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The Executive Guide to Blockchain

Using Smart Contracts and Digital Currencies in your Business


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxvii
  2. Maria Grazia Vigliotti, Haydn Jones
    Pages 1-6
  3. Maria Grazia Vigliotti, Haydn Jones
    Pages 7-22
  4. Maria Grazia Vigliotti, Haydn Jones
    Pages 23-40
  5. Maria Grazia Vigliotti, Haydn Jones
    Pages 41-70
  6. Maria Grazia Vigliotti, Haydn Jones
    Pages 71-91
  7. Maria Grazia Vigliotti, Haydn Jones
    Pages 93-120
  8. Maria Grazia Vigliotti, Haydn Jones
    Pages 121-131
  9. Maria Grazia Vigliotti, Haydn Jones
    Pages 133-149
  10. Maria Grazia Vigliotti, Haydn Jones
    Pages 151-162
  11. Maria Grazia Vigliotti, Haydn Jones
    Pages 163-171
  12. Back Matter
    Pages 173-193

About this book


Keeping up with fast evolving technology is a challenge that every business leader faces. As organisations start to wake up to the Fourth Industrial Revolution, it’s becoming more important than ever to be able to utilise and exploit new digital platforms.

With the simple aim of demystifying blockchain for business leaders, The Executive Guide to Blockchain offers a jargon-free explanation and framework to better understand blockchain technologies and their impact on organizations. Enabling any business leader with or without specific computing knowledge to reap the benefits of blockchain whilst understanding the limitations, this book will empower you to:

  • Identify opportunities for blockchain in your own business sectors
  • Understand smart contracts and their relationship with the law
  • Create a blockchain strategy and business case
  • Implement blockchain technologies and maximise their potential.

Written by experts in non-technical language, this practical resource can be applied to any industry, and arm you with the knowledge needed to capture the possibilities of digital business.


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Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Sandblocks ConsultingLondonUK
  2. 2.Blockchain HubLondonUK

About the authors

Maria Grazia Vigliotti is the founder of Sandblocks Consulting, a boutique consultancy specialising in blockchain technology and smart contracts. Her career in computing spans more than twenty years, mainly as an academic at Imperial College London researching techniques for formal code verification and writing AI algorithms to aid in cybersecurity evaluations. She convened and led the development of the cybersecurity strategy for the entire British railway industry and worked on prevention of cryptographic attacks on the European Railway Traffic Management Systems (ERTMS). She has also advised most of the major players in the UK nuclear industry on smart device security.

Haydn Jones is the Founder and Managing Director of Blockchain Hub. He has over twenty years’ commercial, operational and transformation experience working for retail and investment banks, a central bank, a regulator, a global management consultancy firm and a Japanese technology company. He has run cash management and funding units, as well as foreign exchange and equities settlement teams, alongside leading projects to re-engineer the underlying platforms. He has worked in architecturally complex, data rich environments, grappling with the challenge of reconciling legacy and leading edge technologies across client-sensitive platforms demanding high levels of availability.

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