Cardano has stood out for its meticulous academic approach, despite facing criticism for its seemingly slower development pace. At the recent Cardano Summit in Dubai, Frederik Gregaard, the CEO of the Cardano Foundation, proudly defended the platform’s deliberate progress, emphasizing its commitment to academic rigor and its contribution to the resilience and adaptability of blockchains.
The Strength of Deliberate Progress
Gregaard highlighted the significance of the years spent on research and implementation, with some of Cardano’s core principles influencing even faster-moving blockchain platforms. Despite its “boring” reputation, Cardano has achieved notable milestones, including the introduction of Hydra, a layer-2 scalability solution, and the stake-based multi-signature protocol Mithril. These advancements have propelled Cardano’s network growth, with a remarkable 198% year-to-date increase in total value locked (TVL), elevating it from 34th to 15th place among all networks.
Cardano Embraces Community, Navigates Tribalism
Acknowledging Cardano’s strong community, Gregaard addressed the industry’s crypto tribalism, viewing it as a strength for public, permissionless blockchains. Despite occasional divisions, Cardano’s community has flourished, evident in the addition of over 200,000 new noncustodial wallets during a bear market. Gregaard emphasized the importance of learning from other networks, citing workshops planned for the coming year to allow the community to contribute to a constitutional document, aligning with Cardano Improvement Proposal 1694 (CIP-1694).
Looking ahead, Cardano is gearing up for the Voltaire era, focusing on decentralized governance. Gregaard expressed ambitious aspirations for the project, expecting nation-states to adopt Cardano for applications ranging from financial markets to international trade and voting. The CEO highlighted the platform’s nonprofit status and independence from founders as strategic assets in navigating the emotional and political aspects of crypto tribalism. As Cardano continues its path toward stability through hard forks and the enactment of CIP-1694, it remains a key player in the ever-evolving landscape of blockchain technology.
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