Blockchain 50

Edited by Michael del Castillo and Matt Schifrin

Reported by: Lauren Debter, Millie Dent, Michael del Castillo, Sarah Hansen, Jeff Kauflin, Chloe Sorvino, Hank Tucker.

Blockchain began as a approach to transfer bitcoin from level A to level B however it’s now being utilized by a number of massive firms to watch and transfer any variety of property around the globe as simply as sending an electronic mail. Our second annual Blockchain 50 represents enterprises embracing the expertise underlying cryptocurrencies like bitcoin and utilizing it to hurry up enterprise processes, enhance transparency and doubtlessly save billions of . To qualify, Blockchain 50 members have to be producing a minimum of $1 billion in income yearly or be valued at $1 billion or extra.

From the instantaneous settlement of German authorities bonds to verifying the provenance of diamonds mined in Africa and bringing liquidity to a small provider of sliding bathe doorways in Zhongshan China, this 12 months’s members have largely moved past the theoretical advantages of blockchain, to producing very actual revenues and value financial savings. While many firms on our new listing are family names like Vanguard, Square and Microsoft, a number of cryptocurrency native startups like Bitfury have already met our standards, and are on their approach to turning into blue chips of the digital age.

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Future of Blockchain: Fintech 50 2020


Seattle, WA

As an extension of Amazon Web Services, the e-commerce behemoth gives blockchain instruments for firms that don’t need to construct their very own. In Australia, Nestle used Amazon’s blockchain product to assist launch a brand new espresso model, “Chain of Origin,” the place customers can look contained in the espresso’s provide chain: They can scan a QR code to see which small farm the beans had been planted at and the place they had been roasted. Other Amazon blockchain shoppers embody Sony Music Japan, BMW, Accenture and South Korean craft brewery Jinju Beer.

Blockchain: Hyperledger Fabric

Key Executive: Rahul Pathak, normal supervisor for databases, analytics, and blockchain at AWS

Ant Financial

Hangzhou, China

Its finance platform known as Duo-Chain has facilitated $1.5 billion in fast loans to money constrained suppliers like Sichuan’s GuanYong Computer. Ant makes use of its personal proprietary blockchain to confirm the receivables and make funds.

Blockchain: Ant Blockchain Technology, Hyperledger Fabric and Enterprise Ethereum (Quorum)

Key Executive: Geoff Jiang, vp of Ant Financial


Indianapolis, IN

At the top of 2019 the medical health insurance firm began rolling out a blockchain powered characteristic that enables sufferers to securely entry and share their medical knowledge. In the following two to a few years, all 40 million members will achieve entry to it.

Blockchain: Hyperledger Fabric

Key Executives: Mariya Filipova, VP Innovation, Plamen Petrov, VP Exponential Technologies, Rajeev Ronanki, Chief Digital Officer


London, U.Ok.

Besides brokering a $255 million coverage defending Coinbase in opposition to losses from hacking, Aon is constructing a blockchain platform to hurry up insurance coverage operations. Creating a brand new reinsurance contract—the place insurers purchase their very own insurance coverage to hedge their danger—is clunky, with insurers utilizing totally different programs to ship and obtain quotes. Aon is constructing a shared platform the place massive re-insurers can work off of the identical system. So far Everest Re and RenaissanceRe have signed on to check and assist design the undertaking.

Blockchain: R3 Corda

Key Executive: Robert Olson, chief info officer of Aon Reinsurance Solutions


Beijing, China

China’s search large has quite a few blockchain ventures, together with a canine model of Cryptokitties, which permits hundreds of thousands of Chinese to undertake and commerce cute digital puppies, every distinct, that “live” on the blockchain. Another service gives pupil loans, however funds are disbursed solely after the expertise is used to confirm grades. Baidu makes use of a well-liked open-source blockchain initially developed by IBM.

Blockchain: Hyperledger Fabric

Key Executive: Li Feng, head of blockchain


Amsterdam, Netherlands

The mining — cryptocurrency, not minerals — tools maker has additionally personalized the bitcoin blockchain in order that shoppers can construct their very own apps. Graduates of Dubai’s Synergy University, for instance, can use a Bitfury’s Exonum blockchain to confirm their credentials for potential employers.

Blockchain: Bitcoin, Exonum

Key Executive: Chris Dickson, head of blockchain options


Munich, Germany

The luxurious automaker at the moment has a pilot program with suppliers with crops in Europe, Mexico, and the US and is utilizing blockchain to trace supplies, elements, and elements throughout its provide chain. BMW can be a member of the Mobile Open Mobility Initiative (MOBI), which is made up of a consortium of auto producers together with Honda and Ford. In July 2019, Mobi launched the auto business’s first blockchain automobile identification commonplace, which supplies new vehicles a digital identification. The expertise might finally observe occasions all through a automobile’s life and be used to attach automobiles to share info, observe velocity, location, route of journey, braking and even driver intention (like altering lanes).

Blockchain: Hyperledger Fabric, Ethereum, Quorum, Corda and Tezos

Key Executive: Andre Luckow, head of distributed ledger and rising applied sciences


New York, NY

Last summer time, ADP spinoff Broadridge acquired blockchain software program constructed by monetary companies agency Northern Trust designed to assist handle the whole life cycle of personal fairness investments. The instrument automates the handbook center workplace capabilities of PE transactions, like managing authorized agreements, and streamlines the method of gathering knowledge and speaking with buyers. It’s at the moment out there for funds based mostly in Guernsey and Delaware. In the second half of 2020, Broadridge has plans to go dwell executing bilateral repurchase agreements (repos) on the blockchain.

Blockchain: Hyperledger Fabric, Quorum, Corda, DAML (Digital Asset Modeling Language)

Key Executive: Mike Tae, Head of Broadridge’s Corporate Strategy


Wayzata, MN

America’s largest non-public firm launched its personal privacy-focused platform known as Splinter in 2019, which allows members of its huge provide chain to make use of distributed purposes to speak and transact. Cargill is mum on particulars however says the purposes are huge and contact all facets of the corporate’s enterprise transactions. Cargill started testing Intel’s Hyperledger Sawtooth earlier than Thanksgiving 2017 to trace turkeys from farm to grocery store and in addition beforehand labored with startup Bitwise to construct a personalized blockchain known as Hyperledger Grid.

Blockchain: Hyperledger Sawtooth, Hyperledger Grid

Key Executive: David Cecchi, senior director, engineering

China Construction Bank

Shanghai, China

The world’s second largest financial institution has 9 blockchain tasks in operation together with one which helps hint prescribed drugs to their origin, one other that tracks carbon credit, and one which reveals how authorities grants are spent. BCTrade is farthest alongside connecting 60 monetary establishments together with Postal Savings Bank of China, the Bank of Shanghai and the Bank of Communications, to three,000 producers and import & export buying and selling firms concerned in commerce. Today, cash-strapped exporter ready for a cargo to be confirmed can take out a mortgage in a matter of minutes by sharing a file of the longer term receivables on the blockchain.

Blockchain: Hyperchain, Hyperledger Fabric

Key Executive: Lei Xing, blockchain as a service platform lead


New York, NY

Citi not too long ago digitally issued its first letter of credit score utilizing its commerce finance centered blockchain Komgo. Citi can be working with Goldman Sachs and 13 different buying and selling companies to automate the matching and reconciliation of equity-swaps spinoff contracts utilizing Axoni’s Axcore blockchain. By shifting the whole work-flow to blockchain Citi hopes to cut back errors and operational prices and decrease disputes over the valuation of property. Click right here to learn extra.

Blockchain: Axcore, Symbiont Assembly, Quorum

Key Executive: Puneet Singhvi, markets and securities companies lead for Blockchain


San Francisco, CA

Eight years after its begin, Coinbase has opened 35 million accounts, presides over $21 billion of property and is on the right track, we estimate, to prime $800 million in income this 12 months. Think of Coinbase because the blue chip amongst dozens of cryptocurrency exchanges, abiding by rules and serving institutional buyers, pension funds, endowments and retail buyers alike. In February 2020, Coinbase introduced that it had obtained authority from Visa to difficulty its personal bank cards. Click right here to learn extra.

Blockchain: Bitcoin, ethereum, XRP and 24 others

Key Executive: Brian Armstrong, co-founder and CEO

Credit Suisse

Zurich, Switzerland

This Swiss banking large has been investing in blockchain since 2015, when it grew to become a founding member of blockchain consortium R3. It is now working with the guardian firm of bitcoin alternate itBit, to settle U.S. listed fairness securities utilizing a blockchain. Another blockchain partnership with Deutsche Börse has lowered settlement instances for presidency and company bonds to the same-day. 

Blockchain: Corda, Paxos

Key Executive: Emmanuel Aidoo, head of digital property markets


Stuttgart, Germany

The German auto large has overseen various blockchain pilots, starting from letting Daimler truck house owners make funds for gas utilizing e-euros to issuing a one-year €100 German debt instrument often known as a Schuldschein. It can be utilizing blockchain expertise to trace contracts alongside the availability chain by subsidiary Mercedes-Benz.

Blockchain: Hyperledger, Corda, Ethereum

Key Executive: Jonas von Malottki, Open Source Priority Lead

De Beers

London, U.Ok.

The finish of blood diamonds? De Beers’ new software program, Tracr, follows diamonds, which have undergone 3D scans, because the gems are mined, minimize, polished and bought. Already greater than 30 contributors together with Signet Jewelers—proprietor of Kay, Zales and Jared—have signed on. Tens of 1000’s of stones are being registered per 30 days.

Blockchain: Ethereum

Key Executive: Jim Duffy, CEO of Tracr

Depository Trust & Clearing Corporation (DTCC)

New York, NY

Global securities warehouse DTCC will quickly transfer its $10 trillion credit score derivatives enterprise to a blockchain. These derivatives symbolize some 50,000 accounts held by a number of the largest monetary establishments on the earth. Previously every establishment would preserve its personal file requiring steady reconciliations and redundant efforts. DTCC’s new shared ledger will eradicate waste and paperwork. 

Blockchain: Axcore

Key Executive: Rob Palatnick, world head of expertise analysis and innovation; Jennifer Peve, managing director, enterprise innovation

Dole Foods

Charlotte, NC

After a number of high-profile remembers final decade, Dole has adopted blockchain throughout all fruit processing, from hundreds of thousands of kilos of bananas to pineapples and peaches. Customers at Walmart can now examine the place their fruit comes from by scanning a QR code. Dole’s complete vegetable enterprise, which has suffered remembers in spinach and coleslaw, is up subsequent. Dole’s new stage of traceability begins on the farm and ends on the grocery aisle. Current transaction volumes by companion IBM Food Trust are about 11,300 transactions a day, or 2.three million a 12 months.

Blockchain: IBM Blockchain, Hyperledger Fabric

Key Executive: Natalie Dyenson, Vice President, Food Safety & Quality


Menlo Park, CA

Last June Facebook boldly introduced its plans for libra, a cryptocurrency backed by a basket of secure property together with the U.S. greenback and authorities bonds. The announcement introduced Facebook haters out of the woodwork who had been detest to cede financial management to the identical firm whose laissez faire method to its expertise might have contributed to the surprising final result of 2016’s presidential election. Already many unique libra backers together with Visa and Mastercard have dropped out of Facebook’s consortium. Stay tuned nevertheless, the Libra Association that administers the blockchain code says it can launch the cryptocurrency in 2020 — if it could possibly get regulatory approval.

Blockchain: Hotstuff

Key Executive: David Marcus, head of Calibra, Facebook’s cryptocurrency pockets; Morgan Beller, co-creator of Libra, Head of Strategy at Calibra


San Francisco, CA

This unicorn has facilitated greater than $800 million in residence fairness loans, mortgage and pupil mortgage refinancings for lenders together with Franklin Templeton and Jeffries. All paperwork are saved and algorithmically verified on its Provenance blockchain platform. 

Blockchain: Hyperledger Fabric

Key Executive: Jennifer Mitrenga, head of Americas, Provenance


Taipei, Taiwan

The iPhone maker’s trade-finance enterprise, Chained Finance, pays greater than 20 electronics suppliers utilizing digital cash minted on the Ethereum blockchain. The consequence: Financing prices have plummeted from annual share charges as excessive as 24% to 10%, and the time wanted to get funding has been minimize from seven days to same-day. Foxconn makes use of Ethereum’s blockchain, well-known for innovating so-called good contracts, which automate monetary transactions.

Blockchain: Ethereum

Key Executive: Jack Lee, appearing CEO, Chained Finance

General Electric

Boston, MA

GE is actively exploring blockchain by its $30 billion (revs) Aviation subsidiary, which has constructed what it calls a “back-to-birth” file of an airplane engine that data vital particulars of the manufacturing course of and specifics about upkeep carried out. In an business the place full, easily-accessible data are crucial to productiveness (airline elements with out correct documentation will not be simply purchased and bought), GE’s blockchain workforce has created a digitized paper path so as to forestall engines with incomplete paperwork from sitting unused.

Blockchain: Microsoft Azure, Corda, Quorum, Hyperledger

Key Executive: David Havera, Blockchain Lead


Mountain View, CA

In June, the search large introduced that it was integrating its BigQuestion knowledge analytics platform with Chainlink, permitting knowledge from outdoors sources for use in purposes constructed straight on the blockchain. The partnership might assist course of futures contracts, settle speculative bets and make transactions extra non-public. Earlier in 2019, Google launched a set of instruments on BigQuestion that made blockchain knowledge for bitcoin and 7 different main cryptocurrencies totally searchable.

Blockchain: Chainlink, Bitcoin, Ethereum, Bitcoin Cash, Ethereum Classic, Litecoin, Zcash, Dogecoin, Dash

Key Executive: Allen Day, developer advocate, Google Cloud


Charlotte, NC (headquarters); Phoenix, AZ (Aerospace headquarters)

Honeywell has developed a blockchain-based market for used aerospace elements, a $four billion business full of costly, specialised tools and rigorous security necessities. Honeywell’s GoDirect Trade platform collects details about plane elements over their complete lifecycle and makes it out there to potential consumers previous to the sale. Using a blockchain ledger permits Honeywell to securely combination this info from a number of, typically competing, gamers. In its first 12 months, GoDirect Trade processed greater than $5 million in on-line transactions.

Blockchain: Hyperledger Fabric

Key Executive: Lisa Butters, Blockchain Product Applications Leader and General Manager of GoDirect Trade


London, U.Ok.

HSBC has carried out a million international alternate trades totaling $1.2 trillion on its FX Everywhere platform constructed utilizing a modified model of ethereum. Another HSBC endeavor Contour, is a blockchain that gives letters of credit score to world exporters whose ships generally journey sooner than the mortgage paperwork, leading to lengthy waits in port. Contour makes use of blockchain software program Corda to attach consumers, sellers and commerce finance banks to a single shared ledger. Of the 14 letters of credit score to date issued on the platform, totaling $30 million, the newest was issued in November 2019, when HSBC issued a letter to Romania-based Kingfisher for a cargo of sliding bathe doorways from China’s Zhong Shan Neptum. In a separate undertaking, the corporate plans to maneuver $20 billion of typetk securities to its Digital Vault, additionally constructed on Corda, chopping out brokers and connecting buyers straight to non-public market property.

Blockchain: Ethereum, Corda, Hyperledger Fabric

Key Executives: Joshua Kroeker, blockchain lead, progress and innovation; Mark Williamson, world head of FX Everywhere


Armonk, NY

Big Blue has long-established a proprietary model of its Hyperledger Fabric the code known as IBM Blockchain that’s sooner to set-up and simpler for non-coders to function. The IBM Food Trust is one among a number of blockchain consortia assembled by the corporate, and is designed to maneuver sophisticated meals provide chains to 1 shared, distributed ledger. In January 2020 olive oil large CHO introduced that it has been monitoring its gourmand Terra DeLyssa oil on the Food Trust blockchain because the November 2019 harvest. The Tunisian firm that creates a complete of greater than 24,000 bottles a day analyzes the oil in its personal laboratories accredited by the International Olive Council, serving to generate eight knowledge factors, together with the orchard the place the olives had been grown, the mill the place they had been crushed, and the amenities the place the oil was filtered, bottled and distributed, every captured on the blockchain and accessible by way of a QR code on bottle. Similarly, the Food Trust has now tracked 18 million transactions for 17,000 merchandise.

Blockchain: Stellar, Hyperledger Fabric, Burrow and Sovrin

Key Executive: Bridget van Kralingen, SVP, world business platforms and blockchain

ING Group

Amsterdam, Netherlands

ING’s most mature blockchain undertaking is decentralized commerce finance platform Komgo, which eliminates the delays and redundant paperwork concerned with difficulty letters of credit score used to finance commerce. Normally when commodities merchants wanted to borrow cash to purchase crude oil being shipped around the globe, for instance, each counterparty, together with merchants, banks, inspectors and brokers, would hand over paper paperwork, leading to vessels often needing to attend for a mortgage to clear after docking. But in July 2019 ING carried out its first commodity commerce on Komgo, powered by the Quorum blockchain. The $43 million letter of credit score was processed and authorised by ING Geneva for Mercuria Energy Trading SA in a matter of minutes.

Blockchain: Corda, Quorum, ethereum, Hyperledger Fabric, Hyperledger Indy

Key Executive: Mariana Gomez de la Villa is ING’s Global Program Director Distributed Ledger Technology

Intercontinental Exchange

Atlanta, GA

 In 2019 the guardian firm of the New York Stock Exchange launched Bakkt, one of many first regulated bitcoin futures exchanges. Since launching in September, Bakkt has settled 117,000 bitcoin futures contracts, and plans so as to add assist for different digital property quickly. Bakkt additionally makes charge earnings serving to clients retailer their bitcoin and by promoting market knowledge about how its merchandise are used. In the primary half of 2020 Bakkt will launch a consumer-facing funds app permitting clients the flexibility to pay retailers like Starbucks with cryptocurrency.

Blockchain: Bitcoin

Key Executive: Mike Blandina, Bakkt chief government officer


New York, NY

America’s largest financial institution is maintaining mum on the progress of its JPM Coin, the digital forex it introduced in February 2019 to assist banks settle transactions extra rapidly. It does nevertheless, admit, that 100 establishments at the moment are utilizing its new “Interbank Information Network,” a blockchain that hurries up cross-border funds between banks by utilizing a shared ledger to resolve delays that come up when, for instance, one financial institution thinks a switch would possibly violate a global sanction. Previously, these discrepancies had been resolved with telephone calls and emails, which might take from two days to 2 weeks. Now they’re resolved in minutes, JPMorgan says.  

Blockchain: Quorum, a non-public model of Ethereum

Key Executive: Christine Moy, head of the Blockchain Center of Excellence


Paris, France

The luxurious items maker is utilizing blockchain expertise for traceability and proof of authenticity. To this finish LVMH, ConsenSys and Microsoft introduced in May 2019 the AURA blockchain platform, which makes use of ethereum and Microsoft’s Azure cloud service to trace and hint luxurious merchandise. Among its manufacturers, Louis Vuitton is already monitoring hundreds of thousands of its merchandise in an effort to cut back counterfeiting.

Blockchain: Ethereum

Key Executive: Eric Pradon, senior vp of innovation


Purchase, NY

Rather than be disrupted, America’s second-largest bank card firm has utilized for 116 blockchain-related patents, and has a number of tasks in course of. It’s working with wholesale meals purchaser Topco to present customers visibility into the place their groceries got here from. It’s testing a sooner, extra clear cross-border funds community with banks. And it’s making an attempt to persuade central banks who want to difficulty digital currencies to make use of its rails to assist transfer the brand new cash.

Blockchain: Its personal platform, constructed from scratch

Key Executive: Ken Moore, EVP and head of Mastercard Labs


Redmond, WA

The software program large gives blockchain-as-a-service by Azure, its cloud computing arm. Last fall, it launched a brand new product designed to make it simpler for firms to mint their very own digital property (tokens) utilizing a normal set of standards. Like its different choices, Microsoft’s new tokenization framework is designed to decrease the obstacles to entry to blockchain for main enterprises.

Blockchain: Ethereum, Corda, Hyperledger Fabric

Key Executive: Matthew Kerner, General Manager Industry and Blockchain


New York, NY

As of 1 blockchain’s earliest enterprise adopters, Nasdaq has moved past pilots and proofs of idea and has launched a number of blockchain merchandise designed for capital markets, together with an digital voting instrument for South Africa’s central securities depository. It’s now reaching into different industries like insurance coverage and logistics after discovering that the options it initially developed for the finance business might be utilized in different fields. It has additionally supplied blockchain tech to NYIAX, an promoting alternate that lets publishers purchase, promote, and commerce contracts.

Blockchain: Assembly, Corda, Hyperledger Fabric, DAML and others

Key Executive: Johan Toll, Head of Digital Assets

National Settlement Depository

Moscow, Russia

After a number of early checks issuing bonds on a blockchain, Russia’s central securities depository has helped to create the Distributed Digital Depository (D3Ledger) for storing and exchanging crypto property even when they’re issued on totally different blockchains. The NSD can be working with the Russian Agricultural financial institution to difficulty grain tokens that extra transparently observe the motion of grain saved in Russian silos —typically used as collateral in swaps transactions. In April 2019 NSD guardian firm Moscow Exchange found shortages in six such grain silos leading to $37 million in losses, one thing the depository thinks might be mounted if its expertise was built-in at each layer of the availability chain.

Blockchain platforms: Hyperledger Fabric, Hyperledger Iroha, NXT, Ethereum, Waves, Bitcoin

Key Executives: Artem Duvanov, the pinnacle of innovation, Alexander Yakovlev, Head of blockchain lab


Vevey, Switzerland

The world’s largest publicly traded meals firm launched three merchandise because of IBM Food Trust in 2019, with one other two slated by the spring. European clients can now scan QR Codes and observe natural toddler components, child meals and prompt mashed potatoes, from manufacturing to grocery shelf. Through OpenSC, Nestle can be piloting one other undertaking with dairy farmers in New Zealand and palm oil producers in South America.

Blockchain: Hyperledger Fabric

Key Executive: Benjamin Dubois, Corporate Operations – Supply Chain Transformation Manager


Eden Prairie, MN

In 2018, the well being care firm co-founded the Synaptic Health Alliance to discover blockchain in well being care. The Alliance has constructed a blockchain that enables its members, together with Aetna, Humana and Quest Diagnostics, to view, enter, validate, replace and audit well being care supplier knowledge throughout the community. The expertise is at the moment operating in three pilot packages in Texas with the aim to check whether or not blockchain can simplify the method of updating well being care supplier info. The healthcare business estimates that at the least $2.1 billion is spent yearly to keep up supplier databases.

Blockchain: Ethereum

Key Executives: Mike Jacobs, senior vice-president of engineering


Midvale, UT

Despite the inglorious departure of its crypto evangelist CEO Patrick Byrne, struggling Overstock continues to be creating its blockchain-based buying and selling platform, tZERO, which might permit buyers to commerce digital variations of conventional property like shares, bonds, actual property and artwork. Investors can at the moment commerce simply two tokens on the platform — representing Overstock’s and tZERO’s personal shares. To date Overstock has squandered some $200 million in 18 early-stage blockchain firms and has but to derive significant income from any of them. An SEC investigation into varied issues associated to the corporate’s blockchain efforts is ongoing.

Blockchain platforms: Bitcoin, Ethereum, Hyperledger Fabric, Ravencoin, Florin and others

Key Executive: Jonathan Johnson, CEO, Overstock; President, Medici Ventures


San Francisco, CA

Most banks use world middleman Swift for worldwide cash transfers, a system born within the pre-internet age that allows banks to ship safe messages to one another and makes transactions sluggish and inefficient. Ripple’s world funds community RippleInternet gives a sooner safe answer, and transaction volumes on the community are rising. Ripple isn’t hurting for money—it bought $500 million of XRP in 2019, surpassed 300 enterprise clients in November and raised $200 million in December. PNC grew to become the primary U.S. financial institution to make use of RippleInternet for all its cross-border funds final 12 months.

Blockchain platforms: XRP Ledger

Key Executive: Brad Garlinghouse, CEO

Royal Dutch Shell

The Hague, Netherlands

Shell is at the moment engaged on 9 blockchain tasks which can be in varied levels of maturity. It’s a founding member of Vakt, a blockchain platform that went dwell in November 2018 that processes post-trade transactions of Brent crude. Vakt simplifies the worldwide commodities buying and selling business that also largely depends on a mountain of paperwork by shifting it to a shared digital ledger. Shell can be engaged on a pilot program utilizing blockchain to authenticate and confirm the origin and provenance of safety-critical course of tools with the hope of deploying it within the second quarter of 2020. The firm is first specializing in the valves utilized in Shell’s crops and can then possible increase the performance to pumps, whereas on the identical time aiming to generalize the system to go well with any kind of apparatus or system.

Blockchain: Ethereum

Key Executive: Sabine Brink, blockchain lead


Seoul, South Korea

Samsung’s blockchain Nexledger helps events to a contract show their identification and execute agreements. The platform is already being utilized by a bunch of 18 Korean banks to in an software known as BankSignal, which rapidly let retail clients of the banks show who they’re, even when visiting a financial institution the place they’re not a buyer. Since its launch in August 2018, the system has signed up 235,000 particular person customers. Samsung can be utilizing the Nexledger to assist sufferers show their identification, dashing up the time it takes to course of a medical health insurance declare.

Blockchain: Nexledger, Ethereum

Key Executive: Jeanie Hong, head of blockchain heart


Madrid, Spain

Best identified in crypto for its work utilizing Ripple’s cost system to construct a cross-border funds app, this Spanish banking large broke new blockchain floor in September 2019 when it issued a $20 million bond on the general public ethereum blockchain. The 1.98% bond was notable in that it confirmed how conventional securities might immediately commerce in secondary markets if counterparties used a shared, public blockchain, as an alternative of the three days in usually takes.

Blockchain platforms: Hyperledger Fabric, Ethereum

Key Executive: Coty de Monteverde director, Blockchain Center of Excellence


Signature Bank

New York, NY

JPM acquired extra headlines however Signet was the primary FDIC insured financial institution to really launch a dollar-backed cryptocurrency, known as signets, in January 2019. In the second half of 2019 some $10 billion in business funds within the type of signets transacted on the ethereum based mostly platform. One long-time consumer, the New York Air Courier Service, which helps exporters clear customs from the bonded space and pay charges for delayed shipments, began utilizing signets to make funds immediately, as an alternative of the three days it typically takes utilizing the Automated Clearing House financial institution switch.

Blockchain platform: Ethereum

Key Executive: Frank Santora, Senior Vice President & Director of Digital Asset Solutions

Silvergate Bank

La Jolla, CA

In January 2014 Silvergate grew to become one of many first banks prepared to open accounts for cryptocurrency exchanges. Since then, the financial institution has grown to serve 750 cryptocurrency exchanges, together with Bitstamp, Coinbase, Kraken and Gemini and institutional cryptocurrency buyers like Block Town, Polychain and Figure. In 2017 Silvergate launched its proprietary alternate community that lets buyers transfer funds to cryptocurrency exchanges around the globe, 24 hours a day, seven days every week. Dubbed the Silvergate Exchange Network, it’s at the moment constructed utilizing a conventional centralized database, which means solely Silvergate can use it, however a blockchain model leveraging shared databases is at the moment within the works.

Blockchain platforms: Bitcoin, Ethereum, XRP, 20 different cryptocurrencies supported by its clients

Key Executive: Alan Lane, CEO


San Francisco, CA

In the third quarter of 2019, Square generated $148 million in income from charges charged to customers who paid with bitcoin. Just launched: A Venmo-like service that lets social-network members immediately ship and obtain crypto funds. Click right here to learn extra.

Blockchain: Bitcoin

Key Executive: Steve Lee, Square Crypto undertaking supervisor


Shenzen, China

The Chinese web titan helps construct a commerce finance blockchain software to simplify bulk metallic purchases. For instance, commodity e-commerce firm Gangjuren is working with Tencent and several other small and medium-sized metal merchants to simplify the financing course of. The blockchain expertise works by amassing huge quantities of traceable knowledge about metals in a warehouse, enhancing the credit score worthiness of warehouse receipts. The sale and buy of metals can then be accelerated as a result of all events concerned are utilizing the trusted info from the blockchain. As of September 2019, transaction worth had exceeded $100 million.

Blockchain: TrustSQL, Hyperledger Fabric

Key Executives: Carlos Hu, head of blockchain workforce


Bellevue, WA

T-Mobile’s NEXT Identity Project, created utilizing blockchain Hyperledger Sawtooth in collaboration with Microsoft, is supposed to enhance the best way the telecommunications firm manages who can achieve entry to worker and buyer knowledge. Currently tons of of admins have entry to firm and buyer knowledge, however the brand new blockchain system would tighten controls and grant entry solely to those that match inside a really slender framework outlined by the corporate’s auditors. No people are ever concerned within the course of. Since January 2019, NEXT has run alongside present manufacturing programs and accomplished roughly 60,000 transactions that resulted in new info being added to the blockchain within the first six months. T-Mobile can be working to leverage blockchain expertise to execute and implement wholesale roaming agreements.

Blockchain: Hyperledger Sawtooth, Hyperledger Fabric, Ethereum

Key Executive: Chuck Knostman, vp, rising expertise technique


Zurich, Switzerland

UBS’ utility settlement coin grew to become a actuality in June, when the Swiss financial institution led a consortium of 14 monetary establishments, together with Barclays, Nasdaq and Santander, in a $63.2 million funding to launch a brand new firm, Fnality International. The spinoff will management improvement of the USC, a commerce settlement automobile that reduces the time and value it takes to course of a transaction.

Blockchain platforms: Hyperledger Fabric, Ethereum, Quorum, Corda

Key Executive: Sam Chadwick, head of blockchain

United Nations

New York, NY

The 75-year-old group connecting 193 nations has quite a few blockchain initiatives. To fight warlords who steal assist utilizing pilfered ID playing cards, the U.N. has over the previous two years disbursed funds to 106,000 Syrian refugees in Jordan, utilizing blockchain-verified iris scans as an alternative of ID playing cards.

Blockchain: Bitcoin, Ethereum

Key Executives: Christina Lomazzo, UNICEF blockchain lead, Houman Haddad, WFP head of rising applied sciences


Valley Forge, PA

Since February 2019, the fund large has been utilizing a blockchain to set safety costs on some $1.5 trillion of its $6 trillion in holdings. Vanguard depends on tech developed by Symbiont, a New York based mostly startup.

Blockchain: Symbiont Assembly

Key Executive: Warren Pennington, a principal in Vanguard’s funding administration group


Palo Alto, CA

The $60-billion software program supplier partnered with the Australian Securities Exchange final summer time to work on creating an software to switch the alternate’s 25-year-old system for making post-trade settlement environment friendly. The expertise behind Facebook’s libra can be derived from software program known as HotStuff developed by VMware.

Blockchain platforms: Project Concord, its proprietary blockchain that helps a number of frameworks together with Ethereum and DAML

Key Executive: Brendon Howe, vp & normal supervisor, blockchain


Bentonville, AR

The retail conglomerate’s Food Traceability Initiative tracks its recent greens, meat and poultry alongside its provide chain. The initiative helps Walmart pinpoint the place a cargo might have been contaminated, permitting it to focus on remembers extra narrowly and precisely whereas decreasing meals waste. Walmart additionally joined a pilot program final summer time supervised by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to hint the distribution of prescription medicines and vaccines on a blockchain. IBM, KPMG and Merck collaborated with Walmart within the pilot, which addressed the regulatory necessities of the U.S. Drug Supply Chain Security Act.

Blockchain platforms: Hyperledger Fabric

Key Executive: Tejas Bhatt, senior director, Food Safety Innovations

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