|Place of birth||Toronto, Canada|
|Place of residence||Toronto, Canada|
|Alma mater||Amherst College|
|Known for||Co-authoring "The Blockchain Revolution," blockchain advocacy, investment|
Alex Tapscott is a well-known author, investor and public speaker focused on blockchain, cryptocurrencies and other emerging technologies. Tapscott co-authored the international best-selling book Blockchain Revolution with his father, Don Tapscott. Alex is also the editor and a contributor to the upcoming book Financial Services Revolution: How Blockchain Is Transforming Money, Markets and Banking.
Alex is a co-founder of the Blockchain Research Institute, one of the world’s leading blockchain think tanks, with members such as Coca-Cola, Exxon Mobil, Microsoft and Tencent. Previously, Tapscott was the CEO of blockchain-focused investment firm NextBlock Global, which returned over 150% to investors, making it one of the top-performing venture capital investors in the blockchain space. Alex is a graduate of Amherst College and is a CFA charterholder.
Alex Tapscott's 2019:
In 2019, Alex Tapscott continued to grow and diversify the Blockchain Research Institute, which launched a number of new businesses, including an events business, a publishing business and, in collaboration with INSEAD, an online education business. In April, BRI's first event, Blockchain Revolution Global, was the largest enterprise blockchain event ever held in Canada. Alex edited and wrote the forward for the first book in a new series published by the BRI called Financial Services Revolution.
In May, Alex paid a $148,000 fine to the Ontario Securities Commission for misleading investors in a reported $16 million funding round in 2017, having used a slide deck featuring high-profile individuals in the space as advisors, who later denied any involvement with the investment firm. NextBlock Global, the investment firm headed by Tapscott, paid a $520,000 penalty to the OSC. Soon after, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission fined Alex $25,000 for violating the Securities Act. Alex voluntarily declined over $2 million in carried interest that he was legally owed and returned it to investors as additional profit.
What Cointelegraph expects for 2020:
Tapscott’s 2020 will include teaching a series of business ethics classes as per his settlement agreement with the Ontario Securities Commission. He edited the book “Financial Services Revolution,” an anthology of essays written by thought leaders in finance and blockchain, published in February. We expect Tapscott expand his efforts in blockchain education and evangelism.