Its backers Ravencoin, launched in January, as “a blockchain [that] is optimized specifically for the use case of transferring assets such as tokens from one holder to another.” The project’s name is was inspired by the ravens of the fictional world of Westeros in HBO’s hit series, “Game of Thrones.”
Lead developer used the Meetup to reiterate the roadmap outlined in the project released April 3. With the first phase of the project complete, Black said the next phase will allow users to create their own tokens to represent assets and subassets. This phase could be completed within the next several months. Phases three through six will add the ability to issue payment of rewards or dividends to asset holders, message token holders and implement token-based voting systems.
Though based on the bitcoin () code, Ravencoin differs in a number of respects. First, it is not meant primarily to be a currency. Additionally, its use of the x16r algorithm is designed to make it resistant to mining devices that use application-specific integrated circuits, or ASICs. Such devices are expensive, often in short supply and use lots of electricity. Advocates of widespread, “democratized” cryptocurrency mining claim ASICs concentrate mining power in the hands of a few. Lastly, developers say Ravencoin is more energy efficient because it can be “scaled to 1000 times the capacity and block reward of bitcoin.”
Overstock.com may start accepting Ravencoin in the future. However, its CEO provided no firm commitment or date.
, CEO of , said Ravencoin differs from many other coins making news these days. First, he said, it is a use-case-specific coin meant to address a real-world problem, which is the slow and overly complex ledgers currently used for publicly traded assets. He said Ravencoin is an open–source project with a different economic model and decentralized governance structure.
Patrick Byrne, CEO of Overstock.com, discussed the philosophical vision driving Ravencoin. He argued that in the U.S. “there’s an oligarchy” of elite actors who have captured traditional institutions, using them to further enrich themselves and oppress the weak. But he said people can create systems to achieve what those institutions were intended to achieve. Ravencoin, which he called “the fairest coin since bitcoin,” is a step in that direction.
Byrne has been a long-time supporter of blockchain technology and cryptocurrency. In February, he Overstock had invested several million dollars into the project. In 2014, large retailer to accept bitcoin. It has since “all major alt-coins,” he said. During his presentation, Byrne hinted the company may start accepting Ravencoin in the future but provided no firm commitment or date.
Overstock has in 12 blockchain– or cryptocurrency–related companies. These include , for which Byrne also serves as CEO and which describes itself as a “distributed ledger platform for capital markets.” They also include , which began digital payment services to the Caribbean nations of Barbados and Montserrat in early 2018.