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  1. The Business Blockchain: Promise, Practice, and Application of the Next Internet Technology
    The Business Blockchain: Promise, Practice, and Application of the Next Internet Technology
    The Business Blockchain: Promise, Practice, and Application of the Next Internet Technology
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  2. The Business Blockchain: Promise, Practice, and Application of the Next Internet Technology

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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.

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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

The book starts out with “PAY CLOSE ATTENTION. This chapter is probably the most important in the book”. Unfortunately it is also superficial and the most misleading chapter of the book and sets the stage for whats to come.
The author classifies proof of work as the granddaddy of consensus algorithms ; just one among many others and one with a serious disadvantage namely that it destroys the environment through the incessant burning of energy. But fear not there will be many blockchains with varied consensus mechanisms (raft, proof of stake, pbft etc) and don’t worry about the details lets just get on with all the great things we can do with this new technology.

And from there the book devolves into wishful dreaming about the possibilities of putting identity, titles, healthcare etc on blockchains. Blockchains will do all of this. Which blockchain? Again don’t worry about that; no distinction is made any longer in the book. There will be... Read more
I was really excited to pre-order this book, as I've been following blockchain tech for a while now. And in every place I find information, whether it be a blog or a podcast or a feedly collection, I also find William Mougyar there offering thoughtful insights and comments. I thought this book would be a great primer on the tech as it relates to business, summarized and organized towards logical conclusions.

Unfortunately, the book fell well short of my expectations. It felt like a collection of the author's notes, after having explored some aspect of the technology. Very loose, very abstract, and not organized in a coherent narrative (maybe an editing issue). Also felt like the author was trying to be too academic about the possibilities of blockchain, without a lot of concrete examples of its applicability. The diagrams came across like simple Powerpoint SmartArt, adding little to the accompanying explanation. The chapters also did not really flow from one thought to the... Read more
I am an entrepreneur looking for new tools to grow the efficiency of my projects. I discovered that the blockchain was such a tool 2 years ago and ever since I gather information on how to apply it. Then I read "The Business Blockchain". You can see that William Mougayar have an insider view. He concentrates in his book practically all one needs to know about blockchain applied to business. Not only on growing efficiency but it helps you discover a whole new world of opportunities, a completely new kind of business.
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