Safe Network Competitive Review

To best understand how to position The Safe Network within the competitive landscape, I am taking a close look at the following projects:

Decentralized Internet/Storage

  • Arweave
  • Bittorrent
  • Filecoin
  • Holo
  • Ocean Protocol
  • RSK Infrastructure Framework
  • Siacoin
  • Storj

dApp Development Platforms

  • Algorand
  • Blockstack
  • Cardano
  • Ethereum
  • Neo
  • Tezos

I’ve already aggregated data on positioning, consensus mechanisms, transactions per second, transaction fees, number of exchanges, number of trading pairs, price, and token supply.

What would be helpful is if members of the community who are familiar with any of these projects could reply to this thread with their perspective on the following:

  • Features (e.g. smart contracts, asset tokenization, atomic transfers, etc.)
  • Benefits (e.g. security, sustainability, developer-friendly, etc.)
  • Use Cases (e.g. fungible/non-fungible tokens, loan payments, DeFi, credential verification, etc.)
  • Strengths (i.e. advantages the project has over other competitors)
  • Weaknesses (i.e. vulnerabilities, why the project can’t deliver what it promises, etc.)

To the degree that you are able, please also share your perspective on how The Safe Network stacks up against the above factors as well. Thanks in advance for all the help!

For context, this will plug into what I hope will be a marketing playbook encompassing:

  • Governance & Planning
  • Strategy (i.e. Objectives & Success Criteria, Target Groups, Category & Competition, Positioning & Messaging)
  • Tactics & Operations (i.e. Marketing Initiatives, Auxiliary Activities, Key Publications)
  • Activation (i.e. Budget, Roadmap, Volunteer Request)

There are definitely enough there to make useful comparisons but there are many more to choose to compare to if desired. There is Harmony One and Hashgraph which are meant to be internet like data networks.

I could provide some details on Tezos soon. I’ll try to dig in to some of what you have listed here as well.


100% @Sotros25. The following is a brilliant one-pager I have used to promote the network but is out of date. SAFE Network versus (vs) Everything  weirdCategories | Categories | - Dynalist


If we can update and combine with your efforts to make something easily consumable to the crypto masses and share this will go a long way.


Awesome!! Thanks for sharing this and ditto! :smile:


@JPL did a competitor analysis for us a few years back IIRC. It might need a bit of an update I guess, but could help out as a jumping off point. Would you be willing to share it @JPL ?


Yes of course - let me dig it out and I’ll send a link


Here it is - a bit out of date now but should hopefully provide some useful background


Great, thank you! :smile:

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Ethereum’s weakness is definitely transaction fees, and somewhat related to that transaction speed. There are so many collectibles type apps on Ethereum where the collectibles end up being worth less than the cost of selling them or even giving them to someone.

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I’d include swarm and IPFS in the list

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Theta network is competitor in online streaming videos with running mainnet.

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Question about Ocean Protocol. Someone pointed out to me that it was doing the same thing as SAFE. I am not as familiar with Ocean but am I correct in that there are currently no products quite as decentralized as SAFE? Anyone know anything about Ocean and whether it’s covering some of the same stuff?

Ocean Protocol try to monetize the data itself. Their logic is that data is the most valuable thing. Safe is both ownership of the data and ownership of the infrastructure on which the data resides.


Hi Folks! Here’s a quick update on this:

The main legwork is complete. The analysis is currently in excel format (here’s a clip of it):

I walked Jim, m3data and Piluso through the key takeaways from the analysis about a week ago. If you are interested in the key takeaways, please DM me.

The competitive set was as follows:

  • Decentralized Internet/Storage

    • Arweave
    • Bittorrent
    • Filecoin/IPFS
    • Holo
    • Ocean Protocol
    • RSK infrastructure Framework
    • Siacoin
    • Storj
  • dApp Development Platform

    • Algorand
    • Blockstack
    • Cardano
    • Ethereum
    • NEO
    • Tezos

I included the following parameters in the analysis.


  • Category (dApp Platform or Decentralized Internet/Storage)
  • Project
  • Founded
  • Stage
  • Potential Partner?

Positioning & Benefits

  • Positioning (as marketed by project)
  • Assessment (of succinctness, differentiation, and articulation of use case)
  • Benefits (as marketed by project)

Technical Features

  • Data Storage
  • Browser
  • Mobile
  • Data Ownership
  • Data Permanence
  • File Sharing
  • Fully Encrypted
  • Scalability
  • Energy Consumption
  • Smart Contracts
  • Zero Knowledge Proofs
  • Compute
  • dApp Development
  • Asset Tokenization
  • Atomic Swaps (within and cross-chain)
  • Wallet
  • Open Source
  • Tutorials
  • Consensus Mechanism
  • TPS / Finality
  • Transaction Fees

Community & Network

  • Nodes
  • Users
  • Core Devs
  • 3rd Party Devs
  • Twitter Followers
  • Reddit Followers

Token Price Performance & Exchanges

  • No. of exchanges
  • No. of trading pairs
  • Current Price
  • 2017/18 ATH or Recent ATH (if not active in before 2018)
  • % of 17/18 or Recent ATH
  • Circulation
  • Total Supply
  • Max Supply
  • % Total Supply in Circulation
  • % Max Supply in Circulation
  • Current Market Cap
  • Fully Diluted Market Cap

I like this idea as it will show more clearly what Safe is relative to what people already know!

However those above, I wonder are those all this generation in development??..

So, Tor is not listed there… and older ones like Freenet - which if that’s still running will have a following who might want something next generation now.

So quick search “list Decentralized Internet” threw these if useful to consider others.

Five projects that are decentralizing the web in slightly different ways | by Carson Farmer | Textile | Medium


Top 5 decentralized platforms | TechRepublic

Dfinity’s Internet Computer Protocol.
The 15-year-old SAFE Network.
InterPlanetary File System.

There one of those awesome lists at

GitHub - gdamdam/awesome-decentralized-web: an awesome list of decentralized services and technologies

which again mentions Blockstack; Solid

I know too little about these but wonder perhaps opportunity to add [Tor; Freenet; Blockstack; Solid]… and have you included the unSafe normal default internet for highlighting its weaknesses?


Looks great - can’t wait to see the final result. :clap:


Blockstack is included. AFAIK Freenet is pretty much dead. Tor - not really comparing like with like. The others would be good, but you have to stop somewhere.


Is that so? I’ve had a few people ask how Safe compares so I assumed it was alive?

@Sotros25 I believe Holo is very much a dApp platform although I’m not up to date with it. There was a bit of a discussion of it recently in the Solid forum: Holochain and Solid working together - topologies of patch-passing sync networks - Connection to Other Initiatives - Solid Community Forum

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This is looking incredible so far. Might be a good idea to throw Elastos and Metanet in there as well.