Unlocking assets

Today, it takes one click to buy an airline ticket or a new sweater, but if you want to buy stocks or get a mortgage, transactions are more time intensive. Whether it’s waiting for documents or settlement, many types of transactions aren’t instant. Assets like gold, real estate, fine art or carbon credits are more difficult to transfer, often obligating buyers and sellers to contend with mountains of paperwork and lengthy procedures. By representing physical assets as digital tokens on a distributed digital ledger or blockchain, it’s possible to unlock the value of real-world assets and to exchange them in real time.

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Jesse Lund

Jesse Lund
Global Vice President, IBM Blockchain,
IBM Industry Platform

Shanker Ramamurthy

Shanker Ramamurthy
General Manager, Strategy and Market Development,
IBM Industry Platform

Bridget van Kralingen

Bridget van Kralingen
Senior Vice President, Global Industries,
Platforms and Blockchain

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Veena Pureswaran

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IBV Global Research Leader, Blockchain
IBM Institute for Business Value