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Ethereum’s reputation ‘a double-edged sword’ — a16z’s State of Crypto Report

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Crypto enterprise fund big Andreessen Horowitz (a16z) has highlighted that improvement and demand on Ethereum is “unmatched” regardless of the community’s excessive transaction charges.

The agency does warn, nevertheless, that its “popularity is also a double-edged sword” given Ethereum prioritizes decentralization over scaling, leading to competing blockchains stealing market share with “promises of better performance and lower fees.”

The feedback got here by way of a weblog put up introducing a16z’s 2022 “State of Crypto” report, with the agency’s knowledge scientist Daren Matsuoka, head of protocol design and engineering Eddy Lazzarin, General Partner Chris Dixon, and head of content material Robert Hackett all working collectively to supply 5 key takeaways from the examine.

Outside of Ethereum, the report focuses on subjects similar to Web3 improvement, crypto adoption charges, decentralized finance (DeFi) and stablecoins.

According to knowledge from the report, Ethereum towers over the competitors by way of builder curiosity, because the community has round 4,000 lively month-to-month builders in comparison with second-ranked Solana (SOL) at 1,000. Bitcoin (BTC) and Cardano (ADA) are subsequent in line at roughly 500 and 400 apiece.

The analysts famous that “Ethereum’s lead has much to do with its early start, and, the health of its community” however emphasised the importance of improvement persevering with to surge on the community regardless of excessive transaction prices:

“Ethereum’s overwhelming mindshare helps explain why its users have been willing to pay more than $15 million in fees per day on average just to use the blockchain — remarkable for such a young project.”

The demand for Ethereum will also be seen throughout the report’s estimated transaction charges paid on a blockchain over a seven-day common (calculated as of May 12), with the info displaying that Ethereum accounts for $15.24 million. To present distinction, BNB Chain, Avalanche, Fantom, Polygon and Solana account for roughly $2.5 million price of charges mixed.

Layer-1 Transaction charges: a16z

The report notes that Layer-2 scaling options are preventing to convey Ethereum’s charges down and transaction hastens, whereas additionally stating that long-awaited upgrades are coming to Ethereum to make the community extra environment friendly and cost-effective.

The “lengthy awaited” upgrades cannot occur quickly sufficient nevertheless and  a16z additionally highlighted within the report that over a 30-day common (as of May 12), lively addresses and transactions on competing blockchains together with Solana, BNB Chain and Polygon are already effectively forward of Ethereum.

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The knowledge exhibits that Ethereum has 5.5 million lively addresses that account for 1.1 million every day transactions, whereas Solana has a mammoth 15.4 million lively addresses and 15.3 million every day transactions. BNB Chain ranks in third with 9.4 million and 5 million, whereas Polygon totaled round 2.6 million and three.4 million. The analysts concluded it will not be a winner-takes-all state of affairs.

“Blockchains are the hit product of a new computing wave, just as PCs and broadband were in the ‘90s and 2000s, and as mobile phones were in the last decade. There’s a lot of room for innovation, and we believe there will be multiple winners.”

Other key takeaways from the report included the DeFi sector’s whole worth locked of roughly $113 billion would make it thirty first largest financial institution within the U.S., estimations that Web3 adoption may hit 1 billion customers by 2031 and that NFTs have generated $3.9 billion price of income for creators thus far.