John Carvalho recently conducted an interview with Charlie Lee, the Founder of Litecoin on his Youtube channel called ‘Bitcoin Error Log’.
John mostly concentrated on topics related to both Bitcoin and Litecoin and the recent changes which are occurring in both the platforms.
Some of the points which Charlie mentioned, in the beginning, was about the place of Litecoin in the blockchain ecosystem. According to him, Litecoin can be considered as complementary Bitcoin and that they are aiming to implement better payment methods. Bitcoin concentrates more on storing the values and he thinks that both the firms can work side by side.
Both the coins act separately and he believes that Litecoin is helping in the improvement of the ecosystem in multiple ways and that he does not want to be detrimental about Bitcoin.
Cheaper fees and faster transactions are the two best features of Litecoin. He mentioned that Litecoin will always be cheaper than Bitcoin because of its larger capacity.
He was also asked about the Litecoin Foundation further. The Litecoin Foundation was formed last year and is run by Charlie Lee who is the current Managing Director along with three other Directors. They hired developers to improve the functioning of Litecoin and make it more user-friendly. They are presently working on Litecoin’s core reference client and on increasing Litecoin network by introducing new marketing techniques.
During the chat, he described the entire issue regarding LitePay scandal. He stated that the initial idea behind introducing LitePay was to make payment methods easier for its users by using a consumer credit card facility. The firm had invested $50,000 for the same. But the LitePay team failed to deliver the project and they noticed that the team did not have the potential to execute the project. Later, LitePay team sold their assets and checked out.
Regarding Abra’s involvement with Litecoin, he said that the firm decided to migrate from Bitcoin’s smart contracts to Litecoin’s network due to the higher trading rates.
While comparing Litecoin and Bitcoin Cash, he said that both the technologies are almost the same except that all the Bitcoin holders will have Bitcoin Cash by default due to which the BCH supporters are more. He also mentioned that the security for Bitcoin Cash is very low because it shares the same hashing function as Bitcoin, making it more exposed to hacks.
Charlie believes that the price variation of any coin is only due to the market rates and the underlying technology should not be responsible for the same.
Towards the end of the session, he stated that Fungibility is the main feature which all the transactions that involve money are lacking. He says that we can expect ‘bulletproof and confidential transactions’ to be implemented based on the Lightning Network within a year.
And finally, he mentioned some of the reasons why somebody should hold or buy Litecoin; It provides much value and one can use their money without being censored and the transactions can be done quickly and effectively.
Johnny T, a cryptocurrency enthusiast tweeted:
“Charlie great interview! When will confidential transactions be added to litecoin? Also will that be enabled by default? ”
Another Twitterati says:
“@SatoshiLite I use #litecoin bitcoin as my store of values, my investments, my daily transactions. Personally I’m more comfortable with #litecoin. I tend to believe in you and litecoin more then I do bitcoin and the longterm future I see better with ltc how does that make u feel?”
Coty Cech, a Litecoin supporter says:
“Awesome interview, tone is hella monotonous lol but questions were quite detailed and relevant. Big supporter of Litecoin, I’m glad you had Charlie on “
Bitfinex partners with EOSIO as a Blockchain Producer
Bitfinex, headquartered in Hong Kong is the largest Bitcoin trading platform with over 10% of the exchanges’ trading. They offer state-of-the-art services for digital assets and liquidity providers. While their search for advanced technologies with the capacity to meet high-demands of a high-volume blockchain both legally and technically was in process, they came across EOSIO community to which they believe they can contribute significantly.
Latest tweet by Bitfinex:
“Bitfinex is pleased to present itself as an EOS Block Producer candidate.”
Bitfinex will act as an incubator to fund, nurture and advise teams that are serious about the future of EOS. Their team is an assortment of more than 100 experts from the industry including a highly versatile development team, legal experts, technical support agents, and industry advocates.
“Our team has gained invaluable industry experience along the way, and we aim to make use of this to enrich the teams around us — sharing information and providing guidance whenever possible.”
Being a block producer candidate, they pledge to grow the open-source nature of the decentralized digital asset space. This is done through intense research, collaborations, and community development. They aim to combine the potential of EOSIO with their own terms of research, development, and adoption at a much higher level.
A high-performance decentralized exchange platform, EOSfinex also aims to combine the scalability and potential of EOSIO. It is built on EOSIO technology, along with the financial/development expertise of the Bitfinex development team. EOSfinex looks forward to delivering a highly-scalable, on-chain trading platform.
“EOSfinex has been developed by considering speed, transparency and scalability and will be the first trust less exchange to be implemented on EOSIO-based networks.”
Apart from the development of a trustless exchange, EOSfinex will be leading the development of a secure and intuitive EOS wallet as well. The partnership is meant to leverage EOSIO’s platform for horizontal scaling of DApps. As their continuous search led them to the EOSIO platform, they aim to process tens of thousands of transactions per second with the lowest fees.
Judy Steven, a Bitfinex user says:
“This is exciting. I’m interested in learning more about this “intuitive wallet” you are developing.”
Ariana Paul, a speculator says:
“Congrats Bitfinex! Looking forward to seeing what great accomplishments Bitfinex will bring to the EOS ecosystem. I can see a three-digit price for EOS soon.”
Lessie Grundon, a market observer said:
“Honestly, I don’t think this is good. To me decentralisation is all about random people having a right to produce blocks and vote the way ahead.”
EOS has been one of the top gainers in the market that has turned bearish recently displaying significant volume gains up to 52% and currently trading at $13.19. The market cap has also noticeably gained and is worth $10 billion roughly as seen at press time.
Jed McCaleb talks about the foundation of Stellar Lumens [XLM]
The BayPay Thought Leadership event was held on 19th April, where Jed McCaleb, the Co-Founder, and CTO of Stellar Development Foundation spoke about the past, present, and future of Stellar.
He started by explaining how the transactions on Stellar work and about how they get banks on board. He says that banks are not the first ones to take up this system of transaction. However, smaller financial institutions like money transfer operators that focus on payments will be more open to adopting this method of sending money.
“We are working with a few banks and none of them are in production. I don’t think of the banks using cryptocurrency are in production… I don’t think they’re going to do anything until they see a lot of money flowing somewhere else in the ecosystem first because they are the most risk-averse, they have the most to lose essentially.. we spend most of our time outside the US – mainly focus in South Asia, Africa.”
He further explains that there is a lot of friction in places where people do not have bank accounts, wherein the adoption of the Stellar network makes it easier for them to adopt the system.
When asked about how much responsibility they have as a network to allow ICOs to function, Jed talks about the company being unable to stop anyone from issuing a token on the network but they wouldn’t be involved in the same. However, he says “Our responsibility falls on the ones that we do work with.. we want to make sure there is reputable and valuable projects”.
He also says that people need to be careful while investing in ICOs as these are the early days in the space, due to which there are a lot of scams and fraudulent activities.
A crypto enthusiast commented:
“This was a great discussion. I loved how Jed did a great job answering the questions even though they were irrelevant. I think it could have been more detailed about the backstory of Stellar and the challenges the faced instead of talking about Jed’s life history. Im sure the audience wanted to know more than just unnecessary things.”
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