Near (Sharding & DAO as unique features)
Avalanche (DeFi yields & NFT partners)
Our role models are Ethereum (community & culture), Starkware (ZKProofs & research) and Cosmos (Wasm & cross-chain), but which other smart contract platforms should we compete directly and win against?
Harmony should consider a ZK Rollup solution, Etherscan/Blockscout integration, enterprise and retail adoption, and backing from institutional investors. Blockchain is not a zero-sum game where we “win” (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3vX2iVIJMFQ) we should identify what our core strengths are and continuously build on the strengths with a strong belief in our vision and mission. We can consider what others are doing that are successful, but if Harmony is to succeed in the crowded market place we should consider pursuing our core values and deliver on our vision and mission. 1 second finality, a bridge to everything, and a billion users. Don’t be discouraged by the current sentiment and don’t lose focus. I saw a post from Stephen around mathematically provable programming somewhere; maybe its something we can incorporate into Harmony
Polkadot (Parachain & developer grants)
Polygon (ZKProofs & EVM ecosystem)
Solana (Centralized exchanges & DeFi)
Terra (DeFi ecosystem & stablecoins)