blockchain

  • IBM raises its blockchain game with secure cloud services and Docker integration

    IBM raises its blockchain game with secure cloud services and Docker integration

    Bitcoin may still be the most famous application of blockchain technology, but the distributed, encrypted database architecture is now being applied to a range of other services, from different kinds of (non Bitcoin) financial transactions to anything else that requires secure tracking. And today, IBM laid out its claim for some of that new business: the IT giant announced a new set of… Read More

  • Social payments startup Circle rolls into Europe

    Social payments startup Circle rolls into Europe

    It may have started as a Bitcoin wallet but veteran entrepreneur Jeremy Allaire’s fintech startup Circle has since shifted focus to social payments, launching an app in Q4 last year that lets users send U.S. dollars to settle IOUs between each other, with its pitch being it makes payments as easy as firing off an SMS. Read More

  • IoT and the development of a circular economy Crunch Network

    IoT and the development of a circular economy

    Few topics receive greater hype in the media today than the Internet of Things (IoT), and still a report produced by McKinsey & Co. last summer argued that the potential impact of IoT technologies might actually be understated. An estimated economic impact of $3.9-11.1 trillion a year by 2025 was the bottom line of McKinsey’s research. Read More

  • Stratumn is building a sort of Heroku for blockchain applications

    Stratumn is building a sort of Heroku for blockchain applications

    Meet Stratumn, a Paris-based startup that wants to create a platform-as-a-service for developers interested in the blockchain. With Stratumn, you can build, deploy and run applications on the company’s platform, and these applications can communicate with the bitcoin blockchain. It’s like Heroku, but for blockchain developers. The company just raised $670,000 (€600,000) from… Read More

  • Blockai uses the blockchain to help artists protect their intellectual property

    Blockai uses the blockchain to help artists protect their intellectual property

    While most of the discussions around blockchain have focused on its possible uses in finance, startup Blockai is looking at something different — helping artists, photographers and other creators register their work so that they can protect it from potential copyright infringement. CEO Nathan Lands is pitching this as an intermediate step between registering your work with the Library… Read More

  • Let’s Be Honest About The Problems With Blockchain And Finance Crunch Network

    Let’s Be Honest About The Problems With Blockchain And Finance

    Strange times we live in. The world’s biggest financial players and analysts are buzzing about an invention that became famous partly by promising to destroy them. In just a few months, blockchain went from the cause célèbre of crypto-anarchists and tech evangelists to the biggest idea in mainstream banking. Read More

  • Fintech Is Just Getting Started Crunch Network

    Fintech Is Just Getting Started

    In just the first week of trading in 2016, the S&P 500 lost 6 percentage points and more than one trillion dollars in market capitalization. With the worst start in more than a century, the markets seem to be predicting a slow period for the U.S. economy. One segment that I think has the potential to survive, if not thrive, in the expected volatility this year is financial technology. Read More

  • Five Tech Fixations In 2015

    What was on the mind of the tech industry in 2015? Plenty of course, but judging by the emails flowing into the TC inbox a few topics recurred enough to rise to the top of the preoccupations list over the year. Read More

  • Using The Blockchain To Fight Crime And Save Lives Crunch Network

    Using The Blockchain To Fight Crime And Save Lives

    Blockchain technology has been described as email for money, but it has the potential to be so much more. Blockchain technology is a hyper-secure record of digital events that is distributed among many different computers. Blockchain technology is best known for its connection to the cryptocurrency, Bitcoin. It’s what enables transactions to happen without middlemen or a central body… Read More

  • When The Bus Will Be Its Own Boss Crunch Network

    When The Bus Will Be Its Own Boss

    Thousands of cabs make their way through the streets of London. Hundreds of buses pick up and drop off passengers. Trucks carry their cargo. They are, of course, autonomous; like Google’s self-driving car, they all move without a driver. This vision is almost a cliche. Everyone is already talking about a future where professional drivers are unemployed and all vehicles will drive… Read More

  • How The Blockchain Can Aid The Effectiveness And Use Of Complementary Currencies Crunch Network

    How The Blockchain Can Aid The Effectiveness And Use Of Complementary Currencies

    The blockchain provides the foundation to design complementary currencies that embellish community relationships, drive regional economic growth and encourage self-sustainability. The local multiplier effect is the underlying benefit of using complementary currencies. The local multiplier effect occurs when one form of economic activity affects another. Read More

  • UK Is Leading The Way To Becoming A Global Bitcoin Hub

    UK Is Leading The Way To Becoming A Global Bitcoin Hub

    In many countries, when it comes to regulating bitcoin companies, it’s still mostly a work in progress. Some governments want to restrict bitcoin quite a lot, while others are adopting a more favorable stance. The U.K. has been the financial hub of Europe for decades now, and it looks like it plans to do the same thing with bitcoin. Read More

  • The Future Of Finance Is In Real Time Crunch Network

    The Future Of Finance Is In Real Time

    In a world of decreasing size and rapidly increasing technological development, the financial sector needs to keep up at the same pace. While physical supply chains have improved to keep track of the digital world, the financial supply chain has not kept pace. The race toward real-time financial services involves a wide array of stakeholders and possibilities, ranging from common… Read More

  • Everledger Is Using Blockchain To Combat Fraud, Starting With Diamonds

    Everledger Is Using Blockchain To Combat Fraud, Starting With Diamonds

    The wild valuation swings of Bitcoin are something of a sideshow when compared with the potential of the underlying blockchain engine. Focusing on the utility of this distributed, consensus-based technology is exactly what London-based startup Everledger is doing. Read More

  • The Bitcoin Blocksize Blackjack Mining Blues Crunch Network

    The Bitcoin Blocksize Blackjack Mining Blues

    Bitcoin: it’s at a crucially important crossroads; it’s approaching a crisis that threatens its very existence; it has never been more likely to erupt into enormous global importance. Which? Don’t be ridiculous. It is all those things at once, of course, as usual. I only wish I was joking. If you’re dumb enough to judge Bitcoin purely by its exchange rate, you might… Read More

  • Bitcoin Blazes New Trail In Emerging Markets

    Bitcoin Blazes New Trail In Emerging Markets

    While the tech world is busy speculating about bitcoin’s volatile value, cryptocurrency is making arguably its biggest impact in countries where the current price of 1 bitcoin exceeds the average salary earned in a week. Kenya, Uruguay and Panama are just a few of the countries playing host to a growing group of venture-backed bitcoin companies that are using blockchain technology to… Read More

  • Colu Aims To Bring Blockchain Technology Everywhere

    Colu Aims To Bring Blockchain Technology Everywhere

    Since its inception, investors have looked at the blockchain technology that powers Bitcoin’s cryptocurrency as a new platform to bring a new level of trust to real world transactions. Now, Colu, a Tel Aviv-based startup has launched to develop a platform to make that vision a reality. Colu is developing technology to enable programmers to access colored coins and Bitcoin 2.0… Read More

  • Bitcoin’s Price Falls Further Amid Record Transaction Volume

    Bitcoin’s Price Falls Further Amid Record Transaction Volume

    You can purchase a bitcoin for just over $185 at the moment, a price that is down nearly 8 percent in the last hour, and 46.7 percent in the last month. Of course, you can pick any price timeframe you want, but it’s fair to say that bitcoin’s dollar value has had a rough time of it in recent days. Read More

  • BlockCypher Raises Seed Funding To Be The Web Services For Cryptocurrency

    BlockCypher Raises Seed Funding To Be The Web Services For Cryptocurrency

    With an eye toward making blockchain technology easy to integrate into any application, BlockCypher has raised $3 million in its first round of financing. The financing comes amid a steep slide in Bitcoin pricing over the past year, which has stymied some of the enthusiasm in the market. Read More

  • Decentralize All The Things! Crunch Network

    Decentralize All The Things!

    They gave us a fully decentralized Internet and we used it to build web services–Facebook, Twitter, Gmail, iCloud–so massively centralized they verge on being quasi-medieval fiefdoms. Now we’re building the Internet of Someone Else’s Things, wherein every room of every home will contain devices controlled by servers the homeowners don’t know, control, or understand. Read More