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Episode #25: Alex Tapscott on the Blockchain Revolution

May 9, 2016
Startups and Entrepreneurship
Corporate Innovation

Alex Tapscott is the CEO and Founder of Northwest Passage Ventures. For seven years in the Canadian and U.S. Capital markets, Alex has worked tirelessly to help entrepreneurs realize their goals, raising hundreds of millions of dollars in critical growth capital and providing sound advice and counsel.

A passionate advocate for the disruptive potential of new technology, Alex is also the co-author with Don Tapscott of the upcoming book: BLOCKCHAIN REVOLUTION: How the Underlying Technology of Bitcoin is Changing Money, Business, and the World.

Alex serves as a research fellow for the Global Solutions Network (GSN) program at the Martin Prosperity Institute at the Rotman School of Business in Toronto.

In 2014, he published the white paper “A Bitcoin Governance Network.”

Alex is also a strong supporter of mental health research and currently sits on the board of CAMH Engage, a young leadership council he co-founded at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health.

In this episode we talk about:

- what is the blockchain

- how blockchain can democratize value

- the varied potential applications of blockchain (from finance to music and foreign aid)

- how blockchain has the potential to disrupt incumbents and industries as a whole

- how blockchain improves accountability and transparency

- we discuss criticisms of blockchain such as lack of regulation and energy inefficiency

- barriers to adoption

- rugby and cat videos (yes, cat videos!)


Show Notes:

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Northwest Passage Ventures @

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