How blockchain went from Bitcoin to big business


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Blockchain could help solve Argentina‘s financial crisis

Against the backdrop of a struggling economy, complex bureaucracy, and a lack of venture capitalists (VCs) with big enough funds, crowdfunding through cryptocurrencies is gaining momentum among Argentina's startups, writes Stewart Rogers. Instability of the Argentine Peso has led businesses and consumers to become early adopters of Bitcoin, which is widely accepted for retail transactions in Buenos Aires. And startups are already raising more funding from initial coin of...
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A world of people-centric cities


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The promise of blockchain

Despite the buzz around blockchain, there's still confusion about what it is, how it works, and how it's changing the way we do business. The original blockchain was implemented as a cryptographically enhanced digital ledger for the cryptocurrency Bitcoin. Now "blockchain technologies" are springing up in a range of applications—within the financial services sector and beyond. "I think blockchain will do for the transfer of assets what the Internet did for transfer of information," says Jonathan...
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Startupbootcamp accelerates African innovators: 2018 call open

Startupbootcamp (SBC) Africa is offering talented tech entrepreneurs an opportunity to achieve 12-18 months of growth in a 3-month accelerator program. Following the success of its inaugural program last year, SBC is currently seeking startups with innovative solutions to real African problems in a broad range of categories including blockchain, alternative financing, payment solutions, identity management, and digital connectivity. The top 10 selected startups will participate in a compreh...
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How a blockchain startup raised $19.5M in 48 hours to rent your computer storage space

Blockchain startup Bluezelle aims to replace cloud database services, such as those offered by Oracle and Amazon, with a decentralized database service for businesses to store their data. "As more apps are built, and more devices are being used per person, there's an exponential increase in the need for data storage. But the current internet infrastructure isn't ready to support that, and that's why you have all this unreliability and data breaches," says CEO and co-founder Pavel Bain. In Sim Ya...
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Embracing blockchain could completely change the way artists sell music and interact with fans

Making sure all rights holders are paid their fare share of revenue generated from digital streaming can be a complicated process. The metadata, which accompanies tracks and contains details of each individual rights holder, is often incorrect, incomplete or even stripped away altogether, which means the artist can't be paid for their work. Blockchain, or more specifically the smart contract component of blockchain, has the potential to resolve this problem, writes Sherman Lee. In this article, ...
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Blockchain is strengthening links in the supply chain

Although initially developed to underpin digital currencies, blockchain—or distributed ledger technology in general—lends itself to a wide variety of use cases and we're already beginning to see applications, or potential applications, across a range of sectors and activities. As a transparent and tamper-proof method of tracking and authenticating goods in the supply chain, distributed ledger technology can provide full traceability to improve logistics, increase food safety, eliminate counterfe...
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More than just bitcoin: blockchain has value across multiple industries

While bitcoin's ups and downs grab the headlines, its underlying blockchain technology is quietly extending its reach to a much wider range of applications. Apart from recording financial transactions, blockchain can record ownership and trading of any asset, protect copyright, and prove authenticity of qualifications and other documents. And even complex business arrangements can be packaged as smart contracts. Blockchain's impact isn't limited to the finance, legal and business secto...
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