Many people ask ”what’s next” for technology? Whatever happens next, the blockchain will be a part of it.
It’s not the easiest of technologies to understand. I still find myself daydreaming about what the blockchain is, and what the implications will be for business. I have a handful of close friends who are betting big on it (startups infused with a lot of external capital). Still, what totally gets me going is the fact that Don Tapscott is all over it. I’ve been a fan of his thinking, writing and speaking for a long time. When we toss around the words “digital economy,” it was Don who coined this phrase over twenty years ago. My sentiment and attention to the blockchain keeps amping up, because this is how I felt when the first web browser was available. It seemed to change everything, but it was hard to define and harder to imagine the way that it was going to change business forever. Don and his son, Alex Tapscott, recently published a book titled, Blockchain Revolution – How The Technology Behind Bitcoin Is Changing Money, Business, And The World. Don presented his thinking on blockchain at the most recent TED event (TED Summit). It’s a great explanation about blockchain in under twenty minutes. If that tempts you, please check out my more in-depth conversation with both Don Tapscott and Alex Tapscott right here: Blockchain Revolution With Alex And Don Tapscott – Six Pixels of Separation – The Mirum Podcast – #512).