72: What Does Blockchain Have to Do with Localization?

In this episode of Globally Speaking, we speak to both Robert Etches and Michael Casey about blockchain, a new technology gathering buzz in the industry. We cover, among other things, how blockchain is a ‘truth’ machine, giving power to the people by removing the dependency on intermediaries. Tune in to hear more about this collective record-keeping system and how it might be used in the localization industry.

Globally Speaking, sponsored by RWS and Nimdzi Insights.

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Robert Etches is the CEO of Exfluency, which is a language-ledger marketplace that facilitates the buying and selling of multilingual communication. During his career, he’s been an innovation consultant and head of translation innovation for several businesses in Denmark.

Michael Casey is an advisor at the Digital Currency Initiative at MIT Media Lab and a senior lecturer at the MIT Sloan School of Management. He’s currently building a distributed, global video content company to tell stories about innovation and disruptive new technologies.


Renato Beninatto

Renato Beninatto

CEO of Nimdzi Insights LLC

Renato Beninatto is the co-author of The General Theory of the Translation Company and leads Nimdzi Insights, a think-tank and consulting company that focuses on growth strategies for localization leaders. A former owner of an LSP, an executive in some of the leading companies in the industry and a linguist in his own right, this Brazilian-Italian-American citizen can’t shut up in Portuguese, English, Italian, French or Spanish.

Michael W. Stevens

Michael W. Stevens

Vice President Americas, CC of Translated

Michael has over 10 years of experience in the localization and IT industries. A well-networked entrepreneur, Michael’s main interest is in connecting and bringing people together. He not only enjoys learning about a company’s exciting ideas and developments, he also has a keen ability to add value—and fire—to new and innovative thinking.

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