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Book review: growing up with blockchain

June 28, 2020

Growing up with blockchain: from disruptive potential to operational realityAs the title suggests, it’s about blockchain. In particular, it is about converting the disruptive potential of blockchain into operational reality to support your company in growing.

It is aimed directly at decision-makers, especially for those who may already be considering blockchain technology for their business.

It includes 19 short essays (and a prologue) written by 18 of the most important blockchain actors. Note that this book was written from a British perspective, although some chapters focus on topics specific to the UK.

Book review: growing up with blockchainBook review: growing up with blockchain

Each chapter examines a specific aspect of blockchain technology and how it can be used by companies.

Although the book is “Blockchain, not Bitcoin”, you should consider payments as a blockchain application. In his chapter PayDock founder Robert Lincolnnesuggests that recent corona virus closings may have made blockchain more important for payments than ever.

Other topics include blockchain applications and their impact on areas as diverse as supply chain and intellectual property, the legal impact of working with blockchain, and getting started.

The authors were selected from across the industry, Representation of technology giants like IBM and Dell as well as smaller companies like Blockchain Rookies and Digital Catapult.

Like a book … it grew on me.

At first, I wasn’t entirely convinced. Although the mix of authors covered various aspects of the blockchain, it was understandable that there was some overlap. which leads to repetition.

There was also an occasional inconsistency in the tone, where a chapter that was aimed at the profane could be followed by a chapter that became quite technical. When reading the first part of the book, not much seemed to flow from one topic to another.

So I asked myself If this was perhaps not a book to read from start to finish, but one that will choose the path on your way to blockchain enlightenment. And this book is a great way to familiarize yourself with the various aspects of blockchain implementation if necessary.

At this point, however, it seemed better to stick it out straight away, and I’m very glad I did. The last chapters went from topic to topic so well that I considered how I could implement blockchain technology in my own (non-existent) business.

When I got to the last two chapters, This is about knowing whether a blockchain project is suitable for your company and how to start one. I came up with ridiculous business ideas to implement blockchain technologies.

I felt that something like this at the beginning of the book might have been useful, since the flood of information in the first few chapters could be quite overwhelming for some readers. However, it rounded off the topic very well and easily accessible.

If you are the target audience for this book, it is highly recommended. And if you just want to delve deeper into the rabbit hole that is blockchain technology and its (current) possibilities, then this is a thorough read.

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