Blockchain Soundbites #1

Soundbites from Ernst & Young, Hyperledger, Gartner, IOHK + more!

This week features soundbites from the following leaders in the blockchain industry:

  • Paul Brody - Blockchain Leader, Erst & Young

  • Biser Dimitrov - Blockchain Architect, Tata Consultancy

  • Charles Hoskinson - CEO, IOHK

  • Avivah Litan - VP & Distinguished Analyst, Gartner Inc

  • Brian Behlendorf - Executive, Hyperledger

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Paul Brody

  • Paul Brody is a trailblazer for his work in bringing enterprises to the public ethereum main net through EY’s suite of blockchain business applications, audit tools and security systems.

  • In conversation with John Wolpert at the Ethereal NY conference, Paul explained his vision for blockchain through the lens of a Big 4 professional services firm.

  • He has built a team of 200 blockchain developers who are developing applications that are laying the foundations for CFOs, CEOs and General Counsel of their large, very conservative clients to be okay with doing business transactions on the ethereum public blockchain.

Check out the video between John Wolpert and Paul Brody here.


Biser Dimitrov

  • With Facebook’s announcement of their new cryptocurrency Libra this week, Biser Dimitrov, author of the Enterprise Blockchain Newsletter, summarised the whitepaper nicely with his 9 major takeaways.

Check out Biser’s post here.


Charles Hoskinson

  • There was a great panel discussion from the last AI & Blockchain Summit in Malta on the polarising topic of Permissioned vs Permissionless Blockchains.

  • Moderated by Anthony Day from Deloitte Ireland, Charles Hoskinson from Input Output (IOHK) provided his very interesting perspective on permissioned blockchains and how the work IOHK are doing in Africa could on board millions of new coffee farmers to the cryptocurrency space via the creation of digital identities.

Check out the video here.


Avivah Litan

  • Avivah Litan wrote a blog on Amazon’s new Quantum Ledger Database (QLDB) which is seen as a challenge to permissioned blockchains.

  • It is predicted that it will be simpler for organisations to implement than permissioned blockchains governed by consortia.

  • The blog post questions the value of permissioned blockchains if they are not using key tenants of blockchain such as decentralised consensus and tokenization.

Check out Avivah’s blog post.


Brian Behlendorf

  • At Coindesk’s Consensus conference last month Brian Behlendorf of Hyperledger explained how building consortia in the enterprise blockchain space can be challenging.

  • He outlined the 3 basic types of enterprise blockchain consortia there are.

Read more here.