JoshUA Gans &

PRESENT

The economic potential OF

Blockchain

Learn frameworks that will allow you to evaluate the value of blockchain for specific applications

Understand how blockchain and cryptocurrencies can provide an infrastructure for decentralized networks and how this fits into the legal contract system

Taught by a University of Toronto, Professor of Entrepreneurship and Innovation with Co-Instructors including the Co-Founder of Libra and blockchain itself!

Join a cohort of professionals passionate about the real applications of blockchain for their businesses

JoshUA Gans &

PRESENT

The economic potential OF

Blockchain

Learn frameworks that will allow you to evaluate the value of blockchain for specific applications

Understand how blockchain and cryptocurrencies can provide an infrastructure for decentralized networks and how this fits into the legal contract system

Taught by a University of Toronto, Professor of Entrepreneurship and Innovation with Co-Instructors including the Co-Founder of Libra and blockchain itself!

Join a cohort of professionals passionate about the real applications of blockchain for their businesses

Joshua Gans

Professor at the university of toronto

Christian Catalini, Scott Stornetta & Richard Titus

cOfounder of libra,
co-creator of blockchain & CEO of Andronik

5 x 2 hr sessions

Dates: 4 PM (PDT); December 1, 2, 6, 8 and 9

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Designed for those looking to go from 0 to 100 in the

Crypto Economy

Finance Professionals

Senior managers and venture analysts at institutional funds, investment banks and private equity.

What financial professionals will learn:

how cryptocurrencies are progressing in improving payments
how blockchain can transform financial contracts
how cryptocurrencies form a critical part of blockchain applications

Legal Professionals

Lawyers adopting contracting tech and advising regarding the adoption of smart contracting.

What legal professionals will learn:

how blockchain is fostering a revolution in contract structures and verification
the opportunities blockchain presents for greater contracting options
whether blockchain can permit more secure contracting

Founders
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Entrepreneurs who are developing applications in the blockchain space.


What founders will learn:

how to evaluate whether blockchain technologies are central to their venture
what co-innovations need to be developed in order to create value from blockchain applications
how the opportunity space for entrepreneurship in blockchain is evolving

Meet your

Instructors

Joshua Gans

Joshua is one of the leading experts in the economics of innovation and the impact of the digital economy. Joshua has written 14 books and is Professor of Strategic Management at the University of Toronto where he holds the Jeffrey S. Skoll Chair in Technical Innovation and Entrepreneurship. He is also Chief Economist of the Creative Destruction Lab where he directs its crypto/blockchain stream.

Outside of academia Joshua is a long-time advisor to startups and an expert witness testifying on issues of antitrust and intellectual property.

At the Creative Destruction Lab, Joshua plays a direct role in developing the strategy of startups and in ensuring that blockchain businesses are positioned to create and capture value. The Creative Destruction Lab is also a founding member of the Diem Association. In addition to blockchain startups, he has developed frameworks for evaluating startups in artificial intelligence, space and open science.

Christian Catalini

Christian Catalini is a Co-Creator of the Diem Association (formerly Libra), a consortium made up of 27 companies, including big tech names like Uber, Lyft, Spotify, and Coinbase, that manages the Diem cryptocurrency payment system. Christian is also the founder of the MIT Cryptoeconomics Lab, and a Research Scientist at MIT. Christian's research focuses on blockchain technology and cryptocurrencies, and has been featured in Nature, Science, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Economist, WIRED, NPR, Forbes and more.

Experience from

Scott Stornetta

Scott Stornetta is the Co-Inventor of blockchain, together with Stuart Haber. Stornetta has spent decades contributing valuable research and published materials to the field of cryptography and distributed computing. Dating back to 1991, his pioneering series of papers, written with Stuart Haber at Bellcore, received the 1992 Discover Award for Computer Software. This helped lay the foundation for Bitcoin and other digital currencies (for example, of the eight citations in the original Bitcoin paper, three reference his and Dr. Haber’s work). He also consults, invests and sits on the board of many early stage technology companies.

Experience from

Richard Titus

Richard serves as a board member, advisor and coach to an array of Blockchain & DLT startups through his work as a Fellow at the Creative Destruction Lab and via his fund Andronik Ventures. He was named one of the Wired 100 in 2010 and has also held senior leadership roles at the BBC and Samsung.

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About Joshua's

Live Cohort

Cryptocurrencies and the blockchain have attracted considerable interest and investment since the success of Bitcoin in providing the first viable (non-national) digital currency and Ethereum in providing the first decentralised blockchain application infrastructure. However, the hype has outstripped the reality and this has made it challenging to understand where the value of these significant innovations lie.

This course is about understanding that value. Why are cryptocurrencies a significant technological and economic advance? When does a blockchain add value beyond more centralised options such as large-scale databases? Should blockchains be viewed as independent of crypto tokens or inexorably tied together? What is the critical role of verification in contracting and how can the blockchain lead to a revolution in automated legal processes?

Taking an economics approach, you will examine in detail the economics of contracting and market design as the critical set of ideas that you need to understand how businesses might be able to adopt and take advantage of blockchain technologies. As this is a new space, the course will be of general interest with a goal of making this area accessible and for students to be able to discuss, debate and evaluate blockchain based technologies with greater authority. (Note: this is not a course about how to invest in cryptocurrencies).

1-Dec, 4PM (PDT)

Lecture 1 - Blockchain as an Economic Innovation

Joshua Gans & Scott Stornetta | 1 December 2021

This lecture covers the terminology and operations of blockchains. What sort of innovation is it? How does blockchain reduce the costs of verification and networking? What are limits on blockchains?

2-Dec, 4PM (PDT)

Lecture 2 - How Payments Drive Applications

Christian Catalini | 2 December 2021

How are cryptocurrencies evolving? Will cryptocurrencies solve the problem of global payments? What are the prospects for stablecoins and also central bank adoption of digital currencies? What opportunities will these developments bring?

Lecture 3 - Blockchain Platforms & Market Design

Joshua Gans | 6 December 2021

Why is trust and verification so central to market operations? What are the risks associated with contracting in markets? How does blockchain allow for more security and lower legal costs than traditional methods of transacting? We will develop a blockchain canvas for breaking down transactions to understand the value of the blockchain.

6-Dec, 4PM (PDT)

Lecture 4 - The Economics of Smart Contracts

Joshua Gans | 8 December 2021

In this lecture you will learn about smart contracts and how they operate. Where can they supplant or augment existing contracting arrangements? How do economic mechanisms work? Why do many blockchain applications require innovations in economic mechanisms?

8-Dec, 4PM (PDT)

Lecture 5 - Innovating in the Blockchain Space

Joshua Gans | 9 December 2021

This lecture explores the main areas of activity in blockchain innovation. These include decentralized finance, contract payments, identity verification and scoring and supply chain management.

9-Dec, 4PM (PDT)