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Blockchain News Publisher, Analyst, Speaker, Writer, Event Designer
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Blockchain Expo will be arriving in London’s Olympia on January 23-24 2017, bringing together more than 1500 people across key industries for two days of world-class content from leading brands embracing and developing cutting edge Blockchain technologies.

Presented in a series of top-level keynotes, interactive panel discussions and solution-based case studies with a focus on learning and building partnerships in the emerging Blockchain space, Blockchain Expo will explore the industries that are set to be disrupted the most by this new technology, including financial services, healthcare, insurance, energy, music, government, real estate and more.

Co-located with IoT Tech Expo Global which attracts in excess of 4000 attendees, Blockchain Expo will showcase the latest developments in the Blockchain arena, in both emerging and more established markets.

The free to attend Blockchain for Developers and Cloud conference track will look at a variety of platforms and services from startups to cloud providers, including developer networks, applications and APIs, while the Blockchain for Enterprise conference stream will focus on the evolution of Blockchain and its applications. The track will explore the many launches and trials being conducted, the different uses of Blockchain technology in these verticals, and the vast opportunities in these sectors.

Taking place in London’s Olympia on January 23-24, the leading global Blockchain Expo event will host a range of industry verticals, from financial and insurance to government and healthcare, alongside developers, startups, cloud providers, investors, venture capitalists, and many more.

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In the crypto-hangouts – particular at Bitcointalk where almost all ICOs are first broadcast, scores of net-savvy investors start googling the history of the founders and teams, ripping apart the code, hammering the theory, and generally kicking the living shit out of the concept – by the tens. Then they out scammers who end up shrivelling out the forum with their tails tucked and hang the ICO. You also have new companies like Smith and Crown doing great work analysing ICOs and others are now moving into that space and providing more centralised market intelligence.

In terms of ‘breaking the law’ when it comes to spending your own money as you see fit in an investment you feel you can handle – Obama has finally opened the doors slightly with the JOBS act and you don’t have to be an accredited investor or bike to work on Sand Hill Road to reap rewards any longer. And so it should be. The Americans are already three years behind the UK and Netherlands in crowdfinancing. ICOs are, in particular, have been a panacea to American investors (particularly those with a lot of unclaimed cryptocurrency) who want to participate.

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We nevertheless attempt to illustrate the potential opportunity in the context of the music industry, were a Blockchain system capable of reducing piracy to the extent that the 4 most populous EM countries (China, India, Indonesia and Brazil) were to increase spend per capita up to the Global average of $2, this would result in $6.1bn or 40% incremental revenue for the Global music industry.

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According to an article by finextra titled "Blockchain consortium R3 facing unrest over capital raise" that has been deleted from their website (but still available in google cache), it appears that the move may be rustling some feathers.

The proposals have not gone down well with the core membership, who want a bigger return on their intellectual capital investment and support for projects emerging from the lab.

One industry insider described the stand-off as an "Implosion at R3", adding "The big banks are apoplectic with the high handed approach and are busy ‘considering their options’."

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By its very nature, the Art Market is the perfect market for a Blockchain and Artprice is leading in the right direction as all its players are looking for the serenity and confidence that an absolutely safe market provides. According to all the major market research studies, the Art Market is becoming an efficient market like the financial markets.

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IBM Blockchain on Bluemix is Now Open for Developers
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