Ethereum Better Buy than Bitcoin!? YES! Here’s Why!

Hey yo, what is going on with the viewers
of the tuuuuubeeee. My name is Tyler and I would like to introduce
you to the channel that brings the content smack dab right in your face, whether you
like it or not….you know our pearl necklace, it’s time for Chico Crypto! What type of content are the members of the
Chico Army craving today? You want something about Bitcoin? How about something with Defi? Well, if you want both, you are gonna be happy,
because that is exactly what we are talking about today, bringing Bitcoin to the DeFi
ecosystem of Ethereum. So if you couldn’t tell….the decentralized
finance, DEFI, ecosystem is being completely taken over by Ethereum. Every single DeFi protocol or dapp that is
worth a dam is built on Ethereum using second layer tech and erc tokens. You had, a flurry of the shatcoins try to
take the DeFi hype, likkkkeeeee Binance, who cannot be considered defi, as it doesn’t
have smart contracts nor is it decentralized, Binance controls all validators nodes on the
Binance chain.

So, all that hype regarding the big ole Binance
DeFi IEO, Bidao…the algorithmic stablecoin competitor to Maker and Dai, it’s not DeFi,
it’s not gonna work, because Binance chain can't handle complex smart contracts. So don’t believe their BS, don’t believe
any of the Ethereum competitors bulloney. It’s a fugazi, it’s fake, and it’s made
to take money from your pocket and put it into theirs. But Ethereum will be the gravity well, that
brings in all other assets into its’ DeFi ecosystem, and that includes Bitcoin.

So what are the top projects, who are attempting
to bring the liquidity of BTC to Ethereum? Well there are actually 4 projects we need
to discuss. #1 we have WBTC, or wrapped bitcoin, and this
is launched right now in collaboration with some of the top DeFi projects in the space. Although WBTC, is a centralized custodian
model, with KYC to get the tokens minted, when they are minted, your collateral BITCOIN
is held by a centralized custodian. So that is not decentralized, but it was a
way to bring bitcoin to DeFi, before the tech was built. And since the launch of WBTC, we have seen
solid growth.

First tokens were minted at the end of January
of 2019, and after a year and 3 months, we have broken 1000 wBTC minted, which means
over 1000 BTC are locked by custodians with contracts. Now that is just over 7.6 million dollars,
and you would think, heyyyy that is not crazy growth, but when you compare it with Bitcoin’s
lightning network, which has been out for a year longer, since January 2018….you realize
WBTC has already outgrew the lightning network. Now, I know for a fact, the growth of wBTC
would be a whole hell of a lot more, if it was fully decentralized and removed all the
barriers of KYC, custodianship, and the pains that go along with it. And this is where projects #2, 3 and 4 come
in. Those that are bringing bitcoin to Ethereum
in a trustless way. These projects are REN, tBTC, and ptokens. So let’s begin 1st with the project who
has an actual Bitcoin on Ethereum product out on the mainnet. And that is pTokens, they got their Bitcoin
product out on the mainnet, about a month ago, March 5th.

Now ptokens make use of 3 main components
#1 A Pay to script has Bitcoin address #2 An Ethereum ERC-777 smart contract and #3
Two light clients (Bitcoin + Ethereum) housed within an enclave. This combination allows Bitcon to be quickly
and instantly pegged in and pegged out, while something like wrapped bitcoin, takes some
time due to the custodian model. This automated minting and redeeming of pBTC
allows users to enter and exit the market continuously with less effort than wBTC. Sooooo how many pBTC were created this month? Well going to the dapp dashboard for ptokens,
we can see just over 7.6 pBTC have been created from a series of transactions since launch. Not outstanding…..I wonder why? Well it’s not fully decentralized….yet. from their medium post about the launch on
the mainnet, in the section on community governance.

Over time, the administration of the system
will become more decentralized and its governance passed into the hands of the community….they
then explain, this Phase 0 mainnet launch, “During this phase, the system is not on
autopilot” and finally “This initial, not fully decentralized version aims to first
create a secure and stable system, whose governance will then become incrementally decentralized” So ptokens, better than wBTC, but not fully
trustless bridge everybody is looking for. So only two projects left, REN and tBTC. And this is where the battle for Bitcoin on
Ethereum supremacy is going to go down. So let’s begin with the REN protocol and
the RENvm, or virtual machine, which can be considered the trustless custodian, which
manages the ledger of assets as 1:1 across bitcoin and ethereum. So how does the RENvm work? The RenVM stores BTC in a network of decentralized
nodes called Darknodes, where all Darknodes must be collateralized with 3x the value to
ensure economic security. The collateral asset of the dark nodes is
REN. Which means the amount of renBTC available
for minting is entirely limited by the available economic bandwidth of REN which is about 45
million as of yesterday.

Which if we took bitcoin price, of 7300, would
mean as of today, REN could MAX mint just over 6100 renBTC. Some say, this economic design will run into
scaling problems, as it’s not enough economic bandwidth to support even 5 percent of the
Bitcoin market…but there may be a positive feedback loop here. The more renBTC minted/burned, the greater
Darknodes' revenues and thus the higher value of REN tokens. RenVM's capacity is directly tied to usage
of RenVM. More usage, higher REN price, more economic
capacity. So how close is this to being released? Well just a couple weeks back in late March,
we got an update, in which they laid out the final steps for launch of Mainnet Subzero…and
then, they gave the results of their security audit, which began in January. No critical bugs, but like all audits some
issues found, and now they are moving to the next phase of the audit, for the sPMC, secure
multiparty computation audit, in which Looon Wang, CEO says “this audit has an unknown
time frame, as auditing such an algorithm is no simple endeavor, nor is fixing any issues
that might arise.

With that said, we look forward to receiving
those results and will be rolling out RenVM in lock-step with these reports to ensure
a prudent release. Until the Hyperdrive fixes are enacted, and
the sMPC audit is complete, we will not progress to the third stage of the rollout plan…the
official release of Mainnet SubZero). We will not rush this release as the safety,
liveliness, and security of RenVM is our utmost priority. So I wouldn’t say, within the next quarter,
maybe by quarter 3, but most likely quarter 4. So for a fully trustless bitcoin on Ethereum
we gotta wait, but do we really have to wait until the end of this year? Nope, a fully trustless bitcoin is coming
soon.

This month, From the last project. tBTC. They put out this blogpost, that tBTC will
launch on the Ethereum mainnet on April 27th, where users will have full functionality,
depositing BTC, minting tBTC, and using it in Ethereum, in a fully trustless manner. So how does tBTC work?? Well there are three major players with tBTC
the depositor, the signers, and the signing groups. Similar to other protocols, a depositor who
wants tBTC to use, a signer is a person who want to be paid for providing signer custodian
services, and a signing group is a decentralized group of singers who receive the deposits,
mint and burn tBTC, and they release of BTC back to the depositor. Now I could go into the technical details
of signer groups, but the details we should be worried about is collateralization, as
Signer groups could collude together to take the BTC right? Well to become a signer, you must deposit
Ether into an ETH BOND, which can be taken away for bad behavior. So this means the design behind tBTC relies
on over-collateralizing Ether to secure every tBTC on the network. And the proposed amount is 150 percent, which
means for every bitcoin, which is 7300 dollars as of yesterday, 10,950 dollars needs to be
locked as Ether collateral by the signers.

So again this one runs into the same theoretical
problem as REN, ethereum doesn’t have enough economic bandwidth to handle full load of
Bitcoin. I mean at just 5 percent of Bitcoin supply,
you would need over 10 billion Ethereum, which is over 55 percent of the available economic
bandwidth at current prices. But once again, if tBTC succeeds, and people
rush to use it, the more locked ethereum reducing the supply, and you would think that would
raise the price of Ether right? So in my opinion, the trustless Ether to BTC
bridge, is going to be one of the most important pieces to the future of DeFi. It’s a way for Bitcoin to break away from
the shackles of centralized exchanges, Tether and more, and really use that liquidity, like
it meant to be used….trustlessley.

Cheers viewers I’ll see you next time!.

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