Interview with Julien Bouteloup of Stake Capital

We asked Julien's opinion regarding several topics such as decentralization, incentivisation, challenges and DeFi in context of our Staking Ecosystem Case Study.

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SR: In your opinion, How do we ensure and incentivize further decentralization within the staking ecosystem?  

JB: I think it should be a mixture of different infrastructure designs across Staking-as-a-service providers and have sufficiently politically decentralized groups.

SR: What are the biggest challenges for Proof of Stake and Staking, that we still have to overcome or may still face?

JB: Find good incentive mechanisms without losing ground on decentralisation.  

SR: What do you consider to be the most important aspects to attract delegators to your staking service?

JB: Daily communication and tools such as rewards check or bots.

SR: Which upcoming protocol projects are you most excited about and why? Is there a protocol no-one is paying attention to but should?

JB: Algorand, Polkadot and dFinity.

SR: Do you believe decentralized finance implications will replace traditional finance and it's products within the next 10 years?

JB: It will not replace it but give an alternative solution to people. Open internet needs open finance.

SR: Currently around $6 billion is locked in Staking. Can you ballpark this value for in one year? Currently around $0.5 billion is locked in DEFI. Can you ballpark this value for in one year?

JB: Ethereum will bring ~$30B liquidity into the existing ~$20B staking marketcap and other such as Polkadot ($1B marketcap) will bring more liquidity as well. I would expect 30% to be staked so we have ~10B locked in staking in one year.

DeFi will have the major bull run as everyone is currently building on DeFi. I would expect $2B locked in DeFi in one year.


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