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(2.22.17) IBS Intelligence: Daimler signs on with Hyperledger Project

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German automotive company Daimler AG, the second-largest truck manufacturer in the world, has joined the Hyperledger Project as a premium member.

The firm plans to “systematically optimise its core businesses” using blockchain technology. As part of its membership, Jonas von Malottki, Head of the Department for Finance and Controlling IT Solutions at the Daimler IT Group, will represent the company on the Hyperledger Governing Board.

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(2.22.17) CoinDesk: New Ethereum Blockchain Consortium Could Run on Experimental Tech

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An enterprise consortium is exploring the possibility of using blockchain-based governance technology to help its members vote on various measures.

According to sources, the newly formed Enterprise Ethereum group is considering a more distributed approach to self-management, rather than the more traditional leadership structure adopted by competing blockchain consortia like R3CEV and Hyperledger.

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Developer Showcase Series: Judy Priest, Engineer, Cisco

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The Hyperledger community is comprised of developers and technical leaders from around the globe who are working together to change the world with blockchain technologies. This new blog series highlights the work and motivations of developers, users and researchers collaborating on Hyperledger’s incubated projects to build blockchain frameworks and platforms in an open and collaborative manner. Below is our first interview with Judy Priest who is an engineer at Cisco working on blockchain.

Let’s get to it…

Give a bit of background on what you’re working on and what made you want to get into blockchain?

Judy Priest, Engineer, Cisco

When I first started getting into blockchain, 99% of the published content was around Bitcoin, and 95% of the use cases involved some type of cryptocurrency. As a technologist, I had an appreciation for blockchain as a technology, but I didn’t have much interest in the typical financial transaction use cases.  However, I was fascinated by several of the other novel use cases that blockchain could enable.

Cisco is a long time member of The Linux Foundation and highly vested in the open source community. I attended the very first Hyperledger Project meeting, and we talked about the importance of creating an enterprise class solution based on blockchain that could span across multiple industries. We talked about the different use cases across supply chain, Internet of Things (IoT), healthcare, identity, and tracking and trading of digital and physical assets. These are all areas where Cisco is driving our digitization strategy, and markets that are important to our customers, partners, and suppliers. The dots were starting to connect on the revolutionary and truly disruptive potential of blockchain to transform businesses.

Can you sum up your experience with Hyperledger, thus far?

With any nascent technology, the global experts are rarely all inside one single company or university. Being a member of Hyperledger has given me access to an amazing intellectual collective, brought together in a genuinely collaborative community and cooperative development environment. If you look at blockchain long enough, you’ll soon realize that there isn’t a one-size-fits-all solution for all those different markets and applications. We came in with different ideas and eventually got to the point of defining frameworks for modular, configurable, and composable architectures, based on specific use cases that defined those particular requirements.

What do you think is most important for Hyperledger to focus on in the next year?

In the next year, I’d like to see this become more plug and play. Hyperledger can do the heavy lifting (e.g., code quality, documentation) so new developers can take the various components and spend less time debugging the codebase, and spend more time customizing a unique blockchain for their needs.

What advice would you offer other technologists or developers interested in getting started working on blockchain?

My advice for anyone interested in getting started working on blockchain – start with your business use case. If you don’t start there, you should expect a lot of mental spirals. As many experienced technologists will tell you, you need to fall in love with the problem you are solving, not the technology or the particular “hammer” you have available. If there is no pain point and a simpler solution already exists or is sufficient, then you should question whether a blockchain adds value. For many problems blockchain is not the right answer, but for some problems it is a transformative solution.

Gain your domain expertise early, dive into the codebase and start looking at what transaction layer requirements you have for your application. What security features, policy management, and infrastructure is required to support it?

When a technology has such wide cross-industry impact, it’s not a question of `if’ but a matter of “when” and “where”. As the poet Ovid said, “If you are not ready today, you will be even less so tomorrow.”

Are you building something cool on top of Hyperledger? Tell us about it – we’d love to feature your work. You can email, if so. You can also plug into the Hyperledger Community at github, Rocket.Chat, the wiki or our mailing list.

(2.21.17) CoinDesk: Automaker Daimler AG Joins Hyperledger Blockchain Project

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Daimler AG, the parent company of luxury car maker Mercedes-Benz, has joined the Linux Foundation led Hyperledger project.

The firm announced today that it had joined up with the initiative. Daimler is the second high-profile member to join Hyperledger this year. Late last month, credit card giant American Express announced that it had become part of the project.

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(2.21.17) Connections Podcast: Podcast: Blockchain and Hyperledger with Brian Behlendorf

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I sat down with Brian Behlendorf, the executive director of the Hyperledger project, while I was out at Lake Tahoe for the Open Source Leadership Summit last week. The Hyperledger project is an open source collaborative effort created to advance cross-industry blockchain technologies. It works as essentially an umbrella project on top of projects such as Fabric and Sawtooth Lake.

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Hyperledger Gains Daimler AG as Premier Member

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World’s most successful producer and manufacturer of premium vehicles commits to open blockchain initiative

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – (February 21, 2017) – Hyperledger Project, a collaborative cross-industry effort created to advance blockchain technology, announced today Daimler AG has joined the project as a Premier member. Daimler’s focus is on future-oriented topics and continuing to systematically optimize its core business and as such the company is investing in blockchain technology. As part of their Premier membership, Jonas von Malottki, Head of the Department for Finance and Controlling IT Solutions within the Daimler IT Group Functions will represent the company on the Hyperledger Governing Board.

“Having one of the world’s leading industrial and transport companies join Hyperledger is very exciting,” said Brian Behlendorf, Executive Director, Hyperledger. “The diversity of our membership continues to grow, demonstrating that blockchain technology has the potential to impact many industries and transform the way business processes are handled. I’m looking forward to the contributions and skills Daimler’s team brings to the project.”

Hyperledger aims to create common distributed ledger technology that enables organizations to build and run robust, industry-specific applications, platforms and hardware systems to support their individual business transactions. The project has grown to more than 115 members since its inception, spanning various industries including finance, healthcare, the Internet of Things, credit card services and aeronautics, among several others.

We see Blockchain as a promising technology, not fully mature yet, but continuously growing. Now is the right time to get into it, build up knowledge and form a network of like-minded people to share experiences,” said Jan Brecht, CIO, Daimler AG. “By joining Hyperledger, we are confident to do the right step towards this direction.”

“Being a part of Hyperledger allows us to collaborate with a global network of experts in order to build the cross-industry blockchain standard, for customers, supply chain, digital services, financial services and financing tools,” said Kurt Schäfer, Head of Treasury at Daimler AG. “We look forward to joining this community.”

To see a full list of member companies, visit: If you’re interested in joining Hyperledger as a member company, please visit:

About Daimler AG

Daimler AG is one of the world’s most successful automotive companies. With its divisions Mercedes-Benz Cars, Daimler Trucks, Mercedes-Benz Vans, Daimler Buses and Daimler Financial Services, the Daimler Group is one of the biggest producers of premium cars and the world’s biggest manufacturer of commercial vehicles with a global reach. Daimler Financial Services provides financing, leasing, fleet management, insurance, financial investments, credit cards, and innovative mobility services.

The company’s founders, Gottlieb Daimler and Carl Benz, made history with the invention of the automobile in the year 1886. As a pioneer of automotive engineering, Daimler continues to shape the future of mobility today: The Group’s focus is on innovative and green technologies as well as on safe and superior automobiles that appeal  and fascinate. Daimler consequently invests in the development of alternative drive trains with the long-term goal of emission-free driving: from hybrid vehicles to electric vehicles powered by battery or fuel cell. Furthermore, the company follows a consistent path towards accident-free driving and intelligent connectivity all the way to autonomous driving. This is just one example of how Daimler willingly accepts the challenge of meeting its responsibility towards society and the environment.
Daimler sells its vehicles and services in nearly all the countries of the world and has production facilities in Europe, North and South America, Asia, and Africa. Its current brand portfolio includes, in addition to the world’s most valuable premium automotive brand, Mercedes-Benz, as well as Mercedes-AMG, Mercedes-Maybach and Mercedes me, the brands smart, EQ, Freightliner, Western Star, BharatBenz, FUSO, Setra and Thomas Built Buses, and Daimler Financial Services’ brands: Mercedes-Benz Bank, Mercedes-Benz Financial Services, Daimler Truck Financial, moovel, car2go and mytaxi. The company is listed on the stock exchanges of Frankfurt and Stuttgart (stock exchange symbol DAI). In 2016, the Group sold around 3 million vehicles and employed a workforce of 282,488 people; revenue totalled €153.3 billion and EBIT amounted to €12.9 billion.

About Hyperledger

The Hyperledger project is an open source collaborative effort created to advance blockchain technology by addressing important features for a cross-industry open standard for distributed ledgers. It is a global collaboration including leaders in finance, banking, Internet of Things, supply chains, manufacturing and Technology. The Linux Foundation hosts Hyperledger Project as a Collaborative Project under the foundation. To learn more, visit:


(2.18.17) CoinDesk: Can Blockchain Make Music Great Again?

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Blockchain technology can’t write songs or play instruments – at least not yet. But, it might be able to ensure that those who do get the proper credit and compensation, a problem that has always bedeviled this $15bn industry.

Since the start of the 2017 alone, both The Three Degrees and The Carpenters have brought cases against their record companies for alleged unpaid royalties.

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