Stake or DApp? With liquid staking, you don’t have to choose

Published 05/20/2022, 10:17 PM
Updated 05/21/2022, 12:00 AM
Stake or DApp? With liquid staking, you don’t have to choose

Last summer, Polkadot made its own little bit of history after confirming the first five projects to occupy parachain slots on its canary network Kusama. Disparate blockchains that bolt onto Polkadot’s main Relay Chain for security, yet are otherwise independent, parachains represent a new way of doing business in blockchain, a maximalist vision aimed at enhancing scalability and governance while permitting the possibility of forkless upgrades. The five projects were Karura, Moonriver, Shiden, Khala and Bifrost.

Fast-forward to today, and the first batch of parachains are set to expire, releasing over 1 million locked Kusama (KSM) tokens into the market. Given that KSM’s current supply is 9 million, basic economics dictates that the price will suffer, as tokens that were previously inaccessible will suddenly reenter circulation. Price fluctuations, of course, affect staking and liquid staking — though the latter innovation allows users to utilize their tokens even when they’re locked.

Lurpis Wang is a co-founder of Bifrost and an entrepreneur involved in the field of Web3. He was an early full-stack developer of Sina (NASDAQ:SINA) Weibo (NASDAQ:WB). After Lurpis co-founded Bifrost in 2019, the platform became the first batch of teams to use Substrate, it received a grant from the Web3 Foundation, and it won the first Substrate hackathon award.

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