Paul Meeusen - Putting Insurance on the Blockchain

July 4, 2018

Paul Meeusen speaks about bringing blockchain technology to the insurance industry, how a small insurance prototype on Ethereum led to a global initiative that involves the biggest insurance companies in the world, the ins and outs of running a blockchain pilot in a multinational organization and all the challenges that come with it, running the Blockchain Insurance Industry Initiative (B3i) like a startup, why he chose not to use an ICO for funding, how the insurance industry deals with new technology, why people are more important than technology for the success of a project, how the blockchain changed his career, and much more.

Paul is the Head of Distributed Ledger Technology at Swiss Re, one of the biggest reinsurance companies in the world, and acting CEO of B3i, the Blockchain Insurance Industry Initiative, which is overhauling the way insurance companies exchange data and trade risks. Paul has over 25 years of experience in advising, building and operating multi-disciplinary teams in finance, accounting, operational treasury, audit and risk control, and he designed the first blockchain use case for retrocession insurance on Ethereum in 2016.

Paul Meeusen: http://www.linkedin.com/in/paulmeeusen/

B3i: http://www.b3i.tech, http://www.twitter.com/B3i_tech

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Zhang Ruidong - China and the Blockchain

July 2, 2018

Zhang Ruidong speaks about blockchain and cryptocurrency regulation in China, the difficulty of censorship, how to make the "blockchain without cryptocurrency" mantra work, the situation of blockchain entrepreneurship in mainland China, why the cryptocurrency ban didn't work, which projects Chinese blockchain entrepreneurs work on, differences between Chinese crypto projects and those abroad, how the Chinese and other Asian governments support blockchain projects, blockchain classes at universities, blockchain myths, which projects need blockchains and which don't, how the blockchain changes culture, and socio-technical challenges for countries with blockchain technology. 

Zhang Ruidong is a professor in computer information systems at the University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire in the United States and the founding director of the Blockchain Labs at the Academy of Internet Finance at Zhejiang (dschuedjiang) University, one of the leading universities in China. His research areas include cloud computing architecture and optimization, blockchain technology applications, digital currency policy and regulations, e-commerce and the development and application of the next generation Internet. 

Zhang Ruidong: https://www.linkedin.com/in/ruidong-zhang-94637411/

Article about the blockchain course at Zhejiang University: http://news.8btc.com/exclusive-zhejiang-university-to-launch-its-first-blockchain-and-digital-currency-course-this-fall

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