By Eva Yoo
In a country of centralized authority, a decentralized database is booming. In China, the trend is now building a new business model on top of the blockchain. Blockchain technology is a chain of blocks that each contains data, acting as a way to record what time the data was inserted into it. The cool thing about blockchain is that it’s decentralized, which allows for transactions to occur between parties without the need for a 3rd-party to establish trust.
In the global blockchain landscape, we are now seeing a Ukrainian blockchain-based Wifi router, energy projects in Eastern Europe, decentralized computing, storage, and VPN networks. In China, Qtum (pronounced Quantum) is now becoming a toolset and a platform for companies to build their business on top of the blockchain.
“Now you can build any business on top of the blockchain without intermediary costs and without friction.” Patrick Dai, co-founder and CEO of Qtum (量子链 in Chinese, meaning quantum chain) told TechNode.
The Shanghai-based blockchain company has their own cryptocurrency called Qtum, which now ranks in the top 20 on CryptoCurrencies Market Capitalization index and provides a blockchain application platform to execute “smart contracts” with a proof-of-stake consensus mechanism. This means that people can facilitate, execute and enforce the negotiation or performance of an agreement, such as a contract, using blockchain technology. The advantage of the Qtum is that it utilizes the core technology from both Bitcoin and Ethereum.
“Blockchain in China is hot these days. Currently, 7 companies are building a business on top of Qtum,” Patrick says.
These seven companies include a Singapore-based blockchain company that announced their first Initial Coin Offering (ICO) on top of Qtum. Energo, uses blockchain technology and smart meters to connect energy producers and consumers in microgrids with traditional electricity users to achieve point-to-point energy trading and energy supply. Other projects building on top of Qtum include Bodhi, a decentralized prediction market, and Vevue, a platform for monetizing digital content.
“Many of these blockchain companies are registered in Singapore, but they are focusing on the Chinese market,” John Scianna, Marketing Director at Qtum told TechNode.
Blockchain trends in China
Qtum team (Image credit: Qtum)
The Chinese government is also showing positive reactions to this trend of blockchain development, pushing forward the development of blockchain in the coming three years, as blockchain is mentioned in China’s five-year plan (2016-2020) as one of the most promising technologies. The People’s Bank of China (PBoC) is doing research on blockchain technology and completed a successful trial run of self-developed digital currency that uses a limited implementation of blockchain technology.
Patrick also mentioned that authorities will seek to clarify regulations for blockchain projects this year and provide some guidance to help develop the industry.
“The regulation will come for sure and it’s good for the industry. Without regulation, it’s the wild west and it’s not good for the people and for their security,” Patrick said. “It’s a new way for people to collaborate and to build a reward …read more
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