We have reached our final blog post for 2018; so what better time to review all of the development we’ve experienced this year at Thrive? Before we head into a very promising 2019, we would like to reflect on the growth we’ve had, and initiatives we’ve started in 2018. Here is Thrive’s 2018: A Year in Review.
InfoHedge: The Revolutionary Investment Hosting Division for Thrive
Skill, luck and networking—elements that played a crucial role in a hedge fund manager. That was in the past. Fast forward to today, one more factor is quintessential, technology skills—because the introduction and proliferation of technology into the hedge fund space such as the usage of database and analysis platforms, websites, and teleconferencing among others, for the process of marketing, analyzing, and monitoring hedge funds has made the tasks more manageable. That being said, today’s hedge fund market success can be attributed primarily to higher volatility, the rally in energy prices, the influx of cryptocurrencies, and the continually advancing hedge funds technologies and the solution providers leveraging them, like New York-based InfoHedge Technologies.
Having a month dedicated to cybersecurity is a little bit of a misnomer. It indicates that there are some months where you don’t think about cybersecurity. Granted I think about security daily, as that is my job, but I hope most of you are also aware of it and think about it more than one month out of the year. However; since we do have a month dedicated to it, I thought this would be a good time to discuss some basic statistics provided in Verizon’s 2018 Data Breach Investigations Report. As the report says, “data breaches aren’t just a problem for security professionals”.
Second Annual List Honors Leading MSSPs & Cybersecurity Companies That Safegaurd Customers’ Digital Assets
MSSP Alert, published by After Nines Inc., has named Thrive 60th on the Top 100 MSSPs list for 2018. The list and research identify and honor the top 100 managed security services providers (MSSPs) that specialize in comprehensive, outsourced cybersecurity services.
The Top 100 MSSP rankings are based on MSSP Alert’s 2018 readership survey combined with aggregated third-party research. MSSPs featured throughout the list and research proactively monitor, manage and mitigate cyber threats for businesses, government agencies, educational institutions and nonprofit organizations of all sizes.
Inc. magazine has revealed that Thrive is No. 3248th on its 37th annual Inc. 5000, the most prestigious ranking of the nation’s fastest-growing private companies. Thrive has jumped over 150 spots on the list since its last publication in 2017. Being recognized to the Inc. 5000 two years in a row is an extraordinary accomplishment as only 1 out of 3 companies make the list twice.
11th Annual MSP 501 Identifies World’s Most Forward-Thinking MSPs & Leading Trends in Managed Services
Thrive ranks 41st among the world’s 501 most strategic and innovative managed service providers (MSPs), according to Channel Futures 11th-annual MSP 501 Worldwide Company Rankings (formerly MSPmentor 501).
The MSP 501 is the first, largest and most comprehensive ranking of managed service providers worldwide. This year Channel Futures received a record number of submissions. Applications poured in from Europe, Asia, South America and beyond.
This is the last of our 4-part introduction to blockchain. In Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3, I’ve set out to explain the why, what, and how of this emerging technology. This last part identifies a few of the challenges raised by skeptics in the field. As with many other emerging technologies, there is a degree of hype and overreaching aspiration that is eventually tempered by the reality of implementation and market adoption. As technologists and entrepreneurs, our task is to identify where we are in the hype cycle and whether investing in this new kind of ledger will result in sufficient returns.
In Part 2 of this series, I detailed the technical implementation of how blockchain works, without discussion of how cryptocurrency becomes a player through this process. This time, we will explore the mathematics behind mining cryptocurrency, and how Satoshi Nakamoto’s white paper added value to it.
CRN®, a brand of The Channel Company, has been named Thrive to its 2018 Solution Provider 500 list. The Solution Provider 500 is CRN’s annual ranking of the largest technology integrators, solution providers and IT consultants in North America by revenue.
Serving as CRN’s predominant channel partner award list, the Solution Provider 500 is the industry standard for recognition of the most successful solution provider companies in the channel since 1995. The complete list will be published on CRN.com, making it readily available to vendors seeking out top solution providers to partner with.
In Part 1, I narrowed the problem set of blockchain to proof of ownership in order to create a value proposition context from which to understand the purpose of the technology. This next part begins to explain how the specific technical implementation of blockchain works.
The Immutable Distributed Public Ledger
The word blockchain evokes its fundamental structure. It is a chain of blocks (of data) connected in sequence. The sequence is defined by a reference in each block to the block that came before it. For example, if there is a block alpha, and a block beta, and a block zed, each block contains a reference to the block before it. If someone hands me block zed, and I find written on it, “comes after beta,” I know that I need beta to complete the chain, and when I get that, I likewise know I need alpha. But how do I know that someone did not erase the reference and write a reference on it that inserts the block into a different part of the chain? If there’s other data on the block (of course there is, that’s the point) how do I know they did not edit it?