Blueprint for a New Economy


Author: Melanie Swan

Publisher: "O'Reilly Media, Inc."

ISBN: 1491920475

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 152

View: 925

Bitcoin is starting to come into its own as a digital currency, but the blockchain technology behind it could prove to be much more significant. This book takes you beyond the currency ("Blockchain 1.0") and smart contracts ("Blockchain 2.0") to demonstrate how the blockchain is in position to become the fifth disruptive computing paradigm after mainframes, PCs, the Internet, and mobile/social networking. Author Melanie Swan, Founder of the Institute for Blockchain Studies, explains that the blockchain is essentially a public ledger with potential as a worldwide, decentralized record for the registration, inventory, and transfer of all assets—not just finances, but property and intangible assets such as votes, software, health data, and ideas. Topics include: Concepts, features, and functionality of Bitcoin and the blockchain Using the blockchain for automated tracking of all digital endeavors Enabling censorship?resistant organizational models Creating a decentralized digital repository to verify identity Possibility of cheaper, more efficient services traditionally provided by nations Blockchain for science: making better use of the data-mining network Personal health record storage, including access to one’s own genomic data Open access academic publishing on the blockchain This book is part of an ongoing O’Reilly series. Mastering Bitcoin: Unlocking Digital Crypto-Currencies introduces Bitcoin and describes the technology behind Bitcoin and the blockchain. Blockchain: Blueprint for a New Economy considers theoretical, philosophical, and societal impact of cryptocurrencies and blockchain technologies.

Another Economy is Possible

Culture and Economy in a Time of Crisis


Author: Manuel Castells

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 1509517243

Category: Social Science

Page: 224

View: 8227

Throughout the Western world, governments and financial elites responded to the financial crisis of 2008 by trying to restore the conditions of business as usual, but the economic, social and human damage inflicted by the crisis has given rise to a reconsideration of the inevitability of unfettered capitalism as a fact of life. A number of economic practices and organizations emerged in Europe and the United States that embodied alternative values: the value of life over the value of money; the effectiveness of cooperation over cut-throat competition; the social responsibility of corporations and responsible regulation by governments over the short-term speculative strategies that brought the economy to the brink of catastrophe. This book examines the blossoming of innovative new experiments in organizing work and life that emerged in the wake of the financial crisis: cooperatives, barter networks, ethical banking, community currencies, shared time banks, solidarity networks, sharing of goods, non-monetary transactions, etc., experiments that paved the way for the emergence of a sharing economy in all domains of activity oriented toward the satisfaction of human needs. Other innovations included the creation of cryptographic virtual currencies, epitomized by bitcoin, which blended a libertarian, entrepreneurial spirit with information technology to provide an alternative to standard forms of currency. On the basis of a cross-cultural analysis of alternative economic practices, this book develops an important theoretical argument: that the economy, as a human practice, is shaped by culture, and that the diversity of cultures, as revealed in a time of crisis, implies the possibility of different economies depending on the values and power relations that define economic institutions. This book will be of great interest to students and scholars in sociology, economics and the social sciences generally, and to anyone who wishes to understand how our societies and economies are changing today.

Next Generation Real Estate

Innovationen und digitale Trends


Author: Heike Gündling,Christian Schulz-Wulkow

Publisher: Frankfurt School Verlag

ISBN: 3956470982

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 326

View: 1466

Die Digitalisierungswelle hat die Immobilienbranche erfasst und kaum ein Bereich wird davon unberührt bleiben. Diese Entwicklung wird von "PropTechs" flankiert, eine Wortzusammensetzung aus "Property" und "Technology", die Unternehmen beschreibt, die softwarebasierte Immobilien-Lösungen anbieten. Diese Unternehmen kommen zumeist aus der Immobilien-, Bau- oder Finanzbranche und richten ihre Leistungen sowohl an Unternehmen (B2B) als auch an Endverbraucher (B2C). Sie verfolgen dabei das Ziel der Effizienzsteigerung bestehender Prozesse und/oder die Einführung neuer Technologien und Geschäftsmodelle. Es geht dabei in erster Linie nicht um Disruption, sondern um Innovation. Die spannende Frage ist, wie man sich als Unternehmen diesen, mit rasanter Geschwindigkeit ankommenden Entwicklungen stellt und für sein Geschäftsfeld nutzen kann. Das Buch will diese Trends entlang der Wertschöpfungskette der Immobilienwirtschaft aufgreifen und beispielhaft vorstellen.

Procurement Finance

The Digital Revolution in Commercial Banking


Author: Bernardo Nicoletti

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 3030021408

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 385

View: 8946

This book presents a business model on how to structure the relationship between financial services and procurement. The need for new models is particularly important to support small and medium enterprises (SMEs) where there is an evident difficulty in accessing credit. Due to this context, innovative solutions must be introduced. The objective of this book is to determine how innovation can support the dynamic and volatile international context and the increasingly relevant function of procurement. It is becoming more and more important to take into account complex international transactions with notably long payment terms. Organizations need to manage the best way to handle the financial relationships and the risks related to credit provision and payments. This book presents an end-to-end support to procurement, including trade finance, supply chain finance, and related payments. In addition, the enterprises need to keep sufficient liquidity levels in the short and medium term. This is a constant challenge today, with the turbulence of financial markets and a continuing climate of economic uncertainty making it harder to obtain external funding. Businesses need to optimize the working capital. This can be done through the innovative concept of procurement finance, which allows SMEs to benefit by the new vision of collaborative procurement. This book provides several practical examples of advanced procurement finance solutions. It demonstrates how the use of process improvement and technology can help in overcoming the current financially difficult situation. In addition, based on the business model presented, the integrated approach to procurement finance allows sustainable solutions which will be of interest to academics, researchers, managers, and practitioners in both buyer and vendor companies, as well as in banks and other financial institutions.

Crypto Economy

How Blockchain, Cryptocurrency, and Token-Economy Are Disrupting the Financial World


Author: Aries Wanlin Wang

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1510744835

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 148

View: 4307

In late 2008, under the long shadow cast by the most severe economic crisis in generations, a revolutionary new form of currency was quietly being shaped. At the time no one could have predicted that an obscure form of electronic money would in less than a decade prove to be the most important financial innovation of the 21st century—a tool that would spark an entire new economic institution: crypto economy. That once-obscure money was known as Bitcoin, and today it is the highest valued digital coin. And though consumers continue to scramble to cash in on the trending currency, the technology behind Bitcoin known as Blockchain, which allows the currency to bought and sold without regulation by a government, remains a mystery to the public. In Crypto Economy, Aries Wanlin Wang provides the definitive blueprint for understanding how Bitcoin, Blockchain, and other digital technologies are disrupting traditional financial institutions and forever changing the world of commerce.


Guide Book for Beginners: Bitcoin Blueprint / Invest in Digital Gold


Author: Keizer Sze

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781976330384


Page: 236

View: 8310

“Book 1 - Bitcoin BlueprintBook 2 - Bitcoin: Invest in Digital Gold------------------------------------------------- !!! BITCOIN IS THE FUTURE !!! -------------------------------------------------BOOK 1 - Bitcoin Blueprint - Digital Gold Explained ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------This book is an excellent beginner's guide to understanding Bitcoin. ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------This book will take you by the hand and show you, step-by-step, how Digital Gold was born.Beginning with a brief introduction of Bitcoin and why often called as Digital Gold. Furthermore, it takes a look at why people are skeptical when it comes to Bitcoin, by analyzing the current market. Examples of key individuals who had an opportunity of getting know Bitcoin at its early days. Following by explaining the differences between gambling and investing. Understanding some of the key features of the Bitcoin technology. Introducing ,,the man with the plan'' and aka the inventor of Bitcoin. Following by comparing Bitcoin to Fiat Currencies, as well precious metals such as gold. Understanding the reason why Bitcoin is so powerful. Uniqueness of Bitcoin explained. How Bitcoin can save us from the Dept, that inflation has created with old fashioned currencies. How Bitcoin has recruiting the miners, as well what key responsibilities they have. How Bitcoin mining process has been established. Understanding the current market trend, and where Bitcoin already in use. What are the future plans of Bitcoin for further expansion. Bonus chapter is on how you can get paid in Bitcoin, using Blockchain technology, and how it is extremely beneficial for future of payroll. Understanding the future of recruitment process, and reputation system that Bitcoin - Blockchain technology can, and already providing us.=================================================================================BOOK 2 - Bitcoin investing - Invest in digital Gold---------------------------------------------------This book is an excellent beginner's guide to understanding what Bitcoin has to offer, and how it changes the future of doing business. The contents avoid technical details to provide a better understanding to those, who are new to this technology. It will take you by the hand, and show you step-by-step, how digital currency was born by analyzing historical data. Understand why to consider Bitcoin at the first place, and why often called as Digital Gold. Full explanation why is much likely, that the value of Bitcoin will hit 1 million dollars. Wallet technology overview, explaining the key differences between hot wallets, cold wallets, and how to find out what suits you best. Recommendations of the best hot and cold wallets that exist on the market, as well where and how to purchase them. Bitcoin ATMs, their purpose, how to locate them, as well how to use them for both: buying and selling Bitcoin anytime, securely, and offline. Introducing the best online cryptocurrency trading platforms, and explain the key differences, as well their pros & cons. How to recognize online scammers, and teach you how not to be fooled by online thieves. Explaining why it's profitable to trade with Bitcoin, and how to become a mixture of both investor and trader. In this book you will learn about: ------------------------------------------Benefits of peer-topeer economy - the future of business Understand why the value of Bitcoin can reach $1million 11 reasons to invest in Digital Gold Wallet technology overview: Hot & Cold Wallets Wallet recommendations, and where to buy them How to avoid online scammers How to buy Bitcoin safely Bitcoin ATM-s: How to find & use them Bitcon trading & Investing explained Bitcoin mining, using your laptop, or Android phone

The Business Blockchain

Promise, Practice, and Application of the Next Internet Technology


Author: William Mougayar

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 1119300312

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 208

View: 6355

The definitive pioneering blueprint covering the what, why and how of the blockchain. 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. William Mougayar has been described as the most sophisticated blockchain business thinker. He is a blockchain industry insider whose work has already shaped and influenced the understanding of blockchain for people around the world, via his generous blogging and rigorous research insights. He is a direct participant in the crypto-technology market, working alongside startups, entrepreneurs, pioneers, leaders, innovators, creators, enterprise executives and practitioners; in addition to being an investor, advisor, and board member in some of the leading organizations in this space, such as the Ethereum Foundation, OpenBazaar and Coin Center. 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. Following an engaging Foreword by Vitalik Buterin, this book is organized along these 7 chapters: 1. What is the Blockchain? 2. How Blockchain Trust Infiltrates 3. Obstacles, Challenges & Mental Blocks 4. Blockchain in Financial Services 5. Lighthouse Industries & New Intermediaries 6. Implementing Blockchain Technology 7. Decentralization as the Way Forward The Business Blockchain is an invitation for technologists to better understand the business potential of the blockchain, and for business minded people to grasp the many facets of blockchain technology. This book teaches you how to think about the blockchain.

Blockchain & Fintech

A Comprehensive Blueprint to Understanding Blockchain & Financial Technology. 2 Books in 1.


Author: Richard Hayen

Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform

ISBN: 9781543287677


Page: 126

View: 5568

Blockchain In 2008, work began on one of the most ambitious and liberating software projects to date. Satoshi Yakamoto put forward a paper detailing something called a cryptocurrency and how digital currencies could be created and given to one another without a central authority in the middle keeping track of every transaction. These technologies, bitcoin and blockchain, have changed the face of the web - and the world - forever. This book is going to teach you all about blockchain and its potential to change the world. This technology, though new, is baffling experts and has people making bold, bold predictions about the future. Why? Because blockchain is changing the game. Things that were previously convoluted bureaucratic messes now have the potential to be clear as day. Unscrupulous or downright dirty banking practices no longer have to be a concern. Blockchain offers the people the power to control the destiny of whatever they want to do and removes the need for any other person or party in various different applications. Within this book, I'm going to tell you about blockchain, cryptocurrencies, and the massive impact of blockchain so far. After that, we're going to go through various scenarios and uses for blockchain and the myriad ways that this technology is changing everything and could completely alter the paradigm for pretty much everything that we know in our society - should we let it. By the end of this book, you're going to feel like you can tackle the topic of blockchain with ease as you go forward. You may invest in cryptocurrencies. or you may get to work on the next great application of the blockchain technology. You may join a blockchain or bitcoin community so that you can talk about this technology with other people who care about it. You may just go to sleep, satisfied with the fact that you know more about this technology that's taking society by storm. But one thing is absolutely for certain: you're going to understand blockchain, everything that it symbolizes, and the million beautiful things that it could be. FinTech Did you know we're in the middle of a revolution? No, not the post-election fervor. We're in the middle of the FinTech revolution, and it's a big one. Everything that we know about the world of finance is changing before us. Innovation is constantly happening. This book is going to help you get up to speed on all of the change that's happened and the things that are important right now. This book is going to teach you about several things, including: The financial technology sector (FinTech) and its impact on traditional banking, on the global economy, and on the world at large. Cryptocurrencies such as bitcoin, blockchain technology, and why the two matter. (Pro-tip: They do. A lot.) Using robo-advisors to make sound investments. Peer-to-peer lending and the art of getting a good loan with a low interest rate without going through a bank. Crowdfunding projects to turn your idea into a beautiful reality. The state of FinTech and where it's headed. There are quite a few books out there on the topic, but there's one very simple reason that you should choose this one: I don't treat you like a kid, but I don't treat you like you've got a master's degree either. By the end of this book, I'll have taught you a lot of the important jargon in the world of FinTech, and you'll feel up-to-date and up-to-speed on everything there is to know about the current state of finance. Tags: Blockchain, Hidden Economy, Smart Contracts, Bitcoin, Financial Technology, Technical Implementation, History, Mechanics of Blockchain

FinTech Revolution

Universal Inclusion in the New Financial Ecosystem


Author: Sofie Blakstad,Robert Allen

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 3319760149

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 406

View: 669

This book is a practical guide to the evolving landscape of finance, highlighting how it’s changing our relationship with money and how financial technology, together with macroeconomic and societal change, is rewriting the story of how business is done in developing economies. Financial services companies are trying to become more customer focused, but struggling to help huge customer segments, particularly in developing economies. Alternative financial models and tools are emerging, which are being embraced by consumers and incumbents. In large parts of the developing world, alternative services are leapfrogging traditional finance, meaning more and more people have access to finance without ever needing a bank. Meanwhile, the barriers around financial services companies are crumbling, as they become more reliant on integration with new providers and alternative types of service. Financial products can no longer be viewed in isolation, but as part of a service landscape that supports how people do life. This means rethinking how our businesses are designed, motivated and organised, and letting go of the old ways of thinking about supply and demand. With practical steps businesses and, in particular, financial services organisations need to take to participate in a global service ecosystem, this book will be of interest to financial professionals who work in banking, financial technology, and development finance.


The Birth and Death of Ideas


Author: Douglas Graham,Thomas T. Bachmann

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 9780471479444

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 240

View: 4516

Have you ever had a great idea? Did you do anything with it? Don’t worry–you are not alone. Most of us have had great ideas but few of us ever do anything about them. This book will tell you what to do, how to find out if anyone has thought of it before, how to protect, develop, fund, and market it–regardless of whether it’s business, creative, or scientific in nature, and regardless of whether you are working in a large corporation or at home. Great ideas are the foundations of great businesses, but the bureaucratic nature of big business generally stifles the sort of individual creativity that leads to great business ideas. Ideation looks at the importance of innovation as a key driver of business success and posits new ways to encourage and nurture it in today’s business environment. Using case studies and firsthand interviews with innovators past and present, Ideation explores how individuals and companies develop creative ideas and bring them to full fruition. It provides practical, comprehensive advice for managing our big ideas so that we gain the most benefit from them–in our personal lives, our companies, and our society in general. For business leaders and entrepreneurs, Ideation explores the life cycle of ideas and explains every step of the ideation process. It provides unparalleled guidance on the vital subject of legal protections for ideas–including copyright, trademarks, and patents–and also covers the valuation of intellectual property as well as techniques for effectively marketing ideas to investors and licensees. With new strategies for building organizations that encourage the kind of creative thinking on which economies thrive, Ideation offers practical guidance on changing slow-moving business behemoths into fleet-footed innovators. Authors Douglas Graham and Thomas Bachmann present a blueprint for the effective management of ideas within the corporate structure, but also share their vision of a true marketplace of ideas in which ideas, capital, and markets are brought together in a global marketplace. This will give ideas a much better chance on their perilous journey from conception to realization. They make the argument that this will be the single most important thing we can do for our global economy and quality of life. In concert with the Ideation Web site (ideation–which provides practical tools for developing and protecting ideas and also offers access to potential licensees–this vital, comprehensive resource helps individuals and organizations develop good ideas into wealth-producing intellectual property assets. It explores the process of creation from the various perspectives of psychology, finance, economics, and law, offering a comprehensive picture of how ideas are born and best exploited in modern business. Ideas are the basis on which we build our wealth as individuals, organizations, and a society; this book shows us how to nurture those ideas–and reap big rewards.