2017 to Today: Ethereum Predictions Are Aging (But Not Well)

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Less than 5 percent of those surveyed in Q1 2017 felt even slightly negative about the overall state of ethereum. To see the contrast between Q1 2017 sentiment and today, help CoinDesk Research by taking the Q3 2018 sentiment survey. Data source In Q1 2017, Casper was not live, but the community was quite optimistic it would at least be live by today. At dapp number 48 out of 970 when ranked by users, Augur's minimal usage metrics are not an outlier among ethereum dapps. Ethereum dapps including Funfair and Spankchain have however built dapp-specific scaling solutions and research on generalized state channels is ongoing by several parties.

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Alex Sunnarborg is a founding member of Tetras Capital Partners, LLC, an investment manager focused on investing in crypto assets.

Eighteen months ago, CoinDesk sent a survey to its readers asking for their opinions on the current state of the crypto ecosystem. The results were analyzed and published in the State of Blockchain Q1 2017In this piece, the original author reflects on some of the core findings.

The most striking survey response was also the most straightforward to understand: sentiment around the 'overall state' of bitcoin and ethereum.

Less than 5 percent of those surveyed in Q1 2017 felt even slightly negative about the overall state of ethereum. The sentiment and optimism could have hardly been any higher.

Network Data: Then and Now

At the time, the...

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