The Book

The blockchain – a distributed record of digital events – is revolutionizing how the world interacts.  This book explains what you need to know.
Blockchain Revolution: How the technology behind bitcoin is changing money, business and the world

Table of Contents

Paperback Edition


  1. The Big Ideas
  2. Cryptoassets and the New Revolution in Financial Services
  3. Permissioned Networks
  4. Introducing the Menome: Identity on the Blockchain
  5. Smart Contracts Come of Age
  6. Asset Chains: When Blockchain Meets Supply and Procurement
  7. Blockchain and the C-Suite
  8. Governance and Leadership for the New Era
  9. Stewarding the Blockchain Revolution
  10. Profile of a Blockchain Hotbed: Seven Conditions for Success
  11. Leadership of Nations: The Ten Ahead
  12. What Leaders Can Do

Part I: Say You Want a Revolution

  1. The Trust Protocol
  2. Seven Design Principles of The Blockchain Economy

Part II: Transformations

  1. Reimagining Financial Services
  2. Re-architecting the Firm: The Core and the Edges
  3. Blockchain Business Models: Making it Rain on the Blockchain
  4. The Worldwide Ledger of Things: Animating the Physical World
  5. Solving the Prosperity Paradox: Economic Inclusion and Entrepreneurship
  6. Rebuilding Government and Democracy
  7. Culture on the Blockchain

Part III: Promise and Peril

  1. Overcoming Showstoppers: Ten Implementation Challenges
  2. Leadership for the Next Era


  1. A New Social Contract for the Digital Age

What They’re Saying

The Tapscotts have written the book, literally, on how to survive and thrive in this next wave of technology-driven disruption. Likely to become one of the iconic books of our time.

Clay Christensen

author of The Innovator’s Dilemma

“What a spectacular book. Mind-blowing in its expansiveness and profundity. It makes me think we’re at one of those times in technology, economic and social history where the sky is the limit.”
—Steve Wozniak, co-founder, Apple Computer and Chief Scientist, Prime Data

“Occasionally a book comes along that changes the global discourse. This is likely to be one of those books. Blockchains are at the heart of the Fourth Industrial Revolution and the Tapscotts lucidly explain why and how to capture the opportunity and avoid the dangers.”
—Klaus Schwab, Founder and Executive Chairman, World Economic Forum

“A carefully researched and beautifully written book. Blockchain Revolution argues that the ‘internet of value’ will transform our lives. A must-read book for our disruptive times.”
—Dominic Barton, Global Managing Director, McKinsey & Company”

“Don and Alex brilliantly illuminate the technology that could profoundly impact the way we manage issues of trust, security and privacy for years to come.”
—Indra Nooyi, Chairman & CEO, PepsiCo

“A fascinating—and reassuring—insight into a technology with the power to remake the global economy. What a prize. What a book!”
—Paul Polman, CEO, Unilever

“A masterpiece. Gracefully dissects the potential of blockchain technology to take on today’s most pressing global challenges.”
—Hernando De Soto, President of the Institute for Liberty and Democracy, Peru

“The great missing element in the Internet has been a ‘trust protocol,” a way of knowing that a transaction is verified and authentic. Blockchain technology could provide a foun­dation for that. It’s a revolutionary idea, and this lucid book explains why.”
—Walter Isaacson, author of Steve Jobs