IBM is teaming up with blockchain builder Chainyard on a new supply chain management platform that has attracted participants from a half dozen industries. While many major coalition blockchain projects are industry specific—like Big Blue’s TradeLens Consortium for shipping and its Food Trust alliance for produce—the Trust Your Supplier network is focused on documenting and verifying supplier information of all types.
A leading attorney in the blockchain and cryptocurrency business, Klayman has joined Linklaters as the U.S. Head of FinTech and Blockchain & Digital Assets, the firm announced on July 18. Linklaters ranked 12th in Law.com’s 2018 Global 200 survey of the highest grossing law firms in the world. Headquartered in London, it has a strong practice in the finance and banking, and the technology market, among other areas.
A new report from CB Insights said investments in blockchain technology start-ups have tanked so far in 2019, and could end the year 60% lower than 2018. But the interest in the technology in the corporate world appears to be booming, with Fortune 500 companies investing more time and effort in bringing blockchain projects to fruition.
The U.S. Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee voted to approve the Blockchain Promotion Act of 2019 on July 12, giving the Commerce Department one year to come up with “a recommended definition of the distributed ledger technology commonly known as ‘’blockchain technology.’”