The Blockchain Economy book

The transition from exchanging content online to exchanging value online changes everything. Read this book to learn how to prosper in this new economy.

The Blockchain Economy is a digital book for the digital age. It is our free open source donation to the community. Our business model is free content monetised through Advisory Services.

A digital book has 3 big advantages:

  • It can be written and published in a serialized way. This is back to the future. A century ago, books were serialized in print magazines. In the 21st century books are serialized on blogging platforms. Each chapter is published as it is written.


  • It can be edited and updated as information  changes. If you go to a Chapter, you will see the date it was originally published.  After that date, it can be edited as the facts change or the author’s understanding changes. This would be irrelevant in a novel, but is critical for a fast-changing subject such as The Blockchain Economy.


  • The community can contribute via comments. This follows the open source model. The community gets the original content  for free and has the option to contribute back to the community via comments. Your contribution to the community will always be visible here (but we reserve right to delete contributions that are promotional rather than educational).

A digital book stays relevant rather than being out of date the day it is printed.

Squeezing a digital product into a traditional book format is possible and has some advantages. It is easier to read long form on paper rather than on screen. People will pay a small fee for the privilege. That is like having a Linux distribution vs having Linux. Or you can do print on demand on your personal printer.

If somebody wants to produce a traditional book format from this digital book, please reach out to our Chief Commercial Officer, Julia Spiegel, by email.

There are four introductory chapters:

Preface: Who should read the Blockchain Economy book

Blockchain is Internet Version 3

101 Introduction to some key words you will need to understand in order to read this book

The creative Destruction 7 Act Play

The book is then divided into 3 parts – focussed on 1) Infrastructure 2) Existing Markets 3) Investing.

Part 1 = The Infrastructure For The Blockchain Economy 

Part 1/Chapter 1 = The infrastructure for the Blockchain Economy is being built in a 3 layer stack

Part 1/Chapter 2 = Layer 3: Creating the Blockchain Market Infrastructure at Light Speed.

Part 2/Chapter 3 = The Blockchain Middleware services layer 2 will be as valuable as air

Part 2/Chapter 4 = Protocol Layer 1 & The Bitcoin Maximalist Debate.

Part 1/Chapter 5= Shy XBRL Emerges Blinking Onto The Blockchain Economy Stage To Power Security Tokens

Part 1/Chapter 6 =Real Time Settlement is the big market innovation powering ICOs and Tokens

Part 1/Chapter 7 = Digital Cooperatives may become the Default Corporate Structure in the Blockchain Economy

Part 1/Chapter 8 =Why The blockchain Economy Wont be Financed by Ye Olde Artisanal VC Funds

Part 1/Chapter 9 = Will The Blockchain Economy Be Powered By Something Totally Different Like a Tangle Or DAG?

Part 1/Chapter 10 = Multi Layer Blockchain scaling solutions.

Part 1/Chapter 11 = The Past Present & Future Of Bitcoin Mining

Part 1/Chapter 12 = Some Governments Want To Shut Down Bitcoin But They Don’t Know How

Part 1/Chapter 13 = Why Non State Governance For Bitcoin Ethereum And Other Cryptocurrencies Is So Hard

Part 1/Chapter 14 = Blockchain Economy Is The 1937 Coase Theorem Brought To Life And That Worries Big Corp

Part 1/Chapter 15 = Digital Identity Is The Key To The Blockchain Economy

Part 1/Chapter 16 = TOR and other threats to privacy-centric Altcoins

Part 1/Chapter 17 = Proof Of Stake Is More Like Financial Bonds Than Proof Of Work Mining

Part 1/Chapter 18 = Why bitcoin is surprisingly valuable and stable as a chair with only one leg

Part 2 = How The Blockchain Economy Will Impact Existing Markets

Part 2/Chapter 1 = Watch Blockchains Creative Destruction 7 Act Play

Part 2/Chapter 2 = Blockchain Bits Of Destruction Hit Wall Street

Part 2/Chapter 3 = Blockchain may finally disrupt payments from Micropayments to Credit Cards to SWIFT

Part 2/Chapter 4 = Blockchain May Disrupt Insurance Before Banking

Part 2/Chapter  5 = How Blockchain Could Finally Enable The Vision Of User Controlled Electronic Health Records

Part 2/Chapter 6 = Blocks Of Disruption Hit The Media Business As Privacy Finally Hits The Front Page In 2018

Part 2/Chapter 7 = Blocks Of Destruction Hit The Supply Chain Business

Part 2/Chapter 8 = Blockchain Smart Contracts Leads To A Near Term Boom But Decimates The Entry Level Legal Jobs On Which The Industry Depends.

Part 2/Chapter 9 = Blockchain Second Killer App Maybe In The Sharing Economy

Part 2/Chapter 10 = Cannabis And Blockchain Are Two Legally Grey Area Markets Getting Together

Part 2/Chapter 11 = Decentralized Marketplaces to beat Amazon = big opportunity Or Cypherpunk Pipedream? 

Part 2/Chapter 12 = 11 other established markets that are facing Blockchain disruption.

Part 2/Chapter 13 = Blockchain Bad News For Incumbents Is 10x Price Collapse, Good News Is 10x Increase In Volume

Part 2/Chapter 14 = Try to ignore the Blockchain Hype Coaster

Part 3 = Investing In The Blockchain Economy

Part 3/Chapter 1 = Introducing Part 3 Of The Blockchain Economy Serialised Book -Investing In The Blockchain Economy

Part 3/Chapter 2 = Investing in Utility Tokens.

Part 3/Chapter 3 =Investing in Early Stage Equity via Security Tokens (fka Venture Capital). 

Part 3/Chapter 4 = Investing in Asset Backed Tokens.

Part 3/Chapter 5 =Investing in Payment Tokens and Stablecoins (aka new currencies). 

Part 3/Chapter 6 = NonProfit Tokens.

The book concludes with a chapter focussed on the entrepreneur, who is the lead actor in the Creative Destruction 7 Act Play:

Creating A New Venture In The Blockchain Economy

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