Block.One Starts Mainnet – EOS Tokens Rise

Block.One, the developer of the EOS blockchain platform, has raised more than $4 billion through a yearlong sale of EOS tokens, which makes it the largest fundraising of its kind, as The Wallstreet Journal reports.

This is more than twice the size of the next largest coin offering ever of Telegram, which raised $1.7 billion, and larger than all but two of the world’s initial public offerings on stock exchanges so far in 2018. Block.One still owns 10% of all EOS tokens, adding approx. $2 billion to its balance sheet, making it one of the most well-capitalized blockchain companies worldwide.

EOS is a so-called platform token, which represents an operating system – comparable with Microsoft’s Windows OS for computers or Google’s Android for mobile phones – for the blockchain. The best known platform-token so far is Ether, the token for the Ethereum platform. The rivalry between the two systems is also a fundamental discussion between “Proof of work” (PoW) and “proof of stake” (PoS), which are two algorithms by which a cryptocurrency blockchain network aims to achieve distributed consensus.

PoW-based cryptocurrencies use computationally intensive puzzles in order to validate transactions and create new blocks. New tokens are created by “mining”, which equals use of energy. It makes those networks slow and expensive. There are ideas discussed at the moment how to mitigate those problems, but the general problem – that new tokens are created by mining, which imposes costs and limitations – cannot be changed…

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