The Business Blockchain

The Business Blockchain

Promise, Practice, and Application of the Next Internet Technology

Book - 2016
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Blockchains are new technology layers that rewire the Internet and threaten to side-step older legacy constructs and centrally served businesses. At its core, a blockchain injects trust into the network, cutting off some intermediaries from serving that function and creatively disrupting how they operate. Metaphorically, blockchains are the ultimate non-stop computers. Once launched, they never go down, and offer an incredible amount of resiliency, making them dependable and attractive for running a new generation of decentralized services and software applications. 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. First, the blockchain has polymorphic characteristics; its application will result in a multiplicity of effects. Second, we shouldn't ask ourselves what problems the blockchain solves, because that gives us a narrow view on its potential. Rather, we should imagine new opportunities, and tackle even more ambitious problems that cross organizational, regulatory and mental boundaries. Drawing on 34 years of technology industry experience as an executive, analyst, consultant, entrepreneur, startup mentor, author, blogger, educator, thought leader and investor, William Mougayar describes a future that is influenced by fundamental shifts brought by blockchain technology as the catalyst for change ... Just as the Internet created new possibilities that we didn't foresee in its early years, the blockchain will give rise to new business models and ideas that may still be invisible.
Publisher: Hoboken, New Jersey : John Wiley & Sons, Inc., [2016]
ISBN: 9781119300311
Characteristics: xxv, 180 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm


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Sep 24, 2018

There are some real gems of insight buried in the book. Unfortunately, they are quite buried. If you're looking for general information and high-level insight, this is a good read. Unfortunately, the points are mainly anecdotal, and the predictions are non-committal. It's not a technical or academic piece of work– more like the musings of someone who's thought about the technology and business a lot.

Nov 29, 2017

Good overview of this new technology for managers/others looking for high-level synopsis. The author is admittedly biased as a connected leader/technical evangelist for this emerging platform, but he has taken great care in thoroughly explaining the ramifications and open source DNA.


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