Blockchain the Return of Trust

As you read this, try to liberate yourself and shed links with the past. This is the lens through which you need to look at Blockchain as your prejudices may make you blind to the opportunity. Blockchain’s Relevance Here is the thing, and something you may not of occurred to you until now; we are entering a new era, a …

50 shades of Blockchain

You need a Blockchain strategy and your company needs one… Here is the thing. You can either embrace Blockchain or ignore it believing it to be hype. You can go through the motions and create great theatre by pretending your organization is doing Blockchain stuff and that you are also buying into the ethos. You may believe having a Lab, …

BlackRock – industry Goliath facing a Blockchain David

(LONDON 26 July 2016) BlackRock may be the industry ‘Goliath’ about to be hit by a stone from a ‘David’ competitor. The advent of a combination of Blockchain, ‘Smart Contracts’ and IBOR (click here for brief explanation of Blockchain) enable Asset Management firms to eliminate up to 50-95% of their operating costs across people, process, IT and infrastructure. This facilitates a …

Blockchain goes mainstream and accelerates…

Blockchain goes mainstream and accelerates…   Is the hype justified or is it people just don’t see it…   I get asked all the time is Blockchain for real… Do you think it is here to stay… Why do you think this technology will have fundamental change to the way we do business…   Here are some data points, answers …

Why ignoring Blockchain is corporate suicide…

The biggest single threat to all CEOs for destroying corporate value… I was going to call this article “Removing the Centre”…but in a sense this sums up Blockchain in a single phrase… My last article asked if Blockchain was a solution looking for a real business problem to solve…and like many new and emerging technologies it takes a while for …

After Phones 4U, who is the next Dead Man walking?

Sadly Phones4U has gone from one of the UK’s leading retail businesses worth £1.47 billion to bust within 8 years. On 26 September 2006, The Caudwell Group was sold for a sum of £1.47 billion to private equity firms Providence Equity Partners and Doughty Hanson & Co. In February 2008, the group bought online retailer Dialaphone in a deal worth …

Leave the entrails in the kitchen: 6 steps to plan for future success

“The future belongs to those who prepare for it” – Malcolm X. How unexpected is the unexpected? In the last week, one of the UK’s leading fashion retailers Republic went unexpectedly into administration putting 2,500 jobs at risk. It was only in 2010 that the business was bought for £300 million by private equity firm TPG and appeared to have a bright future …