Sharon Henley
Director, Marketing, Communications and PR At British Blockchain Association

Show Notes

In the face of a plethora of ‘Wild West’ references around the ground-breaking innovation of the blockchain space, is the old way of doing business, the old way of making money, facing its final frontier? Does the battle to keep this space regulated end up like Tombstone, Arizona?

Or, making money - without the Mint.

Or, bringing Outlaws, in law.

Pierre Bourke of Blockchain Radio interviews two leading lights of the British Blockchain Association, Sharon Henley and Barry E James, about how the organisation came about, what are its aims, and what is the future for the sector.

And, back to the Wild West once again – is the BBA as colonial as its name suggests, or can it build an international community?

Having been established for over a year, the aim of the British Blockchain Association is to support all those coming together in the blockchain space, entrepreneurs, governments, other organisations, to build a community, to offer guidance, and to become the voice for the industry.

As Sharon notes, there’s so much changing right now, really, really fast; and the BBA looks to bring it all, calmly, together.

And as Barry adds, the BBA really is interested in reinventing the world, in reinventing money, reinventing business, reinventing the internet – reinventing pretty much everything.

Blockchain is about rebuilding the world – and Barry’s in!

To start the ball rolling, the BBA went direct to the entrepreneurs and asked them, what do you want from us? What can we do to help? And they said that while of course they’re looking for funding for their ventures, for support with marketing and legal issues – more than anything, they want to cut through the noise, to have their venture percolate to the top. They want visibility.

Now, the Global Blockchain Ventures Scheme, a partnership between the BBA and TokenIntelligence, is set to do just that. Because in a world of around 2,000 coins, how do investors tell good from bad from ugly?

The Global Blockchain Ventures Scheme is working to bring all they learned over the last decade, about regulation, innovation and especially transparency, to bear on what it now a global phenomenon – and a global problem which needs to be solved, fast.

After all, if this space ends up like the OK Corral, and the reinvention of money and the internet, bringing on a brave new world of commerce and business, becoming a battle, we need both sides to be the guys in the white hats to see us safely through.


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