Blockchain Marqets

Work: Interviews with Founders

Blockchain Pioneers

Hedera Hashgraph

 

It was very interesting to talk to Mance Harmon, CEO and Co-Founder of Hedera Hashgraph.

Hedera Hashgraph is one of the most expected projects to come out in 2018. It's a platform that provides a new form of distributed consensus. It is not a blockchain but an alternative technology.

Hedera Hashgraph provides a way for people who don't know or trust each other to securely collaborate and transact online without the need for a trusted intermediary. The platform claims to be lightning fast, secure, and fair, and, unlike some blockchain-based platforms, doesn’t require compute-heavy proof-of-work.


 

Holochain

 

I had an interesting chat with Matthew Schutte about Holochain and its potential .

What I think is interesting about this project is that it's a completely different architecture. It's not a blockchain. It doesn't use a consensus mechanism, like blockchain does.

Topics discussed during this interview:

What Holochain is all about

What is the relationship between Holochain and Holo

Is it mandatory to have a Holoport to be able to join the ecosystem?

What is Holochain's business model?

The supply of Holofuel is flexible

Can developers that create a dapp on Holochain get paid in Holo fuel?

What if a big enterprise purchases a large amount of Holoports.

How would you avoid that happening?

What programming languages does Holochain support?

 


 

Zilliqa

I had the chance to chat with Xingshu Dong, CEO of Zilliqa Zilliqa is a public blockchain with a special focus on scalability.

He told me why Zilliqa has decided to focus on high throughput and why is that important for the whole blockchain adoption.

He also explained why they use pBFT as consensus algorithm. Xingshu also explains what sharding is and how it allows Ziliqa to be a scalable platform. He also told me how Ziliqa's smart contracts are different from Ethereum's.

We finally went through the roadmap for the rest of 2018 and his long-term vision.


 

Qtum

 

I had the chance to chat today with Jordan Earls. We went through Qtum's main characteristics and how it compares to Ethereum.

He also told me what he learned after reviewing more than 100 altcoins and how was the process of joining Qtum happened. He was kind enough to share with me details on the coming release of their virtual machine (late 2018).

Qtum is a public blockchain that combines elements from Bitcoin and Ethereum. It uses POS as consensus mechanism. It has a special focus on mobile and IoT development. Combining a modified Bitcoin Core infrastructure with an intercompatible version of the Ethereum Virtual Machine (EVM), Qtum merges the reliability of Bitcoin’s unfailing blockchain with the endless possibilities provided by smart contracts.

Designed with stability, modularity and interoperability in mind, Qtum is the foremost toolkit for building trusted decentralized applications, suited for real-world, business oriented use cases. Its hybrid nature, in combination with a first-of-its-kind PoS consensus protocol, allow Qtum applications to be compatible with major blockchain ecosystems, while providing native support for mobile devices and IoT appliances.


 

Achain

 

I had an interesting conversation with Eric Wang, CPO at Achain.

We talked about:

- Achain's consensus mechanism, Result-delegated Proof of Stake (RDPoS).

- Block size and generation time of each block in Achain's blockchain.

- Cost and speed of each transaction.

- What are Achain's plans to achieve even more than 1000 transactions per second (TPS) in the future.

- Roadmap. What has been already done, what are they currently focusing on and what are their plans for Q3 and Q4 2018.

- How can developers get involved and where can they find documentation to build DApps and Smart Contracts on the Achain Blockchain.

 

Achain is a public blockchain platform that enables developers of all levels to issue tokens and create smart contracts, decentralized applications and blockchain systems. Achain is committed to building a global blockchain network for information exchange and value transactions. Eric Li Wang is currently the Chief Product Officer and Partner for Achain, a public blockchain platform that enables developers of all levels of experience to issue tokens, smart contracts, create dApps and blockchain system. He is an expert in IT systems and enterprise solutions with over 10 years of experience. Prior to Achain, he was the Product Director in Sino Ocean Group, a public listed company in Hong Kong and led the technology transformation and innovation. Eric Holds a Master Degree in Computer Science and a Bachelor of Electronic Engineer from Tsinghua University.


 

Selfkey

Interview with Edmund Lowell - Founder of Selfkey

2:05 Edmund's background

6:49 Why is it important that we own our data?

12:17 What can users do with Selfkey's wallet?

20:42 Selfkey's marketplace demo and use cases

31:15 New things coming up


 

Tenzorum

 

I had a great chat with Moritz Neto and Daniel Bar, founders of Tenzorum.

As we all know key management is very much needed in the crypto space. If we really want cryptocurrencies to be adopted by the masses we need to take care of the user experience.

1:12 - Short background of both co-founders of Tenzorum

4:20 - How to make blockchain technology accessible to people

6:48 - How Tenzorum wants to help Cryptokitties

7:07 - What is Tenzorum?

8:30 - How is Tenzorum planning to bring crypto to the masses

15:50 - What is Web of Trust and why is it important?

17:55 - What is Tenzorum trying to achieve? What's their model for growth?

20:28 - Masternodes (potentially)

22:30 - Voting within the Tenzorum ecosystem

25:50 - Roadmap for the coming months and their long term vision for Tenzorum


Universal Labs

I had an interesting chat with Keda on Universal Labs and it's potential.

Universal Labs is creating a network that will connect people and companies that need to store data with users that have spare storage available.  What I find interesting in Universal Labs' approach is that they will provide not only the protocol but also a device (Ubbey Box) that people can use to share their data and to mine YOU tokens. 

Some of it's main characteristics: 

100% Privacy: Unlike the public cloud, no information about you is collected. Your files are encrypted and distributed across our decentralised network. Only you have access to your data and files.

No downtime: With just a stroke of a key, retrieve your data at any time and from anywhere in the world giving you unrivalled up-time when it comes to accessing your files.

Data Preservation: Based on the IPFS protocol, your digital assets are preserved permanently in our network with enterprise-grade security.


 

Blue Whale Network

I had a chat with Will Lee (CEO & Founder) and Hawon Chung (COO & Co-founder) from Blue Whale Network.

Blue Whale Network is building a decentralized ecosystem where independent workers can pursue their passions and get the value they deserve from the gig economy. Think of it as a decentralized version of Upwork, Freelancer or Fiverr.

I think this niche is very interesting for a few of reasons:

1. Companies are hiring less than they used to in the past. Instead of hiring they are moving to a model in which they pay for services. That means there is an opportunity for independent workers (freelancers) to take over that work load. The gig economy is here to stay and it's only going to get bigger in the coming years.

2. Current platforms are expensive because they have to spend big part of their budget in marketing. They take a big cut. This is a perfect use case where blockchain can help by eliminating the middle man in order to create a more fair ecosystem.

3. Many people would like to work as a freelancer to be able to manage their own time and not to have to be in an office every day. But they still don't do it because they would loose the benefits the company gives them.

Plus, they would have to take care of their own pension. Well, in this interview Will and Hawon told me how Blue Whale is planning to tackle those interesting challenges. Website: https://www.bluewhale.foundation/ Whitepaper: https://www.bluewhale.foundation/asse... Telegram: https://www.bluewhale.foundation/asse...

 

Securitize

I had an interesting chat about security tokens with Jamie Finn, President &Co-founder of Securitize.

In crypto, so far the conversation is about blockchain projects, protocols, decentralized apps and scalability. We haven't talked much about security tokens yet. This, I believe, will be the next big thing in crypto.

Want to know why? In this video I explain why: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wqW4j...

What are security tokens? Security tokens power the next wave of offerings. They replace paper certificates with digital tokens on the blockchain. Security tokens seek to enable liquidity, trading scale, new investor audiences, cost savings, and new financing model of securities.

What is Securitize? Securitize provides an end-to-end platform for issuers that are seeking to tokenize assets