The Lisk platform and its LSK token are tasked with supporting the streamlined development of decentralized apps (dapps) and sidechains. The platform operates as a decentralized network built around the idea of making the blockchain development a much easier task for as many devs as possible. Lisk as we know it today was launched in 2016 as a brainchild of Max Kordek and Oliver Beddows who saw issues with trying to stay to date with the blockchain technological trends. Their answer to this issue was the creation of a platform focused on Javascript programming language as a gateway to faster development of custom apps and independent chains under the common Lisk banner. Based on its stated list of operational priorities, Lisk is often described as a competitor of Ethereum which also pits it against similar alternatives such as NEO. Yet, its creators see its provision of SDKs and features allowing for interchangeability of digital assets across various sidechains as the Lisk’s main trump card.