Financial Poise Webinars
Practical and entertaining education for business owners and executives, Accredited Investors, and their legal and financial advisors.


Blockchain and Trade Finance Tech

Premiere Date: 10/18/2019 11:00am

Blockchain Basics - Trade Finance Tech

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Blockchain and Supply Chain

Premiere Date: 09/20/2019 11:00am

Blockchain Basics - Supply Chain

Traceability of components of products – from food to fashion – is central to the promise of using blockchain to organize and operationalize data from the web of supply chains. How would traceability bring value? How do blockchain and smart contracts work? And how would these foster traceability? What has been done so far in this regard? What issues and tensions account affect adoption of traceability, whether by blockchain or other means? We have assembled for this discussion a builder of blockchain-based traceability solutions, a traceability entrepreneur via blockchain and other means, and an intellectual property attorney (and former software engineer) who advises clients on technology-driven transactions.

Blockchain and Smart Contracts

Premiere Date: 08/23/2019 11:00am

Blockchain Basics - Smart Contracts

Blockchain is a tool. Samson Williams likens blockchain to a group text message, in which each participant receives a distributed, time-stamped, tamper-resistant (and encrypted) record of data transactions. Each group text has these characteristics. Everyone in the group “sees” the data, and none can change or gainsay any group message. Smart contracts are computer code put on the blockchain (how, exactly?) that establishes self-executing terms and conditions of a transaction. Are smart contracts smart? If certain data comes in and fulfills a pre-set term or condition, then rights and responsibilities are formed, terminated, modified, or shifted among the parties. Certainty and transparency, but also garbage in and garbage out. Are some contractual terms not amenable to smart contracting? And are smart contracts necessarily contracts? If not, can they still be useful? If a smart contract is a contract, what is the governing document? Is it the words business people and lawyers use, or is it the code that is supposed to reflect the words?