Biography

2017 Thinkers50 Digital Thinking Award

Alex Tapscott is a globally recognized thought-leader, speaker and writer focused on the impact of emerging technologies on business, society and government. Alex is the co-author (with Don Tapscott) of the critically acclaimed Non-fiction best-seller, Blockchain Revolution: How the Technology Behind Bitcoin is Changing Money Business and the World, which has been translated into 15 languages. His work has been featured in TIME, Fortune, Forbes, the Harvard Business Review, the Toronto Star, the Globe and Mail and dozens of other publications.

Alex is a founding member of the IMF’s special advisory council on fintech and blockchain. He also currently sits on Advisory Board to Elections Canada, the independent, non-partisan agency responsible for conducting federal elections and referendums, and is a founding Member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Futures Council on Blockchain. In 2016, he co-founded (with Don Tapscott) The Blockchain Research Institute, a multi-million dollar think tank focused on blockchain strategies, opportunities and use-cases. Alex and Don received the 2017 Thinkers50 Digital Thinking Award. This award “celebrates the thinker who has done the most to convert the digital language of the 0 and 1 into useful human insights”. Alex is a graduate of Amherst College (cum laude) and is a CFA Charterholder. He lives in Toronto, Canada.

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  • Blockchain Revolution

    How the Technology Behind Bitcoin Is Changing Money, Business, and the World

    Don Tapscott and Alex Tapscott


    The first book to explain why blockchain technology will fundamentally change the Internet, what it does and how we use it.


    Over 30 years, no theorist of the digital age has better explained the next big thing than Don Tapscott. For example, in Wikinomics Tapscott was the first to show how the Internet provides the first global platform for mass collaboration. Now, he writes about a profound technological shift that will change how the world does business — and everything else — using blockchain technology, which powers the digital currency Bitcoin.

    The Internet as we know it is great for collaboration and communication, but is deeply flawed when it comes to commerce and privacy. The new blockchain technology facilitates peer-to-peer transactions without any intermediary such as a bank or governing body. Keeping the user's information anonymous, the blockchain validates and keeps a permanent public record of all transactions. That means that your personal information is private and secure, while all activity is transparent and incorruptible — reconciled by mass collaboration and stored in code on a digital ledger. With its advent, we will not need to trust each other in the traditional sense, because trust is built into the system itself.

    Although many opportunities for the blockchain require a digital currency, Bitcoin is only one application of this great innovation in computer science. The blockchain can hold any legal document, from deeds and marriage licenses to educational degrees and birth certificates. Call it the World Wide Ledger. It enables smart contracts, decentralized autonomous organizations, decentralized government services, and transactions among things. The Internet of Everything needs a Ledger of Everything: the blockchain is a truly open, distributed, global platform that fundamentally changes what we can do online, how we do it, and who can participate.

    Tapscott, writing with his son Alex, a financial analyst and technologist, argues that the blockchain will shape the next era of prosperity — in finance, business, healthcare, education, governance, and beyond.

    Portfolio (May 10, 2016)


    Excerpt

    The Bitcoin technology creates the World Wide Ledger of valueFortune
    A Rational Exuberance For The BlockchainReuters
    'The Blockchain Revolution', an excerptToronto Star

    Articles/Interviews

    InterviewBloomberg Radio
    Alex Tapscott talks Blockchain TechnologyEcho Junction Podcast
    Brexit opportunitiesFinancial Post
    A Closer Look with Arthur LevittBloomberg Radio
    This is how blockchain will change your lifeWorld Economic Forum
    The Blockchain Revolution Ideated ChallengeBlockchain Revolution
    InterviewSix Pixels of Separation
    There is no one Blockchain to rule them allAmerican Banker
    Blockchain: the next internet revolution? — CBC Radio Spark
    Blockchain Looks To Change How To Do Business Online — NPR All Things Considered
    Don and Alex Tapscott predict upcoming digital revolutionToronto Star
    How the Tech Behind Bitcoin Will Change Your LifeLinkedIn
    How blockchains could change the worldMcKinsey & Co

    Reviews

    Rules of Engagement for a Blockchain Revolution: Echoes from the Tapscotts' Masterpiece — Amazon.com
    Coin TossLiterary Review of Canada
    'Blockchain Revolution' Examines Impacts of BitcoinComstock's Magazine
    Durchsichtige Geschäfte — brand eins
    Blockchain loveThomas Reuters Review
    How The Blockchain Will Transform Everything From Banking To Government To Our IdentitiesForbes
    Review Of Blockchain RevolutionSeeking Alpha
    Techdirt Reading Listtechdirt
    Review — SeekingAlpha
    World-changing innovationThe Guardian
    Bitcoin Is Just The BeginningThe Wall Street Journal
    Editor's Choice — 800 CEO Read
    ReviewFinancial Times
    How Blockchains Could Transform ManagementMIT Sloan Management Review
    Read this book, see the futureOxford Economics
    It's not just for banks: The coming blockchain revolution is going to have dramatic ramifications for all of usFinancial Post
    BLOCKCHAIN REVOLUTIONInternational Business Times

    Praise

    "The blockchain is one of the most fundamental inventions in the history of computer science. Read Blockchain Revolution to understand its profound implications.”
    — Marc Andreessen, co-founder, Netscape and Andreessen Horowitz

    “The Tapscotts have written the book, literally, on how to survive and thrive in this next wave of technology-driven disruption. Likely to become one of the iconic books of our time.”
    — Clay Christensen, author of The Innovator’s Dilemma

    “Everywhere thoughtful people are trying to understand this revolutionary technology and how it might change the world. Team Tapscott has stepped up and written the book we’ve been waiting for.”
    — Dan Schulman, CEO, Paypal

    “Occasionally a book comes along that changes the global discourse. This is likely to be one of those books. Blockchains are at the heart of the Fourth Industrial Revolution and the Tapscotts lucidly explain why and how to capture the opportunity and avoid the dangers.”
    — Klaus Schwab, Founder and Executive Chairman, World Economic Forum

    “A carefully researched and beautifully written book. Blockchain Revolution argues that the ‘internet of value’ will transform our lives. A must-read book for our disruptive times.”
    — Dominic Barton, Global Managing Director, McKinsey & Company

    “Don and Alex brilliantly illuminate the technology that could profoundly impact the way we manage issues of trust, security and privacy for years to come.”
    — Indra Nooyi, Chairman & CEO, PepsiCo

    "The great missing element in the Internet has been a ‘trust protocol,” a way of knowing that a transaction is verified and authentic. Blockchain technology could provide a foundation for that. It’s a revolutionary idea, and this lucid book explains why.”
    — Walter Isaacson, author of Steve Jobs

    “A fascinating — and reassuring — insight into a technology with the power to remake the global economy. What a prize. What a book!”
    — Paul Polman, CEO, Unilever

    "A masterpiece. Gracefully dissects the potential of blockchain technology to take on today's most pressing global challenges."
    — Hernando De Soto, Economist and President of the Institute for Liberty and Democracy, Peru

    "In this extraordinary journey to the frontiers of finance, the Tapscotts shed new light on the blockchain phenomenon, and make a compelling case for why we all need to better understand its power and potential."
    — Dave McKay, President and CEO, Royal Bank of Canada

    “What a spectacular book. Mind-blowing in its expansiveness and profundity. It makes me think we’re at one of those times in technological, economic and social history where the sky is the limit.”
    — Steve Wozniak, co-founder, Apple Computer and Chief Scientist, Prime Data

  • Blockchain is Eating Wall Street | TEDxSanFrancisco
  • Blockchain Revolution | Talks @ Google
  • Blockchain Revolution | The RedZone Podcast
  • Blockchain Revolution | DisrupTV
  • Keynote Address | next47 Launch Event
  • Blockchain could end Uber and Airbnb | BusinessNewNetwork
  • Blockchain Workshops
  • Beyond Bitcoin | The Exchange
  • Blockchain Revolution | DLDSummer 16

Articles

Tencent, FedEx Join Tapscott-Led Blockchain Research Effort
- Coindesk

Blockchain Biggest Tech Innovation in Decades
- Wall Street Journal

8 Best Sources to Study Blockchain Technology
- The Cointelegraph

NextBlock Global raises $20 million in first fundraising round
- The Globe and Mail

ICOs Meet IPOs: Blockchain Author Alex Tapscott to Take Token Startup Public
- Coindesk

'Blockchain Revolution' Author Launches $20 Million Digital Asset Investment Firm
- Coindesk

Digital asset start-up NextBlock out of the blocks with $20m funding
- Bankingtech.com

Alex Tapscott Launches $20 Million Investment Company Focused on Bitcoin and Ethereum
- betakit

The World Economic Forum Thinks We Need Better Governance for Blockchain
- Motherboard

Realizing the Potential of Blockchain
- Whitepaper | World Economic Forum

Expert Suggests Thailand Adopt Blockchain Faster, Catching Up With Singapore, Hong Kong
- The CoinTelegraph

How Blockchain Is Shaking Things Up
- Nasdaq

How Blockchain Will Change Organizations
- MIT Sloan Management Review

How the blockchain could make you thousands through car shares and selling electricity
- Wired

Top 25 Quotes from *Blockchain Revolution*
- Forbes

Could the technology behind Bitcoin change business as we know it?
- Management Today

Blockchain Stakeholders Gather to Forge Governance Strategy
- ASAE NOW Associations

Top executives vow to facilitate healthy blockchain ecosystem
- EconoTimes

Blockchain's Backers Gather to Push Governance for Technology
- Bloomberg Technology

The Internet of Things Needs A Ledger of Things
- Forbes

Blockchain beyond Bitcoin
- Raconteur

Blockchain could be the sorely needed revolution that Hillary Clinton brings to Washington
- Quartz

Mark Carney has seeded a revolution by embracing fintech
- The Globe and Mail

Blockchain technology creates an opportunity for female leaders
- The Globe and Mail

How Blockchains Could Change the World
- LinkedIn

The 100 Most Influential People in FinTech — Alex # 21, Don # 2
- Rise

Blockchain Revolution review — World-changing innovation
- The Guardian

Blockchain, unblocked: its implications for enterprise computing
- ZDNet

Here's Europe's Answer to the Mess That Brexit Left
- Fortune

Blockchain Revolution co-author on Brexit opportunities
- Financial Post Podcast

Building blocks: Notes from Session 3 at TEDSummit
- TEDBlog

Blockchain and the CIO: A new model for IT
- LinkedIn

Why Australia's innovation transformation won't happen overnight
- TechInAsia

The potential benefits of the blockchain technology
- Allianz

How the Technology Behind Bitcoin Is Changing Money, Business, and the World
- Medium

 

How blockchain technology can prevent the next financial crisis, disrupt Uber, and give us control of our data
- Quartz

On Sir Richard Branson's Necker Island, 'Bitcoin Illuminati' Reassess Blockchain Strategies
- Forbes

Blockchain Revolution and Sustainability: Certification Gone in Ten Years
- The Huffington Post

Blockchain is more than the second coming of the internet
- Raconteur

The B2BNN Finch Influencer Index
- B2B News Network

No banks, no borders, Bitcoin is not the only cybercurrency
- The Globe and Mail

Bitcoin Is Just The Beginning
- The Wall Street Journal

Is the future of business a company without workers, managers, or a CEO?
- Quartz

How The Blockchain Will Transform Everything From Banking To Government To Our Identities
- Forbes

How the Tech Behind Bitcoin Will Change Your Life
- LinkedIn

Bitcoin Is Just The Beginning
- The Wall Street Journal

Trust and Verify: The Coming Blockchain Revolution
- Newsweek

Here's Why the Blockchain Powers Prosperity
- Fortune

ID 2020, held at the United Nations, features 'lots and lots of Blockchain'
- Brave New Coin

Bitcoin May Not Survive, But The Technology Behind It Will Live On
- Forbes

Review — 'Blockchain Revolution'
- Financial Times

DLD: Blockchain and Fin Tech Startups Can Change How We Deal with Money
- Forward Thinking | PC Mag

Features From the Most Popular Altcoins Are Planned for Bitcoin
- Bitcoin Magazine

'Blockchain Revolution' Comes to Wall Street and Nasdaq Event
- CoinDesk

How Will Blockchain Change Banking? How *Won't* It?
- American Banker

Blockchain is a disruption we simply have to embrace
- The Globe and Mail

Five myths about the Blockchain revolution
- Reuters

Tech Savvy: How Blockchains Could Transform Management
- MIT Sloan Management Review

Opinion: 4 blockchain companies that could change everything from accounting to money transfers
- MarketWatch

The Impact of the Blockchain Goes Beyond Financial Services
- Harvard Business Review

What you need to know about blockchain technology
- Toronto Star

The Biggest Thing Since Double-Entry Book-Keeping
- Fortune

How the Tech Behind Bitcoin Will Change Your Life
- TIME

The Blockchain Revolution Is Near...
- The Huffington Post

It's not just for banks: The coming blockchain revolution is going to have dramatic ramifications for all of us
- Financial Post

The Blockchain of Cities: Two Experts Share Emerging Trends
- BTCManager.com

How The Technology Behind Bitcoin Is Going To Change The Lives Of The Bottom Billion
- Fast Co. Exist

What the Blockchain Means for Economic Prosperity
- CoinDesk

What's the Next-Generation Internet? Surprise: It's All About the Blockchain!
- The Huffington Post

Blockchain: the next revolution?
- Spark | CBC Radio


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