Crypto Economy and Blockchain
The crypto economy emerged from the digital currency Bitcoin, rooted in internet and video game culture. It now incorporates many scaled implementations leveraging the underlying technology, called blockchain. Blockchain allows for truth and scarcity of digital objects, which implies a connection between the digital and physical world previously unavailable to technologists. Using this Lego block, entrerpeneurs, incumbents, and technology companies are imagining a world on a new type of decentralized infrastructure, with implications for payments, savings, investments, insurance and identity. Crypto-assets are becoming an alternative asset class where global investors crowdfund highly speculative and risky projects using digital currency.
The $20 billion Cambrian explosion of tokenized digital assets, and the emerging infrastructure being built to support them
Review of our 2017 themes and a look-ahead to what matters in 2018
The new funding mechanism using distributed ledger technology that displaces both public markets (IPOs) and private investment (Venture Capital) with $ billion of cryptocurrency.
Making sense of blockchain, digital currencies, roboadvisors, wealthtech and other futurist themes within a unified, quantified framework
We see clearing and settlement as the first major implementation. Blockchain can reduce industry spend by 30% or $16bn on a five year view.