Bitcoin is regarded as the most popular cryptocurrency and has largely driven the frenzy behind the crypto industry in the past few years. The unique digital currency created by the anonymous Satoshi Nakamoto is revolutionary and kickstarted the era of decentralized financial systems.
The ability to make quick cross-border transactions with low fees using blockchain technology has led to a shift in finance towards decentralization. Therefore, it is not surprising that several innovations have occurred, including the unique concept of decentralized finance (DeFi).
Despite holding the position as the largest cryptocurrency with a marketcap of $1 trillion, Bitcoin has proven challenging to build decentralized applications. This is because of the architecture of its blockchain, which is less smart contract friendly compared to Ethereum.
The slow confirmation times on Bitcoin has also led developers to move to faster blockchain platforms like Solana and Binance Smart Chain to build decentralized applications. However, the popularity and security of the Bitcoin network make it an essential component for the future of decentralized finance.
Several blockchain companies have begun to build smart contract platforms that can interact with the bitcoin network. StackSwap is one of the first platforms to build a decentralized exchange that runs on bitcoin.
StackSwap is powered by bitcoin and stacks protocol
StackSwap is built on the Stacks protocol, a Bitcoin-based Layer-1 network that enables smart contract features on the Bitcon network. This Layer-1 network is powered by PoX (proof-of-transfer), an innovative consensus that bridges two blockchains.
PoX connects to Bitcoin in a 1:1 block ratio and transactions made on the Stacks protocol are replicated on the Bitcoin blockchain. This means that StackSwap has the security, decentralization and core features of the Bitcoin network while offering smart contract capabilities.
StackSwap will feature the core functions of a DEX, including a trading platform where users can swap between different tokens. In addition, liquidity providers (LPs) can also stake their tokens in supported pools for rewards, while yield farmers can stake their assets for more yields.
Decentralized Launchpads have emerged in recent years, and StackSwap will feature a dedicated Launchpad. StackSwap Launchpad will enable startups and projects to issue their tokens, create liquidity pools, and distribute them without any complex requirements.
The codes are largely automated leading to a low barrier of entry to projects seeking to expand their reach by leveraging blockchain technology.
StackSwap also features PoXL mining, a unique mining mechanism that is a key component of the Stacks protocol. The mining mechanism is less energy consuming and reuses minted bitcoins as ‘’proof of computation and miners represent their costs of mining in Bitcoins directly.
The DEX users can leverage mining and yield farming features within a bitcoin-based reward system. StackSwap has also built equity within the blockchain space and is backed by top VCs like Genesis Block Ventures (GBV), HashKey and SOSV. The DEX recently raised $1.3 million in a funding round led by Stacks Foundation and intends to launch its first product in the coming weeks.
The development of novel DeFi products on Bitcoin could be the next phase in the growth of the leading cryptocurrency. StackSwap has placed itself in a position to become a leading stakeholder in the Bitcoin ecosystem.
The impending launch of its DEX and Launchpad is huge and will kickstart the beginning of a new era on the Bitcoin blockchain.