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Welcome reader to the 2nd annual CoinDesk Year in Review

A deep and comprehensive dive into the state of the blockchain industry at the turn of yet another pivotal year, inside you'll find a range of thought leaders and practitioners across industry sectors (from major banks to regulators to CoinDesk journalists and independent authors and bloggers) offering their thoughts on the biggest takeaways from 2016 and their predictions on the year ahead.

Be sure to keep us bookmarked as we'll be updating daily with new content on subjects as expansive as the aims of our ambitious industry.

CoinDesk’s 2016 in Review Reviewed: The Best of the Series

CoinDesk reviews the best of the 50 articles that made up our '2016 in Review' series.

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J Christopher Giancarlo

CFTC’s Giancarlo: How US Regulators Can Boost Blockchain in 2017

The CFTC's Chris Giancarlo argues that the US needs to rethink its blockchain policy for 2017 and beyond.

William Mougayar

Blockchain in 2017: Do We Know What We Don’t Know?

William Mougayar reviews what we do and don't know about the real-world uses and likely effectiveness of blockchain technology.

David Watson & Edward Budd

Deutsche Bank’s 5 Lessons Learned From DLT in 2016

Deutsche Bank experts discuss what they've learned while exploring blockchain over the last year, as well as their outlook for 2017 and beyond.


CoinDesk’s Most Influential People in Blockchain 2016

CoinDesk profiles the most influential members of the blockchain industry, a list informed by more than 2,000 responses in our reader poll.

Angus Champion de Crespigny & Andrew Beal

The Resurrection of Public Blockchains

Global consultancy EY argues that despite enthusiasm for private blockchains in finance, public versions will ultimately prove more powerful.

Don & Alex Tapscott

The Tapscotts on Blockchain in 2016 and What’s Next

Don and Alex Tapscott chart a broad overview of blockchain in 2016, with an eye to what is to come in the year ahead.

Jim Harper

2016: The Year That Wasn’t For Bitcoin

Jim Harper takes aim at bitcoin's so-called "successes" in 2016, arguing that deficient dialogue is holding back it and other blockchain-based monies.

Iliana Oris Valiente

Regulating ICOs: Striking a Balance in 2017

How blockchain technology is impacting venture capital – and why that brings both cause for excitement and pause heading into 2017.

Bailey Reutzel

5 Things the Bitcoin and Blockchain Industry Needs to Stop Saying in 2017

In this CoinDesk 2016 in Review feature, Bailey Reutzel takes aim at some of the dominant talking points in the bitcoin and blockchain space today.

Chuck Thompson

2017: The Year Regulators Engage with Blockchain

Chuck Thompson argues that the coming year will see distributed ledger tech arrive more broadly on the regulatory radar than it has before.

Gideon Greenspan

Why Blockchain Won’t Be Connecting Banks in 2017

The inability of banks and financial institutions to collaborate could restrict growth of new blockchain use cases next year.

Julio Faura

Making Blockchain Real for Enterprises: The Importance of Tokenization

Banco Santander's Julio Faura looks back on what he calls a "remarkable" year for blockchain development in the financial industry.

Jeremy Epstein

How Savvy Marketing Can Burst the ‘Blockchain Bubble’

A look at the challenges marketers – and the broader blockchain technology community – face when attempting to win new enthusiasts to the tech.

Farzam Ehsani

Blockchain in Finance: From Buzzword to Watchword in 2016

As Big Finance starts to better understand blockchain, central bank-issued cryptocurrencies will likely follow, says FirstRand Bank's Farzam Ehsani.

Takeo Nishikata

Towards a Clearer Understanding of Blockchain’s True Value

NRI's Takeo Nishikata examines some of the discussion around blockchain, seeking to "clarify all the misunderstandings" around the technology.

Richard Collin

Why Collaboration Will Drive Blockchain’s Success in 2017

Close collaboration continues to be the absolute necessity for blockchain success, argues Richard Collin of Thomson Reuters.

Jeffrey Billingham

What 2016 Taught Us About Smart Contracts

Markit's Jeffrey Billingham recaps the successes and tribulations of a year spent working on smart contract applications.

Ryan Uhr

Why 2017 Will Take Blockchain to New Heights

Coinplug CEO Ryan Uhr looks at how blockchain technology has fared in Korea over the last 12 months and makes some predictions for 2017.

Peter Loop

4 Reasons 2017 Will Be Blockchain’s Banner Year

Peter Loop of Infosys gives his overview of why blockchain is poised to be more widely tested, deployed and adopted in 2017.

Christoph Jentzsch

‘Blessing and a Curse’: The DAO’s Developers on Blockchain in 2016

The DAO loomed large over 2016 – now, its developers have their sights on new steps that can be made in the year ahead.


2016 in Headlines: The Year’s 13 Biggest Blockchain Stories

CoinDesk looks back on the big stories that shaped the industry in 2016, and that may cast a shadow on the year ahead.

Pamela Morgan

How Not to Lose Your Bitcoin in 2017

As bitcoin's price surges, Third Key's Pamela Morgan suggests best practices for users who want to secure their digital cash.

David Vorick

Ensuring Bitcoin Fungibility in 2017 (And Beyond)

Bitcoin Core developer David Vorick explains why ensuring bitcoin's fungibility remains a top priority for 2017.

Wayne Vaughan

2017’s Big Question: Who Pays for the Blockchain?

Who pays for blockchain? Tierion's CEO pens a measured look at how open-source projects achieve this feat so businesses can make better decisions.

Bill Shihara

Crypto Security in 2016: A Tale of Two Weaknesses

Cryptocurrency companies and holders continued to be a target for hackers in 2016, but Bill Shihara argues it doesn't have to be that way next year.

Raine Revere

Talking Ethereum: The State of Developer Dialogue in 2016

A developer gives an overview of the ethereum community, suggesting how beginners can best get help and how dialogue could improve for 2017.

Frederick Reese

A Slow Awakening: 2016 in US Blockchain Policy

CoinDesk examines the developments (or lack thereof) that shaped the year in US blockchain regulation.

Chris DeRose

2016: The Year of Blockchain Hubris

2016 may have been a big year for blockchain, but there were failed ideas, too. DeRose lists eight he thinks won't carry over to the new year.

Frederick Reese

Not Just Bitcoin: The Top 7 Cryptocurrencies All Gained in 2016

CoinDesk contributor Frederick Reese gives an overview of trends in the digital currency and digital asset markets during 2016.

Charles Bovaird

What Will the Bitcoin Price Be in 2017?

CoinDesk's Charles Bovaird asks the experts for their predictions of bitcoin's price movements in the year ahead.

Michael Terpin

Blockchain Breakout? 2017 Will Keep Investors on the Brink

The blockchain industry is likely to see growth in 2017, investor Michael Terpin argues, but he cautions we're not ready for the big breakout yet.

Mat Cybula

Politics, Protocols and the Changing Face of Finance

Do 2016's political changes foreshadow blockchain's impact? Cryptiv's CEO argues the two might be more intertwined than one might think.

George Harrap

Why There’s Still Hope for Bitcoin Remittance Companies

Bitspark's George Harrap lists his takeaways from three years of running a bitcoin-based remittance startup.

Michael Mainelli

Which Way for Blockchain Standards in 2017?

A detailed look at the current environment for blockchain standards – as well as past precedents that may inform future steps.

Andrea Tinianow, Mark Smith, Caitlin Long and Marco Santori

Delaware’s 2017 Resolution: Make Blockchain a Reality

What's in store for Delaware's blockchain work in 2017? The US state's blockchain ombudsperson provides an update.

Ajit Tripathi

A $2,000 Bitcoin (and 9 Other 2017 Blockchain Predictions)

PwC's Ajit Tripathi gives CoinDesk his predictions for the blockchain industry in the year ahead.

Juan Llanos

Preparing for Blockchain Regulation in the Post-Obama Era

2016 was a quiet one for blockchain regulation – yet compliance expert Juan Llanos argues it could be the calm before a storm.

Ferdinando Ametrano

Why 2017 Will Prove ‘Blockchain’ Was a Bad Idea

Despite the hype around enterprise blockchain technologies, achievements in the bitcoin community have been greater, argues Ferdinando Ametrano.

Arthur & Kathleen Breitman

3 Things Smart Contracts Need Before They Can Finally Take Off

Governance, transparency and audibility could emerge as the three big hurdles for smart contracts this year, according to the founders of Tezos.

Corin Faife

Will 2017 Bring an End to Bitcoin’s Great Scaling Debate?

CoinDesk's Corin Faife recaps how last year saw one of bitcoin's biggest technology debates, setting the stage for a potentially pivotal 2017.

Nolan Bauerle

2016: The Year Zcash Entered Blockchain’s History Books

Researcher Nolan Bauerle looks at Zcash, its privacy-powered blockchain technology and how he believes it could empower economics in the future.

Dave Hudson

What IoT History Reveals About Blockchain’s Challenges

As with the Internet of Things, blockchain adoption will face further hurdles. Yet all hope is not lost, says Peernova's Dave Hudson.

Eric Lombrozo

Bitcoin in 2016: The Year Politics Challenged Apolitical Money

Bitcoin Core developer Eric Lombrozo recaps a fraught year in bitcoin development, one that he believes could give way to a less contentious 2017.

Sid Kalla and Matt Chwierut

2016: The Year Blockchain ICOs Disrupted Venture Capital

Experts from Smith + Crown recap the year in ICOs – a new form of fundraising that is gaining popularity in the blockchain industry.

Steve Ehrlich, Ron Quaranta and Matthias Roebel

What Apple Can Teach Blockchain App Designers for 2017

Could blockchain be more user friendly? These industry insiders believe that is essential for adoption to increase in 2017.

Jeremy Millar

2017: When Ethereum Will Go From IT to Enterprise

What's in store for ethereum in 2017? ConsenSys believes the open-source tech will be making inroads into the boardroom.

Eric Piscini

Why 2017 is Blockchain’s Make or Break Year

Deloitte's Eric Piscini argues blockchain needs to prove its worth in the boardroom this year – or else risk 'enterprise fatigue'.

Valery Vavilov

Toward Better Security and Governance With Blockchain

Bitfury's Valery Vavilov argues that blockchain technology will prove key to providing a more secure and inclusive world.

Chris Burniske & Adam White

Bitcoin Investing: Where Wall Street and Silicon Valley Meet

Chris Burniske and Adam White discuss their recently published white paper, setting out what they see as the tech's investment potential.

Simon Taylor

Blockchain’s R-Word (And 3 Other Trends for 2017)

FinTech expert Simon Taylor discusses what he sees as the challenges (and opportunities) ahead for enterprise applications of distributed ledger tech.

Pete Rizzo & William Mougayar

CoinDesk’s 2016 in Review Reviewed: The Best of the Series

CoinDesk reviews the best of the 50 articles that made up our '2016 in Review' series.