“On Lisk each blockchain application runs on its very own blockchain” An interview with Lisk co-founder Max Kordek
Hello. For those people who may be reading about your project for the first time, tell us what Lisk is as of 2021?
Hey! Lisk is all about making blockchain accessible. For that we have defined two target audiences and focus on two main products.
Users are our second target audience and will be more focused on with the Lisk blockchain application platform launch in 2022. With the platform they will be able to use the various blockchain applications developed with the Lisk SDK.
Unlike Ethereum’s or Solana’s dApps, Lisk’s blockchain applications do not live as a smart contract all on the same blockchain running into scalability problems. On Lisk each blockchain application runs on its very own blockchain. That’s the reason we call them blockchain applications and not dApps. With that no blockchain application is taking ‘space’ or processing capabilities away from others. The platform scales the more blockchain applications, i.e. blockchains, are added to it.
Tell us in simple words how exactly LSK token as a currency is connected with the blockchain application platform.
The LSK token is powering the Lisk blockchain application platform. With the token you pay all fees on the Lisk blockchain, pay the fees for all cross-chain transactions into the multiple blockchain applications (remember, each has their own blockchain!) and if wished by the blockchain application developer also pay fees on their blockchain applications.
Tell us about your recent migration to Lisk Mainnet v3. What are the main related changes?
Lisk v3 was a significant update for us and I assume the biggest blockchain migration ever. Due to the many changes we had to migrate to an entirely new blockchain and couldn’t simply hardfork.
The changes involve a new fee system, a new address system, a new block creation consensus algorithm, a new BFT consensus algorithm, a new multi-signature system and many scalability/efficiency improvements.
With all these new features and improvements it’s 99% cheaper to send transactions, the network is much more decentralized again, after ~25 minutes transactions can never be reverted again and it’s so much more scalable.
Preparing us well for the Lisk blockchain application platform launch in 2022.
Tell us about the future Lisk v4. What can be expected from it?
Lisk v4 will mark the official launch of the blockchain application platform. With that we can finally start targeting our second defined target audience - users.
You have to imagine before developers were able to build blockchain applications with the Lisk SDK. However, they were never able to deploy it to a platform and grow their user-base. This changes with Lisk v4.
For us it marks the official launch of Lisk.
Developers will be able to register their blockchain applications.
Users will be able to send tokens around the entire platform from blockchain to blockchain, and use the blockchain applications developed.
For now, are there any real-world use cases of the Lisk platform? Have any decentralized applications already been developed with the help of your project?
There were a multitude of proof of concept blockchain applications developed through our Lisk Builders Program (~25) and HackOnLisk (~27). So in total over 50 proof of concept blockchain applications.
However, as we are nearing the launch of the blockchain application platform we can finally move out of the proof of concept phase into production. That’s where the Lisk Grant Program comes into play which already is financing four blockchain applications; a DAO, two NFT projects, an educational platform. Further blockchain applications are in development within our community, for example a DEX and oracle system.
There is an opinion that at this stage, decentralized applications are a somewhat utopian project. Even if you manage to find a decentralized analogue of Telegram or any other popular app, it will turn out to be an application not suitable for use, with a monstrously inconvenient interface and a bunch of technical problems. Also, many applications only claim to be decentralized, but in fact are only partially decentralized. What do you think about this?
I agree. Looking at Ethereum nobody wants to pay $100 in transaction fees. The developer and user experience is also extremely cumbersome. That’s what Lisk is going to change. With our scalable platform on which every blockchain application runs on its own blockchain, we can facilitate that.
The problem of centralization of network topology and token holders is a big problem. However, we are still in the early stages of blockchain applications and I believe that slowly but steadily we can improve the situation. It’s a process, and the entire industry is work-in-process.
Is there a real need for decentralized applications? Why is creating dApps important?
Yes, let’s just take the example of NFTs. Once the metaverse will be more prominent companies want to sell and people want to hold unique objects in it. We cannot rely on mega-corporations and centralized institutes, we have to build it in a trust-less and decentralized way. Blockchain technology is the way to go here.
Skeptics will say that true decentralization is impossible. A centralized entity and investment is needed to develop, maintain, and promote any convenient service. It's like with representative democracy: most people are not able and not ready to make political decisions, so there is a centralized body that decides for them. What would you say to such skeptical people?
I agree with that statement. Lisk is also founder-led and organized by the Lisk Foundation. However, at one stage these projects once matured can strive for more decentralization. We see that already today with dApps which are of course developed by a centralized entity but once deployed run in the decentralized world, un-interrupted by anyone, some might say unstoppable.
Again, I’d say it’s a process. Give the industry more years to develop itself.
What can be expected in the field of decentralized applications in the future? In what traditional areas of business, science and technology can decentralized applications perform best, in your opinion?
I don’t think that traditional areas benefit too greatly from blockchain technology. We see entirely new industries are being formed around finance related topics. For example Decentralized Finance (DeFi) and Game Finance (GameFi). I foresee that more new industries are being formed around finance, making way for entirely new kinds of blockchain applications.
I also think that the metaverse will play a bigger role going forward. Blockchain is the value-layer of the metaverse.
What trends in the field of decentralized applications do you think are most relevant now?
Everything around developer experience is key to on-board the next wave of blockchain developers into the industry. We need easier, better and more powerful tools. That’s where the Lisk SDK comes into play.
Further, everything around scalability in order to bring the costs of using blockchain applications down in order to let people actually use them. That’s where the Lisk blockchain application platform comes into play.
Else, it’s all about experimenting and discovering new use-cases for blockchain applications.
How do you see the future of Lisk at this stage? In the long term, how would you like to see your position on the market for example by 2030?
On the 2nd of December 2021 we are hosting AmpliFire, our end of year event. It sparks the beginning of us promoting Lisk to our second target audience - the users. The future for Lisk is bright, we are just launching the platform in 2022 and this is just the beginning. Everyone should tune in to the event because I’ll speak about the ultimate Lisk vision and where we want to stand in the long-run.
Thank you for the interview.
Max Kordek bio:
When Max first read about blockchain technology at the end of 2012, he immediately realized its great potential. That was the moment he decided to place all of his focus on crypto leading to co-founding Lisk at the beginning of 2016. Over the years he immersed himself in various crypto communities and soaked up as much knowledge as he could. Today, he is working relentlessly to help the industry gain traction by making blockchain accessible. Outside of work, Max enjoys all things science fiction, especially when entrepreneurs make fiction a reality.
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