Elrond Launches Mainnet with New App and Big Changes to ERD Token Model

UTC by Julia Sakovich · 4 min read
Elrond Launches Mainnet with New App and Big Changes to ERD Token Model
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Maiar will provide lending, staking, payments, and fiat capability, packed into a consumer-friendly app that showcases Elrond’s capabilities.

Elrond’s mainnet has launched in a blaze of glory and wave of publicity. The DPoS chain, whose high throughput is achieved by sharding, will compete with smart contract networks such as Ethereum, and has significant community support behind it. Crucially, it’s also got the first signs of development, having launched its first app on day one which, in keeping with the defining theme of 2020, is all about defi.

Maiar will provide lending, staking, payments, and fiat capability, packed into a consumer-friendly app that showcases Elrond’s capabilities. It will support native Elrond assets, including ERD, whose tokenomics have been refreshed in time for the mainnet launch. A significant reduction in the release curve for ERD will see no new coins issued after year 10 and an 11% reduction in output in year one. Elrond’s native asset has enjoyed strong demand in the run-up to its mainnet launch and is up 400% over the past month.

Elrond Dials Up the Stock to Flow for ERD

Stock to flow (S2F) is commonly used to model the impact that new production of commodities will have on the price of the current supply. Although designed for gold and oil, it can also be applied to cryptocurrencies. Divide the total assets in circulation by the annual issuance and you get the number of years it would take to replenish the current supply. For gold, that figure stands at 62 years; for ERD, a stock to flow of 275 has been estimated by year five.

Elrond’s decision to adjust its token model was motivated by a desire to increase the relative scarcity of the token, encouraging the community to view it more like digital gold – or at the very least to slow its velocity and incentivize hodling. Instead of issuing another 20 billion ERD as originally scheduled, just 20 million tokens will now be issued in the future.

According to Elrond founder and CEO Beniamin Mincu, the adjustment to the emission schedule was motivated in part by reflection on global events, which have seen unprecedented amounts of central bank money printing, prompting a flight to hard assets like bitcoin and gold. “A large population of the world is unbanked, without access to the existing financial infrastructure, and so their opportunities to participate in wealth creation are extremely limited,” Mincu explains.

He adds: “What’s more, this skewed distribution means that incentives and risks can remain hidden until they blow up, creating a problem for everyone. We saw evidence of this during the 2008 financial crisis and we’re seeing it again these days.”

40,000 on Maiar Waitlist

40,000 users have signed up to use Elrond’s debut app, Maiar. The mobile app looks set to become the main jumping off point for people seeking entry to Elrond’s ecosystem from the fiat world; more than 150 fiat currencies are supported by the app, whose features include a multisig option allowing users to nominate friends as “guardians” to secure their wallet and provide access should they get locked out. Funds can be sent to other app users and to contacts at the touch of a button using Maiar.

Another innovative feature that comes bundled with Maiar is the ability for users to set progressive security tiers based on the value of the funds they’ve custodied. This enables experienced users with a lot invested in the Elrond economy to have rigorous account protection, while providing more user-friendly options for newcomers with smaller holdings, lowering the barriers to entry.

Elrond Claims the Title of Newest Blockchain in Town

Elrond is officially the newest blockchain in the industry, even though other blockchains may stake a claim to the contrary. Cardano has just completed its upgrade to Shelly, which entailed a hard fork, so is not strictly a mainnet launch, since the network was already operational. Likewise with the forthcoming ETH 2.0, which will be an upgrade – albeit a major one – rather than a new network. With TRON having recently upgraded its network and NEO planning to follow suit in Q4, Elrond will have company soon, even if its revitalized rivals won’t be able to match its high throughput achieved through adaptive state sharding.

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