Week Ending December 16, 2016

Three things to know

This was another big week for Blockchain news, particularly in Healthcare, Energy, and Global.

Here in the U.S., Overstock issued 126,000 common shares via Blockchain, marking the first equity issuance done on Blockchain.  CEO Patrick Byrne referred to the issuance as a “Sputnik moment”, meaning that it is mostly a symbolic move and there is more work to be done.

Blythe Masters was interviewed by CoinDesk and provided what she believes is a critical issue and the key to the Blockchain tipping point: understanding.  The technology must be understood by a wider audience, especially those in the C-suite.  Ms. Masters noted that in many conversations with potential clients, the clients recognize the potential for Blockchain, but do not understand how Blockchain can help them.

Now, if those in the C-suite can understand Blockchain, there is potentially a very large market ahead.  Market Intelligence firm Tractica completed a research report on Blockchain enterprise applications. They expect that annual revenue will increase from $2.5 billion in 2016 to almost $20.0 billion by 2025. Tractica identified 29 separate Blockchain use cases and 19 industry sectors that will be the users.

Overstock Begins Trading Its Shares Via the Bitcoin Blockchain

Blythe Masters Talks ‘Tipping Point’ for Business Blockchain Adoption

Blockchain for Enterprise Applications Market to Reach $19.9 Billion by 2025, According to Tractica

Weekly Blockchain

Financial Services

Blockchain Technology Could Change the Way We Invest

Bitcoin Wallet Blockchain Figures Among Virgin U.K.’s 10 Most Disruptive Businesses

Time is Money as Alternative Banking Moves to the Blockchain

How Walmart, Wells Fargo and Other Multi-Billion Dollar Giants Use Blockchain to Check, Keep …

Blockchain Assets Trading Firm Polychain Capital Raises $10 Million

Forex blockchain FXCH kicks off crowdfunding campaign on Seedrs

Tempo Money Transfer Taps Stellar Blockchain For Improved Remittances

Closed, Private Blockchains Are Incompatible with Electronic Cash: Coin Center

Citi backs foreign exchange blockchain startup Cobalt DL

AI, Analytics, IoT, Blockchain: New York Life, Chubb and Assurant discuss technology integration

Blockchain: why law and finance won’t look the same in 5 years (part 3)

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A Potential Use Case for Blockchain Technology Outside of Bitcoin
Top 3 blockchain-based healthcare companies to watch in 2017

Health IT guru Brian Ahier: A big fan of data analytics, Donald Berwick – and Jerry Garcia
 to rollout Blockchain faster than other industries in 2017, says Deloitte

Uncertainty. Opportunity. It’ll all be there for healthcare in 2017, PwC says


beyond finance: blockchain’s impact on the power sector

Blockchain Brings Efficiencies to the Energy Industry
Electron is trying to sell a blockchain makeover to the UK’s energy sector

Power sector leads blockchain development outside finance Report
Electron Introduces Blockchain Technology to UK’s Energy Sector

Australian Blockchain Energy Project Powerledger Expands with Large Scale Trial for P2P Energy …

U.K. Startup Seeks to Move Energy Sector to Blockchain-Based Infrastructure

Power Sector Considered a “First Mover” for Blockchain-based Transaction Systems

Ireland to Address Bitcoin Blockchain-Related Regulatory Conflicts

Central bank of Denmark is considering an e-krone based on blockchain – but tech is the least of …

Blockchain Lures Central Banks as Danes Consider Minting E-Krone

City of Rotterdam to use a blockchain for lease agreements

French Bitcoin Startup: Blockchain Will Help 40% of the Unbanked

Blockchain LatAm Conference Stresses upon the Importance of Blockchain in Fintech

Stellar Partners ICICI Bank, Enables Blockchain Money Transfers in India, Africa and Philippines

South Korean Blockchain Consortium Launches

27 Financial Firms Form Korean Blockchain Consortium

Microsoft Launches Azure Blockchain as a Service (BAAS) in India

Blockchain Rewards Platform to Pilot in Dubai

From China, a blockchain-powered, decentralized Content Delivery Network

Microsoft and AMIS announce Asia’s first blockchain consortium

Japanese Blockchain Consortium Grows to More Than 100 Members


US Commerce Department Weighs Blockchain at Washington Event

Federal Reserve Report Focuses on Blockchain, Pigeonholes It As “Specific Type of Distributed …

What We Know About the Federal Reserve’s Blockchain Plans

Uses and Applications

NYU Students Apply Blockchain Solution to Electronic Voting Security

BitGive Foundation Launches Give Track Blockchain Fund-tracking Platform

A16z, USV Invest $10 Million in Blockchain Token Trading Firm

Why Blockchain Won’t Save the Music Industry (at Least Not Yet)

Kaspersky Lab Recognizes Three Universities on Blockchain Proposals

Cubichain tackles 3D printing counterfeiting issues with blockchain technology

This Project Allows Charity Donors to Trace Donations on the Blockchain

Blockchain and humanitarian causes: Helping those who need it most

Blockchain technology, applications spark channel opportunities

Introducing the Blockchain Token Securities Law Framework

Beyond bitcoin: 4 surprising uses for blockchain

How blockchain might be useful in marketing and advertising

How Decentralized Blockchain-Powered Platforms Can Protect Artists Against Censorship

Thought Leadership
 platform race heats up

FinTech 3.0: Blockchain Overrated, Bitcoin Underrated

How Blockchain Is Shaking Things Up: Bestselling Author Alex Tapscott Looks Ahead

Blockchain & Fragmentation: “We’re in a Weird Spot”

Blockchain Architect
 Industry In 2017: Ready For New Exploits

P&L: How Blockchain Will Affect Market Structures by Bloomberg
5 enterprise-related things you can do with blockchain technology today

The State of Global Blockchain Consortia

Christian Catalini & Joshua Gans: Bitcoin &Blockchain will Challenge Existing Models …

Blockchain in 2017: The Year of Smart Contracts

[VIDEOS] TechCrunch’s “Trust Disrupted” Series Offers Great Overview of Blockchain Past …

Blockchain & Smart Contracts: Should developers start thinking like lawyers?

Blockchain is going to be very important for the public sector next year

Blockchain in 2017: Do We Know What We Don’t Know?

Video: The top 5 things to know about the blockchain

Blockchain powers a personal data revolution

How Will Blockchain and Chatbots Be Our Everyday Future
The Resurrection of Public Blockchains

How blockchain will transform our cities

4 Reasons Why Entrepreneurs Should Build Blockchain Companies

10 Non-Blockchain Books to Help You Understand the Blockchain

Social Networking & The Blockchain Technology – A Brand New Era

Blockchain: Regulating a game-changing technology

What is Blockchain Technology? A Step-by-Step Guide for Beginners

The 2017 challenge for blockchain: Getting executives to understand it