It’s time to look back at 2019 and round up this year’s most popular blog articles. Here’s our list of the ten most-read posts in 2019. For those who’ve visited the site and have read the blog, thank you. We hope you’ll continue to come back for our insights in the new year. Happy holidays from Espeo.
In 2019 blockchain technology has seen greater enterprise adoption. Blockchain this year started off in the grip of what Gartner calls the trough of disillusionment. The price of cryptocurrencies tanked and have not recovered. We say good!
Blockchain technology is much more than cryptocurrency. Without the distraction of price speculation, we can focus as an industry and do the hard work of building real solutions to real market problems. Like any other technology, blockchains have to stand up on their own merits.
This year, the industry has thankfully moved beyond crypto scams, fantasy land predictions, and vague promises to proofs-of-concept and fully-functional blockchain applications. 2020 will see this trend continue.
Supply chain management and asset tokenization are the most popular enterprise applications so far. Maersk and Walmart are just two industry giants that have launched actual blockchain projects this year. As more businesses find ways to use the immutable auditing of blockchain technology, use cases will continue to emerge.
At Espeo, we’re committed to designing blockchain systems that fill these gaps in the market. Whether it’s in financial technology, healthcare, or supply chain management, we’re helping to build some of the next great solutions.
5 blockchain real estate startups shaking up property investment
Blockchain real estate startups are disrupting traditional real estate. Asset tokenization opens up the market to more people and offers greater transparency to property investment. This is among the most popular use cases for blockchian technology and interest is rising as more companies rush to develop solutions here.
Pros and cons of blockchain: Do I even need one?
Questions about the pros and cons of blockchain come up a lot in our discussions with clients. Maybe a traditional database is just fine, or maybe the specific features of blockchain systems will greatly improve your business. We’ll be the first to tell it to you straight. In this article, we examine what blockchian does, what it doesn’t do and whether one will do anything for your specific business use.
EOS vs Ethereum: Is EOS a good alternative?
EOS claims to fix some of Ethereum’s flaws. The contender might beat Ethereum before it fixes its scalability woes. We’ve already written about how Hyperledger compares to Ethereum (Hyperledger vs Ethereum). In this article, we dive into EOS vs Ethereum. We break down the main concepts of EOS, compare their mechanisms and draw conclusions about the competing platforms.
How blockchain in healthcare can fix the industry in 2020
Blockchain in healthcare was a hot topic this year. If you’ve spent any amount of time in a hospital, you’ve had experience with the inefficiencies of the healthcare system. Just about everyone has a story or two about red tape. More than being irritating, this friction raises prices, lowers patient satisfaction, and can even put people’s health at risk.
ICO vs STO: Security token offering pros and cons
Earlier in the year, we got a flood of questions about the difference between token offerings. Luckily, we’ve moved beyond the early ICO craze that has invited a lot of criticism to the blockchain industry. Indiegogo, the first security token offering, raised more than $18 million. So what is a security token, what are its main advantages?
We discuss the differences between Initial Token Offerings and Security Token Offerings and how STOs can improve the blockchain landscape.
Use cases for blockchain: How to build a seamless Stellar peer-to-peer payments app
Some of the first — many argue the clearest — use cases for blockchain are in cross-border payments. Blockchain technology remains a niche interest in the developed world. However, the benefits of frictionless payments are increasingly apparent in regions that lack effective financial services. Blockchain financial use cases such as cryptocurrencies were the first applications of the technology.
Unsurprisingly, they continue to be the most compelling. As the world globalizes and the demand for cross-border payments increases and the global south will drive innovation in blockchain payments.
Introducing Gardener our homegrown Ethereum oracle
If smart contracts and blockchain technology are going to disrupt anything, they need a way to speak to the outside world. Also known as the blockchain oracle problem, blockchains can’t gather off-chain data without help. Enter the Gardener Ethereum oracle — or a way to connect smart contracts with outside information.
Until now, there are only a few blockchain oracles on the market, each with limitations — and none for free. Espeo Blockchain development team has changed that. We’ve just launched the first open-source Ethereum oracle, Gardener. At Espeo we strongly believe in transparency and would like to share the code with you.
Good blockchain design: How to build trust through good UX
One of the biggest challenges for blockchain technology is in how to build trust through good UX. I sat down with blockchain product designer, Ariel Hajbos to get his take on some essential elements of good blockchain design and some of the trends in blockchain app UX.
Creating an elegant, responsive design is important in all web and mobile projects, but designing for blockchain poses new challenges. Trust-building features and even color choice are vital to overall comfortable user experience.
Blockchain art is opening new avenues for artists and collectors alike
Blockchain art is a bit of a paradox. The highly technical and highly creative generally don’t mix well. However, several recent projects are bringing the two worlds together in fascinating ways. Blockchain technology is not only a tool for artists and collectors to protect the value of their work.
It’s also increasingly becoming a medium of expression. Digital artists especially can now control the authenticity and scarcity of their work with the help of distributed ledger technology. Ownership titles, provenance, and even art asset tokenization are a few of the compelling use cases emerging.
What you need to know about ERC token standards
Making sense of the ERC token types and what they do can be a bit confusing. Different token standards enable different features. From representing ownership of an asset to making trading easier, tokens are an integral part of any decentralized application. The utility of the Ethereum protocol is that it allows developers to build dApps on top of the underlying blockchain.
So that’s the roundup of our top-ten most popular articles from the blog in 2019. Thanks for reading and we hope you come back. Let us know in the comments if there are any topics you’d like us to cover. Happy New Year!