Understanding the Blockchain, with Alex Tapscott

Understanding blockchain technology is the focus of this episode of The Innovation Engine podcast.

Alex Tapscott joins us to give listeners an introduction to blockchain technology before talking about why it just may represent the internet 2.0, or “the internet of value.” We also talk about why blockchain is a technology that companies not just in the financial services space but in a wide variety of industries should be evaluating to see how it will impact their business.

Alex writes about those topics and more in his just-released book, Blockchain Revolution: How the Technology Behind Bitcoin is Changing Money, Business, and the World. The book is co-written by best-selling author Don Tapscott and is based on interviews with a wide range of technology pioneers that includes Marc Andreesen, Tim Berners-Lee, and Vint Cerf.

Listen to the Episode

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About Alex Tapscott

Alex Tapscott is the CEO and founder of Northwest Passage Ventures, an advisory firm that builds blockchain companies. In 2014, Alex wrote the seminal report on governing digital currencies for the Global Solutions Network program at the Joseph L. Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto. Prior to founding Northwest Passage Ventures, he worked for seven years in investment banking in Toronto.

About The Innovation Engine

Since 2014, The Innovation Engine has been publishing half-hour podcast episodes with a wide range of innovation experts on topics including technology, leadership, and company culture. You can download and subscribe to The Innovation Engine on iTunes or tune in via the podcast’s home on Stitcher Radio or SoundCloud to listen online, via Android or iOS, or on any device supporting a mobile browser. You can also download the podcast’s dedicated iOS app from the iTunes App Store.

Show Notes

Will Sherlin

Will Sherlin

Senior Manager of Digital Marketing

Will Sherlin is the Senior Manager of Digital Marketing at 3Pillar Global. He oversees the 3Pillar website and other web properties, hosts 3Pillar’s ‘Innovation Engine’ podcast, and manages 3Pillar’s social media accounts. Prior to its acquisition by 3Pillar, Will was an Account Manager at PointAbout, a DC-based mobile app boutique that specialized in developing iPhone and iPad apps. He holds a BA in Journalism and Mass Communication from the University of North Carolina.

One Response to “Understanding the Blockchain, with Alex Tapscott”
  1. Alex Natividad MD on

    My understanding (on a high level ) is that Blockchain is a publicly distributed ledger of a documented transaction. It’s time stamped and indelible … Like a chain , it can’t be manipulated w/o manipulating the other “chains” which can’t be done . For that reason , it can be an efficient and transparent recorder that can replace the expensive clearinghouse who provide the same function . The question is HOW can you prove beyond reasonable doubt and with incontrovertible evidence that ” a documented transaction ” wad actually authorized , authenticated and performed with
    True intent by the true original user or owner ?

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