- Liqwid Finance has been building its Cardano-based platform in recent months, seeking to provide an alternative to the expensive lending platforms built on Ethereum such as Aave and Compound.
- The platform is betting on the very low fees on Cardano and a rethink of the protocol governance – including an incentivized native governance token – to lure users from the Ethereum ecosystem.
Decentralized finance (DeFi) has become one of the defining sectors in the cryptocurrency industry in the past year. There’s now over $41 billion in total value locked in DeFi platforms, up from just over $600 million a year ago. Ethereum still continues to dominate this market, but with Cardano now set to integrate smart contracts, this could change in 2021. Liqwid Finance is one of the most promising projects targeting DeFi on Cardano, and in a recent interview, the founder laid out what makes his project unique and why Cardano is superior to Ethereum in powering DeFi.
Dewayne Cameron, the founder of Liqwid Finance joined Champaign Blockchain to delve into why his company has an edge over its Ethereum-based rivals. He described Liqwid as an “open-source liquidity system for lending. We want to create a system that allows borrowers to enter at a very competitive interest rate because we’ve incentivized our supply of stablecoins, ADA and other native Cardano assets.”
Liqwid is made possible by the Alonzo hard fork on Cardano. This hard fork, which as CNF reported is scheduled for July/August, will finally bring smart contracts to Cardano.
Liqwid will give suppliers a positive yield strategy at a lower risk, Cameron pointed out. With Ethereum DeFi platforms like Aave and Compound, they had to first lock up a lot of stablecoins on-chain and then have their competitive loans match this level of supply.
Why Cardano is better for DeFi than Ethereum
Ethereum has been massively successful and is the reason most cryptocurrency projects exist today. However, its inability to scale and very high transaction fees have attracted great criticism, including from its former founder Charles Hoskinson, who is now leading Cardano.
Florian Volery, the Liqwid Finance product lead pointed to the fees as one of the project’s advantages over Ethereum platforms. He observed that Cardano’s fees are 1/1000th of Ethereum, making it the more suitable network for the transaction-intensive DeFi sector. He added:
Liqwid will be one of the first protocols to capture its own value and to distribute the dividend to the token holders while also financing its own DAO (LiqwiDAO) in order to further develop the protocol itself and the ecosystem in general.
Cameron doubled down on the high fees Ethereum charges, pointing out that it has made DeFi inaccessible to the smaller investors.
Ethereum has been working to solve the gas challenge, but most solutions are yet to gain widespread usage. In its current state, taking out a $1,000 loan would be quite affordable in a DeFi platform, compared to the traditional systems. However, the gas fees would be higher than the interest, making the loan much more expensive than it should be.
The LQ token
Liqwid will have a governance token, known as LQ, which will be used to determine the direction the project takes. Users can submit proposals, or vote on other users’ proposals through their LQ tokens. They can also delegate their voting power to other users who can combine it with their own and have a bigger say on the governance of the platform.
The platform has been designed to incentivize the governance token by ploughing back 80% of the profits to the token owners. A portion of the income will also go to the Reserve, with the goal being the future development of the platform. On what he hopes this fund will be able to achieve in the future, Cameron stated:
A secondary product offering around identity and then credit following shortly after that, are things we’re interested in. Using the DAO Treasury to fund some of those would be really interesting.
Cardano-based DEX RavenDex Unveils Frontend Demo Version
RavenDex demonstrates UX/UI of its trading service ahead of RAVE seed tokensale
Cryptocurrency enthusiasts and traders can experiment with the UI of a pioneering decentralized exchange that leverages the largest proof-of-stake (PoS) blockchain, Cardano (ADA).
RavenDex releases front-end demo
According to the official announcement shared by the RavenDex team, the demo version of its frontend (UX/UI) is released for experimentation.
This is the first technical progress announcement after the completion of the oversubscribed private tokensale of its core native asset, RAVE.
Therefore, this is the working demonstration of RavenDex operations and the utility of its RAVE token for early adopters who participated in a private tokensale.
RavenDex Labs team is behind the development and promotion of the platform. The team is focused on advancing trading instruments in Cardano’s nascent decentralized applications ecosystem.
RAVE seed tokensale is in the cards
Also, the team shared the details of the next phase of its funding, i.e., the “seed” public tokensale of RAVE token. Currently, purchasing RAVE tokens is the only option for those interested in joining the RavenDex platform.
RavenDex private tokensale kicks off on Oct. 20, 2021. All ethusiasts of Cardano’s solutions are welcomed as early contributors of RAVE.
The RavenDex team is going to collaborate with the alumni of Plutus Pioneer, a Cardano-focused developer incubation program. The next release will bring RavenDex closer to the mainnet launch.
As covered by U.Today previously, Cardano’s developers, Input Output HK, completed a Project Catalyst Fund6 voting round.
A total of 711 projects applied for funding and consulting support in the sixth iteration of Project Catalyst.
Here’s how Cardano [ADA] plans to offer NFT creators an eco-friendly solution
Ever since the debate of energy consumption sparked this year, Cardano [ADA] has been at the forefront of exploring eco-friendly solutions for the industry. In line with this, IOG, which happens to be the technical team behind Cardano, has announced the joint creation of an official cross-chain ‘bridge’ with the NFT platform, Bondly.
The bridge in question will connect the Cardano and Ethereum networks and enable non-fungible token [NFT] creators to opt for an eco-friendly alternative for their NFTs. According to Bondly, the project will be four million times more energy-efficient than Bitcoin [BTC]. The NFT creators will be able to easily move their NFTs from the “energy-intensive Ethereum” to Cardano. Bondly also revealed that the latter “will only ever use the energy equivalent of a family home.”
Meanwhile, Ethereum has been known to use the power equivalent to the nation of Qatar. Bitcoin, on the other hand, has been at the centre of this debate for a long time. The increasing concern about potential environmental impact has always followed the rise of the prices of these cryptocurrencies. And the 2021 bull run was no different. As a matter of fact, the partnership comes at the backdrop of a major NFT explosion that has witnessed several well-known faces hopping on the bandwagon.
NFT bridge between Ethereum and Cardano
With the new bridge, the NFT creators will be able to mint or transfer non-fungible tokens without the risks associated with lost transactions or sudden high costs since Cardano provides price predictability as well as stability for transaction costs.
As part of the joint project that is slated to release in early 2022, Bondly is tasked with the development of a special series of eco-friendly NFTs celebrating the launch of smart contracts on Cardano.
According to Harry Liu, CEO, Bondly, the latest project of a cross-chain NFT bridge between Ethereum and Cardano marks a “pivotal moment” in the transformation from traditional blockchain technology to highly-anticipated ‘third generation’ networks.
Following the development, Charles Hoskinson, Founder of Cardano and CEO of IO Global, stated,
“We built Cardano with energy efficiency in mind, which is why this partnership with Bondly is so crucial, as it will allow NFT creators access to a leading solution for token creation which doesn’t compromise on environmental credentials.”
Bullish for Cardano?
Cardano [ADA] might have lost the third spot to Binance Coin [BNB], but the slew of developments taking place in its ecosystem could help boost its price movement. The much-awaited summit last month saw some of the most crucial partnerships.
Crypto Economy had earlier reported its partnership with Oasis Pro Market, which happens to be the first-ever United States regulated multi-asset Alternative Trading System [ATS], to bridge the traditional finance sector and decentralized finance [DeFi]. During the same event, Hoskinson had revealed another major partnership with the American Fortune 250 company, the Dish Network.
Cardano, Polkadot and Four Additional Altcoins Are Set To Explode in 2022, According to Crypto Trader Austin Arnold
Crypto trader and Altcoin Daily host Austin Arnold thinks six major altcoins are gearing up for massive rallies in the next year.
In a recent crypto update, the YouTube star tells his 1,040,000 subscribers that Ethereum layer-2 (L2) scaling solution Polygon (MATIC) is gaining momentum after landing a partnership with the $20 billion gambling company DraftKings.a
Arnold shares a statement from DraftKings’ president of global product and technology, Paul Liberman, explaining how the company is positioning itself to grow alongside Polygon.
“Although DraftKings marketplace is still in its nascency, we are bullish on the possibilities that blockchain, NFTs, cryptocurrency and more will present as we prepare for Web 3.0 alongside Polygon and the new innovations ahead for digital collectibles.”
Next, Arnold looks at the decentralized interoperability platform Polkadot (DOT). He points to a recent tweet from Polkadot founder Gavin Wood explaining that there are currently just under 19 million DOT tokens stored in the DOT treasury to fund community projects.
If any DOT goes unused, it gets burned. Currently, the Polkadot treasury is burning 239,988 tokens every month, according to Gavin Wood.
“Either burned or used, the DOT token is only getting more scarce. We have seen a rally in the DOT price recently. This could be linked to some exciting developments ahead, such as the upcoming parachain launch and slot auctions – these parachain auctions will take DOT off the market as well.
And with the first 11 parachain auctions coming to Polkadot next month, along with the 100 or so available slots to be filled, this could boost Polkadot’s presence in the crypto sector, and could cement the multichain system’s rising status.”
The third coin Arnold looks at is the supply chain management protocol VeChain (VET). The trader highlights that VeChain recently landed a partnership with major logistics company DHL for enterprise NFT (non-fungible token) issuance.
“This collaboration with DHL China, one of the first things it will allow customers to experiment with is customize the DHL mascot and then mint it as NFTs on the VeChainThor blockchain solution.”
Next up is the smart contract platform Cardano (ADA). Arnold notes that Cardano appears to be gaining more traction after landing partnerships with television satellite provider DISH and announcing that the network has received $100 million for investment in Cardano-focused projects in Africa.
“Simply put, there are so many people in more developing areas of the world that don’t have financial stability, and that can be changed with Cardano with blockchain.”
Another coin on Arnold’s list is the decentralized oracle network Chainlink (LINK). He notes that despite the token’s lackluster performance over the last few months, he believes there is still massive upside for LINK to realize in the market as partnerships continue to rise month-over-month, with 84 integrations made just in September.
“I get it, but in my opinion, Chainlink still has a lot of room to grow. Think about this: Chainlink already has a ton of exclusive, big partnerships with big companies – Google and Oracle to name two – over 75 different blockchains already use Chainlink technology, as well as being used by many data feeds, including USD [US dollar] currency pairs. That’s a strong foundation.
My speculation is this: over these next few years, as DApp [decentralized application] platforms like Ethereum [ETH], Cardano, Solana [SOL], Polkadot, Elrond [EGLD], etc. continue to fight for market share… Chainlink is integrating with all of them… Something to think about.”
Finally, the crypto trader thinks that the leading smart contract platform Ethereum is gearing up for a huge 2022. He notes that Ethereum developers announced that ETH is planning to make the transition into Ethereum 2.0 in May-June of 2022, which will convert the blockchain to a proof-of-stake protocol.
“The code should be ready around February 2022. The merge to mainnet, to ETH 2.0, in June of 2022 at the earliest. Next year will be known as the year of ETH. That’s where DeFi [decentralized finance] is, that’s where NFTs are.”