At press time, around 85% of the world’s top-30 altcoins lay in the red zone, with premier assets such as Bitcoin Cash (BCH), Stellar (XLM), Bitcoin SV showcasing losses of around 10%, 5% and 6% respectively (over the course of the past 24 hours). However, in the midst of all this chaos, crypto coins such as Maker (MKR), Waves and Ethereum Classic (ETC) have continued to rally strong, with the aforementioned currencies gaining 10%, 3%, and 1.5% respectively.
What’s Causing MKR to Surge?
One of the primary factors that could be behind Maker’s amazing run is the fact that investment fund ‘a16z crypto’ recently bought a whopping 6% of the total MKR token supply for a sum of USD $15 million. As a result of this deal, a16z crypto now owns a tangible stake in the functional decentralized stablecoin (which bytheway makes use of formally verified smart contracts).
At this point, it is also worth mentioning that ‘a16z crypto’ is owned and operated by VC firm ‘Andreessen Horowitz’. The aforementioned deal was facilitated by former federal prosecutor Katie Haun (who is now a partner at a16z).
Additionally, over the course of the past few weeks, there have been other developments that too have spurred the overall adoption of MKR all across the globe. For starters, the dev team at Opera (the web browsing application) announced yesterday that they had created an all-new lightweight crypto wallet solution that allows users to ‘store and transact’ altcoins such as Dai and MKR using a pre-built extension module on the browser.
Amazing to see @Opera for Android browser offer a built-in crypto wallet, allowing you to store and transact with #Dai & #MKR! No additional extensions needed, super cool. 😎 https://t.co/kZFvNOXPbo #Web3
— Maker (@MakerDAO) December 13, 2018
Lastly, MKR is also now live on the Wanchain main net. In regards to the matter, the Maker team released the following tweet:
“The Dai token will utilize Wanchain’s cross-chain functionality allowing for Bitcoin to be exchanged for Dai in a fully decentralized manner”
Can Waves Sustain its Amazing Run?
As many of our readers may already know, over the course of the past month or so, the price of Waves has increased quite significantly (with the currency even breaking into the top-30 a couple of weeks back). However, such pump and dumps are quite ordinary within this volatile market and thus it remains to be seen if Waves can continue its amazing performance in the coming few days and weeks.
We are excited to announce a long-awaited update of the #Waves Mobile app! Deposit, store and withdraw your #crypto securely, trade your assets on DEX, lease your $WAVES — everything is now available right on your smartphone! Read more about it here: https://t.co/5Qp7YKTa8r pic.twitter.com/y5hsCXj2GV
— Waves Platform (@wavesplatform) December 3, 2018
One of the most intriguing aspects of the Waves project is the that by next year, the dev team wants to deploy ‘atomic swaps’ into their native operational module. As a result of using this technology, the Waves ecosystem will not only be able to make asset trading much more streamlined but also make digital altcoin transfers cheaper and more secure.
Some of the other key developments in relation to Waves that are worth noting include:
- Decentralized 2-FA: Once implemented, this technology will help usher in a new era of decentralized security since it allows for the creation of a new layer of internet privacy.
- Smart assets: In regards to this technology, the Waves team claims that once this feature is live in its final iteration, it will allow devs to create complex smart assets on the Waves blockchain (thus allowing traders to indulge in even more unique financial exchanges).