August was another exciting month for us at Ankr — with DeFi on everyone’s mind right now it seems. Let’s jump straight into things and cover the biggest things that happened this month!
Stkr by Ankr. Staking. Reimagined.
I would be doing you a massive disservice if I didn’t tell you about Stkr.
By far, this is our largest announcement for the month and will revolutionize how people imagine staking.
Stkr isn’t a new token — instead, it’s a new use case for our ANKR token.
There are two main things to be excited about for Stkr:
- Triple Staking Model (three different ways to earn income from Ankr)
- ETH 2.0 Micropools (users with less than 32 ETH can still participate!)
The last thing you need to know about it is that we’re giving developers the tools to integrate Stkr with their PoS tokens! However, only ANKR tokens will be used for interacting with the protocol — read the full details in our post here.
Ethereum 2.0 Medalla nodes introduced!
Medalla, or the last testnet version of ETH 2.0, was released this month as well.
We’ve been closely following ETH 2.0 developments for the last few months and got right onto letting users deploy Medalla nodes to not only signal their support for ETH 2.0 but also begin testing it out and building.
Support straight out the gate was robust, with over 75% of eligible nodes signaling for Medalla.
New collaborations and Enterprise customers
We’re not just a company — we’re an ecosystem. With the rise of DeFi and it’s focus on community, partnerships with the innovative projects we provide infrastructure for are more important than ever.
We’ve slowly had an uptick of DeFi related project collaborations for infrastructure this month, we welcomed two new projects to the family.
Kardiachain is an interoperability project, trying to be a bridge for companies looking to boost operations through blockchain technology. While most known for their solutions provided to the government of Vietnam, they are also pivoting into DeFi through a non-KYC DEX powered by Ankr infrastructure.
Our second DeFi collaboration for the month was with PROXI DeFi, a platform building an easy for users to access cross-chain derivative issuance and credit lending. Decentralization and security of the network will improve for PROXI, and users will be able to spin up nodes for staking rewards easily.
Outside of DeFi, innovation is still abundant — seen with our Waves partnership this month.
Building with Binance Chain
Together with the Binance Chain team, we are now offering users the ability to deploy Binance Smart Chain validators. And we are participating and sponsoring Build for Bharat, the DeFi-focused hackathon and accelerator program for India by Binance.
Developing and building are at an all time high at Ankr and the crypto industry as a whole. DeFi has seemingly led us into a new bull market and brought about a euphoric sentiment that’s spawned new projects daily it seems.
If you’d rather focus on building out new features for your userbase or are a passionate user trying to support your favorite protocol, we’d love to hear from you!
2020 is only getting started
While we are now entering the last quarter of this year, things aren’t slowing down! DeFi is hotter than ever, and our latest integrations and collaborations echo that.
If you’re a DeFi project looking to worry about TVL and not RAM, message us at [email protected] for more information.