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How To Make Money With Blockchain, Despite The Hype

In last week’s article on the Blockchain Expo in London, I pointed out that many blockchain-based endeavors struggle to find a rational business model.

Blockchain Expo, Olympia, London

Blockchain Expo, Olympia, London

In fact, blockchain’s decentralized nature presents many entrepreneurs with a difficult choice: build a decentralized system but forego a solid revenue stream, or create a centralized business model that leads to real profits but avoids the very aspect of blockchain that makes it so disruptive.

Fortunately, there is a happy medium: generally decentralized efforts that retain some centralized component that affords the creator of the platform with a mechanism for collecting transaction fees or otherwise cash in on their efforts.

In fact, while blockchain is still largely in the proof of concept phase, the hotbed of innovation that is the blockchain community is shaking loose a number of disruptive, yet rational business models – rational in the sense that they offer a solution to a business problem that customers will pay for.

The variety of such blockchain businesses with paths to profitability is striking. In addition to the two such vendors in last week’s article, here are four more that illustrate breadth of innovation the blockchain marketplace is bringing to potentially profitable business ideas.

Read the entire article at https://www.forbes.com/sites/jasonbloomberg/2018/04/23/how-to-make-money-with-blockchain-despite-the-hype/.

Intellyx publishes the Agile Digital Transformation Roadmap poster, advises companies on their digital transformation initiatives, and helps vendors communicate their agility stories. As of the time of writing, Microsoft is an Intellyx customer. None of the other organizations mentioned in this article are Intellyx customers. The author does not own, nor does he intend to own, any cryptocurrency. Image credit: Jason Bloomberg.

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Jason Bloomberg is a leading IT industry analyst, Forbes contributor, keynote speaker, and globally recognized expert on multiple disruptive trends in enterprise technology and digital transformation. He is ranked #5 on Onalytica’s list of top Digital Transformation influencers for 2018 and #15 on Jax’s list of top DevOps influencers for 2017, the only person to appear on both lists.

As founder and president of Agile Digital Transformation analyst firm Intellyx, he advises, writes, and speaks on a diverse set of topics, including digital transformation, artificial intelligence, cloud computing, devops, big data/analytics, cybersecurity, blockchain/bitcoin/cryptocurrency, no-code/low-code platforms and tools, organizational transformation, internet of things, enterprise architecture, SD-WAN/SDX, mainframes, hybrid IT, and legacy transformation, among other topics.

Mr. Bloomberg’s articles in Forbes are often viewed by more than 100,000 readers. During his career, he has published over 1,200 articles (over 200 for Forbes alone), spoken at over 400 conferences and webinars, and he has been quoted in the press and blogosphere over 2,000 times.

Mr. Bloomberg is the author or coauthor of four books: The Agile Architecture Revolution (Wiley, 2013), Service Orient or Be Doomed! How Service Orientation Will Change Your Business (Wiley, 2006), XML and Web Services Unleashed (SAMS Publishing, 2002), and Web Page Scripting Techniques (Hayden Books, 1996). His next book, Agile Digital Transformation, is due within the next year.

At SOA-focused industry analyst firm ZapThink from 2001 to 2013, Mr. Bloomberg created and delivered the Licensed ZapThink Architect (LZA) Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) course and associated credential, certifying over 1,700 professionals worldwide. He is one of the original Managing Partners of ZapThink LLC, which was acquired by Dovel Technologies in 2011.

Prior to ZapThink, Mr. Bloomberg built a diverse background in eBusiness technology management and industry analysis, including serving as a senior analyst in IDC’s eBusiness Advisory group, as well as holding eBusiness management positions at USWeb/CKS (later marchFIRST) and WaveBend Solutions (now Hitachi Consulting), and several software and web development positions.