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Recap from OST LIVE with Mick Hagen, CEO of Mainframe — Building Decentralized Applications
Mick Hagen is an entrepreneur, investor, and advisor in the startup ecosystem. After dropping out of Princeton University’s computer science program, he founded Zinch (acquired by Chegg), an ed-tech company connecting students globally with opportunities in higher education. He is currently the CEO of Mainframe, producer of a new decentralized application protocol. He joined us on Episode 48 of OST LIVE to discuss Web 3 and building decentralized applications resistant to censorship, surveillance, and disruption.
Web 3 Needs Infrastructure
Developers need different functionalities such as identity authentication, computation, storage, payments, and communication solutions to build web applications. Web 2.0 has the infrastructure and tools in place that make it easy for developers to build web apps very quickly. However, in the early days of the internet, there weren’t many tools, frameworks, or libraries to build even the simplest of interactions on a web page.
This is where Web 3 is today. The infrastructure doesn’t exist and it’s incredibly hard to build a decentralized application. There aren’t many tools, frameworks, or libraries for developers to leverage. Service layers computation, identity, and file storage solutions like Swarm and IPFS are still in their infancy. Some service layers aren’t even fully decentralized yet and lack incentivization. There are lot of innovative projects and teams working to solve these issues, but they are still at a very early stage.
Mainframe is making it easier to build decentralized applications with a single SDK and API. Companies and developers that want to leverage decentralization can use Mainframe’s computation, file storage, data services, identity, payments, and communication functionalities to build decentralized applications. Developers building an application can connect with a single SDK or API. Mainframe deals with the underlying technologies and complexities involved so ...
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