Alex Tapscott is an entrepreneur, best-selling author, and seasoned capital markets executive focused on the impact of emerging technologies, such as blockchain, AI, and extended reality(XR), on business, government, and society. His latest book, Web3: Charting the Internet’s Next Economic and Cultural Frontier debuted at #5 on the Wall Street Journal Business Bestseller List and will be translated into at least half a dozen languages.
Alex is also co-author of the critically acclaimed non-fiction bestseller, Blockchain Revolution, which has been translated into more than 19 languages and has sold more than 500,000 copies worldwide. His other books, Financial Services Revolution and Digital Asset Revolution were published in 2020 and 2022 respectively. Alex is also the Managing Director of the Digital Assets Group at Ninepoint Partners, one of Canada’s leading investment firms.
Alex is sought after worldwide for his expertise by business and government audiences. He has delivered well over 200 lectures and executive briefings to business audiences at firms like Goldman Sachs, Google, Allianz, IBM, Microsoft and Accenture, to name a few. He is consistently ranked as a top influencer in the blockchain industry and his TEDx Talk "Blockchain is Eating Wall Street" has been viewed over 800,000 times.
Alex’s writing has been featured in the New York Times, Harvard Business Review, The Globe and Mail, TIME, Fortune and many other publications.
In 2017, alongside fellow Leigh Bureau speaker Don Tapscott, Alex co-founded the Blockchain Research Institute (BRI) , a global think-tank investigating blockchain strategies, opportunities, and use-cases. Alex is a graduate of Amherst College (Cum Laude) and is a CFA Charter holder. He lives in Toronto.
The Technologies Defining the Next Era of Humanity
Every few decades, a set of technologies converge to reconfigure the global economy and the order of human affairs. Today, several revolutionary technologies are emerging all at once: Generative AI and large language models like ChatGPT make people and companies more creative and industrious and unleash new capabilities in the economy. Blockchains, which enable individuals and businesses to move and store value, automate complex business processes, and secure peer-to-peer transactions online without intermediaries. Augmented and virtual realities take today’s two-dimensional Web and turn it into a spatial web integrated with our natural environment. And the Internet of Things: billions of connected devices that can think and do transactions- will form the foundation of our smart and connected world. These technologies are not separate but related. Indeed, the world is entering a new era—call it Web3. Just as the term Internet has expanded from its original inter-networking definition to describe an era that comprises many technologies, business models, and social behaviors, so too is the term Web3 evolving to characterize an era composed of this new grouping of technologies listed above, with new models and behaviors. The convergence of these technologies will define the next era of the Internet and humanity.
The New Era of the Internet: Web3’s Disruption of Your Industry
The future gets closer every day. Artificial intelligence is becoming less artificial and more intelligent by the second. The “internet of things” will soon connect everything we own to the internet. Augmented reality is blurring the lines between our digital and physical worlds. With these advances, it’s time to rethink the internet that supports it all. We need a new operating system for this new era of digital commerce, culture, and prosperity. Enabled by blockchain technology, Web3 fulfills this need. In Web1, the read web, we accessed information. In Web2, our current read-write web, we access information, share our own, and build community with others. Web3 is the read-write-own web, where internet users become internet owners—taking ownership of their data, online identities, and digital assets. Web3 enables new assets and capabilities that could upend all industries and institutions. New business models will rewards creators, not middlemen. Finance and money will be reimagined. Former mega-brands like Borders and Blockbuster didn’t survive past digital revolutions. With Alex Tapscott’s help, ensure your company doesn’t meet the same fate.