2023Q1 Roadmap-Exploring New Horizons Of The New Year
The crypto industry had a rough Q4, with the bear market causing a slowdown in activity across the market. As the year comes to a close, market participants have become more conservative and economic activity has decreased, as evidenced by the declining daily trading volume of BTC and ETH on the secondary market.
As we noted in Q3, the bear market is an opportunity for builders to innovate and create a strong foundation for future success. At StaFi Protocol, our contributors are committed to building and advancing our project, and we believe that this continuous effort will help us remain competitive in the next cycle. By nurturing the persistence and innovation developed during the bear market, we are confident in our ability to succeed in the future.
During Q4, we made significant progress on the development and reorganization of our rToken framework. This included the reconstruction of the security framework for rETH and rBNB contracts, as well as the integration, issuance, liquidity integration, and downstream cooperation conditions of rToken. Our team has also made progress on the construction of StaFiDAO, redesigned the StaFi Warrior website, and established StaFi Ranger to assist with marketing efforts. In addition, new voices and proposals have emerged on the Forum, with some on-chain voting taking place. The reorganized rToken framework is being matched with the necessary application tools and the support of community members, and we have completed 30–40% of the new rToken app reconstruction. We are grateful for the hard work and support of our contributors and look forward to continuing to advance our project in the future.
At StaFi Protocol, we are always striving to find ways to improve and evolve our project, and our efforts to create an automated and community-based Liquid staking framework are a testament to that. We believe that this framework will not only ensure the sustainable development of StaFi, but also drive the popularity of Liquid Staking as a whole. As we look ahead to Q1 of the new year, we are excited to share all the updates and progress we have made with our community. Stay tuned for more exciting developments from StaFi Protocol!
rToken App Reconstruction
At StaFi, we are committed to delivering the best possible experience for our users. That’s why we are constantly updating and improving our rToken app, with a focus on abstracting custom components for faster, easier, and more reusable integration. This focus on continuous improvement can be seen in the development work we’ve done on StaFiChain and StaFiHub, and we are also integrating similar functionality into StaFiChain.
Ensuring the security of our rToken smart contracts is also a top priority for us. As the Target chain has undergone technical updates, such as the release of a new version of CosmosSDK that supports ICS and the release of a new version of BSC that supports BNB staking, we have had to upgrade our rToken smart contracts to provide higher levels of protection. This is an ongoing process of exploration and development.
In addition to these efforts, we are also working to optimize the staking process for our users. To this end, we have proposed the concepts of staking drop and native staking, which aim to improve the initial user experience in terms of gas fees and minting rTokens.
At all times, we prioritize both security and applicability in order to deliver a top-quality product experience. We believe that these efforts will continue to pay off as we strive to improve the user experience for all of our users.
rToken Liquidity Program
As the DeFi space continues to expand and mature, the liquidity of rTokens has become increasingly crucial. Whether they are being used to mint stablecoins or as collateral, a deep pool of liquidity is essential for any DeFi integration to succeed. In some cases, adequate liquidity can even mean the difference between success and liquidation. It’s clear that finding ways to enhance the underlying liquidity of rTokens is a pressing issue that requires our attention.
We are excited to announce that we are currently exploring the possibility of creating a rToken launchpad that is determined by the community. This launchpad would allow the community to vote on liquidity incentives, giving the StaFiDAO the power to allocate resources in the future. In a bear market, it can be challenging to achieve strong results from incentive activities, so we will need to carefully re-plan our resource allocation strategy in the first quarter of the year. By harnessing the wisdom of the community, we hope to make informed and strategic decisions that will benefit all of our stakeholders.
At last, the liquidity solution of rDEX will play a larger role in our future plans. The native rToken trading experience on StaFichain or StaFiHub will be superior to cross-chain swaps, so we will be focusing on consolidating dispersed liquidity to rDEX in the near term. All in all, we have several exciting updates and optimizations for rDEX in the pipeline, including the possibility of deploying rDEX on Ethereum. Keep an eye out for these updates in the coming weeks and months.
Before the widespread adoption of liquid staking (formerly known as staking derivatives), the decision-making and development of the StaFi Protocol were largely the responsibility of the StaFi Core team. As more people became familiar with liquid staking, the community began to play a larger role in shaping the direction of the protocol. As a result, the StaFi Protocol is transitioning towards a decentralized autonomous organization (DAO) model, in which community members will have a say in the development, incentives, updates, and decision-making of the protocol.
To facilitate this shift, we have established the StaFi Warrior and StaFi Ranger programs, through which community members can take on more managerial roles. These roles may include managing Twitter and Forum operations, maintaining and updating the website and documents, promoting new products, and more. We believe that this shift towards greater community involvement will lead to a stronger and more vibrant StaFi Protocol.
In the coming months, we will also be implementing on-chain governance through the development of a voting system. However, given the multi-appchain nature of StaFi, the design of the staking vote mechanism is somewhat complex and we are actively exploring and constructing new approaches.
In the first quarter of 2023, our focus will be on the rToken automated architecture, rToken liquidity scheme, and StaFiDAO. Our core team will keep the community updated on our progress and any subsequent work.
New Year Outlook
As we look ahead to the new year, it’s clear that there is still much work to be done to perfect the StaFi protocol and fill in any gaps. Maintaining a strong and steady pace of progress will be key, and the development team at StaFi remains focused on building and improving the protocol. While there may be uncertainties about the macroeconomy in 2023, we remain confident in the future and are committed to persevering until the dawn of a brighter tomorrow arrives.
StaFi is the first DeFi protocol unlocking liquidity of staked assets. Users can stake PoS tokens through StaFi and receive rTokens in return, which are available for trading, while still earning staking rewards. rToken is a synthetic staking derivative issued by StaFi to users when users stake PoS tokens through StaFi rToken App . rTokens are anchored to the PoS tokens staked by users and the corresponding staking rewards. rTokens can be transferred and traded at any time.