Portis is a simplistic multi-blockchain wallet, which is designed to be easily set-up and connected to dApps.

It improves upon the shortcomings of more-established web 3.0 wallets like Metamask, which require the use of a specific web browser and/or browser extension.

Portis users can simply connect to dApps with an email address and password, from almost any web browser, on any device – including mobile phones.

Background

Portis was founded in May 2018, by Itay Radotzki and Tom Teman.

Both founders previously worked at WatchDox, a secure document collaboration company which was eventually acquired by Blackberry.

Portis has had a single funding round, consisting of seed funding in September 2018. The sole investor was F2 Capital, a seed-stage venture capital fund which backs Israeli tech companies.

Why Portis?

Easy for beginners

Portis has an extremely streamlined onboarding process, making things nice and simple for those who are new to crypto. Rather than having to download extra apps, browsers, or browser extensions, Portis users can set up a wallet with a few taps of a screen.

Rather than forcing users to familiarize themselves with concepts such as private keys or seed phrases, users can simply get started with an email address and password. Security remains uncompromised, as Portis remains non-custodial.

Fiat gateway

Purchasing cryptocurrency to use within a dApp is often one of the most confusing and inconvenient steps to getting started. Portis has a built-in fiat gateway, which enables users to purchase cryptocurrency using their credit or debit card.

Coins available for direct purchase include BTC and ETH, as well as the popular stablecoin, DAI.

Multi-blockchain

Users of the wallet aren’t restricted to just one cryptocurrency or blockchain. Portis supports most major blockchain networks, including Ethereum, Bitcoin, and EOS.

Developer-friendly

Portis is easy to integrate into new or existing dApps. Developers simply need to copy and paste a few lines of code (provided by Portis), and they’re good to go!

How does it work?

To see how Portis works, let’s run through an example on their demo dApp, https://cryptopuppers.co/.

Click on any dApp action to begin.

A pop-up window will advise a user that they must connect to the dApp, using a Portis wallet. Click “Continue” to create a Portis wallet, and connect to the dApp.

A new pop-up window will appear, requesting login credentials for an existing Portis account. Click “Create new wallet” at the bottom of this window.

Enter an email address and desired password, then click “Register” at the bottom of the window.

There we have it – simply by using an email and password, a wallet has been created, and connection to the dApp has been established.

To credit a wallet using fiat currency, simply click the green circle in the upper right-hand corner. In the pop-up window, click “Add funds” and follow the instructions to buy cryptocurrency using your credit card.

How to Get Involved?

Portis keeps everyone updated with their latest news and developments via Twitter and Telegram.

Long-form write-ups on partnerships releases, and more can be found on their official blog on Medium.

For developers and those who are tech-savvy, check out their GitHub.