This spring Deloitte announced that it was partnering with five blockchain companies to encourage innovation in fields ranging from payments to employee management. FinDEVr alum BlockCypher was among the five and just announced one of the partnership’s first successes: the launch of BlockCypher Ethereum APIs.
The decision by BlockCypher to add support for Ethereum makes them the first software company to offer both Ethereum and bitcoin APIs on the same platform. The beta release provides developers with APIs that will enable them to host Ethereum accounts, as well as track balances and facilitate transactions. BlockCypher CEO and co-founder Catherine Nicholson told CoinDesk that Ethereum was the “number one ask” by developers and “what they ask us for is what we implement.”
“After becoming the leading blockchain web services provider for Bitcoin, we are now doing the same for Ethereum,” Nicholson said.
Pictured: BlockCypher co-founder and CTO Matthieu Riou during his presentation “Bitcoin, Blockchain, and Programmable Money,” at FinDEVr 2015 in San Francisco.
Check out BlockCypher’s Ethereum API documentation.
Ethereum is a public blockchain that has become increasingly popular at the enterprise level for its ability to support decentralized apps and smart contracts. With BlockCypher’s Ethereum APIs, Deloitte principal Eric Piscini explained, financial services companies will be able to provide differentiated blockchain apps and services to their clients. BlockCypher currently provides cloud based services including predictive analytics on unconfirmed transactions, an API for blockchain micropayment and a solution for recording documents on the blockchain. The company says support for Ethereum on its block explorer as well as with many of its other more advanced cloud services is forthcoming.
Founded in 2014 and headquartered in Redwood City, BlockCypher has raised $3.5 million in funding. Customers of the self-described “Amazon Web Services for Block Chains” include fellow FinDEVr alums Coinbase and Gem, as well as Finovate alum, Quid.