paper here.
Though it is early days for blockchain adoption, the elite have already spotted its potential use cases.
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Part 1. What is a Blockchain?

I really like the following definition of a blockchain from 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.
 
If the above definition is a bit much to digest all at once, my own basic definition of a blockchain is:
"A chronological public ledger of all past transactions that is VERY difficult to tamper with."
 
What these definitions mean, and what they foreshadow to us, are that the acts of: buying melons at a local farmers market, selling your home, registering your marriage, voting, borrowing money and paying it back, etc, are all possible TODAY by using (and trusting the tech behind) a blockchain.
 
How is this possible? It's actually a fairly simple explanation...When committing information into a blockchain, 7 Simple steps are taken. They are: 1. Request, 2. Broadcast, 3. Validate, 4. Verify, 5. Add to Block, 6. Add to Blockchain, 7. Completion
 
1. Request. Someone decides to Request a transaction. Matt wants to send Corrinne 1 Bitcoin.
 
2. Broadcast. The requested transaction is broadcast by Matt's computer, "HEY EVERYONE! Help me send 1 Bitcoin to Corrinne, here's the necessary info." Matt sends his Broadcast to everyone's computer connected to the blockchain through a Peer-to-Peer network. In this case Matt is only broadcasting to computers on the Bitcoin blockchain, also known as "Broadcasting to the Bitcoin Nodes."
 
3. Validate. The computer Matt is using to Broadcast puts information in his Request that is required by the Bitcoin Nodes before they can Validate his Request. Matt's computer has already done a Validation of his Request before Broadcasting, but the Bitcoin Nodes decide if he has followed the Rules for a Transaction when he self-validated. The Bitcoin Nodes re-check that Matt's Digital Signature is legitimate, and based off of his prior transactions, re-check that he has 1 Bitcoin to send. If Matt's Digital Signature is legitimate, and his Bitcoin address holds at least 1 Bitcoin, and Matt has followed the Rules for a Transaction, the Bitcoin Nodes consider his Request to be Valid.
  3a. Digital Signature definition: Providing the same function as signing a check, a Digital Signature mathematically proves the signee is a known sender (Authentication), that the sender cannot deny having sent the message (Non-Repudiation), and that the message was not altered in transit (Integrity). The Bitcoin blockchain uses your private key, your public key, and some fancy math to accomplish this.
  3b. Bitcoin Nodes definition: Computers running a program that connects them to the Bitcoin blockchain. In the use case of Validation they are only looking for transactions authorized by Matt's unique Digital Signature. However, these computers can also access the blockchain, create new Blocks, chain new Blocks onto the blockchain, and can look at any previous transactions. If Matt was bad and didn't have 1 Bitcoin at his address, the Bitcoin Nodes would know and his Request would stop here.
 
4. Verify. A transaction is Verified after a certain threshold of Bitcoin Nodes is reached who view Matt's Request as Valid. Verification can also be thought of as "The required amount of Trust between Matt and a single Bitcoin Node". As the number of Bitcoin Nodes viewing Matt's Request to be Valid increases, the amount of trust for Matt also increases. As time goes on and Matt's Request is repeatedly shown to be Valid, the chance that a single Bitcoin Node will believe Matt's Request is worth the effort (Time x Electricity) of being added into a new Block continues to go up until, finally, a single Bitcoin Node somewhere decides that Matt is trustworthy, and adds his Requested transaction into a new Block.
 
5. Add to a new Block. Once Matt's Request for a transaction is Verified, his Request is combined with other Verified transactions by a single Bitcoin Node to create a Block. A Block is merely a list of Verified transactions. Each Block holds a finite number of transactions before it is considered "full", after which a new Block must be created.
 
6. Add to the Blockchain. After a Block is filled to capacity, it must be added to the Blockchain. The chaining together of Blocks, in a way which is permanent and unalterable (under almost all conditions) is where Blockchain gets its name. This process involves SHA-256 hashing, Merkle trees, and other actions that require a lengthy explanation. The following is a simplified version of the process:  
Bitcoin Nodes race each other to solve a cryptographic puzzle that uses a LOT of computer resources (Time x Electricty). Whichever Bitcoin Node solves the puzzle first wins the right to chain the Block they created onto the existing Blockchain. Other Bitcoin Nodes will Verify (similar to Validating Matt's Request) that when the winning Bitcoin Node created this new Block, the Rules for creating a new Block were followed. If the Rules were followed, the new Block is mathematically chained onto the most recent Block to also meet this same criteria.
 
7. Transaction Complete! Matt's Request has now been irreversibly recorded into the Blockchain of Bitcoin. Corrinne's computer can now access the Blockchain and see this Completed transaction. In fact, every single person looking at the Bitcoin Blockchain can see that Matt now has 1 less Bitcoin and that Corrinne has 1 additional Bitcoin.
 
** This image has a visual explanation for the above outline. hold CTRL + scroll up on mouse wheel to zoom
 
A parting thought: I would be remiss to not mention that the process of Block creation and Block chaining is where this technology shows us how novel it truly is. Currently, the electricity consumed by those processes is more than N. Korea and quite a few small countries. Every day folks are finding newer, faster, and more efficient ways of bending this technology to benefit us all. It is an exciting time to be a part of what I believe will be another technological revolution. The daily lives of people the globe over will be significantly impacted by whatever we end up doing with blockchain technology.
 
Thanks for reading, and an extra thank you for seriously wanting to learn more about Blockchain Technology! Please comment below for further explanations, to get an answer on any questions you have, or just to correct me if you wanna be that person. Stay tuned for Parts 2-4.  
~Matt  
www.DenverCryptoGroup.com
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Blockchain Revolution book launch

I just got back from a book launch for "Blockchain Revolution" by Don Tapscott and Alex Tapscott. There were probably 300 people there, including several CEOs of companies highlighted in Don's previous books. The event was held at Rotman School of Business most people were wearing business suits and about half the people were over 50. I think most of the people would have read Don's previous books about technology dating back to the early days of the internet. He was very early in describing the impact the internet would make and people wanted to know his thoughts on the next technology revolution. Alex started by giving an outline of the technology leading to the potential social implications. Don's criticism of Uber was quite sharp. His earlier book Wikinomics was about "mass collaboration." But of course, Uber is not sharing. It is a multi-billion dollar company creating very lopsided relationships where they control disproportionate power and of course a large share of revenue. This is the kind of service Don expects to be disintermediated by blockchain technology that will allow individual drivers connect with customers and intermediaries that truly add value perhaps with a software service will be able to capture some of that value but it will be easier to cut out a service that tries to use a semi-monopoly position to command an outsized share of the revenue. They were pretty balanced in terms of identifying positive and negative implications of technology. The internet displaced many jobs, so will the blockchain. But there is also tremendous social potential. The panel discussion included representatives from Etherium and PWC. The tone was generally enthusiastic and optimistic. The scope was broader than Bitcoin but not disparaging or dismissive of bitcoin. The book tour will include 10 cities and will generate significant publicity. This is the most important technology of our time and it will be getting much more attention in the near future.
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11 Books about Ethereum/Solidity/Blockchain/Trading.

Greets, everyone.. so I made a list of the best books out there about Ethereum/Solidity/Trading and a few about Blockchain in general to the people that want to get involved deeper and perhaps develop any Dapp or get better at Day trading.
Hope you like it.
Ethereum: Blockchains, Digital Assets, Smart Contracts, Decentralized Autonomous Organizations • by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
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The book aims to help you get your head around blockchains in general and around Ethereum specifically. Since Ethereum is currently the pre-imminent blockchain, it makes sense as reference point. The essential stuff is the same for any blockchain. This text was written for people with a fast grasp, who are not programmers. Reading this should give you the basics to cut through the hype and to identify blockchain opportunities in your professional domain. There are tiny bits of code, which can be admired and skipped.
Introducing Ethereum and Solidity: Foundations of Cryptocurrency and Blockchain Programming for Beginners • by Apress
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Learn how to use Solidity and the Ethereum project – second only to Bitcoin in market capitalization. Blockchain protocols are taking the world by storm, and the Ethereum project, with its Turing-complete scripting language Solidity, has rapidly become a front-runner. This book presents the blockchain phenomenon in context; then situates Ethereum in a world pioneered by Bitcoin.
Mastering Ethereum: Building Smart Contracts and Dapps 1st Edition (Pre Order)
• by Andreas M. Antonopoulos (Author), Gavin Wood (Author)
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With this practical guide, you’ll learn how to create markets, store registries of debts or promises, move funds in accordance with instructions given long in the past (like a will or a futures contract), and many other things that have not been invented yet, all without a middle man or counterparty risk.
Ethereum Programming – August 4, 2017
• by Alex Leverington (Author)
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This book shows you how to build decentralized, resilient, unstoppable apps with Ethereum. We'll start with the basics, what ether is and how to acquire and use it, what DApps are and how they're relevant for developers and businesses of all sizes. Then we dive straight into examples that explore the concepts. Moving on, we'll design and build powerful, unstoppable applications that use Ethereum for their state storage. Finally, you'll see how to test and launch your app to provide resilient, unstoppable, reliable services to your users.
Blockchain Revolution: How the Technology Behind Bitcoin Is Changing Money, Business, and the World • by Don Tapscott , Alex Tapscott ( No1 Best Seller Money & Monetary Policy & Digital Currencies)
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Blockchain is the ingeniously simple, revolution­ary protocol that allows transactions to be simul­taneously anonymous and secure by maintaining a tamperproof public ledger of value. Though it’s the technology that drives bitcoin and other digital cur­rencies, the underlying framework has the potential to go far beyond these and record virtually everything of value to humankind, from birth and death certifi­cates to insurance claims and even votes.
The Business Blockchain: Promise, Practice, and Application of the Next Internet Technology • by William Mougayar (Author), Vitalik Buterin (Foreword)
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The Business Blockchain charts new territory in advancing our understanding of the blockchain by unpacking its elements like no other before. William Mougayar anticipates a future that consists of thousands, if not millions of blockchains that will enable not only frictionless value exchange, but also a new flow of value, redefining roles, relationships, power and governance. In this book, Mougayar makes two other strategic assertions.
Blockchain: Blockchain, Smart Contracts, Investing in Ethereum, FinTech • by Jeff Reed
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Learn About the Emerging World of Financial Technology, and What They Won't Teach You In School.. Jeff Reed has packaged four of his best-selling book so you can learn everything you need to know about financial technology in the 21st Century. By purchasing this book you're getting Blockchain, Smart Contracts, Investing in Ethereum, and Smart Contracts...a sweet 4-in-1 bundle deal (which Jeff considers a steal)!
Investing in Ethereum: The Ultimate Guide to Learning--and Profiting from--Cryptocurrencies • by Oscar Flyn
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Ethereum is now one of the hottest platforms to trade cryptocurrency on today. It’s growing by leaps and bounds every day, and it offers a different range of services that Bitcoin just doesn’t deliver. It’s also fairly simple to understand and is a low to no cost system to start on. Now, in this book, you’ll get the inside look at this new and virtually untapped network--. You’ll learn all about Ethereum, it’s amazing benefits, its relationship to bitcoin, its decentralized nature, and the potential pitfalls to watch out for.
The Internet of Money • by Andreas M. Antonopoulos
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Andreas goes beyond exploring the technical functioning of the bitcoin network by illuminating bitcoin’s philosophical, social, and historical implications. As the internet has essentially transformed how people around the world interact and has permanently impacted our lives in ways we never could have imagined, bitcoin -- the internet of money -- is fundamentally changing our approach to solving social, political, and economic problems through decentralized technology.
Ethereum: A look into the world of Ethereum and how to trade and invest this cryptocurrency! • by Ben Abner
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You’re about to discover how to... I want to thank you for downloading the book, Ethereum Trade and Investment. This book contains all the information that you need to know about Ethereum in a compact and to the point format. The book is targeted toward people who love to learn about investing, trade and new money making opportunities.
Mastering Bitcoin: Unlocking Digital Cryptocurrencies 1st Edition • by Andreas M. Antonopoulos
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Mastering Bitcoin is essential reading for everyone interested in learning about bitcoin basics, the technical operation of bitcoin, or if you're building the next great bitcoin killer app or business. From using a bitcoin wallet to buy a cup of coffee, to running a bitcoin marketplace with hundreds of thousands of transactions, or collaboratively building new financial innovations that will transform our understanding of currency and credit, this book will help you engineer money. You're about to unlock the API to a new economy. This book is your key.
Msg me if you want me to add another book!
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Why the latest bitcoin hack should make you worried about your money: Yes, bitcoin and virtual currency exchanges are changing the world — by showing how vulnerable we are to cybertheft

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After a recent hack resulted in the theft of $70 million worth of bitcoin, Hong Kong-based Bitfinex caused a minor panic when it announced it would spread the losses equally among all its customers, even those whose holdings weren't touched.
The exchange called our attention - yet again - to how vulnerable virtual currencies are to criminals who hack through the Internet-connected systems that handle money transactions.
Proponents of the technology behind bitcoin say the problem isn't with the blockchain technology that underpins the currency but rather with the way exchanges store the code that determines ownership.
Bitfinex, one of the world's largest bitcoin exchanges, was hardly the first to suffer from a cyberheist.
"The failure of one company to secure the private keys of its users is casting a shadow, unfairly, over the bitcoin ecosystem," Alex Tapscott, co-author of "Blockchain Revolution: How the Technology Behind Bitcoin is Changing Money, Business and the World," told Salon.
In exchange, Bitfinex gave its customers debt tokens which it says could be redeemed in the future for shares in BitFinex's parent company, iFinex Inc. But the tokens quickly became the digital equivalent of junk-status corporate bonds, trading at 30 percent of their initial $70 million value Thursday when they debuted on Bitfinex, Bloomberg reported.
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Blockchains: The Big Thing in Digital Technology - Empresa-Journal

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The most revolutionary aspect of bitcoin, might be the technology behind the controversial cryptocurrency; blockchains.
By creating a permanent and secure record that is easy to access blockchain could become what Harvard Business Review writers Don and Alex Tapscott call the "First native digital medium for value." The Tapscotts believe blockchain's impact could be as great as that of internet.
The amount of venture capital provided to firms developing pure blockchain solutions exceed that given to companies creating bitcoin applications for the first time in the first quarter of 2016, Bloomberg reported.
The Thunder Network - an open sourced payment solution created by Blockchain; the company behind the world's most popular bitcoin wallet -MyWallet.
IBM's blockchains are compliant with the highest security standards including; the US government's Federal Information Processing Standards, and the Evaluation Assurance Levels.
For a good introduction to blockchain, bitcoin and digital currencies read The Age of Cryptocurrency: How Bitcoin and Digital Money Are Challenging the Global Economic Order by Wall Street Journal writers Paul Vigna and Michael J. Casey.
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