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Digital Asset's Blythe Masters Discusses Hyperledger and Blockchain Collaboration

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.

State Farm Is Testing a Blockchain-Based Subrogation Manager

State Farm announced on December 10 that it is experimenting with a blockchain-based solution for managing the subrogation process in the insurance industry, making the company the latest major enterprise to explore blockchain technology.

LinkedIn Finds Blockchain Developer to Be 2018’s Most Rapidly Growing Job

Distributed Summary:

  • In 2018 U.S. Emerging Jobs Report, LinkedIn says blockchain developer hiring grew by 33x
  • Top skills required for the position include Solidity, Node.js, Ethereum and cryptocurrency
  • IBM, ConsenSys and Chainyard are top hirers for the position and SF, NY and ATL the top locations

U.S. Congressman Suggests “Do Blockchain” and “Wall Coins” to Fund Border Wall

Distributed Summary:

  • Ohio State Representative Warren Davidson throws out blockchain-based fundraising to construct wall between U.S. and Mexico border
  • Floats the cryptocurrency name “wall coin” in seemingly offhand remark
  • Demonstrates awareness, if not sophisticated understanding, of blockchain-based fundraising and incentivization

BlockFi, a Cryptocurrency Lending Firm With Credit Card Plans, Receives Funding From Fidelity and Mike Novogratz

Financial services behemoth Fidelity Investments and perennial crypto booster Mike Novogratz have provided funding for BlockFi, a cryptocurrency lending startup.