State of Blockchain: Q1 2016

AccessTimeIconMay 11, 2016 at 1:55 p.m. UTC
Updated Oct 18, 2021 at 1:58 p.m. UTC

var researchConfig = {

"title": "State of Blockchain: Q1 2016",

"subtitle": "A summary of key trends, data and events from the first quarter of 2016.",

"publishDate": "May 11th, 2016",

"slug": "state-of-blockchain-q1-2016",

  • • Blockchain hype. Are we still 5-10 years away from wide adoption of this technology?
  • • There's been strong investment interest being shown in blockchain tech in Q1 2016.
  • • The blockchain Rorschach test. Some people see an open, permissionless system, others see a private access database. What do you see?
  • • The rise of Ethereum. Q1 2016 was arguably Ethereum's breakthrough quarter in terms of broader awareness.


"rootMediaUrl": "",

"pdf": "",

"imageMediaPath": "sob2016q1-img-${page}.png",

"pages": 100,

"tableOfContents": [


"title": "Taxonomy and Conceptual Framework",

"page": 5





Please note that our privacy policy, terms of use, cookies, and do not sell my personal information has been updated.

The leader in news and information on cryptocurrency, digital assets and the future of money, CoinDesk is a media outlet that strives for the highest journalistic standards and abides by a strict set of editorial policies. CoinDesk is an independent operating subsidiary of Digital Currency Group, which invests in cryptocurrencies and blockchain startups. As part of their compensation, certain CoinDesk employees, including editorial employees, may receive exposure to DCG equity in the form of stock appreciation rights, which vest over a multi-year period. CoinDesk journalists are not allowed to purchase stock outright in DCG.