I am a cofounder of a unique VC. We don’t invest capital (yet); we invest our time and talent in ways that very few other people are. I’m on our “blockchain development team” and one of the first conversations I had with our founder was about using the “b word.”
Say it, and people immediately think “Bitcoin,” which means Silk Road, drugs, hitmen, scams, and the great unknown. No, thank you. We obviously can’t ever say blockchain because people will get turned off. To that I say,
“Blockchain is getting a divorce from Bitcoin.”
For years the two words have been nearly synonymous. Mention one, and you have to mention the other. But a time is coming — and will be here much sooner than some people care to admit — when the word “blockchain” will be just as common as the word “internet.” And I hate to tell you, but Bitcoin won’t always be in the same sentence.
Do you understand how the internet works? I’d venture to guess that’s a no. But you use it every day. Probably every hour. Even though black markets, porn sites, and scams litter its every corner. Why? Because the internet is incredibly useful. Duh.
Blockchain is the next internet. For those of you who think it’s just “the stuff that runs Bitcoin” or even “a financial tool” check these things out:
uPort, a program that will seamlessly integrate all digital identity.
BoardRoom, perfectly democratic board management software.
Akasha, a forward-thinking and totally transparent social media platform.
Ujo, giving music artists complete control over their content and income.
All these — born out of blockchain. Specifically Ethereum. But we can get into that later.
I’m not a programmer/coder. Odds are, you aren’t either. But you need to know about blockchain, and you need to get involved. Now. We’re on the cusp of the future. Big things are coming, and you don’t want to miss this.
Getting involved is easy. Explore the links I gave you. Go browse through ethereum.org. And check back here for more articles on blockchain. This community needs you.
Hey Bitcoin, could you get those divorce papers back to me asap, please?