Blockchain: A New Model of Trust in Business

Jonathan Johnson, Medici Ventures and Gideon Lichfield, MIT Technology Review

Jonathan Johnson discusses blockchain's solution for trust.

Jonathan Johnson, President, Medici Ventures

Jonathan Johnson is a member of Overstock’s board of directors. Jonathan joined Overstock in 2002 and has been an integral part of the company's meteoric growth from a small startup to a publicly traded company with nearly $2 billion in sales and over 2,000 employees. He has served as its chairman of the board, acting CEO, and president and in a number of other executive roles. He was intimately involved in the company’s decision to begin accepting Bitcoin four years ago. Jonathan is also president of Medici Ventures, Overstock’s subsidiary that oversees a portfolio of blockchain technology companies. In this role, he is responsible for pioneering growth and innovation in applying blockchain to financial markets and beyond.

Gideon Lichfield, Editor in Chief, MIT Technology Review

Gideon Lichfield has been the editor-in-chief of MIT Technology Review since December 2017. He spent 16 years at The Economist, first as a science and technology writer and then in postings to Mexico City, Moscow, Jerusalem, and New York City. In 2012 he left to become one of the founding editors of Quartz, a news outlet dedicated to covering the future of the global economy that is now widely recognized as one of the most innovative companies in digital media. Gideon has taught journalism at New York University and been a fellow at Data & Society, a research institute devoted to studying the social impacts of new technology. He grew up in the UK and studied physics and the philosophy of science.

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