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Host and blockchain-evangelist Matt Hooper engages with the planet’s most dynamic blockchain thought-leaders, explorers and innovators to discover the countless new ways blockchain is leaping from theory to reality: From entertainment to identity, from payments to secure supply-chain transparency. IBM Blockchain Pulse: The Podcast explores the now, the next, and the countless world-shaking applications just around the corner, all with wit, insight and - above all - passion.

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    • 4.8, 18 Ratings

Host and blockchain-evangelist Matt Hooper engages with the planet’s most dynamic blockchain thought-leaders, explorers and innovators to discover the countless new ways blockchain is leaping from theory to reality: From entertainment to identity, from payments to secure supply-chain transparency. IBM Blockchain Pulse: The Podcast explores the now, the next, and the countless world-shaking applications just around the corner, all with wit, insight and - above all - passion.

    Key aspects to implementing a new technology strategy

    Key aspects to implementing a new technology strategy

    This episode of IBM Blockchain Pulse marks another first for Matt Hooper! He is welcoming back his first return guest, Maribel Lopez, the founder and Principal Analyst of Lopez Research!

    Last time Maribel was on the show, she and Matt dove into blockchain and transformation and discussed whether or not blockchain hype had peaked. Today, they’re shifting gears and taking a look at how companies can get started with blockchain.

    • 22 min
    Blockchain for education and workforce communities

    Blockchain for education and workforce communities

    This is a first for the podcast, as Matt Hooper has yet to have a leader in the field of education on the show! Rick has dedicated his life to solving problems in the space of education and his current work with the National Student Clearinghouse is no exception. The National Student Clearinghouse’s goal is to “help education go further” and the work they do goes from improving students’ career readiness to understanding student outcomes to much more.

    • 45 min
    Fostering better collaboration with blockchain

    Fostering better collaboration with blockchain

    Our latest guest is Chelsey Delaney, Global Design Lead for Blockchain Services at IBM, who brings a unique and personal view to the blockchain discussion. Namely, a design-centric view — it’s in her job title after all!

    Coming away from this interview, our host Matt Hooper felt inspired anew about the practical implementations of blockchain technology and particularly about the key distinctions Chelsey has made in her own work.

    • 27 min
    Helping Businesses Thrive in a Connected World

    Helping Businesses Thrive in a Connected World

    Maribel Lopez, the founder and principal analyst at Lopez Research, whose job is to help the most ambitious of business leaders. This sort of work requires a collaborative spirit as well as a deep knowledge of the most significant innovations happening every corner of the globe — from AI to IoT to blockchain. Maribel gets to spend her days guiding leaders through these changes and Matt couldn’t be more excited to be interviewing her this episode!

    • 33 min
    Using technology to empower startups and have a global impact

    Using technology to empower startups and have a global impact

    Have you ever met someone who truly loved their job so much that you found yourself grinning ear-to-ear as you listened to them explain how they spend their days? Well, Matt Hooper sure has! His guest today, Bill Stark, is the President of IBM Business Partner Cognition Foundry. The passion with which Bill describes his job in today’s episode will leave you inspired and thinking about the many opportunities emerging technologies are bringing about for startups and society.

    • 32 min
    Potential of blockchain in accounting and crowdfunding

    Potential of blockchain in accounting and crowdfunding

    While your host, Matt Hooper, has only been passionate about all things decentralization for 5 years, his guest today, Dr. Sean Stein Smith, was an early champion of our blockchain future. Dr. Smith is a Professor at Lehman College, a member of Wall Street Blockchain Alliance’s Advisory Board, a member of Gilded Finance’s Advisory Board, an author at IBM Blockchain, and an award winner of the NJCPA ‘19 Ovation Award. He is a widely quoted expert at the intersection of blockchain, cryptocurrency, and accounting; has worked with dozens of print publications; and has appeared on numerous live TV broadcasts to discuss said topics.
     
    In this episode, Matt and Dr. Smith have a blast talking all things regulation, the future of traditional accounting roles, and the ways in which blockchain can upend the crowdfunding industry! They also talk about how the implementation of blockchain in the field of sustainability accounting could open up new revenue streams, some of the current mainstream use cases of blockchain, and how blockchain intersects with GDPR.
     
    Key Takeaways:
    [:25] About today’s episode.
    [1:55] Matt Hooper welcomes Dr. Sean Stein Smith to the podcast!
    [2:06] Dr. Sean Stein Smith speaks about his work and how he originally got introduced to blockchain.
    [3:34] What drew Dr. Smith to a leadership/teaching position in the space of blockchain and tech?
    [6:50] Dr. Smith defines General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).
    [8:00] How does blockchain intersect with GDPR?
    [8:54] Dr. Smith explains the importance of regulation and the need for regulators in the industry.
    [11:01] Last year on the IBM Blockchain Pulse Blog, Dr. Smith asked the question, ‘Do the core functionalities of blockchain technology create situations where many of the opportunities ultimately become constrained as regulators catch up?’ Have regulators responded to this question? And if so, how?
    [12:21] Dr. Smith highlights some of the mainstream use cases of blockchain.
    [12:48] What is sustainability accounting? And how can the implementation of blockchain in this field open up new revenue streams?
    [15:00] About Blockchain for Dummies!
    [15:43] Dr. Smith paints a positive picture of the automation of traditional accounting roles.
    [19:14] Dr. Smith explains some of the ways that blockchain could upend the crowdfunding industry.
    [22:52] What is the most convincing pitch or framing Dr. Smith hears for adopting and integrating blockchain solutions into a business?
    [25:15] Where to follow-up with Dr. Sean Stein Smith!
     
    Sources Mentioned:
    IBM Blockchain Pulse Blog
    IBM.co/PodcastforDummies — Visit for a free download of Blockchain for Dummies!
     
    Follow-up with Our Guest:
    Dr. Sean Stein Smith’s LinkedIn
    Dr. Sean Stein Smith’s Twitter
     
    Looking for More Episodes?
    Visit ibm.com/blockchain — and for news and updates, follow @IBMBlockchain on Twitter!

    • 27 min

Customer Reviews

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18 Ratings

18 Ratings

charlesljones ,

Blockchain for the Average Joe

I’ve been listening to your podcast for about a week. I can't get enough blockchain. I'm a blockchain addict and you are one of my main suppliers. You’ve contributed immensely to my knowledge base.
Yet, I still feel unconnected to the blockchain.
Would you produce a program that walks the average “unconnected” person through a blockchain evangelists vision of a day of living in a blockchain world.
How do I, the Joe Schmoe on the street become active in the blockchain economy?
How can I influence the wider spread adoption of the blockchain?
Is there such a thing as a blockchain employment resume?
How would an employer process a blockchain resume?
What are the drawbacks of blockchain?
Who inputs the blockchain information?
How is the blockchain information verified?
What’s preventing anyone from inputting garbage data that invalidates the whole chain?
Is the flow of information across a blockchain network as slow as a cryptocurrency transaction verification?
How are the disadvantages being addressed?
I'm almost to the December 2019 episodes.
Keep up the good work.

brand_disruptor ,

Informative x Entertaining!

I love getting up to speed on the latest technology news. I wasn't sure what to expect with this but I decided to give a listen. Really enjoyed the down to earth conversations, very cool to hear experts talk at about blockchain and was surprised to learn legit things are happening in the space. I've listened to Episode 1 & 2 and ready for #3!

Valkl ,

Love it!! My new favorite podcast!

The hosts and his guests draw you in while making blockchain accessible. This podcast is so engaging you hardly notice that the time has passed. I wish there were more episodes already so I could keep listening. I'm glad I've caught on to this podcast early on and I cannot wait to hear more.

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