A mainstream moment?
2017 certainly saw a sea change in how the world viewed blockchain broadly. No longer niche, the tech grew to impact real businesses, winning fans the world over who have seen how trust might be reimagined in the digital age.
But as usual, the story is more nuanced. The road ahead is peppered with guideposts, signs, bridges and resting grounds that deserve reflection.
Bringing together a range of top global experts, from corporate innovators to prominent critics, family-card's 2017 in Review seeks to unpack that larger tale, giving readers top takes on pressing issues and informative outlooks on what might be ahead.
Be sure to keep us bookmarked as we'll be updating daily through the new year.
2017: The 'Butt' of Bitcoin's Joke
Sanity? You weren't going to find it in the crypto world in 2017 according to author David Gerard. Insanity, though, there's plenty to go around...
2018: Another Growth Year for Blockchain
Think 2017 was a fluke? Not according to blockchain advisor Oliver Bussmann who makes the case next year will see further growth.
Bitcoin Investing: A 10,000-Year View
Far from a bubble, bitcoin is on the path to becoming a significant part of global money supply, according to trader and analyst Willy Woo.
Victory Lap? 2017 Was Bitcoin's Backwards Year
2017 was another bad year in bitcoin in the eyes of long-time industry observer Jim Harper, but he sees a silver lining at the end of the story.
2018's Big Question: Can Bitcoin Forks Deliver Value?
Forking bitcoin was all the rage in 2017. In 2018, the question might be, what are we getting in return?
Out With the Old? Blockchain Requires a New Regulatory Approach
What if an ICO is just an ICO? Eva Kaili argues regulations need more imaginative approaches to blockchain.
It's Time for Governments to Embrace Blockchain
Governments haven't typically been thought of as early blockchain adopters. That could soon change, writes IBM's Marie Wieck.
2018: The Year We Make Cont(r)act
2017 may have been a historic year in blockchain, but Banca IMI's Massimo Morini argues the seeds for this revolution were sown in 2016.
Blockchain Brain Drain Is About More Than Money
The next-generation of financial technologists will want more from corporations and businesses, argues ex-CME digitization lead Sandra Ro.
A Hitchhiker's Guide to the Blockchain Highway
Not for easily swayed, vlogger Mike in Space narrates a tour through the world of bitcoin memes (and mixed messages) of 2017.
2018: The Year Central Banks Begin Buying Cryptocurrency
A former central banker is predicting big changes on major central bank balance sheets as cryptocurrencies continue to gain adoption and market share.
Where Have All the Private Blockchains Gone?
What's next for private blockchains? More iteration, improvement – and adoption, argues developer Gideon Greenspan.
The Transformed Role of Government in the Blockchain Era
Embracing change might not be easy for governments, but it can be done, according to the head of Dubai's ambitious blockchain agenda.
2018 for ICOs: A Quarter-By-Quarter Outlook
This ICO insider sees the market's hot streak continuing into the new year – even though, there are some potential pitfalls along the way.
Blockchain's 2018 Goal? Human Rights Over Financial Gains
Financial gains may be attracting new entrants, but that's all the more reason to increase the emphasis on blockchain as a means for change.
Bring on the FUD: 2017 Was The Year Bitcoin Became Anti-Fragile
What happened after all the fear, uncertainty and doubt of 2017? Bitcoin became stronger than ever, according to developer Jimmy Song.
The 2017 Tapscott Blockchain Prediction Scorecard
How did the pundits fare in 2017? Author Don Tapscott reviews his own predictions, taking stock of where he went wrong and where he was on the money.
Writing the Blockchain Rulebook in 2018
2018 presents a rare opportunity for the blockchain industry to self-regulate, lawyer Josh Garcia argues.
How Regulators Become Blockchain Innovators
Don't believe the crypto hype? On a large enough scale, no institution is safe from dramatic change, argues Central Bank of Aruba's Ryan Peterson.
2017: Saluting the Non-Stop Price Drama That Was
Outspoken exchange exec Arthur Hayes gives a colorful overview of crypto in 2017 as the Shakespearean comedy he believes it was.
Jamming on Crypto Economics: What Comes After the Summer of Love?
Crypto's creative explosion may have hit a critical mass this year, but the results ahead could be just as impactful, argues Polychain's Ryan Zurer.
Buying Bitcoin? Hedge Funds Will Use Blockchain, Too
The future of tokenized monies calls for a tokenized investment fund. The road there is being paved, but it's not so cut and dry.
Cleaning Up the Crypto Markets: A Job for 2018
Regulation may be a four-letter word in the crypto markets, but that doesn't mean it should be embraced according to one bank analyst.
Poof, Your Money's Gone: Building for Blockchain Users
MyEtherWallet founder Taylor Monahan knows a thing or two about blockchain users, arguing they're not ready for the early blockchain tools of today.
Utility: The Defining Word for Tokens in 2018
A rising token tide may be lifting all boats, but when the water line lowers, utility will likely be their key defense.
After the Futures: The Next Chapter for Bitcoin
The future is bright following Wall Street's futures trading embrace, but education is emerging as a key hurdle ahead.
2017: The Year Blockchain Got Weird
Blockchain may be a revolution in finance – but it's also weird, as this tour through the outer edges of crypto cyberspace proves.
My Advice for ICOs? I'm Sorry I Was Right…
He's not your lawyer, but he's giving you advice. Avid pocaster and legal expert Jason Seibert enjoys a last laugh on ICOs.
The Death of the ICO (And 4 Other 2018 Predictions)
The year of interoperability? Or enterprise digital asset adoption? Both futures might be on the table for 2018, according to Ripple's CTO.
A Central Bank Cryptocurrency? Not in 2018
Central bank digital currencies may sound like a nice idea, but blogger JP Koning argues they'll remain just that in 2018 – an idea.
Editable Blockchains? Mining Futures? 2017 Saw Crypto Patents Pile Up
A run-down of some of the more notable crypto and blockchain patents seen in 2017.
Bitcoin's Real 2018 Bottleneck
Bitcoin's markets may be booming but it's the network's rare development talent that may be most valuable.