The Genesis Block — The Chain Begins in Warsaw  —  A Blockchain Tale

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Written by Richard Kastelein, Publisher of Blockchain News

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Andrzej Horoszczak grew up under Communism in Warsaw, Poland ― and his perception of money evolved under a system that drilled the idea that everyone in a given society should receive equal shares of the benefits derived from labor.

The 80s he grew up in saw martial law, a suspended Solidarity Party with temporarily imprisoned leaders, heightened controls on civil liberties and political life, as well as food rationing. All this pretty much remained in place through the decade.

They were tough times.

“Our concept of money under Communism is hard to explain,” said Horoszczak, from his trendy office in central Warsaw. “Not everything was measured by money, to be a millionaire was useless.“


Will Billon disrupt the system eventually? Who knows, but they are certainly blazing a trail by being first through the gates. Both Putts and Horoszczak expressed they felt the system needs to change but by working with the stakeholders of the trust mechanisms currently in place ― the banks ― and not against them. And by working closely with the regulators.

In other words ― a kind of slow paradigm shift to a future where our current trust merchants ― the banks ― are thinned out and are made more accountable, more transparent, and more efficient.

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About Richard Kastelein

Founder and publisher of industry publication Blockchain News (EST 2015), a partner at ICO services collective Token.Agency ($750m+ and 90+ ICOs and STOs), director of education company Blockchain Partners (Oracle Partner) – Vancouver native Richard Kastelein is an award-winning publisher, innovation executive and entrepreneur. He sits on the advisory boards of some two dozen Blockchain startups and has written over 1500 articles on Blockchain technology and startups at Blockchain News and has also published pioneering articles on ICOs in Harvard Business Review and Venturebeat. Irish Tech News put him in the top 10 Token Architects in Europe.

Kastelein has an Ad Honorem - Honorary Ph.D. and is Chair Professor of Blockchain at China's first Blockchain University in Nanchang at the Jiangxi Ahead Institute of Software and Technology. In 2018 he was invited to and attended University of Oxford's Saïd Business School for Business Automation 4.0 programme.  Over a half a decade experience judging and rewarding some 1000+ innovation projects as an EU expert for the European Commission's SME Instrument programme as a startup assessor and as a startup judge for the UK government's Innovate UK division.

Kastelein has spoken (keynotes & panels) on Blockchain technology in Amsterdam, Antwerp, Barcelona, Beijing, Brussels, Bucharest, Dubai, Eindhoven, Gdansk, Groningen, the Hague, Helsinki, London (5x), Manchester, Minsk, Nairobi, Nanchang, Prague, San Mateo, San Francisco, Santa Clara (2x), Shanghai, Singapore (3x), Tel Aviv, Utrecht, Venice, Visakhapatnam, Zwolle and Zurich.

He is a Canadian (Dutch/Irish/English/Métis) whose writing career has ranged from the Canadian Native Press (Arctic) to the Caribbean & Europe. He's written occasionally for Harvard Business Review, Wired, Venturebeat, The Guardian and, and his work and ideas have been translated into Dutch, Greek, Polish, German and French. A journalist by trade, an entrepreneur and adventurer at heart, Kastelein's professional career has ranged from political publishing to TV technology, boatbuilding to judging startups, skippering yachts to marketing and more as he's travelled for nearly 30 years as a Canadian expatriate living around the world. In his 20s, he sailed around the world on small yachts and wrote a series of travel articles called, 'The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Seas' travelling by hitching rides on yachts (1989) in major travel and yachting publications. He currently lives in Groningen, Netherlands where he's raising three teenage daughters with his wife and sailing partner, Wieke Beenen.

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  1. […] można znaleźć wiele ciekawych informacji na ten temat. Jest także bardzo sympatyczny artykuł o jednej z polskich firm i przy okazji także o Polsce. Wspomina się między innymi, że to nie Anglicy, ale Polacy […]


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