Bitcoin-based DeFi: The budding ecosystem has begun to make its mark

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The Decentralized Finance (DeFi) space is a budding ecosystem that came to life after Ethereum introduced smart contracts to blockchain technology in 2017. Since then, investment into DeFi and the development of Decentralized Applications (DApps) have blossomed this space into a multi-billion dollar sphere. 

 

In fact, outlook on the DApps market still remains incredibly strong, despite the recent crypto crash. The industry has an incredible 56.1% CAGR rate, with this annualized growth pushing the market toward a $350 billion valuation by the year 2027. Yet, Ethereum is not the only player in this game, with recent developments within Blockchain bringing a new contender to play.

 

While this field is on an upward trend, the inclusion of Bitcoin into its integral infrastructure could further push the DApps industry into a position of global intribute and investment.

 

DeFi Before It Reached Bitcoin

 

At its peak, the total value locked in all DeFi apps back in December of 2022 crossed $250 billion, which took a hit thanks to the bearish market. Since then, this number has radically decreased, reflecting the overall market sentiment around cryptocurrencies. Yet, the vast majority of this news still focuses on Ethereum-based DApps, even though this is now not the only player in the game. 

 

The emergence and rise of chains such as Cardano, Solana, Avalanche, etc., diversified both investment and development options. While there was once only a singular option for building a DeFi application, the development of these other ecosystems has opened up the space significantly. 

 

Yet, Bitcoin, the market leader for cryptocurrency, was commonly lagging behind its counterpart cryptos in terms of DeFi building opportunities. Bitcoin lacked the developer tool kit, transaction speeds, and usability to make it a viable option for building DeFi applications. Despite other achievements and legacy value, Bitcoin is seen only as "peer-to-peer" money. 

 

As stated above, Ethereum still remains as the dominant blockchain for DeFi offerings, with the likes of Solana, Avalanche, and Cardano trying to eat into Ethereum's market share by promising faster and cheaper transactions. Currently, there are just short of 3,000 active DApps on Ethereum, with the next largest blockchain system, EOS, having just under 350.

 

Statistics like these demonstrate how other blockchains are failing to compete with Etheruem in this manner. 

 

Until The Arrival of DeFiChain

 

DeFiChain is a decentralized blockchain platform, created to support layer one ecosystems like Bitcoin in their efforts to become more hospitable to DeFi applications. By utilizing Proof of Stake as its consensus mechanism, while leveraging Bitcoin’s own security, it provides a comprehensive environment for developers to turn to.

 

While Bitcoin has always been criticized as slow and ineffective for building, the introduction of DeFiChain into the system allows for faster transactions, low gas fees, and secure smart contracts. 

 

Blockchains like DeFiChain are enabling developers to build a wide range of dApps, and given that Bitcoin remains the first choice for both individual and institutional investors, the DeFi ecosystem will demonstrate to them all that they can do rather than just HODLing.

 

The growth and attention DeFiChain has received over the last few months has enabled it to become one of the topmost assets in the DeFi space, entering the list of top 110 coins on Coingecko. This impressive feat helps to further distinguish the project from the masses, with the movement of investors to the project reflecting the public appeal for this new integration.

 

Alongside its integration into Bitcoin, DeFiChain is known for providing dTokens of assets listed on traditional stock markets across the world. These dTokens mimic the prices of the stocks and can be used to gain price exposure to the underlying stocks, ETFs, and other assets. This allows users to wager on the prices of their favorite stocks, all while remaining in a decentralized ecosystem where they have full control of their finances.

 

As a comprehensive system that capitalizes on the inherent security of Bitcoin while also bringing its own range of offerings to the table, it’s no wonder that DeFiChain is getting so much attention. With the positive sentiment around its development, and all it can do, we won’t be surprised if we see Bitcoin rapidly become a primary contender in the DeFi space.

Author

Hassan Maishera

Hassan is a Nigeria-based financial content creator that has invested in many different blockchain projects, including Bitcoin, Ether, Stellar Lumens, Cardano, VeChain and Solana. He currently works as a financial markets and cryptocurrency writer and has contributed to a large number of the leading FX, stock and cryptocurrency blogs in the world.

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