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The Business of Blockchains

  • Boulder Digital Arts 1600 Range Street, Suite 100 Boulder, CO 80301 United States (map)


This one sells out fast. Limited seating available.

Want to learn what blockchains are all about? From theory to implementation, this course has you covered. With hands-on exercises, understand how to reframe your service or product using a blockchain.


Blockchain technology represents a fundamental shift in how we add value to a system by removing the need for trusted third parties. This creates the opportunity to build organizations, governments, and social networks never thought of before. The internet allowed people around the world to connect digitally. Blockchain allows people to transact and pass data back and forth in a decentralized, more transparent, more secure way.


Course Overview

1-day class. 6 hours plus a 1-hr break for lunch.

After taking this course our graduates walk away with a solid foundation and understanding of how consensus is achieved in distributed systems, how smart contracts can facilitate automated business logic, the different types of blockchains available, and why this technology is going to disintermediate industries.



  • Hands-on with bitcoin and wallets
  • Using a blockchain explorer
  • Technical overview: Hashing, Mining, Nonces and Difficulty
  • Use cases of blockchains: Supply Chain, Insurance, Finance and More
  • Varieties of blockchains: Public, Private, Hybrids
  • Blockchain deficiencies
  • Hands-on with blockchain products: OpenBazaar and Etherisc
  • Launching your own blockchain on Microsoft Azure
  • Group hands-on: Creating a blockchain service



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Solomon Lederer Ph.D., received his doctorate in distributed and ad-hoc sensor networks where he came up with novel ways for networks to self organize. He went on to apply his research into developing new wireless networks for the U.S. Air Force. He has been teaching about blockchain and Ethereum for 2 years.

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Sean T. McKeough, served as technical editor for the McGraw-Hill textbook, Blockchain: A Practical Guide to Developing Business, Law, and Technology Solutions. He has been teaching about blockchain for over a year.



Willingness to learn. No previous blockchain knowledge necessary.



Laptop, Chrome browser (with ability to install plugins).


Past Graduates Said

"Great overview on blockchain, bitcoin and real-life applications of the technology."

- Lisa Yokoyama, VP Digital Product, American Express


"The instructors were on steriods! Hold onto your hat and enjoy the Blockchain ride."

- Cathy Smith, Developer, UBS


"Great overview and hands on training of blockchain with real world applications and use cases.  Highly recommend and looking forward to attending future sessions.."

- Dori Liszkai, IoT Security Specialist


"Made the business case for blockchain technology clear"

- Thomas Strahm, Visiting Scholar, Columbia Law School


Upon completion of the course a Certificate of Completion with your name will be published on the Ethereum Blockchain.


Seating is Limited. Sign-Up Today

Clients have included Fortune 500 executives, members from the academic community, government officials, technologists, and hobbyists.  If you or your company have any questions or are interested in receiving private or personalized consultation, please click here.

We are proud to be in partnership with Boulder Digital Arts and DISCON for this course.

 DISCON is a conference and being built as a platform for new ideas and innovation in the digital currency and distributed web space. There will be two full days of talks, panels, music & more. Sign-up here!