Former ETCDEV Business Manager Explains Why Ethereum Classic 'Has Huge Potential'

  • Former business development manager McIntyre at ETCDEV, an Ethereum Classic development company which shut down recently due to lack of funding, has shared some insights with CryptoGlobe.
  • McIntyre, a former vice president at Morgan Stanley, explains why Ethereum Classic is arguably one of the most valuable crypto networks.

Donald McIntyre, the former business development manager at ETCDEV, a company that focused on contributing to the ongoing development of Ethereum Classic (ETC), has said that Ethereum (ETH) is “not a valuable network except for experimenting.”

Ethereum Only Good For Experimenting

McIntyre, the former vice president of giant financial institutions, Morgan Stanley and UBS, told CryptoGlobe that Ethereum, which recently went through a successful hard fork, is only good for “testing and demonstrating what doesn’t work.” Meanwhile, McIntyre believes: 

Ethereum Classic pays attention to all activities in ETH and generally imports the new additions that may be useful for ETC. However, after they migrate to ETH 2.0 the paths of both networks will likely diverge significantly.

When questioned about some challenges the Ethereum Classic network faces and whether he thinks it has the potential to be a useful platform in the long-term, McIntyre remarked:

The main [obstacles] ETC faces are that it depends on Ethereum migrating to proof-of-stake (PoS) and sharding so ETC would be the only (proof-of-work) PoW and Turing complete network. It needs another independent development team because the current teams are very friendly and coordinated. It needs to grow and have more hashing power so [that] 51% are less likely [and] users and [crypto] exchanges can use less confirmations to accept payments and deposits.

ETC Has "Huge Potential" Because Of Its "Functionality, Secure Consensus Mechanism"

McIntyre continued: “ETC has ... huge potential because its functionality, secure consensus mechanism and fixed monetary policy (limited supply of ETC tokens) make it ideal for decentralized [and] secure computing, internet-of-things (IoT), robotics and smart contracts between people and businesses.”

Going on to share his views regarding Bitcoin (BTC) and the Lightning Network (LN), a popular layer-two payment protocols for crypto networks, McIntyre said: 

Bitcoin will serve a large amount of users because BTC will be a primary or perhaps the primary store-of-value (SoV) in the future. However, the store of value feature could not exist if BTC were not transferable and used for high and low value payments as well. The part about scaling to satisfy low value, high frequency payments will ... likely [be] done by LN.

Blockchains Helps Us "Minimize" The Need For Trust

Explaining how he believes the Bitcoin network will offer greater security in the foreseeable futures, McIntyre noted:

In terms of cost, BTC will be very expensive and secure, this is why it will be used for high value transfers. Both LN and BTC [currently] have poor user experience because they are new protocols. All protocols go through this process, and in the future, [centralized] apps and [decentralized applications] dapps will make UX (user experience) very easy and pleasant.

When asked about what he thinks may be the main use cases for blockchain technology McIntyre said:

The central purpose of blockchains is to minimize trusted third parties. This is because trusted third parties can be hacked, be manipulated by governments, or even behave fraudulently. The most conflicting trusted third parties are financial institutions, large tech companies, and cloud services because all these companies combined manage our money, information and communications. So, I see that financial services, IoT and dapps will significantly minimize the use and interference of these security holes.

Opera Launches Blockchain, Cryptocurrency-Ready Browser for iOS

Opera Ltd., the company behind the Opera browser, has recently launched a new blockchain and cryptocurrency-ready browser for iOS, following the company’s addition of a built-in cryptocurrency wallet to its Android and PC browsers.

According to a press release shared with CryptoGlobe, the company’s Opera Touch browser for iOS features “crypto wallet integration and Web 3 support,” meaning users can interact with blockchain-based applications through it, as if they were using an extension like MetaMask. The company hinted at the move in March of this year.

The company touts it now offers browsers supporting blockchain-based applications and with a built-in cryptocurrency wallet in various operating systems, including Windows, Mac, Linux, Android, and iOS, allowing users to “seamlessly interact with the next generation of Web 3 applications.”

Currently, the browser only supports ERC-20 tokens, stablecoins, and non-fungible tokens, although the company has revealed earlier this year it’s looking to add support for TRON and multiple other blockchains within a  year.

Charles Hamel, Opera’s head of crypto, stated:

We believe that all modern browsers should integrate a crypto wallet. This will enable new business models to emerge on the web. Opera is the first browser to make using crypto on the Web seamless and easy. Following a strong demand from the crypto-community, we are now making this experience available on iOS.

In the press release the company added it believes the “web of today will be the interface to the decentralized web of tomorrow,” with cryptocurrencies being at its forefront. Along with the iOS release, the company announced it partnered with a decentralized-application (dApp) called Marble.Cards, which allows users to turn unique web pages into collectible cards on the blockchain, each being a non-fungible token.

The Opera touch browser itself has a user interface built to let users use large phone screens with ease, as it shifts the navigation towards the bottom of the screen and adds features that make it easy to share pages across devices.

Opera’s main Android browser is also its cryptocurrency-ready browser for the operating system, and it has made it easier for users to buy cryptocurrencies directly from their mobile phones.