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Amazon-Led Industry Disruption of the Package Transportation & Logistics Industry

The Tipping Point: Amazon vs. UPS & FedEx

We all love that feeling. Ordering a much-need item online via a mobile app and having it delivered to your door-step within a few hours. If you reside in North America, that reality is what customers have come to expect — a byproduct of a social-media society of instant gratification predicated on the convergence of people and technology. Customers expect this type of seamless online transaction each-and-every single time they shop. …


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Lighting the fuse on ‘Trust Economy’ & ‘Internet of Value’ (IoV)

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The Trust Economy & Internet of Value will be fueled by blockchain’s like Bitcoin.

Bitcoin is an ecosystem. More and more, our world is being navigated from the frame of the ecosystem — and while this has been the case since the beginning of time in the natural world, it is on the cusp of true proliferation in the human-made world. All life exists in the context of interconnected systems and networks — almost nothing exists in this world in isolation. The flow of data, information, and knowledge almost always causes complex interactions, actions, and reactions in even the most simplistic of natural world systems. …


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Pathway to Operationalizing Blockchain in a Legacy Paradigm

Whether it’s hope or hype, boom or bust, excitement or agitation — blockchain continues to introduce stark polarizing perspectives. Business leaders have trepidation about wading too deep into uncharted waters. ‘Blue oceans’ of untapped value innovation have seemingly dried up in the span of only a few years. So what’s changed? Perhaps it’s the deep realization that implementing blockchain in any legacy paradigm (which most businesses find themselves in) is very difficult. Even a recent McKinsey & Company article posits concerns about blockchain’s timeliness from a Return on Investment (ROI) perspective. Industries spanning the spectrum of health care, banking & financial services, and supply chain have invested billions of dollars only to see very meager benefits (if that) — and it’s unclear if any ‘first-mover-advantage’ has been ascertained by early investors. The last MERL (Monitoring, Evaluation, Research, & Learning) Tech Conference held in Washington, DC evaluated 43 blockchain use cases against their business cases (cost savings, revenue potential, etc.) indicated little-to-no evidence than any of the researched use cases was able to achieve their purported business cases. …


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Data will be the fuel that powers the Fourth Industrial Revolution

The world is collectively embarking on a collision course with the Fourth Industrial Revolution, powered by a new source of ‘energy’, a new ‘fuel source’: data. Unlike the previous Industrial Revolutions which were powered by steam, electricity, and combinations of automation or mechanization or computerization, the next wave of revolution will be accomplished via data, the translation of data into information, and ultimately contextualizing that information to turn it into knowledge. The Fourth Industrial Revolution, also called Internet 4.0, …


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How to go from a Blockchain Tourist to a Blockchain Citizen

Blockchain tourism amongst businesses has been on the rise for a few years now, as businesses of all shapes and sizes take their first forays into understanding how to properly wield the power of the technology. But it would seem, blockchain tourism has leveled-off. Some would even say, blockchain technologies are over-hyped. Indeed, blockchain fatigue seems to be setting in. So what does it really take to go from a Blockchain Tourist to a Blockchain Citizen? What does it really take to implement and extract real tangible business outcomes using the inherent power of a blockchain?

Blockchains are often solely conflated with cryptocurrency applications like Bitcoin, Ethereum, Ripple, and so on. Of course the cryptocurrency use case is often the most exciting, buzzworthy, and headline grabbing. With an ever-growing market capitalization in excess of $220B (Oct. 1, 2018) and 2000+ cryptocurrencies listed on CoinMarketCap.com — cryptocurrencies and altcoins powered by permissionless public blockchains are indeed the single-most effective use case of blockchain technology today. Moving into the domain of the traditional business landscape, the recent 2018 Deloitte Blockchain Survey indicates that two-thirds of executives of large organizations (revenues in excess of US $500M) believe that not only will they lose competitive advantage if they don’t adopt blockchain technology (68%), but that blockchain technology will disrupt their respective industries (59%). …


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Today, the creation of decentralization applications (Dapps) is a daunting effort. In reality, the knowledge effort and the learning curve is steep even for those that understand the basics of programming applications in the real-world. So what’s different about launching a smart contract-based Dapp?

One reason why the use of blockchain-driven applications have not exploded as initially thought is because the knowledge capital needed to launch a Dapp today is very high. At the time of writing this article, I know of no mass-proliferated use case of a blockchain-based Dapp used by the wider public. …


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These days, no matter what industry you might work in, there are a lot of ‘suitcase words’ that are flying around. ‘Suitcase words’ refer to any words of phrases that you can stuff anything and any meaning into (Machine Learning and AI both seem to be ‘suitcase words’). Because you can fit anything into such words, those words start to lose their initial meanings, they seem to lack finite definitions, and there is often a lack of precision of language. ‘Suitcase words’ may arise when trying to encompass broad domains, or when there is a general lack of foundational understanding.

In the business world I operate in, I have often seen ‘suitcase words’ or ‘buzz words’ used for contexts in which they don’t make any sense and it is often due to a lack of foundation understanding. This article, is my attempt to dispel the mysteries around one such ‘suitcase word’, i.e. …


Bitcoin has enjoyed a lot of ‘incumbent inertia’ that comes along with having first-mover advantage in the cryptocurrency marketplace. That’s more than clear by simply observing the market price alone for 1 BTC (even though the price is still down from the bonanza that ensued running up to Christmas 2017). However, future long-term sustainability challenges continue to creep up.

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In the wise words of Jay-Z:

“If you’re having girl problems I feel bad for you son,
I got ninety nine problems …”

Bitcoin’s got 99 problems. So where do I begin? Well, I’d likely lose most readers if I highlighted all 99 problems, so instead, I will highlight my top-10 challenges for the future sustainability of Bitcoin.


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Why does one’s country of birth or place of residence play such a large role in their potential economic outcomes in life? Why do fiat-currencies play such a large role in one’s wealth generation possibilities? What about the ‘unbanked poor’?

Access to equal financial possibilities irrespective of geographical origins is something that I am a big champion of. Bitcoin was truly the world’s first global currency, transcending geopolitical boundaries. Since then, there has been a number of altcoins, or cryptocurrencies that may function with Bitcoin-derived properties and parameters, as well as entirely new ones like Ethereum (ETH) and Ripple (XRP). …


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What if there was a way to break Bitcoin? To hack it apart? To tear apart its foundation? Is there such a way? Yes… if P=NP.

To begin, the world of Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies is largely based on the exploitation of algorithmic and computational asymmetries. The decentralization characteristics that Bitcoin achieves is actually powered by these asymmetries, specifically two types of asymmetries:

1. Algorithmic Asymmetry

2. Computational Asymmetry

To break Bitcoin, or any other cryptocurrency, one must be able to break apart its asymmetries. So what is an asymmetry and how does this all relate to this equation P=NP?

(You may even ask: what does P and NP even mean?) …

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H.K. Brar

Managing Director, Orbify.io - Blockchain Advisory - The Bitcoin Ecosystem - The Decentralized Future

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