For enthusiasts, alternative investments professionals, and cryptographers, cryptocurrency is either the next greatest economic revolution, an incredible store of value in addition to being a cryptographic transaction medium, or the best problem to solve seen in decades. Yet, for the general public, even understanding what Bitcoin is remains hard at best, since the average consumer is simply not technically sophisticated enough to understand, let alone access cryptocurrency. And, even for many established finance professionals (outside of FX trading) the idea of a transactive medium simultaneously acting as a store of value is hard to stomach.
As a company looking to give users full control over their digital rights, Blockstack is piloting a new app mining program that encourages designers to create new applications directly on Blockstack’s platform and earn rewards in bitcoin. The goal is to expand the decentralized app ecosystem while financing developers who build the most popular applications.
In December 2017, an interesting rumor surfaced: According to “sources familiar with the matter,” the messaging app Telegram, very popular among crypto-enthusiasts for its strong encryption and privacy features, would launch its own blockchain platform and cryptocurrency.