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Lisk Launch: First ‘Modular’ Cryptocurrency Hits the Market

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Lisk has finally launched, deploying what it calls the “first truly scalable cryptocurrency,” following a $6.5 million USD crowdsale. This platform aims to enable developers from diverse backgrounds to build blockchain applications by supporting JavaScript compatibility.

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Branded as the “first modular cryptocurrency utilizing sidechains,” Lisk launched v0.3.0 on May 24, 2016. This project seeks to provide scalability to a digital asset ecosystem by using sidechains to allow app development on independent blockchains attached to a main chain. With sidechains, developers can build and experiment with new blockchain apps without bloating the main blockchain with test transactions. Thus, Lisk believes that it has created a system that can both serve as a high-volume transaction network as well as a platform for innovation and experimentation.

By supporting JavaScript compatibility, the platform allows developers to build in one of the most popular programming languages. With Lisk, people with all different programming backgrounds will reportedly have access to its blockchain development ecosystem without having to learn new coding languages or techniques.

CEO and co-founder Max Kordek says that “Lisk is utterly unique.” He continues, “There is no public cryptocurrency platform which allows developers to easily deploy their own blockchain and build a JavaScript blockchain app on it.”

This project is funded by a four-week crowdsale that took place between February and March 2016. During the crowdsale, the platform raised over 14,000 bitcoins and 80 million crypti, bringing funding to a total of $6.5 million USD. Kordek says that he and his team plan to use the ICO money to fund continuing development and promotion of the platform. In accordance with this plan, the team has hired PR firm Transform PR to raise public interest about the Lisk project.

Kordek reported that the Lisk price during the ICO was at $0.08 USD, but that a different exchange had been trading “IOU’s” for the coin at $1.70 USD apiece. With a wide spread of possible price points, Kordek says that the coin may keep its position in the top 5 cryptocurrencies, but that he isn’t totally certain.

Expressing his excitement about the launch, Kordek says, “This will give millions of developers the ability to create their own sidechains, particularly around consumer applications, including games, social networks and the Internet of Things, but the same core functionality can also be used to develop and scale business applications.

About Lisk

Lisk is the first modular cryptocurrency, as well as the first public cryptocurrency to use sidechains and first to provide an easy-to-use SKD for developers of the world’s most popular programming language, JavaScript. Following one of the most successful public crowdsales in history (more than 14,000 BTC), Lisk released its first public blockchain, v0.3.0 in late May 2016.

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Lisk Expands Team Heading Into May 24 Launch

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Lisk has greatly expanded its team in anticipation of its launch on May 24, 2016. By hiring two new community members and recruiting a PR firm, the team hopes to increase awareness about their project.

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Adding Isabella Dell and Francois-Xavier Thoorens to the roster, the Lisk team now consists of 5 members, including Max Kordek, Oliver Beddows and Joel Fernandez. Isabella brings SQL and database proficiency to the table, while Francois-Xavior will contribute his expertise in Node.JS. The two new employees will work with the rest of the team to make sure the platform is ready for launch on May 24.

The team has also recruited the services of Transform PR, a leading public relations firm in the blockchain industry. Led by Michael, Lisk will receive PR services used by the likes of Augur, Counterparty, Dash, Factom and MaidSafe. Transform PR’s goal in working on this project is to increase “the general popularity of Lisk among users, developers, and companies.”

The team raised over $6 million USD during its ICO, setting the platform up for a successful launch. As the platform moves into its next phase, project leaders Max Kordek and Oliver Beddows are looking to hire several skilled developers and designers. Interested parties can visit style=“font-weight: 400;“> for more information.

About Isabella Dell

Isabella is a Unix and Database specialist with over five years’ worth of experience in blockchain technology. In her role with Lisk, she will secure the blockchain’s present and future by leveraging the unique combination of software it provides.

About Francois-Xavier Thoorens

François-Xavier is a full stack developer focusing on innovative solutions ranging from satellite imagery analysis to clinical trials on cancer. In the past he worked for the European Commission as a scientist, advised the Black Sea Commission executive director, collaborated with the Institut Gustave Roussy and co-founded 2 startups.

About Transform PR

Transform PR is part of Transform Group LLC, owned by Michael Terpin who founded Marketwire – one of the leading international newswires. Transform PR mainly focuses on new paradigms and markets which include cryptocurrency sector. It has handled public relations for over 40 firms in the sector since 2013.

About Lisk

Started earlier this year, Lisk is a decentralized start-up, founded by two former Crypti team members Max Kordek and Oliver Beddows. This project is an open source platform written in JavaScript. It is positioned as an alternative to the Ethereum platform and allows developers to create blockchain-based applications easily using JavaScript and the publicly available Lisk SDK.

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Lisk Gears Up for May 24th Launch

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After a 5 month-long period of development, fundraising and community-building, Lisk is set to launch on May 24, 2016.

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The May 24 launch follows a highly successful ICO between February 22 and March 21, during which the team raised over $6 million USD. The team says that the funds raised during the ICO were in bitcoin “and other digital currencies.” Preparing for the launch on Tuesday, the team is putting the “final touches” on their platform.

With Lisk, developers can create applications on dedicated sidechains. Utilizing “the most widely used programming language, JavaScript,” the platform hopes to draw in developers from all different backgrounds.

The platform’s team believes that it gives developers “endless possibilities” for building blockchain applications. They say that the apps built on the List platform use “heavily customizable” sidechains, that “can be hosted on any cloud platform by creating a Blockchain as a Service (BaaS) Virtual Private Server (VPS).

Going into the launch, the team has organized a campaign to spread the word about their platform. The team currently has “ambassadors representing and actively promoting Lisk in 11 countries.” The team has also brought PR firm Transform PR on board to provide further promotional services.

In its 6 short months of life, the platform has partnered with Microsoft and Chain of Things “to offer world class support to developers using the platform.”

About Lisk

Started earlier this year, Lisk is a decentralized start-up, founded by two former Crypti team members Max Kordek and Oliver Beddows. This project is an open source platform built on an unreleased version of Crypti. The platform is positioned as an alternative to Ethereum platform and allows developers to create blockchain-based applications easily using JavaScript and publicly available Lisk APIs. Development is currently handled by a team of 5 along with Boris Povod and Alex Hellinger as advisers.

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Hacking Team Kept A Close Eye On The Bitcoin Ecosystem Evolution

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Hacking Team Kept A Close Eye On The Bitcoin Ecosystem Evolution

Hacking Team has made a lot of media headlines over the past year. Not only because this collaborative is known for its hacking exploits all over the world, but also because of their contacts with governments around the world. Ever since Hacking Team became the subject of a hacking attempt themselves, a lot of people have been wondering what day-to-day operations for this group looked like. Apparently they were keeping a very close eye on the evolution of the Bitcoin ecosystem.

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Hacking Team Detests Idea of Ethereum And Sidechains

WikiLeaks has unveiled over one million emails from the Hacking Team surveillance malware collective. As part of this release, Internet users from all over the world can gain valuable insights as to how the team communicated behind the scenes, and what types of topics were discussed. Among the internal emails are a few references to Bitcoin and the digital currency ecosystem.

The first of two emails that caught our attention touches upon the subject of Sidechains, Ethereum, and ZeroCash. Apparently, Hacking Team got this information from a TechCrunch article discussing cryptocurrency and the evolution of the blockchain ecosystem.

As one would come to expect, Hacking Team CEO David Vincenzetti had his own thoughts on this matter:

“MY VIEW: Just a bunch of fascinating u-topias (the original the Greek etymology is U-TOPOS, that is, IN NO PLACE) .

THE PROBLEM: The present cryptocurrencies provide an unacceptable transactional anonymity level and therefore they are the currencies of choice of criminals. You compute, you create something which is called money, such money is accepted by somebody and you get something, nearly anything in return. Peer to peer translations, no clearing houses, no overall Government supervision. It won’t work.”

It is important to keep in mind this original email conversation is dated on December 14, 2014, At that time, the discussion of sidechains was heating up, and the launch of Ethereum was something a lot of digital currency community members were anxiously waiting for. Fast forward to today and Ethereum is seeing a fair share of success. Sidechains, on the other hand, have still not come to fruition in the Bitcoin ecosystem.

A Different Attitude Towards Bitcoin 2.0

The second Hacking Team email talks about a different article written by the Financial Times, discussion the Bitcoin 2.0 ecosystem.  Strangely enough, CEO David Vincenzetti has no snarky remarks about this article, and he even seems to agree with most of the points raised. Quite a different attitude compared to the TechCrunch post.

It has to be said, however, that the Bitcoin 2.0 article talked more about the technological possibilities and less about the “hype” surrounding the projects in development. During the time of publication of this Financial Times article, discussions had already started on how to upgrade the blockchain infrastructure to handle a wider range of transactions.

Furthermore, other topics were discussed, such as digital ownership of physical assets, distributed digital marketplaces, and alternative blockchains. Previous topics, such as Ethereum and sidechains, are touched upon again in this specific article, but from a different and more professional angle. Perhaps the different writing style pleased the Hacking Team CEO more than the Techcrunch writeup.

What are your thoughts on Hacking Team keeping a close eye on the evolution of Bitcoin and the ecosystem? Do you agree with the views of David Vincenzetti? Let us know in the comments below!

Source: Wikileaks

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