Interview With the Delegate Lemii, Creator of ScanBlocks.io
ScanBlocks is a tool that lets you easily calculate your forging, mining, staking and other passive income rewards providing real time fiat value at the time of block generation. It generates detailed reports that can be viewed in the browser or downloaded in various file formats.
In this interview we ask some questions to the project’s creator, Lisk delegate Lemii , in order to know something more about him and his work.
1- Hi Lemii! First of all, tell us more about you, your studies and your career till these days.
Hi there, thanks for having me! You might not have guessed it, but my background actually lies in audio (recording, mixing and mastering). However, the last few years I switched gears and have fulfilled a role as a video transcoding/encoding specialist, as well as being the QC lead at a large VoD company.
I’ve always played around with coding for fun, and started to notice that I could apply it to my day job more and more. I created small (but useful) tools and was able to optimize existing workflows. Coding became more and more a routine and my interest in it kept increasing by the day. After a while I was ready for a new chapter in my life, and decided to take the plunge…
2- When and how did you discover Lisk for the first time? What inspired you about this blockchain?
I learned about Lisk in the beginning of 2017 after a group of friends just couldn’t shut up about it. After some research I found out they had good reasons. What hooked me in was the promise of creating sidechains utilizing the most popular programming language in the world. On top of that I found that the quality of the overall presentation and code was really top notch (still true to this day).
3- Few months ago you decided to quit your job in order to dedicate your entire time to Lisk and related projects. Like Endro, you made this important decision. Which are now your goals and where do you see the maximum potential?
My primary goal is to work on projects that will help to build the ecosystem. These can be in the form of creating premium web services/tooling (eg: ScanBlocks) or sidechains (eg: GNY), just to name a few. Things will start to grow exponentially when the actual interoperability capability of sidechains get unleashed, as that’s where the true potential lies.
4- Tell us more about Scan Blocks. Why did you decide to develop this platform? Which is the value proposition? Are there other similar tools and how is it different from them?
The idea for ScanBlocks came from an older tool I made: Delegate Income Monitor. It was a simple CLI tool that did one thing: collect data from all blocks forged by a delegate in a certain time period, including the value per block in BTC/USD/EUR at the time of forging, and save it to a CSV file. I got a lot of requests for additional features, such as more currency options, inclusion of transactions, and an actual UI. Speed was also an issue, as it was fetching info from the public API endpoints (larger queries could take minutes). All of this was more than enough inspiration for me to do this proper. Apart from that, I had also noticed that there were a lot of tools and services to generate “trading” reports, but none of them were really aimed or suited for passive income such as forging rewards. I saw a chance here and decided to create ScanBlocks.
5- Which is the target market and the expected growth rate of your project? There are already 7 supported cryptos and 10 fiat currencies, which other cryptos are you planning to support?
ScanBlocks is aimed at two audiences, DPOS projects and Masternode projects. Having built the framework for Lisk, it made sense to include other DPOS projects as well. ScanBlocks currently supports Lisk, ARK and Qredit, and I am planning to include more promising projects in the future. Apart from DPOS projects, another important audience is the Masternode community. Passive rewards are the essence of these coins, and proper tools to generate income reports were hard to find previously. ScanBlocks aims at solving this lack with its rich and detailed reporting. I am planning to keep adding projects as long as there is a demand for it. This means that the list of supported projects will fluctuate organically as time goes on.
6- Could the forging reward be a business model? Where do you make money in Scan Blocks?
The goal of becoming a forging delegate has always been there and still is. The rewards would enable me to put more time and resources on additional projects like ScanBlocks.io. The revenue model of ScanBlocks itself is a pay-once subscription. There are different plans for different needs. The value proposition is the fact that you can generate rich and detailed tax reports of your passive rewards in a matter of seconds, using an easy to use and navigate website. No need to install any app or fiddle around with clumsy CLIs, just navigate to the website, enter your address and go.
7- Is there something that you want to tell us regarding you or future projects?
There’s a lot of stuff in the pipeline of which I unfortunately cannot share too much yet. All I can say is that there’s some big stuff coming up from the Lisk community, and I’m happy to announce that I will be a part of this. Keep your eyes peeled!
Thank you for your time and good luck with your projects!