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pStake Finance Launches Bitcoin Liquid Staking Solution to Boost Bitcoin-Native DeFi Ecosystem

pStake Finance, supported by Binance Labs, recently introduced its liquid staking solution for Bitcoin, marking a significant advancement in Bitcoin-native decentralized finance (DeFi).

This new solution, developed on Babylon’s Bitcoin staking protocol, is designed to simplify the Bitcoin staking process while providing additional opportunities for Bitcoin holders to generate yields.

Mikhil Pandey, co-founder and chief strategy officer of pSTAKE Finance, emphasized the company’s commitment to enhancing Bitcoin’s functionality as a yield-generating asset.

He stated, “Having fundamental faith and belief in Bitcoin, yields, and constantly identifying and solving crucial problems in this industry are some of the reasons behind moving in Bitcoin’s direction.

The opportunity to make Bitcoin a yield-generating asset, something that hasn’t existed inherently, is very exciting. Yield-generating Bitcoin is powerful for all ecosystems and not just Bitcoin L2s.”

This initiative is part of the broader Bitcoin DeFi (BTCFi) movement, which seeks to integrate DeFi capabilities with the first blockchain network.

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The growing interest in Bitcoin-native DeFi solutions has been bolstered by the 2024 halving event, which coincided with the launch of Bitcoin Runes, a new protocol for issuing fungible tokens on the Bitcoin network.

In the run-up to the halving, Binance Labs, the independent venture capital arm of Binance, has pivoted its focus towards BTCFi, marking its commitment with an investment in the Bitcoin-native restaking protocol BounceBit on April 11.

The launch of pSTAKE’s liquid staking solution represents the company’s inaugural venture into Bitcoin-native DeFi after three years of developing its protocol on the Cosmos network. pSTAKE is part of a growing number of protocols aimed at transforming Bitcoin into a yield-generating asset.

In a similar vein, Hermetica announced in early May the launch of the first-ever Bitcoin-backed synthetic U.S. dollar with yield capabilities, USDh, set to debut in June and offer up to 25% yields.

Pandey sees the BTCFi sector as an area ripe with promising products that enhance Bitcoin’s capital efficiency.

He believes, however, that the sector still requires further development to reach the maturity seen in Ethereum’s DeFi space. “Ethereum’s tech had to go through a lot of evolution before the actual DeFi Summer in 2020.

The Bitcoin DeFi landscape will likely follow a similar journey of development and progress before we see a full-fledged BTCfi Summer,” he explained.

Pandey also highlighted the significant financial potential in making Bitcoin a more versatile asset, noting the current minimal DeFi penetration in the Bitcoin market: “With less than 1% of the Bitcoin market cap in DeFi today, we could see huge growth as we develop more secure and reliable ways to generate yield on Bitcoin.”

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