The Future of DeFi Development: Non-EVM Layer 1 Platforms and the Role of Radix

By Greg Grzesiak Greg Grzesiak has been verified by Muck Rack's editorial team
Published on May 26, 2023

Decentralized Finance, or DeFi, is an emergent financial technology utilizing secure distributed ledgers akin to those employed by cryptocurrencies. DeFi challenges the conventional centralized financial system, endowing individuals with peer-to-peer digital exchanges and eradicating the fees charged by banks and other financial institutions.

As it blazes the trail for a novel dynamic financial market, DeFi is simultaneously more decentralized, less reliant on intermediaries like banks and brokerages, and has the potential to be immensely rewarding for its users, all while offering privacy and transparency.

Within this revolutionary landscape, the focus of DeFi is shifting, with the spotlight now on the imminent battle between Ethereum Virtual Machine (EVM) Layer 2 solutions and non-EVM Layer 1 platforms.

  • EVM Layer 2 solutions are specifically devised to enhance transaction execution on the Ethereum network.
  • Non-EVM Layer 1 platforms are independent blockchains not using EVM.

The intensifying conflict involves innovative projects such as SUI, Radix, Near, and more and is set to dictate the trajectory of DeFi development and adoption for the foreseeable future.

At one time, EVM compatibility was coveted, enabling easy migration of Ethereum dApps to other chains. But this compatibility came with a price — it also inherited Ethereum’s issues. The steep learning curve for developers and vulnerability to frequent hacks or exploits presents significant challenges.

Such risks underline why pairing EVM compatibility with new chains can offer a short-term boost but creates an unstable and unsustainable long-term situation. Non-EVM Layer 1 platforms like Radix step in here, providing a robust, intuitive, and powerful development environment with seamless integration with the complete technology stack.

Radix stands out in the non-EVM Layer 1 landscape, boasting a solution to the Blockchain Trilemma — achieving an optimal balance between decentralization, security, and scalability.

With unique features like Scrypto, an open-source smart contract language, Radix enhances developers’ experiences. Scrypto, based on Rust, offers robust logic with asset-oriented primitives and functions, aiding developers in rapidly creating finance applications.

Radix’s support extends to a developer program, featuring a community, resources, exclusive events, rewards, and recognition. The on-network “Blueprint Catalog” is a treasure trove of reusable functionality pieces, letting developers contribute and leverage code that is open, alive, and constantly validated.

These non-EVM L1 platforms offer a more intuitive and secure development process, tailored for DeFi needs. This approach saves developers from investing excessive time in understanding EVM intricacies, thus reducing the “time to talent” and enhancing productivity.

In addition, the platforms offer a streamlined and user-friendly experience, integrating with the entire technology stack for a comprehensive solution catering to developers and end-users.

The ongoing battle between EVM L2s and non-EVM L1s marks a pivotal moment in the DeFi landscape.

By Greg Grzesiak Greg Grzesiak has been verified by Muck Rack's editorial team

Greg Grzesiak is an Entrepreneur-In-Residence and Columnist at Grit Daily. As CEO of Grzesiak Growth LLC, Greg dedicates his time to helping CEOs influencers and entrepreneurs make the appearances that will grow their following in their reach globally. Over the years he has built strong partnerships with high profile educators and influencers in Youtube and traditional finance space. Greg is a University of Florida graduate with years of experience in marketing and journalism.

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