Richie Etwaru, discusses the opportunity and implications of the blockchain paradigm to slow/chose the expanding trust gap in commerce. He unpacks blockchain to a level of simplicity to be consumed by those that are just starting to understand and explore the paradigm.

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With respect to the ‘big question’ to any paradigm, Etwaru asks,

“What is the one thing, what is the one gap that that paradigm fills for everyone.”


Furthermore, Etwaru goes on to explain the current state of commerce, suggesting that every company is currently at risk of being disrupted or incurring severe strain from a blockchain version of itself.

Trust. This is the enduring quality and function that blockchain delivers. Etwaru believes that as a species, we now believe that, “I have to trust you in order to transact with you.” Therefore, blockchain exists to fulfill this role.

Professionally, Richie Etwaru is a c-level at a Fortune 500 Company, an author, the owner of international patents, the founder of multiple ventures, an experienced keynote speaker, an angel investor, a member of advisory boards, and a recognized thought leader in the area of digital, technology, and design.

Specific to this TEDx talk, Richie is an adjunct professor of blockchain management at Syracuse University in New York, he has delivered over 100 blockchain keynotes across the world, he has written well read blockchain blogs, he has been interviewed on blockchain in online TV shows, and has advised governments and venture funds on blockchain opportunities.