“Blockchain” or Bitcoin: Understanding the differences

It is a space that had existed for only 7 years.  It does represent something truly revolutionary.

  • A fundamental change in our understanding of trust.
  • A change in the way we organize authority and trust from hierarchy system to network-centric flex system.
  • A reimagining of what it means to have currency, how currency derives its value.
  • A new system for disintermediating intermediaries.
  • A rebalancing of world affairs.

All of these things are true but we don’t really know how this is going to play out.

Sitting in the front row of history. Observing history in the making.

What is bitcoin? What is the blockchain?

Bitcoin is the first blockchain.
Bitcoin is the largest open global blockchain that exists today.
Bitcoin is the first borderless, transnational, open system of access for financial payments and trust that enables innovation without permission, with high resistance to censorship, coercion and geopolitical manipulation.
Bitcoin is a mathematical prove system that is fundamentally neutral to participants. It exhibits the principle on the internet that we called net-neutrality and bring that to finance, which of course, terrifies people.

Finance without concern for a source, destination, or amount?
Neutral routing of transactions?
Equal for everyone?
That idea is terrifying. Where does authority come from? Where does trust come from?

It’s almost as if suddenly we no longer pay attention to, the New York Times, and instead, anyone can publish their opinion without an editor. What will the world come to?

What the internet did for communication, bitcoin is doing for finance.

It is introducing a fundamentally different network centric and flex system that allows us to do transactions without recourse to authorities or intermediaries and that derives trust from the collaboration and computation of thousands of nodes. It uses a blockchain. The blockchain is one of the several components that make bitcoin works. And if you focus too much on blockchain you may miss the point.