Week Ending March 10, 2017

Three things to know

HBR comes out swinging this week with a bold headline.  The article compares the evolution of Blockchain to the evolution of the internet.  The authors note that the killer app for the internet was email and assert that the killer app for Blockchain is bitcoin.  Overall, the authors point out that though Blockchain will take time to mature, as it does it will transform most aspects of financial services. Those that thrive in the transformed industry will be the banks that are now experimenting with and developing Blockchain.  The Blockchain Will Do to Banks and Law Firms What the Internet Did to Media

This year is indeed shaping up to be the year Blockchain goes into production.  This week ING and Soc Gen announced they have tested a system for trading liquefied natural gas (LNG) and is likely to expand further later this year.  In the test, the Blockchain platform reduced processes from as long as three hours to 25 minutes and realized cost savings of 30%.  Exclusive: ING, SocGen to test LNG trading with blockchain in months

Another live Blockchain trial also occurred in the supply chain of the global shipping company Maersk.  Maersk teamed with Schneider Electric for the trans-Atlantic shipment.  The Maersk Blockchain was built using Hyperledger and utilized four nodes.  The test resulted in lower costs, reduced fraud, and more efficient container management.  The successful test has encouraged Maersk to identify additional applications for Blockchain. The World’s Largest Shipping Company Tracks Cargo on a Blockchain

Weekly Blockchain

Financial Services

Blockchain in Financial Services Today: Where are We Heading?

Blockchain Adoption Optimism Suffers Setback at DTCC Fintech Event

Podcast Breaking Banks: Blockchain’s strides hearten bankers, frustrate purists

Blockchain solutions for insurance

State Street Wants to Monetize Blockchain with Artificial Intelligence

The Potential for Blockchain to Transform Electronic Health Records

2017–The Year Blockchain Takes on Health Care

 in Healthcare: make the Industry better

500 billion reasons blockchain can be a power play

California Cleantech Startup Readies US Launch of Blockchain-based EV/E-Mobility Digital Wallet

$20 Bln German Energy Company Brings Blockchain to Cars for US Drivers

Blockchain is democratizing sunshine – that’s very cool


Australian Government Commits $350k to Blockchain Standards Effort

Standards Australia rolls out blockchain standardization roadmap

Russian Payments Firm Qiwi Launches Blockchain Subsidiary
Moscow Sees Bright Future for Infrastructure With Blockchain

Russian PM Orders Study of Blockchain Technology for Public Administration

How Russia Plans to Boost Blockchain Development Now

Blockchain Based Banking App Humaniq Reschedules Its ICO in Solidarity with Chinese Investors

China’s Biggest Blockchain Backer Launches Startup Accelerator

Blockchain to play a key role in financing China’s SMEs
Chinese Fintech Firms Launch Blockchain Supply Chain Finance Platform

Chinese companies claim blockchain SCF first

UAE- Du, NMC Healthcare partner to digitize health records

Local Government in South Korea Taps Blockchain for Community Vote

Korea-Based Blockchain Project ‘BOScoin’ Raises 3 Million Dollars During the Pre-ICO
How Estonia Brought Blockchain Closer to Citizens: GovTech Case Studies

Irish Fund Managers Complete Blockchain Data Reporting Trial

Ontario regulators say blockchain use may require approval

Blockchain and Secured Lending in Canada


Maine Senator Seeks Commission to Study Blockchain-Based Elections

Blockchain biz gets new DC voice
How governments really use emerging tech

What Is Blockchain Technology and Why Are Arizona Leaders So Excited About It?

Building the Hyperconnected Future on Blockchains Paper Released at World Government Summit

Uses and Applications

Hyperledger nears release of its first production-ready blockchain

Hyperledger Fabric Graduates with Honors – It’s Live!

Hyperledger Fabric from a developer’s perspective
How The Blockchain Will Secure Your Online Identity

OneCoin Isn’t Blockchain Based and Uses SQL for Coins, Says Skeptic

Using Blockchain for Loyalty Rewards

Future of electronic voting, Blockchain plus identity protection?

Connect to a blockchain using a specific wallet address from different PC’s?

Thought Leadership

Blockchain, explained

A (Short) Guide to Blockchain Consensus Protocols

3 Not-So Futuristic Blockchain Applications

Blockchain Technology and Solutions: Market Outlook and Forecasts 2017 – 2022

Blockchain comes to SXSW with Hyperledger Fabric and IBM

Blockchain Integration and Collaboration Remain Banks’ Biggest Hurdles

Towards a Blockchain Ontology
The Promise of Blockchain Is a World Without Middlemen

How Safe Are Blockchains? It Depends.

Four Ways the Blockchain Will Make the World a Better Place

In Case You Missed it, The Blockchain Revolution’s Officially Begun

Confused About Blockchain? IEEE Webinar Is Here to Explain

Interview with Blocknet: creating inter-blockchain infrastructure

Today’s Must-Reads for Entrepreneurs: Blockchain, Softbank, Trump, Blue Wine and The Super …

Ask a VC: Why Andrew Parker thinks blockchain is past its prime

Cheat sheet: The trade-offs of blockchain privacy tools