Data is the new oil except for in one significant way. The value of oil is linked to the market laws of supply and demand. When the oil is scarce, prices go up. As opposed to data which is becoming less and less scarce every day.

In the last two years alone, 90% of existing data was generated. Social media, streaming media, the Internet of Things — as we become more connected, we create more data. Unlike oil, the biggest challenge in managing data is not maintaining a dwindling supply. Rather, it’s figuring out how to handle and harness the…


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Blockchain is a reactionary technology that arrived at the end of an economic crisis, and it exists at odds with dated financial paradigms. It was undoubtedly invented as an experiment, with no intention to be as popular as it has now become. The technology’s purpose was to explore questions about the cost-efficiency of finance and digital transactions. Is decentralized blockchain infrastructure able to provide the same security and utility, while also lowering costs enough to make financial products and services more accessible to wider populations?

The answer was a confident yes, and blockchain (alongside fintech) slowly began its ascent into…


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One of the drivers of the recent boom in cryptocurrency markets has been the interest from retail traders. While initially bitcoin and its offshoots were a decidedly niche product, the past three years have seen interest steadily expand in mainstream markets and among even the most novice of traders thanks in large part to eye-popping volatility. The result is a market that is on the rise but has yet to fully open the doors to “outsiders”.

Cryptocurrency exchanges, still the most popular way to exchange cryptos for fiat and other coins, are not always easy to use, and the industry’s…


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During the last year or two and particularly during the peak of the crypto price boom in 2017, blockchain has been touted as a use case for almost every industry. Supply chain, banking, advertising, healthcare, government, and many other sectors have been discussed extensively in the context of how they will benefit from the emergence of distributed ledger technology.

However, at the same time, critics of the technology have been quick to point out the slow pace of adoption. One report from McKinsey even went as far as stating that there is “a lack of convincing at-scale use cases” of…


Blockchain Hasn’t Taken Over the E-Commerce Industry Yet, What’s Holding it Back?

As the global economy continues to embrace an online and ever-connected framework, there’s one sector growing year-over-year that can’t be ignored, e-commerce. Consumers are always on the lookout for new, innovative ways to complete their purchases and are doing more research than ever when going through the buying process. This means more time spent online and more goods being bought by users from the comfort of their home, rather than from a physical store.

While the majority of retail shopping is still being done in-person in stores (a reality that Amazon is fully aware of and working to adapt to)…


Despite its incredible proliferation in the past two years, the blockchain is still a relatively novel technology, requiring continual development and maturation before it can attain the prominent role that many expect it to play in the digital age.

QTUM, an open sourced public blockchain initiative, is donating $400,000 to academics at the University of Columbia who are advancing blockchain research in several ways. The grant is being extended to Ronghui Gu, Columbia University’s assistant CS professor who will oversee blockchain research being conducted by post-doctorate and Ph.D. students.

As it relates to its original purpose, facilitating cryptocurrency transactions, the…


With concerns about global climate change on the rise, there’s one essential question that remains: How do we effectively implement renewable energy? Solar panels are increasingly becoming more efficient and many communities — even in areas you wouldn’t normally expect them — are looking to the advantages of renewable energy from sources like solar, wind, and hydroelectric.

However, although more people are directing their attention to renewable energy as a key component of sustainability and responsible consumption, it may not be enough. Recently, the International Energy Agency published news that renewable energy is not growing fast enough to meet climate…


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Crypto technologies are often referred to as “trustless.” While often cited as one of their defining features, the label can actually be quite confusing. How can something that’s “trustless” be used for activities that typically require trust?

Blockchain is already starting to change the way we transact and do business by opening up the exciting new possibility of a trustless economy where blockchain apps and services are widely used to facilitate transactions.

For crypto to have a real chance of being accepted in the mainstream, it’s important for users to understand the technology’s nuances, starting with the idea of trust.

Making Sense of Trust


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Today, apps are used by many people for many things, from ordering a taxi to planning dinner, they have become an integral part of our daily lives. It’s no accident that global app revenue grew 35% in 2017, reaching $60 billion. The industry has a huge amount of potential and will continue to grow as our lives become increasingly digital.

In the last year or two, a new kind of app has emerged known as a decentralized application or a dApp. As opposed to regular apps, dApps are built on blockchain technology and are decentralized with no central server or…


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The global market in gaming is said to be worth more than $135bn in 2018. Perhaps even more impressive, due to the rise of mobile gaming, the games industry has managed to sustain double-digit growth for more than ten years.

Despite these numbers, it has never been more difficult for an independent game developer to bring their game to market successfully. First, they must have adequate funding to develop the game itself. This is essentially the same as funding a startup business, so developers may be dependent on loans or convincing investors to hand over some startup capital.

Sadie Williamson

Blockchain and tech nerd, founder and manager at Williamson Fintech Consulting-and I love trees :).

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