📈Synthetix Launches Perps V3 on Base
✍️ In today’s newsletter:
- Synthetix launches perpetuals on Base
- Ether.fi takes aim at liquid staking leaders with 'deVamp'
- Experienced blockchain developers are sticking around: Electric Capital report
- NFT-focused RARI Chain launches its mainnet
- Telefonica and Nova Labs introduce Helium mobile hotspots in Mexico
- Polygon-based Volmex Finance kicks off points program
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Synthetix Launches Perpetuals On Base
TLDR Synthetix has launched a perpetuals exchange on Base, an Ethereum Layer 2 network by Coinbase, allowing traders to use USDC as collateral, a shift from its previous sUSD-only model.
SO WHAT This launch broadens Synthetix's appeal by incorporating a widely-used stablecoin, potentially attracting more users. Base will be the project’s second Layer 2 deployment after Optimism.
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EtherFi Kicks Off EigenLayer Vampire Attack
TLDR EtherFi has launched 'deVamp', a feature allowing users to quickly swap existing Eigenlayer deposits (like Lido’s stETH, Coinbase’s cbETH, and Binance’s wBETH) for its eETH liquid restaking token, with added incentives like loyalty points and fee exemptions.
SO WHAT This move by EtherFi provides users with more flexibility and incentives for EigenLayer restaking, potentially reshaping staking behaviors and liquidity in the Ethereum ecosystem.
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Electric Capital’s Shen Says More Committed Crypto Developers Are Sticking Around
TLDR Maria Shen, a partner at Electric Capital, highlighted the steady increase in blockchain developers joining the crypto industry, despite volatile markets. Key insights from the latest Developers Report include:
- Growth of Experienced Developers: There's a 16% increase in blockchain developers with over a year of experience.
- Drop in Overall Developers: The total number of developers decreased by 24% in 2023, possibly due to the decline in crypto prices and industry setbacks like the FTX bankruptcy.
- Geographic Shift: There's a notable move away from a U.S.-centric developer ecosystem.
Shell Protocol has launched its stakeable SHELL governance token. Airdrop recipients can check their eligibility through the Shell app. This token launch coincides with DeFi unifier Shell v3, which natively integrates Balancer and Curve pools in one single interface.
Shell aims to ultimately unify DeFi with a single app for NFTs and one-to-many swaps across every major protocol. Shell was created by Cowri Labs, a Hawaii-based DeFi development team, and has grown to a user base of 45,000.
Shell has received pushback from airdrop farmers for its sybil-resistant reward scheme. The SHELL token is currently trading through the Shell app. As for Cowri Labs, the team is already planning future integrations, with Uniswap and Aave on the near horizon.
RARI Chain Launches Mainnet
TLDR RARI Chain, a Layer 3 blockchain optimized for NFTs, has launched its mainnet, offering features like embedded creator royalties and independent governance.
SO WHAT The integration with Rarible and the support for artists and developers through grants and a Creator Fund could enhance innovation and growth in the NFT space.
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Telefonica and Nova Labs Launch Helium Mobile Hotspots in Mexico
TLDR Telefonica, a global telecom giant, is partnering with Nova Labs to deploy Helium mobile hotspots in Mexico, leveraging blockchain technology to enhance internet connectivity in underserved areas.
SO WHAT This collaboration represents a major step in reducing the digital divide in Mexico, offering decentralized and secure internet access. Additionally, the use of blockchain and incentivization through Helium could pave the way for innovative approaches to expanding internet coverage in other regions.
Polygon-based Volmex Finance Launches Points Program
TLDR Volmex Finance has launched a points program to boost user engagement and awareness of its volatility indices and related crypto products.