What Is THORChain (RUNE)?



THORChain is a decentralized liquidity protocol that allows users to easily exchange cryptocurrency assets across a range of networks including Bitcoin and Ethereum without losing full custody of their assets in the process.

With THORChain, users can simply swap one asset for another in a permissionless setting, without needing to rely on order books to source liquidity. Instead, market prices are maintained through the ratio of assets in a pool (see automated market maker).

The native utility token of the THORChain platform is RUNE. This is used as the base currency in the THORChain ecosystem and is also used for platform governance and security as part of THORChain's Sybil resistance mechanisms — since THORChain nodes must commit a minimum of 300k RUNE to participate in its rotating consensus process.

THORChain was funded through an initial DEX offering (IDO) which launched through the Binance DEX in July 2019. Its single-chain chaosnet launched in April 2021, the multi-chain upgrade was launched in April 2021 and Mainnet is now live as of Jun 2022.. Learn more here


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Who Are the Founders of THORChain?



According to an official representative of THORChain, the platform has no CEO, no founder and no directors. Instead, the further development of the protocol is organized via Gitlab with nodes as the ultimate deciders of which codebase to run.

Those currently working on the project are largely anonymous. Again, an official representative of THORChain states that this is to "protect the project and ensure that it can decentralize."

tweet by the project sheds some light on the theory behind maintaining a project with an anonymous team, as quoted below:

“-> Developers work for the Nodes, by shipping code that makes the system more valuable.

-> Nodes work for the, liquidity providers by securing assets and being online.

-> Liquidity providers bring capital, placed on-market for the Swappers and arbitrageurs.

-> Swappers and arbitrageurs pay fees, bringing economic activity.”


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What Makes THORChain Unique?



THORChain enables native asset settlement, allowing users to swap Bitcoin, Ether, Stablecoins, and other coins across 9 distinct blockchains. THORChain does not wrap or peg assets, instead it allows value to be exchanged from one coin on one blockchain to another coin on another chain.

THORChain uses a unique system to help mitigate the issue of “impermanent losses” — or the often temporary losses that a liquidity provider can experience when contributing to liquidity pools. It achieves this by using a slip-based fee to help ensure liquidity stays where it is needed.

THORChain combines a range of novel technologies, including on-way state pegs, a state machine, the Bifröst Signer Module and a TSS protocol to seamlessly facilitate cross-chain token swaps permissionlessly. This is all kept behind the scenes, making the platform accessible to even inexperienced traders.

The protocol isn't profit-oriented. All fees generated by the protocol go directly to the participants eg. node operators and liquidity providers, and there are no provisions for the team. Instead, the team is incentivized by simply holding RUNE — just like everyone else.

THORChain enables Streaming Swaps which allow large swaps to be broken up into many smaller swaps over time, which significantly reduces swap fees for users.

Other than swaps, THORChain offers single-sided liquidity provision through Savers. Users can provide Layer 1 assets such as BTC and earn single-sided yield without impermanent loss.

THORChain also hosts a flagship Lending protocol where users can borrow against their native BTC or ETH and receive a USD-denominated debt in the asset of their choosing. The loans have no liquidations, no interest, and no expiration.

Source : Coinmarketcap

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