Richard Branson: Blockchain Can Create Economic Revolution

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Blockchain technology could bring an “economic revolution” in many developing countries where proving ownership of assets or getting access to capital is difficult,  Virgin.com CEO and Founder Richard Branson told an audience at the “Virgin Disruptors” event in London on Monday, October 3, 2016.

Virgin Group founder and billionaire entrepreneur added:

“If you take somewhere like Egypt, 90 percent of people have got houses, they’ve got a garden, but they’ve got no piece of paper to show ownership of that … And without ownership of your property, it’s almost impossible to start a business or get a bank loan or anything.”

According to a report by CNBC, Branson referenced the work of well-known economist Hernando de Soto, who recently announced a partnership wtih bitcoin mining company BitFury and the Republic of Georgia’s National Agency of Public Registry, to trial a land titling program.

Branson added that the use of Blockchain technology could create a “real .. .economic revolution in these countries that would be stagnating.”

It’s not the first time Branson has spoken about Blockchain technology. The entrepreneur has hosted the “Blockchain Summit” on his private Necker Island for the last two years.

About Richard Kastelein

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 Humaniq.co where hs is interim CMO, DECENT.ch, Inchain, 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, Bucharest, Nairobi, Tel Aviv, Manchester, Brussels, Barcelona etc, where he helped spread the cause for Blockchain technology and cryptocurrency and, consequently, has built a notable network in the 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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  • As usual, Branson has his fingers on the wrist of the times. Having lived in Egypt, it could only make quality of life and income distribution better by creating block chain titles to land and housing.