Monthly update | July 2021

๐Ÿ’ฐ Stakepools are coming to Solana
โ›“ Neon Labs is bringing EVM support to Solana
โœ๏ธ Solana Ecosystem page is now sourcing from a new GitHub repo
๐Ÿช Solana powers the Lollapalooza NFT Marketplace
๐ŸŽจ Solana Foundation launches $5m Creator Fund with Audius & Metaplex
๐ŸŽ™ Anatoly interviewed by Ivan on Tech
๐Ÿ“ฒ Phantom Wallet is now live for everyone
๐Ÿ“บ Solana Season Demo Day - hosted by Parafi & Sino Global
๐ŸŽค Jiho from Axie Infinity latest episode on the Solana Podcast
๐Ÿงฉ Aave considers launching on Solana

๐Ÿ’ฐ Stakepools are coming to Solana

Stake Pools is a liquid staking solution that promotes censorship resistance and the growth of DeFi. Staking $SOL in a stake pool helps decentralize the network by systematically spreading staked SOL across a larger number of validators. Stake Pool deposits also generate a token for delegators, which represents the SOL deposited + rewards earned from staking. These new tokens can be used in Solana-based DeFi apps, such as Raydium Protocol or Serum.

Solana released an audited stake pool program today with incentives for anyone to start a stake pool! Also, you can apply for a grant if you have ideas on how to improve the current implementation of stake pools!

โ›“ Neon Labs is bringing EVM support to Solana

Neon Lans believes scaling transactions and reducing cost is critical to unlocking the next revolution in blockchain adoption. Neonโ€™s decentralized cross-chain solution gives developers flexibility when building Dapps and unlocks liquidity.

Today Neon - fully Ethereum-Compatible Environment - is live on the Solana testnet. Check out https://neonlabs.org to learn more, and get started programming at https://github.com/neonlabsorg.

โœ๏ธ Solana Ecosystem page is now sourcing from a GitHub repo

Did you know solana.com/ecosystem is powered by Github repo? It allows you to fill in information about your project and make edits as your project grows. Don't own a project, but see a project missing, or an outdated description? Help improve the community by submitting a pull request.

๐Ÿช Solana powers the Lollapalooza NFT Marketplace

Solana is the official blockchain of Lollapalooza, enabling artists and fans to connect directly on the Lolla NFT Marketplace.

The Solana Foundation has also joined forces with Audius and the Metaplex Foundation to launch a $5 million fund to bring the next wave of creators and fans onto crypto networks.

The Creator Fund is focusing on builders, musicians, and other artists who are experimenting with ecosystem projects like Audius, Metaplex and other decentralized platforms built on top of Solana. The Fund seeks to help creators pioneer new works in frontier categories like music streaming, NFTs, and The Metaverse, create new fan experiences using permissionless software, and spur innovation around creator-first business models.

๐ŸŽ™ Anatoly interview with Ivan on Tech

Anatoly Yakovenko joined the Ivan on Tech show to discuss Solana's vision and growth. Check out the show here.

๐Ÿ“ฒ Phantom Wallet is live for the public

Now anyone in the world can download the Phantom browser extension. The Phantom team also recently launched a new staking feature, making it easy for anyone with SOL to help secure the network and start earning rewards with just 3 clicks. Within the first 12 hours, over $1M funds were staked to 30+ validators.

๐Ÿ“บSolana Season Demo Day - hosted by Parafi & Sino Global

After successful Solana Season Hackathon, may of the projects continues received investments from key VCs of the industry and continues active work on their products. Winners of the recent hackathon presented their platforms and shared their plans on the Demo Day hosted by Parafi & Sino Global.

๐ŸŽค Jiho from Axie Infinity in the laterst episode of Solana Podcast

Jiho, Co-founder of AxieInfinity, joins Anatoly Yakovenko to talk about blockchain gaming, NFTs, and how Axie was founded. Listen to the full episode here.

๐Ÿงฉ Aave considers integrating with Solana

Aave is one of the largest decentralized lending platforms, with $21.5 billion in total value locked. Speaking at Chainlinkโ€™s Smart Contract Summit, Aaveโ€™s founder and CEO Stani Kulechov said the team was considering launching on on Solana via the EVM-compatible solution Neon Labs.

โ˜€๏ธ Solana Ecosystem News

  • Saber reached $150M in TVL and published their Q3 Roadmap.
  • Pyth Network is rapidly adding more partners to their institutional-grade oracle network.
  • Boca Chica from HAPI whitelisted Solana validators for the platform.
  • Ramp launches support for SOL across their network for those outside the US.
  • QuickNode launches support for Solana RPC infrastructure, offering scalable pricing based on usage.
  • Solend is now live on devnet.
  • Parrot finished liquidator stress testing. Thanks to Solana's incredible efficiency, they can liquidate 1000 vaults in just a few seconds.
  • Certus One joins Jump Trading.
  • MarinadeFinance passed 50,000 $SOL staked in less than an hour from mainnet launch.
  • RealHxro hosted a small Solana community meetup in Chicago.
  • The SolFarm team proudly announced the launch of the first on-chain leverage LP farming.
  • Hedgehog Markets announces $3.5M Seed Round.
  • Solana reached 5 million followers on Blockfolio platform.
  • 817 Mainnet validators run their node on Solana.
  • 2,160 active validators on Solana Testnet.
  • Neon Labs is hiring for two roles - Senior Solidity Developer - Senior C++ or Rust Developer
  • Acquired Podcast invited Anatoly Yakovenko to talk about founding story and where Solana is headed next.
  • Bonfida launched perpetuals on Solana.
  • Step is excited to support Charity donations via the FTX Foundation on Step!
  • BitKeep Wallet is now supporting all Solana SPL tokens including USDC-SPL, USDT-SPL, SRM, RAY, MER and others.
  • Audius hit 5 million monthly active users.
  • SolBridge finished bridging Solana to a number of different EVM chains, namely Polygon, Ethereum, Binance Smart Chain and HECO.

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