Crypto heads will have learned nothing from Sunday’s edition of Last Week Tonight, though the show’s four million viewers should have gleaned a few insights amidst all the jokes. There have certainly been worse attempts at summarizing the world of cryptocurrency, even if Oliver’s efforts are unlikely to trigger a renewed bitcoin frenzy. The episode felt as if Oliver had just learned of cryptocurrency 10 minutes before going on air, and felt obliged to bring his audience up to speed on its history and technology post-haste.

Source: John Oliver Tackles Cryptocurrency on Last Week Tonight – Bitcoin News, Kai Sedgwick, March 13, 2018

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“We’ve been very fortunate as an advocate for standards and education in industry to join the ride,” continues Nuce. “We built the UPC or the GTIN as a way for people to have interoperable identification all over the globe. These foundational traceability standards were developed many, many years before blockchain was ever a glimmer in someone’s eye. But now it’s all coming together.”

Source: Grocers Embrace Blockchain in New Era of Transparency | Progressive Grocer, Jenny McTaggart – Feb 16, 2018

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Blockchain-enabled platforms can successfully connect all players in the shipping value chain and advance critical capabilities.

EY and Guardtime, as well as other industry and technology leaders, present the “first of its kind” enterprise-scale platform to integrate and secure the entire stream of disparate data sources involved in insuring shipments around the world.

When risks ebb and flow, should insurance premiums adjust?

Source: EY – Blockchain-enabled platforms are changing marine for the better – EY – Global

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But you know, if you’re doing an ICO and the token represents a share in the company that’s called a security, it should fall under securities legislation. But we need microsurgery on this new economy. We don’t need to bring a chainsaw to it. This would be one of the three most important rate determining factors in terms of what countries emerge not just with the Blockchain industry, but with the whole new innovation economy. Do governments do the right thing and implement sensible legislation or did they mess it up?

The supply chain industry globally is a $64 trillion industry and supply chains are going to move to Blockchain. You can see that with Foxconn doing this now, we’ve done a case on that. On the Walmart food sale they use Blockchain for food safety. The biggest supply chain in the world ever is the ‘One Belt One Road’ project linking Hong Kong and Rotterdam. All the trade and finance and a lot of the supply apps on that are being done via Blockchain.

Blockchain is perfect for situations where you have a buyer and a seller and escrow agent, and governments, and various shippers, and tax authorities and so on. Instead of passing pieces of paper and faxing, and emails and so on, they have a single shared network state where they can all instantly see what’s going on. It turns that supply chain into something we call an asset chain. And ultimately, this thing becomes cognitive. It really becomes a new cognitive computer. That’s where the supply chain will be.

Source: Don Tapscott: “We Need Microsurgery on This New Economy” | News | Cointelegraph | News | Cointelegraph, January 29, 2018

Thanks, Ahmed!

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CryptoKitties is a “cryptocollectable” game where people collect digital cats with specific traits, which can be used to breed other digital cats.Since no centralized organization created all the cats, and the system is recorded on a ledger to prevent fraud, its founders say it may be an easy way to understand blockchain technology.

Source: CryptoKitties makes it easy to understand blockchain and genetics, Michelle Castillo, December 18, 2017

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Published on Oct 31, 2017
Matthew Roszak shares how we’re transitioning from an old model where money use to equal to power changing to money becoming technology via the rise of cryptocurrencies and tokenized assets on the blockchain. Matthew Roszak is co-founder and chairman of Bloq, a leading blockchain enterprise software company. Mr. Roszak is also founding partner of Tally Capital, a private investment firm focused on digital assets and blockchain-enabled technology with a portfolio of over 20 investments, including Block.One, Civic, Factom, Rivetz and Qtum.

Mr. Roszak is a blockchain investor, entrepreneur and advocate. He has spent over 20 years in private equity and venture capital with Advent International, Keystone Capital Partners, Platinum Venture Partners and SilkRoad Equity, and has invested over $1 billion of capital (from start-up to IPO) in a broad range of industries. Mr. Roszak is a director and beneficial owner of Eboost, Enter Financial, MissionMode, Neu Entity, Onramp, SolidSpace and TrueLook.

Mr. Roszak serves as chairman of the Chamber of Digital Commerce, the world’s largest trade association representing the blockchain industry. In addition, Mr. Roszak serves on the board of BitGive, a no This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at

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