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What is Chainlink? New Zealand Cryptocurrency Overview

Chainlink (LINK) serves an integral role in the crypto space by connecting real-world data to blockchains via smart contracts.

Posted June 4, 2020

Chainlink logo and icon infront of blue background
Chainlink logo and icon infront of blue background

Chainlink is an Ethereum token based on the Oracle network that aims to connect between blockchain-based smart contracts and data we get from the real world. Chainlink acts as a bridge between Visa, Swift, Paypal, banks and various other payment providers linking them to blockchains such as Ethereum, Bitcoin, and Ripple XRP.

Chainlink was founded by Sergey Nazarov and Steve Ellis who have extensive experience in cryptocurrency exchange platforms in the past.

Making smart contracts connected to the outside world. During the early days when smart contracts were introduced on Ethereum, they were not able to able to connected to other blockchains and lacked the bridge to real-world businesses.

Now existing business companies like Visa, Mastercard and Swift can directly connect to the blockchain using Chainlink. 

Imagine you want to buy some groceries from your Countdown and you order them online. Countdown has all the groceries available and is happy to deliver them to your doorstep. The only thing that is missing is the delivery van which can help deliver those goods. Chainlink does the job of a delivery van by acting as the middleman. 

chainlink token network

LINK is an ERC-20 token based on Ethereum platform with 1 billion total supply. The company holds 30% of the total tokens in order to ensure ongoing company developments and payments to staff members. 

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Chainlink is a robust company which has done extremely well since it’s ICO launch in September 2017.  The coin price increased from $1.18USD to a whopping $4.10 (nearly 4x times) as the market price at the time of writing this article. Chainlink is currently ranked 12th in terms of market capitalisation. 

Chainlink’s network continues to grow with more companies opting for smart contract payments using DeFi platforms. (DeFi stands for decentralised finance). 

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Last updated January 10, 2022

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