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Ethereum is a decentralized platform for applications. Applications build on it can use smart contracts - computer algorithms which execute themselves when data is supplied to the platform. There is no need for any human operators.
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FC
Financial Writer and Commentator Source
Nice to see that Ethereum devs are taking the social costs of blockchain seriously. I would like to see Bitcoin devs do so, too.
SS
Founder of Democracy Earth Foundation Source
The pace of innovation in Ethereum > the pace of innovation in Bitcoin.
FE
Co-founder of Coinbase Source
Make no mistake — Ethereum would never have existed without Bitcoin as a forerunner. That said, I think Ethereum is ahead of Bitcoin in many ways and represents the bleeding edge of digital currency.
RQ
Journalist Source
Whatever happens to bitcoin, other cryptocurrencies are gaining ground and more respect. Ethereum, for instance, has far more transparency.
FE
Co-founder of Coinbase Source
There is nothing that Bitcoin can do which Ethereum can't. While Ethereum is less battle-tested, it is moving faster, has better leadership, and has more developer mindshare.
AJ
Chief executive of Fidelity Source
We set up a small bitcoin and ethereum mining operation…that miraculously now is actually making a lot of money.
FE
Co-founder of Coinbase Source
Ethereum has taken what was a four function calculator of a programming language in Bitcoin and turned it into a full fledged computer. We now stand only 9 months out from the beginning of the Ethereum network and the level of app development is already faster than Bitcoin’s.
MM
Analyst at Goldman Sachs Source
Ethereum is between a rock and a hard place. It isn’t as good at being SoV / Sound Money as BTC, and it is likely not going to be as smooth / cheap / frictionless at being a dApp platform as more centralized platforms like your beloved EOS.
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Director of Research at Tierion Source
Ethereum has been injected with a lot of money, talent, good-risk over the last 2 years which has vastly improved it's quality. But it is still a nonsense premise and, as an investment, no one has addressed main problem of Bitcoin-imitation, either though soft fork or sidechain.
TD
Founder of Adamant Capital Source
Another huge issue that Ethereum has is with scaling. By putting “everything on the blockchain” (which stores everything forever) and dubbing it “the world computer”, you are going to end up with a very slow and clogged up system. By now the Ethereum bloat is so bad that cheaply running an individual node is practically impossible for a lay person. ETH developers are also imploring people to not deploy more smart contract apps on its blockchain. As a result, and despite the claims that running a node in “warp” mode is easy and as good as a full node, Ethereum is becoming increasingly centralized... In my view, Ethereum is the Yahoo of our day - an unscalable “blue chip” cryptocurrency.
DS
Co-Founder of Craft Ventures Source
The big development since the emergence of Bitcoin itself is that the underlying enabling technology, the blockchain, has been turned into a developer platform. The leading platform is called Ethereum. It's a platform for creating new kinds of decentralized apps and cryptocurrencies (or "tokens" or "coins"). It's also created a new funding source for this innovation in the form of initial coin offerings (ICOs). So we have all the ingredients necessary for a whole new wave of innovation. For those of us who lived through the dot-com era, this feels reminiscent. You have some of the same speculative excess and random enrichment. But you can also feel that something revolutionary is happening. Money is being made programmable. That's a fundamental change with implications we can still barely see.
SY
Crypto Investor Source
Saying eth has network effects is like saying Linux distro Slackware and Debian has network effect. Still used but not as relevant. It’s the last smart contract platform that wins. Network effects is highly misused.
AA
Author of Mastering Bitcoin Source
Because Ethereum is a prototype for VM blockchains. If they mess up their implementation the world will simply pivot to competing VM smart contract platforms, the demand won't go away. My interest is in smart contract platforms. Ethereum is the most interesting today.
GT
Co-founder and Managing Partner at Initiaized Source
If decentralized apps become the dominant use of cryptocurrency, Ethereum has two main moats: 1/ API moat for developer ecosystem and 2/ end user moat around use of Toshi/Metamask wallets. All would-be challengers will need to overcome those two early advantages.
SS
Founder of Democracy Earth Foundation Source
But the best story behind ethereum is all of the creative experiments being built on top of it. the cases of DAI, MANA and ZEP are worth following closely. unlike bitcoin conservatives, ethereum’s community is more welcoming to new ideas.
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FE Fred Ehrsam Co-founder of Coinbase
There is nothing that Bitcoin can do which Ethereum can't. While Ethereum is less battle-tested, it is moving faster, has better leadership, and has more developer mindshare.
FE

FE Fred Ehrsam Co-founder of Coinbase
Make no mistake — Ethereum would never have existed without Bitcoin as a forerunner. That said, I think Ethereum is ahead of Bitcoin in many ways and represents the bleeding edge of digital currency.
SS

SS Santiago Siri Founder of Democracy Earth Foundation
The pace of innovation in Ethereum > the pace of innovation in Bitcoin.
BS

BS Balaji Srinivasan CEO of 21.co
Tokenization applies to scarce assets. Today, the most appropriate thing to tokenize is something that's purely digital. Bitcoin and ethereum are the canonical.
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TV Tone Vays Blockchain consultant and researcher
A token like ethereum has gone up 10 times faster than bitcoin, and it's fueling an ICO bubble no different then the dot-com IPOs of the late '90s.
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EG Emin Gün Sirer CEO at AVA Labs, Associate Professor of Computer Science at Cornell
I have often said that Ethereum is doing it right, throughout the DAO fork, and Bitcoin devs, with their fetishistic dependence on "the longest chain," inability to change ancient code, and their obvious conflicts of interest, are on weak ground.
JK

JK Jae Kwon Founder and CEO of Tendermint
It’s not just [Vitalik Buterin's] opinion that caused ETH > ETC [after the DAO fork]. I wanted to support ETH regardless, and I think the fork let the market decide which is better. . . . [T]oo much blame [was placed] on Vitalik. He mostly just conveyed the consensus around him.
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CD Chris Dixon General Partner at Andreessen Horowitz
Every 10-15 years, there’s a major new transition... To me, Ethereum is the most important technology of the decade, for sure. I don’t even think it’s going to be questionable.
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BB Brendan Bernstein Founding Partner of Tetras Capital
Only four applications have more than 500 daily active users. Ethereum's supposed use case of "decentralized applications" is clearly not where the usage is coming from — and yet blocks are still nearly full.
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PT Parker Thompson Partner at AngelList
We agree that Ethereum was poorly designed to support practical use cases.