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Alex Tapscott

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Co-author of Blockchain Revolution: How the Technology Behind Bitcoin Is Changing Money, Business, and the World
Disruptive Technologies and Business Opportunity.
Alex Tapscott is an expert in early-stage, high growth companies and path-breaking business ventures.
A passionate advocate for the disruptive potential; of new technologies as key to start-up success. He believes the emerging blockchain platform will provide signi cant entrepreneurial opportunities as it revolutionises the way we transact our lives.

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Alex Tapscott; Co-author, Blockchain Revolution
Blockchain is the open-access, secure global platform on which Bitcoin is based. In a world where, according to Alex Tapscott, “It’s cheaper and faster to mail an anvil to China than it is to send $100,” blockchain facilitates an authen- ticated, peer-to-peer transfer of value without an inter- mediary (such as a bank), in a manner that is transparent, public, permanent — and completely anonymous.
As the Internet protocol has dropped the cost of sharing information to almost zero, blockchain will do the same for value, eliminating the need for the burdensome systems of current nancial institutions. But while the Internet is notoriously untrustworthy, the blockchain “world wide ledger” is incorruptible and so its function- ality can be applied to other private exchanges and permanent storage — for example voting, legal contracts, government records and more.
With an in-depth knowledge of blockchain’s transforma- tive capabilities, Alex addresses its potential applica- tions in global nance, government, healthcare, educa- tion — as well as its promise for the start-up world. He; is the founder and CEO of Northwest Passage Ventures, an advisory rm in the blockchain industry. Alex is the co-author (with Don Tapscott) of the critically acclaimed #1 Globe and Mail Non- ction best-seller, Blockchain Revolution: How the Technology Behind Bitcoin is Chang- ing Money Business and the World (Portfolio / Penguin Random House 2016).
Alex currently sits on Advisory Board to Elections Canada, the independent, non-partisan agency responsible for conducting federal elections and referendums. He is also a founding Member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Futures Council on Blockchain. Alex was Director of Institutional Equity Sales at Canaccord Genuity Inc. from 2008 to 2015. He managed a diverse client base of value, growth, long/short equity, merger-arbitrage and activist investors, including many of the largest asset managers in Canada and some of the largest hedge funds in New York.; Leigh
Alex is a graduate of Amherst College (cum laude) and is a CFA Charterholder.