Ethereum Classic (ETC) Has An 'Incredibly Unique Market Positioning', Former Morgan Stanley Vice President Says

Omar Faridi
  • Ethereum Classic (ETC) advocate argues that the Ethereum fork is unique in that it's the only major fully proof-of-work (PoW) and Turing Complete crypto platform. 
  • He also claims that ETC has the "same security philosophy" as Bitcoin (BTC).

Donald McIntyre, the founder of Etherplan, a blog and resource for videos explaining how blockchains, sidechains, and decentralized applications (DApp) function, recently argued that Ethereum Classic (ETC) has “an incredibly unique market positioning in an extremely valuable niche.”

McIntyre explained (by sharing a diagram) that the Ethereum Classic platform is the only major (fully) proof-of-work (PoW) and Turing Complete blockchain-based cryptocurrency network. The former senior vice president at Morgan Stanley noted that Ethereum Classic’s unique properties, or characteristics, make it “perfectly suitable for decentralized computing.”

Will "Always" Be Proof-Of-Work

As the Ethereum (ETH) blockchain begins its transition from PoW to proof-of-stake (PoS), McIntyre wrote that Ethereum Classic (the original Ethereum still using the same blockchain following the DAO attack) will “always be PoW” and it has a “fixed monetary supply” - meaning there will be a finite number of ETC issued.

McIntyre also argued that Ethereum Classic has “the same security philosophy as Bitcoin” while its “governance model is emergent open-source adoption.” In response to the former UBS Securities vice president, Twitter user @theonevortex said that Ethereum Classic was too “niche” and that cryptocurrency projects require consistent ongoing development.

McIntyre acknowledged that crypto platforms need regular contributions from competent developers and pointed out that ETC does have “a vibrant community.” He revealed that Switzerland-based ETCDEV, a team of computer programmers working full-time on Ethereum Classic core development, has grown from only 4 developers to 11.

McIntyre also pointed out that, in total, there are 38 developers actively working on improving and updating the Ethereum Classic network. The crypto blogger further mentioned that IOHK, a large tech company focused on developing peer-to-peer (P2P) financial services, was also actively contributing to the ongoing development of Ethereum Classic.

Better Roadmap Than All Other Smart Contract Platforms

Other teams or organizations assisting in the crypto platform’s maintenance and enhancements include ETC Labs, ETC Cooperative, and Grayscale. McIntyre claims:

ETC has very active development and a much more sound roadmap than any other smart contracts platform.

Donald McIntyre

He noted that there are many tools to help programmers make contributions to Ethereum Classic’s codebase. For instance, there’s a software development toolkit (SDK) called Emerald that allows application developers to build DApps that can be deployed on the Ethereum Classic blockchain.

McIntyre also mentioned that ETC’s developers are working to help the Ethereum fork scale effectively. Orbita is a sidechain protocol being worked on that could potentially allow Ethereum Classic to scale via layer-2 solutions - instead of interfering, or compromising, the mainnet.

Zcash 'Company' Changes Name to 'Zerocoin Electric Coin Company' for More 'Clarity'

The Zcash company, which supports the ongoing development of the Zcash (ZEC) platform, a leading privacy-oriented cryptocurrency, has rebranded to the Electric Coin Company.

According to an official company blog post, the name change from “Zcash company” to “Electric Coin Company” was made in order to have more clarity. Explaining that the “legal name” for the firm was always “the Zerocoin Electric Coin Company, LLC”, the organization clarified that it had been referring to itself as “the Zcash company.”

However, the company’s blog noted that the development of “Zcash” is a community-based project and that some of the privacy coin’s business-related initiatives may involve the Zerocoin Electric Coin commercial entity. Moreover, Zerocoin’s operations are not directly associated with the Zcash Foundation - which in itself is a “separate and independent” organization, according to the z.cash blog post. Notably, the Zcash Foundation has “its own mission, team, and board of directors.”

Rebranding Process: New Domain, Change Office Sign

Acknowledging that it will take the company “a little while to get the new branding right, launch a new domain, and change out the sign at the office”, the company blog mentioned that “the name change is public.” Except for the name change, the entity associated with Zcash explained: 

We are the same team, with the same mission: to empower everyone with economic freedom and opportunity. We developed and help steward Zcash.

Zerocoin's Research & Engineering Projects May Not Be Integrated Into Zcash 

Notably, the Electric Coin Company is currently working on “research and engineering [projects] that may, or may not” be integrated into the Zcash codebase, the blog noted. At present, the Electric Coin team consists of around 30 professionals from across the globe that are involved in the following initiatives:

  • “Product Development and Support”,
  • “Builds Zcash software”,
  • “Participates in cryptographic research”,
  • “Works with third parties to perform regular security audits of Zcash”,
  • “Improves the safety and security of the Zcash network”,
  • “Works on the Zcash user experience, such as the reference wallet” 

Company Website, Social Media Accounts To Be Changed/Updated Soon

In addition to working collaboratively on the initiatives listed above, the Electric Coin company helps in “translating content into different languages”, creates "educational content”, and supports the overall development of the Zcash platform.

As mentioned in the company’s announcement, the Electric Coin company “information will be moved from https://z.cash/ to a new domain with its own website.” Social media accounts associated with the company will also be updated.