While the cryptocurrency is outpacing many other digital assets, not many may know what Avalanche is.
What is Avalanche?
Avalanche is a decentralized application network that operates similarly to Polkadot. The technology allows developers to deploy blockchains that fit certain needs and that can interoperate with other blockchains to create a comprehensive ecosystem.
The project was founded in part by Emin Gun Sirer, an on-leave Cornell University professor that has long followed Bitcoin and the rest of the crypto-asset space.
AVAX is the network’s native token. AVAX is used to pay for transactions on the Avalanche network. It has a hard-cap and is a scarce asset as it is burned when used.
AVAX may be benefiting from the ongoing Ethereum network congestion, which has disallowed many users from using the network. In fact, billionaire investor Mark Cuban said today that he thinks Aave and other DeFi platforms are hard to use due to the high gas fees.
While Avalanche is a multi-purpose blockchain, it appears that decentralized finance is and will be a focus for developers.
Developers announced a Uniswap-based automated market maker for Avalanche in December:
“Pangolin is a decentralized exchange (DEX) which runs on Avalanche, uses the same automated market-making (AMM) model as Uniswap… In a crowded marketplace with multiple contenders, Pangolin offers three critically important benefits: fast and cheap trades, community-driven development, and a fair and open token distribution.”
This announcement was shared by the Avalanche team and Emin Gun Sirer.
Other projects that are launching DeFi-focused applications on Avalanche include Reef Finance, which is a liquidity aggregator protocol and a DeFi investment platform.