Vitalik Buterin Calls for Collaboration at Enterprise Ethereum Launch

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In a televised speech at the launch of the Enterprise Ethereum Alliance today, the platform’s creator, Vitalik Buterin, delivered a speech focusing on why enterprise blockchains, generally seen as competitors, might have an interest in working more collaboratively.

Announced today, the Enterprise Ethereum Alliance is a new group of major companies that plans to develop blockchain applications on ethereum (think Microsoft and JPMorgan). Long-rumored, the event today served as a coming out party for the incumbents and startups involved.

In the video, Buterin outlined a technical ethereum roadmap and ended with a summary of the synergies between private and public versions of ethereum.

Notably, Buterin never mentioned the Enterprise Ethereum Alliance by name, but spoke generally to the differences between public and enterprise implementations, as well as the challenges that both types of networks will need to confront.

Buterin said:

“In general, I think there are a lot of things that we can work together on. We have shared challenges. If challenges get solved in one context, the solutions can be ported over to another context.”

The Enterprise Ethereum Alliance is the latest of consortiums focused on blockchain technology that have emerged over the past couple of years, the largest of which include the Linux Foundation-led Hyperledger project and banking consortium R3CEV.

Shared challenges

One example Buterin listed as an area of mutual concern is the optimization of the ethereum virtual machine (EVM), the key innovation that makes it possible for ethereum to deploy more complicated smart contracts.

Both private and public versions will need to use it, and Buterin believes that, perhaps, the two communities can pair up to solve issues confronting its more widespread implementation and use.

The comments are noteworthy as some in the ethereum community seem to view the Ethereum Enterprise Alliance as a Trojan Horse for the public version of ethereum, rather than an end in itself.

Some developers in the ethereum community are wary of private versions due to how they permission access to these systems. While the public ethereum blockchain is open for anyone to join and participate in, for example, a private version may be controlled by a vetted group of participants.

Still, Buterin did his best to quiet such thinking, striving to extend the olive branch as the groups look to move ahead on development.

He concluded:

“I hope that the ethereum core development community and the enterprise community can, as much as we can, put our forces together and see if we can come up with some solutions to something.”

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