Blythe Masters solidified her Wall Street reputation as a top-level executive at J.P.Morgan, which she left in 2014 after a career spanning 27 years. Since then, she has bridged the gap from financial institutions to fintech startups by becoming CEO of Digital Asset, a leader in the use of Distributed Ledger Technology for wholesale financial services providers, and as the Governing Board Chair for Hyperledger, an open-source collaborative effort created to advance cross-industry blockchain technologies.
Given her experience, Masters has a firm grasp on how the technology is poised to change the way in which the financial services industry operates to make it more efficient, safe and innovative.
“Blockchain technology represents a generational opportunity to mutualize database infrastructure across entities within financial services,” she said. “What that translates into is an enormous cost-saving, risk-reducing, and capital-enhancing opportunity."
While Digital Asset builds new software based on Distributed Ledger Technology, Hyperledger serves as an open evaluation platform for advancing the technology. “I would describe Hyperledger as a tremendous opportunity for collaboration for firms that range from gigantic commercial concerns all the way to the smallest, newest startups. It’s a community of great intellectual depth and great commercial breadth, and as such, I think the opportunity to be part of that is a unique and enriching experience,” said Masters.
The group of technologists behind the NBA's Sacramento Kings mines ether at the Golden 1 Center arena where the basketball team plays. The team said that it uses profits from the mining operation to provide funding for the local community and it invites local students to see the rigs. The team also claims that the arena is the first sporting venue to accept bitcoin.
Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group, a Japanese bank that ranks as one of the world's largest, plans to launch a blockchain-based payment system. The system, which will stem from a partnership between the bank and Akamai Technologies, will be called "Global Open Network Inc." and is expected to launch in early 2020.
JPMorgan Chase & Co. has announced the creation of its own cryptocurrency, "JPM Coin," set to make up a small fraction of the trillions of dollars in value that it moves around the world daily through its wholesale payments service.