Ethereum is the second largest cryptocurrency project according to Coinmarketcap. This Ethereum project aims to be a distributed ledger or Blockchain network and is also a decentralized computing platform. Ethereum is the first cryptocurrency project that has also included smart contract as part of their Blockchain. With these smart contracts, the possible uses cases for applications on the Blockchain has increased drastically. Bitcoin, for example, only uses digital money as the primary use case. Ethereum wants to be the first platform in the world which offers online applications but in a decentralized manner.
The founder of this new Blockchain network is a young programmer called Vitalik Buterin who was 21 when Ethereum was released back in 2014. Back in the early days, Buterin was also a Bitcoin enthusiast and a fan of Blockchain technology which inspired him to come up with this new idea called smart contracts. Smart contracts are coded, self-enforcing contractual transactions that have the potential to replace intermediaries in a wide array of human-to-human, human-to-machine as well as machine-to-machine interactions.
Bitcoin, for example, is a Blockchain network that transfers value(digital money) between two parties without a third party facilitating the actual transaction. Ethereum also removes the third party in the transaction process but the actual app could be about anything and not only digital money.
In this article some overview of the biggest Ethereum competitors which will be listed below:
Ethereum current state of the project
As of today, Ethereum has grown significantly in size as a Blockchain network and cryptocurrency project. Total market cap of the project is more than 17 billion US dollar and in 24 hours 5 billion US dollar is traded in ETH on a global scale. More impressive is the total Dapps that are residing on the Ethereum platform which is 2233 according to stateofthedapps.com.
Other Ethereum stats
The Ethereum network has a significant number of developers – currently roughly 250,000 developers – that actively working on projects. Considering the size of the cryptocurrency sector, this is a commendable number.
By many metrics, it is evident that Ethereum is one of the best Blockchain projects on the market. However, there have been many concerns across the industry about Ethereum’s scaling issues. As the number of applications on the network continues to grow, the network has been plagued by slow transaction times and higher transaction fees, which has even led to proclamations about the coming death of the smart contract platform.
While Ethereum focuses on fixing its scaling issues, there are some platforms which are betting on either taking its place as the number one smart contract platform. In this article I will give an overview of the best Ethereum competitors and find out how serious they are as a threat to Ethereum.
Ethereum competitor: what are the alternatives
Currently, the biggest Ethereum competitor is Binance Launchpad. Binance Launchpad is a ICO token platform which is running on the Binance cryptocurrency exchange. The platform has existed since 2017, when they helped launch projects like Bread (a financial services platform that aims to build the world’s largest decentralized bank) and GIFTO (token of the live streaming app Uplive). After going into hibernation for almost two years during the latest crypto bear market, Launchpad’s blockchain kick-starting activities were recently revived by CEO Zhao and the company.
What is Binance Launchpad
Like I explained above, investors can participate in ICO’s or Dapps on the platform. Other ICO programs launched in the past had to deal with a lot of regulation like knowing your customer programs(KYC). The advantage at Binance is that investors can participate anonymously but there is only 1 condition: investors have to own the BNB coin token. A big advantage for companies who start an ICO at this platform is the potential reach to millions of investors who are trading at Binance on a daily basis. Also running your token on this platform gives the companies a head start compared to other blockchain projects existing in the market. The most important reason for this is that it’s very hard for these projects to get listed on Binance. Also, this trading platform is one of the biggest exchanges in the world and has a big market share in the total market.
In my opinion, Binance is handling business very smart by allowing companies to start ICO’s on their platform with the only condition to own the BNB token. With every new ICO that is launched on Binance, there is automatically demand created for the BNB coin. This will drive the price of the BNB coin to the moon, which already happened in Q1 and will continue to grow further in 2019.
Another interesting Ethereum competitor is the EOS project. This blockchain project which is founded by Brendan Blumer, is ranked 4 at Coinmarketcap with a total market value of about 4.3 billion US dollar. The core team of this blockchain project is called “Block.one” which is based in the Cayman Islands. Another important person in this project is the CTO, Dan Larimer, who is also the creator of the mining technology called delegate proof-of-stake. Also this man is involved in Bitshares and Steem, two other existing blockchain projects.
To compete with Ethereum this project has 7 key factors they are aiming at:
- Scalability – Where Ethereum has problems to scale due to the proof-of-work mining algorithm, EOS uses delegate proof-of-stake technology which will allow millions of transactions to happen per second.
- Flexibility – because EOS uses delegate proof-of-stake it will be very unlikely that another Blockchain hard fork will appear on this chain.
- Usability – very simple use of interface development, self-describing interfaces and database schemes.
- Governance – updates to the protocol happen on a decentralized manner
- Parallel processing – calculations and program instructions on the network by smart contracts are handled by multiple processors to reduce the running time.
- Self-sufficiency – Every Dapp on the EOS Blockchain has an inflation rate of 5% yearly. This to ensure that decentralization is done the right way without bigger monopolists dominating the network.
- Operating system – Ethereum manifests itself as a decentralized supercomputer, EOS states that it’s a decentralized operating system.
Current state of EOS network
According to Dappradar, the site that gives a total overview of all Blockchain Dapps in the market(Ethereum, EOS,TRON), I find the following biggest projects based on volume:
- Poker EOS – This is an online poke game which allows users to play against each other with native EOS tokens. It has 1.4k users over 24 hours and a volume of
1.364M EOS tokens
- Betace – This is an online gambling game with 234 users over 24 hours and a volume of 441.75k EOS tokens
- Newdex – This is a decentralized trading platformon EOS Blockchain with 957 users in 24 hours and a volume of 323.602k EOS tokens.
The following Ethereum competitor is TRON. The main reason for being a competitor of Ethereum lies in its founder Justin Sun. Justin Sun is notorious and famous within the cryptocurrency space and has also been involved in the Ripple project. Sun is one of crypto’s youngest stars, born in 1990, yet his youth has not stopped him from rising to the top in awesome style. Sun began his career by studying under Jack Ma, the founder of Chinese giants Alibaba. Sun studied under Ma at Hupan University for Entrepreneurs, one of the most prestigious schools in the world.
Currently, the TRON Blockchain project is ranked at an 11th place according to Coinmarketcap, with a total market value of 1.5 Billion Us dollar. The TRON project is also very ambitious and aims to totally decentralize the internet or the web. To do this they have set up a highly scalable, with high throughput decentralized system which supports a lot of decentralized Dapps. BTT a token that comes from the BitTorrent project is one of the famous examples TRON is currently dealing with. Tron uses the native TRX token as fuel on their Blockchain network. The TRX token has the following functions on the network:
- Digital currency / medium of exchange – TRX can be used as digital cash on the Blockchain which is similar to Bitcoin
- Provide rights and privileges – Owning TRX gives you the rights to receive airdrops and also gives you voting rights
- Creation of TRC10/TRC20 tokens – For content creators and developers on the chain. They can create their own tokens and host them on the chain.
- Investment – Investors can hold or acquire more TRX to speculate of a rise I price in the future.
The last Ethereum competitor I’ll handle is the NEO project or “The Ethereum of China”. The project started as “Antshares” in 2014 but was rebranded to NEO in June 2017. NEO was founded by two rounds of crowd sales; the first was in October 2015 were 17.5 million NEO tokens were sold for $550.000. The second round followed quickly, which contained 22.5 million tokens and was worth 4.5 million US dollar. The Blockchain project focusses on three things to form a smart economy:
- Digital assets
- Digital identity
- Smart contract
Is NEO the one? Like I stated above NEO is called the “Ethereum of China” which also brings complications according to China authorities. China has a very crypto unfriendly policy according to Blockchain projects and they have banned ICO’s before. Unfortunately, their community is strong and they are ranked 17th on Coinmarketcap with a market value at about 638 million US dollar.
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