Blockchain Disruption and Decentralized Finance: The Rise of Decentralized Business Models
Journal of Business Venturing Insights, Forthcoming
22 Pages Posted: 19 Nov 2019
Date Written: November 8, 2019
Block-chain technology can reduce transaction costs, generate distributed trust, and empower decentralized platforms, potentially becoming a new foundation for decentralized business models. In the financial industry, block-chain technology allows for the rise of decentralized financial services, which tend to be more decentralized, innovative, inter-operable, border-less, and transparent. Empowered by block-chain technology, decentralized financial services have the potential to broaden financial inclusion, facilitate open access, encourage permission-less innovation, and create new opportunities for entrepreneurs and innovators. In this article, we assess the benefits of decentralized finance, identify existing business models, and evaluate potential challenges and limits. As a new area of financial technology, decentralized finance may reshape the structure of modern finance and create a new landscape for entrepreneurship and innovation, showcasing the promises and challenges of decentralized business models.
Keywords: block-chain; bitcoin; ethereum; libra; cryptocurrency; decentralized finance; defi; decentralized platform; decentralization; fintech
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