Category: Blockchain

Nivaura blockchain to raise money?

Nivaura, a UK-based graduate-from from Microsoft’s Accelerator programme for start-ups, has developed an Ethereum blockchain-based service to make raising money simpler and cheaper. This could transform how businesses attact investor funds. Nivaura offers automated bond issue in a cryptocurrency on a public blockchain platform. Not only does this reduce the need for middlemen, and the…

IBM’s blockchain interest: has it peaked?

In 2016 IBM’s blockchain interest showed its first signs of ‘public life’. Through 2106 the number of announcements (by press release) built, with the odd quiet month. In 2017 the tempo built, until June 2017 when it slowed dramatically, before falling away to nothing in November. This could be natural. Worthy material to announce does…

Lamden aims for rapid en-masse blockchain development

Blockchain intermediators Lamden aspires to deliver rapid blockchain development technology for enterprises. To fund Ethereum-compliant decentralized applications it has also announced its Tau token sale. This will begin in January, 2018 to raise US$10 million. Lamden recognises that increasing numbers of large corporates across all markets wish to accelerate in-house implementation of private and consortium…

Bitcoin – worry, attitudes and futures

Bitcoin valuations head relentlessly up. At the start of 2017 a Bitcoin was worth a little over US$1,000. In eleven months it is almost ten times as much. What should make a virtual cryptocurrency rise so much? Are they worth it? There is no easy answer. Two demonstrations of this are analyses coming from Bloomberg and…

dnata’s blockchain proved in PoC

dnata’s cargo operations, with Emirates Innovation Lab, IBM and flydubai Cargo, has created what it believes to be an innovative blockchain-based proposition for cargo service delivery. This adds value by removing redundant data while improving visibility and transparency for all stakeholders. The result produces processes which are streamlined and simplified right – from origin to…

Blockchain scalability addressed by two more startups

Blockchain throughput is, arguably, the dagger hanging over widespread blockchain adoption. There are two fundamental and interrelated problems. A blockchain’s size and its ability to transact (to register additional transactions which ad to the blockchain size. After all a blockchain is the immutable record of all transactions. It cannot shrink to order. To ‘picture’ this,…

ModulTrade: a blockchain-based trade platform for MSMEs

ModulTrade has launched a blockchain-based global trade platform specifically aimed at micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs). It claims it represents a new marketplace to meet, commit and execute safe and secure trade anywhere in the world. The ModulTrade platform addresses many of the barriers MSMEs face when working to complete a successful trade cycle.…

Choosing between blockchain or ILP (Interledger Protocol)

Blockchain implements ‘distributed ledger’. The Interledger Protocol (ILP) enables different ‘ledgers’ to interoperate. At one level they both solve the issue of multiple ledgers. Yet they do this in very different ways, ones which could complement but might conflict. In this brief analysis ET examines each. It then tries to draw a conclusion which is…

Corda and Azure deepen their embrace

R3 and Microsoft have expanded their partnership in order to accelerate adoption of R3’s Corda platform amongst businesses using Microsoft Azure. Having worked together since April 2016, the partnership will offer deeper integration of the Corda platform with Azure. The objective is to make it easier for businesses to deploy underlying computing resources for blockchain…

Bizarre blockchain for accountants headline

ET received a email with the bizarre headline “Blockchain could replace banks and lawyers, says ICAEW“. This purports to come from a new report from the ICAEW (the Institute of Chartered Accounts in England and Wales), entitled ‘Blockchain and the future of accountancy’. This headline is bizarre for two reasons: the Report barely mentions ‘blockchain…