Nasdaq’s First Transaction Using Blockchain Tech Just Happened

  • Philip Ryan
  • December 30, 2015
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© Can Stock Photo Inc. / andreykuzminThe generously funded startup Chain became the first company to complete and document a private securities transaction using blockchain technology on Nasdaq, the exchange reported today.

Can we stop talking about finding a use case for blockchains now?

The transaction, details of which were not disclosed, involved Chain issuing shares to an investor on Nasdaq’s Linq platform, launched in October. Chain, ChangeTip, Peernova, Synack, Tango and Vera were selected to pilot the platform, according to Coindesk.

Nasdaq CEO Bob Greifeld said the blockchain reduced settlement time and further that:

Through this initial application of blockchain technology, we begin a process that could revolutionize the core of capital markets infrastructure systems. The implications for settlement and outdated administrative functions are profound.

He discussed Linq and the blockchain at Money20/20 in November, and said a blockchain transaction would happen in 2015. Well played, sir! He did, however, say that distributed ledgers could never operate at the speed Nasdaq does — ten minutes is a far cry from milliseconds.

Post updated to say it is the first private securities transaction on Nasdaq’s system. Symbiont, a smart contracts player, issued securities on the Bitcoin blockchain in August. H/t @davidmortimer6

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Philip Ryan is Associate Editor of Bank Innovation. He worked as a web developer for the Fund for the City of New York for six years, and was an HTML developer at Ocean-7 Development back in the go-go ’90s. He has more than 15 years' experience in online journalism. He can be reached at

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