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Lido Gets #1 Spot with stETH Launching on Layer 2 Platforms—Top 3 Coins to Watch for Oct 10—Oct 16 – CoinCodex

With Bitcoin still hovering around the $20,000 price level, the action in the cryptocurrency markets hasn’t been too interesting as of late. However, that doesn’t mean that there’s no exciting developments on the fundamental side. Let’s take a look at 3 cryptocurrency and blockchain projects that will be worth watching this week.
Sushi is a community-owned project that has created a suite of decentralized finance services. The project was initially started in 2020, launching a Uniswap fork called SushiSwap. The project’s innovation was to reward liquidity providers on its decentralized exchange with SUSHI governance tokens. This brought a surge of liquidity to SushiSwap at the expense of Uniswap, and essentially forced the Uniswap team to launch the UNI token shortly after.
Even though SushiSwap seemed a real threat to Uniswap for a while, it now has much smaller trading volumes and lower liquidity. However, Sushi is still a notable decentralized finance project, and offers a suite of DeFi services including token swaps, lending, borrowing and yield farming.
Users can stake their SUSHI tokens to earn a portion of the swap fees that are paid to SushiSwap. Users can still participate in the governance process even after staking thanks to the xSUSHI token, which is issued to stakers.
Even though Sushi is currently not among the most hyped DeFi projects, there have been some interesting developments as of late that make it worth keeping an eye on. Asset management firm GoldenTree, which has an AUM of about $47 billion, has revealed that they hold more than 3.9 million SUSHI tokens, which translates to about $5.2 million. In a post on the Sushi discussion forums, a GoldenTree employee disclosed an Ethereum wallet in which the company holds its SUSHI tokens. The employee says that GoldenTree can assist the Sushi project on matters of tokenomics and protocol design. 
The Sushi project has also recently elected former Bitfineon CEO Jared Grey as its new “Head Chef”. Grey received 84% of the vote, which was conducted through SUSHI tokens. The new Head Chef says he is planning to improve the efficiency of the Sushi project, which would allow it to launch new products to win a bigger market share. The successful election of a new leader could bring more stability to the Sushi project, which struggled with internal turmoil earlier this year.

NEAR Protocol is a blockchain platform for smart contracts which emphasizes scalability and developer-friendliness. NEAR Protocol is based on Proof-of-Stake, and launched its Nightshade sharding solution in November of 2021. 
Instead of having to learn a new programming language, developers can write smart contracts for NEAR Protocol in languages like Rust and AssemblyScript.  The NEAR blockchain’s smart contract capabilities support popular use cases like decentralized finance (DeFi) and non-fungible tokens (NFTs). NEAR also offers Ethereum Virtual Machine (EVM) compatibility through the Aurora platform.
NEAR Foundation has reached a partnership with Google Cloud to provide technical support for web3 projects that are building on NEAR Protocol. Google Cloud’s infrastructure will be used by Pagoda, a platform providing key services for startups on NEAR. 
The Pagoda platform offers tools that allow NEAR developers to test their decentralized applications and securely deploy them to the NEAR mainnet. Following the DApp’s launch, developers can use the Pagoda platform to monitor real-time usage analytics. Pagoda also has a JavaScript SDK (software development kit), allowing developers to create their DApps with the popular programming language. 
NEAR Foundation CEO Marieke Flament commented on the partnership: 
“This partnership marks a new chapter for us as we continue to offer the best support possible for the next generation of visionaries choosing to build on the NEAR protocol.”

LDO is the governance token of Lido DAO, a decentralized autonomous organization that oversees the Lido liquid staking protocols. Through the DAO, LDO holders can decide on important protocol parameters including fees and assigning node operators and oracles. Lido makes it possible for users to retain liquidity even when they’re staking their coins. 
The protocol issues tokens to represent staked coins, for example stETH for staked ETH. Tokens like stETH can be traded or deployed in DeFi protocols to earn yield. Lido provides liquid staking services for different blockchains, including EthereumSolana, Kusama and Polygon
Lido has made a move into Ethereum-based layer 2s, allowing the stETH token to be wrapped and bridged over to Arbitrum One and Optimism. In addition, the project has also announced 150,000 LDO in liquidity mining incentives to promote liquidity for wrapped stETH. Protocols that will offer the incentives include Beethoven X, Balancer, Curve, Kyber and Velodrome.
Lido is now on L2 ?️

Bridge your staked ETH to Layer 2 protocols at the click of a button to benefit from lower gas fees and exciting DeFi opportunities.
Arbitrum One and Optimism are layer 2 platforms that function on top of the Ethereum blockchain and provide significantly faster and cheaper transactions. Both are based on a technique called optimistic rollups, where a large number of layer 2 transactions is bundled together and submitted to the Ethereum blockchain.
Lido continues to dominate Ethereum staking. According to data from Nansen, the Lido protocol accounts for 4.25 million staked ETH, out of a total of 14.2 million staked ETH.

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