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The Business Blockchain: Promise, Practice, and Application of the Next Internet Technology Hardcover – 1 Jun 2016
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“If you are thinking about your blockchain strategy, especially from the enterprise side, this is an important book that will allow you to understand the blockchain at a level you may have not enjoyed before. It is definitely a book to learn from.” (International Business Times, April 2016)
"When it comes to the blockchain, William Mougayar′s vision and insights are unparalleled. He takes us on a discovery journey with clarity and authority. This is a fundamental book if business leaders want to survive the blockchain’s upcoming whiplash."
―Brad Feld, Managing Director, Foundry Group; best–selling author of Venture Deals
"Mougayar has written a highly authoritative book, charting new territory in our understanding of the blockchain. I strongly recommend it to executives who are leading their organizations into with the future."
―John Ruffolo, CEO, OMERS Ventures
"Anyone who′s been at all close to the blockchain realizes just how profoundly this innovation could affect almost every industry. The Business Blockchain is an important book that offers practical advice and prescriptions for getting on with creating and realizing your own blockchain vision."
―Chris Owen, Vice President, Enterprise Shared Platforms – Blockchain, TD Bank Group
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Also, I note that pretty much all the positive reviews were from reviewers provided with a free copy of the book. Not exactly impartial feedback!
So, pretty poor really.
BLOCKCHAINS ~ the future (if it doesn't get overlooked and marginalised).
The Business Blockchain: Promise, Practice, and Application of the Next Internet Technology
William M has interested me for around 178 pages
William's book has both enlightened and confused me
I understand the decentralisation concept and a few other parts, which I might forget by tomorrow
I have some understanding about blockchains and how information is encrypted and remembered on a massive scale ~ nodes
I had to read the book in smallish sections and reflect on what I had read
I tried to talk to friends about blockchains and they all glazed over
I have looked up Bitcoin facts on the www because of this book
I have looked up Ethereum facts on the www because of this book
I think that blockchains have the possibility to change how we trade, think, use computers and much more
They have limitless possibilities ~ always a good thing rather than a one trick pony
They might never reach their potential ~ some people will consider it a step too far
I was using the Internet back in 1993 and remember when MS launched Win95 and when I told friends about shopping on the internet they laughed ~ ho ho ho ! ! !
I'm going to follow up this book by doing more research, buying cryptocurrencies and trying to evangelise
The government should (and maybe are) looking into blockchains for our medical records, if they have any money left after trying to create the perfect medical computer system and failing
A medical blockchain where anyone (with the correct authority) can interface into the blockchain would stop the need for one massive system
I recommend this book to anyone with some IT background who knows little about blockchains
Having read it I am totally unable to implement anything remotely connected to blockchains
I am however going to follow the global story of blockchains and watch Bitcoins go over $1000 per Bitcoin in less than 10 years
I should have bought some Bitcoins when I first heard about them
Thank you William Mougayar
This book is business-speak puff piece. It is so bad that in the last sentence the author actually points to his next book Centerless which is also advertised on the front cover. If the writing is anywhere near as bad as for this book, then I would not recommend it. This book desperately needed an editor and an expert reviewer to sort out the writing and the explanations. He talks about the Byzantine General's problem in game theory and then does not say what it is or why it is important. He talks about Sybil attacks and says nothing about what they are either.
The author is clearly writing from a business perspective about this new thing, the blockchain, that he thinks is going to be a major technology for change, but that is the only message. It is a had waving guide to what happens when a technology, like the internet, comes along and changes how business functions. There are some speculations about what it might do, but without the technical know-how these have no foundations.
I really cannot recommend it.
This is a book aimed at the business reader, not the technologist, and some of the concepts are deliberately simplified to make them more accessible but the general thrust isn't damaged by that and where a concept is simplified it isn't obscured or misrepresented. Recommended
It is not an easy read so I would do a bit of background reading (the Economist did a good background write up a little while back) before diving in
But the business impact could be huge and its early days yet with a lot of the book speculating on what might happen
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