Will Blockchain Technology Truly Disrupt Every Industry?

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It feels like just yesterday when Bitcoin was launched and became a worldwide hit after making a few people millionaires in what seemed like overnight. In the meantime, various IT gurus around the world have been working round the clock to find additional applications for blockchain.

Now everybody (at least those who like to stay updated) is talking about blockchain technology. Some express strong convictions that the tech is going to revolutionize the world, making it seem almost like a religion. 

However, there are also experts who believe that blockchain is overrated because the things it is said to do could be achieved through traditional IT systems. 

So, who’s right? Could the tech really transform businesses?

What is Blockchain? 

Blockchain technology offers distributed, immutable, and auditable record-keeping on a ledger that can be public or private. These attributes put the tech in a unique position to solve some of the major problems that we have been battling across multiple industries for the last couple of decades – security, privacy, trust, transaction costs, and efficiency.

Thanks to the distributed ledger, blockchain cuts off the middlemen such as banks, credit card companies, brokers, and so on. This leads to reduced costs, time-efficiency, and increased security because there is no single point of attack in the system. Add that to the state-of-the-art cryptography employed by the tech, and we have a network that is next to impossible to hack.

Smart Contracts

Another unique innovation of distributed ledger technology is smart contracts, which are self-executing programs designed to perform a task when specific conditions are met. Smart contracts further cement trust and transparency in the system while cutting off the middleman.

The data is stored in chronological order and is immutable, as well as auditable. This means that any business requiring data provenance can leverage blockchain technology.

Bottom Line

So, to answer the question, blockchain has some interesting, unique qualities to offer that could transform many businesses. The infographic below covers multiple industries that are already leveraging this technology, the unique benefits in each sector, and specific businesses/startups in each space.


John DeCleene Whilst having spent a lot of his life in Asia, John DeCleene has lived and studied all over the world - including spells in Hong Kong, Mexico, The U.S. and China. He graduated with a BA in Political Science from Tulane University in 2016. Fluent in English and proficient in Mandarin and Spanish, he can communicate and connect with most of the world’s population too, and this certainly helped John as he gained work experience interning for the U.S.-Taiwan Business counsel in Washington D.C. as an investment analyst and then working alongside U.S. Senator Robert P. Casey of Pennsylvania as a legislative intern. He subsequently worked as a business analyst for a mutual fund in Singapore, where his passion for travel and aptitude for creating connections between opportunities and ideas was the perfect intersection of natural ability and experience, spending his time travelling between Cambodia, Hong Kong, and China investigating and discovering untapped investment opportunities. John is a fund manager for OCIM’s fintech fund, and currently progressing towards becoming a CFA charter holder. He loves to travel for business and pleasure, having visited 38 countries (including North Korea); he represents the new breed of global citizen for the 21st century.

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