Blockchain disruption and decentralized finance: The rise of decentralized business models

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Blockchain technology can reduce transaction costs, generate distributed trust, and empower decentralized platforms, potentially becoming a new foundation for decentralized business models. In the financial industry, blockchain technology allows for the rise of decentralized financial services, which tend to be more decentralized, innovative, interoperable, borderless, and transparent. Empowered by blockchain technology, decentralized financial services have the potential to broaden financial inclusion, facilitate open access, encourage permissionless innovation, and create new opportunities for entrepreneurs and innovators. In this article, we assess the benefits of decentralized finance, identify existing business models, and evaluate potential challenges and limits. As a new area of financial technology, decentralized finance may reshape the structure of modern finance and create a new landscape for entrepreneurship and innovation, showcasing the promises and challenges of decentralized business models.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article numbere00151
JournalJournal of Business Venturing Insights
StatePublished - Jun 2020
Externally publishedYes


  • Blockchain
  • Decentralization
  • Decentralized finance
  • Decentralized platform
  • FinTech

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Business and International Management
  • Management of Technology and Innovation


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