Last week in blockchain – 2018, week 44

Welcome to Last week in blockchain. My name is Wim Pelgrim, a blockchain realist and with this weekly podcast you’ll stay up to speed about all the major developments on the blockchain. And if you like what you’ve heard: share this podcast, like it in your podcast app or support me by going to

This week has been ‘slim pickings’, but I’ll inform you about the blockchain in Oracles cloud platform, a blockchain platform for the SDG’s, HTC’s Exodus 1 and movie star Johnny Depp.



Background articles


Oracle follows other tech companies like Microsoft (Azure) and Amazon (Web Services) with blockchain as part of their cloud solutions. Logistics Management spoke to Rick Jewell, senior vice president supply chain & manufacturing cloud at Oracle about the power of blockchain in supply chains. The article is promotion for the (of course brilliant) cloud solution by the company. But Jewell also states the following: “First, there’s Multi-tier visibility. Many manufacturers don’t have visibility in their multi-tier supply chain. While many of them have some data from the immediate suppliers, they don’t have visibility in their suppliers’ suppliers. They also don’t always trust the data provided by all the players in the multi-tier supply chain.” And this is exactly the essence of blockchain. Why use blockchain: to make sure that everyone trusts the computer code, so they will share their data with others and provide more information for everyone to make the whole chain stronger.

Governments and law

New applications

Maybe you have heard of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s). To end poverty and hunger and improve health and education, the UN will have to gather money to achieve these goals. Binance Charity Foundation built a platform that aims to bring transparency to a number of charitable organizations, especially the SDG’s. Chanpeng Zhao, CEO of Binance said about this: “If you look at the first few UN Sustainable Development Goals, such as poverty, hunger, health and even education, these are easily addressed or improved by the charity initiatives. Yet, what we’re trying to do is a level deeper. I believe that by improving transparency in the charity sector, we will be able address all 17 goals as a whole, at a more fundamental layer.” High aims, but charities now face a big problem when it comes to trust. In Zhao’s words: “Donors don’t have the visibility as to where their funds are going, and most donations do not reach their intended beneficiaries. This lack of transparency causes a lack of trust, further reducing the willingness for people to donate to charity funds in general.” Besides Zhao, others joined the Blockchains for Sustainable Development at the UN. Check the link in the show notes for more information.




As of last week, you can buy the first blockchain smartphone: the HTC Exodus 1. I spoke about the phone before and I’m not a tech podcast, so I’m not going to describe all the specs and features. But I want to tell you about one special something about the phone: you have to pay it in Bitcoin or Ethereum to receive it by December.

Oh my god!

And in the Oh my God department a new entry this week. Wanna sail the blockchain sea with Captain Jack Sparrow from the Hollywood franchise Pirates of the Caribbean? Now you can. The press buzz was big, but when you dive into the real news, the ICO TaTaTu that gathered a lot of money in the ICO frenzy of late 2017 is going to deliver a first working product: a movie produced by Johnny Depp. Depp seems enthusiastic about this way of financing his product, but putting Johnny Depp in the title of your press release is kind of a stretch. Producer seeking money for a movie project taps in to the pool of $ 575 million of TaTaTu is more what is really going on.



And in this week with little big news, two referrals: first an article linked to last weeks news about Africa: Tanzania has openly invited academics and researchers to collaborate in producing “favorable” blockchain regulations. And CCN wrote an article about Israel: it has over 200 domestic blockchain startups.

And that wraps up this Last week in blockchain. Check my website: for more info on me and my podcast and a full transcript of this episode. Check the links mentioned in this episode in the description: Oracle, the SDG’s, HTC Exodus 1 and Johnny Depp. And I hope to see you next week for my next episode. And if you like what you’ve heard, share this podcast with your friends and on social media and click those five stars in your podcast app. See you next week!




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