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Live Access to Faculty

Engage in live discussions with classmates and the Berkeley faculty.

Holistic Perspective

Learn from top faculty at the UC Berkeley business, law, and engineering schools.

Global Networking

Connect with experienced professionals from all around

the world.

Silicon Valley Expertise

Gain unique insight from leading industry experts in Silicon Valley.

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 business leaders 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.

Course Format

This cohort-based course covers a new module each week. In addition to the 135+ video lectures, 12 interviews with industry experts, and readings on the platform, learners will have opportunities to engage and interact with the faculty. Teaching assistants also will host weekly video conferences to field questions and facilitate discussions.

At the end of the six-week course, each participant will complete a report on how his or her current place of work might incorporate blockchain technology into the business and receive feedback on their work from the instructors.

135+ video lectures, 12+ 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

REGISTRATION timeline

Motivated professionals can register on a rolling basis until the September 12th deadline. Space in the cohort is limited to 35 participants, so we encourage you to register early. 

UPCOMING COHORTS

Sep. 16, 2019 - Oct. 27, 2019

Enroll by September 12

length

6 weeks

effort

6-8 hrs/week

cost

$1,950

Flexible payment available.

The live sessions with faculty and course facilitators will take place 8-9 am PST on Thursdays.

Faculty & Instructors

Gregory LaBlanc

Lead Instructor

Lecturer, Haas School of Business and Berkeley Law

Distinguished Teaching Fellow

Adam Sterling

Executive Director, Berkeley

Center for Law and Business

Co-Founder of Startup@BerkeleyLaw

Dawn Song

Professor, EECS

CEO & Co-Founder of Oasis Labs

Raymond Cheng

Postdoctoral Researcher, EECS

CTO & Co-Founder, Oasis Labs

Max Fang

Lecturer, Berkeley Law

Co-Founder, Blockchain at Berkeley

guest speakerS & LECTURERS

Dr. C. Mohan

IBM Fellow

Distinguished Visiting Professor, Tsinghua University

Gangesh Ganesan

President & CEO, PeerNova

Dr. John P. Conley

Chief Economist & Founder, Geeq

Professor of Economics, Vanderbilt University

Dr. Stephen McKeon

Associate Professor of Finance, Lundquist College of Business, University of Oregon

Kevin Werbach

Professor of Legal Studies and Business Ethics, Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania

Author of The Blockchain and the New Architecture of Trust

Craig DeWitt

Director of Product, Ripple

Dr. Terrance Odean

Professor of Finance, Haas School of Business, UC Berkeley

Joshua Stein

CEO, Harbor

Dr. Barry Eichengreen

Professor of Economics and Political Science, UC Berkeley

Tim Swanson

Founder & Director of Research, Post Oak Labs

CURRICULUM

Module 1

Monetary Economics for

the Blockchain World

Module 4

Systems of Payment and Exchange

Module 2

HOW DOES BLOCKCHAIN ACTUALLY WORK?

Module 5

Cryptofinance, Law, and Regulation

Module 3

Diving Deeper into

Blockchain Technology

Module 6

Distributed Ledgers, Smart Contracts & Supply Chains

I have done many trainings and certifications in my career, and this one really exceeded my expectations! Overall, super happy I took the course, probably the best investment in education I made in my life!

     - Vincent D., France, Senior Project Manager

LEAD INSTRUCTOR

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.