GoVertical presents

Blockchain Startup Ideation Workshop

Hosted by TiE Seattle & Madrona Venture Labs

Getting Started with Blockchain

Welcome to the Resources section for the Go Vertical Blockchain Workshop!  Here you’ll find a number of educational resources for learning about blockchain and associated technologies in preparation for the workshop event.  We strongly encourage everyone to invest time preparing for the event, especially if you’re new to blockchain technology and concepts.   Whether you are a business or developer participant, you’ll find a number of useful resources below to familiarize yourself with blockchain concepts.  

If you are developer, you’ll find additional technical resources related to the Ethereum and and Hyperledger blockchain platforms, the platforms we are supporting for the workshop.  Although both Ethereum and Hyperledger both support advanced blockchain concepts, the platforms are quite different.  We strongly encourage you to familiarize yourselves with the merits of both platforms and choose the one most appropriate for your workshop team and project.

High-level Blockchain Educational Resources

There are many excellent starter resources for understanding blockchain technology.

  1. NEW

    Video: Blockchain Panel Event Hosted by TiE Seattle & Madrona Venture Labs

  2. Netflix Documentary - Banking on Bitcoin - Featuring interviews with enthusiasts and experts, this documentary covers Bitcoin's roots, its future and the technology that makes it tick
  3. TED Talk: Don Tapscott - How the blockchain is changing money and business
  4. Blockchain for Dummies - Pdf version of 2017 book!
  5. Video: Ever wonder how Bitcoin (and other cryptocurrencies) actually work?
  6. BlockGeeks - What is Blockchain Technology? A Step-by-Step Guide For Beginners
  7. Blockchain: A Brief Introduction
  8. Smart Contracts For Dummies
  9. Where it all began - The Original Paper on Bitcoin by the enigmatic Satoshi Nakamoto

What Makes a Good Blockchain App?

Does your blockchain idea really need blockchain?

  1. Do you really need a blockchain for that? Blockchains are essential for some projects and poorly suited for others. Using them where it is not needed could be a costly mistake.

Blockchain Application Examples

Where are real companies and organizations leveraging blockchain solutions?

  1. Estonian citizens will soon have the world’s most hack-proof health-care records
  2. Sony wants to digitize education records using the blockchain
  3. Spotify acquires blockchain startup Mediachain to solve music’s attribution problem
  4. Toyota pushes into blockchain tech to enable the next generation of cars
  5. IBM, Kroger, Walmart and others team up to improve food safety with blockchains
  6. Banking Is Only The Beginning: 30 Big Industries Blockchain Could Transform
  7.'s Ethereum Blockchain-Based Medical Solutions Bring Artificial Intelligence To Healthcare
  8. The Diamond Industry Is Obsessed With the Blockchain
  9. How Blockchain Technology Could Transform Trucking
  10. 19 Industries The Blockchain Will Disrupt - YouTube Video

Initial Coin Offerings

What's all the hype about ICOs?

  1. How to stage an ICO (and answers to other lingering questions you might have)
  2. Easiest Path to Riches on the Web? An Initial Coin Offering
  3. The first ICO unicorns are here
  4. What Blockchain Entrepreneurs Should Do Now Following China's Ban of ICOs

Business Models

But how do you make money?

  1. How do blockchain businesses make money?
  2. How to profit from the blockchain tech stack


Will identity be on the blockchain

  1. The promise of managing identity on the blockchain

Getting A Little Technical

  1. Blockchains don’t scale. Not today, at least. But there’s hope
  2. Blockchain Demo Tool - This is Illuminating
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