Mar 162016
 
Lisk ICO Javascript Smart Contracts

Lisk is a new cryptocurrency project with the aim of making it as easy as possible for developers to build and deploy their decentralized applications (DApps). Lisk is especially noteworthy in its use of JavaScript as the programming language that will power these DApps. JavaScript is one of the most common languages that most web developers are familiar with, and therefore Lisk is able to tap into a huge market of existing developers throughout the globe.

Lisk aims to make it easier to build DApps for developers who may find Ethereum challenging to learn, or just provides an alternative to developers, so they are not overly dependent on Ethereum for their DApps. Lisk has created a clever infrastructure around this project, which includes a Lisk DApp Store that will list the DApps built by people, for ease of discoverability. Lisk will likely lower the barriers to entry into this exciting new space.

Lisk is also one of the few blockchain and cryptocurrencies listed on Microsoft Azure. In fact, it finds a mention in Azure’s official blog, along with other projects like Augur, Bitshares, Syscoin, and Slock.it.

How Lisk Works

Lisk makes it easy to integrate with existing services that a lot of web software developers are familiar with, such as Github. In its current infrastructure, Lisk will assign a new sidechain to each DApp but aims to use a Virtual Machine (VM) architecture in the future. The BTC Geek spoke to Max Kordek, the CEO of the Lisk project –

“Lisk offers a unique solution for JavaScript developers to deploy their own blockchain and develop a decentralized application on top of it. We think it’s high time to spread thousands of blockchains with different use-cases throughout the whole world.”

Lisk is branched out of the Crypti community, where a segment of the initial team diverged in their vision and started Lisk. This shows the community is already familiar with cryptocurrencies in general. Crypti raised 750 Bitcoins in its Initial Coin Offering (ICO). Lisk is also going through the ICO process, and has raised several thousand Bitcoin already. The ICO is expected to last until March 20th 2016.

Projects like Lisk help spread the idea of cryptocurrencies and blockchain to the more mainstream developer community that may not be very familiar with blockchains in general and therefore fear treading into the space due to a steep learning curve. By working with tools, technologies, and sites including Github, Docker, and Node, Lisk aims to make building decentralized applications as easy as building any regular web application. It also abstracts away a lot of low-level code by providing useful APIs, which make the developer further simplified. Lisk a beginner-friendly version of a cryptocurrency that allows for the creation of DApps.

Photo Credit: Dmitry Baranovskiy

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Mar 102016
 
Bitshares Added to Microsoft Azure: Especially Useful for Bitshares

Bitshares announced today that it is available on Microsoft Azure. This may or may not seem like huge news to you, but I suspect people are missing the point. Just getting on to Microsoft Azure is a gimmick – everyone and their dog will be doing this soon for the publicity and price pump this […]

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Mar 052016
 
MaidSafeCoin's Trading Volume Exceeds Litecoin's on Steady Price Rise

MaidSafeCoin, the currency behind the SAFE network of MaidSafe, is seeing a steady price rise with increasing volume for the last few weeks, and over the last 24 hours, for the first time, its trading volume is higher than Litecoin’s. The price and volume run-ups have taken place after the testnet was released by the […]

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Feb 102016
 
Princeton's Bitcoin and Cryptocurrency Course and Book

Princeton University is taking the lead on American Universities teaching students about Bitcoin. Their professors have already taught an online course in this space, and have now provided everyone with a free copy of their book. The best thing is, the lead is coming from their computer science department, and therefore their treatment of the […]

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Jan 252016
 
Marketing Pivot: From Blockchain to Distributed Ledger Technology

The big news last week was the company Digital Asset Holdings raising $50 million from a bunch of top-names in the financial industry. And yes, these are some of the top financial institutions in the world. Here’s a list: ABN AMRO, Accenture, ASX Limited, BNP Paribas, Broadridge Financial Solutions, Inc., Citi, CME Ventures, Deutsche Börse Group, […]

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Jan 062016
 
The Rise and Pivoting of Bitcoin API Startups

Today, Gem, a Bitcoin API provider, raised $7.1m in its Series A round bringing the total money it raised to $10.4m. That’s a significant chunk of money for the California-based startup and a nice piece of news in 2016 for the Bitcoin economy. After all, another Bitcoin API company, Chain, raised a total of $43.3m […]

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Oct 032015
 
New York's Bitcoin Center Reopens in SoHo

New York’s Bitcoin Center, which previously closed its location at 40 Broad Street just steps away from the now largely historic New York Stock Exchange building, has re-opened in the trendy SoHo neighborhood of Manhattan. The new location is at 25 Cleaveland Place, former restaurant and bar. The new location has a large outdoor space […]

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Sep 232015
 
How to Invest in Bitcoin

As Bitcoin gains popularity as an alternate asset class, there are several ways how to invest in Bitcoin, but as an investor, it is important to note the pros and cons of each, and also learn to protect yourself. This should not be construed as an investment advice in Bitcoin. The post will just help […]

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Sep 192015
 
Bitshares Surges with High Volume Amidst Anticipation of 'Bitshares 2.0'

Bitshares, the cryptocurrency that introduced Delegated Proof of Stake as its consensus mechanism and issues collateralized assets on the blockchain, called BitAssets, is seeing a comeback in price with high trading volume as it prepares for the launch of its next phase, ‘Bitshares 2.0′. The new release has promised a bunch of new features and […]

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