pSTAKE 2023 Liquid Staking Year Wrapped

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Recap the pSTAKE liquid staking highlights from 2023 and dive deep into what to expect from 2024, including expansion to DYDX, XPRT, and TIA liquid staking.

Before saying goodbye to an eventful 2023, let’s look at the major launches, achievements, partnerships, and what’s coming next for pSTAKE liquid staking in 2024.

Highlights of 2023

stkTokens in DeFi

With 15+ DeFi partners across two major PoS Ecosystems, stkATOM, stkBNB, and stkOSMO are becoming increasingly routed in the Cosmos and BNB Chain ecosystems.

stkATOM– Provide liquidity on Dexter, Astroport (Neutron), Shade Protocol, Osmosis, or Crescent

– Borrow other tokens on Umee

– Open a DeFi lease on Nolus

– Mint decentralized stablecoin SILK on Shade Protocol 
stkOSMO– Provide liquidity on Osmosis 
stkBNB– Provide liquidity on Thena or PancakeSwap
– Borrow other tokens on Venus
– Deposit stkBNB Thena LP into Beefy Vault
Usage of stkToken in DeFi

Power of PSTAKE Governance

The PSTAKE governance is the ultimate authority for impactful decisions such as incentivization, protocol parameters like fee structure, stkToken expansion, Validator Delegation Strategy, and more.

PSTAKE governance participated in 11 key proposals and initiatives in 2023, a ~120% increase from 2022. Through these initiatives, the community’s engagement and commitment to shaping the future of pSTAKE highlights the strength and vitality of PSTAKE governance.

Here is a breakdown of the significant on-chain governance proposals from 2023.

What was it about?How did it benefit the pSTAKE Ecosystem?
Migration of stkATOM(ERC-20) and stkXPRT(ERC-20)– The two (older) ERC-20 stkTokens were deprecated as pSTAKE was natively deployed on Persistence.

– Migration tool provided a 1-click, easy-to-use user experience for early pSTAKE users
Incentivization on Cosmos– Aid in the adoption of stkATOM and stkOSMO with initial liquidity bootstrapping

– Increase in traction as $6M+, ~60% of pSTAKE’s Total Value Unlocked (TVU), comes from stkATOM and stkOSMO
Revenue Share with the Cosmos Hub– 15% of the pSTAKE’s ATOM liquid staking revenue was shared with the Cosmos Hub in return for 600k ATOM to be deployed as Protocol Owned stkATOM liquidity on two DEXs (Dexter and Astroport) in Cosmos

– Increased TVL, liquidity, adoption avenues, and utility of stkATOM

– Alignment with the Cosmos Hub and joining the ATOM Economic Zone (AEZ)
pSTAKE Expansion– stkATOM and stkOSMO were launched on the Persistence core-1 chain in Cosmos
PSTAKE 2023 Governance Summary

Looking Forward to 2024

Committing to Cosmos

The global crypto community has been following Cosmos closely over the past year, witnessing milestones such as the launch of numerous app chains, the establishment of the ATOM Economic Zone (AEZ), a reduction in ATOM inflation, and the widespread adoption of IBC beyond Cosmos, among others. The adoption of the app chain thesis presents a massive opportunity for pSTAKE. As more chains like dYdX and Celestia come to life in the IBC world, pSTAKE’s addressable market for Cosmos LST issuance will keep increasing. 

It is evident from the EVM world that liquid staking and LSTfi have Product Market Fit. As LSTfi in Cosmos continues to evolve, pSTAKE will be doubling down on the Cosmos ecosystem to capitalize on these significant growth opportunities.

Cosmos Hub Prop 853 has made the Persistence Ecosystem (and pSTAKE) ATOM-aligned. This synergy has led to a win-win situation where the Cosmos Hub has benefitted with more ATOM liquid staked, increased economic activity within the AEZ, additional revenue share, and more.

stkAssets will continue to support the Cosmos Hub and AEZ by being more integrated into the Neutron DeFi Ecosystem. Token liquidity will be bootstrapped on Astroport while adding more DeFi applications on prominent protocols such as Mars, Nolus, and more. 

Additionally, pSTAKE contributors are actively exploring other exciting developments and avenues in the Cosmos PoS with projects such as Babylon introducing first-of-its-kind BTC staking.

The growth and adoption of ATOM and OSMO liquid staking

With 590k+ ATOM (~$6M) staked through pSTAKE and ~$8.2M stkATOM liquidity in Cosmos across various DEXs, stkATOM has successfully built both diverse and substantial liquidity. The recent increase in liquidity from the Cosmos Hub Protocol Owned Liquidity deployment will result in even more efficient stkATOM trading and further use cases. 

stkATOM’S utility will be further increased:

  • Collateral for more decentralized stablecoins like IST by Inter Protocol on Agoric and USK by Kujira 
  • Tight integration into the Neutron Ecosystem by leveraging stkATOM’s liquidity on Astroport for further applications like collateral on Mars Protocol, Amulet Finance, and other upcoming DeFi protocols.
  • Potentially working on airdrop and governance participation support for stkATOM holders.
  • To improve the UX for ATOM liquid staking, pSTAKE is expanding its range of tokens for minting stkATOM with USDC and USDT, significantly improve the ATOM liquid staking user experience. 

stkOSMO introduces vital differentiators to the OSMO liquid staking landscape with extra efforts towards Osmosis chain decentralization and UX improvements, such as Flash Unstake. The current priority remains bootstrapping of stkOSMO liquidity on Osmosis’ Supercharged stkOSMO/OSMO pool, incentivized with PSTAKE tokens. Post that, stkOSMO will find its way to become a fundamental component of the Osmosis DeFi Ecosystem, integrating with leading protocols like Quasar Finance for vaults, Mars Protocol and Umee for borrowing and lending, Levana Finance for perpetuals, and more.

Expansion to dYdX, Celestia, and Persistence liquid staking

pSTAKE is on track to introduce at least three new stkTokens in 2024: stkDYDX, stkXPRT, and stkTIA. 

The transition of dYdX, a leading perpetuals DEX, to a Cosmos app chain, brings prospects of substantial liquidity and an active community to Cosmos. Its real yield from trading fees and a 30-day unbonding period make dYdX ideal for liquid staking. We’ve already launched a dev version of stkDYDX on the Persistence Core-1 testnet.  Once Inter Chain Accounts (ICA) is enabled on DYDX, stkDYDX will be launched to further decentralize the dYdX chain and enable integrations into the Ethereum ecosystem with projects such as Pendle.

Celestia, a new modular data availability chain within the Cosmos ecosystem, has recently launched and is creating a lot of excitement. As rollups bring new users and blockchains to Cosmos, TIA’s token staking role will become crucial, highlighting the need for liquid staking. The launch of stkTIA has a similar dependency on ICA being enabled on Celestia, similar to dYdX.

Persistence, the Cosmos app chain for LSTfi and pSTAKE’s home, utilizes XPRT as its native token.XPRT’s widespread utility with chain security, decentralized LSTfi governance, on-chain LSTfi traction, and transactions coupled with its >75% bonded ratio, make it an excellent candidate for liquid staking.

Final Thoughts

2024 will be all about adopting pSTAKE’s stkTokens with strategic liquid staking support expansion to DYDX, XPRT, TIA, and more and forming stronger alliances within the ATOM Economic Zone (AEZ). 

While product growth continues its momentum, the focus will be on raising awareness about pSTAKE and its USPs by bolstering marketing and expanding our distribution with new partnerships and collaborations.

About pSTAKE

pSTAKE is a multi-chain liquid staking protocol that unlocks liquidity for your staked assets. With pSTAKE, you can securely stake your Proof-of-Stake (PoS) assets to earn staking rewards and receive staked underlying representative tokens (stkTokens), which can be used to explore additional yield opportunities across DeFi.

At present, pSTAKE supports Cosmos Hub (ATOM), Binance Chain (BNB), and Osmosis (OSMO) networks’ native tokens, with DYDX, Persistence (XPRT), and Celestia (TIA) support coming soon in the future.
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