• Five Questions with IDEO CoLab

    Innovation in the blockchain space will accelerate during the next few years and redefine the ways we engage with, and transact on, the internet for the better. Trusted third parties have long acted as the gatekeeper to a more inclusive economy and now blockchain technology exists to offer us an alternative. While we continue to…

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  • Our Controversial View On Blockchain

    “How is blockchain technology, by itself, an impact investment?” That is the most consistent question I have received since announcing our blockchain investment initiative. It’s a fair question given Access Ventures’ role in the impact community and in pioneering a one-pocket investment mindset. This post is my attempt to answer the question. The sufficiency of…

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  • Reflections on Blockchain at SOCAP

    Can blockchain technology be used for social good and impact? From our perspective, this technology has the power to transform numerous industries and drive unprecedented impact — creating a smarter and more inclusive economy. As we are diving deeper into the blockchain community, it is becoming apparent that impact investors, social entrepreneurs, and impact-minded foundations…

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  • Access Ventures Invests In Blockchain

    Today we are launching a Blockchain Initiative that is focused on identifying and supporting companies that are building out the decentralized ecosystem. We believe this technology has the power to transform numerous industries and drive unprecedented impact — creating a smarter and more inclusive economy. A blockchain system is an electronic ledger that is shared…

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  • Blockchain And Economic Exclusion

    Can blockchain technology be the solution to economic exclusion? Recognizing that economic exclusion happens as trusted third parties centralize the decision of who may participate in the economy, blockchain’s potential to work around large institutions is certainly promising. When comparing a blockchain option to current solutions there is an apparent reality that, although well-meaning, existing solutions do not provide the decentralization…

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  • Solutions To Economic Exclusion

    The institutions which facilitate our economic life are prone to excluding the most vulnerable consumers among us. Too many people find it difficult (or altogether impossible) to access many parts of the formal economy. For example, twenty-five million American households are underbanked, and nine million more do not have a bank account of any kind. Banks, in…

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  • The Role Of Trusted Third Parties

    Many of us consider trust a fragile expression that must be earned over time. Trust is the assured reliance on the character, ability, strength, or truth of someone or something. Reading the definition of trust, we can understand why we place considerable weight on our decision to extend it to others. Once trust is extended…

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