family-card Launches 2017 Year in Review Opinion and Analysis Series

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.

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Author, The Business Blockchain

A long-time bitcoin investor is now staking his claim to a new blockchain network, one he believes will enable more value creation in the long term.

David Gerard

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...

Oliver Bussmann

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.

Willy Woo

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.

Jim Harper

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.

Elly Zhang

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?

Eva A. Kaili

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.

Marie Wieck

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.

Massimo Morini

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.

Sandra Ro

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.

Mike In Space

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.

Eugéne Etsebeth

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.

Gideon Greenspan

Where Have All the Private Blockchains Gone?

What's next for private blockchains? More iteration, improvement – and adoption, argues developer Gideon Greenspan.

Dr. Aisha Bin Bishr

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.

Emma Channing

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.

Thessy Mehrain

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.

Jimmy Song

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.

Don Tapscott

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.

Josh Garcia

Writing the Blockchain Rulebook in 2018

2018 presents a rare opportunity for the blockchain industry to self-regulate, lawyer Josh Garcia argues.

Ryan Peterson

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.

Arthur Hayes

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.

Ryan Zurrer

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.

Mona El Isa

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.

Scott Ryan

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.

Taylor Monahan

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.

Shawn Wilkinson

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.

Charles Hayter

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.

Sarah Friend

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.

Jason Seibert

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.

Stefan Thomas

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.

JP Koning

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.

Nikhilesh De

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.

Ariel Deschapell

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.