A New Hope

The Future of Application Platforms

Eric Elliott
Dec 10, 2018 · 8 min read
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Image: Mr Hasgaha (CC BY-NC 2.0)

Centralized Platforms

In 2011, I was a member of a startup team working on the most popular music app on Facebook with over 30 million monthly active users. We were growing like crazy, integrating with other great music services like Spotify, Bands in Town, Google Search, and Billboard Magazine. Half a million bands used the platform to manage their profiles, tour dates, music streaming, and merch.

Centralized Capital

In 2008, the housing market crashed. Too much unsecured mortgage debt concentrated in a handful of very large banks. When the loan default rate started to catch up with them, the dominoes started to topple, leading to multiple bank collapses and bailouts totaling in excess of $7.7 trillion dollars in the United States alone. Similar collapses and bailouts echoed across Europe, threatening the entire global economy and launching the world into the deepest recession since the great depression.

“The Times 03/Jan/2009 Chancellor on brink of second bailout for banks”

The world’s trust in the banking institutions hit a crisis-inducing low, and the public, shattered by two years of financial crises, job losses, and home foreclosures, came together to form the occupy wall street demonstrations that spread around the globe in 2011. The bankers who caused the crisis floated away on golden parachutes while the middle class evaporated. The public was enraged.

Our Only Hope

Decentralized architectures have exploded. Bitcoin was the spark that set investor imaginations on fire, and as the money poured rocket fuel into cryptocurrencies, developer communities began to form and grow, and grow, and grow some more.

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Bitcoin Hash Power graph by Hans HODL: 2011–2018
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“The bulk of crypto and blockchain programming in the world is conducted in JavaScript.”

A New Blog

Before I wrote my first post about JavaScript, I’d been programming in JavaScript professionally for more than 10 years.

JavaScript Scene

JavaScript, software leadership, software development, and…

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