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.

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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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Topics: Ethereum, DeFi, The Graph Network

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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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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Topics: Ethereum, DeFi, Chainlink

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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Topics: Validator Views, Polkadot

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.

Topics: Ethereum, Synthetix

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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Topics: Ethereum, RAY

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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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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Topics: Validator Views, Kyber Network

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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Topics: Validator Views, SKALE

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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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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