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Binance Labs, the venture capital and incubation arm of global cryptocurrency exchange Binance, has announced a strategic investment in Puffer. This venture marks a remarkable advance in the world of decentralized liquid re-staking protocols (nLRP), focusing particularly on the Ethereum ecosystem.
Puffer, an innovative nLRP, is designed to integrate liquid Ethereum staking with natural re-staking on EigenLayer, a new Layer 2 (L2) solution. The investment from Binance Labs is aimed at supporting Puffer’s development of open source technologies, including its nLRP and Actively Validated Services (AVS), as part of its overall verticalized infrastructure.
Puffer’s main goal is to democratize Ethereum staking. Staking on the Ethereum network currently involves significant operational risks and costs, often leading to a trend of centralization controlled by institutional entities. The Puffer Protocol seeks to make staking more accessible and viable for individual validators at home. This effort involves reducing the associated risks and costs, thereby promoting a more decentralized and secure blockchain environment.
One of the notable innovations of Puffer, receiving a grant from the Ethereum Foundation, is the Secure-Signer remote signing tool. This technology reduces the risk of penalty reductions for validators, thus increasing capital efficiency within the protocol. Puffer is also proud to collaborate with leading researchers in the field, including Ethereum Foundation Principal Investigator Justin Drake. Their collaborative efforts in security research influenced changes to the Ethereum roadmap and contributed to the development of the protocol.
Looking ahead, Puffer plans to manage its upcoming L2 as EigenLayer AVS. EigenLayer enables the creation of custom L2 networks that function as AVSs that are actively validated by a set of staking validators. This approach is expected to lead to significant network effects, especially as more AVS are integrated and benefit from the economic security offered by Puffer. Such integration is central to improving the rewards for Puffer’s permissionless validators, thereby driving participation and enhancing Ethereum’s decentralization.
Binance co-founder and head of Binance Labs, Yi He, expressed enthusiasm about supporting innovative DeFi projects like Puffer in their early stages. Amir Foruzani, the founder of Puffer, highlighted the project’s unique approach and its contribution to the future of decentralized trust and a sustainable, evolving ecosystem.
Puffer’s journey so far has included raising $6.3 million in three rounds of funding, backed by notable backers such as Lemniscap, Faction and Animoca Brands.
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