Decentralized application development has always been harder than it should be.
That is the guiding framework behind the much awaited Clovyr, the startup just launched by two former JP Morgan blockchain employees. Clovyr seeks to provide a new layer of enterprise-driven services between blockchains and user-facing applications.
Founded by Amber Baldet and crytographer Patrick Mylund Nielsen, the startup has been the subject of much speculation since Baldet announced her resignation from JP Morgan last April.
Finally unveiled today at Consensus 2018 in New York, Clovyr is a decentralized application store. It will host a selection of vetted applications alongside some in-house developer tools designed to simplify app development for enterprises.
While maintaining a “blockchain agnostic” approach to an application design, Clovyr aims to provide tooling to build on both public and enterprise versions of ethereum, specifically, Quorum, Geth and Parity clients.
The Clovyr team plans to launch a public beta later this year, and they intend to provide an initial developmental framework for enterprises looking to build on Clovyr’s tech, as well as other potentail applications, such as tooling for data analysis on private datasets, which is something Baldet anticipates will be a popular product.
“Right now there’s no way to keep data private at its point of origin and also enable big data analytics, but there could be,” Nielsen said in their press release.
Moving forward, the Clovyr team plans to launch a full tech stack for privacy-protecting decentralized application design that would achieve compliance with upcoming data protection law, the GDPR.
Clovyr believes that while the tech is available, there is a large gap in app design that has been stifling innovation. Companies looking to integrate decentralized tooling are faced with the confusion of digging through a lot of open-source development platforms. This makes it easy to miss useful new tools.
With Clovyr, devs and enterprises won’t need to go through the whole process of building the tooling from scratch that may have already been executed.
The app store will also enable the development of hybrid blockchain formats, such as enterprise chains that can link up to public network’s to publish attestations or transactions.
According to Baldet, the latter will benefit enterprises looking for the scalability and control of a permissioned system combined with the security parameters of a public blockchain.
But it will feedback into the public ecosystem as well, Baldet said.
In the future, Baldet expects that the public and enterprise-focused applications will blur into a much more user-oriented experience.
Baldet and Nielsen wants Clovyr to result in tools that can help people build in a way that protects user data.
“We want to provide very clear privacy-preserving stacks [that] we recommend you go with if you don’t know where to start,” Baldet said.
While Baldet and company have yet to fully expand on what such a privacy-preserving system would look like, Baldet hinted that such applications should be more conservative about what information is shared, and suggested using the shared ledger merely as a coordination device.
Naldet and Nielsen also hinted that such privacy-preserving features could come with data-analysis capabilities as well.
Quite notably, the startup’s applications intend to provide compliancy for the GDPR, a strict data-protection law that comes into force in Europe this month that some have worried may cause problems for public blockchain data.
“Privacy isn’t just a law, it’s also just a human rights issue for users of the system.”