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RAY Wind-Down

Posted by Staked on Oct 15, 2021 4:05:12 PM

As a result of regulatory uncertainty in the United States, Staked will be shutting down the Robo-Advisor for Yield service (RAY) on November 1, 2022. RAY was an innovative experiment that worked well for depositors. Every depositor made money, earning a higher yield than they would have elsewhere. We’re disappointed that RAY will be shut down, but the landscape has evolved rapidly and the cost of dealing with undefined regulations is too great.

We kindly request that you withdraw your funds from RAY as soon as possible. On November 1, 2022, we will use our administrative keys to return all deposits to depositors, remove access from the Staked.us website and turn off the oracles that update RAY on a regular basis.

The RAY smart contracts remain open source and available for anyone to carry the torch. The Github repo is available here: https://github.com/Stakedllc/robo-advisor-yield

Stake SOL, Earn Rewards

Posted by Staked on Feb 5, 2021 2:24:36 PM

Seeking Yield by Staked - Issue 96: ⛓️ Tracking ETH2, ✅ Solana Rewards, 📊 State of Staking Report Q1 2021, 📊 Current Staking and Lending Yields, & More

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This is the ninety-sixth issue of Seeking Yield by Staked, a weekly update about the most interesting things happening in crypto asset staking and lending.

⛓️ Tracking Eth2

The purpose of this section is to track the progress of ETH2 development.

Over $5.0 billion worth of ETH has now been staked! Some stats:

    • ETH deposited to deposit contract: 2,945,698
    • Current staking yield: 10.2%
    • Active validators: 80,393
    • Pending validators: 11,318

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If you hold ETH and would like to learn more about staking, please reply directly to this email or submit your information below. 

Learn more:

👉 Deposit to the deposit contract today to secure your spot

👉 Schedule time to speak with a Staked representative

👉 Frequently Asked Questions

👉 API documentation for launching lots of validators

👉 Sample code implementing the API


✅ Solana Rewards

Get excited SOL holders! Staking rewards are expected to be activated in the next week! The community governance process to enable inflation (and staking rewards) on mainnet started on 01/29, is expected to be completely as early as Tuesday 02/09, but more likely by 02/15.

The proposed inflation rate is 8% in year 1, and set to decrease 15% year-over-year. The current stake rate is 29.7%, (144.9M staked SOL / 488.6 total current SOL supply), resulting in a staking yield of 26.9% (.08 inflation / .297 stake rate).

Solana Screenshot

Staked has been operating a top performing validator on Solana testnets & mainnet beta for 1+ years. Stake now to ensure you are eligible to earn staking rewards as soon as they are live!

Learn more:

👉 Delegate SOL to Staked and earn staking rewards

 

📊 State of Staking Report Q1 2021

 Staked highlights what investors need to know about staking. State of Staking covers high-level economics, the breakthroughs and launches made in 2020, and the trends investors should watch in 2021 to stay on top of one of the hottest trends in crypto. 

state of staking

Read it now!

Learn more:

👉 Download the State of Staking report


📊 Current Staking Yields

Staked currently supports 30+ different proof of stake crypto assets including Ethereum, Cosmos, Polkadot, Algorand, Tezos, Dash, Orbs, Livepeer, Factom, Terra, Kava, Cardano, Secret Network, Edgeware, and Celo.

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Learn more:

👉 Get in touch with a Staked representative about getting started!


📊 Robo-Advisor for Yield (RAY)

Currently live on the Ethereum mainnet, the Robo-Advisor for Yield (RAY) is the easiest way to earn the highest yield on your ETH, DAI, USDC, and BUSD holdings.

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Learn more:

👉 Find time to speak with someone from the Staked team here.


📜 Developer Docs

Interested integrating the Robo-Advisor for Yield (RAY) and/or staking-as-a-service into your business today? 

Integrating RAY is as simple as dropping in a few lines of code. Furthermore, partners looking to offer staking-as-a-service are able to integrate with our staking infrastructure directly through our API services.

Learn more:

👉 Staked Developer Documentation

👉 Reply to this email to speak with the Staked team about getting started today!

👉 Find time to speak with someone from the Staked team here.


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About Staked

Staked helps institutional investors reliably and securely compound their crypto by 5% — 100% annually through staking and lending. Staked runs validation nodes for proof-of-stake currencies and offers access to on- and off-chain lending options that provide an annualized yield of in-kind currency. Staked’s investors include Pantera Capital, Digital Currency Group, ParaFi Capital, Coinbase Ventures, Winklevoss Capital, Fabric Ventures, Global Brain, and other leading crypto investors.

Website   Twitter   Telegram   LinkedIn   Blog

February 2 ETH2 slashing event - Post-mortem

Posted by Staked on Feb 3, 2021 12:34:16 PM

TLDR

Staked chased technical performance over double-signing robustness and that’s not a good trade off. No customers were harmed in this interaction but it was an expensive lesson for Staked and we are sharing our learnings in case they help others. 

What happened: 

75 Staked-run validators were slashed on February 2. This was a Staked technical issue, so our customers will be fully compensated. But what went wrong and how can you learn from our mistakes? 

What went wrong:

We made the mistake of chasing attestation performance at the expense of reliability in attestation. Even though we have an internal mantra to always choose robustness over downtime, we still went awry. 

ETH2 has led to a new set of performance criteria. The block explorers all publish attestation rate (the percentage of time you successfully sign blocks when you are scheduled to do so). This impacts customer revenue, so we've been very focused our customers earn the highest yields. That means a sharp focus on this chart: 

Performance

Over the past six weeks, we have rolled out a set of performance improvements to deliver a higher attestation rate. We test those using a "canary" environment and roll them out to a broader set of validators.  

We’ve identified a number of items that helped us improve significantly, two of which matter for this discussion: 

  1. Prysm’s on-client slashing protection database was a heavy user of I/O and causing attestation misses (they've since fixed this). Since we have we have a separate layer of double signing protection that uses Hashicorp Consul, we stopped persisting this across restarts of the validator clients. 
  2. Ensuring that beacon node instances have the right ratio of signing validators and are highly performant. 

This combination led to our undoing. We attempted to scale up the number of beacon nodes to get better performance. While we had tested in our canary environment, the production load that we were trying to alleviate behaved differently, causing our validators to restart more frequently than we'd seen in testing. Because we had disabled the persistence of #1 above, these validators signed a second version of the same blocks: a major issue that led to a slashing event. 

What's the lesson learned?

Obviously, we should not have disabled the persistence of Prysm's database in pursuit of better performance. The performance gains we achieved weren't worth the additional risk we inadvertently added. While this seems obvious, we thought we had reliable protection via Consul. But a belt-and-suspenders approach here would have been more prudent. 

Testing for scale is hard. We should have ensured new beacon nodes were fully-synced and connected to lots of peers before allowing them to connect to validator clients. This is hard to do on existing testnets, but we should have developed an internal version to test this. 

What are we doing differently?

We are now persisting the Prysm slashing DB to validators running in all five regions, so this issue can’t happen again.

We have instituted new changes to the way we deploy new beacon nodes such that they can't participate with validators until they are fully-synced. 

What happens to impacted clients?

Staked will reimburse clients for both slashed ETH and lost rewards. We will contact impacted clients with details on how this will happen. 

On a more personal note, Seth (CTO) and Tim(CEO) drafted this, this sucks and we're sorry. We let customers down and need to do better. We will get better and deliver the reliability you should expect from Staked.  

$4 billion worth of ETH staked

Posted by Staked on Jan 29, 2021 5:50:35 PM

Seeking Yield by Staked - Issue 95: ⛓️ Tracking ETH2, 🖥️ State of Staking Webinar Recording, 📊 State of Staking Report Q1 2021, 📊 Current Staking and Lending Yields, & More

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This is the ninety-fifth issue of Seeking Yield by Staked, a weekly update about the most interesting things happening in crypto asset staking and lending.

⛓️ Tracking Eth2

The purpose of this section is to track the progress of ETH2 development.

Over $4.0 billion worth of ETH has now been staked! Some stats:

    • ETH deposited to deposit contract: 2,873,410
    • Current staking yield: 12.4%
    • Active validators: 74,342
    • Pending validators: 14,964

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If you hold ETH and would like to learn more about staking, please reply directly to this email or submit your information below. 

Learn more:

👉 Deposit to the deposit contract today to secure your spot

👉 Schedule time to speak with a Staked representative

👉 Frequently Asked Questions

👉 API documentation for launching lots of validators

👉 Sample code implementing the API


🖥️ State of Staking Webinar Recording

Staked hosted a webinar earlier this week covering the state of staking. The webinar covered:
  • High-level economics
  • Breakthroughs and launches made in 2020
  • Trends investors should watch in 2021 to stay on top of one of the hottest trends in crypto

A recording of the webinar is available below!


📊 State of Staking Report Q1 2021

 Staked highlights what investors need to know about staking. State of Staking covers high-level economics, the breakthroughs and launches made in 2020, and the trends investors should watch in 2021 to stay on top of one of the hottest trends in crypto. 

state of staking

Read it now!

Learn more:

👉 Download the State of Staking report

 


📊 Current Staking Yields

Staked currently supports 30+ different proof of stake crypto assets including Ethereum, Cosmos, Polkadot, Algorand, Tezos, Dash, Orbs, Livepeer, Factom, Terra, Kava, Cardano, Secret Network, Edgeware, and Celo.

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Learn more:

👉 Get in touch with a Staked representative about getting started!


📊 Robo-Advisor for Yield (RAY)

Currently live on the Ethereum mainnet, the Robo-Advisor for Yield (RAY) is the easiest way to earn the highest yield on your ETH, DAI, USDC, and BUSD holdings.

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Learn more:

👉 Find time to speak with someone from the Staked team here.


📜 Developer Docs

Interested integrating the Robo-Advisor for Yield (RAY) and/or staking-as-a-service into your business today? 

Integrating RAY is as simple as dropping in a few lines of code. Furthermore, partners looking to offer staking-as-a-service are able to integrate with our staking infrastructure directly through our API services.

Learn more:

👉 Staked Developer Documentation

👉 Reply to this email to speak with the Staked team about getting started today!

👉 Find time to speak with someone from the Staked team here.


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About Staked

Staked helps institutional investors reliably and securely compound their crypto by 5% — 100% annually through staking and lending. Staked runs validation nodes for proof-of-stake currencies and offers access to on- and off-chain lending options that provide an annualized yield of in-kind currency. Staked’s investors include Pantera Capital, Digital Currency Group, ParaFi Capital, Coinbase Ventures, Winklevoss Capital, Fabric Ventures, Global Brain, and other leading crypto investors.

Website   Twitter   Telegram   LinkedIn   Blog

State of Staking

Posted by Staked on Jan 22, 2021 3:49:07 PM

Seeking Yield by Staked - Issue 94: ⛓️ Tracking ETH2, 📊 State of Staking Report Q1 2021, 📰 Staked Media Mentions, 🖥️ State of Staking Webinar, 📊 Current Staking and Lending Yields, & More

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This is the ninety-fourth issue of Seeking Yield by Staked, a weekly update about the most interesting things happening in crypto asset staking and lending.

⛓️ Tracking Eth2

The purpose of this section is to track the progress of ETH2 development.

Over $3.5b worth of ETH has now been staked! Some stats:

    • ETH deposited to deposit contract: 2,792,514
    • Current staking yield: 12.4%
    • Active validators: 67,947
    • Pending validators: 19,131

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If you hold ETH and would like to learn more about staking, please reply directly to this email or submit your information below. 

Learn more:

👉 Deposit to the deposit contract today to secure your spot

👉 Schedule time to speak with a Staked representative

👉 Frequently Asked Questions

👉 API documentation for launching lots of validators

👉 Sample code implementing the API


📊 State of Staking Report Q1 2021

 Staked highlights what investors need to know about staking. State of Staking covers high-level economics, the breakthroughs and launches made in 2020, and the trends investors should watch in 2021 to stay on top of one of the hottest trends in crypto. 

state of staking

Read it now!

Learn more:

👉 Download the State of Staking report


 

📰 Staked in the media

Cryptocurrency Staking Rewards Top $20 Billion in 2020: Report

 
The launch of Ethereum 2.0 in December 2020, along with the rise of alternative staking chains like Polkadot and Solana, has helped grow the proof-of-stake blockchain market cap to more than $175 billion, according to Staked’s report. And the firm expects that figure to keep growing in 2021.
“Every proof-of-stake blockchain project needs to ensure that the returns paid to participants is lucrative enough to tie up their holdings and bear slashing risks. Otherwise, their entire security model is at risk,” Staked CEO Tim Ogilvie told Decrypt.

“I'd expect the yield from staking to come down over time as people get comfortable with the risks and staking gets easier. But I also think the most successful projects will actively think about ‘monetary policy’ for their chains, ensuring the right balance between security and inflation.”

Staked found that staking across various blockchains earned an average weighted yield of 11.2% per year, a healthy return compared to the less than 3% average dividend yield provided by the S&P 500 over the last decade, according to Investopedia.


🖥️ State of Staking Webinar

Staked will be hosting a webinar covering the state of staking on Thursday, January 28, 2021 at 12 pm EST. The webinar will cover:
  • High-level economics
  • Breakthroughs and launches made in 2020
  • Tends investors should watch in 2021 to stay on top of one of the hottest trends in crypto
To register for the webinar, please enter your information in the sign up form to the right. 
 
Want to attend, but have a time conflict? Email sales@staked.us to find time to connect with the Staked team.

📊 Current Staking Yields

Staked currently supports 30+ different proof of stake crypto assets including Ethereum, Cosmos, Polkadot, Algorand, Tezos, Dash, Orbs, Livepeer, Factom, Terra, Kava, Cardano, Secret Network, Edgeware, and Celo.

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Learn more:

👉 Get in touch with a Staked representative about getting started!


📊 Robo-Advisor for Yield (RAY)

Currently live on the Ethereum mainnet, the Robo-Advisor for Yield (RAY) is the easiest way to earn the highest yield on your ETH, DAI, USDC, and BUSD holdings.

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Learn more:

👉 Find time to speak with someone from the Staked team here.


📜 Developer Docs

Interested integrating the Robo-Advisor for Yield (RAY) and/or staking-as-a-service into your business today? 

Integrating RAY is as simple as dropping in a few lines of code. Furthermore, partners looking to offer staking-as-a-service are able to integrate with our staking infrastructure directly through our API services.

Learn more:

👉 Staked Developer Documentation

👉 Reply to this email to speak with the Staked team about getting started today!

👉 Find time to speak with someone from the Staked team here.


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About Staked

Staked helps institutional investors reliably and securely compound their crypto by 5% — 100% annually through staking and lending. Staked runs validation nodes for proof-of-stake currencies and offers access to on- and off-chain lending options that provide an annualized yield of in-kind currency. Staked’s investors include Pantera Capital, Digital Currency Group, ParaFi Capital, Coinbase Ventures, Winklevoss Capital, Fabric Ventures, Global Brain, and other leading crypto investors.

Website   Twitter   Telegram   LinkedIn   Blog

2.5 million ETH Staked

Posted by Staked on Jan 15, 2021 5:29:28 PM

Seeking Yield by Staked - Issue 93: ⛓️ Tracking ETH2, 📰 Staked Media Mentions, 🖥️ State of Staking Webinar, 📊 Current Staking and Lending Yields, & More

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This is the ninety-third issue of Seeking Yield by Staked, a weekly update about the most interesting things happening in crypto asset staking and lending.

⛓️ Tracking Eth2

The purpose of this section is to track the progress of ETH2 development.

Over $2.8b worth of ETH has now been staked! Some stats:

    • ETH deposited to deposit contract: 2,515,842
    • Current staking yield: 11.2%
    • Active validators: 61,677
    • Pending validators: 16,583

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If you hold ETH and would like to learn more about staking, please reply directly to this email or submit your information below. 

Learn more:

👉 Deposit to the deposit contract today to secure your spot

👉 Schedule time to speak with a Staked representative

👉 Frequently Asked Questions

👉 API documentation for launching lots of validators

👉 Sample code implementing the API


📰 Staked in the media 

Fireblocks Rolls Out Staking Rewards for Eth 2.0, Polkadot and Tezos

Announced Thursday, Fireblocks is partnering with staking infrastructure providers Staked and Blockdaemon to offer hosted proof-of-stake (PoS) services for Ethereum 2.0 and the popular Polkadot (DOT) and Tezos (XTZ) tokens.

Fireblocks, which raised $30 million in funding in November last year, uses a technique called multi-party computation (MPC) that protects cryptographic keys by splitting them into pieces, and which the company says is well suited to the dynamic business of blockchain token staking.

“We are launching staking wallets to Fireblocks customers who collectively hold a significant balance of crypto assets,” Fireblocks CEO Michael Shaulov said in an interview. He said that while the majority of Fireblocks’ over 165 clients have bitcoin, “between DOT, XTZ and ETH we have over $1 billion of assets” that can be staked.


🖥️ State of Staking Webinar

Staked will be hosting a webinar covering the state of staking on Thursday, January 28, 2021 at 12 pm EST. The webinar will cover:
  • High-level economics
  • Breakthroughs and launches made in 2020
  • Tends investors should watch in 2021 to stay on top of one of the hottest trends in crypto
To register for the webinar, please enter your information in the sign up form to the right. 
 
Want to attend, but have a time conflict? Email sales@staked.us to find time to connect with the Staked team.

📊 Current Staking Yields

Staked currently supports 30+ different proof of stake crypto assets including Ethereum, Cosmos, Polkadot, Algorand, Tezos, Dash, Orbs, Livepeer, Factom, Terra, Kava, Cardano, Secret Network, Edgeware, and Celo.

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Learn more:

👉 Get in touch with a Staked representative about getting started!


📊 Robo-Advisor for Yield (RAY)

Currently live on the Ethereum mainnet, the Robo-Advisor for Yield (RAY) is the easiest way to earn the highest yield on your ETH, DAI, USDC, and BUSD holdings.

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Learn more:

👉 Find time to speak with someone from the Staked team here.


📜 Developer Docs

Interested integrating the Robo-Advisor for Yield (RAY) and/or staking-as-a-service into your business today? 

Integrating RAY is as simple as dropping in a few lines of code. Furthermore, partners looking to offer staking-as-a-service are able to integrate with our staking infrastructure directly through our API services.

Learn more:

👉 Staked Developer Documentation

👉 Reply to this email to speak with the Staked team about getting started today!

👉 Find time to speak with someone from the Staked team here.


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About Staked

Staked helps institutional investors reliably and securely compound their crypto by 5% — 100% annually through staking and lending. Staked runs validation nodes for proof-of-stake currencies and offers access to on- and off-chain lending options that provide an annualized yield of in-kind currency. Staked’s investors include Pantera Capital, Digital Currency Group, ParaFi Capital, Coinbase Ventures, Winklevoss Capital, Fabric Ventures, Global Brain, and other leading crypto investors.

Website   Twitter   Telegram   LinkedIn   Blog

$2.7b worth of ETH deposited

Posted by Staked on Jan 8, 2021 4:04:17 PM

Seeking Yield by Staked - Issue 92: ⛓️ Tracking ETH2, 📰 Staked Media Mentions, 📱 Elrond Maiar Wallet, 📊 Current Staking and Lending Yields, & More

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This is the ninety-second issue of Seeking Yield by Staked, a weekly update about the most interesting things happening in crypto asset staking and lending.

⛓️ Tracking Eth2

The purpose of this section is to track the progress of ETH2 development. Over $2.7b worth of ETH has now been staked! Some stats:

    • ETH deposited to deposit contract: 2,330,050
    • Current staking yield: 11.9%
    • Active validators: 55,358
    • Pending validators: 16,899

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If you hold ETH and would like to learn more about staking, please reply directly to this email or submit your information below. 

Learn more:

👉 Deposit to the deposit contract today to secure your spot

👉 Schedule time to speak with a Staked representative

👉 Frequently Asked Questions

👉 API documentation for launching lots of validators

👉 Sample code implementing the API


📰 Staked in the media 

Valid Points: A Year in Review by Your Ethereum 2.0 Staking Experts

Our first contribution is from Tim Ogilvie, the founder and CEO of Staked. Staked helps investors earn yield from staking and DeFi without taking custody of their crypto assets.  

“My favorite Ethereum chart shows the daily gas usage. I love it because it’s one part of the great story that I expect will propel ETH over the next few years. There are three legs to the stool: 

  1. Our chart. People are using ETH with increasing frequency, driving increased gas demand.
  2. EIP-1559, introducing Fee Burns. This is an upcoming Ethereum improvement that will take all of the gas demand and use it to burn ETH. The more ETH gets used, the more ETH supply gets burned.
  3. Eth 2: Ethereum’s transition to proof-of-stake, allowing for low issuance of new supply while providing strong security guarantees.

“Bitcoin has an amazing story as an asset with a fixed supply of 21 million BTC. Ethereum’s story has the potential to be even stronger. If gas usage exceeds supply issuance, you’ve now got a digital asset with a steadily declining supply.  

“My 2021 prediction: This becomes the dominant story around ETH’s valuation and it drives significant price appreciation.”


📱 Elrond Maiar Wallet

The Elrond team recently announced Maiar, a cutting edge wallet that enables any phone user to get a working wallet in seconds. By adding key innovations like progressive security and gamification around its most important features, Maiar will provide a new and compelling experience for the internet of money.
 
MAIAR
 
Maiar enables any phone user to get a working wallet in seconds. By adding key innovations like progressive security and gamification around its most important features, Maiar will provide a new and compelling experience for the internet of money.
 
Maiar officially launches on January 31st!

📊 Current Staking Yields

Staked currently supports 30+ different proof of stake crypto assets including Ethereum, Cosmos, Polkadot, Algorand, Tezos, Dash, Orbs, Horizen, Livepeer, Factom, Terra, Kava, Cardano, v.systems, Secret Network, Edgeware, and Celo.

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Learn more:

👉 Get in touch with a Staked representative about getting started!


📊 Robo-Advisor for Yield (RAY)

Currently live on the Ethereum mainnet, the Robo-Advisor for Yield (RAY) is the easiest way to earn the highest yield on your ETH, DAI, USDC, and BUSD holdings.

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Learn more:

👉 Find time to speak with someone from the Staked team here.


📜 Developer Docs

Interested integrating the Robo-Advisor for Yield (RAY) and/or staking-as-a-service into your business today? 

Integrating RAY is as simple as dropping in a few lines of code. Furthermore, partners looking to offer staking-as-a-service are able to integrate with our staking infrastructure directly through our API services.

Learn more:

👉 Staked Developer Documentation

👉 Reply to this email to speak with the Staked team about getting started today!

👉 Find time to speak with someone from the Staked team here.


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About Staked

Staked helps institutional investors reliably and securely compound their crypto by 5% — 100% annually through staking and lending. Staked runs validation nodes for proof-of-stake currencies and offers access to on- and off-chain lending options that provide an annualized yield of in-kind currency. Staked’s investors include Pantera Capital, Digital Currency Group, ParaFi Capital, Coinbase Ventures, Winklevoss Capital, Fabric Ventures, Global Brain, and other leading crypto investors.

Website   Twitter   Telegram   LinkedIn   Blog

$1b worth of ETH staked

Posted by Staked on Dec 18, 2020 6:04:23 PM

Seeking Yield by Staked - Issue 91: ⛓️ Tracking ETH2, 📰 Staked Media Mentions, 🎉 The Graph Network Mainnet, 🖥️ ETH Staking Webinar Recording, 📊 Current Staking and Lending Yields, & More

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This is the ninety-first issue of Seeking Yield by Staked, a weekly update about the most interesting things happening in crypto asset staking and lending.

⛓️ Tracking Eth2

Over $1b worth of ETH has now been staked! Some stat on network progress:

    • ETH deposited to deposit contract: 1,552,961
    • Current staking yield: 14.4%
    • Active validators: 36,401
    • Pending validators: 11,771

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If you hold ETH and would like to learn more about staking, please reply directly to this email or submit your information below. 

Learn more:

👉 Deposit to the deposit contract today to secure your spot

👉 Schedule time to speak with a Staked representative

👉 Frequently Asked Questions

👉 API documentation for launching lots of validators

👉 Sample code implementing the API


📰 Staked in the media 

CoinDCX Set to Launch Liquid ETH-Backed Token for Users; Partners With US-Based Staked to Provide Staking Services

CoinDCX to launch Liquid ETH-backed token for users

U.S-based Staked, which provides non-custodial staking services for institutions and is the leading independent validator for Ethereum 2.0, is partnering with CoinDCX to support Ethereum 2.0 staking.

Tim Ogilvie – Co, CEO and co-founder of Staked said, “We are thrilled to extend our support to CoinDCX in such a way that the exchange’s users can now take advantage of our staking infrastructure to participate in Ethereum’s major upgrade.”

Bitcoin Transaction Fees Doubled This Week. Here’s Why

It is simply a case of more buying demand means more BTC transactions, which means higher fees, according to Tim Ogilvie, CEO of Staked, which provides institutions with infrastructure services for crypto assets.

So, when there’s an exceptional amount of activity on the Bitcoin network, miners hike up their fees to prioritize those who really want to process Bitcoin transactions.

Base Layer Episode 195: Tim Ogilvie, Founder at Staked on helping to create the Fixed Income of Digital Assets

Tim joins me back on the show to update everyone Staked which for the last few years has been facilitating what I call the emergence of fixed income in Digital Assets. Essentially Staked helps investors earn yield from staking and DeFi without taking custody of crypto assets; some of the yields on the platform are high 10's and 20's. We talk about the how this works, what goes into staking and the emergence of ETH2 and why this is potentially a watershed moment.


🎉 The Graph Network Mainnet

The Graph Network mainnet is now live! This milestone paves the way for truly decentralized applications run a marketplace of service providers ensuring that data remains open and that dApps continue to run no matter what.
 
The Graph
 
We are thrilled to support The Graph. Onwards and upwards!

Learn more:

👉 GRT delegation instructions


🖥️ ETH Staking Webinar Recording

Earlier this week, Jonathan Marcus, Staked Co-founder & COO hosted an ETH staking webinar. The recording is now available.
 

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Watch it now!

📊 Current Staking Yields

Staked currently supports 30+ different proof of stake crypto assets including Ethereum, Cosmos, Polkadot, Algorand, Tezos, Dash, Orbs, Horizen, Livepeer, Factom, Terra, Kava, Cardano, v.systems, Secret Network, Edgeware, and Celo.

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Learn more:

👉 Get in touch with a Staked representative about getting started!


📊 Robo-Advisor for Yield (RAY)

Currently live on the Ethereum mainnet, the Robo-Advisor for Yield (RAY) is the easiest way to earn the highest yield on your ETH, DAI, USDC, and BUSD holdings.

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Learn more:

👉 Find time to speak with someone from the Staked team here.


📜 Developer Docs

Interested integrating the Robo-Advisor for Yield (RAY) and/or staking-as-a-service into your business today? 

Integrating RAY is as simple as dropping in a few lines of code. Furthermore, partners looking to offer staking-as-a-service are able to integrate with our staking infrastructure directly through our API services.

Learn more:

👉 Staked Developer Documentation

👉 Reply to this email to speak with the Staked team about getting started today!

👉 Find time to speak with someone from the Staked team here.


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About Staked

Staked helps institutional investors reliably and securely compound their crypto by 5% — 100% annually through staking and lending. Staked runs validation nodes for proof-of-stake currencies and offers access to on- and off-chain lending options that provide an annualized yield of in-kind currency. Staked’s investors include Pantera Capital, Digital Currency Group, ParaFi Capital, Coinbase Ventures, Winklevoss Capital, Fabric Ventures, Global Brain, and other leading crypto investors.

Website   Twitter   Telegram   LinkedIn   Blog

1.4 million ETH staked

Posted by Staked on Dec 11, 2020 4:30:22 PM

Seeking Yield by Staked - Issue 90: ⛓️ Tracking ETH2, 📰 MEW Partnership + Staked Media Mentions, 🎵 AUDIO Staking, 🖥️ ETH Staking Webinar, 📊 Current Staking and Lending Yields, & More

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This is the ninetieth issue of Seeking Yield by Staked, a weekly update about the most interesting things happening in crypto asset staking and lending.

⛓️ Tracking Eth2

The purpose of this section is to track the progress of Eth2 development. Some stats:

    • ETH deposited to deposit contract: 1,056,578
    • Current staking yield: 18.1%
    • Active validators: 30,706
    • Unique Eth1 addresses: 3,303

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If you hold ETH and would like to learn more about staking, please reply directly to this email or submit your information below. 

Learn more:

👉 Deposit to the deposit contract today to secure your spot

👉 Schedule time to speak with a Staked representative

👉 Frequently Asked Questions

👉 API documentation for launching lots of validators

👉 Sample code implementing the API


📰 Staked Media Mentions 

MyEtherWallet Now Offers In-App Staking for Ethereum 2.0

MyEtherWallet Integrates Staked to Bring Eth2 Staking to MEW Web & Mobile Users

MyEtherWallet Now Supports Ethereum 2.0 Staking

One of Ethereum’s most popular software wallets, MyEtherWallet is joining other crypto businesses by giving users access to Ethereum 2.0 staking.

Through a partnership with node-hosting service Staked, MyEtherWallet now offers its browser and mobile wallet users the option to stake ETH tokens into the Ethereum 2.0 Beacon Chain deposit contract, a smart contract that lays the foundations for Ethereum’s revamped blockchain infrastructure.

MyEtherWallet “users need to stake 32 ETH to participate. Staked will run a validator node for them, making it easy for the users who don’t have the technical knowledge to participate, so no further action is required on the user’s part,” MyEtherWallet CEO Kosala Hemachandra told CoinDesk.


🎵 AUDIO Staking

Audius token holders are now able to delegate AUDIO to the Staked node. 
 
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We are thrilled to support Audius. Onwards and upwards!
 

🖥️ ETH Staking Webinar

On Thursday, December 17, 2020 at 12 pm EST, Jonathan Marcus, Staked Co-founder & COO, will be hosting an ETH staking webinar. Jonathan will be doing a deep dive on ETH staking, covering everything a network participant needs to know.
 
Topics that will be covered during the webinar:
  • How to stake ETH with Staked
  • The role a node plays in securing the Ethereum network
  • The returns available from ETH staking
  • ETH 2.0 timeline and important dates

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Sign up today!

📊 Current Staking Yields

Staked currently supports 30+ different proof of stake crypto assets including Ethereum, Cosmos, Polkadot, Algorand, Tezos, Dash, Orbs, Horizen, Livepeer, Factom, Terra, Kava, Cardano, v.systems, Secret Network, Edgeware, and Celo.

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Learn more:

👉 Get in touch with a Staked representative about getting started!


📊 Robo-Advisor for Yield (RAY)

Currently live on the Ethereum mainnet, the Robo-Advisor for Yield (RAY) is the easiest way to earn the highest yield on your ETH, DAI, USDC, and BUSD holdings.

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Learn more:

👉 Find time to speak with someone from the Staked team here.


📜 Developer Docs

Interested integrating the Robo-Advisor for Yield (RAY) and/or staking-as-a-service into your business today? 

Integrating RAY is as simple as dropping in a few lines of code. Furthermore, partners looking to offer staking-as-a-service are able to integrate with our staking infrastructure directly through our API services.

Learn more:

👉 Staked Developer Documentation

👉 Reply to this email to speak with the Staked team about getting started today!

👉 Find time to speak with someone from the Staked team here.


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About Staked

Staked helps institutional investors reliably and securely compound their crypto by 5% — 100% annually through staking and lending. Staked runs validation nodes for proof-of-stake currencies and offers access to on- and off-chain lending options that provide an annualized yield of in-kind currency. Staked’s investors include Pantera Capital, Digital Currency Group, ParaFi Capital, Coinbase Ventures, Winklevoss Capital, Fabric Ventures, Global Brain, and other leading crypto investors.

Website   Twitter   Telegram   LinkedIn   Blog

ETH2 Phase 0 is live! ✅

Posted by Staked on Dec 4, 2020 3:57:00 PM

Seeking Yield by Staked - Issue 89: ⛓️ Tracking ETH2, 📰 Staked Media Mentions, 🖥️ Livepeer Explorer Update, 🌉 Secret Network Ethereum Bridge, 📊 Current Staking and Lending Yields, & More

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This is the eighty-ninth issue of Seeking Yield by Staked, a weekly update about the most interesting things happening in crypto asset staking and lending.

⛓️ Tracking Eth2

The purpose of this section is to track the progress of Eth2 development.

ETH2 phase 0 went live earlier this week on December 1, 2020 at 12:00 UTC - a massive milestone for the entire Ethereum community. Some stats:

    • ETH deposited to deposit contract: 1,056,578
    • Current staking yield: 18.1%
    • Active validators: 30,706
    • Unique Eth1 addresses: 3,303

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If you hold ETH and would like to learn more about staking, please reply directly to this email or submit your information below. 

Learn more:

👉 Deposit to the deposit contract today to secure your spot

👉 Schedule time to speak with a Staked representative

👉 Frequently Asked Questions

👉 API documentation for launching lots of validators

👉 Sample code implementing the API


📰 Staked Media Mentions 

Ether Capital Corporation Announces Initial Commitment to Staking on Ethereum 2.0

Publicly-Traded Ether Capital Begins Staking on an Ethereum 2.0 Node

Ether Capital Corporation (“Ether Capital” or the “Company”) (NEO:ETHC) announces that it has begun participating in staking on the newly launched Ethereum 2.0 network and has committed to running a validator node on the network.

Ether Capital’s validator has been running since Ethereum 2.0’s genesis block which was confirmed at approximately 7:00am ET on December 1, 2020.

Brian Mosoff, Ether Capital’s CEO, said: “The launch of Ethereum 2.0 is an exciting and historic milestone in the digital asset space and we are thrilled to be part of it by running a validator. The transition to staking has been part of Ether Capital’s roadmap since inception and means that Ether holders are now able to generate an Ether-denominated return, or yield, by participating in network validation.”

Ether Capital has entered into an agreement with Staked, an industry leading blockchain services provider, to run its Ethereum 2.0 validator.

Tim Ogilvie, Staked’s CEO, said: “We are excited to be working with the team at Ether Capital on running its validator. Staked has built a reputation for ease and reliability for proof of stake services and we are grateful for the trust that Ether Capital has put in us.”

 

“This rally is largely driven by institutional buy-in,” said Tim Ogilvie, CEO of Staked, which provides institutions with infrastructure services for crypto assets. He pointed to hedge fund managers like Paul Tudor Jones and Stanley Druckenmiller including bitcoin in their broad investment strategies.


🖥️ Livepeer Explorer Update

The Livepeer explorer now includes a performance leaderboard for node operators. This update will provide greater visibility into validator performance.
 
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🌉 Secret Network Ethereum Bridge

Launching December 14th, the Secret Ethereum Bridge is a new DeFi primitive that brings the power of programmable privacy to ETH and ERC-20s at low cost.

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The bridge allows users to create synthetic (wrapped) ETH and ERC-20 tokens on Secret Network that can be used with full privacy, at lower cost. This is not only a huge improvement for privacy-conscious users of Ethereum and DeFi applications; it’s a critical step along our path to building a more secure, more accessible, and more usable global open financial ecosystem.

We are excited to be a bridge operator and look forward to continuing to support the Secret Network.


📊 Current Staking Yields

Staked currently supports 30+ different proof of stake crypto assets including Ethereum, Cosmos, Polkadot, Algorand, Tezos, Dash, Orbs, Horizen, Livepeer, Factom, Terra, Kava, Cardano, v.systems, Secret Network, Edgeware, and Celo.

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Learn more:

👉 Get in touch with a Staked representative about getting started!


📊 Robo-Advisor for Yield (RAY)

Currently live on the Ethereum mainnet, the Robo-Advisor for Yield (RAY) is the easiest way to earn the highest yield on your ETH, DAI, USDC, and BUSD holdings.

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Learn more:

👉 Find time to speak with someone from the Staked team here.


📜 Developer Docs

Interested integrating the Robo-Advisor for Yield (RAY) and/or staking-as-a-service into your business today? 

Integrating RAY is as simple as dropping in a few lines of code. Furthermore, partners looking to offer staking-as-a-service are able to integrate with our staking infrastructure directly through our API services.

Learn more:

👉 Staked Developer Documentation

👉 Reply to this email to speak with the Staked team about getting started today!

👉 Find time to speak with someone from the Staked team here.


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About Staked

Staked helps institutional investors reliably and securely compound their crypto by 5% — 100% annually through staking and lending. Staked runs validation nodes for proof-of-stake currencies and offers access to on- and off-chain lending options that provide an annualized yield of in-kind currency. Staked’s investors include Pantera Capital, Digital Currency Group, ParaFi Capital, Coinbase Ventures, Winklevoss Capital, Fabric Ventures, Global Brain, and other leading crypto investors.

Website   Twitter   Telegram   LinkedIn   Blog

143k ETH deposited

Posted by Staked on Nov 20, 2020 5:04:34 PM

Seeking Yield by Staked - Issue 88: ⛓️ Tracking Eth2, 🤝 Blockstack Stacking Support, 🎉 Oasis Mainnet Launch, 📊 Current Staking and Lending Yields, & More

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This is the eighty-eighth issue of Seeking Yield by Staked, a weekly update about the most interesting things happening in crypto asset staking and lending.

⛓️ Tracking Eth2

The purpose of this section is to track the progress of Eth2 development.

The  Eth2 deposit contract is now live. Some stats:

  • ETH deposited: 142,912
  • Time until minimum genesis time: ~10 days 15 hours
  • Unique Eth1 addresses: 628

Network Status

Beacon chain deposits

If you hold ETH and would like to learn more about staking, please reply directly to this email or submit your information below. 

Learn more:

👉 Deposit to the deposit contract today to secure your spot

👉 Schedule time to speak with a Staked representative

👉 Frequently Asked Questions

👉 API documentation for launching lots of validators

👉 Sample code implementing the API

👉 ETH staking webinar recording


🤝 Blockstack Stacking Support

 
 

Blockstack PBC and Staked have partners up to enable STX holders to earn BTC for stacking STX, a first-of-its-kind innovation. This partnership expands the scope of where STX holders can safely and easily earn BTC.

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We are excited to support Blockstack and look forward to mainnet launch!

Learn more:

👉 Blockstack partners with Staked enabling STX holders to earn bitcoin

👉 Staked + Stacks: Staked To Support BTC Earnings via Stacking on Stacks 2.0


🎉 Oasis Mainnet Launch

The Oasis mainnet went live earlier this week. ROSE delegation and rewards are now live - a major milestone.
 
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Onwards and upwards!

📊 Current Staking Yields

Staked currently supports 30+ different proof of stake crypto assets including Cosmos, Polkadot, Algorand, Tezos, Dash, Decred, Orbs, Horizen, Livepeer, Factom, Iris, Terra, Kava, Cardano, v.systems, Secret Network, Edgeware, and Celo.

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Learn more:

👉 Get in touch with a Staked representative about getting started!


📊 Robo-Advisor for Yield (RAY)

Currently live on the Ethereum mainnet, the Robo-Advisor for Yield (RAY) is the easiest way to earn the highest yield on your ETH, DAI, USDC, and BUSD holdings.

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Learn more:

👉 Find time to speak with someone from the Staked team here.


📜 Developer Docs

Interested integrating the Robo-Advisor for Yield (RAY) and/or staking-as-a-service into your business today? 

Integrating RAY is as simple as dropping in a few lines of code. Furthermore, partners looking to offer staking-as-a-service are able to integrate with our staking infrastructure directly through our API services.

Learn more:

👉 Staked Developer Documentation

👉 Reply to this email to speak with the Staked team about getting started today!

👉 Find time to speak with someone from the Staked team here.


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About Staked

Staked helps institutional investors reliably and securely compound their crypto by 5% — 100% annually through staking and lending. Staked runs validation nodes for proof-of-stake currencies and offers access to on- and off-chain lending options that provide an annualized yield of in-kind currency. Staked’s investors include Pantera Capital, Digital Currency Group, ParaFi Capital, Coinbase Ventures, Winklevoss Capital, Fabric Ventures, Global Brain, and other leading crypto investors.

Website   Twitter   Telegram   LinkedIn   Blog

62k ETH deposited

Posted by Staked on Nov 13, 2020 3:56:54 PM

Seeking Yield by Staked - Issue 87: ⛓️ Tracking Eth2, 📰 Staked Media Mentions, 🖥️ ETH Staking Webinar, 📊 Current Staking and Lending Yields, & More

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This is the eighty-seventh issue of Seeking Yield by Staked, a weekly update about the most interesting things happening in crypto asset staking and lending.

⛓️ Tracking Eth2

The purpose of this section is to track the progress of Eth2 development.

The  Eth2 deposit contract is now live. Some stats:

    • ETH deposited: 62,016
    • Time until minimum genesis time: ~17 days 15 hours
    • Unique Eth1 addresses: 332

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If you hold ETH and would like to learn more about staking, please reply directly to this email or submit your information below. 

Learn more:

👉 Deposit to the deposit contract today to secure your spot

👉 Schedule time to speak with a Staked representative

👉 Frequently Asked Questions

👉 API documentation for launching lots of validators

👉 Sample code implementing the API


📰 Staked Media Mentions 

CoinDesk: To Stake or No? That’s the Eth 2.0 Question
 

Stakers need to weigh the complexity of running nodes on a major chain with the risk of being slashed for failing to stay up persistently or for other issues such as double-signing. Ethereum 2.0 staking requires the commitment and hassle of maintaining a node for years. Those inclined to support network security and earn steady yield may still shy away from the obligations of regularly tending to their servers.

That’s where staking-as-a-service providers come in – and again people have choices to make. As with many areas of cryptocurrency, a core decision is whether to give up your asset to a provider, or to choose a non-custodial service instead. At my company, Staked, we believe investors should have help in earning yield without having to give up custody of their assets.

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Decrypt: Ethereum 2.0 Is Set to Launch, But It Won’t Be Ready to Use

Ogilvie said that the most aggressive estimates for Phase 1 is six months and two years for Phase 2. “The more conservative estimates are significantly longer than that. So you're talking years before you have a full transition from ETH 1.0 to ETH 2.0.”

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⚖️ The Graph Network Governance

On Thursday, November 19, 2020 at 12 pm EST, Jonathan Marcus, Staked Co-founder & COO, will be hosting an ETH staking webinar. Jonathan will be doing a deep dive on ETH staking, covering everything a network participant needs to know.
 
Topics that will be covered during the webinar:
  • How to stake ETH with Staked
  • The role a node plays in securing the Ethereum network
  • The returns available from ETH staking
  • ETH 2.0 timeline and important dates
 
Eth2
 
Sign up!

📊 Current Staking Yields

Staked currently supports 30+ different proof of stake crypto assets including Cosmos, Polkadot, Algorand, Tezos, Dash, Decred, Orbs, Horizen, Livepeer, Factom, Iris, Terra, Kava, Cardano, v.systems, Secret Network, Edgeware, and Celo.

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Learn more:

👉 Get in touch with a Staked representative about getting started!


📊 Robo-Advisor for Yield (RAY)

Currently live on the Ethereum mainnet, the Robo-Advisor for Yield (RAY) is the easiest way to earn the highest yield on your ETH, DAI, USDC, and BUSD holdings.

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Learn more:

👉 Find time to speak with someone from the Staked team here.


📜 Developer Docs

Interested integrating the Robo-Advisor for Yield (RAY) and/or staking-as-a-service into your business today? 

Integrating RAY is as simple as dropping in a few lines of code. Furthermore, partners looking to offer staking-as-a-service are able to integrate with our staking infrastructure directly through our API services.

Learn more:

👉 Staked Developer Documentation

👉 Reply to this email to speak with the Staked team about getting started today!

👉 Find time to speak with someone from the Staked team here.


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About Staked

Staked helps institutional investors reliably and securely compound their crypto by 5% — 100% annually through staking and lending. Staked runs validation nodes for proof-of-stake currencies and offers access to on- and off-chain lending options that provide an annualized yield of in-kind currency. Staked’s investors include Pantera Capital, Digital Currency Group, ParaFi Capital, Coinbase Ventures, Winklevoss Capital, Fabric Ventures, Global Brain, and other leading crypto investors.

Website   Twitter   Telegram   LinkedIn   Blog

Eth2 Deposit Contract

Posted by Staked on Nov 6, 2020 5:06:15 PM

Seeking Yield by Staked - Issue 86: ⛓️ Tracking Eth2, 📈 Elrond Mainnet Milestones, ⚖️ The Graph Network Governance, 📊 Current Staking and Lending Yields, & More

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This is the eighty-sixth issue of Seeking Yield by Staked, a weekly update about the most interesting things happening in crypto asset staking and lending.

⛓️ Tracking Eth2

The purpose of this section is to track the progress of ETH 2.0 development.

  • The highly anticipated Eth2 deposit contract is now live! The Eth2 phase 0 genesis time has been set for December 1st, 2020 at 12pm UTC. 
  • Danny Ryan of the Ethereum Foundation published an Eth2 update.

Our Eth2 offering will be available on the Staked website early next week. If you hold ETH and would like to learn more about staking, please reply directly to this email or submit your information below. 

Learn more:

👉 Contact a Staked representative about staking ETH

👉 Frequently Asked Questions

👉 API documentation for launching lots of validators

👉 Sample code implementing the API


📈 Elrond Mainnet Milestones

The Elrond network has seen tremendous growth over the last few months.
 
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Some impressive milestones since genesis: 

  • The Elrond mainnet is only 100 days old and has already surpassed 1 million transactions from 40,000 accounts!
  • There are now more than 2,000 validators supporting the Elrond network (10 are operated by Staked!).
  • 50% of the eGold (the native Elrond token) supply is locked for staking with yields between 10% to 36% APR.
  • Launched the Elrond IDE, making it easier than ever to deploy DeFi and Web3 apps to the Elrond blockchain.

We are thrilled to support Elrond and look forward to continued success. Stay tuned for Elrond staking opportunities for Staked customers!

Learn more:


⚖️ The Graph Network Governance

The Graph core team recently published an excellent blog post describing The Graph's governance. Per the post, The Graph’s decentralized network will be governed by The Graph Council at launch. 
 
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This council will be a 6-of-10 multisig that balances the interests of five core stakeholder groups: Indexers, active token holders, the initial team, users and technical domain experts.
 
Onwards and upwards!

Learn more:

👉 Get in touch with a Staked representative about The Graph Network staking


📊 Current Staking Yields

Staked currently supports 30+ different proof of stake crypto assets including Cosmos, Polkadot, Algorand, Tezos, Dash, Decred, Orbs, Horizen, Livepeer, Factom, Iris, Terra, Kava, Cardano, v.systems, Secret Network, Edgeware, and Celo.

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Learn more:

👉 Get in touch with a Staked representative about getting started!


📊 Robo-Advisor for Yield (RAY)

Currently live on the Ethereum mainnet, the Robo-Advisor for Yield (RAY) is the easiest way to earn the highest yield on your ETH, DAI, USDC, and BUSD holdings.

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Learn more:

👉 Find time to speak with someone from the Staked team here.


📜 Developer Docs

Interested integrating the Robo-Advisor for Yield (RAY) and/or staking-as-a-service into your business today? 

Integrating RAY is as simple as dropping in a few lines of code. Furthermore, partners looking to offer staking-as-a-service are able to integrate with our staking infrastructure directly through our API services.

Learn more:

👉 Staked Developer Documentation

👉 Reply to this email to speak with the Staked team about getting started today!

👉 Find time to speak with someone from the Staked team here.


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About Staked

Staked helps institutional investors reliably and securely compound their crypto by 5% — 100% annually through staking and lending. Staked runs validation nodes for proof-of-stake currencies and offers access to on- and off-chain lending options that provide an annualized yield of in-kind currency. Staked’s investors include Pantera Capital, Digital Currency Group, ParaFi Capital, Coinbase Ventures, Winklevoss Capital, Fabric Ventures, Global Brain, and other leading crypto investors.

Website   Twitter   Telegram   LinkedIn   Blog

ETH2 deposit contract is imminent

Posted by Staked on Oct 30, 2020 5:06:32 PM

Seeking Yield by Staked - Issue 85: ⛓️ Tracking ETH 2.0, 🤝 Audius Builds on Solana, 🎉 1,000 tBTC, 📊 Current Staking and Lending Yields, & More

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This is the eighty-fifth issue of Seeking Yield by Staked, a weekly update about the most interesting things happening in crypto asset staking and lending.

⛓️ Tracking ETH 2.0

The purpose of this section is to track the progress of ETH 2.0 development.

  • According to the timeline provided by Danny Ryan of the Ethereum Foundation last week (10/23), the ETH2 deposit contract is expected to go live in approximately one week.

If you hold ETH and would like to learn more about staking, please submit your information below. 

Learn more:

👉 Contact a Staked representative about staking ETH

👉 Our user-facing experience

👉 API documentation for launching lots of validators

👉 Sample code implementing the API


🤝 Audius Builds on Solana

Audius has selected Solana to help scale the network. Over the course of the next year, Audius plans to migrate the Audius content management system (CMS) to the Solana blockchain.
 
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We are excited to see what Audius and Solana build together!

Learn more:


🎉 1,000 tBTC

Earlier this week, the number of tBTC on the Ethereum mainnet surpassed 1,000 -  a massive milestone for tBTC and the Keep Network. 
 
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Onwards and upwards!

Learn more:

👉 Get in touch with a Staked representative about Keep Network staking


📊 Current Staking Yields

Staked currently supports 30+ different proof of stake crypto assets including Cosmos, Polkadot, Algorand, Tezos, Dash, Decred, Orbs, Horizen, Livepeer, Factom, Iris, Terra, Kava, Cardano, v.systems, Secret Network, Edgeware, and Celo.

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Learn more:

👉 Get in touch with a Staked representative about getting started!


📊 Robo-Advisor for Yield (RAY)

Currently live on the Ethereum mainnet, the Robo-Advisor for Yield (RAY) is the easiest way to earn the highest yield on your ETH, DAI, USDC, and BUSD holdings.

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Learn more:

👉 Find time to speak with someone from the Staked team here.


📜 Developer Docs

Interested integrating the Robo-Advisor for Yield (RAY) and/or staking-as-a-service into your business today? 

Integrating RAY is as simple as dropping in a few lines of code. Furthermore, partners looking to offer staking-as-a-service are able to integrate with our staking infrastructure directly through our API services.

Learn more:

👉 Staked Developer Documentation

👉 Reply to this email to speak with the Staked team about getting started today!

👉 Find time to speak with someone from the Staked team here.


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About Staked

Staked helps institutional investors reliably and securely compound their crypto by 5% — 100% annually through staking and lending. Staked runs validation nodes for proof-of-stake currencies and offers access to on- and off-chain lending options that provide an annualized yield of in-kind currency. Staked’s investors include Pantera Capital, Digital Currency Group, ParaFi Capital, Coinbase Ventures, Winklevoss Capital, Fabric Ventures, Global Brain, and other leading crypto investors.

Website   Twitter   Telegram   LinkedIn   Blog

Two Weeks...

Posted by Staked on Oct 23, 2020 4:29:24 PM

Seeking Yield by Staked - Issue 84: ⛓️ Tracking ETH 2.0, ✅ NEAR Staking Rewards, 💲 USDC on Solana, 📊 Current Staking and Lending Yields, & More

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This is the eighty-fourth issue of Seeking Yield by Staked, a weekly update about the most interesting things happening in crypto asset staking and lending.

⛓️ Tracking ETH 2.0

The purpose of this section is to track the progress of ETH 2.0 development.

  • According to Danny Ryan of the Ethereum Foundation, the ETH2 deposit contract is set to go live in approximately two weeks. 

If you hold ETH and would like to learn more about staking, please submit your information below. 

Learn more:

👉 Contact a Staked representative about staking ETH

👉 Our user-facing experience

👉 API documentation for launching lots of validators

👉 Sample code implementing the API


✅ NEAR Staking Rewarss

Just one week after the NEAR community voted to enter Phase 2, NEAR Validators completed a major milestone: the upgrade to enable inflationary rewards. Now all NEAR token holders have the opportunity to earn staking rewards from the network.
 
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Onwards and upwards!

Learn more:

👉 Follow the NEAR staking instructions to delegate today!


💲 USDC on Solana

Earlier this week, Solana blockchain become an official chain supporting USDC, continuing the expansion of USDC as an open standard and protocol for fiat digital currency on blockchains. 
 
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Please enter your information in the registration form below to register for the webinar.
 
USDC for Solana will open up exciting new possibilities with a new architecture that will enable applications that require much higher throughput and speed.
 

Learn more:

👉 Centre Consortium Announces Solana as Official Chain for USDC 


📊 Current Staking Yields

Staked currently supports 30+ different proof of stake crypto assets including Cosmos, Polkadot, Algorand, Tezos, Dash, Decred, Orbs, Horizen, Livepeer, Factom, Iris, Terra, Kava, Cardano, v.systems, Secret Network, Edgeware, and Celo.

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Learn more:

👉 Get in touch with a Staked representative about getting started!


📊 Robo-Advisor for Yield (RAY)

Currently live on the Ethereum mainnet, the Robo-Advisor for Yield (RAY) is the easiest way to earn the highest yield on your ETH, DAI, USDC, and BUSD holdings.

RAY-2

Learn more:

👉 Find time to speak with someone from the Staked team here.


📜 Developer Docs

Interested integrating the Robo-Advisor for Yield (RAY) and/or staking-as-a-service into your business today? 

Integrating RAY is as simple as dropping in a few lines of code. Furthermore, partners looking to offer staking-as-a-service are able to integrate with our staking infrastructure directly through our API services.

Learn more:

👉 Staked Developer Documentation

👉 Reply to this email to speak with the Staked team about getting started today!

👉 Find time to speak with someone from the Staked team here.


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About Staked

Staked helps institutional investors reliably and securely compound their crypto by 5% — 100% annually through staking and lending. Staked runs validation nodes for proof-of-stake currencies and offers access to on- and off-chain lending options that provide an annualized yield of in-kind currency. Staked’s investors include Pantera Capital, Digital Currency Group, ParaFi Capital, Coinbase Ventures, Winklevoss Capital, Fabric Ventures, Global Brain, and other leading crypto investors.

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NEAR is here ✅

Posted by Staked on Oct 16, 2020 5:18:06 PM

Seeking Yield by Staked - Issue 83: ⛓️ Tracking ETH 2.0, ✅ NEAR Mainnet Phase II, 🖥️ Earning with BTC and ETH Webinar, 📊 Current Staking and Lending Yields, & More

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This is the eighty-third issue of Seeking Yield by Staked, a weekly update about the most interesting things happening in crypto asset staking and lending.


⛓️ Tracking ETH 2.0

The purpose of this section is to track the progress of ETH 2.0 development.

  • There were more than 150k ETH deposited to Zinken by 4,800 validators.
  • The phase 0 mainnet deposit contract will be released during the next couple of weeks. The deposit contract will be open for ~3-4 weeks, followed by the mainnet chain genesis sometime around November.

If you hold ETH and would like to learn more about staking, please submit your information below. 

Learn more:

👉 Contact a Staked representative about staking ETH

👉 Our user-facing experience

👉 API documentation for launching lots of validators

👉 Sample code implementing the API


✅ NEAR Mainnet Phase II

Earlier this week, NEAR Protocol validators and token holders voted to advance the network into its final stage of MainNet. The shift to Phase II means three important things for the network: 1) permissionlessness 2) voting 3) decentralization
 
NEAR

We are thrilled to support NEAR at Staked!

Learn more:

👉 Follow the NEAR staking instructions to delegate today!

👉 The NEAR MainNet is now Unrestricted and Decentralized


🖥️ Earning with BTC and ETH Webinar

On Wednesday, October 21, 2020 at 12 pm EST, Jonathan Marcus, Staked Co-founder & COO, will be hosting an Earning with BTC and ETH Webinar. Jonathan will be doing a deep dive on several different ways to earn a yield on ETH and BTC.
 
Please enter your information in the registration form below to register for the webinar.

Learn more:

👉 Earning with BTC and ETH Webinar


📊 Current Staking Yields

Staked currently supports 30+ different proof of stake crypto assets including Cosmos, Polkadot, Algorand, Tezos, Dash, Decred, Orbs, Horizen, Livepeer, Factom, Iris, Terra, Kava, Cardano, v.systems, Secret Network, Edgeware, and Celo.

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Learn more:

👉 Get in touch with a Staked representative about getting started!


📊 Robo-Advisor for Yield (RAY)

Currently live on the Ethereum mainnet, the Robo-Advisor for Yield (RAY) is the easiest way to earn the highest yield on your ETH, DAI, USDC, and BUSD holdings.

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Learn more:

👉 Find time to speak with someone from the Staked team here.


📜 Developer Docs

Interested integrating the Robo-Advisor for Yield (RAY) and/or staking-as-a-service into your business today? 

Integrating RAY is as simple as dropping in a few lines of code. Furthermore, partners looking to offer staking-as-a-service are able to integrate with our staking infrastructure directly through our API services.

Learn more:

👉 Staked Developer Documentation

👉 Reply to this email to speak with the Staked team about getting started today!

👉 Find time to speak with someone from the Staked team here.


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About Staked

Staked helps institutional investors reliably and securely compound their crypto by 5% — 100% annually through staking and lending. Staked runs validation nodes for proof-of-stake currencies and offers access to on- and off-chain lending options that provide an annualized yield of in-kind currency. Staked’s investors include Pantera Capital, Digital Currency Group, ParaFi Capital, Coinbase Ventures, Winklevoss Capital, Fabric Ventures, Global Brain, and other leading crypto investors.

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Staked August 2020 Update

Posted by Staked on Sep 4, 2020 11:44:13 AM

August 2020 recap — Stay updated with Staked monthly updates!

Frame 8.6 (2)

This update covers our progress at Staked during August.

This past month...

Chain Updates

To get in touch with the Staked team about getting started, please reach out to sales@staked.us.

📊 Current Yields

Yields
 

📊 Robo-Advisor for Yield (RAY) Snapshot

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If any of the above interests you or you would like to learn more, please find time to speak here or reach out to the team at sales@staked.us.

We look forward to continuing to provide our customers with best-in-class staking and lending infrastructure.



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About Staked

Staked helps institutional investors reliably and securely compound their crypto by 5% — 100% annually through staking and lending. Staked runs validation nodes for proof-of-stake currencies and offers access to on- and off-chain lending options that provide an annualized yield of in-kind currency. Staked’s investors include Pantera Capital, Digital Currency Group, Coinbase Ventures, Winklevoss Capital, ParaFi Capital, Fabric Ventures, Global Brain, and other leading crypto investors.

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Synthetix Rewards - Week Ending September 2, 2020

Posted by Staked on Sep 1, 2020 1:26:44 PM

Due to record high gas prices on the Ethereum network, Staked will not be claiming Synthetix rewards for this week’s claim period. Gas prices have been 200+ gwei for the past week, and ~ 450 for the past 24 - 48 hours. Since the gas costs for the claims transactions are greater than the value of the rewards, it’s not economically rational to execute the claims transactions. Delegates can claim their own rewards until Wednesday September 2nd, 2020 at 4:30 AM EST via https://mintr.synthetix.io/. We sincerely apologize for the inconvenience.


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Staked helps institutional investors reliably and securely compound their crypto by 5% — 100% annually through staking and lending. Staked runs validation nodes for proof-of-stake currencies and offers access to on- and off-chain lending options that provide an annualized yield of in-kind currency. Staked’s investors include Pantera Capital, Digital Currency Group, Coinbase Ventures, Winklevoss Capital, ParaFi Capital, Fabric Ventures, Global Brain, and other leading crypto investors.

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Staked Launches Kyber Rewards Claiming and Reporting

Posted by Staked on Aug 28, 2020 3:53:47 PM
 
Staked announced today the release of Kyber rewards claiming and reporting for KNC delegates of Staked’s Kyber stakepool. KNC stakers currently earn 65.3% of the fees generated from trading on the Kyber Network, or approximately 350 ETH per 2 week epoch period, in exchange for voting on governance proposals.

Staked Kyber

To set up Kyber rewards claiming and reporting, create a Staked account here. Next, click on Kyber from the token grid on the Setup Reporting page, and add the ETH public address used to delegate voting power to the Staked stakepool in the address input field. After clicking on the Add button, you will be redirected to Staked’s Reporting Summary.

If you already have a Staked account and are logged in, hover over the person icon in the upper right hand navigation, click on Holdings from the drop-down, and then add the ETH public address used to delegate to Kyber in the token grid. 

To claim your rewards for Epoch 1, 2 and 3, click on the Claim button for the corresponding epoch. When claiming rewards, make sure you are connected to the ETH address used for delegation to Staked, or the claim rewards transaction will fail. Rewards for epochs 1 - 3 will each need to be claimed separately.

Equally as importantly, we recently deployed an upgraded stakepool that enables delegates to claim rewards for all outstanding epochs in a single rewards claim transaction to save on gas costs.

To delegate to the upgraded stakepool, visit http://kyber.org, click on My Stake in the upper right hand navigation, and enter the following ETH address in the Delegate’s ETH Address field and click on the Delegate button:

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Please make sure to update your delegation to the new stakepool before Epoch 4 ends on September 7th, 2020. Staked will stop voting and claiming on the old stakepool on this date.

** For details on how redelegation will impact your rewards (for the epoch in which you redelegate), please refer to the Kyber team’s walk through examples on voting power. In summary, you will not be eligible to earn rewards for the one epoch in which you redelegate. You will earn rewards by voting for the following epoch (n +1), and will be able to claim rewards for that epoch and all epochs going forward.        


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About Staked

Staked helps institutional investors reliably and securely compound their crypto by 5% — 100% annually through staking and lending. Staked runs validation nodes for proof-of-stake currencies and offers access to on- and off-chain lending options that provide an annualized yield of in-kind currency. Staked’s investors include Pantera Capital, Digital Currency Group, Coinbase Ventures, Winklevoss Capital, ParaFi Capital, Fabric Ventures, Global Brain, and other leading crypto investors.

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Staked Launches Kyber Rewards Claiming and Reporting

Posted by Staked on Aug 28, 2020 3:52:13 PM
 
KyberStaked announced today the release of Kyber rewards claiming and reporting for KNC delegates of Staked’s Kyber stakepool. KNC stakers currently earn 65.3% of the fees generated from trading on the Kyber Network, or approximately 350 ETH per 2 week epoch period, in exchange for voting on governance proposals.

Staked Kyber

To set up Kyber rewards claiming and reporting, create a Staked account here. Next, click on Kyber from the token grid on the Setup Reporting page, and add the ETH public address used to delegate voting power to the Staked stakepool in the address input field. After clicking on the Add button, you will be redirected to Staked’s Reporting Summary.

If you already have a Staked account and are logged in, hover over the person icon in the upper right hand navigation, click on Holdings from the drop-down, and then add the ETH public address used to delegate to Kyber in the token grid. 

To claim your rewards for Epoch 1, 2 and 3, click on the Claim button for the corresponding epoch. When claiming rewards, make sure you are connected to the ETH address used for delegation to Staked, or the claim rewards transaction will fail. Rewards for epochs 1 - 3 will each need to be claimed separately.

Equally as importantly, we recently deployed an upgraded stakepool that enables delegates to claim rewards for all outstanding epochs in a single rewards claim transaction to save on gas costs.

To delegate to the upgraded stakepool, visit http://kyber.org, click on My Stake in the upper right hand navigation, and enter the following ETH address in the Delegate’s ETH Address field and click on the Delegate button:

0xe2Db444968A9D01F3473c065b8ece86838F0D8e5

Please make sure to update your delegation to the new stakepool before Epoch 4 ends on September 7th, 2020. Staked will stop voting and claiming on the old stakepool on this date.

** For details on how redelegation will impact your rewards (for the epoch in which you redelegate), please refer to the Kyber team’s walk through examples on voting power. In summary, you will not be eligible to earn rewards for the one epoch in which you redelegate. You will earn rewards by voting for the following epoch (n +1), and will be able to claim rewards for that epoch and all epochs going forward.        


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About Staked

Staked helps institutional investors reliably and securely compound their crypto by 5% — 100% annually through staking and lending. Staked runs validation nodes for proof-of-stake currencies and offers access to on- and off-chain lending options that provide an annualized yield of in-kind currency. Staked’s investors include Pantera Capital, Digital Currency Group, Coinbase Ventures, Winklevoss Capital, ParaFi Capital, Fabric Ventures, Global Brain, and other leading crypto investors.

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Joining The Graph Network as a Node Operator

Posted by Staked on Aug 28, 2020 10:40:55 AM
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Staked is excited to announce that we have joined the The Graph Network incentivized testnet as a node operator. Enabling internet applications that are entirely powered by public infrastructure, The Graph has become the backbone of the burgeoning Ethereum and DeFi ecosystem. Today, a number of projects have built out subgraphs including Uniswap, RAY, Aave, Synthetix, ENS, and more.

The Graph Network decentralizes the query and API layer of Web3, removing a tradeoff dApp developers struggle with today: whether to build an application that is performant or to build an app that is truly decentralized.

Staked is currently participating in The Graph Network incentivized testnet, Mission Control. The testnet is designed to help validate economic design, test security, network capacity and indexer performance in the protocol. In Mission Control, indexers operate Graph Nodes and stake GRT to index and serve blockchain data, curators signal on subgraphs and stake GRT to indicate to Indexers which subgraphs are high-quality and should be indexed, and node operators compete as indexers that are rewarded based on contribution.

The Graph

Staked is supported by a highly available and secure backend infrastructure. We use Kubernetes to distribute across five clouds with automated failover, and have never been slashed or had extended downtime in 3 years of operating POS blockchain nodes. Our technical infrastructure has been audited by security and DevOps teams at the leading protocols, exchanges, and custodians. 

Stay updated with GRT staking: https://staking.staked.us/graph-staking 



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Staked helps institutional investors reliably and securely compound their crypto by 5% — 100% annually through staking and lending. Staked runs validation nodes for proof-of-stake currencies and offers access to on- and off-chain lending options that provide an annualized yield of in-kind currency. Staked’s investors include Pantera Capital, Digital Currency Group, Coinbase Ventures, Winklevoss Capital, ParaFi Capital, Fabric Ventures, Global Brain, and other leading crypto investors.

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Staked Joins Chainlink as an Oracle Node Operator

Posted by Staked on Aug 12, 2020 8:22:32 AM
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Staked is excited to announce that we have joined the Chainlink network as an oracle node operator. Staked's Chainlink node is live and actively providing reliable data feeds to over 25 DeFi applications built on Ethereum. We bring over three years of blockchain industry experience and provide secure backend infrastructure to power our Chainlink Node, further decentralizing and improving the security of the Chainlink Network. To view the Staked Chainlink oracle node operator, please visit the following link

Chainlink is a decentralized oracle network that enables smart contracts to securely and reliably access off-chain data providers, web APIs, on-chain randomness, enterprise systems, cloud networks, IoT devices, payment systems, other blockchains, and much more. By doing so, smart contracts can use external data to trigger their on-chain logic, as well as send outputs to traditional systems such as executing a bank payment.

The Chainlink protocol provides high availability and tamper-resistance to the delivery of off-chain data to the smart contract, as well as hardens data sourcing against any single source manipulation. Chainlink is the leading provider of highly secure and reliable oracle infrastructure to large enterprises (Google, Oracle, and SWIFT), leading DeFi dApps (Aave, Synthetix, and Bancor), and numerous layer-1 protocols (Ethereum, Tezos, Polkadot / Substrate).

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Regarding supporting Chainlink, Tim Ogilvie, Staked Co-founder & CEO, said, "Oracles have become critical infrastructure within the smart contract tech stack, allowing smart contracts to interface with real-world data and traditional infrastructure. Chainlink has emerged as the market leader in oracles for the DeFi ecosystem and beyond. Staked is excited to take part in this next evolution of smart contracts by operating as a Chainlink node operator to help further decentralize the network.” 

Staked is supported by a highly available and secure backend infrastructure. We use Kubernetes to distribute across five clouds with automated failover, and have never been slashed or had extended downtime in 3 years of operating POS blockchain nodes. Our technical infrastructure has been audited by security and DevOps teams at the leading protocols, exchanges, and custodians. 



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About Staked

Staked helps institutional investors reliably and securely compound their crypto by 5% — 100% annually through staking and lending. Staked runs validation nodes for proof-of-stake currencies and offers access to on- and off-chain lending options that provide an annualized yield of in-kind currency. Staked’s investors include Pantera Capital, Digital Currency Group, Coinbase Ventures, Winklevoss Capital, ParaFi Capital, Fabric Ventures, Global Brain, and other leading crypto investors.

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About Chainlink

If you’re a developer and want to connect your smart contract to off-chain data and systems, visit the developer documentation and join the technical discussion on Discord. If you want to schedule a call to discuss the integration more in-depth, reach out here.

Chainlink is a general-purpose framework for building and running decentralized oracle networks that give your smart contract access to secure and reliable data inputs and outputs.

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Staked July 2020 Update

Posted by Staked on Aug 7, 2020 11:34:50 AM

July 2020 recap — Stay updated with Staked monthly updates!

July Update

This update covers our progress at Staked during July.

This past month...

Chain Updates

More Updates

  • We recently released an upgrade to RAY, which converted the protocol to the ERC-20 standard and introduced significant gas optimizations. Details on the upgrade

To get in touch with the Staked team about getting started, please reach out to sales@staked.us.

📊 Current Yields

Yields 8 7
 

📊 Robo-Advisor for Yield (RAY) Snapshot

RAY 8 7

If any of the above interests you or you would like to learn more, please find time to speak here or reach out to the team at sales@staked.us.

We look forward to continuing to provide our customers with best-in-class staking and lending infrastructure.



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About Staked

Staked helps institutional investors reliably and securely compound their crypto by 5% — 100% annually through staking and lending. Staked runs validation nodes for proof-of-stake currencies and offers access to on- and off-chain lending options that provide an annualized yield of in-kind currency. Staked’s investors include Pantera Capital, Digital Currency Group, Coinbase Ventures, Winklevoss Capital, ParaFi Capital, Fabric Ventures, Global Brain, and other leading crypto investors.

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Validator Views: Polkadot Update - July 22, 2020

Posted by Staked on Jul 22, 2020 3:59:27 PM

The purpose of Validator Views is to provide updates and information regarding proof of stake chain progress, timelines, and more. 

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Polkadot Update - July 22, 2020
  • The Polkadot network is now permissionless! The network recently completed Phase 3 (enable governance) and Phase 4 (Sudo module removal) of launch.
  • DOT balance transfers will be enabled in the next phase of launch. Following this, core functionality of the protocol, such as parachain auctions and XCMP, will go live in the final phase of the launch.

Download the Polkadot Staking Guide

Please contact a Staked representative to learn more about Polkadot staking!




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About Staked

Staked helps institutional investors reliably and securely compound their crypto by 5% — 100% annually through staking and lending. Staked runs validation nodes for proof-of-stake currencies and offers access to on- and off-chain lending options that provide an annualized yield of in-kind currency. Staked’s investors include Pantera Capital, Digital Currency Group, Coinbase Ventures, Winklevoss Capital, ParaFi Capital, Fabric Ventures, Global Brain, and other leading crypto investors.

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Minimum SNX Delegation for Synthetix Rewards Management Service

Posted by Staked on Jul 22, 2020 2:41:23 PM

Due to the sharp increase in gas prices on the Ethereum network, Staked has implemented a minimum SNX delegation requirement of 2,000 staked SNX for our Synthetix rewards claiming and c-ratio management service effective today, Wednesday July 22nd.

Currently, Synthetix rewards must be claimed once per week. For each delegate, Staked runs 2 - 3 transactions. One to fix the c-ratio if it’s in penalty, one to claim rewards, and one to re-stake SNX rewards. At the current gas prices, each transaction can cost as much as .04 ETH, or $10, making the claim process as much as .12 ETH or $30 per week per delegate. Unfortunately, this makes the process uneconomical for lower value transactions. Paying materially more in gas costs to claim rewards than the rewards are actually worth simply isn’t viable.

As of today, all new delegates must be staking at least 2,000 SNX via Mintr in order to delegate to Staked. Staked will continue to claim rewards and manage the c-ratio for existing delegates with less than 2,000 SNX staked for the next two cycles ending on Wednesday July 29th and August 5th, respectively. The last cycle for which Staked will claim on behalf of existing delegates with less 2,000 SNX staked ends on Wednesday August 5th.

We encourage existing delegates with less than 2,000 SNX to undelegate all permissions (rewards claiming + re-staking) starting on Thursday August 6th to ensure they are ready to claim rewards themselves for the claim period ending on Wednesday August 12th. No action will be taken on accounts with less than 2,000 SNX that don’t undelegate, but no rewards will not be claimed either.

To un-delegate, please visit https://staked.us/v/synthetix, uncheck both permissions (claim rewards and re-stake rewards), click on Save Changes to initiate a MetaMask transaction, and confirm the transaction to broadcast it to the Ethereum network.

Staked is exploring the possibility of developing a pooled system for SNX rewards management that will accommodate holders with less SNX. 

Un-delegation Details

  • Staked will stop claiming rewards for delegates with less than 2,000 staked SNX after the claim period ending on August 5th. Delegates with less than 2,000 staked SNX are encouraged to undelegate all permissions starting on Thursday August 6th.
  • No action will be taken on accounts with less than 2,000 SNX that don’t undelegate, but no rewards will be claimed on their behalf by Staked either. Delegates will need to start claiming rewards via Mintr for the period ending on Wednesday August 12th.

RAY Upgrade: Gas fees down 75% and ERC-20 compatible

Posted by Staked on Jul 9, 2020 4:47:27 PM

RAY recently got an upgrade! We've converted RAY to the ERC-20 standard, had those changes audited by Trail of Bits, and are now rolling it out.

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Use RAY today: https://staked.us/v/robo-advisor-yield

Below please find some Frequently Asked Questions and technical details regarding the upgrade. 

Why was RAY upgraded?

  • To create a better user experience, reduce gas fees, and make RAY more interoperable with other yield generating opportunities in DeFi. 

What should I expect from RAY in the future?

  • AMM integrations, such as Uniswap, Curve, and Bancor 
  • Additional automated capture of liquidity incentives. RAY already captures and accounts for COMP. We'll add any other liquidity incentives as they launch. Learn more about how RAY handles Liquidity Incentives.
  • New lending opportunities, such as USDT.

What do I do if I have existing ERC-721 RAY tokens?

  • Nothing! This upgrade is backwards compatible and your existing ERC-721 RAY tokens will continue to function as intended. If you wish to change them to the new version, you should withdraw your current RAY and mint a new one from the deposit page.
What can I do with the new ERC-20 RAY tokens?
  • Easily transfer your RAY tokens between Ethereum wallets.
  • (Coming Soon) Earn additional yield on ERC-20 RAYs by supplying liquidity to various Automated Market Makers (AMMs)
  • As an added benefit, RAY now uses ~75% less gas for minting and withdrawals.
How do I create a new RAY token?
  • Select “Open a New RAY” from the Minting & Managing page. Choose an asset to supply (ETH, DAI, USDC, and BUSD) and then the corresponding platforms to lend to. Click “Deposit Funds” to mint a new RAY! You can now view your RAY tokens through “Manage Existing RAYs.”  

We are thrilled to continue to make it easy than ever to earn the highest yield available on USDC, DAI, ETH, and other crypto assets across yield-generating DeFi opportunities.



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Staked helps institutional investors reliably and securely compound their crypto by 5% — 100% annually through staking and lending. Staked runs validation nodes for proof-of-stake currencies and offers access to on- and off-chain lending options that provide an annualized yield of in-kind currency. Staked’s investors include Pantera Capital, Digital Currency Group, Coinbase Ventures, Winklevoss Capital, ParaFi Capital, Fabric Ventures, Global Brain, and other leading crypto investors.

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Staked June 2020 Update

Posted by Staked on Jul 9, 2020 12:03:20 PM

June 2020 recap — Stay updated with Staked monthly updates!

June Update

This update covers our progress at Staked during June.

This past month...

Chain Updates

More Updates

To get in touch with the Staked team about getting started, please reach out to sales@staked.us.

📊 Current Yields

Yields 7 9
 

📊 Robo-Advisor for Yield (RAY) Snapshot

RAY 7 9

If any of the above interests you or you would like to learn more, please find time to speak here or reach out to the team at sales@staked.us.

We look forward to continuing to provide our customers with best-in-class staking and lending infrastructure.



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About Staked

Staked helps institutional investors reliably and securely compound their crypto by 5% — 100% annually through staking and lending. Staked runs validation nodes for proof-of-stake currencies and offers access to on- and off-chain lending options that provide an annualized yield of in-kind currency. Staked’s investors include Pantera Capital, Digital Currency Group, Coinbase Ventures, Winklevoss Capital, ParaFi Capital, Fabric Ventures, Global Brain, and other leading crypto investors.

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Validator Views: Kyber Network Update - July 7, 2020

Posted by Staked on Jul 7, 2020 7:38:09 PM

The purpose of Validator Views is to provide updates and information regarding proof of stake chain progress, timelines, and more. 

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Kyber Network Update - July 7, 2020
  • The Kyber Network Katalyst Protocol upgrade and KyberDAO are both now live. With this upgrade, KNC holders can now stake their tokens on the KyberDAO and govern the protocol by voting on important proposals and parameters, while earning rewards (in ETH) for their efforts. KNC holders can delegate the power to vote to Kyber Network stake pools.
  • KNC holders who want to stake their tokens, but don’t have the time to participate regularly in voting in every epoch can delegate their voting power to a 3rd-party ‘pool’ operator to vote on their behalf. Staked operates a non-custodial pool to make this process easy.
  • Currently, 65% of the exchange fees will be allocated to voting rewards, 30% to reserve rebates and 5% to KNC burning. KNC holders will be responsible for voting on the fee allocation parameters going forward.

Please contact a Staked representative to learn more about Kyber Network staking!




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About Staked

Staked helps institutional investors reliably and securely compound their crypto by 5% — 100% annually through staking and lending. Staked runs validation nodes for proof-of-stake currencies and offers access to on- and off-chain lending options that provide an annualized yield of in-kind currency. Staked’s investors include Pantera Capital, Digital Currency Group, Coinbase Ventures, Winklevoss Capital, ParaFi Capital, Fabric Ventures, Global Brain, and other leading crypto investors.

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Validator Views: SKALE Update - July 1, 2020

Posted by Staked on Jul 1, 2020 10:40:52 AM

The purpose of Validator Views is to provide updates and information regarding proof of stake chain progress, timelines, and more. 

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SKALE Update - July 1, 2020
  • Phase one of the SKALE mainnet went live yesterday, June 30, 2020. Phase one is a restricted mainnet that will not have any bounty, transfers, or active issuance.
  • Phase two does not have an official launch date yet. Phase two will launch following the token sale. The network will run in a delegated state with no token liquidity, but issuance and bounty will be live and distributed to token holders that are staking and securing the network. At this point, validators that completed onboarding and successful participation in the testnet will be running the network.
  • The network will open up in entirety to all developers, and validators as soon as it is feasible during Phase 3.  Following the 90 Day Proof of Use Period, the network will turn into an open state where tokens that are unlocked can be transferred and exchanged. Phase three does not have an official date yet.

Please contact a Staked representative to learn more about SKALE staking!




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About Staked

Staked helps institutional investors reliably and securely compound their crypto by 5% — 100% annually through staking and lending. Staked runs validation nodes for proof-of-stake currencies and offers access to on- and off-chain lending options that provide an annualized yield of in-kind currency. Staked’s investors include Pantera Capital, Digital Currency Group, Coinbase Ventures, Winklevoss Capital, ParaFi Capital, Fabric Ventures, Global Brain, and other leading crypto investors.

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RAY Now Incorporates Liquidity Incentives

Posted by Staked on Jun 26, 2020 1:32:50 PM

TLDR: RAY depositors get all the benefits of supplying funds to the underlying protocols, including any liquidity incentives.

Compound recently changed their distribution model, adding “liquidity incentives”. Suppliers to Compound now earn both interest and COMP, Compound’s governance token. COMP has proved highly attractive, making the COMP portion of the yield very meaningful for liquidity suppliers.

We wanted to make it clear how RAY handles these incentives. RAY depositors get all the benefits of supplying funds to the underlying protocols, including any liquidity incentives.

RAY’s allocation models now account for the incremental yield generated by liquidity incentives. RAY adds the current value of the COMP earned by suppliers to its interest rate estimates, allocating to the highest overall yield. RAY will collect and sell that COMP via a DEX, adding it to the yield earned by RAY depositors. Initially this will happen weekly. We will later upgrade RAY contracts to happen more regularly.

Liquidity incentives seem here to stay. Market makers Curve and Balancer recently launched a similar program, and there are rumors that other prominent DeFi protocols will introduce similar programs. RAY will seamlessly determine the overall yield associated with your deposits, ensuring that your funds are always deposited with the highest yielding option.

We’ve made two other big changes: converting RAY tokens to the ERC-20 standard and reducing gas costs significantly. Next up: integrations with your favorite automated market makers, allowing you to earn both lending yield and trading fees simultaneously.

Join the conversation in the RAY Discord Channel!



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About Staked

Staked helps institutional investors reliably and securely compound their crypto by 5% — 100% annually through staking and lending. Staked runs validation nodes for proof-of-stake currencies and offers access to on- and off-chain lending options that provide an annualized yield of in-kind currency. Staked’s investors include Pantera Capital, Digital Currency Group, Coinbase Ventures, Winklevoss Capital, ParaFi Capital, Fabric Ventures, Global Brain, and other leading crypto investors.

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Validator Views: Polkadot Update - June 18, 2020

Posted by Staked on Jun 18, 2020 3:33:00 PM

The purpose of Validator Views is to provide updates and information regarding proof of stake chain progress, timelines, and more. 

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Polkadot Update - June 18, 2020
  • The Polkadot nominated proof of stake (nPoS) network went live earlier today. Staking rewards are now enabled and you can choose validators (choose us!).
  • During this phase, the active validator set will increase from 20 to 100 validator nodes.
  • Transfers are expected to be enabled in early July.

Please contact a Staked representative to learn more about Polkadot staking!




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Staked helps institutional investors reliably and securely compound their crypto by 5% — 100% annually through staking and lending. Staked runs validation nodes for proof-of-stake currencies and offers access to on- and off-chain lending options that provide an annualized yield of in-kind currency. Staked’s investors include Pantera Capital, Digital Currency Group, Coinbase Ventures, Winklevoss Capital, ParaFi Capital, Fabric Ventures, Global Brain, and other leading crypto investors.

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RAY (Robo-Advisor for Yield) Scheduled Maintenance Update

Posted by Staked on Jun 17, 2020 11:40:18 AM

Scheduled Maintenance Update

RAY is getting an upgrade! We've converted RAY to the ERC-20 standard, had those changes audited by Trail of Bits, and are getting ready to roll it out. 

As a result, RAY (Robo-Advisor for Yield) will be undergoing scheduled maintenance on June 18, 2020. Safety of user funds is our priority, so while this upgrade should take 2-3 hours, it could take as long as 12 hours. You can still view your tokens, but minting, depositing, and withdrawing will be paused during this period.

For questions, please reach out in the RAY Discord Channel.



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About Staked

Staked helps institutional investors reliably and securely compound their crypto by 5% — 100% annually through staking and lending. Staked runs validation nodes for proof-of-stake currencies and offers access to on- and off-chain lending options that provide an annualized yield of in-kind currency. Staked’s investors include Pantera Capital, Digital Currency Group, Coinbase Ventures, Winklevoss Capital, ParaFi Capital, Fabric Ventures, Global Brain, and other leading crypto investors.

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Staked May 2020 Update

Posted by Staked on Jun 5, 2020 10:12:51 AM

May 2020 recap — Stay updated with Staked monthly updates!

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This update covers our progress at Staked during May.

This past month...

Chain Updates

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To get in touch with the Staked team about getting started, please reach out to sales@staked.us.

📊 Current Yields

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📊 Robo-Advisor for Yield (RAY) Snapshot

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If any of the above interests you or you would like to learn more, please find time to speak here or reach out to the team at sales@staked.us.

We look forward to continuing to provide our customers with best-in-class staking and lending infrastructure.



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About Staked

Staked helps institutional investors reliably and securely compound their crypto by 5% — 100% annually through staking and lending. Staked runs validation nodes for proof-of-stake currencies and offers access to on- and off-chain lending options that provide an annualized yield of in-kind currency. Staked’s investors include Pantera Capital, Digital Currency Group, Coinbase Ventures, Winklevoss Capital, ParaFi Capital, Fabric Ventures, Global Brain, and other leading crypto investors.

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Synthetix Rewards on Auto Pilot: Never Let Rewards Expire Again

Posted by Staked on May 18, 2020 11:09:22 AM

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SNX stakers earn inflation funded SNX rewards for staking and transaction fees in sUSD from the Synthetix exchange. However, rewards expire if they aren’t claimed manually during the claimable period. And in order to collect rewards, stakers need to maintain a target collateral ratio (c-ratio) by managing their debt balance.

Today, Staked is launching a delegation service that automates the entire process of reward claiming, re-staking and c-ratio management. Using the recently deployed SIP 10 for Upgraded Delegate Powers, the delegation service automatically claims staking rewards, re-stakes to maximize compounding, and issues or burns debt to ensure c-ratios remain above the target.

The entire rewards and c-ratio management process is non-custodial. All rewards are claimed directly to the delegator’s address. sUSD debt can only be issued or burned to maintain the target c-ratio. Additionally, delegation provides SNX stakers with a better security model since they won’t need to connect online anymore to claim rewards or adjust the c-ratio, and SNX funds can remain in cold storage.

To delegate rewards management to Staked, please visit the Synthetix Delegation Dashboard.

Using the Synthetix Delegation Dashboard

1. Visit Staked’s Synthetix Delegation Dashboard and connect a wallet with your SNX hodlings. 

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2. Upon connecting your wallet for the first time, your SNX holdings and sUSD debt will populate within 15 minutes. Select one or both permissions and click delegate. If you are returning to your dashboard, you will be taken directly to step #3.Screenshot 1

3. Congratulations! You should now see your holdings, c-ratio, claimed rewards, debt level, and permissions.

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Please note that SNX holders will still need to use the Synthetix Mintr application for SNX staking, and the Synthetix Exchange for active debt management. To learn more about managing debt in the Synthetix Network, please read the following guide. For Synthetix rewards reporting, SNX stakers need to sign up for a Staked account. 

Have questions? Get in touch with a Staked representative here or visit our landing page for FAQs.


 

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Staked helps institutional investors reliably and securely compound their crypto by 5% — 100% annually through staking and lending. Staked runs validation nodes for proof-of-stake currencies and offers access to on- and off-chain lending options that provide an annualized yield of in-kind currency. Staked’s investors include Pantera Capital, Digital Currency Group, Coinbase Ventures, Winklevoss Capital, ParaFi Capital, Fabric Ventures, Global Brain, and other leading crypto investors.

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RAY (Robo-Advisor for Yield) Now Supported on imToken

Posted by Staked on May 15, 2020 12:49:26 PM

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RAY (Robo-Advisor for Yield) is now supported by imToken, one of the leading crypto asset wallets.

imToken is a feature-rich digital wallet that supports ETH, DAI, USDC, and a number of other digital assets. imToken offers a powerful DApp browser and built in DEX.

This post will provide an overview of how to use RAY from imToken. 

Using RAY with imToken

1. Download the imToken app and open the DApp browser by selecting the "Browser" button at the bottom of the page. 

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2. Search for RAY, Robo-Advisor for Yield, RAY, or https://staked.us/v/robo-advisor-yield/ in the DApp Browser.

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3. You will now be directed to the RAY landing page. Select the Deposit button and follow the RAY UI to get started.

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Have questions? Get in touch with a Staked representative here or visit our landing page for FAQs.


 

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About Staked

Staked helps institutional investors reliably and securely compound their crypto by 5% — 100% annually through staking and lending. Staked runs validation nodes for proof-of-stake currencies and offers access to on- and off-chain lending options that provide an annualized yield of in-kind currency. Staked’s investors include Pantera Capital, Digital Currency Group, Coinbase Ventures, Winklevoss Capital, ParaFi Capital, Fabric Ventures, Global Brain, and other leading crypto investors.

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Staked April 2020 Update

Posted by Staked on May 8, 2020 12:00:04 PM

April  2020 recap — Stay updated with Staked monthly updates!

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This update covers our progress at Staked during April.

This past month...

Amidst everything going on, Staked continues to provide reliable infrastructure to compound crypto through staking and lending. Stay safe everyone!

Chain Updates

To get in touch with the Staked team about getting started, please reach out to sales@staked.us.

📊 Current Yields

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📊 Robo-Advisor for Yield (RAY) Snapshot

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If any of the above interests you or you would like to learn more, please find time to speak here or reach out to the team at sales@staked.us.

We look forward to continuing to provide our customers with best-in-class staking and lending infrastructure.



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About Staked

Staked helps institutional investors reliably and securely compound their crypto by 5% — 100% annually through staking and lending. Staked runs validation nodes for proof-of-stake currencies and offers access to on- and off-chain lending options that provide an annualized yield of in-kind currency. Staked’s investors include Pantera Capital, Digital Currency Group, Coinbase Ventures, Winklevoss Capital, ParaFi Capital, Fabric Ventures, Global Brain, and other leading crypto investors.

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Validator Views: Keep Network Update - April 29, 2020

Posted by Staked on Apr 29, 2020 12:06:35 PM

The purpose of Validator Views is to provide updates and information regarding proof of stake chain progress, timelines, and more. 

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Keep Network Update - April 29, 2020
  • Earlier this week, the KEEP token contract and all custodial and staking contracts were deployed to the Ethereum mainnet.
  • Early next week, Keep Network staking will go live, as the Keep random beacon and token dashboard will both be deployed. Keep Network staking instructions and additional information are available in our Keep Network Staking Guide.
  • On Monday, May 11, tBTC will launch on mainnet using MakerDAO’s ETHBTC feed.
  • Starting on June 8, 2020 and running for 12 months, 2% of the KEEP supply will be distributed to KEEP stakers, and 18% of the KEEP supply will be distributed to tBTC stakers with bonded ETH.  At this time, anyone will be able to become a tBTC signer in the KEEP stakedrop.

Please contact a Staked representative to learn more about staking KEEP!




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About Staked

Staked helps institutional investors reliably and securely compound their crypto by 5% — 100% annually through staking and lending. Staked runs validation nodes for proof-of-stake currencies and offers access to on- and off-chain lending options that provide an annualized yield of in-kind currency. Staked’s investors include Pantera Capital, Digital Currency Group, Coinbase Ventures, Winklevoss Capital, ParaFi Capital, Fabric Ventures, Global Brain, and other leading crypto investors.

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Validator Views: Celo Update - April 28, 2020

Posted by Staked on Apr 28, 2020 11:27:04 AM

The purpose of Validator Views is to provide updates and information regarding proof of stake chain progress, timelines, and more. 

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Celo Update - April 28, 2020

  • The Celo mainnet Release Candidate 1 (RC1) went live on Wednesday, April 22, 2020 at 12pm EST. 
  • Celo Gold holders are now able to lock Celo Gold and vote for the Staked validator group. Instructions and additional information about Celo staking are available in the Staked Celo Staking Guide.

Please contact a Staked representative to learn more about Celo staking!




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About Staked

Staked helps institutional investors reliably and securely compound their crypto by 5% — 100% annually through staking and lending. Staked runs validation nodes for proof-of-stake currencies and offers access to on- and off-chain lending options that provide an annualized yield of in-kind currency. Staked’s investors include Pantera Capital, Digital Currency Group, Coinbase Ventures, Winklevoss Capital, ParaFi Capital, Fabric Ventures, Global Brain, and other leading crypto investors.

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Validator Views: Celo Update - April 21, 2020

Posted by Staked on Apr 21, 2020 3:05:10 PM

The purpose of Validator Views is to provide updates and information regarding proof of stake chain progress, timelines, and more. 

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Celo Update - April 21, 2020

  • The first release candidate network for Mainnet (RC1) will go live tomorrow, April 22, 2020.
  • As mentioned our previous Celo update, if there are no issues identified during the ramp-up process, RC1 will officially graduate into the Celo Mainnet on or around May 13th. If there are bugs that prevent RC1 from graduating into Mainnet, a new build will be created to restart a new release candidate.
  • Following mainnet launch, the Baklava testnet, Alfajores testnet, and Release Candidate 1, will continue to run.

Please contact a Staked representative to learn more about Celo staking!




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About Staked

Staked helps institutional investors reliably and securely compound their crypto by 5% — 100% annually through staking and lending. Staked runs validation nodes for proof-of-stake currencies and offers access to on- and off-chain lending options that provide an annualized yield of in-kind currency. Staked’s investors include Pantera Capital, Digital Currency Group, Coinbase Ventures, Winklevoss Capital, ParaFi Capital, Fabric Ventures, Global Brain, and other leading crypto investors.

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Validator Views: ETH 2.0 Update - April 17, 2020

Posted by Staked on Apr 17, 2020 11:56:46 AM

The purpose of Validator Views is to provide updates and information regarding proof of stake chain progress, timelines, and more. 

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ETH 2.0 Update - April 17, 2020
  • The Prysmatic Labs team has announced the final planned restart for Ethereum 2.0 Phase 0, the Topaz test network. The Topaz testnet will go live later today, April 17, 2020, at 8 pm EST. 
  • The Topaz test network represents the full Ethereum 2.0 Phase 0 mainnet configuration, as validators are required to deposit the full 32 ETH on the Goerli ETH1 testnet to participate. 

Please contact a Staked representative to learn more about staking ETH!




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About Staked

Staked helps institutional investors reliably and securely compound their crypto by 5% — 100% annually through staking and lending. Staked runs validation nodes for proof-of-stake currencies and offers access to on- and off-chain lending options that provide an annualized yield of in-kind currency. Staked’s investors include Pantera Capital, Digital Currency Group, Coinbase Ventures, Winklevoss Capital, ParaFi Capital, Fabric Ventures, Global Brain, and other leading crypto investors.

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Validator Views: Celo Update - April 15, 2020

Posted by Staked on Apr 17, 2020 11:54:35 AM

The purpose of Validator Views is to provide updates and information regarding proof of stake chain progress, timelines, and more. 

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Celo Update - April 15, 2020
  • The Celo Baklava network successfully launched last week. The genesis validators bootstrapped Baklava without any cLabs validators for the first time.
  • The first release candidate network for Mainnet (Release Candidate 1 or RC1) will go live on April 22, 2020.
  • If there are no issues identified during the ramp-up process, RC1 will officially graduate into the Celo Mainnet on or around May 13th. If there are bugs that prevent RC1 from graduating into Mainnet, a new build will be created to restart a new release candidate.

Please contact a Staked representative to learn more about staking Celo!




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About Staked

Staked helps institutional investors reliably and securely compound their crypto by 5% — 100% annually through staking and lending. Staked runs validation nodes for proof-of-stake currencies and offers access to on- and off-chain lending options that provide an annualized yield of in-kind currency. Staked’s investors include Pantera Capital, Digital Currency Group, Coinbase Ventures, Winklevoss Capital, ParaFi Capital, Fabric Ventures, Global Brain, and other leading crypto investors.

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Validator Views: ETH 2.0 Update - April 7, 2020

Posted by Staked on Apr 17, 2020 11:53:42 AM

The purpose of Validator Views is to provide updates and information regarding proof of stake chain progress, timelines, and more. 

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ETH 2.0 Update - April 7, 2020
  • Prysmatic Labs will be re-starting the Sapphire testnet during the week of 04/06/20 to match the latest specification for ETH2, with no further consensus breaking changes.
  • The new version of the testnet, v0.11.1, will serve as the multi-client testnet target.
  • Once this multi-client testnet is stable, Prysmatic, Lighthouse and Teku (fka Artemis from the Pegasys team) will be coordinating a restart of the v0.11.1 testnet from genesis to simulate a mainnet launch.
  • The ETH2 beacon chain mainnet is expected to launch in ~ July 2020, or 2 - 3 months after the multi-client testnet launch in April 2020.

Please contact a Staked representative to learn more about staking ETH!




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About Staked

Staked helps institutional investors reliably and securely compound their crypto by 5% — 100% annually through staking and lending. Staked runs validation nodes for proof-of-stake currencies and offers access to on- and off-chain lending options that provide an annualized yield of in-kind currency. Staked’s investors include Pantera Capital, Digital Currency Group, Coinbase Ventures, Winklevoss Capital, ParaFi Capital, Fabric Ventures, Global Brain, and other leading crypto investors.

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Validator Views: Polkadot Update - April 9, 2020

Posted by Staked on Apr 17, 2020 11:51:42 AM

The purpose of Validator Views is to provide updates and information regarding proof of stake chain progress, timelines, and more. 

Polkadot Update - April 9, 2020
  • As a result of the Coronavirus pandemic, Polkadot is re-evaluating the timing of their public token sale and transferability of the DOT token.
  • However, launch of the Proof of Authority (PoA) blockchain with Nominated Proof-of-Stake (NPos) remains on track for launch in Q2 2020.
  • As of April 6th, development is focused on weight benchmarking (outlined in 01/22 update), technical security and reliability issues.
  • A list of outstanding technical issues remaining for launch is available on Github: https://github.com/paritytech/substrate/issues/4961

Please contact a Staked representative to learn more about staking Polkadot!

 




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About Staked

Staked helps institutional investors reliably and securely compound their crypto by 5% — 100% annually through staking and lending. Staked runs validation nodes for proof-of-stake currencies and offers access to on- and off-chain lending options that provide an annualized yield of in-kind currency. Staked’s investors include Pantera Capital, Digital Currency Group, Coinbase Ventures, Winklevoss Capital, ParaFi Capital, Fabric Ventures, Global Brain, and other leading crypto investors.

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Validator Views: Keep Update - March 31, 2020

Posted by Staked on Apr 17, 2020 11:45:48 AM

The purpose of Validator Views is to provide updates and information regarding proof of stake chain progress, timelines, and more. 

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Keep Update - March 31, 2020
  • Keep is expecting to launch the Keep Network mainnet with staking and trustless Bitcoin (tBTC) in the near future.
  • KEEP tokens will be unlocked on-chain over the same period of time as their Use Restriction (6 months, 12 months or 24 months). The KEEP tokens will be released for withdrawal into the owner’s account linearly, as each block of the Ethereum mainnet is generated.
  • Locked KEEP tokens can still be staked, but only from the wallet address that is associated with the owner. Keep’s standard SAFT terms require owners to stake their tokens.
  • 100,000 KEEP is the minimum required to stake on either the Keep or tBTC networks. The minimum stake will decrease over time according to a schedule the Keep team will be publishing at the time of launch!

Please contact a Staked representative to learn more about staking KEEP!




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About Staked

Staked helps institutional investors reliably and securely compound their crypto by 5% — 100% annually through staking and lending. Staked runs validation nodes for proof-of-stake currencies and offers access to on- and off-chain lending options that provide an annualized yield of in-kind currency. Staked’s investors include Pantera Capital, Digital Currency Group, Coinbase Ventures, Winklevoss Capital, ParaFi Capital, Fabric Ventures, Global Brain, and other leading crypto investors.

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Staked March 2020 Update

Posted by Staked on Apr 8, 2020 12:38:14 PM

March 2020 recap — Stay updated with Staked monthly updates!

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This update covers our progress at Staked during March.

This past month...

Due to COVID-19 concerns, the Staked team has seamlessly transitioned to remote operations. Amidst everything going on, Staked continues to provide reliable infrastructure to compound crypto through staking and lending. Stay safe everyone!

Chain Updates

Additional Updates

  • Were added to DeFi Pulse, the leading source of DeFi analytics and information. Track RAY on DeFi Pulse here.
  • Were featured in the new CoinGecko Earn Section. View here.
  • Began a new series, Validator Views, where the Staked team will be publishing updates and information regarding proof of stake chain progress, timelines, and more. Read the first few updates here.
  • Released the new RAY landing page. Check it out here!

📊 Current Yields

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📊 Robo-Advisor for Yield (RAY) Snapshot

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Visit our website to earn more of your favorite crypto today!

If any of the above interests you or you would like to learn more, please find time to speak here or reach out to the team at cole@staked.us.

We look forward to continuing to provide our customers with best-in-class staking and lending infrastructure.



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About Staked

Staked helps institutional investors reliably and securely compound their crypto by 5% — 100% annually through staking and lending. Staked runs validation nodes for proof-of-stake currencies and offers access to on- and off-chain lending options that provide an annualized yield of in-kind currency. Staked’s investors include Pantera Capital, Digital Currency Group, Coinbase Ventures, Winklevoss Capital, ParaFi Capital, Fabric Ventures, Global Brain, and other leading crypto investors.

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RAY (Robo-Advisor for Yield) Support for Aave

Posted by Staked on Apr 6, 2020 11:27:07 AM

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RAY (Robo-Advisor for Yield) now supports on-chain lending to Aave for ETH, DAI and USDC. 

Launched on mainnet in January 2020, Aave is an open source non-custodial protocol on Ethereum for decentralized lending and borrowing.  

To open a new RAY with Aave as a selected opportunity, visit the RAY UI here and select Aave as an opportunity for consideration.

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Have questions? Find time to speak with an Account Manager here or by sending an email to cole@staked.us.

Thank you for the continued support!


 

About Staked

Staked helps institutional investors reliably and securely compound their crypto by 5% — 100% annually through staking and lending. Staked runs validation nodes for proof-of-stake currencies and offers access to on- and off-chain lending options that provide an annualized yield of in-kind currency. Staked’s investors include Pantera Capital, Digital Currency Group, ParaFi Capital, Coinbase Ventures, Winklevoss Capital, Fabric Ventures, Global Brain, and other leading crypto investors.

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Validator Views: ETH 2.0 Update - March 26, 2020

Posted by Staked on Mar 26, 2020 4:14:19 PM

The purpose of Validator Views is to provide updates and information regarding proof of stake chain progress, timelines, and more. 

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ETH 2.0 Update - March 26, 2020
  • The Least Authority team recently completed an audit of the Ethereum 2.0 specifications.  The audit identified seven issues and made three best practice suggestions. Furthermore, the audit highlighted two areas that would benefit from further review and additional documentation: the Peer-to-peer (P2P) networking layer and the ENR system. Read the full audit report here. It is now time for multi-client testnets and the Phase 0 bug bounty program!
  • The first ETH 2.0 testnet slashing of an external validator recently occurred. The slashing was caused by a GCP instance migration, as two validators were validating behind the same key. View the slashing in the block explorer here.
  • We often perform a variety of negative testing and fuzzing to characterize the operational behavior of new chains. Recently, we *intentionally* slashed one of our ETH 2 validators. To learn more about how Staked protects against double signing, read this blog post from our CEO. 

Please contact a Staked representative to learn more about staking ETH!




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About Staked

Staked helps institutional investors reliably and securely compound their crypto by 5% — 100% annually through staking and lending. Staked runs validation nodes for proof-of-stake currencies and offers access to on- and off-chain lending options that provide an annualized yield of in-kind currency. Staked’s investors include Pantera Capital, Digital Currency Group, Coinbase Ventures, Winklevoss Capital, ParaFi Capital, Fabric Ventures, Global Brain, and other leading crypto investors.

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Staked Monthly Update

Posted by Staked on Mar 6, 2020 2:04:22 PM

February 2020 recap — Stay updated with Staked monthly updates!

Feb 2020

This update covers our progress at Staked during February.

This past month, we:
  • Attended ETHDenver and met tons of great crypto companies and people interested in ETH 2.0, RAY, and more.
  • Launched support for the Edgeware (EDG) Mainnet. Learn more about nominating here.
  • Got up on the Enigma mainnet. Sign up here to learn more about Enigma.
  • Were awarded the Celo Master Validator Badge. Sign up here to learn more about Celo.
  • Published an update regarding bZx support.

📊 Current Yields

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📊 Robo-Advisor for Yield (RAY) Snapshot

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Visit our website to compound your favorite crypto today!

If any of the above interests you or you would like to learn more, please find time to speak here or reach out to the team at cole@staked.us.

We look forward to continuing to provide our customers with best-in-class staking and lending infrastructure.



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About Staked

Staked helps institutional investors reliably and securely compound their crypto by 5% — 100% annually through staking and lending. Staked runs validation nodes for proof-of-stake currencies and offers access to on- and off-chain lending options that provide an annualized yield of in-kind currency. Staked’s investors include Pantera Capital, Digital Currency Group, Coinbase Ventures, Winklevoss Capital, ParaFi Capital, Fabric Ventures, Global Brain, and other leading crypto investors.

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How Does Staked Avoid Slashing Risk?

Posted by Staked on Mar 6, 2020 12:08:17 PM

Staked spends a ton of time and money ensuring that our delegators will never get slashed. Our two-year track record with no slashing events across 18 networks is a good testament, as is our 100% uptime SLA. This blog post goes deeper on the tech that backs up those claims.

What are the Slashing Risks?

We worry about two risks in staking:

  1. Extended downtime
  2. Double-signing blocks

Short-periods of downtime are usually ok but extended downtime can result in (small) slashing penalties. Double-signing a block means producing two blocks at the same block height. This can look like an attack on the network and can be punished heavily. For example, if a validator double-signs in Cosmos, for example, delegators are slashed by 5% of their stake and the validator is permanently removed.

Staked’s Multi-Cloud Environment

Staked runs across multiple cloud environments. We’re currently running across AWS, Google Cloud, IBM Cloud and Digital Ocean. We use a highly available Kubernetes cluster to monitor the health of those environments and deploy containers with node software in response to network conditions.

What happens if an AWS data center goes down? Kubernetes deploys new nodes into a new data center (e.g. Google Cloud) and we’re back up and running. This is the same way we handle nodes that crash, have an underlying hardware issue, etc. We automatically react to most problems without any human intervention.

Preventing Double-Signing Across Environments

But there’s a catch! A network connectivity issue might look like a data center outage. We can’t communicate with the data center, so we re-deploy into another environment and start producing blocks. But the original nodes can’t be shut down. There’s now a risk that zombie nodes can return. If those zombie nodes start producing blocks, it creates a risk of double-signing.

Staked uses Hashicorp’s Consul to eliminate this risk. Using Consul, we create a MutEx lock that ensures only one node can produce blocks at any time. If we detect issues with our running nodes, Consul re-assigns the ability to sign blocks to our new nodes and blocks any zombies.

We take delegator’s trust very seriously and continue to invest in technology that reduces slashing risk on behalf of our partners. If you’re evaluating a staking partner, make sure you understand how they mitigate these risks.

Key security is the other major piece of the puzzle here. We’ll follow-up with a second post on how we handle signing keys.


 
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About Staked

Staked helps investors reliably and securely compound their crypto by 5% — 100% annually through staking and lending. Staked runs validation nodes for proof-of-stake currencies and offers access to on- and off-chain lending options that provide an annualized yield of in-kind currency. Staked’s investors include Pantera Capital, Digital Currency Group, ParaFi Capital, Coinbase Ventures, Winklevoss Capital, Fabric Ventures, Global Brain, and other leading crypto investors.

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Cosmos (ATOM) Staking & Delegation Guide

Posted by Staked on Mar 5, 2020 6:14:20 PM

The Cosmos Hub mainnet officially launched on Wednesday, March 13th, 2019 at 7 PM EST (23:00 UTC).

To delegate your ATOMs to Staked, please use the following validator address:

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There is a 21-day unbonding process for staked ATOMs during which delegator ATOMs do not earn rewards and cannot be transferred, exchanged or spent. ATOMs can, however, be slashed during the unbonding period.

Delegation is non-custodial and delegates cannot spend your ATOMs. Staked pays 90% of the block rewards to delegates, and offers the industry’s only 100% SLA on block production.

Staked participated in the Game of Stakes competition, earning 1 of 27 ‘never jailed’ designations for remaining in the set of ~ 185 validators the entire game and adapting to adversarial network conditions. This represents a key criterion for successful mainnet operation, particularly as it relates to slashing risk prevention.

Key Risks

Cosmos’s staking model uses “hard slashing”, which means that customer funds are at risk of being slashed in the event of a) double-signing blocks and b) extended validator downtime. Slashing risks are further detailed on page 8. You could lose a portion, or potentially all of your investment by participating in staking. Consider the risks and choose a validator carefully.

Summary

Cosmos is a network of independent blockchains connected by the Cosmos Hub, a proof-of-stake (PoS) blockchain based on Tendermint, a byzantine fault tolerant (BFT) consensus protocol. The annual yield for staking ATOMs, the native cryptocurrency of the Cosmos Hub, is currently 8.7%.

Cosmos Delegation Instructions

Open the Ledger Live app. Connect your ledger via USB and update to the latest firmware. Enable Dev Mode in the Settings of Ledger Live.

Go to the ledger live app store, and download the “Cosmos” application.

Your Ledger is now ready to connect with , the Cosmos wallet UI with delegation (staking), rewards claiming and voting.

With the Cosmos app open on your ledger device (Tendermint Cosmos should be displayed on the screen), visit . Click on the blue Sign In button in the upper right hand corner of the screen.

Click on the Staking tab in the global menu on the left hand side of the screen.

In the Staking tab, click on the Validators section and then click on Staked from within the list of validators or copy and paste the following link directly in the browser address bar:

https://app.lunie.io/cosmos-hub/validators/cosmosvaloper1we6knm8qartmmh2r0qfpsz6pq0s7emv3e0meuw

Click on the blue Delegate button to open the delegate modal. Enter an amount to delegate and click Submit.

To claim rewards earned from staking, click on the Withdraw link under Rewards at the top of Lunie, proceed through the withdraw modals and click Submit. After claiming rewards, they need to be delegated in a separate transaction to earn staking rewards.

Token Distribution at Genesis (07/23/19)

Validators

Cosmos Hub validators participate in consensus by broadcasting cryptographic signatures, or votes, to commit blocks. Tendermint requires a fixed known set of validators, where each validator is identified by their public key. Validators attempt to come to consensus one block at a time, where a block is a list of transactions. Voting for consensus on a block proceeds in rounds. Each round has a round-leader who proposes a block. The validators then vote in stages to accept the proposed block or move on to the next round. The proposer for a round is chosen deterministically from the ordered list of validators in proportion to their voting power, which is determined by the percentage of ATOMs delegated to a validator.

Tendermint-based blockchains slow down with more validators due to the increased communication complexity. On genesis day, the maximum number of validators will be set to 100 determined by the validators with the most delegated stake, and will increase at a rate of 13% for 10 years for a maximum of 300 validators. Staked has enough ATOMs committed for delegation to ensure a slot in the validator set of 100.

Rewards

ATOMs are the native and only staking token of the Cosmos Hub. ATOMs represent the right to participate in consensus (vote, validate or delegate) for the Hub and earn inflationary ATOM block rewards and transaction fees in exchange.

Block rewards are paid to validators and delegators in newly issued (inflationary) ATOMs as an incentive for staking. The target stake rate for Cosmos is 66% of the total ATOM supply. At genesis, the initial inflation rate will be 7%. However, the rate will fluctuate around the target stake rate of 66% such that if the total bonded stake is less than 66% of the total ATOM supply, the inflation rate will increase until it reaches a maximum of 20%, and if the total bonded stake exceeds 66% of the ATOM supply, the inflation rate will decrease until it reaches the 7% floor. The target annual inflation rate is recalculated each block.

Block rewards and transaction fees are distributed at the protocol level. However, delegators need to submit a withdrawal transaction to claim rewards, and then another transaction to re-delegate the rewards in order to compound the yield earned.

While delegators can change validators automatically, there is a 30 day unbonding process for staked ATOMs to prevent long range attacks during which delegator ATOMs do not earn rewards and cannot be transferred, exchanged or spent. ATOMs can however be slashed during the unbonding period.

Slashing

Staking ATOMs is not risk free. Slashing penalties where both validator and delegator funds are destroyed exist at the protocol level for malicious behavior and uptime, making the operation of Cosmos validation nodes best suited for full-time, experienced operators.

The 2 main slashing conditions in Cosmos follow:

  • Double signing: If someone reports on chain A that a validator signed two blocks at the same height on chain A and chain B, this validator will get slashed on chain A. At launch, there a 5% penalty will be imposed on both validator and delegators for double signing.
  • Unavailability: If a validator’s signature has not been included in the last X blocks, the validator will get slashed by a marginal amount proportional to X. If X is above a certain limit Y, then the validator will get unbonded. At launch, a .01% penalty will be imposed if a validator misses 95% of the blocks in a rolling 10,000 block window. With an average block time of 5 seconds, a validator would need to miss 95% of the blocks over a period of 13 hours and 54 minutes.

Frequent hard forks, often requiring full network re-starts, are expected until the Inter-Blockchain Communication (IBC) specification has been implemented, further increasing the management and participation requirements for successful mainnet operation.

The Cosmos Staking Guide was heavily excerpted using the following sources:

About Staked

 operates the most secure, performant, and cost-effective block production nodes for decentralized PoS protocols on behalf of institutional investors. Our multi-tier listening and signing node architecture delivers stakeholders the ideal combination of security, scalability and decentralization.

Staked provides industrial scale staking infrastructure for leading PoS protocols including Tezos, EOS, Factom, Cosmos, Decred, R-Chain, OmiseGO, Thunder, Ethereum, Dfinity and more, allowing us to offer our customers the ideal solution for all of their staking needs.

Server Infrastructure

Staked nodes are deployed on high-performance computing resources in a multi-tier configuration that combines security and scalability while minimizing centralization on hardware providers. The infrastructure uses Kubernetes orchestration to ensure high availability and extremely low network latency, and can be scaled on-demand with network growth.

DDoS Protection

AWS Shield, Elastic Load Balancing and advanced IP address obfuscation techniques are used to defend against malicious network, transport and application layer denial of service attacks.

Listening Cloud

The listening cloud is comprised of publicly accessible nodes that dynamically allocate resources from multiple cloud service providers, including AWS, Google Cloud and Azure. Orchestrated by Kubernetes, the listening cloud enables near-infinite scale, self-healing and a decentralized hardware infrastructure.

Signing Servers

The signing servers are bare metal servers responsible for producing and signing blocks. They are secured in Equinix data centers in the United States, have hardware signing modules for key security, and are fire-walled so they can only communicate with the listening servers.

 

Dash (DASH) Staking Guide

Posted by Staked on Mar 5, 2020 6:01:23 PM

Summary

Staked provides a service that allows holders of Dash to get the benefits of running a masternode without the upkeep, while allowing holders to maintain custody of their crypto assets.

Overview

Dash is a fork of Bitcoin that was created in 2014 to provide anonymous, trustless and nearly instant payments. Dash was previously known as XCoin and DarkCoin before re-branding to Dash in May 2015. Dash block rewards are split between PoW miners (45%), masternode operators (45%) and Dash Project Treasury DAO.

Masternodes

Dash masternodes play the same role as full nodes in the Bitcoin network. A deterministic algorithm is used to create a pseudo-random ordering of the masternodes.

Each masternode requires 1,000 DASH as collateral. The 1,000 DASH are used as bonded collateral and required to earn the inflation funded block rewards. The collateral is always safe and never forfeited during masternode operation. The average Dash masternode reward frequency is just shy of nine days.

 
 
 

Governance

Dash masternodes are responsible for Dash’s governance. The DGBB or Decentralized Governance by Blockchain system allows masternodes to vote on proposals, which are then either implemented or not by Dash developers. An example of this is the 2016 block size increase, where the proposal to increase the block size from 1MB to 2MB was submitted and approved by vote within 24 hours.

Since 10% of the block rewards are used for the development, the DGBB also provides a mechanism for Dash to fund its own development. Budget proposals are submitted up until the end of the month. A series of superblocks or special blocks that pay out funded budget proposals approved by masternode votes are created if the proposal is approved by 10% of the masternodes.

DASH Masternode Instructions

Masternodes are originally formed by sending 1,000 DASH to a specific address in a wallet that will “activate” the node, making it capable of being propagated across the network. Step-by-step instructions follow:

Select Tools in the Wallet Navigation.
In the Tools drop down, select Debug console.
Create a new address to hold your collateral by entering “getnewaddress”.
Send exactly 1,000 DASH per masternode to the address you want to hold the collateral in.
Save your transaction ID (txid) by selecting Export, then send it to dash@staked.us.
Select Tools in the Wallet Navigation.
In the Tools drop down, select Open Masternode Configuration File.
Staked will provide you with a masternode configuration line, which you will then into the masternode configuration file.

About Staked

 operates the most secure, performant, and cost-effective block production nodes for decentralized PoS protocols on behalf of institutional investors. Our multi-tier listening and signing node architecture delivers stakeholders the ideal combination of security, scalability and decentralization.

Staked provides industrial scale staking infrastructure for leading PoS protocols including Tezos, EOS, Factom, Cosmos, Decred, R-Chain, OmiseGO, Thunder, Ethereum, Dfinity and more, allowing us to offer our customers the ideal solution for all of their staking needs.

Server Infrastructure

Staked nodes are deployed on high-performance computing resources in a multi-tier configuration that combines security and scalability while minimizing centralization on hardware providers. The infrastructure uses Kubernetes orchestration to ensure high availability and extremely low network latency, and can be scaled on-demand with network growth.

DDoS Protection

AWS Shield, Elastic Load Balancing and advanced IP address obfuscation techniques are used to defend against malicious network, transport and application layer denial of service attacks.

Listening Cloud

The listening cloud is comprised of publicly accessible nodes that dynamically allocate resources from multiple cloud service providers, including AWS, Google Cloud and Azure. Orchestrated by Kubernetes, the listening cloud enables near-infinite scale, self-healing and a decentralized hardware infrastructure.

Signing Servers

The signing servers are bare metal servers responsible for producing and signing blocks. They are secured in Equinix data centers in the United States, have hardware signing modules for key security, and are fire-walled so they can only communicate with the listening servers.

Decred (DCR) Staking Guide

Posted by Staked on Mar 5, 2020 4:58:08 PM

Summary

Decred (DCR) is a cryptocurrency with a hybrid proof-of-work (PoW) / proof-of-stake (PoS) consensus mechanism and an on-chain governance system. The current yield for staking DCR is 8.3% annually.

Overview

Decred was launched in February 2016 by Company 0, building on the team’s previous work developing btcsuite, an alternative implementation to Bitcoin Core written in Go instead of C++. 8% of the total supply, or 1.68MM DCR was pre-mined by Company 0 at launch, with the remaining 92% being mined over time until a total of 21 million coins are issued in ~ . The Decred block reward decreases by 1% every 21 days (vs. Bitcoin halving every 4 years). 50% of the pre-mine was distributed to ~ 3,000 early adopters, and the remainder was used to pay back Company 0’s $1.5MM in development costs.

DCR block rewards are split between PoW miners (60%), PoS ticket holders (30%), and the Decred Project Treasury (10%). The current block reward is 19.35 DCR, or 11.61 for PoW, 5.80 for PoS (1.16 per PoS voting ticket), and 1.93 for the treasury. New blocks are mined approximately every 5 minutes.

Staked offers an anonymous, non-custodial and fully automated stakepool for Decred. Stakeholders only delegate their rights to validate PoW work to the Stakepool. Stakepools can’t spend or steal DCR. Detailed instructions for creating a stakepool account, purchasing and delegating tickets follows below.

PoS Voting Tickets

PoS is used in Decred to validate PoW mining work and approve or reject proposed rule changes to the consensus protocol. Decred holders time-lock, or stake DCR to obtain voting tickets. Ticket holders currently earn 5.80 DCR per block (1.16 per ticket * 5 tickets per block), or 30% of the block reward for voting.

Decred uses a lottery system to select the active voting tickets for a block from a pool based on pseudorandomness contained in the block header. Each ticket is randomly selected to vote from a current pool of 40,820 tickets using a Poisson distribution with an average selection time of ~ 28 days and a maximum time of ~ 142 days (4.7 months). If a ticket is not selected (0.5% chance), it expires and the original ticket price is refunded. Once a ticket has voted, missed or expired, the funds (ticket price plus the block reward minus the ticket fee) enter a 256 block (~ 20 hours) waiting period before being returned to the owner. Factoring in immaturity periods, Decred has an average staking lock-up of 30.74 days (29.07 days + 1.67 day immaturity period), though it can be as long as ~ 144 days.

Each new DCR block includes 5 tickets that are randomly selected to vote on the validity of the previous block and any changes to the consensus protocol. At least 3 of the 5 tickets selected must confirm the previously generated block for PoW miners to earn the block reward, which disincentivizes malicious behavior such as mining empty blocks. Ticket holders can vote a block invalid even it it conforms to the network’s consensus rules.

The price to purchase a ticket is determined by a difficulty algorithm using the weighted average number of tickets purchased and the size of the eligible ticket pool in prior blocks. Every 144 blocks (~12 hours), the stake difficulty algorithm calculates a new ticket price designed to maintain a target pool size of 40,960 tickets.

Buying and Delegating Tickets

Sign Up for a stakepool account at  to get an API Token
After logging into your account, copy the API Token on the Settings tab
Click on the Tickets tab in the  wallet. Select  from the Stakepool drop-down, enter your API Token in the API Key field and then click Continue to connect to the Staked pool.
You will receive a ‘successfully updated your stakepool settings message’.
Enter the number of tickets to buy with a default transaction fee of 0.001 (the minimum) and an Expiry of 16, and then click Purchase. Enter the passphrase for your wallet to complete the purchase. Click on the Automatic Ticket Buyer button to re-purchase tickets automatically once your active tickets have voted.

After the tickets have been purchased, a Success message will be displayed in the Purchase section and the transaction will be placed into the mempool until being mined. After a ticket is mined, there is a 256 block (~ 20 hours) maturity period before it becomes live and is eligible to be selected to vote. During this period, tickets are marked as immature in the Mining tab. On average, tickets are selected to vote every 28 days, but can take as long as 142 days, or ~ 4.7 months.

* If you are already staking and have connected to a different stakepool, click on the gear icon to display the settings menu, and then click on the blue stakepool icon next to the Stake Pool drop-down to add Staked as an additional stakepool option.

Governance

In addition to PoW validation, PoS ticket holders are responsible for voting to approve or reject changes to the protocol consensus rules using Decred’s “Politeia” system. Politeia allows stakeholders to propose, discuss, and fund new projects, initiatives, and consensus changes. The Politeia system was released into production / mainnet on October 15th, 2018 with a treasury balance of ~ 570,000 DCR, worth ~ $23MM at the time, and ~ $15MM as of July 31st, 2019.

When proposals are moved to a vote, all live tickets are eligible to vote Yes or No with votes being tallied over 8,064 blocks (~ 30 days) to allow the entire ticket pool to participate. A proposed change must be approved by 75% of the non-abstaining tickets to take effect. Votes are tallied. If stakeholders vote to change the protocol, the chain will automatically hard fork to activate the new rules.

Ticket holders vote on Politeia-based proposals using the Decrediton wallet in the Governance tab.

After the tickets have been purchased, a Success message will be displayed in the Purchase section and the transaction will be placed into the mempool until being mined. After a ticket is mined, there is a 256 block (~ 20 hours) maturity period before it becomes live and is eligible to be selected to vote. During this period, tickets are marked as immature in the Mining tab. On average, tickets are selected to vote every 28 days, but can take as long as 142 days, or ~ 4.7 months.

About Staked

 operates the most secure, performant, and cost-effective block production nodes for decentralized PoS protocols on behalf of institutional investors. Our multi-tier listening and signing node architecture delivers stakeholders the ideal combination of security, scalability and decentralization.

Staked provides industrial scale staking infrastructure for leading PoS protocols including Tezos, EOS, Factom, Cosmos, Decred, R-Chain, OmiseGO, Thunder, Ethereum, Dfinity and more, allowing us to offer our customers the ideal solution for all of their staking needs.

Server Infrastructure

Staked nodes are deployed on high-performance computing resources in a multi-tier configuration that combines security and scalability while minimizing centralization on hardware providers. The infrastructure uses Kubernetes orchestration to ensure high availability and extremely low network latency, and can be scaled on-demand with network growth.

DDoS Protection

AWS Shield, Elastic Load Balancing and advanced IP address obfuscation techniques are used to defend against malicious network, transport and application layer denial of service attacks.

Listening Cloud

The listening cloud is comprised of publicly accessible nodes that dynamically allocate resources from multiple cloud service providers, including AWS, Google Cloud and Azure. Orchestrated by Kubernetes, the listening cloud enables near-infinite scale, self-healing and a decentralized hardware infrastructure.

Signing Servers

The signing servers are bare metal servers responsible for producing and signing blocks. They are secured in Equinix data centers in the United States, have hardware signing modules for key security, and are fire-walled so they can only communicate with the listening servers.




 

Livepeer (LPT) Staking Guide

Posted by Staked on Mar 5, 2020 4:42:46 PM

Summary

Livepeer offers a very attractive staking yield: currently ~ 77% on an annualized basis.

If you own Livepeer (LPT), it’s advisable to bond it to a transcoder so that you can earn the staking yield. To delegate your LPT to Staked, please use the following address:

Delegation is non-custodial, delegates cannot spend your LPT, and your stake is not at risk.

Overview

Livepeer aims to decentralize live video broadcast by developing a live video streaming (p2p) network protocol and infrastructure layer on the Ethereum blockchain. The Livepeer protocol is designed to incentivize game theoretically secure, performant and scalable transcoding and distribution of live video. The Livepeer alpha network launched on the Ethereum mainnet on May 1, 2018.

The Livepeer protocol is round based, where each round lasts roughly one day. Token holders delegate their stake to elect transcoder nodes that perform video transcoding work.

At the completion of each round, broadcaster fees and newly minted (via inflation) LPT are distributed, transcoders are slashed (penalized with loss of funds) for any malicious activity, and the active transcoder pool is reset based on total delegated stake, all programmatically at the protocol level.

Transcoders

In the Livepeer network ‘Transcoders’ are responsible for transcoding video, which is the process of converting input streams of video from broadcasters into many different formats, and participating in the Truebit-based transcoding verification protocol.

The Livepeer network supports N (currently 15) active transcoders per round, where N is an adjustable network parameter, in addition to one randomly selected transcoder from the waitlist. Members of the active transcoder set earn inflationary rewards and broadcasting fees during each round in proportion to their total delegated stake of LPT. The active transcoder pool is reset every round based on total delegated stake.

 

Transcoders publish their price for transcoding a segment of video (Price Per Segment), block reward share percentage (Block Reward Cut) for newly issued LPT, and fee share percentage (Fee Share) for ETH broadcasting fees.

Transcoders need powerful hardware for efficient transcoding (potentially with GPU accelerated transcoding), high bandwidth connections for low latency video distribution, and the DevOps expertise to operate highly available, secure and reliable infrastructure for video broadcasters.

Livepeer Token (LPT)

The Livepeer Token (LPT) uses a proof-of-stake (PoS) bonding mechanism to determine the active pool of transcoder nodes, coordinate the allocation of transcoding work across validator nodes on the network, and ensure game theoretic security and performance guarantees for video transcoding and distribution. Rather than using LPT as a medium of exchange within the Livepeer network, broadcasters pay validation nodes for video transcoding and distribution services using ETH.

Token Economics

10,000,000 LPT tokens were generated in the Livepeer genesis block. New tokens are minted each round according to the protocol defined inflation schedule (relative to the outstanding float) and issued to Transcoders pro-rata based on delegated stake for performing transcoding services. Livepeer block rewards are funded by protocol defined inflation. Our Yields page displays protocol inflation as well as real yield when staking.

Transcoders can be slashed, or penalized with the loss of LPT, for failing a verification, failing to invoke a verification when required, or not performing a proportional share of transcoding work based on delegated stake.

Token Distribution

Delegation

All token holders have the option to bond, or ‘delegate’ their LPT stake to Transcoders using the Bond transaction in the Livepeer smart contract. Token holders are incentivized to delegate LPT in order to earn rewards (LPT inflation + ETH broadcaster fees) from Transcoders, and more importantly, to ensure effective Transcoders are elected and performing efficient live video broadcasting services for broadcasters.

LPT Delegation Instructions

To delegate LPT to a transcoder, use the Livepeer  to access a list of the active and candidate transcoders on the network and the following instructions:

With an Ethereum enabled browser such as MetaMask, Parity or Mist enabled, click the ‘BOND’ button in the list of transcoders for the node to whom you want to delegate.
After clicking on the BOND button, you will need to update your LPT transfer allowance to the amount of LPT you want to approve for bonding.
After updating your transfer allowance, enter the amount of LPT to be delegated, and submit a transaction to the Ethereum network.

Delegation is non-custodial, delegates cannot spend your LPT, and your stake is not at risk. To delegate your LPT to Staked, please use the following address:

0xE9E284277648fcdb09B8EfC1832c73c09b5Ecf59

MetaMask + Hardware Wallet

It’s now possible to connect a hardware wallet to a MetaMask account for additional security.

To connect your wallet, make sure you’re using MetaMask 4.10.0 or higher and the MetaMask ​beta UI​.
  1. With your Ledger or Trezor device plugged into your computer, go to the top-right menu in MetaMask and and look for the ‘Connect Hardware Wallet’ option
  2. Select ‘Ledger’ or ‘Trezor’ and then click ‘Connect’
  3. Select the account you want to use and then click ‘Import’

About Staked

 operates the most secure, performant, and cost-effective block production nodes for decentralized PoS protocols on behalf of institutional investors. Our multi-tier listening and signing node architecture delivers stakeholders the ideal combination of security, scalability and decentralization.

Staked provides industrial scale staking infrastructure for leading PoS protocols including Tezos, EOS, Factom, Cosmos, Decred, R-Chain, OmiseGO, Thunder, Ethereum, Dfinity and more, allowing us to offer our customers the ideal solution for all of their staking needs.

Server Infrastructure

Staked nodes are deployed on high-performance computing resources in a multi-tier configuration that combines security and scalability while minimizing centralization on hardware providers. The infrastructure uses Kubernetes orchestration to ensure high availability and extremely low network latency, and can be scaled on-demand with network growth.

DDoS Protection

AWS Shield, Elastic Load Balancing and advanced IP address obfuscation techniques are used to defend against malicious network, transport and application layer denial of service attacks.

Listening Cloud

The listening cloud is comprised of publicly accessible nodes that dynamically allocate resources from multiple cloud service providers, including AWS, Google Cloud and Azure. Orchestrated by Kubernetes, the listening cloud enables near-infinite scale, self-healing and a decentralized hardware infrastructure.

Signing Servers

The signing servers are bare metal servers responsible for producing and signing blocks. They are secured in Equinix data centers in the United States, have hardware signing modules for key security, and are fire-walled so they can only communicate with the listening servers.

Tezos (XTZ) Baking & Delegation Guide

Posted by Staked on Mar 5, 2020 4:07:29 PM

tezos

Tezos (XTZs) need to be delegated to a baker to earn block rewards. Staked offers an anonymous and fully automated delegation service for Tezos baking. We post the required bond for baking and charge a 10% baking fee.

Delegation is non-custodial, delegates cannot spend your money (XTZs), and your stake is never at risk. To delegate your XTZ to Staked, please use the following address:

tz1RCFbB9GpALpsZtu6J58sb74dm8qe6XBzv

Token Economics

            Effective yield estimates based on a 62.5 second block interval.

About

The Tezos blockchain protocol is a delegated proof-of-stake system that supports Turing complete smart contracts. Tezos is implemented in OCaml, a functional programming language that offers speed, an unambiguous syntax and semantics, and formal proofs of correctness.

Launch

The Tezos betanet was launched on June 30th, 2018, and started processing real transactions that will persist on ‘mainnet’. The Tezos Foundation was responsible for all block production and validation during the first seven cycles, approximately three weeks. On July 21st, 2018, the first non-Tezos Foundation, or ‘community’ block was baked.

Baking & Endorsing

Baking is what Tezos refers to as the action of signing and publishing a new block in the chain. Bakers need at least 10,000 XTZ (~ $22,000) to qualify as a delegate, and having additional delegated stake increases their chances of being selected as a Baker or Endorser.

At the beginning of each cycle (4096 blocks or ~ 3 days), the Bakers for each block are randomly selected and published. Bakers earn a block reward of 16 XTZ for baking a block.

In addition to the Baker, 32 Endorsers are randomly selected to verify the last block that was baked. Endorsers receive 2 XTZ for each block they endorse.

Block Rewards & Inflation

Block rewards are funded by protocol defined inflation. Rewards are calibrated so that the number of XTZ tokens grows at roughly 5.5% per year. If 100% of Tezos tokens are delegated, the annualized yield will be 5.5%. Currently, 38% of Tezos tokens have been delegated, including the 10% owned by the Tezos Foundation, so the annualized yield is currently 14%.

To ensure Bakers and Endorsers act honestly, they are required to post a security deposit for each block they Bake or Endorse. They forfeit this deposit in the event of malicious activity, such as double baking or double endorsing a block.

Governance

Protocol amendments are adopted over election cycles 131,072 blocks, or ~3 months. This cycle is expected to increase in length as the protocol matures. A quorum of 80% is required for governance proposals.

XTZ Activation and Delegation Instructions

To choose a Delegate and participate in Tezos’s proof-of-stake mechanism, you will need to first activate your XTZ Allocation, create an account for delegating that stake, and specify the public delegate key responsible for taking part in baking and governance on your behalf. You can change the delegate at any time, though the change only becomes effective after N cycles.

  1. Activate your XTZ allocation on the genesis block with , a simple tool to quickly and securely activate your XTZ without having to remove your private data from cold storage
  2. Create a TezBox wallet with your fundraiser information: visit , select ‘Restore Tezbox’, and then ‘Fundraiser Wallet’
  3. Input your information: PDF seed words, PDF email address, ICO password, and KYC activation code
  4. Create a new KT1 account (a special account for delegation) by clicking the ‘Add Account’ button (fee: 0.25 XTZ)
  5. Move your XTZ from your tz1 account to your KT1 account. From the main wallet select ‘Send’, enter your KT1 address in the ‘To’ address, enter an XTZ amount, and click ‘Send’ (leave fee field blank)
  6. In the KT1 account, select the ‘Delegate’ menu and then choose ‘Custom delegate’
  7. Input address: tz1RCFbB9GpALpsZtu6J58sb74dm8qe6XBzv and click to confirm

About Staked

 operates the most secure, performant, and cost-effective block production nodes for decentralized PoS protocols on behalf of institutional investors. Our multi-tier listening and signing node architecture delivers stakeholders the ideal combination of security, scalability and decentralization.

Staked provides industrial scale staking infrastructure for leading PoS protocols including Tezos, EOS, Factom, Cosmos, Decred, R-Chain, OmiseGO, Thunder, Ethereum, Dfinity and more, allowing us to offer our customers the ideal solution for all of their staking needs.

Server Infrastructure

Staked nodes are deployed on high-performance computing resources in a multi-tier configuration that combines security and scalability while minimizing centralization on hardware providers. The infrastructure uses Kubernetes orchestration to ensure high availability and extremely low network latency, and can be scaled on-demand with network growth.

DDoS Protection

AWS Shield, Elastic Load Balancing and advanced IP address obfuscation techniques are used to defend against malicious network, transport and application layer denial of service attacks.

Listening Cloud

The listening cloud is comprised of publicly accessible nodes that dynamically allocate resources from multiple cloud service providers, including AWS, Google Cloud and Azure. Orchestrated by Kubernetes, the listening cloud enables near-infinite scale, self-healing and a decentralized hardware infrastructure.

Signing Servers

The signing servers are bare metal servers responsible for producing and signing blocks. They are secured in Equinix data centers in the United States, have hardware signing modules for key security, and are fire-walled so they can only communicate with the listening servers.

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