- Stellar was co-founded in 2014 by Jed McCaleb and Joyce Kim.
- The Stellar Network aims to offer a fast and cheaper way of transferring money across international borders.
- IBM, ICICI, HTV Exodus, and Trezor have inked partnerships with Stellar for easy and fast access to global financial services.
What is Stellar?
Stellar, founded in 2014, offers two benefits to its community. First, being its payment network, which is distributed and offers a quick and affordable way to transact across borders. Secondly, Stellar provides an option to host ICOs.
The native currency of Stellar Network is the Lumen (XLM), allowing users to make quick international payments..
What is Stellar? – The Network
Stellar is an open-source, public blockchain network. It aims to offer the crypto community a faster and easier way to transfer money internationally. Stellar facilitates currencies of all types such as the Euro, the USD, Yen, or even Bitcoin.
The Stellar team is creating a single network for all financial systems globally, enabling financial systems worldwide to send money quickly and cheaply. Lumen will power all the transactions that occur on the Stellar network.
How Does Stellar Enable Low-Cost Transactions?
The technology which powers the Stellar blockchain network’s low-cost transactions is known as the consensus method. The consensus method enables all Stellar network nodes to validate each transaction within seconds.
On the Stellar blockchain, each node manages a mini-network. These nodes check all the transactions that pass through the Stellar network. Each mini-network, under the management of a node, is known as a quorum slice. All these mini-networks are above each other and hence, all transactions are still verified by multiple nodes.
The current efficiency of the Stellar network wouldn’t have been possible if all the nodes were reaching the consensus after every transaction.
How Does the Stellar Network Work?
An account is needed to start interacting with the Stellar network. This grants you a public key and a secret seed phrase. Both the public key and the secret key ensure that you are able to access your account safely and securely.
The second step is to transfer funds to the Stellar network’s anchor. An anchor is an entity within the network, which holds funds on behalf of the user. It then issues digital credits to your stellar network account.
The banks, remittance organizations, and any institutions holding money on your behalf act as an anchor on the network. Thus, an anchor is a connecting link between the currencies and the Stellar network. A user can transfer their funds instantly on the Stellar network once they transfer funds to their anchor.
Key Leadership – The Stellar Network
Jed McCaleb is one of the high-profile founders of Stellar. He was the creator of Mt. Gox, a bitcoin exchange, which is now defunct. Jed McCaleb is also the Co-Founder of Ripple.
As per an announcement made by Stellar in March 2019, Danelle Dixon took over the position of executive director of Stellar from Jed McCaleb. Danelle Dixon was working as a COO for Mozilla Network for many years.
The other Co-Founder of the Stellar Network is Joyce Kim. She was the former executive director of Stellar and in the past, Kim has worked as an attorney at Sherman & Sterling and Wilmer Hale.
Later in 2017, Kim was heading Sparkchain Capital as its managing director. It was an early-stage VC fund focused on investing in the most promising innovations from the blockchain and crypto sector.
Current Market Scenario of the Stellar
At the time of writing, the price of Stellar is $0.105467. Stellar has a market cap of $2.16 billion. It is the 15th largest cryptocurrency in terms of market cap. On October 26, 2014, the price of each XLM was $0.0019.
The price of XLM grew by more than 250% and reached $0.004978 on January 25, 2015. Until January 2018, there was no drastic rise or gain in the price of XLM. On 4th January 2018, the price of XLM reached a high of $0.896850.
Future of the Stellar Network
The Stellar Network is expected to continue its growth, due to partnerships with many leading companies around the world. One of the most promising of those is its partnership with IBM. IBM will use the Stellar network as a payment structure, allowing IBM access to global financial services in a secure and transparent manner.
The other promising partnerships made by the Stellar team are with ICICI – India’s 3rd largest bank, SatoshiPay, HTV Exodus – A Global Mobile Manufacturer, Trezor – a popular hardware wallet, and many more.
We believe that such high-level partnerships will benefit the Stellar network greatly and further enhance its capabilities. However, Stellar faces stiff competition from rivals such as Cardano, so it will be interesting to see how Stellar performs in the near future.