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Stephen Tse: Fixing Crypto’s Silos – CoinDesk – CoinDesk

It’s an established truth the cryptocurrency sector is more fragmented than shattered glass. Industry devotees have long made the most of working piecemeal, accepting ever-increasing fragmentation as the price of a decentralized financial system. But what advancements might we achieve if we could stop paying it? 

At first glance, interoperability seems like a near-impossible goal. According to CoinMarketCap, over 8,000 unique cryptocurrencies currently exist – a 400% increase from two years ago. These numbers sound impressive at first, however, the veneer wears off once you consider the sheer inconvenience that variety poses.

Stephen Tse, is founder and CEO of He was previously a researcher at Microsoft Research, a senior infrastructure engineer at Google and a principal engineer for search ranking at Apple. 

Decentralized applications (dapps) are limited by the constraints of their home blockchain. If a dapp is built on Ethereum, it can usually only enjoy the benefits provided by Ethereum (ex., smart contract functionality). Thus, for all of the advantages that diverse cryptocurrencies might present individually, users may struggle to take full advantage of the multiplicity because the blockchains are not interoperable

Here’s the issue – while career cryptocurrency traders may be willing to manually “hunt and peck” across fragmented cryptocurrency exchanges and blockchain apps for the features and services they want,