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Binance Labs Invests in nLRP Puffer for Enhanced Ethereum Staking

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  • Feb 01, 2024 09:21
Binance Labs Invests in nLRP Puffer for Enhanced Ethereum Staking

Binance Labs, the venture capital and incubation arm of the global cryptocurrency exchange Binance, has announced a strategic investment in Puffer. This venture marks a notable advancement in the world of decentralized liquid restaking protocols (nLRPs), particularly focusing on Ethereum's ecosystem.

Puffer, an innovative nLRP, is designed to integrate Ethereum liquid staking with native restaking on EigenLayer, a novel Layer 2 (L2) solution. The investment from Binance Labs is aimed at bolstering Puffer's development of open-source technologies, including its nLRP and actively validated services (AVSs), as part of its comprehensive verticalized infrastructure.

The core objective of Puffer is to democratize Ethereum staking. Staking in Ethereum's network currently involves significant operational risks and costs, often leading to a centralization tendency controlled by institutional entities. Puffer's protocol strives to make staking more accessible and viable for individual, at-home validators. This effort includes reducing associated risks and costs, thereby fostering a more decentralized and secure blockchain environment.

One of Puffer's notable innovations, receiving a grant from the Ethereum Foundation, is the Secure-Signer remote signing tool. This technology reduces the risk of slashing penalties for validators, thereby increasing capital efficiency within the protocol. Puffer also prides itself on its collaborations with leading researchers in the field, including Ethereum Foundation core researcher Justin Drake. Their joint efforts in security research have influenced changes in Ethereum's roadmap and contributed to the protocol's development.

Looking ahead, Puffer plans to operate its upcoming L2 as an EigenLayer AVS. EigenLayer enables the creation of custom L2 networks that function as AVSs, which are actively validated by a set of staking validators. This approach is expected to produce significant network effects, especially as more AVSs are integrated and benefit from the economic security offered by Puffer. Such an integration is pivotal in enhancing rewards for Puffer's permissionless validators, thereby incentivizing participation and reinforcing Ethereum's decentralization.

The co-founder of Binance and head of Binance Labs, Yi He, expressed enthusiasm about supporting innovative DeFi projects like Puffer in their early stages. Amir Forouzani, the founder of Puffer, highlighted the project's unique approach and its contribution to the future of decentralized trust and a resilient, evolving ecosystem.

Puffer's journey so far includes raising $6.3 million across three funding rounds, supported by notable backers such as Lemniscap, Faction, and Animoca Brands.

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