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Ethereum

Ethereum is a Turing-Complete cryptocurrency that serves as a platform for programmable smart contracts.

Decentralized computer

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Reviews for Ethereum

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The best venture investment of the last three years wasn't a venture deal. Ethereum — 750x, liquid, and open to all.

2017-06-02 | Full Review

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I have often said that Ethereum is doing it right throughout the DAO fork, and Bitcoin devs, with their fetishistic dependence on "the longest chain," their inability to change ancient code, and their obvious conflicts of interest, are on weak ground.

2017-12-18 | Full Review

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Every 10-15 years, there’s a major new transition. . . . To me, Ethereum is the most important technology of the decade, for sure. I don’t even think it’s going to be questionable.

2018-04-19 | Full Review

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Agree — Ethereum works vs. those shitty/centralized systems. Though multichained DApps will be a reality, probably as soon as 2018/2019, I think that's a different convo.

2018-03-24 | Full Review

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Ethereum is sucking the wind out of every other coin's sales.

2018-01-09 | Full Review

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Only four applications have more than 500 daily active users. Ethereum's supposed use case of "decentralized applications" is clearly not where the usage is coming from — and yet blocks are still nearly full.

2018-05-30 | Full Review

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I’ve been an Ether skeptic since 2014. I did an interview with Joe Lubin and some other people. My first question was, "What is going to be the utility of Ether?" and they said, "Well it’s going to be a platform for experimentation, and we don’t know yet." But I still have that question today when I look at Ethereum DApps. What can you do there that you can’t do on AWS or a centralized server. . . . My skepticism comes from a place where they tried to cram too much into one layer, and they should have gone for a lean layer instead.

2018-09-11 | Full Review

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The investment case for Ethereum (ETH) is that it will become the most liquid token in a digital economy built atop a Turing-complete decentralized computer that can execute smart contracts.

2018-09-08 | Full Review

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Nice to see that Ethereum devs are taking the social costs of blockchain seriously. I would like to see Bitcoin devs do so, too.

2018-05-02 | Full Review

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Ethereum’s momentum and lead are real and distance other ecosystems by orders of magnitude, but even that sheer momentum cannot, on its own, pull the industry forward.

2018-10-28 | Full Review

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We agree that Ethereum was poorly designed to support practical use cases.

2018-10-23 | Full Review

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Ethereum is an idiotic, unscalable idea that has neither delivered on its “world computer” promise, created any useful decentralized apps with any real use, nor created a robust and scalable decentralized system.

2018-11-03 | Full Review

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Perhaps the most amazing thing about Ethereum is that it has both a strong community and a very aggressive product vision.

That may be the winning combo.

2018-11-06 | Full Review

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The beauty of building an application on Ethereum is that its decentralized, permissionless, and open nature allows complementary applications to seamlessly integrate with each other as first-class citizens.

2017-09-07 | Full Review

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Ethereum has enormous developer interest and the second-largest market cap. It also has characteristics that could make it a good payment network. At a minimum, Ethereum is a likely "silver" to Bitcoin's "gold" status. There are some scenarios where Bitcoin collapses and Ethereum takes over as primary value store.

2017-12-11 | Full Review

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Ironically, code which interacts with Ethereum assets is often better suited to be deployed on cloud infrastructure rather than on the Ethereum blockchain itself.

2018-11-18 | Full Review

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Everyone says “Ethereum is dead,” but, someone, please show me another blockchain with meaningful developer adoption that has sovereign-grade censorship resistanance.

2018-11-20 | Full Review

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“Rather than pay a big company to run your app, Ethereum lets you host it on thousands of computers around the world."

1. You can pay multiple big companies to have a multicloud deployment strategy.
2. It is more expensive and less scalable to use Ethereum to host your app.

2018-11-18 | Full Review

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It’s pretty amazing that we’re seeing bugs only in "third-party code" and not flaws in core elements of the Ethereum protocols and clients. That’s an amazing accomplishment.

2017-11-08 | Full Review

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With Ethereum's monetary policy, there's literally nothing to have confidence in or not. . . . There isn't even a concrete long-term plan. With Bitcoin, there's a powerful status quo Schelling point; not certain, but powerful.

Ari Paul, Co-founder and CIO of BlockTower Capital

2018-11-30 | Full Review

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I would be so much more comfortable believing that the Ethereum universe was the future if there were at least one or two big winners, or just winners at all. Even in the tech bubble, there were winners amongst the thousands of losers.

There are no winners yet.

2018-11-21 | Full Review

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The most powerful reason for the crash in Ethereum (ETH) is that the ICO market is now largely dead (it being apparent that almost all ICOs were complete scams), and those that did raise capital are trying to liquidate their ETH before their product runway vanishes before their eyes.

2018-09-08 | Full Review

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Ethereum is currently running laps around every other cryptocurrency in terms of protocol and ecosystem development — and it's not even close.

2018-12-04 | Full Review

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If all of us who own Ethereum could go to Vitalik and say, “Look, this thing you got in Switzerland is not working. Fire these fuckers who don't know what the hell they're doing, and put someone great in there who could build this thing into a monster”—then that's what we would do. There's no mechanism to do that, and that's painful—just sitting here, holding that asset and watching them whittle the value of the asset away.

2018-10-23 | Full Review

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Ethereum is between a rock and a hard place.

It isn’t as good at being SoV / Sound Money as BTC, and it is likely not going to be as smooth / cheap / frictionless at being a DApp platform as more centralized platforms like EOS.

2018-06-21 | Full Review

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Ethereum faces a strong headwind not only from th[e] change in sentiment [on ICOs] but also from relatively costly and slow on-chain computation. The bull case for Ethereum is that sometime in 2018 we will see a couple of Ethereum-based projects launch successfully and get broad adoption *AND* progress is made on Ethereum scaling (either directly or through projects such as Raiden or Plasma). The bear case is that at least one or possibly both of these don’t happen.

2017-10-30 | Full Review

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Ethereum makes it so simple to issue these tokens that they are the first example in the Ethereum tutorial! Nevertheless, the ease with which Ethereum-based tokens can be created does not mean they are inherently useless. Often these tokens are a sort of public IOU intended for redemption in a future new chain, or some other digital good.

2017-05-27 | Full Review

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If Infura goes down (or is shut down), the Ethereum network will grind to a halt.

Running an Ethereum node is expensive, so many (most?) companies/DApps have chosen to outsource that responsibility to Infura rather than run one themselves.

2018-07-26 | Full Review

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Decentraland happening is one of the reasons I’m bullish on Ethereum.

After 25 years in front of computers, here’s what I learned: Follow the gamers.

2018-08-15 | Full Review

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Ethereum's problem - and [decentralized finance's] problem - is that absent traditional, legal means of taking security, all secured transactions have to be 100% cash collateralized (or more, in the case of e.g. Dai), which is hugely inefficient from a cost of capital standpoint.

2019-01-19 | Full Review

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Ethereum was the first thing to me to come along [after Bitcoin] and create something with capabilities so new that it was worth adding [to Coinbase]. Allowing arbitrary programs is amazing, fiddling with block time/inflation rate is not. . .

[T]he future is thousands/millions of cryptoassets like we have millions of apps and web sites, but very few base networks. This mostly looks like assets being built on top of Ethereum at the moment.

Fred Ehrsam, Board of Directors at Coinbase, Previous Co-Founder of Coinbase

2016-07-22 | Full Review

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Computational scalability and a governance model that violates immutability are both huge problems for Ethereum. That and the finance/crypto culture gap are why Turing-complete smart contracts have not yet gained traction.

Nick Szabo, Blockchain, cryptocurrency, and smart contracts pioneer

2018-08-18 | Full Review

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I was adamantly against the DAO hard fork for this moral hazard reason [of having previously hard forked to resolve a hack]. Ethereum is no longer unstoppable code as advertised on their website. How much in $/% is enough to do a [hard fork]? And who gets to decide? No longer uncensorable payments.

2017-11-07 | Full Review

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