About Richard Brown

I am Chief Technology Officer at R3

The opinions that I express are my own and do not necessarily reflect the view of R3.  At times, I comment on assets or companies in which I directly or indirectly may hold a position.

I also advise several firms in the cryptocurrency and decentralised consensus space both formally and informally. This includes Chromaway and Elliptic Enterprises.

37 thoughts on “About Richard Brown

  1. @Sterling – thanks for the comment. Quick answer: not as far as I know… what’s your thinking? That this could be a good opportunity?

  2. Also ditto great blog! I am also a banker trying to get my head around the new tech, but will be based in Sydney Aust & then Silicon Valley. Would also be interested in training, but if you are UK based, this would need to be online delivery & not too expensive please. Possible?

  3. @Lou – thanks for the comment. In the short term, I don’t have any suitable material but I did provide some input to the University of Nicosia’s free online MOOC on Digital Currencies. Could be worth taking a look at that?

  4. Hi Richard,

    My name is Charles Wolofsky. I am an attorney in the U.S. A friend put me onto some of your stuff, and I thought it would be great to get in touch. I am currently working on developing a crypto-ledger based securities exchange. We believe that we will be able to get the necessary regulatory approval. I would greatly appreciate the opportunity to discuss this further. You can contact me at the email attached to this post.


    – Charles

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  6. Dear Richard,
    I share your enthusiasm for the distributed ledger technology of Bitcoin. I would like to discuss building a global regulated exchange using the Bitcoin DLT and colored coin protocol to trade literally any asset class and financial instrument. I would like to send you the project description.

  7. very interesting. besides the passion of believers around the durability of bitcoin as commodity/currency, it seems to be that the bitcoin blockchain may become the only glue/aspect of “standardization” between the expanding universe of alternative forms of distributed ledgers, permissioned or otherwise.

    we are looking at various use cases, likely in the permissioned space, but that would benefit the industry at large. We know central ledgers well. i would be interest in direct discussion and seeing if we can engage through IBM.

  8. Hi Richard,

    I was wondering if you might be able to do an interview soon, either with R3 hat on, or more general stuff perhaps.

    kind regards,

  9. Our company has developed a permissioned blockchain that can rapidly clear transactions and guarantees cleared transactions are permanent. It works on a principle similar to a majority vote of the permissioned actors, but the protocol is carefully engineered to operate correctly even in the presence of some number of non-functioning, malfunctioning or even malicious permissioned actors. It is currently used in a new cryptocurrency, but would also be valuable for maintaining a shared ledger in any environment where trust is distributed among a group of permissioned actors. You can read more about it in the whitepaper and “Blockchain Assembly” documents on our website at https://www.bearbonds.org under the “Technology” tab.

  10. Hello!

    I want to introduce you a BitcoinChain.com

    BitcoinChain.com is the non-commercial single-stop resource for general information and analytics about the Bitcoin digital currency. The project was launched in January 2013 by the pioneers of the Bitcoin community.

    BitcoinChain.com provides visitors with reliable up-to-date information for the following segments: the Bitcoin network, mining pools, and cryptocurrency markets. Focus is on providing access to both real-time and archived data.

    I wonder if it is possible to publish an article about BitcoinChain.com on your website? I can provide you with unique article that I prepared specially for your website or you can write it on your own. Which option would be better for you?

    Can I rely on a free article publishing? Otherwise, I can make you a monetary compensation for a spent time.

    P. S. I also wonder if you are interested in a mutually benefitial cooperation. We can discuss any aspects to come to agreement.

  11. Dear Mr. Brown, i did not find any other possibility to contact you.

    I am an Austrian CPA and I wrote a book on Bitcoin an other digital currencies. It will be published this upcoming summer with the SpringerVerlag in Germany. in one chapter of my book i refer to your blog article: A SIMPLE MODEL TO MAKE SENSE OF THE PROLIFERATION OF DISTRIBUTED LEDGER, SMART CONTRACT AND CRYPTOCURRENCY PROJECTS and i have to ask for your permission to publish a summary established by you (Who do i trust to maintain a truthful record) in my book. Please come back to me as soon as possible. Thanks in advance

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  13. Hello Mr Brown, I’m late, I know. I just became a huge fan of your writing. It is so different from the typically difficult-to-read articles of the usual computer science geeks I’m used to; and yet at the same time, it is clear that your expertise in this field is second to none.

    I am trying to find the quickest route to becoming a formidable blockchain developer/architect for my continent (Africa).

    I am not a programmer.
    Not an experienced one anyway .
    I came from advertising, and started out here with Google Analytics and Search Engine Optimization in 2013. But I am determined, and I learn pretty fast.
    I have a relatively firm grasp on some HTML, and am growing with Semantic Web technologies (especially JSON-LD); and I was recently about to commence learning Python before this dramatic turn of events: Bitcoin and the Blockchain happened!

    So my question to you sir, is what would you advice?
    Where would you say is a good place for me to start?

    After reading your posts, I KNOW you are the BEST person to take this advice from, because you clearly know a hell of a lot more than just the code aspect of these things.

    Cheers sir.

  14. Great stuff Richard! I love your articles on Securities and Baking settlement systems 🙂

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  16. Hey Richard!
    I wanted to talk to you about potentially bringing you in to support and create content for our Socratescoin ICO.
    We love your content and see you as a respected influencer in the Crypto space.
    How can we get in touch with you?

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  18. Hello Richard!!
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  20. Hello there! I work for MIT and am interested in using a graphic on MIT OpenCourseWare. Can you contact me at csiegel at mit dot edu?
    Thank you! Cheryl Siegel

  21. Hi ,
    I have a company in Russia, a company in Ukraine, a company in Moldova, accounts in Euros, accounts in US dollars, accounts in Russian rubles. If you have a suggestion for me. I’m at your service
    E-mail : gdtwalnut@gmail.com
    Regards , Valery Tirdea

  22. Hello Richard!
    I wanted to talk to you about possibly getting you to support and create content for our Socratescoin ICO.
    We love your content and see you as a respected influencer in the cryptocurrency coinmart space.
    How can we get in contact with you?

  23. Hi,

    I love your article in Forbes “ The Five Ingredients Of Blockchain Interoperability”. It is very informative and a good read.

    What is your take on the following project https://hybrix.io/en# that prides itself on Freedom of transactions, One token on all chains. Technically borderless, not restricted to any single distributed ledger. All chains in one solution?

    I look forward to your response.

  24. Your article “a-simple-explanation-of-how-shares-move-around-the-securities-settlement-system” explains things very well. It helps make sense of all the players involved in the current GME/Robinhood/WallstreetBets/DTCC… turmoil.

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