On Tuesday (13 December 2022), James Mullarney, the host of the very popular YouTube channel “InvestAnswers”, shared his thoughts on Solana ($SOL).

Here is how Coinbase described Solana in a blog post published on 29 June 2022:

Solana is a decentralized computing platform that uses SOL to pay for transactions. Solana aims to improve blockchain scalability by using a combination of proof of stake consensus and so-called proof of history. As a result, Solana claims to be able to support 50,000 transactions per second without sacrificing decentralization, and is one of the largest proof of stake blockchains by market cap.

Solana aims to enable smart contracts to allow developers to build a wide range of decentralized finance (DeFi) apps, new crypto tokens, games, and more. When users stake their crypto, they make the underlying blockchain of that asset more secure and more efficient. And in exchange, they are rewarded with additional assets from the network, which are paid out as rewards.

Around two weeks ago, according to a report by The Daily Hodl, the InvestAnswers host had this to say about Solana:

“Here we are. [Solana] is still ticking. ‘Click clock, every block,’ whatever they say. [SOL] is still out there. People are still developing... It’s not dead. It got a black eye, a broken ankle from all the exposure to FTX and the scammers associated with that but going by the data, [it] looks like it has a very good chance of surviving, especially when you benchmark it against all the other cryptos out there that literally aren’t very active today...

“Remember everybody, crypto is Darwinian. The question is, ‘Who will survive?’ The fittest always survive, and the fittest [are the ones with] lower fees, highest TPS [transactions per second], most decentralized, best leadership, etc.

Well, yesterday (13 December 2022), Mullarney released another video in which he explained why he is so bullish on $SOL and expects its price to go a lot higher.

According to The Daily Hodl, he said:

If we look at the daily active users of Solana versus Ethereum, you can see Solana is down a bit, 379,900, a little bit higher than Polygon 359,500 and Ethereum 572,500, which is good. But remember, Polygon can run a lot faster than Ethereum, so why [aren’t] the transactions a lot higher? Because there’s room for adoption. Cardano is in there at 49,800 which is almost the same as Near Protocol [at 49,500]. Avalanche, 34,900 and Aptos 21,500. And that’s kind of the lay of the land at the top layer-1 chains.

Assuming these other coins go back to all-time highs and assuming that Solana continues on its growth trajectory, then I believe these are possible. And this is an average of averages, which is a safe way to come at it. So, if we look at the matching Cardano market cap $29.61, 10% of ETH $42.74, 20% of ETH $85.48. The average of all three is $52.61. Is that a fair value for SOL? Absolutely yes, I believe that is the case. But it has a black eye from the FTX fallout and everything else so it’s trading at a quarter of that value right now.

Around one month ago, former Goldman Sachs executive Raol Pan, who is currently CEO of  finance and business video channel Real Vision, explained why this could be a great time to buy $SOL despite all the doom and gloom surrounding the Solana ecosystem in the wake of the collapse of FTX.

During an “Ask Me Anything” session streamed on YouTube channel “Real Vision Crypto”, Pal said:

“I really like Solana and I understand that the chain breaks. I also understand that they are fixing it. I also understand that’s a no-no. And one of the elements was, it was concentrated in its ownership because of FTX. They are now able to liquidate it and so you’re getting rid of one of the issues.

Solana itself, I think it’s doing something very clever. In cryptocurrencies, what matters is narrative. Bitcoin narrative, digital gold for example. Ethereum, the distributed Internet for Web3. So where do these other chains fit in? Well, Solana has and is building a narrative, which is the consumer chain…

But the consumer Internet, these are the people who’ve done the deal with META, doing deals with Google. They’ve got stores. They’ve got clothing lines. They have a consumer feel to them. And I believe consumer adoption, not at owning cryptocurrencies, but the use of NFTs [non-fungible tokens] and other digital assets is only going to explode over the next few years…

“Solana reminds me of Ethereum back in 2018 when it was down 97% and nobody cared. And that was a great bloody opportunity.