The Week In Bitcoin - Issue #70: Open Sourcing Is The New Black

Open Sourcing Is The New BlackRecently, Chain and R3 announced that they were open sourcing their cor
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The Week In Bitcoin - Issue #70: Open Sourcing Is The New Black
By The Week In Bitcoin • Issue #12
Open Sourcing Is The New Black
Recently, Chain and R3 announced that they were open sourcing their core products. This is a clear change in direction for both companies, as it previously seemed that they were both going down the ‘permissioned partner’ blockchain route.
Although I’m sure that R3 and Chain would argue that this was always on the roadmap, my guess would be that after much effort working with partners they both realised that a platform (which is what a blockchain really is) has little value unless there are developers building on it. Having a rich tapestry of applications built on your platform matters and this is where I predict most will be now turning their attention to. 
Some take the view that 2017 will be the year that PoCs go production ready. In contrast, I think 2017 will be the year that blockchain infrastructure startups go aggressively after developer mindshare. Expect more blockchain hackathons and developer evangelists at conferences as these companies realise that banks and other industry incumbents won’t be the ones that build the future of blockchain tech - it’ll actually be developers looking to solve problems in a novel way. 
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This Week In Blockchain Open Sourcing
A blockchain platform developed by a group that includes more than 70 of
the world’s biggest financial institutions is making its code publicly
available, in what could become the industry standard for the nascent
technology.
The R3 Consortium is attempting to neutralize criticism on the ambiguity in the coding language and structure of permissioned ledgers by open sourcing its technology.
Board meetings this week at Blockchain startups be like....
I’m pleased to share that we have released a free and open source version of Chain Core called Chain Core Developer Edition.
On October 21, 2016, Visa announced a new partnership with blockchain enterprise company Chain that will develop “a simple, fast and secure way to process B2B payments globally.” Dubbed Visa B2B Connect, the system will offer participating pilot financial institutions a consistent process for managing settlement through Visa’s standard practices.
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In my previous post I addressed the hype surrounding blockchain — mostly in a context of the application of blockchain technology to the financial industry. Now it is time to think about the hype surrounding coin (or token) — which hype is constantly manifested as endless ICOs, speculation and forks.
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Back in March Bitcoin.com reported the Walt Disney company was searching for blockchain talent at its Seattle, Washington headquarters.
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