WHAT IS BLOCKCHAIN
Blockchain technologies are quickly becoming one of the most exciting areas of interest for future-looking investors and companies. As the full public ledger of the entire network is always available and every asset is fully traceable, it is universally hypothesized to be the next generation of transaction security. Blockchain technology thus presents potentially significant opportunities for many business types and can have a far-reaching impact on the modernization of global business transactions.
“Blockchain is the first native digital medium for value, just as the Internet was the first native digital medium for information.”
– Harvard Business Review
The following video featuring Eric Ervin of Reality Shares and Fredrik Voss of Nasdaq highlights the importance of blockchain.
INVESTING IN BLOCKCHAIN INNOVATION
|Many companies and organizations are innovative, but uncovering which companies may present real, actionable blockchain-related investment opportunities can be challenging. The Blockchain Score™ methodology is designed to identify the companies that may benefit most from blockchain technology and potentially pinpoint what could be the best of a growing segment of companies developing the underlying technologies behind blockchain innovation. The Blockchain Score methodology is a rules-based, quantitative process built to evaluate the highest-quality companies in various industries across the globe based on their blockchain-related innovative potential.
Our methodology, based on a series of quantitative factors, produces a Blockchain Score for each company evaluated for inclusion in the underlying Reality Shares Nasdaq Blockchain Economy Index. These factors relate to each company’s role in the blockchain technology ecosystem and its participation in industry groups, the degree to which the company’s blockchain technology is developed, innovative, economically impactful and publicly referenced, and the company’s general research and development expenditures.
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|SAP sees blockchain as a promising way to simplify complex multi-party processes and create trust among participants. The company is using its expertise in 25 industries and across all lines of business to actively explore blockchain technology and to help clients capitalize on its potential.|
|Overstock operates the tZERO exchange, which has been at at the forefront of the blockchain revolution for years, working closely with regulators since 2015 – launching the world’s first SEC-compliant ATS for blockchain assets, the first private blockchain bond offering, and the first ever public issuance of a blockchain security.|
|Hitachi is a founding member of the Hyperledger Project and consortium, and has partnered with Tech Bureau to use the NEM-based Mijin Blockchain platform for Hitachi’s point management solution “PointInfinity,” which serve 150 million members and users.|
|Accenture is working closely with leaders from across a broad range of industries, governments, consortia, the academic community, and its key technology alliances to move blockchain technology forward so that, ultimately, it can help improve the way the world lives and works.|
|HIVE Blockchain Technologies is building a bridge from the blockchain sector to traditional capital markets. The company has strategically partnered with Genesis Mining Ltd., the world’s leading cryptocurrency mining hashrate provider, to build the next generation of blockchain infrastructure.|
BLOCKCHAIN SCORE TABLE
Disc.: Consumer Discretionary. Fin.: Financials. Ind.: Industrials. IT: Information Technology.
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As of March 29, 2018.
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Source: Bloomberg, Compustat, Reality Shares