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Can you tell a fictional “thinkfluencer” from a real one?
May31

Can you tell a fictional “thinkfluencer” from a real one?

Don Tapscott is the inaugural fellow at the Martin Prosperity Institute in Toronto and one of the world’s “leading business thinkers,” according to Thinkers50, the “definitive list of management thinkers globally.” His 16th book, Blockchain Revolution: How the Technology Behind Bitcoin is Changing Money, Business and the World, was published on May 7. @ProfJeffJarviss is the self-described “hyperglocal thinkfluencer and the cofounder the Mogadishu//ReinvENT unconference.” @ProfJeffJarviss also happens to be a popular Twitter parody account and occasional blogger who deftly skewers the pomposity of tech executives, thought leaders and just about anyone who’s given a TED Talk. Sample Tweet: “Serious question: why does Lesotho have a seat at the UN, when Coca-Cola doesn’t?” Tapscott and the Twitter account have a few things in common, though—mainly an unflagging belief that technology will improve our lives, and a penchant for sweeping statements and buzzwords. @ProfJeffJarviss even took note of a recent series of Toronto Star articles guest-edited by Tapscott. Read the full article on Canadian...

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What you need to know about blockchain technology
May30

What you need to know about blockchain technology

Alex who, along with his father, Don Tapscott, is the author of the upcoming book Blockchain Revolution, explains how the technology can change lives. Q: Blockchain seems to have come out of nowhere to become a hot topic in technology and finance but few people seem to truly understand it. What is blockchain? A: We have spent two years researching this technology and have concluded, unequivocally, that blockchain technology is the second generation of the digital revolution. The first generation brought us the Internet of Information. The second generation – powered by blockchain – is bringing us the Internet of Value. So what is it? Blockchain is the ingeniously simple, revolutionary protocol that allows transactions to be simultaneously anonymous and secure, peer-to-peer, instant and frictionless. It does this by distributing trust from powerful intermediaries to a large global network, which through mass collaboration, clever code and cryptography, enables a tamper-proof public ledger of every transaction that’s ever happened on the network. And while 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. In short, it’s a new medium for value. Read the full interview on the Toronto...

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Bitcoin May Not Survive, But The Technology Behind It Will Live On
May30

Bitcoin May Not Survive, But The Technology Behind It Will Live On

Greg Satell writes on Forbes: In an article I wrote two years ago about the future of money, I explained that despite the libertarian fantasies that were being bandied about at the time, Bitcoin was unlikely to ever be a mainstream currency. News in January suggested that Bitcoin may be collapsing and key figures in the community may be backing away from it. The reasons for Bitcoin’s troubles are many, including poor governance, a lack of technological infrastructure and infighting within its community. Besides, as I noted in my previous article, the fact that sovereign governments have the power to tax in their own currencies always made a Bitcoin takeover unlikely. Still, as Don and Alex Tapscott explain in their new book, The Blockchain Revolution, the technology behind Bitcoin may indeed be revolutionary. In fact, despite Bitcoin’s challenges there are already thousands of entrepreneurs and investors betting on blockchain technology to reimagine transactions of all types. It’s still early days, but the potential is undeniable. Read the full article on...

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‘Blockchain Revolution’ Comes to Wall Street at Nasdaq Event
May27

‘Blockchain Revolution’ Comes to Wall Street at Nasdaq Event

The father and son authors of the new book “Blockchain Revolution” took to the stage this morning where Nasdaq opens and closes its market to discuss their latest work. Kicking off a panel discussion with several industry leaders, Don Tapscott and Alex Tapscott took turns discussing how the management structure of some of those very same companies could be disrupted by distributed ledger technologies like blockchain. The elder Tapscott set the stage for the conversation with a point-by-point explanation of why he believes blockchains can do to the management structure of companies what bitcoin and other applications are doing to value exchange. Read the full article on...

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DLD: Blockchain and FinTech Startups Can Change How We Deal with Money
May27

DLD: Blockchain and FinTech Startups Can Change How We Deal with Money

Michael J. Miller of PC Magazine wrote about the DLD Conference: Changes in financial technology were a major theme at the recent DLD NYC conference, starting with presentations from Alex and Don Tapscott on blockchain technology. Alex Tapscott began with a primer on blockchain technology and how it was different than most Internet technologies. In most cases, the Internet is about sending copies of information, but that’s not true for currency. “It’s ok to have a printing press for documents, but not for money,” he said. […] Don Tapscott noted that in recent years we’ve seen the middle class decline for the first time in a century, as the digital age ended up producing big value for only a few. He said the “Internet of value” with peer-to-peer transactions gives people another shot. Read the full article on PC...

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Five Books On Blockchain and Bitcoin You May Need Right Now
May26

Five Books On Blockchain and Bitcoin You May Need Right Now

Some leading minds in crypto world are ready to share their knowledge and outlook on the future of new disruptive technologies. We have compiled the CT’s Top 5 Must Read Crypto Books. Bitcoin and the Blockchain are definitely challenging the global economic order and also create a possibility of the political change. Many would like to be a part of that exciting movement, but first they need to understand how it works. Read the full article on...

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