Charles Hoskinson, the Founder of Cardano and the Co-Founder of Ethereum, spoke about how he stepped into the cryptocurrency space and became the Co-Founder of the second biggest cryptocurrency in the market, during a conversation with Mpho Dagada.
The founder of the third generation cryptocurrency was fascinated when he got to know about Bitcoin [BTC] in the year 2011 and thought of it to be an interesting concept. During this timeframe, Charles said that he bought Bitcoin [BTC] and mined some as well.
However, the Cypriot crisis which occurred during the timeframe of 2012-2013 resulted in huge growth of Bitcoin. This led to Charles believe that Bitcoin “is going to stay” and that it is permanent.
He continued to say:
“…but I didn’t professionally get in until about 2013, that’s when the Cypriot crisis happened and Bitcoin went from nothing to over $250. And there was a huge wave of people entering the space… So either I get on the truck or its going to leave without me. I need to do something in the movement.”
This was followed by him starting an educational project called Bitcoin Educational Project. Charles created free content and uploaded it on Youtube and other mediums in order to get students and talk to people about Bitcoin and digital currency. The project ended up being a success with over 80,000 students and Charles met several cryptocurrency influencers throughout the project including Roger Ver and Andreas M Antonopoulos.
Moreover, in the year 2013, the Founder of IOHK was approached by a Chinese investor who offered him over half a million dollars to start a company. Charles considered creating a stable currency since Bitcoin was too volatile and a student said that merchants can’t really adopt it because of the same. The main idea behind the stale currency was to make Bitcoin “undefeatable“.
“The very first person to answer that was Dan Larimer on the forum posts that I created and He said: Oh, I have this thing called BitShares that I have just come up with. You might be interested. So, Dan and I, actually started talking and eventually I flew down to Virginia met with him.”
This led to the creation of a company called Invictus Innovations Inc., which was used to create BitShares. However, Charles eventually left the company as the two of them did not get along well. After this, the Founder said that he was approached by Anthony Di Lorio, asking him to create content. Anthony also asked Charles to read Vitalik’s white paper which eventually resulted in him meeting Vitalik and becoming the fifth person to join the Ethereum project.
He continued to say:
“[Anthony said] There’s this kid called Vitalik, at that time he was 19, and he’s writen this great white paper. I can’t really make heads or tails of it. Can you read it? Let me know what you think. And I said sure, Anthony. So I read the paper, was very rough but I said, there’s something here and that’s how I met Vitalik Buterin.”
This was followed by the whole team meeting up in Miami for the North American Bitcoin Conference in the month of January 2014 and this led to the birth of Ethereum. He said:
“The North American Bitcoin conference in January 2014. So Anthony rented a beach house, we all bought her own way. There we met everybody, Joseph Lubin, Gavin Wood came, a lot of the big guys now who were not so big guys back then came and that was really the birth of a Ethereum”
Cardano (ADA) – Top Japanese crypto influencer praises Cardano: A plus towards awareness
From the technical side of things, Cardano is one of the best projects out there. It is based on scientific philosophies, and its protocols are built from the ground up. This means that once this project is completed, it will be one of the most powerful platform blockchains out there. It is scalable, secure, and with the Shelley release, it will be among the most decentralized projects out there. In fact, from a tech viewpoint, Cardano comes out as the true competitor to Ethereum (ETH). This makes it a crypto worth keeping an eye on in 2019, especially with the levels that prices are at, at the moment.
However, its not just the technical aspects to Cardano (ADA) that make it a solid investment, its potential for adoption in important markets is also quite high. For instance, Cardano is quite popular in Japan, one of the most important markets for cryptocurrencies, and it is poised to become even more popular. This is all thanks to the love it is getting from influential people in that country.
One of the most important crypto influencers in Japan recently published his book, and in it, he is very positive about Cardano (ADA). He touches on how some Dapps are considering moving from Ethereum to Cardano. This is a big deal, and could play a major role in adding impetus to the excitement around Cardano (ADA) in Japan. Japan is one of the countries that have so much influence on crypto prices alongside South Korea and China. This means that in a bull market, there would be a high likelihood of retail FOMO from Japan possibly driving up Cardano (ADA) prices faster than most other altcoins.
Besides Japan, Cardano (ADA) is gaining traction in markets where it is need most. Cardano would be perfect as a financial operating system for the developing world, and it is gaining traction in these markets. This is evident in the positive reception that Cardano has received in Africa, particularly in countries like Rwanda, Uganda and Ethiopia. In fact, Cardano is currently engaged in a training program on blockchain technology in Uganda and Ethiopia. The reception is so good that, the governments of the two countries were actively involved in the launch of this training. The same goes for Mongolia where the IOHK CEO has in the past received positive reception at government level. Clearly, Cardano’s potential for adoption where it is needed most is high, and this gives it huge potential for exponential growth.
With such prospects, Cardano (ADA) comes across as heavily underpriced at current prices. As such, the moment Bitcoin (BTC) turns bullish and altcoins gain steam, Cardano could easily outdo most of what it achieved in the last bull market. The probability of Cardano (ADA) hitting upwards of $5 in another bull market would be highly probable. It has achieved a lot technically, and awareness around it is higher than in 2017. The next few years will be interesting for Cardano (ADA).
Cardano [ADA]’s Charles Hoskinson: New revamp removes unnecessary rules, simplifies system and gets rid of redundancies
During a spontaneous AMA session, Charles Hoskinson, CEO of Input-Output HK and Cardano developer, discussed the recent internal workshop at Berlin to conclude Cardano’s Delegation Specification. Currently, ADA is the eleventh most-valuable cryptocurrency and is reigning at a market cap of $1.16 billion. The coin’s Shelly phase is all set to launch in the first quarter of the year.
Hoskinson cited that Delegation Spec is an incumbent and significant component for the construction of the system and emphasized on the need for a user-friendly and readable spec for security auditing in cryptographic protocols. He said:“Spec was written in math and was very close to the canonical representation to the Haskell Programming Language”.
So far, four main Byron Phases have been released. Speaking about wrapping up its Byron Phase, Hoskinson is eager for the release of the revamped Cardano 1.5. Hoskinson suggested that there are no material changes in the wallet or any other feature, however, certain internal functional changes have been made. For instance, Classic Ouroboros has been replaced with Ouroboros BFK.
Essentially, to decentralize the system and enable users on the network to participate and get rewards for creating new blocks, upgrading will continue in this platform by further introducing a decoupled wallet [standalone software made out of the existing Cardano wallet] in its 1.6 version.
Additionally, the subsequent versions will finally incorporate all the delegation mechanics involved in allowing users to begin building staking pools. He further disclosed his plans to launch a test net with the Rust clients for the process, to execute the final Cardano version, which will feature live-staking.
With plans to drift away from the normal UTXO to the extended version, which will serve crucial for Plutus and Marlowe, the CEO said that the company’s team has been working on some sort of a fake blockchain called mockchain to experiment out and check the programming language Plutus on a real system.
While the Bitcoin mining process – POW – which favors the one with massive hash power, the Cardano developer is keen on coming up with a product that explores the capabilities of POS by configuring it correctly. He added that many concepts of Bitcoin have come in handy for developing the product. Talking about building Daedalus Dapps and deploying them on Cardano ecosystem, Hoskinson said:“All of the millions and millions of web developers who understand how to write software for these systems or have written software for these systems would instantly be able to apply all their tools, domain knowledge and other capabilities into these systems and there’s a pretty reasonable security model around them.”
While talking about Cardano’s scalability, Charles said that he aspires to reach somewhere between 50 to 250 transactions per second.
Cardano (ADA) Roundup: Upcoming Shelley Upgrade Could Initiate a Strong Price Rally
- Cardano trades at $ 0.046 at the time of writing
- Shelley upgrade could initiate a bull run for the altcoin
- Cardano to become fully decentralized with Shelley upgrade
Cardano (ADA) currently sits at 11th position in CoinMarketCap crypto table. The altcoin had quite an eventful 2018. To cite some of these, the Cardano Foundation replaced their former chairman Michael Parsons over misconduct. On the brighter side, the blockchain R&D firm IOHK released Plutus and Marlowe software tools for smart contract creation on Cardano platform.
With that said and 2018 coming to an end, things look much brighter for the Charles Hoskinson led blockchain project in 2019.
Coinbase Listing could initiate a Bullish Breakout for ADA
2018 saw American cryptocurrency exchange Coinbase list altcoins such as BAT and Zcash on its platform. Since then, speculations have been running wild in the cryptoverse regarding the listing of other altcoins, such as Stellar Lumens (XLM), and Cardano (ADA).
BlockchainReporter informed its audience on January 8, 2019, how the Nasdaq-powered crypto trading platform DX.Exchange unveiled support for Cardano (ADA). What sets DX.Exchange apart from its peers is that it allows investors to buy tokenized stocks of global companies like Facebook, Apple, Microsoft, and others.
Listing on a major exchange like Coinbase could initiate a major bull run for the cryptocurrency.
A Roundup of Recent ADA Developments; PoS Whitepaper and Shelley Update
On January 1, 2019, the IOHK published the long-awaited Cardano proof-of-stake whitepaper. The project has continually been subject to criticism for not delivering on time and internal conflicts. However, the paper provided a major impetus to the legitimacy of Cardano as it unveiled the idea of ‘Sidechains’, which can finally help overcome the long-standing hurdles of scalability and interoperability.
Sidechains are blockchains with the unique ability to interact with parent blockchains through a two-way peg. They enable scaling and interoperability benefits that can become testing grounds for parent-chain upgrades.
Further, with the highly-anticipated Shelley update right on the cusp, Cardano looks primed to initiate its own price rally.
The Shelley update is an important one for the community as it will make the network blockchain fully decentralized. The Shelley upgrade will also mark the release of Cardano 1.5. Cardano’s roadmap states the following with regard to Shelley upgrade:
“As we progress through Shelley, work will be done that contributes to stability, interoperability and governance. Throughout the arc of development, Cardano’s protocols will increase in complexity, interdependence and use more exotic cryptographic primitives.”