Adel ▲ Opinion ▲ 14 ▲ Crypto, For the People, By the People

Crypto, For the People, By the People

How Blockchain Subverts Today’s Entrenched Power Structures

By:  Gabriel Dusil, co-Founder & General Manager,
Adel Ecosystem Ltd.
&:  John McLeod, Founder,
JEA Associates Ltd.

Mankind has been shaped by borders, whether physical, geographical, technological or financial. Societies have found ways to structure themselves into coherent and ordered blocks. Over the last few centuries empires have risen and fallen, wars have been waged and physical borders have moved. Governments, institutions and multi-lateral structures underpinning political and financial borders have remained intact.

The financial crash of 2008 shook public confidence in banks and government-backed financial institutions that saw billions of dollars, euros, and pounds spent on shoring up the financial system through quantitative easing. Public confidence in financial institutions and governments was at an all-time low. It is no coincidence that Bitcoin emerged out of this economic crisis where traditional institutions failed. A viable alternative was needed without the oversight of big-brother.

Blockchain services undermine traditional forms of governance because it’s decentralized and its users are typically anonymous. This assumes impunity from government and central banks. Anonymous actors are micro components of a growing ecosystem. To date, this crypto sphere has been relatively left untouched by the authorities of the “real-world”, where regulation typically lags innovation.

This raises real questions about how crypto’s services should be managed. Techno-libertarians envision utopian self-regulation, with codified rules that evolve with the technology. Anyone who denies these programmatic rules essentially forfeits their right to participate in this space. Crypto-anarchists envision a free-rule zone for blockchain businesses and unconstrained virtual currency commerce. Within this zone, blockchain businesses would operate free from government intervention and regulation. Bitcoin is essentially a sandbox experiment that is demonstrating how crypto technologies will be successful and be applied to real-world scenarios.

Bitcoin is a sandbox experiment,
demonstrating how crypto will be successful.

Whichever form it takes, blockchain technology will need to entertain the notion of regulatory oversight, for it to gain mainstream acceptance. For this to happen, both the public and private sectors should have a seat at the same table, to establish a common ground for governance and enforcement.

Creating and adopting an agreed set of standards requires consensus from all major stakeholders. Internet’s protocols (e.g. TCP/IP, HTML, and Java) took years before reaching mass adoption. But eventually, this was achieved through well-constructed and easy to implement standards. Crypto coders redefining their own product lifecycle to accelerate adoption by excluding the powers-that-be from the socio-economic power pyramid. For the time being, they are at the pinnacle of this power hierarchy, with governments, banks and even citizens treated as outsiders. But history has shown that closed solutions are not scalable, to the same potential as standards. Any developer can set the rules of their homegrown blockchain. Have the geeks inherited the earth?

We have reached a unique point where the traditional power brokers who normally put the brakes on disruptive technologies have been sidelined in favor of a newly defined crypto power hierarchy. Governments nor banks control the crypto sphere, but they maintain partial control of cyberspace and the real world. Within the isolated world of crypto this hierarchy works, but if mass market adoption is the plan then consensus with the brick and mortar world is needed. The open question is whether this is in the interest of crypto coders, miners, and service providers.

Who could have predicted the spectacular rise in the value of Bitcoin and Ethereum just five years ago? A 100 US$ investment in Bitcoin in 2013 would now be worth 7000 US$ today[i]. Satoshi Nakamoto could not have predicted the creation of nearly 4000 virtual currencies on CoinLib[ii] ten years after releasing his white paper and over 100 thousand token contracts[iii] on the Ethereum blockchain. Only a brave person can envisage what the next five years have in store. It is safe to conclude, however, that crypto has proved its detractors wrong and its potential benefits to humanity are vast. Interoperability, scalability, security, and ease of use for the average person are all questions that need to be answered.

For the first time in history, people have the potential to break down the traditional borders that have divided them, whether geographically, technologically or economically. Individuals are empowered to create crypto services free from government regulation or any other centralized authorities. We have currency for the people by the people, and of the people, only time will tell which direction it takes, and who shapes its future.

About the Authors

Gabriel Dusil

Gabriel is a sales and marketing expert with over 25 years in senior positions at Motorola, VeriSign (acquired by Symantec in 2010 for 1.250 billion US$), and SecureWorks (acquired by Dell in 2011 for 612 million US$), and Cognitive Security (acquired by Cisco in 2013 for 25 million US$). He is a blockchain entrepreneur, with strengths in international business strategy. Gabriel has a bachelor’s degree in Engineering Physics from McMaster University in Canada and expert knowledge in blockchain incubation, cloud computing, IT security, and video streaming, and Over the Top Content (OTT). Gabriel also runs his own company, Euro Tech Startups s.r.o., and manages a professional blog at https://dusil.com.

John McLeod

John has spent nearly a decade working for a number of leading public relations firms in London, focusing primarily on PR management in the financial services sector. John’s expertise includes blockchain technology and the evolution of cryptocurrencies in financial services. That’s why he recently founded his own consulting firm, JEA Associates Ltd., which is specifically positioned to communicate the value proposition of this burgeoning technology. John has spent the past year successfully executing campaigns for a digital currency consultancy, decentralized financial solutions, and online payments platforms.

About Adel

adel.io | Blockchain Agnostic Technology Incubator

Adel is a technology incubator for blockchain innovation. Our community collaborates on ideas and uses the AdelWiki™ to collectively create business plans. Members vote on projects and can become profit participates when they are launched. Expertise within the community brings mentoring, learning, and employment opportunities. Successful projects are re-invested for further growth or issued as rewards to members. Adel is blockchain agnostic and will harness the features of any open-ledger platform to showcase its potential. Our mission is to incubate projects that will positively change the world.

▲ Adelphoi | Digital Currency for Adel Ecosystem

Many virtual currencies are utility or equity tokens on their corresponding blockchains. The Adelphoi (ADL) coin is different, in that it uses a comprehensive process of Idea2Project incubation, to fuel its own ecosystem.

References

[i] https://www.xe.com/currencycharts/?from=XBT&to=USD&view=1Y

[ii] https://coinlib.io/coins

[iii] https://etherscan.io/tokens?p=10

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▲ 1 ▲ The Right Path to Funding Decentralized Organizations

▲ 2 ▲ The Next Evolution in Funding Innovation

▲ 3 ▲ A Philosophy for Blockchain Integrity

▲ 4 ▲ A Collaborative Blockchain Incubator

▲ 5 ▲ Blockchain Diversity & Passion

▲ 6 ▲ Blockchain Startup Expertise

▲ 7 ▲ Blockchain Portfolio Diversification

▲ 8 ▲ Blockchain Incubation to Employment

▲ 9 ▲ From Blockchain Innovation to Execution

▲ 10 ▲ Blockchain Will Transform Retail Lending

▲ 11 ▲ The Next Evolution in Crypto Trading

▲ 12 ▲ Crypto Trading for Everyone

▲ 13 ▲ Architecting Crypto Financial Instruments

▲ 14 ▲ Crypto, For the People, By the People

Adel ▲ Conference ▲ Borderless Citizens™ in the 21st Century ▲ Berlin

“The Bitcoin and Blockchain conference held in Berlin was Adel’s forth time presenting for Smile Expo throughout 2017 and 2018. We are continually impressed by Smile Expo’s event management and production. Their real-time posts on social media, after each presentation, is a great touch. Smile Expo is a pleasure to work with, and we look forward to continued cooperation and delivering quality content to Smile Expo’s attendees.”

Gabriel Dusil, co-founder & board member, Adel

Abstract

▲ Adel’s co-founder explores the creation of virtual communities fueling by blockchain innovation. The presentation explores the evolution of the Virtual State™ and the Borderless Citizen™. Thanks to the Internet, and blockchain technology, the world is waking up to a political, economic, social and technological renaissance. The next two decades will be a fundamental shift in human interaction, sharing, and freedom. All aspects of vertical and horizontal markets will be affected, including Finance & Banking, Healthcare, eGovernment, Communications, Information Technology (IT) and the Internet of things (IoT). Adel’s General Manager will analyze this paradigm shift in social behavior and present a vision for the future.

Presentation

▲ Here is the video of our presentation:

▲ Here is the presentation on SlideShare:

▲ Here are the native powerpoint slides:

 

More Conferences

Check out more Adel conferences via these links:

▲ Conference ▲ Borderless Citizens™ in the 21st Century ▲ Berlin

▲ Will Pandemic Protocols Establish a Utopian Economy? ▲ Helsinki

▲ MultiStakeholder Governance for the Crypto Generation ▲ Gdansk

▲ A Community Incubator for Blockchain Innovation ▲ e.conomia

▲ Startup Incubation with Blockchain Communities ▲ London

▲ Startup Incubation with Blockchain Communities ▲ Stockholm

▲ Living the Blockchain Revolution ▲ Warsaw

▲ Innovation in Banking ▲ Prague

Adel ▲ Conference ▲ Will Pandemic Protocols Establish a Utopian Economy? ▲ Helsinki

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“It was a pleasure to speak at Smile Expo’s Bitcoin & Blockchain Conference in Helsinki. Having attended several of their events in 2018, we found the quality of speakers improving with each conference. Great job, team! We were honored to speak to the Finnish delegates on Adel’s future vision of the crypto sphere and promoting blockchain to mainstream use. Check out our Smile Expo presentations at https://www.adelphoi.io/videos/conferences.”

Gabriel Dusil, co-founder & board member, Adel

Abstract

▲ Blockchain services undermine traditional forms of governance because it’s decentralised and its users are typically anonymous. This assumes impunity from government and central banks. In crypto the collective consensus of coders, miners, and anonymous actors are micro components of a growing ecosystem. To date this crypto sphere has been relatively left untouched by the authorities of the “real-world”. This raises real questions about how crypto’s services should be managed. Techno-Libertarians envision utopian self-regulation, with codified rules that evolve with the technology. Crypto-anarchists envision a free-rule zone for blockchain businesses and unconstrained virtual currency commerce. Anyone who denies these programmatic rules essentially forfeit their right to participate in this space.

Adel’s co-founder explores the creation of the Borderless Citizen™, fueled by blockchain innovation and the underlying cryptoversification evolution of the Virtual State™.

Presentation

▲ Here is the video of our presentation:

More Conferences

Check out more Adel conferences via these links:

▲ Conference ▲ Borderless Citizens™ in the 21st Century ▲ Berlin

▲ Will Pandemic Protocols Establish a Utopian Economy? ▲ Helsinki

▲ MultiStakeholder Governance for the Crypto Generation ▲ Gdansk

▲ A Community Incubator for Blockchain Innovation ▲ e.conomia

▲ Startup Incubation with Blockchain Communities ▲ London

▲ Startup Incubation with Blockchain Communities ▲ Stockholm

▲ Living the Blockchain Revolution ▲ Warsaw

▲ Innovation in Banking ▲ Prague

Adel ▲ Conference ▲ MultiStakeholder Governance for the Crypto Generation ▲ Gdansk

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This was a great crypto event in the northern coast of Poland. The conference was held in the factory where the original German U-Boats were manufactured, during the second world war.  Adwell Media did a great job on the production of this event, and we were excited to get onto the evening news that week.

Gabriel Dusil, co-founder & board member, Adel

Adel on the Evening News ▲ TVP3 Poland

Adel has been featured on the Polish evening news! Polish channel TVP3 covered the blockchain conference in Gdansk as well as bitcoin & other cryptocurrencies. Although the broadcast is in Polish, their footage shows our presentation and logo shown multiple times, in the background:

Click here to watch the evening news coverage of Blockyard, featuring Adel

Abstract

▲ Adel’s co-founder explores the creation of virtual communities fueling by blockchain innovation. The presentation explores the evolution of the Virtual State™ and the Borderless Citizen™.

Thanks to the Internet, and blockchain technology, the world is waking up to a political, economic, social and technological renaissance. The next two decades will be a fundamental shift in human interaction, sharing, and freedom. All aspects of vertical and horizontal markets will be affected, including Finance & Banking, Healthcare, eGovernment, Communications, Information Technology (IT) and the Internet of things (IoT). Adel’s General Manager will analyze this paradigm shift in social behavior and present a vision for the future.

Presentation

▲ Here is the video of our presentation:

▲ Here is the presentation on SlideShare:

▲ Here are the native powerpoint slides:

18.Apr.13 – Gdansk · Multi-Stakeholder Governance for the Crypto Generation (Gabriel Dusil, v6.9).pptx

More Conferences

Check out more Adel conferences via these links:

▲ Conference ▲ Borderless Citizens™ in the 21st Century ▲ Berlin

▲ Will Pandemic Protocols Establish a Utopian Economy? ▲ Helsinki

▲ MultiStakeholder Governance for the Crypto Generation ▲ Gdansk

▲ A Community Incubator for Blockchain Innovation ▲ e.conomia

▲ Startup Incubation with Blockchain Communities ▲ London

▲ Startup Incubation with Blockchain Communities ▲ Stockholm

▲ Living the Blockchain Revolution ▲ Warsaw

▲ Innovation in Banking ▲ Prague

Adel ▲ Opinion ▲ 4 ▲ A Collaborative Blockchain Incubator

▲ Incubator Series

By:  Gabriel Dusil, Co-founder & Board Member, Adel
Jessica Allen, Blockchain Enthusiast & Social Media Expert

A Collaborative Blockchain Incubator

Most blockchain initiatives had a singular goal: to introduce a new blockchain platform (Ethereum, July 2015; Lisk, May 2016; Waves, January 2017). More recently, projects began to appear to focus on launching a more fintech-focused service linking blockchain to gold such as Digix Global[1], or Ether ETF, the first ever Ethereum-related Exchange Traded Product (ETP) in the United States[2].

With so much innovation in blockchain, is there a market to consolidate ideas into a single platform?

  • What about an ecosystem that encourages diversity across many industries with a vision of collaborative success?
  • Similar to the crowdfunding success of Kickstarter, a startup incubator that will legalize projects and help them be successful.
  • A single platform that unifies people from various industries, disciplines and regional backgrounds to accelerate idea development and implement real-world projects.
  • A community that enables innovation and equity ownership in projects.

The incubator model[3] has proven itself effective because people bootstrap ideas into viable projects without requiring exorbitant amounts of seed capital. Combining startup incubation with collaborative workspaces[4] is a rapidly growing phenomenon. These environments provide local space for startups to form and allow users to share resources and expertise to cross-pollinate ideas. They leverage business services like human resources and effectively manage funds.

Economies of Scale Through Collaboration

These new approaches to startup incubation demonstrate the need for efficiency, cost savings, and community in order to give ideas momentum. Efficiency is created by using investment funding in an ecosystem where multiple industries work together. Sometimes the best ideas come from disparate disciplines joining together to create something new which could not have been realized in isolation. The relationship between medicine and engineering has proven this synergy for several decades[1].


Figure #1: Adel Community Modules

Merging real-world incubator initiatives with virtual collaborative workspaces is the vision of Adel Ecosystem Ltd. Adel’s global incubator will include six online modules (Figure #1) with the intention of fostering collaboration.

  • A collaboration module will be a discussion forum to fuel ideas, as well as develop business plans for ideas that the community supports.
  • A voting module will enable a democratic vote by members.
  • A project module will show a bi-weekly status of project operations and success metrics.
  • A market module will be used to sell products and services from those projects, as well as post job vacancies in the various projects. Addition modules will be introduced, including one for currency trading.
  • Wrapping up the modules are the account and trading modules which show the status of the member’s wallet and allow them to send and receive coins with other members of the community.

Adel co-founder, Gabriel Dusil, is up for the complex challenges ahead, commenting, “Our decentralized and virtual incubator has its challenges, but we will manage that. As leaders and curators, it will be our responsibility to make sure that efficiency is maintained and momentum is sustained. When we see that there is a constructive effort to move ideas forward then we have the responsibility to make sure that process continues to flow. That is one of our main responsibilities as curators of the community”.

About the Authors

Gabriel Dusil

Gabriel is a seasoned sales and marketing expert with over twenty years of experience in senior level positions at companies such as Motorola, VeriSign (part of Symantec), and SecureWorks (part of Dell). His strengths lie in international business development and strategic partnerships, as well as the unique ability to translate complex ideas and technologies into language that decision makers can easily understand. Gabriel has a Bachelor’s degree in Engineering Physics from McMaster University in Canada and possesses expert knowledge in cloud computing, IT security, and video streaming technologies (Over the Top Content, OTT). Gabriel also runs his own company, Euro Tech Startups s.r.o., and manages two blogs: https://dusil.com/ and https://gabrieldusil.com/.

Jessica Allen

Jessica is a blockchain enthusiast and social media community expert with over 25 years of technology and 15 years of digital marketing experience.  As a mother of two, Jess is passionate about blockchain’s potential to innovate industries, unite communities and create a sustainable global economy.  She brings the ability to create conversations with anyone, at any level, about blockchain use cases and potential.  Jess is active on social media @TheJessAllen and volunteers her time with the Isha Foundation to help share the benefits of yoga and meditation as fundamental tools for human transformation.

References

[1] https://www.asme.org/engineering-topics/articles/bioengineering/top-5-medical-technology-innovations and http://medicalfuturist.com/top-10-medical-technologies-of-2016/

[1] https://www.dgx.io

[2] http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-04-26/ethereum-surges-all-time-high-sec-considers-ether-based-etf

[3] https://www.inc.com/john-rampton/top-10-hot-incubators-to-join-in-silicon-valley.html and https://www.forbes.com/sites/tomiogeron/2012/04/30/top-tech-incubators-as-ranked-by-forbes-y-combinator-tops-with-7-billion-in-value/#6b70519d51f3

[4] https://hbr.org/2011/11/inventing-the-collaborative-workspace

More Opinions

Check out more Adel opinions via these links:

▲ 1 ▲ The Right Path to Funding Decentralized Organizations

▲ 2 ▲ The Next Evolution in Funding Innovation

▲ 3 ▲ A Philosophy for Blockchain Integrity

▲ 4 ▲ A Collaborative Blockchain Incubator

▲ 5 ▲ Blockchain Diversity & Passion

▲ 6 ▲ Blockchain Startup Expertise

▲ 7 ▲ Blockchain Portfolio Diversification

▲ 8 ▲ Blockchain Incubation to Employment

▲ 9 ▲ From Blockchain Innovation to Execution

▲ 10 ▲ Blockchain Will Transform Retail Lending

▲ 11 ▲ The Next Evolution in Crypto Trading

▲ 12 ▲ Crypto Trading for Everyone

▲ 13 ▲ Architecting Crypto Financial Instruments

▲ 14 ▲ Crypto, For the People, By the People

Adel ▲ Opinion ▲ 9 ▲ From Blockchain Innovation to Execution

▲ Incubator Series

By:  Gabriel Dusil, Co-founder & Board Member, Adel
Jessica Allen, Blockchain Enthusiast & Social Media Expert

From Blockchain Innovation to Ownership

Blockchain is arguably the most transformative technology since the invention of the Internet. Initially, the cryptocurrency use case with Bitcoin was fuelled by talented developers who were passionate about its stateless ideology. In the Blockchain Adoption Curve (Figure #1), these innovators represented talented technical minds who believed that blockchain could revolutionize the financial world with Bitcoin as its first use case. Although it took some time to gain momentum, this application established confidence that a currency born from code could be viable, powerful and profitable. It took several years for a new group of early adopters to realize its potential beyond a monetary system.Figure #1: Blockchain Adoption Curve

Since the introduction of Satoshi Nakamoto’s white paper in 2008, several other blockchain platforms attempted to establish themselves. However, some of these shut down due to devastating hacking attacks such as the one on the DAO[1], scams such as Coin.mx[2], or due to legal reasons[3]. Meanwhile, governments continue to play catch-up by implementing new regulations to address the growing popularity of cryptocurrencies, and mitigating the security risks of anonymity.

By 2013, a wider audience from many industries began to take notice. These new supporters began to investigate how blockchain could improve society, science, medicine, government and many others.

Despite all this attention, a powerful blockchain startup incubator had yet to be established to help drive innovation in this industry. Even with over 10,000 projects on GitHub[4], blockchain innovation needed a structured environment – not for development, but for all other aspects of launching a successful business.

A Brand that Fuels Innovation

Adel launched in December 2016 to offer such a platform; a home where innovators, investors, and experts can actively participate in a community environment to build viable blockchain solutions. Adel recognized that to build such an ecosystem, necessary legal steps had to be taken to secure their platform. This includes launching a Know Your Customer (KYC), Anti-Money Laundering (AML) and Counter Terrorism Financing (CTF) compliant ICO which began on May 1st, 2017 and continues until May 31st. Their crowdfunding initiative is to sell their Adelphoi (ADL) coin as a cryptocurrency to transact within an exclusive community of like-minded participants.

Some may argue their vision is in opposition to blockchain liberalists who value anonymity, complete freedom, and a stateless society. But Adel believes that a platform that follows regulatory compliance is necessary to legitimize blockchain and move this technology into the mainstream. Adel is poised to create a powerful blockchain ecosystem by establishing six main pillars:

  • A Philosophy for Blockchain Integrity ▲ This is a commitment to their community to uphold the ethical, moral and legal requirements of every member and project in the ecosystem.
  • A Collaborative Blockchain Incubator ▲ Their intention is to serve as the curators of the community. Their goal is to maximize participation and capitalize on the expertise of its members, while providing the freedom and liquidity to exit at any time.
  • Blockchain Diversity and Passion ▲ This ensures that the democratic voting process and project approvals have the depth and range of cultural, political, regional, and economic perspectives.
  • Blockchain Startup Expertise ▲ This is essential to creating business plans that turn ideas into projects and projects into sustainable and successful businesses.
  • Blockchain Portfolio Diversification ▲ The intention is to build a diverse portfolio that spans a variety of industries, creating investments sustained in a strong risk management strategy. Projects that cross several vertical markets ensure stability and sustainability.
  • Blockchain Incubation to Employment ▲ This is Adel’s unsung asset to their powerful ecosystem. Members play an active role in developing projects until they are executed. A member’s role can continue as an expert advisor or employee within the project management team and by demonstrating skills that the project requires.

Adel co-founder and General Manager, Gabriel Dusil, stated, “No technology since the Internet has garnered so much attention. Blockchain is viewed with high potential in helping society to streamline processes; but it’s not a silver bullet, and some proof of concepts will not survive. The proof of concepts that emerge will change computing forever. We want Adel to be a central resource to accelerate ideas to projects. We want to be the leading global brand for blockchain incubation.”

About the Authors

Gabriel Dusil

Gabriel is a seasoned sales and marketing expert with over twenty years of experience in senior level positions at companies such as Motorola, VeriSign (part of Symantec), and SecureWorks (part of Dell). His strengths lie in international business development and strategic partnerships, as well as the unique ability to translate complex ideas and technologies into language that decision makers can easily understand. Gabriel has a Bachelor’s degree in Engineering Physics from McMaster University in Canada and possesses expert knowledge in cloud computing, IT security, and video streaming technologies (Over the Top Content, OTT). Gabriel also runs his own company, Euro Tech Startups s.r.o., and manages two blogs: https://dusil.com/ and https://gabrieldusil.com/.

Jessica Allen

Jessica is a blockchain enthusiast and social media community expert with over 25 years of technology and 15 years of digital marketing experience.  As a mother of two, Jess is passionate about blockchain’s potential to innovate industries, unite communities and create a sustainable global economy.  She brings the ability to create conversations with anyone, at any level, about blockchain use cases and potential.  Jess is active on social media @TheJessAllen and volunteers her time with the Isha Foundation to help share the benefits of yoga and meditation as fundamental tools for human transformation.

References

[1] http://www.coindesk.com/understanding-dao-hack-journalists/

[2] https://bitconnect.co/bitcoin-news/404/coin-mx-bitcoin-exchange-fraud-mastermind-pleads-guilty-faces-lengthy-prison-sentence

[3] https://bravenewcoin.com/news/36-bitcoin-exchanges-that-are-no-longer-with-us/

[4] https://news.bitcoin.com/bitcoin-projects-github-surpass-10000/

More Opinions

Check out more Adel opinions via these links:

▲ 1 ▲ The Right Path to Funding Decentralized Organizations

▲ 2 ▲ The Next Evolution in Funding Innovation

▲ 3 ▲ A Philosophy for Blockchain Integrity

▲ 4 ▲ A Collaborative Blockchain Incubator

▲ 5 ▲ Blockchain Diversity & Passion

▲ 6 ▲ Blockchain Startup Expertise

▲ 7 ▲ Blockchain Portfolio Diversification

▲ 8 ▲ Blockchain Incubation to Employment

▲ 9 ▲ From Blockchain Innovation to Execution

▲ 10 ▲ Blockchain Will Transform Retail Lending

▲ 11 ▲ The Next Evolution in Crypto Trading

▲ 12 ▲ Crypto Trading for Everyone

▲ 13 ▲ Architecting Crypto Financial Instruments

▲ 14 ▲ Crypto, For the People, By the People

Adel ▲ Opinion ▲ 5 ▲ Blockchain Diversity & Passion

▲ Incubator Series

By:  Gabriel Dusil, Co-founder & Board Member, Adel
Jessica Allen, Blockchain Enthusiast & Social Media Expert

Blockchain Diversity & Passion

A strong blockchain should look beyond finance and computing to reach the mainstream. To get there, the platform needs a diverse talent pool that is passionate about ideas. A decentralized collaboration tool has its challenges, but one aspect is certain: individuals from all walks of life can participate in the development and implementation of blockchain technologies in industries where they have the desire and experience.

A diverse community allows members to interact with a variety of ideas and combine them into something greater than the sum of its parts. Individually, those ideas may not be viable, but combined they may turn into a competitive value proposition. Projects developed in isolation don’t have such a luxury. An idea may originate from diametrically opposed industries, with conflicting cultural dynamics, corporate bureaucracy, and political agendas. Bringing people together from completely different disciplines can result in new approaches to solving problems and help to overcome obstacles that would not have been tackled otherwise. Furthermore, a decentralized community flattens the traditional corporate structure. For example, a brick and mortar environment has several layers of hierarchy – “a chain of command” as they say in the military. Many managers would not interface with levels of management much lower than themselves due to ego, power, or personal agenda. In a decentralized community, everyone is essentially treated equally.

A decentralized platform that incubates ideas also has the benefit of streamlining people, processes, and technology. A 10,000-meter view of ideas, business plans, and projects allow for efficiencies that is unprecedented in normal startup initiatives. Those responsible for the idea funnel can combine features from a different idea to make it a better idea. The business team can streamline their process from months to weeks. Likewise, project teams can collaborate on best practices, operational efficiencies, and market intelligence. The ecosystem strengthens as the project portfolio grows and diversifies.

The Internet may have removed international borders of communication, but for startup incubation these barriers still exist. Those in the crypto community are still in relative isolation to the rest of the world in terms of business collaboration. Bringing people together, with a common purpose and investment interests, is a good formula for sustainability and profitability.

 

Figure #1: Success from Diversity

Diversity comes from regional, cultural, vertical, horizontal, and occupational backgrounds (Figure #1). Adel co-founder, Gabriel Dusil says: “We want a diverse community to maintain a spectrum of talent that loves to create and complete projects. The ecosystem benefits when we have hundreds of members representing a diverse talent pool. We realize that not all will actively participate. As with most forums, you have those that observe and those that participate. Our goal is to build a sizable membership pool and incentivize participation. Adel is about bringing the best practices of investment strategies and venture capital expertise to the crypto community.”

About the Authors

Gabriel Dusil

Gabriel is a seasoned sales and marketing expert with over twenty years of experience in senior level positions at companies such as Motorola, VeriSign (part of Symantec), and SecureWorks (part of Dell). His strengths lie in international business development and strategic partnerships, as well as the unique ability to translate complex ideas and technologies into language that decision makers can easily understand. Gabriel has a Bachelor’s degree in Engineering Physics from McMaster University in Canada and possesses expert knowledge in cloud computing, IT security, and video streaming technologies (Over the Top Content, OTT). Gabriel also runs his own company, Euro Tech Startups s.r.o., and manages two blogs: https://dusil.com/ and https://gabrieldusil.com/.

Jessica Allen

Jessica is a blockchain enthusiast and social media community expert with over 25 years of technology and 15 years of digital marketing experience.  As a mother of two, Jess is passionate about blockchain’s potential to innovate industries, unite communities and create a sustainable global economy.  She brings the ability to create conversations with anyone, at any level, about blockchain use cases and potential.  Jess is active on social media @TheJessAllen and volunteers her time with the Isha Foundation to help share the benefits of yoga and meditation as fundamental tools for human transformation.

More Opinions

Check out more Adel opinions via these links:

▲ 1 ▲ The Right Path to Funding Decentralized Organizations

▲ 2 ▲ The Next Evolution in Funding Innovation

▲ 3 ▲ A Philosophy for Blockchain Integrity

▲ 4 ▲ A Collaborative Blockchain Incubator

▲ 5 ▲ Blockchain Diversity & Passion

▲ 6 ▲ Blockchain Startup Expertise

▲ 7 ▲ Blockchain Portfolio Diversification

▲ 8 ▲ Blockchain Incubation to Employment

▲ 9 ▲ From Blockchain Innovation to Execution

▲ 10 ▲ Blockchain Will Transform Retail Lending

▲ 11 ▲ The Next Evolution in Crypto Trading

▲ 12 ▲ Crypto Trading for Everyone

▲ 13 ▲ Architecting Crypto Financial Instruments

▲ 14 ▲ Crypto, For the People, By the People

Adel ▲ Opinion ▲ 3 ▲ A Philosophy for Blockchain Integrity

▲ Incubator Series

By:  Gabriel Dusil, Co-founder & Board Member, Adel
Jessica Allen, Blockchain Enthusiast & Social Media Expert

A Philosophy for Blockchain Integrity

Given Bitcoin’s meteoric rise, some claim that its underlying technology, blockchain, is ushering in an Internet 2.0. Don Tapscott[1], bestselling author and winner of the 2017 Digital Pioneer Award, remarked, “The first generation brought us the internet of information. The second generation, powered by blockchain, is bringing us the internet of value, a new, distributed platform that can help us reshape the world of business and transform the old order of human affairs for the better.”

Even with blockchain’s potential to improve society, not everyone has its best interest in mind. With many deregulated technologies, including the internet, both the corrupt and complaint manage to find a way to profit within the same sandbox. It is for this reason that regulators have needed to play catch-up to blockchain initiatives and cryptocurrencies[2]. The intention is to close gaping holes where criminals are passing with impunity. Once laws are in full force, blockchain service providers will need to seriously consider compliance tactics. This may alienate blockchain liberalists who stubbornly oppose centralized control. But alignment to legislation will also attract mainstream investors who want the confidence and assurance that their investments will be kept safe.

Blockchain’s first application, Bitcoin, was occasionally tainted by nefarious actors who harmed its reputation. Unfortunately, the media perceived Bitcoin as harmful to communities. Now that the blockchain technology has been researched by many financial institutions, there is a common interest to redefine the blockchain brand in a positive light. Integrity in the development, release, and use of new blockchain-based software is of the utmost importance. And both the media and the public should be educated on its benefits.

To create integrity, there are three regulatory considerations for cryptocurrency services in 2017:

  1. Know Your Customer (KYC)
  2. Anti-Money Laundering (AML)
  3. Counter Terrorism Financing (CTF)

Blockchain projects till now had not been subject to such strict requirements. Nor did governments have the regulations in place to enforce these policies. As a result, projects were shut down and investors left empty handed[3] , the most notable being BitInstant[4] and Mt. Gox[5], both of whom contributed to tarnishing the blockchain brand.


Figure #1: Adel Ecosystem Limited’s Commitment to AML4 compliance

Crypto investors are quickly learning acronyms like KYC, AML and CTF. 2017 is the year of significant regulatory change. This is namely due to Directive (EU) 2015/849, informally known as the 4th Anti-Money Laundering directive (Figure #1), or AML4[6] which will be implemented on June 26, 2017[7]. To meet compliance requirements, crypto services must follow detailed auditing and compliance procedures, or risk closure due to regulatory violations.

Adel co-founder Gabriel Dusil says: “Our responsibility is to protect the blockchain brand. We think this is just as important as protecting our own. The foundation from which we built Adel is regulatory compliance and the desire to incubate long-term sustainable businesses. This legitimacy opens our doors to mainstream investors. It’s not just about legitimizing the crypto community as an investment vehicle. It’s about creating innovative projects that will change the world. This alone has the potential to solidify the integrity of the blockchain brand.”

About the Authors

Gabriel Dusil

Gabriel is a seasoned sales and marketing expert with over twenty years of experience in senior level positions at companies such as Motorola, VeriSign (part of Symantec), and SecureWorks (part of Dell). His strengths lie in international business development and strategic partnerships, as well as the unique ability to translate complex ideas and technologies into language that decision makers can easily understand. Gabriel has a Bachelor’s degree in Engineering Physics from McMaster University in Canada and possesses expert knowledge in cloud computing, IT security, and video streaming technologies (Over the Top Content, OTT). Gabriel also runs his own company, Euro Tech Startups s.r.o., and manages two blogs: https://dusil.com/ and https://gabrieldusil.com/.

Jessica Allen

Jessica is a blockchain enthusiast and social media community expert with over 25 years of technology and 15 years of digital marketing experience.  As a mother of two, Jess is passionate about blockchain’s potential to innovate industries, unite communities and create a sustainable global economy.  She brings the ability to create conversations with anyone, at any level, about blockchain use cases and potential.  Jess is active on social media @TheJessAllen and volunteers her time with the Isha Foundation to help share the benefits of yoga and meditation as fundamental tools for human transformation.

References

[1] http://dontapscott.com/

[2] http://www.bvdinfo.com/en-gb/blog/compliance-and-due-diligence/what-you-need-to-know-about-aml4, http://www.telegraph.co.uk/business/2017/04/16/regulating-bitcoin-new-frameworks-could-catalyst-cryptocurrencies/ https://coinlexit.wordpress.com/2016/07/06/bitcoin-aml-proposal-of-the-european-commission/

[3] http://www.coindesk.com/70-bitcoin-scams-shut-new-york-law-enforcement/

[4] http://www.businessinsider.com/report-ceo-of-major-bitcoin-exchange-arrested-2014-1?international=true&r=US&IR=T

[5] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mt._Gox

[6] https://www.bvdinfo.com/en-gb/blog/compliance-and-due-diligence/what-you-need-to-know-about-aml4

[7] http://www.bvdinfo.com/en-gb/blog/compliance-and-due-diligence/what-you-need-to-know-about-aml4

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