VeradiVerdict - Korea's First Stablecoin - Issue #35
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Stablecoins are needed in the crypto ecosystem for price stability and payment, so I wrote a high level view of some strategies in a previous article here. I wanted to highlight a project called Terra that has created a stablecoin using the seniorage shares model, but is unique in a few different ways:
Terra is based in and targeting the South Korean market initially, becoming Korea’s first stablecoin. Korea has proven to be a strong testbed for cryptocurrencies, making up about 30% of the world’s cryptocurrency trading volume.
The Terra team is quite experienced in payments and decentralized technologies. Daniel Shin has extensive experience building out one of the biggest e-commerce platforms in Asia in Ticket Monster. Do Kwon previous built a wireless mesh networking startup.
The Terra project stands out from other stablecoin projects by having a strong focus on payments and with their experience and relationships, have integrated with top e-commerce players totaling $25B in GMV.
Luna, its stability engine, aligns holders’ incentive to participate and contribute to the growth of the Terra network.
With fiat on-ramps and the appropriate licensing, in addition to strong distribution, I think Terra is a stablecoin project to keep an eye on. Terra is backed by Binance and other crypto investors.
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