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

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Written by Richard Kastelein, Publisher of Blockchain News

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.

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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.“

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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.

See the Billon promotional video below.

About Richard Kastelein

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, the Netherlands where he has set down his anchor to raise a family and write.

Founder and publisher of industry publication Blockchain News (EST 2015) and director of education company Blockchain Partners (Oracle Partner) – Vancouver native Richard Kastelein is an award-winning publisher, innovation executive and entrepreneur. He has written over 2500 articles on Blockchain technology and startups at Blockchain News and has also published in Harvard Business Review, Venturebeat, Wired, The Guardian and a number of other publications.

Kastelein has an Honorary Ph.D. and is Chair Professor of Blockchain at China's first blockchain University in Nanchang at the Jiangxi Ahead Institute software and Technology. He has over a half a decade experience judging and rewarding some 1000+ innovation projects as an EU expert for the EuropeanCommission'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 at over 50 events in 30+ cities.

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