Q3 2017 Blockchain Industry Observations/Predictions (Futurist Version)

  • Blockchain Technologies may refer to either blockchain networks and/or digital assets “collectively.”
  • Blockchain Network(s) may be referred to in various ways including as blockchains, chains, crypto networks, digital asset networks, blockchain protocol(s), a cryptocurrency network, distributed (public) ledgers or distributed ledger technology (DLT) or decentralized peer-to-peer networks, as well as private centralized (non-public/permissioned) blockchains.
  • Digital Assets are defined here as cryptocurrencies, cryptosecurities, cryptocommodities, crypto assets, tokens, utility tokens, among other verbiage or taxonomies crypto or digital asset related that may be used.
  • Blockchain startups or mature blockchain companies, which may be in a transition phase of shifting their fiat capital (owned by their founders and underlying shareholders) to purchase and issue their own digital asset tokens, as part of a pre-sale to their seed-stage investors, before going to the public/private market with an initial coin offering (ICO) are potential cryptocurrencies.
  • At the ICO stage, an organizational structure may shift to a decentralized open-source system where a portion of capital raised is put towards a non-profit foundation dedicated to the future benefit of enhancing/maintaining the specific protocol running the new public digital asset.
Source: CBInsights
State of Blockchain report for Q2 2017 from Coindesk

Welcome to the blockchain arms race

Jumping on the Blockchain bandwagon

Hold your horses or off to the races?

Source: Steven Hatzakis Art ©
Source: Hyperledger

Natural extension of Foreign Exchange Markets

Source: Yamashita Rios de Sousa, Arthur Matsuo & Takayasu, Hideki & Takayasu, Misako. (2015). Influence Networks in the Foreign Exchange Market. 3–13. 10.1007/978–3–319–20591–5_1.

Central Bank Cryptocurrency (CBCC)

Source: BIS.org

Blockchain Potential

Source: BIS.org

New Taxonomies and Libraries of Assets

Source: BIS.org

Semi-Unregulatable

Source: FCA

Beyond the current hype

Bubbles: Bursts and Regenerative Cycles

Source: Financial Times
Source: ForexBrokers.com

Futurist Predictions

source: Howmuch.net

The era of Blockchains

Source: Wikipedia
Source: Wikipedia

Inefficiencies still Abound

Source: Coindesk, State of Blockchain report for Q2 2017

Intra-terrestrial

Source: Steven Hatzakis Art ©

Legacy Financial Market Infrastructure

Source: Flickr/Alikgriffin

Unneeded Floodgates

Gradually Accelerated Adoption Rate

Source: Gartner.com
source: Harvard Business Review

Irreversible and Unstoppable Trends

Infrastructure for Artificial Intelligence

Quantum Challenges

source: PWC/Microsoft
Source: z.Cash

Cyber Hacks, Cracks, and Leaks

Cybertheft

Two Galaxies Converging

Highly Dynamic Industry and Landscape ahead

Level playing field but unknown battlefront

Source: Coindesk

Looking beyond just Bitcoin

Fintech, Payments, and Forex

Wallet providers

Source: 2017 University of Cambridge Global Cryptocurrency Benchmarking Study
Source: 2017 University of Cambridge Global Cryptocurrency Benchmarking Study

Fintech & Blockchain Advisors

Source: Swap.Tech, airtoken

The Paradox of Accelerating and Waiting

Source: Twitter.com

Research tools largely absent

Source: SifrData using Poloniex price data for last 90 days
Source: 2017 University of Cambridge Global Cryptocurrency Benchmarking Study
Source: Visual Capitalist

Crypto liquidity

Source: BIS.org

Brokers Are Morphing

source: https://ForexBrokers.com/reviews

Utility token versus Security/Derivative

Regulatory Arbitrage

Next phase of emerging regulatory frameworks

Trade Associations

Source: Digital Chamber of Commerce

Recent enforcement action

Recent Thoughts from Industry Leaders

Creativeness and Blockchain mix well

Source: Daniel Eden

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Global Director of Online Broker Research for ForexBrokers.com, StockBrokers.com, CEO StevenHatzakis.com, Fintech/Blockchain Consultant, Developer, Advisor, CTA

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Steven Hatzakis

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Global Director of Online Broker Research for ForexBrokers.com, StockBrokers.com, CEO StevenHatzakis.com, Fintech/Blockchain Consultant, Developer, Advisor, CTA

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