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Looking back on a Successful Fourth Quarter of 2017

In Sep 2017, we travelled to Switzerland to spend 11 weeks at the co-working space “Kraftwerk” in Zurich,as part of a select group of startups invited to digitalswitzerland Kickstart Accelerator program, {image2} one of Europe’s largest and most competitive.  Adjoint was selected in the Fintech vertical to demonstrate use of …

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Smart Contracts and Distributed Ledgers in Insurance

An interview with Pascal Karsenti, Nephilia Capital

Critical insights on the potential of smart contracts and distributed ledger technology for the Insurance sector are explored in an interview with Director of Research and Technology at Nephila Advisors, Pascal Karsenti   Adjoint: Can you first tell us about your professional background? Pascal: Nephila is a major provider o…

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Blockchain Usage in Commodities and Energy (Part 2)

An interview with Jeremy Lock, ex-CIO of EDF Trading

Critical insights on blockchain use cases and obstacles in the commodities and energy trading markets are explored in an interview with the former CIO of EDF Trading Ltd, Jeremy Lock. Adjoint: There is this article on Reuters referencing what you were just saying. I’d like to quote it and see what do you think about it. It’s about the…

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Verifiable Computing

Verifying computation by potentially un-trusted parties

Verifiable computing is the offloading of computation of some function(s) to another potentially un-trusted party while maintaining that the computation was done correctly. It enables the verification of correctness of a program’s execution on public and private inputs. There are two suitable situations for verifiable computation: Offloadi…

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Blockchain Usage in Commodities and Energy

An interview with Jeremy Lock, ex-CIO of EDF Trading (Part 1)

Critical insights on blockchain use cases and obstacles in the commodities and energy trading markets are explored in an interview with the former CIO of EDF Trading Ltd, Jeremy Lock. Adjoint: Please tell us about yourself and your background? Jeremy: So until very recently, I was the CIO of a global energy trading business - EDF Trading Ltd. My…

Adjoint Bolsters Senior Team with Addition of Somil Goyal as COO

Boston, MA and London, UK – October 3, 2017 – Adjoint, developer of a smart contracts platform and distributed ledger technology for the financial services industry, announced today that Somil Goyal has joined the firm as Chief Operating Officer. Somil brings deep experience in capital markets and commodities trading; as well as an outs…

Adjoint Announces First Close of Pre-Seed Round

Venture funds and angel investors provide $ 1.05MM for further development of unique distributed ledger solutions for finance

Boston, MA and London, UK – July 10, 2017 – Adjoint today announced the first close, at $ 1.05 million, of a pre-seed round, with participation from Fintech Angels, venture funds including Chicago Trading Company (CTC) Ventures, Danhua Capital, Kluz Ventures, and prominent angels from the U.S., UK, and Japan. “We are gratified by…

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Consensus protocols - Proof-of-Work, Proof-of-Stake, Proof-of-Authority, Raft and Federated Consensus

In the previous blog post, we described the general principles of consensus protocols. In this post, we focus on the main consensus protocols used as of today notably Proof-of-Work, Proof-of-Stake, Proof-of-Authority, Raft and Federated Consensus Proof-of-Work Principle: a difficult solution to find but easy to verify Proof-of-Work is the underl…

Consensus protocols - How to create trust between parties with different incentives

One of the main advantages of distributed ledgers (Blog Post #1 - Distributed ledger technology - A disrupting technology of trust) is that they create trust between parties with different incentives without the need for central authorities. But how can these parties reach an agreement? Consensus protocol - How to reach an agreement in a distribu…

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Smart Contracts - A revolution in the Financial industry

Smart Contracts are going to revolutionize many industries, and notably financial services. Currently, much of the underpinnings behind plain vanilla financial transactions boil down to repetitively processing excessively mundane tasks. We shell out huge fees for middlemen to coordinate with each other and process sequences of logical statements in…