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What is Blockchain?

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Fintech Driving Blockchain Technology

Although there are number of key technological developments that are behind the emergence of Fintech, there is one technology innovation, Blockchain, that has emerged from the financial sector itself and is now being applied in other industries.  It has the potential to not-only transform financial services industry but also impact several other major industries.  Blockchain was developed as the foundational technology for cyber currency, Bitcoin.  Its potential is being explored across the financial services value chain.

What is Blockchain?

Blockchain is an implementation of a distributed database of transactions or distributed ledger.  The concept behind this is rather than having a single clearing party for a transaction, the network becomes the clearing house. The business ledger is shared across the network and each trusted party validates the transaction. The primary benefit of this is efficiency and increased transparency. Blockchain has the potential to reduce the cost of a transaction to near zero thereby potentially wiping out many traditional business models.   For more information on how Blockchain technology works we have provided links to several sources at the end of this article.

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6 Things to Look For When Investing in Startup Companies

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Financial Performance

Is the startup company financially stable? Generating any revenue? Showing signs of growth? When investing in startup companies,  their current financial performance and future financial plans are vital to evaluating its potential.

Background & Experience

Is the management team experienced in the industry they are operating in? Have they had success with prior ventures? Research the company’s management team, look at their past business experience and make sure they are committed entrepreneurs.

Company Uniqueness

Is the company’s product or service unique and doing something new or different? A unique product or service sets the company apart from the competition and has a higher chance of success.

Business Model

Take a close look at their business model to see when they are planning on generating profits and how. The company has a higher chance to generate profits if the business model is clear, strategic and well thought out.

Market Size

It’s important that the company is solving a problem in a large or growing market. This allows the company to grow and scale, and tap into multiple revenue sources. Look at the competition operating within the market, a large growing market with low competition is a recipe for success.

Traction

How large and stable is their customer base? The amount of traction the company has achieved shows the impact they are having in their industry and helps indicate future performance.

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