Bitcoin, Blockstream, Sidechains, and Innovation.

Pick any one component of the bitcoin ecosystem and one company that you consider truly innovative in this component. What type(s) of innovation does it offer, e.g. in terms of the 4Ps framework? Would you consider this a disruptive innovation? Justify your answer. Since its inception in 2008 [1] the Bitcoin ecosystem has been slowly expanding. In recent years the expansion has accelerated. Investment in Bitcoin and blockchain related companies reached almost a billion dollars in the last 24 months [2]. Many commentators, speculators, investment professionals, and seasoned entrepreneurs argue that the potential of the blockchain technology may rival that of the Internet [3] [8]. A number of companies have been started whose sole purpose is to provide bitcoin related products

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Sidechains Explained

Introduction The current major cryptocurrency is Bitcoin[1]. Changes to the Bitcoin protocol have to be conservative and slow so as not to destabilize the network, and thereby diminish its value. This in turn prevents rapid innovation that is prevalent in software development. The original solution to innovate upon Nakamoto’s invention was simply to fork the Bitcoin software, tweak it as desired and release a new system. Namecoin[2] was the first such fork. It introduced features that were not present in Bitcoin, such as an alias system, a .bit top level domain registration and DNS service. Not too long after that developers started releasing Bitcoin-based clones on a regular basis. In late 2013, early 2014 there were upwards of a 100

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