Run your own Project / Business

Use these solutions to set up and run your own project / business on Ethereum.

Create Wallet

  • Self-custody bank
    Multiscrypto-first business banking
    Gnosis Safe Multisigconfirm transactions by requiring multiple signatures

Use DApps

  • Tokenization
    OpenLaw  – build and manage your legal commercial relationships, e.g. tokenize services of your company
    Aragoncreate and manage your decentralized company or organization (DAO)
  • Payments
    Coinbase Commerce  – accept payments in ETH / DAI in your app or website
    Stablepaysend and receive payments converted to DAI

How to accept crypto payments?

  • Taxes
    – learn how to record your crypto for taxes here

Readings

Run a blockchain project  – seven mistakes to avoid in blockchain projects
Building DeFi DApps – things I wish I knew before building Ethereum DeFi DApps
Contributors  – ten simple rules for helping newcomers become contributors to your open project
DAO  – the year of the DAO comeback
Economy  – our economy is out of date
Cryptoeconomics  – an introduction
Stablecoins  – where stablecoins are headed
GDPR – findings on the intersection with blockchain technology

Get started as easy at it gets

You can follow these simple steps to get started using Ethereum right now.

  1. choose and enter DApp, that you would like to use
  2. when you will be asked to connect your wallet, choose Fortmatic
  3. create an account by using your email address or phone number
  4. use chosen DApp and also many others by logging in with a same account
  5. as you may need some ETH by using DApps, you can buy it directly through Fortmatic

For a security of your funds please consider learning more about wallets and best practices first.

Use ETH or DAI as money

One of the key benefits of cryptocurrencies is how quick and cheap they are to send to others.

  • you can send ETH / DAI across the globe in just a few minutes. That’s fascinating when you compare to using a bank transfer or similar which can take several days.
  • you can spend ETH / DAI for your payments in the real world

Why ETH could achieve money status?
How to get your first crypto Visa card?
Which merchants accepts ETH?

Coinbase Card  – Visa debit card, funded by your Coinbase balance, allows you to spend your crypto worldwide
Monolith Visa debit card – exchange your Ethereum-based tokens to fiat and spend anywhere that accepts Visa

User’s Guide

Get started with Ethereum:
– use Ethereum-based applications (DApps)
– use Ether (ETH) or DAI cryptocurrency as a money in a real world

Get started as easy at it gets

Because some DApps require you to have a wallet with ETH, you could take it step-by-step in order: ETH -> Wallet -> DApp

Buy Ether (ETH) or DAI
Create Wallet

Use DApps

Use ETH or DAI as money

Run your own Node
Mining
Staking
Explorers

Specific usecases

Run your own Project / Business
Earn ETH or DAI
Social Money

Explorers

Various explorers will provide you useful Ethereum ecosystem’s informations and services.

How to view details about your transaction?

Blockchain

Etherscan  – block explorer and analytics platform
Amberdata  – live monitoring, insights, blockchain data and smart contracts
Ethplorer  – block explorer providing token information and analytics
BlockScout  – blockchain explorer inspecting and analyzing EVM based blockchains
Alethio  – data, analytics & visualization platform
Ethernodes  – Ethereum network & node explorer
Ethereum Gas Station  – explorer of a gas prices, transaction confirmation times, and miner policies on the Ethereum network
Gitcoin Gas Station  – gas price history chart
Ethereum 2.0 Beacon Chain Explorer  – using Prysmatic’s client

DApps

State of the dApps  – curated directory of decentralized applications
DappReview  – DApp data, user insights and market analytics
DappRadar  – data (volume, DAU, etc) on decentralized applications

Decentralized Finance

Loanscan  – Ethereum loan explorer providing financial information and analytics for debt issued on the Ethereum
DeFi Pulse  – decentralized finance’s tools tracked and ranked by value locked
DeFi Score  – open framework for evaluating DeFi protocols
Pools.fyi  – find the best liquidity pools

Decentralized Exchanges

DEXWatch  – decentralized exchanges explorer
Etherscan DEX Tracker –  decentralized exchanges explorer
DexIndex  – tool that searches Ethereum decentralized exchanges to find the best token prices

Market

OnChainFX  – cryptoasset network value, market cap, rankings and metrics

Use DApps

There are many Ethereum-based applications (DApps), that you can use today and here you can find a few suggestions and usecases.
Start benefit from their unique features right now.

In general, you will be asked to connect your wallet in order to use DApps.

InstaDApp
– access decentralized finance to lend, borrow, leverage or swap crypto assets
– it makes transactions easier by rolling several services into a single easy-to-use dashboard

Uniswap
 – easily and automatically trade your ETH for other ERC20 tokens
– create a pool for your own tokens

Synthetix
– buy and trade tokens that are pegged to different assets such as gold, Bitcoin, U.S. Dollars, TESLA, and AAPL

  • Social

Aragon
– create and manage decentralized companies, organizations or communities (DAOs)
– they wil be global, censorship resistant, transparent, bureaucracy-free and customizable

3Box
– create your social profile for Ethereum
– provide all-in-one sign-in to Ethereum, identity and reputation, and personal cloud storage

Status
– chat, browse DApps or transact privately and securely

  • Marketplaces

OpenSea
– buy, sell, and discover exclusive digital assets like Gods Unchained CardsENS namesCryptoKittiesDecentraland land and other

Decentraland
– enter a virtual world where you can build and explore 3D creations, play games and socialize

  • Games

CryptoKitties
– collect and breed digital collectible cats, buy & sell them with a community and other
– each cat is one-of-a-kind and 100% owned by you; it cannot be replicated, taken away, or destroyed

0xUniverse
– build spaceships, explore the galaxy, and colonize collectible planets

  • Miscellaneous

Brave
– install secure, fast & private web and mobile browser integrated with BAT and ERC-20 tokens
– earn by viewing privacy-respecting ads and reward your favourite content creators

Bounties Network
– get paid for doing work in any sphere of activity or get accelerate your own project

PoolTogether
– join a no-loss lottery for a chance to win a prize or send a ticket to your friends
– all the deposited DAI in the pool earn interest, so the prizes are funded solely by the interest earned

Kleros
– become a juror and earn arbitration fees each time you rule on a dispute

For more usecases please follow here.

Create Wallet

What is a wallet?
Wallet is your window to the Ethereum world.
– it works just like your classical bank account, i.e. it allows you to hold and send ETH / DAI
– it allows you to interact with Ethereum-based applications (DApps)

Wallet address
Just as bank account numbers are used for transactions between bank accounts, the Ethereum account address is referenced when sending funds to the wallet.

Private key / Seed phrase
The main strength of decentralized wallet and difference between the existing banking system is a fact, that user own private key of his wallet.

Pros: You are the only one, who has an access to your funds
Cons: Losing your private key means losing your funds, so store it safely and take security seriously

Additionally:
– smart contract wallets enable additional security and recovery features for users
– wallet SDKs offer login and recovery features just like classical apps
– hardware wallets provide cold storage and are great for storing large amounts of money

Ethereum Wallets

There are many varieties of wallets out there to choose and with various features.

desktop:
Metamask
MyCrypto

mobile:
Argent
Coinbase Wallet

Cons: You have to carry around your private key / seed phrase, what could be risky and dangerous and could be less user’s friendly

Download an extension / app -> write down the 12-word seed phrase and store it safely -> send ETH to your wallet (required in Metamask)

  • Wallet SDKs

Fortmatic
Torus
Portis

Cons: It’s security and privacy rely on a service provider, wallets only work for DApps that integrate them and their advanced functionalities could be priced

Create an account by using your e-mail / phone / password / Google or other accounts -> use supported DApps

  • Cards

Monolith Visa debit card
Coinbase Card

Cons: Requires identity verification and you have to carry around your card and private key / seed phrase, what could be risky and dangerous

Download an app -> create a wallet -> apply for a card -> exchange ETH for fiat -> spend it wherever Visa is accepted

  • Hardware wallets

Trezor
Ledger

Cons: Cost money and you have to carry around your device and private key / seed phrase, what could be risky and dangerous

Buy a device -> set it up -> write down the 12-word seed phrase -> store both on safe place

For more wallets and security resources please follow here.

Buy Ether (ETH) or DAI

What is Ether?
ETH is Ethereum’s native currency. It is “digital money” that can be sent over the internet instantly and cheaply, and also be used in many Ethereum-based applications.

Want to avoid volatility of cryptocurrency prices?
Buy DAI (decentralized stablecoin running on Ethereum, that maintain a value of $1.00 USD) or use this buying tactic.

How to buy ETH or DAI?

Like exchanging into the local currency in a foreign country you’re visiting, you can buy it for different fiat money ($, €, ¥, £,..), by using various payment methods, platforms / apps.

  • On centralized exchange

Coinbase
Kraken

Cons: Requires identity verification and it is recommended for added security to withdraw purchased ETH / DAI into a wallet in your own control

Create an account -> buy ETH / DAI with card or bank transfer -> (optional) withdraw funds into your wallet

  • Directly into your wallet

desktop:
MyCrypto
Fortmatic

mobile:
Argent
Trust

Cons: Higher fees

Requires first to create / have your own wallet (see the section “Create Wallet”)

  • Peer-to-peer on marketplace / in-person by cash

LocalCryptos
Dether

Cons: Requires to follow ETH price, as it is set by a seller

Create an account / wallet -> find a seller -> buy ETH / DAI with cash or other various payment methods

Current state and roadmap

The Year in Ethereum  – a comprehensive look at the year 2019 in Ethereum
Ethereum by the Numbers  – the year of 2019
The State of the Ethereum Network: 2019  – a look at the Ethereum network and crypto community in 2019
A Short History of Ethereum  – an overview of the upgrades and hard forks of Ethereum’s past, with an eye towards what lies ahead
Why the Ethereum Ecosystem Is Stronger Than Ever  – sweeping overview of the state of blockchain
90+ Ethereum Apps You Can Use Right Now  – list of Ethereum DApps you can use right now
The 100+ Projects Pioneering Decentralized Finance  – list of the projects pioneering decentralized finance, broken down by category
Ethereum: The Digital Finance Stack  – Ethereum is a platform, built to support a financial super-structure
Decentralised Oracles: a comprehensive overview  – after bringing smart contracts to the world, the world must be brought to smart contracts
The Roadmap to Serenity  – briefly about what is Serenity (Ethereum 2.0), what are the plans for it, and when will it happen?
Ethereum 2.0’s Latest Strides Forward  – succinct current state of Ethereum 2.0 in prose
Ethereum roadmap  – well-arranged summary – Ethereum 1.x, 2.0, layer 2 scaling, privacy and planned upgrades
Approximate view of next ~ 5 – 10 years of Ethereum 2.0   – by Vitalik Buterin
Ethereum Will Handle Millions of Transactions Per Second Within Two Years  – crypto markets, interoperability and future
Ethereum Will Be the Backbone of the New Internet  – why will Ethereum become the fundamental base layer to built-on
An Overview of the State of the Blockchain Ecosystem  – why Ethereum will become the global settlement layer
The 7 Biggest Trends In Blockchain Right Now  – the cryptosphere is booming