In this interview of Crypto talks, Vikas Singh, Founder of BloqueLabs & Team NBB talks to Harsh Rajat, Founder of Ethereum Push Notification Service (EPNS). EPNS is a decentralized notification protocol. Using the protocol (smart contract) any services (web3, dApps, smart contract, or anyone else) can send notifications out to their users (wallet addresses). Harsh has 11 years of entrepreneurial experience in various spectrums of tech; including architecting, development, and design in different tech fields (Mobile, Web Services, SaaS, Blockchain). Let us dive in to go through the interview.
Q. Tell us about EPNS Journey?
Notifications have become an essential part of our life. Look at the Whatsapp notifications when someone sends a message or banking notification system whenever there is fund movement or any update related to our bank account. In the Ethereum ecosystem, it was missing.
In March 2020, we were afraid to tell EPNS idea to anyone. We thought that people will laugh at it. But finally, we as a team showed courage and took part in Hack Money 2020 Hackathon organized by ETHGlobal. The idea was appreciated and ETHGlobal supported us a lot and help us to get initial funding as well.
Ethereum has one of the most helpful communities. It gave us the courage to go ahead with the idea. Later, Angel investors like Balaji Srinivasan and others supported the team. And, that is how we thought that the idea can become a startup.
In April 2021, EPNS completed the first anniversary for the start of its journey towards becoming the standard, flexible communication middleware for both Web3 and Web2 companies to benefit from.
Q. With EPNS, subscribers will not only get information related to Ethereum and web3 world, but they will also earn money! How this idea came into your mind?
Those who invest some amount in the Ethereum ecosystem will receive this notification service to know about the happenings in the Ethereum world, NFTs, blockchain, etc including their investment status. And based on their transactions and notifications received, users will be rewarded.
Q. What are the future products of EPNS?
The startup is looking to work on the given below features including EPNS Protocol (Send Notifications), PUSH Nodes (Retrieval & Dispatch)
Governance of EPNS Protocol and others. The company is also working on Front-End products including dApp, MobileApp, Browser extension.
Q. What message do you want to give to the upcoming entrepreneurs?
Be shameless in asking questions. If you are from the Ethereum ecosystem, ask questions in the Eth community. It is one of the largest as well as very helpful communities. In my entire career of 10+ years, I never found a community as helpful as the Ethereum community. Go ahead and hack something out.
Team Next Big Brand extends heartbeat wishes to Harsh Rajat and the amazing team EPNS. Kudos to him for such an amazing and insightful interview.