Blockchain technology is disrupting everything, why not your business!

September 28, 2016

Blockchain technology is best known for being the magic behind Bitcoin, but there are scores of other industries that are benefiting from this revolutionary technology. Blockchain technology is a big fancy word that describes the act of recording events in a database. The database itself is referred to as the blockchain. Once data is added to the blockchain, it cannot be removed from the database or altered in any way. The blockchain therefore contains a verifiable record of history.

The technology is fairly simple yet very profound. You might already be thinking of a business idea that could utilize such a system, and many visionaries are in the same boat.

Check out the disruption the blockchain is creating in these industries.

  1. Voting

The voting industry has gone essentially unchanged for centuries. Many would say that it is in dire need of innovation! Even “modern” electronic voting systems offer little improvements. In the past few years many states have actually de-certified voting machines due to certain vulnerabilities. By design, blockchain technology eliminates the need for paper ballots and provides unparalleled security.

This means convenient and secure voting from your smart phone, tablet, or computer.

  1. Finance

For many, the financial industry is the first that comes to mind when thinking about blockchain technology. Bitcoin is one of the best-known applications of the technology and has a very strong brand in the digital currency space. Bitcoin has simply been a game changer for many people around the world. The book The Age of Cryptocurrency: How Bitcoin and Digital Money Are Challenging the Global Economic Order by Paul Vigna and Michael J. Casey breaks down the digital currency movement and is a perfect intro to the blockchain. Bitcoin Magazine described the book in the following way:

Blockchain technology provides cryptocurrencies, such as Bitcoin, with a verifiable ledger of transactions. This ledger, paired with the security of a distributed network allows people to leave middlemen and banks behind and fully take control of their digital money.

Blockchain technology also allows for smart contracts and market-pegged assets. The developers behind BitShares have pioneered these blockchain innovations. Smart contracts are essentially computer programs that can automatically execute the terms of a contract. Instead of money just going from A to B, now you can choose to send or not to send money if certain constraints are met.

  1. Music

The music industry has some really cool companies trying to transform the scene with blockchain technology. What if you could use your awesome music finding skills to make money and support musicians? This is essentially what Peertracks is creating. With Peertracks, people can buy equity in an artist or song similar to crowdfunding models. The idea is, you would find out about Taylor Swift before she got famous. If you had bought Taylor Swift tokens, you would be supporting her music career in the beginning and later on reap the benefits of increased token value when she has a number one hit.

The blockchain can also be used for music streaming. A recent report by Rethink Music suggests that blockchain technology could be used to ensure musicians are paid fairly and quickly for sales and streams of their work. The blockchain adds a great deal of transparency. This would be beneficial for artist and industry leaders to see into the process of splitting royalties, as it would be obvious if publishers and record labels were holding on to royalties before giving them to the artist.

  1. Ownership

The blockchain is perfect for keeping records of ownership. Factom is using the blockchain to help businesses and governments manage data and keep records. Financial records secure our money. Real estate records secure our property. And citizen records secure our credit and identities. All these records can be hacked or maliciously changed if they exist in a centralized location. With blockchain technology, all the information is replicated across the servers that run the system. It is nearly impossible to hack a distributed processing network. This is one of the blockchain’s greatest assets.  You will now have undisputable proof and records of ownership. And to top it off, you own the records and share them with those you trust.

  1. Fighting counterfeits

Another blockchain-based company is using this revolutionary technology to build an anti-counterfeit solution. Blockverify is bringing transparency from the blockchain to supply chains.  Blockverify can verify counterfeit products, diverted goods, stolen merchandise, and fraudulent transactions. Some of the best use cases the solution will target include pharmaceuticals, luxury items, diamonds, and electronics.

The Anglo African team can assist you in unlocking the full potential of Blockchain technology for the prosper of your enterprise. If you have any queries or if you would like further information, please contact us on 2331636 or by e-mail at .

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