Blockchain Revolution - Don and Alex Tapscott
Event: Washington, DC Book Launch of Blockchain Revolution: How the Technology Behind Bitcoin is Changing Money, Business, and the World
by Don Tapscott and Alex Tapscott
Blockchain Revolution Website:
Where: Embassy of Canada, 501 Pennsylvania Ave. NW Washington, D.C. 20001
When: Tuesday May 31, 2016 5:30 p.m - 7:30 p.m.
Event Overview: The authors will be speaking about the "Second Generation of the Internet” and its impact on the world.
Pre-Book Author Comments: Margie Graves (U.S. Dept. Homeland Security)
Book Authors Don Tapscott & Alec Tapscott discuss Blockchain Revolution
A panel discussion (with Q&A) follows featuring Alex Tapscott (moderator); Don Tappscott; Perianne Boring (Chamber of Digital Commerce);
Tim O'Donnell (PWC); Jamie Smith (BitFury); Adam Ludwin (Chain).
Post Panel Comments: James Angel (Georgetown University)
More: “The Tapscotts have written the book, literally, on how to survive and thrive in this next wave of technology-driven disruption. Likely to become
one of the iconic books of our time.” - Clay Christensen, Author, The Innovator’s Dilemma
According to Don Tapscott, bestselling author of Wikinomics, and blockchain expert Alex Tapscott, there is one form of technology that will have a
greater impact on the world economy than self-driving cars, solar energy, or even artificial intelligence. It’s called the blockchain. Blockchain
technology is a simple protocol that bypasses intermediaries and allows for anonymous and secure transactions that are permanently recorded on a public ledger. So why should you care about this? Blockchain is not only the technology that powers bitcoin, but is a protocol that holds the power to reshape the world of business and transform the old order of human affairs for the better. In BLOCKCHAIN REVOLUTION: How the Technology
Behind Bitcoin Is Changing Money, Business, and the World (May 10, 2016; Portfolio/Penguin Random House), the Tapscotts outline dozens of stories
about blockchain initiatives that are creating a more prosperous world, and provide a preview of how this groundbreaking technology will dramatically
shape our world far into the future. You’ll discover how blockchain technology can:
•Rewire the Financial System: Blockchain technology can radically reduce costs for banks, providing a boost to productivity and making it easier to offer products and services to a global clientele, and can also radically lower barriers for new entrants to create alternatives to the conventional banking industry.
•Encourage entrepreneurship: Blockchain can automate, streamline, and otherwise dramatically improve the three components of business building:
formation, fund-raising, and sales.-
•Help artists and musicians to be fairly compensated: Blockchain removes the need for intermediaries such as record labels, agents and other third parties. In the music industry, for example, songwriters can take back control of how their music is played, remixed, and licensed, and choose how they are compensated.
•Protect Privacy: On the blockchain, participants can choose to maintain a degree of personal anonymity, controlling their data and identity and revealing
only what is necessary to receive a service.
•Provide a real solution to economic inequality: Rather than focusing on the redistribution of wealth to help the global poor, we can “pre-distribute”
wealth by democratizing the way it’s created in the first place. The use of the blockchain means that anyone with a flip phone can participate in the
economy. Landowners’ rights can be protected and service aggregators like UBER can be replaced by distributed blockchain applications and a true
sharing economy.
BLOCKCHAIN REVOLUTION is a brilliantly researched, highly readable, and utterly foundational book about the future of the modern economy.
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