Blockchain has been talked about a lot in the startup community. However, it’s not really understood well. What’s the impact of blockchain going to be? It’s really hard to tell.
If you don’t know about blockchains, you should. Here is how my friend William Mougayar describes them.
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.
William is coming to Chicago. He wrote a book, The Business Blockchain, which I highly recommend. William and I decided to do a presentation for the broader community on Sept 26 at 4PM. We are doing it at 1871, and we will have some beer there too. The first 100 registrants get a free book provided by Bloq.
This is an excellent way to get exposure to the topics surrounding blockchain. One thing we decided to do was have a short presentation, and A LOT of time for Q+A from the audience. Don’t take my word for it. Here are some testimonials on William’s book:
“The book makes a complex subject, blockchain technology, accessible for the non-technical. If you think you might want to start a business based on blockchain technology or if you think blockchain technology is going to reshape a market you are working in, or if you just want to understand this thing that your son or daughter is obsessed about, then this is a great book to read.”
— Fred Wilson, Union Square Ventures- AVC.com
“When it comes to the blockchain, William Mougayar’s vision and insights are unparalleled. He takes us on a discovery journey with clarity and authority. This is a fundamental book if business leaders want to survive the blockchain’s upcoming whiplash.”
— Brad Feld, Managing Director, FOUNDRY GROUP
If you are in the corporate community, this event is an awesome chance to learn about a cutting edge topic that will eventually have a large impact on your business. If you are in the startup community, this is a good chance to learn how to implement blockchain into your business-or get an idea for a blockchain business.
In your business, if you have to entertain clients, this event is a great way to show them 1871 in Chicago, and expose them to really innovative ideas.
I look forward to seeing you there.