Bitcoin: Uber's co-founder launches rival cryptocurrency

Garrett Camp's new 'eco' currency hopes to offer faster transactions and be both more secure and more energy-efficient than the anonymously traded market leader

Joe Sommerlad
Friday 02 March 2018 16:00 GMT
Uber co-founder Garrett Camp
Uber co-founder Garrett Camp (Rex)

Uber’s co-founder Garrett Camp has announced that he is launching his own cryptocurrency in the hope of rivalling the likes of bitcoin, ethereum and litecoin.

The taxi app entrepreneur's digital cash alternative, named "eco", is intended as a universal payment tool for daily use and the latest of approximately 1,400 varieties of cryptocoin to enter the fray.

One trillion eco tokens will initially be issued, 50 per cent of which will be given to the first 1bn verified humans who sign up.

Of the remainder, 20 per cent will go to universities, 10 per cent to advisors, 10 to Camp's strategic partners and 10 per cent will be held by a newly formed Eco Foundation, responsible for the cryptocurrency's oversight, according to TechCrunch.

Camp’s white paper on the project reveals there will be no initial coin offering to raise additional funds, while transactions will only be carried out by verified nodes and networks and make use of user-friendly web and mobile apps to encourage new users.

While this measure could remove a major vulnerability bitcoin suffers from, it will mean eco is subjected to a far greater degree of supervision than the anonymous market leader, meaning it is not truly decentralised - a founding principle behind bitcoin.

Eco hopes its transaction verification process between blockchains will be faster and more energy-efficient than bitcoin’s, which is notoriously power-intensive to mine.

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