Ethereal Summit 2018: Five Takeaways

By: Austin Mills and Rachel Neufeld

We recently attended ConsenSys’ Ethereal Summit 2018 in New York. Ethereal was organized around bringing builders, philosophers, policymakers, artists, and humanitarians from around the world together for community building and knowledge sharing around how to create a decentralized future using blockchain technology.

1. Toward a Decentralized Future

Unsurprisingly, the primary theme on display throughout Ethereal was decentralization. Joe Lubin, co-founder of Ethereum and founder of ConsenSys, gave a compelling keynote speech around decentralizing society and commerce in

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Countdown to May 25, 2018: Are You Ready for GDPR?

By Elizabeth Hinson and Alexander P. Woollcott

On May 25, 2018, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), the European Union’s new data privacy and protection law, goes into effect.   The most striking aspect of GDPR is that it applies not only inside the European Union but anywhere personal data of individuals located in the EU is being used or accessed.  If that does not catch your attention, the fines for non-compliance – up to 4% of global revenue – certainly should.

Even at this late date, many companies are not close to being in full compliance with GDPR.  This Article addresses some

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Five Takeaways from MIT Business of Blockchain (April 22-23 / Boston, MA)

By: Rachel Neufeld

The MMM Blockchain & Cryptocurrency Group was recently in attendance at the MIT Business of Blockchain event, kicking off an exciting spring tour of conferences focusing on this promising new technology.

5 takeaways from the event:

1. There are many different types of blockchains.
The word “blockchain” is a catchall phrase that describes a type of distributed ledger technology that uses cryptography to secure its data in an immutable way. There are many different types of blockchains: public blockchains, private blockchains, and permissioned blockchains. These blockchains use different consensus mechanisms (e.g. proof of work and proof of stake) and different

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Are You Ready for the New Revenue Recognition Standard? Ten Illustrations

TER | Technology Executives Roundtable
By: Paul Arne, Sean Lager, Alexander Woollcott

The Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) issued Accounting Standards Update 2014- 09 (Topic 606), Revenue from Contracts with Customers, which is a principles-based standard on accounting for revenue from contracts with customers and replaces the preexisting rules based guidance designed for specific industries. ASC 606, or the “New Standard,” is effective for public companies with fiscal years beginning after December 15, 2017 and for nonpublic companies with fiscal years beginning after December 15, 2018. This article will refer to the pre- ASC 606 standards as the “Old Standard” or

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Charleston: Hi Tech/Lowcountry Capitol – 2018

Forecasting Charleston Area Technology Growth

By Larkin Ellzey
Morris, Manning & Martin, LLP

Charleston is fast becoming a leading hub of technology companies and such growth is attracting investors throughout the country. The best is yet to come — below are five key factors making the Lowcountry a hotbed of opportunity for entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, private equity funds and strategic partners.

#1. Charleston’s Rising Tech Shoreline. With successful technology companies like Blackbaud and BenefitFocus, along with growth companies like BoomTown and PhishLabs, Charleston has proven it has the platform to foster fast-growing tech companies — from startup to IPO. Charleston is

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SE Tech Podcast Ep. 52 – Applied Information with Bryan Mulligan

We speak with Bryan Mulligan from Applied Information. Applied Information has a deep understanding of the management needs of traffic systems. Our team has experience in managing Intersections, Variable Message Signs, Beacons, Speed Control signs, Parking Guidance System, Environmental Sensor Stations and many other transportation devices.

Applied Information is headquartered in Suwanee, GA.

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