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Maverick* Research: In a Post-Bitcoin World, Metacoin Platforms Enable the Programmable Economy

Published: 28 October 2014

ID: G00270509

Analyst(s): Ray Valdes, Neil MacDonald


As the future of money evolves, aggressive CIOs and chief digital officers can use emerging metacoin platforms to build competitive advantage in the coming programmable economy. (Maverick research deliberately exposes unconventional thinking and may not agree with Gartner's official positions.)

Table Of Contents


  • *Maverick Research
  • Enthusiasm and Hype About Bitcoin
    • The Promise of Bitcoin
    • Essentials of Bitcoin
    • Weaknesses
  • Bitcoin Is Almost Invisible in the Real World of Electronic Payments
    • Requirements for Next-Generation Digital Currency
    • Case Study: Centralized Content Becomes Peer-to-Peer and Programmable
    • Case Study: Centralized Music Skirts Peer-to-Peer, Settles on Digital on Demand
    • The Next Big Thing Won't Be Called Bitcoin 2.0
    • What Does a Next-Generation Digital Currency Platform Look Like?
    • The Rise of the Peer-to-Peer Economy
    • Big Opportunity for Peer-to-Peer Value Exchange
    • Metacoin Platforms Enable the Programmable Economy
    • "Think Outside the Bucks": Consider Nonmonetary Exchanges of Value
    • Additional Scenarios for Value Exchange
    • From Dumb Money to Smart Property and Self-Enforcing Contracts
    • On Metacoin Platforms, Markets Become Like Products
    • What Does All This Mean for the Enterprise Context?
    • Introducing the Value Graph
    • Evolve These B2B Graphs Toward the Value Graph
    • Conclusion

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