What do we mean by ‘blockchain ecosystem’?

I am as guilty as anyone of using the word ecosystem to describe activities and projects involving blockchain technology. Why do we use this word as opposed to industry, profession or community? I think it’s because the nature of what’s evolving fits the definition of ecosystem perfectly.

Ecosystem means: ‘a system, or a group of interconnected elements, formed by the interaction of a community of organisms with their environment.’

This interactive map, prepared by Bitmex, is an excellent resource to explore this ecosystem, it’s interconnectivity and it’s elements.

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