Why Finance? Blockchains enable many marketplaces but banking services are the native use.
Consensus protocols are creating new economies with tokens and trading. Smart contracts are serving as a platform for collectibles and gambling.
These early use cases are driven by the core value of blockchain: providing exchange and liquidity infrastructure for financial transactions. Harmony focuses on broader financial products as they are well validated with Ethereum and ready for mass adoption.
Why Cross-Border? Open platforms work locally but global users are the most underserved.
Finance products within one country are already highly efficient and protected. On the other hand, purely on-chain #DeFi solutions without onramp gateways or local distribution have limited impact in real-word economies.
Harmony focuses on bridging high-growth economies in countries such as China and India, hence #CrossFi for cross-border finance. Harmony remains an infrastructure layer; our local partners serve customers with country-specific products and compliance.
Why Harmony? Not only fast and secure, Harmony is decentralized and guarantees privacy.
Ethereum’s short-term pains are scalability and security, which Harmony has solved with sharding and proof-of-stake. The long-term value of open platforms is decentralization, which Harmony has committed to with thousands of nodes and open development.
Private transactions, similar to secure HTTP for the Internet, are essential to businesses and corporations. However, governments mandate audits and compliance. Harmony solves this dilemma by bringing auditable privacy to production.
How? We are customer obsessed but must identify the right customers and external values.
Platform protocols seek rent but must inject capital from off the chain as revenue.
The values Harmony provides for customers, beyond open settlement, are forex quotes and peer-to-peer liquidity.
Stablecoins and forward contracts can manage fluctuations in fiat currencies; private matching can pool together local reserves like trades with over-the-counter (OTC).
In the CEO’s keynote, we explain our commitment to decentralization and privacy. We will expand this article shortly to cover our top other two initiatives listed above: decentralized development and auditable privacy.