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What is Hyperledger? Executive Director Brian Behlendorf Explains the Linux Foundation's Blockchain Initiative

As the executive director of Hyperledger, a distributed ledger initiative from The Linux Foundation, Brian Behlendorf leads a blockchain collaboration between leaders in finance, banking, supply chain, manufacturing and technology. Its membership includes IBM, JPMorgan Chase and American Express, among others.

“My job is to be kind of the geek diplomat,” he said. “To try to figure out how to bring together the community of developers... and connect that to the companies that are building products and services in the space.”

Behlendorf will be discussing the potential for Hyperledger and blockchain to transform financial services as a keynote speaker at Distributed: Markets, the ground-breaking conference on distributed ledger technology and its applications in payments, capital markets, digital assets and insurance.

“I believe that when we start to deploy these things widely, we’ll start to see what today [are] considered very intractable problems [at] the intersection of technology and society suddenly [become] solvable.”

Germany Opens Industry Consultation Process for Blockchain Strategy

Source: Reuters

Ahead of announcing an official strategy for leveraging blockchain technology more widely, the German government has opened a process for receiving recommendations around the technology from local companies and industry groups. Germany is Europe's largest economy and Berlin is home to numerous blockchain startups. The solicited recommendations could lead to official legislative action in the near future.

In the Post ICO World, CoinList Prepares Crypto Projects for Investment

ICOs emerged quickly as a popular model for crypto startups to raise funds, exposure and customer interest. But the world of ICOs took a nasty turn in 2018, with many projects that used the model unable to deliver on their promises to investors or turning out to be downright phony.

NFTs: How They Work and How They’re Bridging Blockchains and the Collectibles Industry

The upcoming NFT.NYC event highlights the growing role that non-fungible tokens (NFTs) are playing in the crypto industry — and a growing intersection between crypto assets and collectibles.

Sacramento Kings' Technology Team Mines Ether in Its Basketball Stadium

Source: ZDNet

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.