Magister Advisors – Banks to Spend $1 Billion on Blockchain Tech by 2017

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Spending by financial institutions on blockchain projects will exceed $1 Billion US Dollars in 2017, making it one of the fastest developing enterprise software markets of all time, says Investment Bankers Magister Advisors. The Magister market forecast, which follows interviews with major banks, VCs and technology vendors, says that the world’s largest financial institutions have typically already identified portfolios of approximately 10-20 projects for Blockchain evaluation.

“The market is largely at the POC (proof of concept) phase, proving that blockchain-based implementations can replicate or complement existing infrastructure,” says the firm. “2016 marks a ‘race to production’ as innovators seek to push beyond the prototype stage.”

Collaborative initiatives by banks to assess the market potential for blockchain technology are starting to take off, with over 30 signed up for the R3-led standard-setting coalition, and 20 financial institutions joining a London-based working group looking at how blockchain technology can transform the way securities are traded, cleared, settled and reported.

This activity is likely to lead to significant investments in blockchain platform and application providers throughout 2016, says Magister Advisors, which anticipates multiple $100m+ funding rounds in 2016, as those with strong momentum seek to claim market leadership.

Founder, Publisher and Editor in Chief of industry leading online publication, Blockchain News and co-founder and director at Blockchain Partners in London/Amsterdam/NYC. Kastelein is also an advisor with a number Blockchain startups doing ICOs including DECENT.ch, Inchain, Humaniq, Chronobank, eGaas and others.

He is regarded as one of the top journalists by the Blockchain and fintech communities – as is evident by his entry in the Top 150 Fintech journalists online and in the top 10 of the Blockchain Top 100 List. As a prominent keynote presenter, he has spoken on Blockchain at events in Gdansk, Amsterdam, Minsk, Dubai, Antwerp, Eindhoven etc, where he helped spread the cause for Blockchain technology and crypto-currency and, consequently, has built a notable network inthe scene.

He’s also a director of a Dutch foundation called The Hackitarians and has run innovation events in London, San Francisco, Berlin, Amsterdam and other cities around the world on topics such Blockchain, Health, Energy, Internet of Things, AI etc.

In 2013, the European Commission appointed him as an expert for overseeing financing for emerging startups as a part of the European Commission’s 90 billion euro Horizon 2020 project, created in Brussels to promote innovation as a driving force of job creation and business ventures across Europe. He has also worked as an external expert for Innovate UK since 2012, judging startups for the UK government.

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