What is Avalanche ($AVAX)?
Below is a brief description of Avalanche from its developer documentation:
“Avalanche is an open-source platform for launching decentralized applications and enterprise blockchain deployments in one interoperable, highly scalable ecosystem. Avalanche is the first decentralized smart contracts platform built for the scale of global finance, with near-instant transaction finality. Ethereum developers can quickly build on Avalanche as Solidity works out-of-the-box.
“A key difference between Avalanche and other decentralized networks is the consensus protocol. Over time, people have come to a false understanding that blockchains have to be slow and not scalable. The Avalanche protocol employs a novel approach to consensus to achieve its strong safety guarantees, quick finality, and high-throughput without compromising decentralization.
“AVAX is the native token of Avalanche. It’s a hard-capped, scarce asset that is used to pay for fees, secure the platform through staking, and provide a basic unit of account between the multiple subnets created on Avalanche. 1 nAVAX is equal to 0.000000001 AVAX.“
Avalanche is being developed by Ava Labs, a blockchain startup founded in Brooklyn, New York in 2018 by Professor Emin Gün Sirer (CEO), who does computer science research at Cornell University, Kevin Sekniqi (COO), and Ted Yin (Chief Protocol Architect).
Wu’s Shares His Thoughts on the Crypto Market
In an interview on 31 December 2021 with Kelly Evans, the host of CNBC’s “The Exchange”, Wu started by introducing Avalanche:
“Avalanche is the fastest blockchain. It’s Ethereum compatible and it’s the fastest growing blockchain based on usage.“
Wu was then asked to comment on how Ethereum had been more successful than Bitcoin in 2021, and here is what he had to say:
“Oh yeah. From a price action perspective, sure. And from a usage perspective. I mean Bitcoin was up 65% and I think Ethereum was up 500%. So, yes, from that perspective and market dominance, Ethereum definitely gew, but that’s because there was more usage there on Ethereum.”
Next, Wu talked about how much further the crypto market could grow in 2022:
“I think when I come back in 2022, the asset class, which is roughly about 2.3 to 2.5 trillion [dollars], we’ll be talking about [how] the biggest story in 2022 is how the crypto asset class doubled and went to five trillion and it’s going probably be the only asset class that could withstand the headwind from the macro factors of Fed tightening and geopolitical issues that are out there.
“And I think the reason is very simple because from where I sit, what I see is basically a massive inflow of talent, capital, and usage and listen, I’m almost embarrassed to say that that’s a prediction because I’m just reporting what I see on a daily basis.“
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