Events World Spins Series: Will Blockchain Disrupt World Trade?

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  • STARTMar 29th - 6:30pm

  • ENDMar 29th - 8:00pm

  • VENUENeill-Cochran House Museum

World Spins Series: Will Blockchain Disrupt World Trade?

The World Economic Forum estimates that 10% of the world’s GDP will be recorded in blockchains by 2027. So it’s something that everyone in business needs to know about! But what is blockchain, why is it so special, and what is its real promise for global business? This presentation will cut through the considerable hype and FUD that is associated with this transformational technology, provide a plain English overview of its architecture and its benefits, and explain some of the ways that it will disrupt your business world – for good and for bad!

“The bitcoin bubble may ultimately turn out to be a distraction from the true significance of the blockchain.”  Steve Johnson

Recommended Reading:  Beyond the Bitcoin Bubble by Steven Johnson, The New York Times, Jan. 21, 2018


Pete Harris is the Principal of Lighthouse Partners, Inc., an Austin, TX-based consulting firm that works with global IT innovators to create go-to-market strategies for transformational technologies. With 40 years of business and technology experience, Pete has focused in recent years on business applications of blockchain and distributed ledger technologies.

In addition to his role at Lighthouse Partners, Pete is a Co-Founder and Research Principal at Chain Business Insights, LLC, an Austin-based boutique research/advisory firm that is exploring how blockchain technologies are disrupting global supply chains. Pete is also the founding Executive Director of the Austin Blockchain Collective, which showcases and advocates for blockchain and cryptocurrency innovation happening in Austin.


The World Spins series of bi-monthly talks features distinguished speakers highlighting current topics that impact our lives.  The series is an exclusive opportunity for members of the World Affairs Council of Austin to explore these topics as they evolve.  Come ready to participate, question and probe.

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March 29
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
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