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Japan’s Crypto Garage Is Raising the Bar for Bitcoin-Based Cryptofinance Products

Sponsored: At Crypto Garage, innovators are working to create a wide array of specialized cryptofinance tools.

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At Tokyo-based Crypto Garage, innovators are working to create a wide array of specialized cryptofinance tools to help facilitate a transformation of our financial world into one based on the values of Bitcoin: transparency, security and decentralization.

“We see a world where there is a platform for various types of assets that can be transacted without counterparty risk,” as Justin Dhingra, chief cryptofinance officer at Crypto Garage, put it. “Our service is not here to replace the existing financial infrastructure, but instead give the end customer, ranging from consumers to institutions, a choice to conduct different types of financial transactions on a peer-to-peer (P2P) basis.” 

Crypto Garage’s DNA in Bitcoin

Crypto Garage seeks to become the leading architect of products in the cryptofinance space, which it defines as a specialized field that integrates modeling and structuring from financial engineering, cryptography and Bitcoin technology.

In terms of how this vision can interact with the world of Bitcoin, Crypto Garage believes that security is paramount for building a financial infrastructure and that Bitcoin is the only protocol that is suitable for a secure network.

The company has been active since 2018, when it was founded as a partnership between Digital Garage, Tokyo Tanshi and Blockstream. Digital Garage is a Tokyo Stock Exchange-listed company and started its research in the Bitcoin protocol in 2015 in collaboration with some leading Bitcoin Core developers. DG Lab, Digital Garage’s research and development organization, continues to work on advancing the Bitcoin protocol by supporting core protocol developers. Digital Garage is also an early investor in Blockstream. Tokyo Tanshi is a well-established money market broker in Japan with 100 years of history.

Pushing Bitcoin Cryptofinance Applications Forward

Building up a company that seeks to leverage the concepts of financial engineering, cryptography and Bitcoin technology has not been a straightforward or easy task.

“Our approach is to go after long-term tech but still win short-term business,” Dhingra said. “In 2019, we broke ground on the announcement of our digital asset settlement application called SETTLENET on Blockstream’s Liquid Network. With SETTLENET,  digital assets can be settled simultaneously using atomic swaps. The instant settlement is an attractive feature for trading purposes where one counterparty no longer needs to worry who pays first when settling a trade.   SETTLENET seeks to apply the decentralized, P2P, trust-minimized principles of Bitcoin to the trading community.”

SETTLENET’s expected launch date is set for June 2020.

For the long term, Crypto Garage aims to spread cryptofinance products through Bitcoin, Lightning and the Liquid Network, and one key technology it is working on is the Discreet Log Contracts (DLCs) protocol.

DLCs enable the creation of monetary contracts directly on the Bitcoin blockchain, using an oracle for determining its outcome, but without having to reveal the existence of the contract to the oracle. As with regular contracts, parties first need to agree on the terms, such as the different payouts for the possible outcomes. They then pre-commit their collaterals in a Bitcoin transaction broadcast to the blockchain, and can unilaterally redeem their payouts at contract maturity using a signature from the oracle over the outcome value. Using the Bitcoin blockchain removes the need for an intermediary third party, while also mitigating counterparty risks.

The first natural applications of this kind of technology are financial contracts, such as options, futures and derivatives and Crypto Garage is testing the possibilities of this technology. In 2019, Crypto Garage traded a financial contract linked to the price of BTC/USD with Blockstream and a U.S. equity option settled in bitcoin with Skew, a crypto derivatives data platform company, using DLCs.

From the lessons learned from 2019, Crypto Garage is working on an application based on DLCs called P2P Derivatives that enables trust minimized derivative transactions between two parties. Crypto Garage expects to release an MVP version of the application around May 2020.  With the MVP, Crypto Garage hopes to stir interest for further development and usage of DLCs and P2P cryptofinance products.

To continue to push Bitcoin-based cryptofinance applications, Crypto Garage wants to see more progress in the development of best practices for open-source technology within the Bitcoin industry. As one example, the P2P derivative product is based on open-source specifications for DLCs jointly developed with Suredbits. Crypto Garage is actively looking for more contributions to these specifications, so if you are interested, feel free to reach out directly on the GitHub repository. If you have an interest in beta testing its coming P2P derivatives application, contact the Crypto Garage team at info@cryptogarage.co.jp. Crypto Garage will continue to work closely with the Bitcoin developer community and contribute with OSS.

Make History With a Decentralized Trustless Financial Infrastructure

At Crypto Garage, the team believes that the role of a thriving and decentralized trustless financial system will be a hugely transformative force for people all around the world.

The financial market is currently a selective market limited to professional financial institutions and corporations, and derivatives contracts are traded based on the trustworthiness of one party able to pay at the expiration of the contract. A good portion of the world still does not have access to the financial market and financial contracts due to not having a bank account and cannot enter into financial contracts freely with anyone in the world. Crypto Garage hopes features like atomic swaps for instant settlement and DLCs for a more trust minimized financial contract framework will bring us closer to a decentralized financial system.

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Bitcoin dominance is an irrelevant metric unless…

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The volatile cryptocurrency market has given way to multiple metrics for the market observers to analyze and predict what’s coming next. One such metric has been Bitcoin dominance, but as per Su Zhu, it should not be relevant to you unless you are a billionaire.

How so?

The CEO of Three Arrows Capital opined this after noticing the trend of the newcomers avoiding Bitcoin and Ethereum and opting for risky crypto tokens. When the largest digital asset was stuck in a wider correction period, altcoins like Dogecoin [DOGE] grabbed much attention. This was possible due to the hype created by Tesla CEO or, self-proclaimed “doge-father,” Elon Musk and the Doge community.

However, understanding the newcomers’ enthusiasm Zhu opined that if he were to bet on projects now, he would choose Solana and Avalanche.

Despite the popularity of altcoins, the exec remained bullish on Bitcoin and Ethereum as he expected, the former to flip gold’s market cap, and the latter to eventually hit a value above $25,000. Bold predictions, but nothing we haven’t heard before.

However, newcomers were more bothered about the dominance metric but as data suggested, Bitcoin dominance has recently been falling. The dominance was hit earlier but recovered to form a peak at 49.25% on 30th July. But given the correction phase that followed, the dominance of BTC fell and was last noted to be at 40% on 10th September.

It is interesting to note that despite plenty of adoption related news such as that of El Salvador, coming in over the past few weeks, it looks like the dominance has remained unaffected by it.

Source: CoinMarketCap

Twitter user and crypto enthusiast, @HsakaTrades also noted that Bitcoin dominance was not a relevant metric for anyone who has a “sub mid 9fig portfolio]. Agreeing with Hasaka, Zhu added,

“To clarify, if you’re holding for 5+ yrs, you shouldn’t be thinking about btc dominance in the first place. And obv btc and eth have a strong place in that portfolio.

If you’re allocating actively atm, and think debating btc v eth v alts is a good framework, you’re ngmi.”

While this advice could stand true for experiences, long-term trader interested in making money, but not the ones looking out to invest in tech. This was especially highlighted in the comments wherein the crypto users were upset about the CEO’s Solana [SOL] recommendation that recently witnessed an outage.

Nevertheless, the trading advice and strategies differd from trader to trader and Zhu’s opinion to not focus on the BTC dominance, prebably stemmed from a hodlers perspective. While interesting projects were now erupting in the crypto space, it looks like Bitcoin’s dominance, not only in terms of price, but as a crypto project could be challenge.

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Millions of Dollars Raised Through Solana’s DeFi Projects

Millions of Dollars Raised Through Solana's DeFi Projects

PAI, an algorithmic stablecoin, backs Parrot Protocol. Grape Protocol was the primary source of the downtime. Solana has been up

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  • PAI, an algorithmic stablecoin, backs Parrot Protocol.
  • Grape Protocol was the primary source of the downtime.

Solana has been up nearly 3200% since August. Investors’ interest in Ethereum rival systems featuring DeFi, NFT, and smart contract services has risen dramatically.

The software applications that simulate legal contracts are smart contracts. Once housed on a blockchain network, the software application will run automatically without human intervention.

This month, Solana’s DeFi initiatives raised millions of dollars. This is another proof of Solana’s potential to compete with Ethereum. Currently, Ethereum has the most DeFi and NFT projects.

Bots raced to invest in a token sale for Grape Protocol over flooded the blockchain, causing Solana to collapse for 17 hours on Tuesday. Let us take a look at the few IDO that helped raise millions.

Grape Protocol

Grape Protocol, the primary source of the downtime, managed to raise just $600,000 on Raydium’s “Acceleraytor.”

Tokenized communities may use Grape Network to connect to platforms like Discord, Telegram, and soon twitter to collaborate over Solana and reward members with crypto.

Parrot Protocol

Parrot Protocol is based on Solana. Investors in the Initial DEX offering included Sino Global Capital, Alameda Research, and QTUM VC. Moreover, to put it simply, Parrot is a non-custodial lending platform and decentralized exchange.

PAI, an algorithmic stablecoin, backs Parrot. Furthermore, Parrot offered a governance token called PRT in its IDO. Thus, allowing investors to vote on the protocol’s operation and farm yields on Solana without affecting other Layer 1 blockchains.

Solana’s failure impacted Parrot’s IDO, but it was resolved by Sept. 16. Moreover, the team said it would start working on PRT staking, NFTs, and adjustable interest rates in “Letter from the Parrot.”

Several Solana initiatives will be launched in the next day’s/weeks. Examples include Solanium, Boca Chica, and Solstarter. On Solanium, whitelisted users may buy MatrixETF.

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Source: https://thenewscrypto.com/millions-of-dollars-raised-through-solanas-defi-projects/

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Cosmos (ATOM) Lead Market-Wide Rally

Cosmos (ATOM) Lead Market-Wide Rally

Cosmos’ creators call it an “internet of blockchains.” ATOM also launched a bridge to Ethereum at the end of August.

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  • Cosmos’ creators call it an “internet of blockchains.”
  • ATOM also launched a bridge to Ethereum at the end of August.

Cosmos (ATOM) blew up 10.74 percent overnight to establish a new price of $39.58, according to CoinMarketCap. It surpassed $40 yesterday, reaching $40.76. Despite today’s minor decline, Cosmos’ price was still ten dollars more than seven days ago, and twenty dollars higher than this time last month.

Its creators call it an “internet of blockchains.” It’s an interoperability network that allows various blockchains to connect, exchange data, and interact with one another.

In short, Cosmos claims to address some of the “hardest problems” in the blockchain sector. It seeks to provide an alternative to “slow, costly, unscalable, and ecologically harmful” proof-of-work protocols like Bitcoin by connecting blockchains. On August 18, Cosmos rose 25% from $15 to $20 after the introduction of Emeris, a cross-chain DeFi interface.

It also launched a bridge to Ethereum at the end of August. The inter-blockchain communication protocol (IBC) allowed trade across the Cosmos and Ethereum networks for the first time, along with the integration of Sifchain.

Cosmos Might Soon Over Take FTX Token

Cosmos is “Blockchain 3.0” — thus, as previously said, ease of usage is a significant objective. To this aim, the Cosmos SDK emphasizes modularity. This enables a network to be created quickly using existing code. Long term, it is anticipated that sophisticated applications would be simple to build.

Cosmos now has the twenty-first largest market value, but at this pace, it would only take $0.8 billion to flip FTX Token and make a bold entry into the top twenty.

Some in the crypto sector, much worried about the amount of fragmentation in blockchain networks. There are hundreds, yet few can converse. Cosmos wants to change this by making it feasible.

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