About This Course
Blockchain is one of the most significant technologies to impact business and law in many years. This interdisciplinary online course is designed to expose students and professionals to the strategic opportunities presented by blockchain and distributed systems. Participants will learn from top faculty at UC Berkeley, who have pioneered an interdisciplinary approach drawing from the business, law, and engineering schools to provide the most comprehensive survey of blockchain available today.
Learners will gain foundational knowledge of blockchain technology, an understanding of how it is being used by businesses, startups, and governments, and a framework for analyzing enterprise use cases. Participants will also learn from Silicon Valley practitioners about state-of-the-art platforms, current challenges, and leading areas of research.
This cohort-based program covers a new module each week. In addition to the 135+ video lectures, 15 interviews with industry experts, and readings on the platform, learners will have opportunities to engage and interact with the lead instructor. The course culminates with a capstone project, whereby participants explore ways to apply blockchain to their own enterprise or job function.
video lectures, exclusive interviews, short assessments, and discussion boards
Continuous project work alongside facilitators and faculty with live video office hours each week
Live, faculty-led case discussions and lectures
We accept qualified candidates on a rolling basis until the registration deadline. Space in the class is limited to 30 participants to ensure a highly interactive experience, so we encourage you to apply early.
June 1, 2020 - July 1, 2020
Lecturer, Haas School of Business and Berkeley Law
Distinguished Teaching Fellow
Gregory LaBlanc has been teaching at the UC Berkeley School of Law and Haas School of Business since 2005. His research interests lie at the intersection of law, finance, and psychology in the areas of business strategy and risk management. He has been the recipient of numerous teaching awards at UC Berkeley, including the Earl F. Cheit Award for Outstanding Teaching (2009) and the Haas EWMBA Core Graduate Instructor of the Year (2004-2005). Gregory has been instrumental in developing and teaching innovative courses, such as Blockchain and the Future of Technology, Business, and Law, to keep Berkeley students on the cutting edge of the increasing complex and ever-changing business environment.
Prior to his tenure at UC Berkeley, he held teaching positions at Wharton, Duke, and the University of Virginia. He has also worked outside of academia in the areas of competitive intelligence, litigation consulting, and advising. He has consulted numerous Fortune 500 companies in finance, marketing, and strategy. Gregory received B.A. and B.S. degrees from the University of Pennsylvania before pursuing further graduate studies there as a University Scholar and graduate fellow. He later earned a J.D. from George Mason University and an LLM from Berkeley Law.
We will then dive into more advanced blockchain concepts, mechanisms, and technical applications. We examine cryptography in detail before discussing mining, consensus protocols, and transaction flow. The module wraps up with an in-depth look at one of the most revolutionary and applicable aspects of blockchain technology: smart contracts.
Blockchain and cryptocurrencies offer many alternatives to the traditional methods of payment and exchange in our society today. This module features an in-depth analysis of these topics and offers some insight as to what further disruption many companies across practically all industries may soon face as a result of this new technology.
This module leverages the knowledge and intuition developed thus far to explore enterprise blockchain, blockchain infrastructure, and technical developments. We will examine the present and future impacts of this technology across several industries with a specific focus on various supply chain applications.
Stablecoins are cryptocurrencies designed to minimize the volatility of the price of the stablecoin, relative to some "stable" asset or basket of assets. A stablecoin can be pegged to a cryptocurrency, fiat money, or to exchange-traded commodities. This module provides an ecosystem overview, as well as an examination of different approaches to price stability such as off-chain collateral, on-chain collateral, and no collateral.