Bitcoin and cryptocurrencies have seen a surge in popularity in recent months due to unprecedented economic stimulus measures, with some smaller cryptocurrencies seeing massive gains.
The bitcoin price, after quickly rebounding from a coronavirus-induced crash in March, has been treading water at just under $10,000 per bitcoin since May and has been on a slight downward trend over the last year.
However, other cryptocurrencies have soared, including chainlink’s link token—now up a staggering 1,000% on June last year.
Chainlink, an ethereum-powered cryptocurrency that trades under the name link, has been boosted by a surge of interest in decentralized finance (DeFi)—the idea that blockchain entrepreneurs can use bitcoin and crypto technology to recreate traditional financial instruments such as loans and insurance.
The chainlink price this week hit an all-time high of $6.49 per link token, according to data from bitcoin and crypto exchange Coinbase, adding 60% over the last month and taking it to touching distance of the top ten most valuable cryptocurrencies. Chainlink, designed to bridge payment services and blockchains such as bitcoin and ethereum, was created in 2015 and offered its link tokens to investors in a 2017 initial coin offering (ICO) at $0.11 per token, raising $32 million.
“We’re seeing this spike as the chainlink network is getting scaled usage powering DeFi, connecting on-chain DeFi smart contracts to off-chain data feeds like commodities and crypto price data,” Vance Spencer, co-founder of chainlink investor Framework Ventures, said via email.
“Firms outside of crypto are also starting to realize the power of enterprise smart contracts powered by robust oracle networks and the decision of the Chinese government to integrate chainlink oracles into their national blockchain services network is a legitimately huge deal.”
China’s Blockchain Service Network was launched on July 5 by China’s State Information Center, China Mobile, China Unionpay, and Red Date Technologies with the aim of making blockchain development easier and uses chainlink’s “oracles” to transfer data from blockchains to real-world data or a non-blockchain databases.
“Chainlink’s adoption has created incredible community momentum,” Spencer said, pointing to the likes of technology and banking giants Google, SWIFT, Docusign, and Oracle creating partnerships and pilot programs with chainlink.
“The link rally is being driven by a multitude of factors, the most important of which is its sheer potential to unlock all the promise that smart contract platforms have so far failed to deliver on,” Spencer said, adding chainlink’s technology could mean “we’re essentially witnessing the ‘Uberization’ of data,” referring to ride-hailing app Uber’s disruption of the…