Entries by Derek Yoo

Moonbeam Monthly Dispatch: June 2020

Since announcing the project at the end of April at Sub0 (talk can be found here), we have been coding. We made the Moonbeam repo public and you can visit it here. We now have foundational elements in place including a Dockerized GitLab-based CI for automated builds that will help us ensure quality in the […]

Moonbeam: A Smart Contract Parachain with Ethereum Compatibility

We announced Moonbeam today, a smart contract platform that provides a scalable and accessible alternative to other developer platform options. Moonbeam aims to provide developers with the ability to port existing Ethereum DApps or to create new DApps using familiar Ethereum development tools. This will substantially decrease the barrier to entry for successful Ethereum DApps […]

Blockchain Scalability Trade-offs: How to Choose a Platform

Blockchain scalability is one of the most frequently cited reasons that blockchain adoption isn’t happening faster. The truth is, most blockchain networks are slow when compared to traditional centralized technologies and networks like AWS or the Visa network. Ethereum, for example, can process transactions in the range of 15 transactions per second — and Bitcoin […]

Accelerating Performance of the Algorand Node API

It’s been a few months since we launched our Algorand API as a Service. In that time, we have gotten a lot of great feedback on what is working well and what still needs more work. One thing we have heard and observed ourselves is that certain operations time out and don’t return any data. […]

Choosing a Platform: A Comparison of Ethereum vs Polkadot

Polkadot is one of the most highly-anticipated next-generation, developer-focused blockchains. This comparison with Ethereum, the most widely adopted developer-oriented chain, is meant to help newcomers to the networks understand the differences between the two, and may help developers choose which one to build on. At a high level, the two projects are only partially overlapping. […]

11 Days Validating on Kusama: First Impressions & Emerging Power Dynamics

It has been 11 days since we joined the active validator set for Kusama, and I wanted to share some initial thoughts on the experience in case this is helpful to other validators, nominators, or other participants thinking about engaging with Kusama or Polkadot. The first impression to convey is that interest in Kusama and […]

Here Are the 4 Factors That Convinced Us to Become a Polkadot Validator

We have spent the last several months researching existing and soon-to-be-launched public blockchains, and we have come to the conclusion that Polkadot is an extremely ambitious and interesting project. Many teams are already building projects to be ready by the time the MainNet launches. Given PureStake’s infrastructure and DevOps expertise as a company, the obvious […]

Security Check-up: How to Use Ledger Nano S to Secure Algorand Accounts

Key management can be very stressful to cryptocurrency investors and users who control a large amount of crypto funds. Despite your best efforts, it can be very easy to compromise a key that has had any exposure to the internet, or to hijack a user’s phone, in order to steal their digital assets. So it’s […]