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Blockchain Gospel: Answering the question, what is blockchain tech?

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Andrew Zalasky is a co-founder of Blockchain Gospel and the primary content creator; Clayton Mooney and Nate Rippke are the two other founders.

Zalasky said he was approached by Mooney to start Blockchain Gospel because there was an opportunity to, “Educate the masses on blockchain technology” and “the potential that it has to transform the way people transact

“In a similar way the internet changed the way we communicate,” Zalasky says. “We are starting with the most basic of concepts and as we explore deeper and get further down that rabbit hole, we will get more complex as our readers do. Everything will be written by us, we are not going to copy, paste and push. I’m writing primarily and researching stuff online, figuring out how it works myself, then pushing that content out.”

Zalasky admits that he’s still learning the basics of blockchain.

“But we are trying to uncover exactly what it (blockchain technology) is, how it operates and what the practical application of it is right along with our readers,” Zalasky says.

Any crypto communities in Iowa?

Mooney says he hasn’t heard of any crypto communities in Iowa but that he did meet with a student at Iowa State University who is starting a blockchain club on campus next semester.

“We will have some crypto info out there,” Zalasky says. “We hope to build momentum right here in Iowa and that Iowa seizes on the opportunity to be a national and international leader in the development of blockchain technology.”

Zalasky has worked in communications in the healthcare industry for two decades. He says blockchain can transform the industry.

“Transactions are as secure as anything that has ever been available,” he explains. “Because in the healthcare space, they are handling incredibly sensitive information.

“There’s the potential for blockchain to completely change the way electronic healthcare information is stored,” Zalasky continued. “And that’s just one industry that it has a chance to have a transformational impact on.”



  • Brock Hager
    Posted December 18, 2017 at 1:12 pm

    Hey guys! I’m Brock from the Des Moines Bitcoin and Blockchain group! Would like to get connected with you.

  • Clayton Mooney
    Posted December 18, 2017 at 1:50 pm

    Just emailed you, Brock. Thank you for reading and reaching out!
    – Clayton

  • Kate Milligan
    Posted December 19, 2017 at 9:09 am

    Check out the crypto community in Fairfield, a chapter of the Association for Digital Currency. “Local chapters of the ADC, such as the Fairfield Iowa Association for Digital Currency are volunteers educating the town on the coming currency of the Age of Enlightenment.”

    • Post Author
      Joey Aguirre
      Posted January 2, 2018 at 2:15 pm

      Could we talk with somebody from the Association for Digital Currency?

      • Kate Milligan
        Posted January 2, 2018 at 3:34 pm

        A man named Rick Shaddock is admin of the ADC group in Fairfield and posts regularly to the group’s Facebook page. I recommend him as a first step. A profile was published by the Des Moines Register on a UIowa student and bitcoin expert named Cameron Schorg – another potential connection apart from the Fairfield group.

  • Clayton Mooney
    Posted January 2, 2018 at 12:41 pm

    Hi Kate! Thank you for sharing this. Fairfield is close to where I grew up (Blakesburg), and where a business partner is located. Awesome!

  • Leif Segen (@mr_segen)
    Posted January 15, 2018 at 9:52 am

    Hi! Computer science educator here – in Cedar Rapids. I’m a middle school CS teacher and a facilitator for NewBoCo /’s CS Principles teacher training program.

    I’d like to start exposing my middle school students to cryptocurrency technology. By the time they get to college, there will be degrees available on the topic. They’ll be better prepared to engage if they gain familiarity early on. Could you keep me in the loop? LSegen _

    • Clayton Mooney
      Posted January 15, 2018 at 10:13 am

      Hi Leif! Great to hear you’re helping students and plugged into NewBoCo!

      You’ll want to jump over to and register for a free account. We already have quite a few article posted; ranging from blockchain 101, to cryptocurrency speculation. Feel free to pull any content which helps. Cheers

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Blockchain Gospel: Answering the question, what is blockchain tech? | Clay & Milk
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