• Can Facebook Be The iPhone Of The Crypto Ecosystem?

    A couple of months ago, I wrote about the importance of ease of use in accelerating the adoption of blockchain technology. As impact investors, we care about the adoption of blockchain technology because we are excited about its potential to deliver more “open and inclusive economic infrastructure.” That’s a meaty phrase, and there are a…

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  • Two More Cents On Facebook’s Blockchain Project: Libra

    Facebook unveiled the details of their blockchain project, and there is a lot to be excited about.  There is also a lot to be cautious about. But perhaps the most exciting development to track will be the experiment in a relationship between open economic infrastructure and the traditional model of the firm that this project…

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  • Blockchain BetaLab Findings

    In October 2018 Access Ventures hosted a design sprint in conjunction with the ConsenSys Social Impact team to explore how blockchain technology might apply to issues concerning substance abuse. As facilitators, it was our aim to identify a problem within this domain that multiple parties were aligned to tackle. Access Ventures felt that our team…

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  • Founder Stories: Flexa

    In order to drive adoption and achieve meaningful scale, blockchain protocols and applications must either integrate with or circumvent the legacy infrastructure which facilitates today’s economic life. This challenge remains largely unsolved in one of the most important use cases of blockchain technology: making cryptocurrency spendable in brick-and-mortar settings Flexa is the first app for…

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  • Securities Law and Blockchain Adoption

    The term “regulation” can elicit a lot of negative feelings, especially in the blockchain space in which conforming to the traditional regulatory frameworks can be antithetical to core elements of the innovation. While the role of regulation is hotly debated, one fact remains: formal regulation on one level or other is prerequisite to the adoption…

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  • Blockchain Payments Adoption: Easier is Better

    When it comes to our relationship with tech, easier wins. There is an an entire discipline focused on helping developers optimize their mobile applications for convenience. From where information is displayed on a screen, to how many clicks it takes to get to a key action. This discipline is focused on making life as easy…

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  • Demystifying Blockchain Adoption

    “For something to be adopted and widely accepted, it needs to be 10x better than the existing experience.” - Joey Krug, CIO Pantera Capital What drives adoption? That’s a question the blockchain industry is asking itself as the euphoria around the technology’s potential fades into the background and companies face the challenge of building tangible…

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  • Five Questions with Trevor Filter of Flexa

    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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  • When Individuals Control Their Data, Businesses Get Healthier

    Individual control over data is not only a moral imperative, but also creates economic value that improves overall business health. It does so by reducing costs and liabilities, and creating new markets and innovation. Yet, data ownership remains one of the most hotly debated issues in data governance. Early on, the inventor of the internet…

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  • 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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