Traditionally the value of a coin is measured in market capitalization, which is defined as:
"Market cap—or market capitalization—refers to the total value of all a company's shares of stock. It is calculated by multiplying the price of a stock by its total number of outstanding shares. For example, a company with 20 million shares selling at $50 a share would have a market cap of $1 billion."
According to that standard, ethereum has a current marketcap of 68 billion dollars (11/24/2020) which makes it the second largest cryptocurrency in the planet, however, I think that this assesment falls short of reality, and I think it underestimates the true value of ethereum, and at least informally we should fix this.
The following are just a couple of benefits you get when you build in ethereum in my opinion.
#1 A Strong Parent Coin
Other blockchains have smart contracts that need the parent coin to run, however, if the coin needed to run the operations is barely on exchanges, the party sort of ends before it even starts, since people would be less inclined to jump to extra hoops to interact with your coin or project.
However ethereum-based projects don't have this issue.
#2 Highly Trained Developer Pool
Good ethereum blockchain developers know about solidity, they know how smart contracts are deployed, they know how to use the test net or build sidechains, and if some of them do not know this, they can easily find out the answer with tutorials online, that in the case of ethereum are plentiful and detailed.
If you build on a different chain all those benefits evaporate, and even the most mundane actions can be a source of confusion and/or technical mistakes.
#3 Brand Points
Imagine that you build a compelling crypto token, you have solid features, a good use case and people interested, however, instead of building in ethereum you decided to deploy in prenterew, which would cause people interested in your project wonder how to create a wallet, if prenterew is secure enough, fast enough or if the code is robust, objections that with ethereum were already overcomed will be a source of frustration for you and your users, and the worst part is that the majority will just ignore your coin without even send you feedback about it.
The best part? if you build on ethereum, even if your coin is not that great, it will have better initial perception than a more robust coin built on another blockchain (at least initially)
#4 Centralized Exchanges
Centralized exchanges are accustomed to integrate ERC-20 tokens, some exchanges only have those + bitcoin, which means that if you build on ethereum you can allure centralized exchanges more easily, since they would not need any new set of skills to integrate your token.
#5 Access to DEXes
Uniswap can send your coin to the moon rather easily, but you have even more than that, with several dexes persuading ethereum users to use their interface instead.
68 Billion Dollars is a high number, but it underestimates the difficult-to-measure value of the other things I mentioned here.
Alright, perhaps you are now more aware of the true value of ethereum, do you agree with my assesment or did I forgot something? Let me know in the comments below.
Note: I also know that ethereum is not perfect and many things are not optimal. :)
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