Whether you think it doesn’t concern you or you’re already well informed on the new technology and possiblities that come with blockchain – the Blockchain Generation is here and it’s going to change everything! So without further ado, meet our member Nathan, a Canadian entrepreneur, living in Berlin. He is the founder and CEO of Minespider, a blockchain startup for tracking conflict-free minerals in the supply chain who recently appeared on CNBC’s Squawk Box and won the Talent Unleashed Awards global prize for Best Idea: One to Watch. Nathan also hosts the “Analysis in Chains” blockchain podcast and the “Blockchain Unpacked” meetup here at Impact Hub Berlin.
What is blockchain?
Blockchain is a way of arranging electronic data to make it very difficult to fake, duplicate, or change. This allows us to create digital items that can hold value because you know they are unique, and not copied hundreds of times. The most famous example of a unique digital item that uses blockchain is Bitcoin. Bitcoin allows electronic money to act similarly to cash – we no longer need to trust a bank to send money for us, instead we have these unique digital “coins” that we can trade with other people directly without trusting a third party, and we can send them anywhere in the world.
What is your mission?
My mission is to apply this blockchain technology to make a positive difference in the world. Blockchain will change the world as much as the Internet did, and we are just now starting to see how it can do this. I am working on a way of using blockchain to track responsibly sourced metals to make sure that the material going into our products doesn’t fund human rights abuses, and I expect to encounter many more interesting projects in the near future. I started this meetup in order to talk with the people who are working on these projects, to get their input, and to help us all get a better understanding of this technology and how it can be applied for social good.
How does Impact Hub Berlin help you on your path?
Being at Impact Hub has helped a lot, honestly. In the early days of entrepreneurship getting a good network and good communications are some of the most critical factors for success. I found the network here to be very valuable full of like minded people, but also global people who were able to make some important introductions. In addition the team has been super supportive and I’ve found every success I’ve had has been a success shared and celebrated by the community.
What are your plans for the future?
Right now the plan is to raise the next funding round, grow the team, run a pilot project, and continue to grow the network of people interested in blockchain and its applications.
Join Nathan for his next “Blockchain Unpacked” meetup at Impact Hub Berlin on the 15th of February at 7pm – and join his meetup group!
Watch the video we made with Nathan where he tries to explain blockchain in 60 seconds….