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New indicators point to corporate executives starting to wisen up to the notion that so-called blockchain technology is some kind of cure-all drug for their industries that they can just extract from Bitcoin and drop the cryptocurrency behind. The latest example of this is a recent survey by Deloitte, showing that 44% of American executives think “blockchain is overhyped”.
“Blockchain Fatigue” Is Setting In
Accounting giant Deloitte has conducted an international survey of over 1,000 “blockchain-savvy” executives from seven countries, including the US, Canada, Mexico, UK, France, Germany and China. The data shows that 39% of respondents around the world believe blockchain is “overhyped.” And in the US this figure is even higher, with 44% see blockchain as overhyped, up from 34% in 2016. The main problem is that despite the constant babble about blockchain, there are actually very few active use cases. As a result, Deloitte says “blockchain fatigue” is beginning to set in among those who feel “its potential has been over-communicated, while its real-world benefits remain elusive.”
The analysis explains that established firms face a host of legacy concerns while trying to make blockchain fit into an already existing business model that may or may not benefit from it. Respondents also see a variety of obstacles moving forward, with a third saying current return on investment remains “uncertain.” And only 34% say their company has initiated deployment in any way.
Shift Towards Pragmatism
Trying to put a positive spin on the results, Deloitte analysts wrote that: “On their own, these numbers seem to indicate that blockchain is moving in the wrong direction. However, we believe this change in attitude is more reflective of the shift toward the pragmatists in the blockchain community.” They added that: “Based on our experience with the emerging disruptors, we believe blockchain adoption is far more advanced in the United States than the Deloitte global survey indicates.” However, it’s important to remember that their 2016 report also overestimated the pace at which blockchain production will materialize compared to what really happened so far.
The analysis notes that there is a significant number of skeptics who view blockchain as the overhyped engine behind a volatile and unregulated financial market. The writers try to put part of the blame for this on cryptocurrency traders, who supposedly “have helped to bring mainstream notoriety to blockchain,” among the general public. Still, there are signs the hype is not yet over. For example, nearly 40% of executives reported that their firms will invest $5 million or more in blockchain technology in 2019.
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She(256) is a clever name for a novel scheme. The female-focused mentorship program is designed to support women entering the cryptocurrency space. In doing so, the program will enable students to benefit from the guidance of a crypto OG – a seasoned professional whose business and technical experience should prove invaluable. The She(256) initiative has been broadly welcomed in most quarters of the cryptoconomy.
Mo’ Mentors, Mo’ Women
“Dear men of crypto, I would love to see many of you sign up to be She(256) mentors,” tweeted Jill Carlson. The cryptocurrency all-rounder is a recognisable and respected figure in an industry that is still overwhelmingly male-dominated. “Many of you have been the most important mentors and influences in my career,” she continued. “It matters more than you know when you support your female colleagues.”
The program she was referring to, She(256), is a University of California, Berkeley-led initiative that “presents the opportunity for a professional and young student or early-career young adult to learn from each other serving as guides and allies”. Few would argue with the basic rationale behind its ethos. Anyone who can recall their first foray into crypto, and the fledgling mistakes they made, personally and professionally, can surely appreciate the value in such an initiative.
Cryptocurrency, and the insular and often esoteric world it’s spawned, makes perfect sense once you’re battle-hardened and embroiled in it. For newcomers, however, the industry – which is notoriously unforgiving of incompetence and ‘newb mistakes’ – can seem daunting. This is true of all entrants to the world of cryptocurrency and blockchain technology, regardless of gender, skill set, or experience accrued in other sectors.
Breaking Barriers, Nurturing Talent
“In defining the blockchain paradigm..it is critical that those building up these far-reaching systems represent the diversity of our global population, explains She(256). “We wanted She(256) to be a movement that would have long-term impact on this burgeoning industry, by allowing more women to feel welcome in this space and by highlighting the work of women who are already making an impact in this field.”
There is nothing like this particular time, place, or industry that has ever existed in the past, which gives us the unique position to set a precedent. Blockchain is disruptive technology. So let’s disrupt the industry with more diversity.
How it Works
In practice, the (She)256 mentorship program will see mentors contacting their allotted student by phone or in person 1-3 times a month, augmented by emails and other communications. Participants are matched to their mentor or mentee for a period of one year initially, with the option to maintain contact thereafter. “For mentees, utilize your mentors and their industry expertise to ask questions, bounce off ideas, and seek direction. For mentors, provide guidance, learn from fresh perspectives, and serve as an anchor,” explains the website.
A number of well-known figures within the cryptocurrency space have thrown their weight behind (She)256, both in terms of promoting it and in volunteering to participate in it. There have been some dissenting voices, whose opposition seems to revolve around the belief that cryptocurrency doesn’t need diversity quotas; decentralized systems, by their nature, do not care for gender, identity, or any other characteristic that exerts sway in other spheres – they care only for the veracity delivered by cryptographic protocols, and the competency of the engineers who developed them.
Even without focusing on its appeal to “young female-identifying individuals” however, She(256)’s mentorship program is sure to help emerging talents find their feet and add value to the burgeoning cryptoconomy. And that can only be a good thing.
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