What No One Tells You about the Blockchain

Many consider the Internet as the most important invention in the last two decades, but the Blockchain steals the spotlight today. What makes it so interesting is it provides us with a completely new way to carry out transactions that are too complex and that involves multiple parties. It eliminates the need for middlemen. One day, it will power our money transfers and subsidy schemes. But, let us not get too excited about the technology.

Initial Disadvantages of the Blockchain

  • Throughput capacity
  • Scalability
  • Permissioning
  • Storage limits
  • Challenges of integration

As the blockchain is further developed, many of these initial disadvantages are closing. The fast developing ecosystem is addressing them to drive further deployment and adoption. But, there are still some serious limiting factors that can mess up the technology’s potential to change the world:

  • It is not environment-friendly. The Bitcoin might be the most carbon-polluting technology invented in the last three decades. While it has great potential in its use outside the cryptocurrency world, it also has a negative effect on the environment. It is estimated that a single bitcoin transaction uses the same amount of electricity as 1 and ½ households over 24 hours. In other uses, the blockchain could burn more fuels in other countries.
  • It lacks transparency. The modern trend is greater openness and tracking in communication and commerce. But, the blockchain is a closed shop by design. Generally, it is an efficient system for data exchange, but data is only visible to somebody who chooses to mine it. This means some of the data is hidden and the rest are massively distributed, which defeat the purpose of migrating to businesses that offer transparency.

The blockchain has entered a hype cycle. But when we get past that hype, you will realize that there is something fantastic going on in the technology. It is a revolution in the making. Its potential as a technology makes it so exciting in so many ways. In fact, it is being considered to be adopted to the Internet of Things – to take it to the next level. There is no denying that the blockchain will change our lives in the future. While it has some serious limiting factors, the overwhelmingly positive ones are what we are rooting for. 

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Why Every Start-Up Company Should Consider the Blockchain

The blockchain has created a buzz around the business industry for over a year now, but nobody seems to truly understand it. In laymen’s term, it is a digital platform for recording and verifying transactions. It allows transactions to be anonymous and secure at the same time. It distributes trust through mass collaboration. Its underlying framework can virtually record everything, making it a true medium for value. 

Four main things drive the excitement about the blockchain in an enterprise:

  • Proof of Authenticity
  • Data Notarization
  • Data Aggregation
  • Asset Settlement

These four provide exciting opportunities around reorganization of the backend processes between and within enterprises.

How can the blokchain help start-up enterprises? As a digital ledger, it timestamps transactions by logging into an uninterrupted chain of records and providing proof of all transactions. It is unbreakable and un-hackable. Most of all, it is crowd-sourced. The technology streamlines costly and complex processes such as trade processing, clearing and settlement. Since it cannot be tampered and exploited in any way, it is the perfect solution for transparency issues.

Many start-up companies contract on the open market and create corporations due to high transaction costs. While the Internet reduced cost of search, communication and coordination, the blockchain makes it cheaper for companies to organize capability inside their boundaries. It is a global peer-to-peer platform of transactions, reputation, identity and trust, which promote innovation and shared value creation.

Start-ups should be immensely hopeful about the blockchain. The technology has opened a world of possibilities that enables economic empowerment. It allows them to own their identities and personal data, do transactions, and create and exchange value without intermediaries. It lets them protect their own identity and monetize their own information. It is a dream come true for the entire business industry, addressing transparency issues in one gracefully designed package.       

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