By @SimonCocking

Describe the company – the elevator pitch:

BlockApps is an enterprise blockchain platform which allows businesses to quickly build, manage, deploy and scale blockchain applications from prototypes to full production systems.

How are you different?

BlockApps is the industry leader in Ethereum based blockchain applications. We have Global 2000 companies using our BlockApps STRATO software platform building blockchain applications across finance, banking, government, land registries, mining, logistics, insurance and other verticals.

Why will the company / product do well?

The BlockApps STRATO software platform allows both flexibility, security, performance and portability due to our Haskell based implementation of Ethereum’s protocol. Businesses are able to develop their blockchain applications with us in days rather than months, allowing for more rapid iterations of the product and better feedback.

Where are you based?

BlockApps HQ is based out of Brooklyn, NY with team members distributed globally.

When was the company launched?

BlockApps was founded in February 2015 by Victor Wong, CEO, Kieren James-Lubin, CPO and James Hormuzdiar, CTO.

What have been your biggest wins to date?

We, along with our partners ConsenSys and Microsoft, created the concept of Blockchain-as-a-Service. Our STRATO platform was the first Microsoft certified blockchain platform on Azure. Fidor Bank, John Hancock, Minsheng Insurance and BHP Billiton have all publicly announced projects built on us.

What type of enterprise verticals are you most interested to work with?

BlockApps STRATO software blockchain platform is general purpose and vertical agnostic. We enable enterprise businesses to develop their industry’s core needs and competencies into the products they build with us.

Tell us about your team?

Our team is comprised of thought leaders in the blockchain technology space as well as world class technical talent in the fields of computer science, computational math and physics. To read complete bios of our leadership and learn more about our team, you can visit our about page.

What are you long term plans for your product / company?

As an general purpose blockchain platform, we plan to continue to grow our products and capabilities with the demands and the needs of the various industries seeking to implement blockchain solutions into their business practices. As we are an extension of Ethereum’s protocol, we also intend to develop our product in parallel with the industry best practices for both private and public blockchains.

What aspect blockchain technology is your team most excited about?

We are seeing new use cases for blockchain technology emerge constantly, so as we’ve seen financial use cases as the first and strongest examples of POC’s using blockchain and smart contracts, we’re seeing other verticals such as mining, insurance, shipping and logistics, governments and land registries emerge as innovators as well. The possibilities are seemingly only limited to people’s imaginations and willingness to use emerging technologies.

What upcoming innovations in the blockchain space do you most look forward to?

We believe 2017 has a lot in store for the blockchain space, including developments in the enterprise application of the technology as well as blockchain applications that will be built. We foresee more applications which were exciting proofs of concept in 2016 to go live in production in 2017, which will usher in a whole other level of adoption.

Anything else you’d like to add / we should have asked?

The use of blockchain applications has applicability across various verticals. The current challenge is that most businesses struggle with the complexity of other blockchain software development platforms. BlockApps STRATO blockchain software platform makes it easy for businesses to harness blockchain for new and existing applications and businesses processes. BlockApps STRATO is also available as a BaaS (Blockchain as a Service) on Microsoft Azure.

How do people get in touch with you?

Of course, you can visit our webpage and contact us through our Learn More link, or you can reach out directly via Twitter or email: [email protected]

If you would like to have your company featured in the Irish Tech News Business Showcase, get in contact with us at [email protected] or on Twitter: @SimonCocking

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