Hedera Research report 2024
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Hedera Hashgraph is a promising public ledger platform with a unique consensus mechanism called Hashgraph. This innovative technology offers significant advantages over traditional blockchains, including:
- High throughput: Capable of handling 10,000 transactions per second, making it suitable for enterprise-level applications.
- Low latency: Transactions achieve finality in seconds, enabling real-time interactions.
- Security: Utilizes a state-of-the-art consensus mechanism and a decentralized network of nodes to safeguard the network.
- Scalability: Designed to handle increasing transaction volumes without compromising performance.
- Energy efficiency: Significantly more energy-efficient than Proof-of-Work blockchains.
These features make Hedera Hashgraph well-positioned to play a major role in the future of blockchain technology.
Basic Information: HBAR, the native token of Hedera, is identified by the symbol HBAR.
Use Case: HBAR is used for a variety of purposes on the Hedera network, including staking, paying transaction fees, and participating in governance.
Target Audience: Hedera's target audience includes enterprises, developers, and individuals interested in using a secure, scalable, and low-latency blockchain platform.
Total Value Locked (TVL):
$1.5 billion as of December 13, 2023 (DefiLlama)
$70 million per day as of December 13, 2023 (CoinMarketCap)
Number of Active Users:
50,000 as of December 13, 2023 (estimated based on various sources)
33,576,848,010 HBAR (Coingecko)
16,095,367 HBAR (CoinMarketCap)
$2.4 billion (83% of total supply) (CoinMarketCap)
Fully Diluted Valution:
Expected Market Cap Reach Next Cycle: $20 billion (8x current price)
Technical Architecture: Built on the Hashgraph consensus mechanism, which is a state-of-the-art consensus algorithm that provides high throughput, security, and low latency.
Blockchain Features: Supports smart contracts, DeFi applications, and a variety of other decentralized applications.
Scalability: Capable of handling 10,000 transactions per second, making it suitable for enterprise applications.
Security: Utilizes a unique cryptographic design and a decentralized network of nodes to safeguard the network and user funds.
Distributed among a large number of entities, with no single entity holding more than 10% of the total supply.
Top 100 holders control around 25%, while the remaining 75% is distributed among retail investors.
Fixed total supply of 50 billion HBAR.
3.9% annual inflation rate, which is gradually decreasing over time.
Vibrant and growing community with over 100,000 active users across social media and Discord.
Highly engaged community with active participation in discussions and development initiatives.
Growing developer ecosystem with over 1,000 active contributors.
Supported by grants and initiatives attracting and retaining talented developers.
Potential for significant growth due to its unique technology and growing ecosystem.
Long-term investment strategy with a focus on fundamentals and technological advancements.
Diversification of portfolio with a moderate allocation to HBAR.
Hedera Hashgraph is a promising blockchain platform with a strong track record of innovation and a growing community. With its unique technology, enterprise-grade features, and strong security, Hedera is well-positioned to play a major role in the future of blockchain technology.
“Powering Native Web3 Ecosystem and Institutional applications for the next generation of the Web” → Hedera.com
Hedera Hashgraph is a cryptocurrency network seeking to serve as a platform on which individuals can transact and deploy applications.
Founded by Dr Leemon Baird, computer scientist, and Mance Harmon, a technology executive, in 2015, they created Hedera Hashgraph to develop and govern a live network using Hedera technology.
The Hedera Technology is not a blockchain consensus mechanism. Instead, they build consensus in having a public ledger.
Hedera is the only public ledger that uses hashgraph consensus, a faster, more secure alternative to block chain consensus mechanisms.
However, it still retains properties of being a “trustless” system by storing a copy of its ledger on every node in its network like a blockchain.
Problem: Traditional blockchain’s are unsecure, unscalable, environmentally damaging, with high costs per transaction.
Solution: Hedera is a fully open source, proof-of-stake, public network and governing body for building and deploying decentralized applications. It offers:
- Smart contracts
- Token services
- 1.7M+ Mainnet Accounts
- 5.64 Second finality
- $0.001 Cost per Transaction
- 10k+ TPS
To ensure all the computers in its distributed network agree on its transaction history, Hedera Hashgraph uses the Hashgraph consensus mechanism, powered by two types of nodes.
Consensus nodes determine transaction ordering and history, while mirror nodes relay this information to other stakeholders throughout the network.
This differs from how most traditional blockchains achieve consensus, in which the state of the blockchain is determined by users who propose blocks to be added to the chain in a market competition open to anyone.
Hedera Hashgraph is governed by a body known as the Hedera Governing Council, which is charged with running the consensus nodes that determine transaction ordering.
As of 2020, a total of 39 members sit on the council, including Google, IBM and Boeing. The council’s role is to manage the software, voting on changes, ensuring funds are allocated correctly and safeguarding the network’s legal status in various jurisdictions.
The supply of HBAR tokens is fixed at 50 billion which was created when the network launched in 2018. Some HBAR tokens will be distributed through a process called “proxy staking,” in which any HBAR holder will be able to lock their cryptocurrency in special contracts, allocating those funds to one of the approved nodes on the network.
By staking HBAR with another node, users would gain the ability to earn a slice of the rewards and fees these computers receive from processing transactions on Hedera Hashgraph.
The Hedera network achieves 10,000 HBAR cryptocurrency transactions per second, in a single shard and on-ledger, without compromising on network security or stability.
Hashgraph consensus is incredibly lightweight, allowing for the cost per HBAR transaction to be very small, around US$0.0001.
In combination with high throughput, micropayments using a token on Hedera, or $HBAR, is a practical reality.
HBAR transactions achieve finality, on-ledger, within three to five seconds. Their aim is to bring confidence in payment settlements and offer modern digital experiences within your application.
HBARs are used as “fuel” to pay for network services. They are also used to incentivize nodes and contribute to computing resources to the network. End-users must pay a certain fee to use the network.
Hedera proceeds toward permissionless nodes. This allows HBARs to protect the network from cyberattacks through the network’s forthcoming proof-of-stake, coin-weighted consensus mechanism.
Around 46% of the network’s 50 billion HBARs had been allocated, with the remaining 54% held in the Hedera Treasury when HBAR first came into existence.
Hashgraph is a data information and consensus algorithm that adopts concepts such as gossip about gossip and virtual voting to achieve faster and secure transactions. It claims to overcome gaps in the blockchain system as they form a peer-to-peer platform that eliminates the need for complete transactional operations.
Known for its speed, this technology can handle thousands of transactions per second and verify over a million signatures per second. The worth and authenticity of this technology may very well take the title of ‘the new generation of blockchains’.
Gossip about gossip protocol sends information between nodes of the network. The nodes send data to random members in the network with the history of its previous transaction, resulting in the circulation of all the information amongst all members.
For a detailed explanation gossip about gossip protocol, Max Maher’s explains more here. Main differences between a blockchain and Hashgraph may also be found more in Amarpreet Singh’s article.
Bitcoin pioneered decentralized infrastructure and Ethereum brought programmability. But earlier proof-of-work blockchains consume massive amounts of energy and process transactions slowly in order to achieve acceptable levels of security. Heavy bandwidth consumption by these technologies leads to expensive fees, even for a simple cryptocurrency transaction.
The Hedera proof-of-stake public network, powered by hashgraph consensus, achieves the highest-grade of security possible (ABFT), with blazing-fast transaction speeds and incredibly low bandwidth consumption. By combining high-throughput, low fees, and finality in seconds, Hedera leads the way for the future of public ledgers.
Every Hedera mainnet node contributes to consensus and stores a copy of the public ledger’s state. Hedera mainnet nodes submit transactions to the network on behalf of applications and perform network service operations.
This has associated costs of bandwidth, compute, and storage, for which the node receives HBAR as compensation. Node operators can sell the HBAR they’ve earned for other cryptocurrencies or FIAT through an exchange.
Developers and end users can purchase HBAR from third-party companies and platforms if ever they choose to integrate into the Hedera ecosystem. They could also use HBAR for multiple utilities such as purchasing goods and services to payment of application transaction fees.
Those with HBAR can proxy stake (coming soon) them to a Hedera network node which will maintain the security and integrity of Hedera’s network operations. At the same time, earning the proxy staker a small share of transaction fees.
$HBAR offers organization an opportunity to embrace disruptive public distributive ledgers for payments in a secure and compliant manner. This would include settlement efficiency and creating liquidity for new and growing markets.
Hedera enables high-throughput, verifiable logging of business transactions, as well as decentralized identifiers that adhere to the W3C Decentralized Identifier (DID) standards, for any new or existing application. This ensures all participants are trusted and associated systems have a real-time view of transactions used for predictive analysis and detection of fraudulent activities.
Permissioned blockchains offer a means to control the logic and sharing of information within a set of known and authorized parties.
Popular blockchain frameworks, such as Corda, Hyperledger Fabric, and Quorum can connect to Hedera to achieve decentralized trust without exposing its contents. Using Hedera Consensus Service, for each update of the permissioned blockchain, a transaction hash is sent to the Hedera public ledger. This now immutable transaction hash ensures transaction information remains private while being fully auditable by authorized parties.
Credentials capture identity attributes, skills, and qualifications and so determine authorization to software and systems. Key moments in a credential’s lifecycle can be recorded using Hedera Consensus Service to add transparency and certainty for each stage.
Hedera aims to amplify trust around data compliance by providing a publicly auditable log of actions taken and to provide tools to consumers to audit their own data. This would simplify auditing while removing 3rd party intermediaries.
The Hedera Token Service enables the configuration, minting, and management of fungible and non-fungible tokens on Hedera with ease, without needing to deploy a smart contract. Custom tokens are as fast, fair, and secure as HBAR and cost less than USD$0.01 to transfer.
One thing to take note on the Hedera network is its closed source nature. This network is shielded from the public and controlled by big institutions with its financial backing. These institutions sits on the governing board of the Hedera Council to influence decisions, one example is their ability to influence the removal of smart contracts in its network.
They forefront the hashgraph technology which provides massive improvements as a layer 1 solution. The first player in the hashgraph space, their technology could be the next new wave in the cryptocurrency space. Accompanied by its function of being a 3rd generation public ledger, they certainty fall in the category of being undervalued.
However, Hedera positions itself mainly to support institutions and government bodies with their technology. Their roadmap toward corporate gravitas leaves them with a small community following within the cryptocurrency community which could be their biggest challenge in 2022.
In my opinion, HBAR is an undervalued token as a great layer-one solution, however it is evident the company has little wind under their sails from the crypto currency community. Perhaps the one most thing they they could built on in 2022 to see massive price action.
Product Market Fit
$100 - 200
If Crypto Marketcap 3-5x in the next cycle to $3-5T, HBAR probably can 10-20x to $10-20B Marketcap as it is one of the current top defi which should perform conservatively similar to all L1 in previous cycle of doing 10-30x.
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