Astroport needs liquidity and volume. But here’s the problem.
Problem: Astroport was state of the art when it launched in December 2021, but now it’s quickly becoming obsolete. Cutting edge Cosmos DEXes have order books and / or concentrated liquidity. As far as I can tell, Delphi is focused on Mars and TFL is focused on new NFT apps. Apparently no devs doing serious work to improve Astroport.
In the crowed field of cutting edge Cosmos DEXes, Astroport needs a niche.
Solution: Astroport becomes the liquid staking DEX of the Cosmos. We use ASTRO incentives to create deep pools of staking derivatives. LSD providers will help with incentives, because there are many of them across the Cosmos and they will soon be fighting for market share.
Here’s the vision: stJUNO - stATOM, stOSMO - stATOM, stLUNA - stATOM, stEVMOS - stATOM. Don’t worry about stAsset - asset pools. We need to conserve incentives, so let Osmosis have the stAsset - asset pools and Astroport have the stAsset - stAsset pools.
Pros: won’t need much ASTRO incentives, cause staking reward is built in; also, LSD provider will contribute incentives; also, these are unique pairs that don’t exist elsewhere in the Cosmos. People will come to Astroport to trade assets without worrying about missing out on staking rewards.
Cons: none! At this point, Astroport doesn’t have anything to lose.
Once liquidity builds up, TFL can set up with a money market or a decentralized stablecoin that uses LSD LP tokens as collateral. That will certainly set Astroport apart (although Crescent is working on something similar).
We can partner with the LSD providers Quicksilver or Stride. Obviously there are Stader and Prism. But Stader is working to expand out of the Cosmos, and months after the crash Prism hasn’t even been able to figure out if it will airdrop new PRISM tokens to old holders. And anyway, in the nearterm Prism won’t have a token, so they won’t be able to help with incentives. Whereas Quicksilver and Stride probably would help with incentives.
What do you guys think? (Will be posting this in discord as well. Tune in there for possible discussion.)