As Crypto Slumps, Goldman Sachs Aims for a Wall Street Built on Blockchain

Goldman, JPMorgan are already processing some trades using the technology behind cryptocurrency markets

Wall Street’s biggest banks have largely avoided investing directly in cryptocurrencies. But many are quietly working to integrate blockchain, the technology behind crypto, into trading and other businesses.

Goldman Sachs GS -2.91%▼ Group Inc. is already trading some bonds and other debt securities for clients on blockchain-based networks such as Ethereum, and the bank is building its own blockchain-based trading platform. JPMorgan Chase JPM -3.27%▼ & Co. already has a platform in place, called Onyx.

How Blockchain Will Shape the Future of Accounting | Jacob Lewtan | TEDxBryantU

In his talk, Jacob Lewtan discusses the growing disparity between innovative companies and the accounting profession; a profession with the purpose of protecting investors of a company. Lewtan proposes his framework that would allow specialized professions, such as accounting, to keep pace with innovation through the use of blockchain technology.

Forward-thinking innovator Jacob Lewtan sees the fourth industrial revolution as a persistent threat to the accounting profession. He draws upon his knowledge of the power of analytics, fraud, and monitoring to connect how the accounting profession can advance through use of emerging technologies.

Jacob Lewtan graduated with a Master’s of Professional Accountancy from Bryant University in 2018. Through the duration of his Master’s program, he grew an interest in how to ensure the integrity of financial data. Working with Dr. Saeed Roohani, Jacob authored a research paper detailing how blockchain and smart contracts could be used to improve financial reporting. He has presented research the Hawaii Accounting Research Conference and the American Accounting Association Joint-Midyear Conference for Accounting Information Systems and Strategic and Emerging Technologies. Currently, his paper is under review for publication in the American Accounting Association Journal of Emerging Technologies. During Jacob’s undergraduate studies at Bryant he was a member of the Student Government and the Collegiate Entrepreneurs’ Organization This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community.