Our Developer Showcase blog series serves to highlight the work and motivations of developers, users and researchers collaborating on Hyperledger’s incubated projects. Next up is Andy Berti, CTO at Tradeix.
What advice would you offer other technologists or developers interested in getting started working on blockchain?
Have a goal. Look for how blockchain can help your business idea, rather than how you can mould your business idea around blockchain. I believe that developing technology for technology’s sake is rather futile. You need to have a strong business idea to execute and while doing that leverage the advantages that a great blockchain solution gives.
Give a bit of background on what you’re working on, and let us know what was it that made you want to get into blockchain?
We at Tradeix are managing a trade finance platform, called TIX which allows organisations and developers to create their own trade finance eco-systems. We utilize blockchain to provide the irrefutable source of truth for our digital assets (invoices). My first blockchain experience was with Bitcoin where I dabbled with proof-of-existence models. The thought of stamping obfuscated or encrypted content into a public blockchain was a bit of fun. After I lost out in the MtGox debacle, my thoughts turned to blockchain for the financial services industry and how permissioned ledgers in particular could be utilized.
What do you think is most important for Hyperledger to focus on in the next year?
Low barriers to entry are important. We can all sometimes get lost in the details especially when we are on the leading edge of technology. With Hyperledger being successful it is important to be very easy for the average developer to pick up and use as well as simple for the average business person to understand.
What’s the one issue or problem you hope blockchain can solve?
Voting. It may take a while, but the path toward a secure, irrefutable, electronic voting mechanism for all our democracies would be a beautiful thing. No more paper ballots, hackable machines, just vote from your phone and you’re done.
What is the best piece of developer advice you’ve ever received?
Think of the poor devil who has to support this code.