Author: hrishi

EOS – Infrastructure for Decentralized Application

https://eos.io/ White Paper. EOS is trying to compete with Ethereum as a platform for Blockchain applications by focusing on scalability and speed for decentralized applications. It is based on Delegated Proof of Stake (DPOS) Consensus algorithm invented by Daniel Larimer (Co-founder of EOS). Video link to different consensus mechanisms by Andreas M. Antonopoulos here. EOS has

Stellar – (Lumins) XLM, Disrupting the banking industry with unique consensus protocol.

https://www.stellar.org/ White paper link. Github link. Stellar was founded in 2014.Stellar is structured as a Non Profit Organization. Stellar is an open-sourced payment protocol founded by Jed McCaleb and Joyce Kim. Jed was co-founder of Ripple  and Mt. Gox. Joyce Kim is now co-founded a blockchain based venture capital firm called SparkChain Capital. Currently Stellar’s crypto-currency called

BitPay – Get Paid in Bitcoins

https://bitpay.com/ BitPay was founded in 2011. BitPay is the largest Bitcoin payment processor in the world.BitPay is one of the earliest Bitcoin payment processing companies in the crypto-world. BitPay’s mission was to make it easy for businesses to accept Bitcoin as a payment mechanism. BitPay was early on understanding that Bitcoin would revolutionize payments industry.

Tendermint – Blockchain applications in any programming language

https://tendermint.com/ Tindermint provides interface for different types of blockchains including their own custom blockchain, using any programming language. Tendermint provides its own unique proof of stake consensus algorithm which it claims to be more fault tolerant than Bitcoin consensus algorithm.  It provides tools and services for the same. Also provides UI for managing different types

Infura – Scalable Blockchain Infrastructure

https://infura.io/ Infura provides scalable access to blockchain technologies like Ethereum and IPFS. Infura is built by team under the umbrella  of ConsenSys which is a blockchain venture production studio. ConsenSys has global team building an ecosystem of consumer-centric products and enterprise solutions using blockchain technologies, primarily Ethereum. Setting up you Infura infrastructure is as simple as just registering

zk-SNARKs – Privacy for Blockchain

zk-SNARKs stands for Zero-Knowledge Succinct Non-Interactive Argument of Knowledge Proofs. If your in crypto space, you might have heard about “zk-SNARKs” . Details are either sketchy or explained in a very complex way. Even the white paper from Ethereum has complex explanation to be easily understandable. So it takes some time to wrap around this concept. FYI#

Plasma.io – Scaling and Securing Ethereum Network

http://plasma.io/   This blog post is little different. I am reviewing a very early white paper by Joseph Poon and Vitalik Buterin. Joseph is co-founder of Lightening Network and Vitalk is co-founder of Ethereum. The white paper was published on August 11, 2017. Link to whitepaper is here.This blog post assumes the knowledge of how Blocks in blockchain are mined

Prism – World’s first platform for portfolios of assets.

https://prism.exchange/ Prism is built by ShapeShift.io. (ShapeShift is famous platform for crypto asset conversion and exchange). Currently Prism is under private beta and users can join their waitlist. Prism is a first of a kind platform for creating portfolios of assets. Prism, is an Ethereum based decentralized application. It does not have its own token. Prism

RootStock – Smart Contracts for Bitcoin

http://www.rsk.co/ Github location: https://github.com/RSKSmart This blog post is different than others. Rootstock or RSK is not a decentralized app. Rootstock is still work in progress. Its a complete new paradigm improving the Bitcoin platform. Currently Bitcoin platform is extremely slow in transaction processing (7 transactions per second) and Bitcoin does not allow conditional flows. Rootstock is
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