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Cardano (ADA) Founder Sheds Light on Ethereum Classic

Cardano (ADA)–Cardano and IOHK Founder and Ethereum co-founder Charles Hoskinson has had a substantial impact on the direction of cryptocurrency. From his position in getting the second-ranked cryptocurrency by market capitalization up and running, to his creation of the Input-Output Hong Kong organization, which created Cardano ADA, Hoskinson has had has finger on the developmental pulse of the industry.

Speaking on the YouTube Channel Learn Crypto in an interview published Friday, Hoskinson gave his opinion on the Ethereum Classic (ETC) currency, a hard fork from Ethereum (ETH) which in part led to the creation of Cardano. Following his departure from the group of original Ethereum founders, a relationship that did not end 100% amicably, Hoskinson joined the Ethereum Classic team in 2016 to help guide the coin following its hard fork from ETH. The primary difference between ETH and ETC is that the latter promotes the idea of unrevisable, immutable blockchains. Following the The DAO hack, which essentially split the community of Ethereum, ETH Classic miners continued to trawl the original ETH blockchain–as opposed to participating in the new blockchain that returned ether to impacted investors. At the time, the move was hailed by equal parts admiration and derision. ETH supporters saw the move as a way to counteract the illegal theft of a hacker. ETC proponents felt that, while the hack was not to be celebrated, it was constitutionally wrong to the currency to revise the blockchain under any circumstance.

Hoskinson joined with the latter of the two, telling Learn Crypto,

“So…  I put my name brand and reputation on Ethereum and you know I went my own way but I still believed in this whole philosophy of the system.”

He goes on to expound upon his support for Ethereum Classic over ETH,

“I felt that you can’t go raise 18 million dollars and market something one way, and then when it’s inconvenient to you, you go change the terms of sale without the consent of the customer, and not a lot of customers participated. I think the vote was less than 10% participation and there wasn’t lot of time and it was just a knee-jerk decision.”

Hoskinson tells more about the conception of Ethereum Classic, speaking on the ease of which a developer can create a fork of a currency. However, he also relates how his experience with ETH and ETC set him up for the creation of IOHK and the Cardano ADA currency that followed. In particular, he highlighted the importance of currencies focusing on scalability, a feature that Cardano has been pushing for some time, in addition to higher TPS and a growing user base,

“Cardano’s trying to cover all three areas. So we started 2015 it was basically just a collection of concepts. We get about three years of research and development and now we’re in a position where we think we have a pretty good shot at being able to pull it off.”

In May, Hoskinson made somewhat controversial headlines when he called into question the massive market cap ascribed to Bitcoin and Ethereum. While not outright calling the currency worthless (as some outlets have run with), the IOHK CEO did find fault with what Bitcoin and Ethereum have done, or are in the process of doing, to deserve their spot at the top of the industry’s market capitalization,

“Why is anybody worthy of their positions in the market cap? Bitcoin is advertised as a payment system and a means of exchange, and then everybody who’s ever tried to use it for that, it’s been a miserable failure. They usually stop taking it, or they find ways to take cash, and through a creative structure like what Bitpay has done. Ethereum claims to be a world computer, but then CryptoKitties breaks it.”

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Don’t Overlook Cardano (ADA) on Coinbase

Cardano (ADA)–When the news of Coinbase “exploring” five new cryptocurrencies broke two weeks ago, it was clear that two coins were in the front-running for addition to the exchange: Stellar Lumens XLM and Cardano’s ADA.

In that time, Stellar nearly doubled in price, jumping 77% in value from 0.18 USD to a relative high of 0.31 USD. While the price of XLM has since fallen to 0.28 USD, Cardano has yet to see the same extent of price movement. It gives the appearance that the market is acting on the assumption that Stellar is the most likely candidate for being the first new currency listed on Coinbase.

However, Cardano has a strong case as well. While there is a chance the exchange is looking to add multiple currencies, perhaps in an effort to stave off the inevitable price run that will accompany the initial listing, it seems unlikely given how disastrous the Bitcoin Cash addition was handled. Not only did BCH create erratic pricing on GDAX (since relabeled Coinbase Pro), that saw investors burned when the price leapt from 2800 USD to 3900 USD, and back again in the span of an hour, Coinbase will bide its time rather than attempting the ambitious project of simultaneous listing.

Which leaves us with the question: will Stellar or Cardano be listed first on Coinbase?

There is a significant amount of overlap in some of the more appealing features of both XLM and ADA to be in the front-running for listing on Coinbase. For one, both currencies offer high supply, low price-per-coin cryptos that will stand in stark contrast to the rest of Coinbase’s current selection. The reason XRP grabbed so much price traction at the beginning of the year, when the coin was being tied to the U.S.-based exchange as a possible addition, is because of the attractive investment opportunity it offered for Coinbase’s 13 million customers.

Both ADA and XLM occupy a top ten position by market capitalization–and have for most of the year–lending a high profile addition that Coinbase customers are sure to recognize. In addition, they are high supply coins, with 26 billion and 19 billion circulating supply for Cardano and Stellar, respectively. In that regard, both currencies offer a significant advantage to Coinbase customers, in that they have psychologically attractive price points compared to the current offering. While investors may be enthusiastic to put money into projects like Cardano and Stellar, which have gained substantial traction in the industry through partnerships, it gives the average Coinbase investor access to a cheap coin for the first time in recent memory. Particularly to the more casual investors, or those who have less interest in price speculation and would like to play around with owning a bag of coins, ADA and XLM hitting Coinbase will provide a level of novelty that the exchange has lacked over the previous year.

Cardano also comes with the presence of long-time industry figure Charles Hoskinson. Given the relationship with Litecoin creator Charlie Lee, who worked for Coinbase, and the conglomeration of industry-figures (focused via Vitalik Buterin) backing Ethereum, Coinbase has shown a predilection for listing coins that have the support of major industry leaders. While Stellar was founded by Jed McCaleb, who created both Mt. Gox and Ripple, Hoskinson has had his hand in a number of projects as well. He was a co-founder of Ethereum in 2014 before leaving the team to found IOHK. His vision spawned from the Ethereum departure led to the creation of Cardano and the ADA currency. He has grabbed the attention of research groups and academics interested in the technology of cryptocurrency, as evidenced by the team’s recent trip to Google’s London office.

In addition to the attractive price features of the coin, Cardano would pair nicely with Ethereum as a cryptocurrency that offers more than just transaction potential. Coinbase has outlined its criteria for pursuing new projects, which falls heavy on promoting decentralization and best practices in the cryptospace. Cardano offers innovation, as well as having the team and focus to be a good ambassador for the positive aspects of cryptocurrency. While it seems likely that the exchange is eyeing both XLM and ADA for addition to its service, it would be a mistake to overlook the potential of Cardano and what it could offer through a high-profile listing on Coinbase.

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Cardano (ADA) Search Volume Spikes Following Coinbase Announcement

Cardano (ADA)–The eighth largest cryptocurrency by market capitalization continues to gain momentum following the landmark announcement by U.S.-based cryptocurrency exchange Coinbase.

On Friday, Coinbase made waves across the industry by announcing it’s exploration into five new cryptocurrencies: Basic Attention Token (BAT), Zcash (ZEC), Stellar (XLM), 0x (ZRX), and Cardano (ADA). While some cryptocurrency communities felt snubbed by the lack of mention, the five coins selected rejoiced over the potential exposure to 13 million customers and subsequent price appreciation that Coinbase listing would entail. 

On cue, all five cryptocurrencies experienced significant pumps in pricing following the announcement, as investors scrambled to buy the coins at a lower value than what they hoped would be offered from the outset on Coinbase. In addition to the price appreciation, Cardano experienced a wave of invigorating interest. Judging by the data published on Google Trends, Cardano is nearing a peak in search volume over the last 90 days, with interest more than doubling before and after the news tying ADA to Coinbase.

Prior to Friday, Google search volume for Cardano was exhibiting a typical fluctuation over time, with the currency’s interest trending below it’s historical average. However, following the announcement by Coinbase that they were exploring ADA, Cardano search volume displayed a sharp increase, doubling its trending output in less than 24 hours.

Google Trends has been used as indicator in the past for both price interest as well as judging the popularity of the coin. While Google’s published data tends to lag several days behind actual search numbers (at least on the more reliable 90+ day charts), it does give an indication that Cardano is achieving renewed interest among investors and cryptocurrency enthusiasts. An increase in search volume has almost universally correlated to an in increase in price for a coin, with Cardano pushing a 22% appreciation in value since the Coinbase release. Search volume tends to have a snowballing effect. As more investors see the price of a currency rise, they start searching for general information on the investment or a reasoning for the price pump. This leads to greater interest in the coin, in addition to more investment dollars. While Google Trends and price appreciation suffers from a “chicken or the egg” debate (do coin prices rise because of interest, or vice-versa?), Cardano’s steep increase in search volume is good for both short term price appreciation and long term adoption.

Cardano, through the efforts of the IOHK team and CEO Charles Hoskinsons, has developed a strong media and community presence, hosting a regular dialogue with both investors and enthusiasts to keep  them up-to-date on coin news. Of the five cryptocurrencies under exploration by Coinbase, Cardano has quietly put together an impressive list of fresh news and development, ranging from the applications of Ouroboros in solving the issue of Proof of Stake, to a recent trip to the Google offices in London, sparking speculation over a possible partnership.

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How Cardano (ADA) Plans to Compete with Ethereum

CARDANO (ADA)–Speaking in a recent, published visit with Google’s London Office, the team behind Cardano’s ADA project stirred up a fair bit of speculation over whether the currency was in talks for a potential partnership with the search engine giant. Lost in most of the conversation over Google teaming up with Cardano was Charles Hoskinson’s response to a question posed during the visit:

Q. How will Cardano overcome the first-mover advantage of Ethereum?

The IOHK and Cardano founder has had an interesting past with the current #2 cryptocurrency by market capitalization. Charles Hoskinson was one of the original co-founders of Ethereum, alongside now leading figure Vitalik Buterin, before a series of disputes led Hoskinson to leave the project. The move was not all doom and gloom for the world of cryptocurrency or Ethereum’s former co-founder: Hoskinson went on to found IOHK (Inside Outside Hong Kong), the parent company behind the Cardano Project and currency ADA. Given his long history in the industry of cryptocurrency (Hoskinson created a digital school for Bitcoin in 2013 where he first met Vitalik Buterin), the move of having co-founded two top ten currencies has been worth about 500-600 million USD as estimated by Forbes.

It is becoming more evident that Cardano’s ultimate competitor in the cryptospace, at least given the current landscape, will be Ethereum and it’s predilection for Dapps, smart contracts and network driven growth.

Proponents of Bitcoin have long used the first-mover advantage of BTC as justification for the cryptocurrency offering the most long term potential over competition. Given the length of time that Bitcoin has existed in the market, as the genesis coin in the modern landscape of cryptocurrencies, it holds widespread recognition, near-household name branding, and a large degree of interest that draws developers, investors and merchant adopters. However, as the space of cryptocurrency grows beyond sole transacting currencies into the realm of complexity introduced by smart contracts, Dapps, and crypto-fueled networks, it becomes a more murky landscape over which currency offers the most advantage.

However, Hoskinson gives several reasons for why Cardano is in prime position to compete and overcome Ethereum, despite being later to the market. The first is Ethereum’s accessibility through written code, a feature that Cardano is attempting to capitalize on through its use of Ethereum’s Virtual Machine (EVM) and partnership with the University of Illinois,

So how many Java, C++ or Go developers are writing code on Ethereum? You can’t, Ethereum doesn’t support any of these languages. They can’t even run a single viral app on the platform. If you look at the top 10 languages, none of them works on the system, so, by definition, all those developers aren’t developing for the system, they have to go and learn new tools and new stuff. With Cardano, first off, we’re backward-compatible, 100%, we’re running an EVM. So you can take your Solidity code and your Web 3 stuff and all the things you’ve come to know and love about Ethereum, and you can run it on my system, and it’s faster, cheaper and safer to run it on my system because we have a better consensus model.

Hoskinson also expands on the nature of adoption, particularly from a developer’s standpoint, that supersedes specific loyalty to technology in an effort to find the cheapest, most efficient option,

it’s silly to say, ‘Oh well, only one platform and one token’s won’, it’s akin to saying Internet Explorer’s won and we all have to be Active X developers, god help us. I’m not loyal to IE, or Amazon Web Services. Rather, I have to ask, what’s the cheapest, best, most secure environment for me to run my computation in for my users? Our strategy is be backwards compatible, support more languages, especially mainstream languages in a better way, have a better user and developer experience, and be smarter about the ecosystem in which these contracts live. So we make it easier for the server to come into play, to use multiple ledgers and have a good app platform to deploy these types of things on, and we’ll definitely get a lot of growth there.

In addition, Hoskinson finds fault with the nature of the initial question, and argues that, while Ethereum has managed to capture a fairly large amount of the investor share in cryptocurrency, the actual adoption of smart contracts is a field yet to be tapped into,

The other thing is that very few people today write smart contracts. They play with these things, but very few people are smart contract developers. If 99% of developers aren’t in the ecosystem, how can you say a person has first-mover advantage? It’s nuts.

As some community members have pointed out, the idea of one currency gaining “advantage” over another is trivial in the open-source, decentralized atmosphere of cryptocurrency. Sure, a currency can implement superior technology or advantage over a rival currency, but then that antagonizing coin is free to take and do the same. While that’s not to downplay the difficulty of implementing new technology and protocol into an existing framework, it does show the power of decentralization in bringing out the best in organizations–by allowing them to freely compete and build off the back of other breakthroughs.

Branding will hold as much weight for cryptocurrencies in the growing landscape as the underlying technology. But anyone in the cryptospace, from Buterin to Hoskinson, likely realizes that, although the industry is littered with dead and dying projects, there is enough room for multiple currencies to exist. You can have a Mac and a PC, with investors and developers gravitating towards what fits their needs. The race for adoption, particularly by household name companies, will likely be one that takes into consideration brand-power. But all it takes is the innovation and excitement driven by one revolutionary product to flip the conception of ‘which currency is best’ on its head.

Think of the ongoing war between smart phone manufacturers. Some iterations provide greater advantage over the competition, with the constant tug-of-war ultimately to the benefit of users looking for the best phone–assuming they don’t blindly get lost in brand loyalty. When the appreciation of cryptocurrency and significant profit to be made is squeezed out of the industry, the real focus will turn to which currencies offer the most advantage. This should allow for enough diversity that intention and effort provide the greatest reward, as opposed to encouraging speculation.

You can read the entire interview between the Cardano and Google teams on IOHK’s blog.

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CNBC “Crypto Trader” Labels Cardano (ADA) As Undervalued

CARDANO (ADA)–Despite the plunging price of Bitcoin to levels not seen since last October, CNBC’s Crypto Trader remains bullish on the possibility of several altcoins, listing Cardano’s ADA currency as “undervalued.”

Cryptocurrency trader Ran Neu-Ner, who hosts CNBC Africa’s Crypto Trader program, told audiences on Fast Money, “There’s more blood to come,” in regards to the falling price of Bitcoin and the general decline of the cryptocurrency markets. Bitcoin broke the 6k USD mark yesterday evening, extending all the way into the 5800 USD range, reaching a relative low in value for the first time since October 2017. While the plunging price of BTC–and by extension, the entire altcoin market–follows on the heels of news surrounding the failure of lightning network in its present state (a protocol to reduce BTC fees and transaction times), the entire market is also responding to a general sentiment that the price will continue to drop. Cryptocurrency hedge funds, of which hundreds opened throughout last year, are reaching the critical point where investors can ask to take profit from their investment (forced sales), leading to a potential selloff in the market worth billions to the capitalization.

Given the negative attitude towards BTC’s price rallying in the near term, Neu-Ner has taken a bearish stance on the currency, predicting the price fall could extend into the 5300 USD range before the market starts to see a reversal, “Right now my money is on the market continuing to go down.”

Neu-Ner, founder of OnChain Capita, has been negative towards the price of BTC in the past, saying earlier in the month that he could see BTC testing 5000 USD in the near-term. He does argue that BTC pricing could form a floor when the cost of production (miner fees paid in electricity and equipment to process transactions and mine new coins) outweighs the benefit of selling at such a depressed price. Miners, in that situation, will be more compelled to hold their coins until price levels become more palatable–thereby drying up a portion of the current selling population.

Neu-Ner did give support for the future of cryptocurrency, saying that investors bullish on the technology should view this as a buyer’s market,

“If you understand the technology and you’re a bull, then now is a great time to be buying…The blockchain is progressing and this thing isn’t going away.”

In particular, the crypto trader highlighted Cardano’s ADA as a cryptocurrency for investors to consider, in addition to listing the altcoin as undervalued. When determining his next prediction for a successful currency, he stated looking at blockchain technology and infrastructure, which led him to Cardano and Neo.

Speaking specifically about his interest in Cardano, Neu-Ner had this to say,

“It’s a blockchain protocol. Which I think is highly undervalued.”

While the price of Cardano continues to fall coinciding with the slipping crypto market (ADA down to 0.11 USD as of writing), the eighth cryptocurrency by market cap saw positive news in the form of founder Charles Hoskinson meeting with Google to discuss the future of blockchain and crypto application.

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