Jed McCaleb is an innovative programmer and expert in blockchain technology. His unique ideas have benefited nearly every company he has worked with. Now he is the CTO of Stellar, a blockchain company that brings financial services to the disadvantaged countries of the world.
Jed McCaleb was working on Mt. Gox, a trading platform for gamers, when he first heard about Bitcoin. Immediately, motive shifted at Mt. Gox; McCaleb transformed the company from video game marketplace to global Bitcoin trading network. By the time McCaleb sold the company, Mt. Gox accounted for nearly 80 percent of all Bitcoin transactions.
His drive to make innovation resulted in him creating Stellar, where he expanded on the capabilities of blockchain to create the Stellar Protocol. The Stellar Protocol is superior to other blockchain companies in some very meaningful ways. Stellar can handle transactions much faster than Bitcoin, and it also does much less work. Jed McCaleb realized that Bitcoin mining was a huge waste of resources so he removed this from Stellar. Stellar operates with less nodes than other blockchain companies as well.
Stellar believes that the future of blockchain is with financial institutions and banks; many others believe the future lies with video games or consumer purchasing. Stellar is already active in Europe and Asia, in dozens of countries. Stellar works within these countries to bring financial services to communities that previously had no banking options.
As the blockchain world changes private networks are becoming less common. “There has been a shift away from the private chain idea,” McCaleb said. “If you are going to have a private chain, you may as well just have a database.” Stellar’s technology allows for any customer to set up their own public node and use it the way they see fit. Each node is verified by Stellar to have a limited number of clients it listens to. If a illegitimate node is created, it has no authorization to operate; this makes all efforts from hackers frivolous.
Jed McCaleb has been teasing a new deal between Stellar and a major organization. Although McCaleb refused to announce the name of this organization, he did say that the partnership opened up pathways for Stellar to become a true global entity.
In today’s music world digital streaming is the driving force for sales in the industry. In 2016 streaming took first place as the leading source of revenue in the music industry. It was the largest sales increase since 1998. Sales rose 11.4%, rising double-digits for the first time in years to $7.65 billion. The power digital players include the traditional record labels, streaming services, music publishers, social media platforms and others. As a combined force, they including Desiree Perez of TIDAL are shaping the music industry as it embraces change. They are establishing rules for dealing with data management, fair payment to artists and emerging business models.
- Spotify’s Chief Content Officer. Stefan Blom gained 60,000 new users since July, 2017. Up to 140 million register paying users.
- Steve Boom, VP Amazon Music. Steve Bloom has taken Amazon after three years from simply being a retailer to a leading music streaming service.
- Lindsey Pearl, the Head of Digital Marketing, Original Content, Apple Music. Pearl joined Apple Music in January, 2017 and has cemented allegiance of Apple’s subscribers with content like Carpool Karaoke: the Series and an extended preview of the Will Smith episode.
- This list includes, Artists, Music Labels, Social Media, Distributors, Industry Associations and performing rights groups.
TIDAL’s Desiree Perez is its Chief Operating Officer. TIDAL has advanced forward with its recent partnerships. Sprint bought 33% of TIDAL in January, 2017 for a reported $200 million which made TIDAL streaming available to 45 million Sprint customers. Desiree and Jay-Z made a great move at the release of his new album 4:44. They offered an exclusive to TIDAL and Sprint customers. On June 30, they were included in a limited rollout along with Billboard 200. Desiree Perez upped the having TIDAL offer tickets to Jay-Z’s new tour under his new $200 million deal with Live Nation. Now, Jay-Z and Desiree Perez are solidifying TIDAL’s position with the appointment of a new Chief Executive Officer for TIDAL in August, 2017, former senior executive of Sony and Kobalt, Richard Sanders.
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