Key Learnings: The Blockchain Revolution in Context, at AllianceBernstein with ConsenSys

On November 2nd, Lisa Ellis, Senior Research Analyst, covering payments, processors, and IT services, at AllianceBernstein, and Andreas Wallendahl, Director of Strategic Initiatives and Business Development at ConsenSys, the leading Blockchain Venture Studio, were the featured guests at the third NetForum peer-to-peer discussion on Blockchain and ICOs, joined by 25 professionals from PE & VC funds, Family Offices, and startups.  Thanks to Mark Schlossberg, Principal and Financial Advisor at Bernstein, for hosting this NetForum event.   This discussion was so thought provoking that for this Key Learnings I deviated from the usual practice of summarizing the discussion and engaged in further…

Key Learnings: Blockchain Disruption @Accenture

July 17, 2016 Dear Friends, I am pleased to share with you the key learnings that emerged from another very interesting and energetic discussion at our the latest NetForum — our second on the topic of the Blockchain.  As usual, we mixed leading edge startups and established corporations to attack a topic from all angles.  It took me a lot longer than usual to pen this report (was busy on my day job!) so thanks for your patience. Our participants hailed from Accenture (represented by our host, Abhishek Gutgutia), First Data, Fujitsu, RWE, Warner Brothers, Wipro, Salesforce.com, as well as…

INVITATION: NetForum@Silicon Valley@Accenture: The Blockchain Unchained!

Dear Friends and Colleagues, After 3 years in NYC and 6 months in London, The NetForum has finally landed in Silicon Valley!  We will be holding a NetForum breakfast event on May 25, 2016 hosted by Jitendra Kavathekar, MD of Open Innovation at Accenture in San Jose, featuring James Slazas, CFO of ConsenSys, a venture production studio building decentralized applications focused primarily on Ethereum, a leading Blockchain platform. The objective of this discussion is to get a better understanding of where Blockchain applications are in fact gaining traction.  This event is for anyone who has a viewpoint on the subject or experience to…

Key Learnings: The Blockchain is Here!

The Blockchain is here. This is the message that rang out clearly from the monthly NetForum meeting hosted by LeumiTech on October 27, 2015.  Our featured guest was  Ron Quaranta, Founder and Chairman of the Wall Street Blockchain Alliance and CEO of the Digital Currency Labs.  This NetForum was one of the most intriguing events in our nearly 3 years of activity.  Why?  The NetForum again gathered some of the leaders in the subject matter we were discussing who shared what is really happening on the front lines.  For me it was particularly interesting because I got that stirring in…