Programmable money is something so radical that we may not understand its implications for years to come.
- Jeremy Epstein
Excerpt from BisNow Magazine
This diagram shows how commitment tokens would work to distribute funds from the construction loan to the project owner, subcontractors and manufacturers.
The lending institution behind the construction loan would issue "commitment tokens" to the builder, which the builder could then distribute to subcontractors when a bid is awarded. Once the subcontractor completes the work, which could be scheduled and accounted for daily, the builder could approve the token and the subcontractor would be instantly paid.
Likewise, any supplier, such as an HVAC manufacturer, could be paid by the subcontractor using the tokens, which would be activated upon delivery. Bowden said this approach would help builders using the tokens be more attractive to subcontractors — in a market that is currently short on subcontractors, which can delay work and drive up construction costs — since they would be paid instantly.
It would also reduce liability across the board since payment for goods and services would be instantaneous and would be tied directly to the construction loan.
For all the potential it holds, Bowden said his mission isn't to proselytize about blockchain. "I want to create real value and real impact in improving the construction industry's efficiency," he said. "I don't look at the blockchain as the end, I took at it as the means to the end."
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Excerpt from BisNow Magazine
BuilderChain's first application uses blockchain technology for a process called "tokenized validation," which basically enhances the pairing of general contractors in search of qualified subcontractors that meet the bill.
Subcontractors sign up and provide all of the paperwork necessary, which is validated by an outside third party. They are then granted "validation tokens" that they have met the requirements for the token.
Tokens could include certifications for specific types of work or being a minority-owned business.
Then, only member subcontractors with the proper tokens for a job can submit proposals for those projects. It speeds the process because the general contractor can trust the tokens and doesn't have to do its own verification and the subcontractor only has to submit its documentation once, not for every company with which it places a bid.
As Bowden puts it, the approach is to "verify once and use many times."
Triple-entry accounting can be thought of as a way of agreeing on objective economic reality.
Triple entry accounting is an enhancement to the traditional double-entry system in which all accounting entries involving outside parties are cryptographically sealed by a third entry.
Thus placed side by side, the bookkeeping entries of both parties to a given transaction are congruent. The third entry in the system, entered into the blockchain, is both a receipt and a transaction.
It’s proof that something happened between two parties, which goes beyond the receipts that each party holds in double entry.
When people look back hundreds of years from now, only the printing press and the Internet will have it beat for sheer mind-boggling impact on society. Both the net and the printing press enabled the democratization of information and single-handedly uplifted the collective knowledge of people all over the world.
Blog Post by Daniel Jeffries