Blockstream Moves Ahead with Sidechain Elements, the First Implementation of Sidechains

Blockstream Moves Ahead with Sidechain Elements, the First Implementation of Sidechains

The authors of the much-discussed Bitcoin Sidechains paper "Enabling Blockchain Innovations with Pegged Sidechains," released in October, formed the company Blockstream to implement sidechains and accelerate innovation in digital currencies. In November, Blockstream closed a $21 million seed funding round with nearly 40 high-profile investors. The Bitcoin Sidechains paper envisages an ecosystem of "sidechains" separate from the main Bitcoin blockchain but interoperable with it by means of two-way pegs, allowing for the transfer of assets between sidechains and the main blockchain. A....


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