The Weaknesses of Ethereum: Interview With Radix CEO

• The article discusses the weaknesses of Ethereum and how it is not optimized for DeFi.
• It identifies three major issues related to user experience, developer experience, and scalability.
• Additionally, it explains how modern blockchains like Radix are better suited for financial applications.

Weaknesses of Ethereum for DeFi

The Ethereum network is the current king of decentralized finance (DeFi). However, despite its prominent role in this industry, its structure isn’t exactly optimized for building and scaling financial applications. This has been highlighted by recent smart contract hacks that have netted attackers over $3 billion in 2022. Besides exploits, DeFi still faces scaling issues related to computational power needed for complex transactions and throughput needed to support the worldwide financial system into the future.

Inadequate Programming Languages

According to Piers Ridyard – CEO of RDX Works – DeFi in crypto is currently lacking in three major areas: user experience, developer experience, and scalability. The first two issues largely stem from inadequate programming languages used by developers to express their ideas for particular financial applications. One such language he cited as being particularly clunky was Ethereum’s Solidity language.

Better-suited Modern Blockchains

To address these problems with Ethereum’s infrastructure, Ridyard suggested using modern blockchains like Radix which are better suited for handling complex financial transactions. Compared to Solidity on Ethereum, he noted that Radix has much faster transaction speeds while also providing developers with an easier way to write immutable code via a JavaScript-based framework called RCL (Radix Consensus Language).

Security Through Decentralization

Ridyard further explained that while both Ethereum and Radix are open source networks with permissionless access, they differ significantly when it comes to security protocols involved in validating transactions across their respective networks. Specifically, he mentioned that on Radix there is no single point of failure since each node must confirm every transaction before it can be validated by the network’s consensus algorithm– thus eliminating any risk associated with centralized nodes or miners controlling the flow of funds within a given application or network.


Overall, Ridyard concluded that while Ethereum has significant potential as a platform for building decentralized applications (dApps), modern blockchains like Radix have proven more adept at facilitating complex financial operations due to their comparatively faster transaction speeds and improved security protocols involving decentralization rather than reliance on centralized entities such as miners or other third parties who can control aspects of a given application or network .