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Please consider joining our global online classroom for an enriching and interactive experience to further your career.
While this virus is impacting everyone differently, this online program is continuing as planned. Please consider joining our global online classroom for an enriching and interactive experience to further your career.

Cut Through the Hype of Blockchain and Cryptocurrencies

Blockchain and cryptocurrencies claim the headlines in the media, leaving business leaders with the challenge of distinguishing between what’s hype versus what has the power to transform an entire industry. The Blockchain in Business (Online): Beyond the Hype program allows you to break through the mystery, offering a practical understanding of blockchain by examining both its opportunities and challenges.

Over the course of this program, you will learn how cryptocurrencies work and how the underlying blockchain technology could impact your organization and industry. You’ll delve into the history, evolution, and real-world applications of blockchain with an eye towards how these technologies influence executive decision making.

Hype or Harbinger of Opportunities?

Not everyone is a believer in the promise of blockchain. But even naysayers can’t deny there is a considerable amount of investment in this area – and no one wants to be left behind.

$20 Billion Market

The global blockchain technology market is estimated to accumulate $20 billion in revenue by 2024.

(Source: Cision)

30% Savings

Blockchain can reduce 30% of banks’ infrastructure costs, or $12 billion.

(Source: CoinJournal)

71% of Leaders

who are actively using blockchain believe it plays a key role in advancing the technology.

(Source: SAP)

Who is this Program For?

The Blockchain in Business (Online): Beyond the Hype program is ideal for participants from a wide range of industries and backgrounds, including:

  • Professionals and c-suite executives in traditional companies poised to implement strategic change
  • Entrepreneurs seeking to harness opportunities with blockchain and cryptocurrencies
  • Corporate attorneys and risk officers needing to understand the regulatory implications surrounding these technologies
  • Marketing, research and development, business consultants, and innovation enablers seeking to harness blockchain and cryptocurrency opportunities

Representative job titles may include:

  • Founder, CEO, COO
  • Manager, Director, Vice President
  • Attorney, In-House Counsel
  • Compliance Officer, Risk Officer
  • Marketing Manager, Director of Marketing,
  • Director of Research, Director of R&D
  • Strategy Consultant

Program Highlights

  • Live Faculty Teaching Sessions

    Live Faculty

  • Guest Speakers: Inventors of Blockchain, IBM

    Guest Speakers:
    Inventors of
    Blockchain, IBM

  • Bite-Sized Learning


  • Dedicated Program Support Team

    Support Team

  • Real-world Application


  • Simulation


  • Peer Learning & Feedback

    Peer Learning
    and Feedback

  • Mobile Learning App


  • Grading & Evaluation

    and Evaluation

The Learning Journey

The Learning Journey
  • Module 1: Technical Foundations: Distributed Consensus, Hash Functions, and Cryptography
  • Module 2: What is Money? Introduction to Bitcoin
  • Module 3: How Bitcoin Uses Blockchain: Intro to Blockchain and Transaction Fees
  • Module 4: Ethereum, Smart Contracts, and Tokens
  • Module 5: Applications of Blockchain: Governance Challenges, Opportunities, and Incentives & Permissioned Enterprise Blockchains (IBM)
  • Module 6: Blockchain for the Executive Decision Maker and the Future of Blockchain

At the end of the program, you will be able to:

  • Identify and describe the key components of blockchain technology
  • Determine whether cryptocurrencies count as money and act on that knowledge
  • Explain how governance works across different blockchain applications
  • Critically evaluate blockchain governance structures to ensure all stakeholders are represented appropriately for participating in blockchains, whether permissionless or permissioned
  • List possible future applications of blockchain technology
  • Apply business use case outcomes to your own business to see if it is ready for blockchain

For full details of the curriculum, please download the brochure.

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Company Examples

Learn about the opportunities and challenges behind blockchain and cryptocurrencies through real-world examples from companies that include IBM, Yugen Partners, and the Prysm Group.

Application Exercises

The program includes multiple opportunities to apply the concepts learned. You will:

Application Exercises

Featured Guest Speakers Include:

Cathy Barrera

Cathy Barrera

PhD, Partner and Founding Economist, Prysm Group

Stuart Haber

Stuart Haber

President, Stuart Haber Crypto, LLC; widely regarded as the co-creator of the first blockchain

Sharon LaDay

Sharon LaDay

Blockchain Ecosystem Leader, IBM

Omid Malekan

Omid Malekan

Explainer-in-Chief; Author of The Story of the Blockchain: A Beginner’s Guide to the Technology That Nobody Understands

Scott W. Stornetta

Scott W. Stornetta

Chief Scientist, Yugen Partners; widely regarded as the co-creator of the first blockchain

Download the program brochure for more information on the guest speakers.

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Gita Johar

Gur Huberman, Faculty Director

Robert G. Kirby Professor of Behavioral Finance

Gur Huberman has taught at Columbia Business School since 1989. Prior to that, he taught at Tel Aviv University and at the University of Chicago. Between 1993 and 1995, he was Vice President at JP Morgan Investment Management responsible for research on quantitative equity trading...

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Upon completion of the program, participants will receive a certificate of participation from Columbia Business School Executive Education and one day towards a Certificate in Business Excellence.

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Your verified digital certificate will be issued in your legal name and emailed to you, at no additional cost, upon completion of the program, as per the stipulated requirements. All certificate images are for illustrative purposes only and may be subject to change at the discretion of the Columbia Business School Executive Education.

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