Quarterly Report for Synthetix, Quarter 4 of 2023: October — December.
👉This autumn Highlights
⭐ Spartan Council/CCs: Andromeda Launch & Tokenomics⭐ Grants Council: Watcher Web page Enhancements⭐ Ambassador Council: OP Grants & Retroactive Public Items Funding help
Now we have a whole lot of large information to evaluate for the ultimate quarter of 2023 and as all the time, let’s begin with the highlights!
The largest achievement by far this quarter was the planning and execution of the Andromeda Launch on Base. In October, Kain launched a weblog put up detailing a sequence of experiments that the protocol ought to implement in an effort to take a look at product demand and market match. He named the primary of those experiments “Andromeda.” With the brand new flexibility of V3, Andromeda can be a siloed deployment on a brand-new OP stack L2 — Base! This deployment would solely help Perps markets and can be collateralized by USDC with the aptitude for supporting ETH Liquidity Provisioning (LPing) as nicely. The concept was to create a sandbox to judge demand for various collateral sorts, sensitivity to price sharing and different incentives, and most of all, demand for perps buying and selling on Base.
There was broad help for this plan from the Spartan Council, and within the strategy of getting this launched, price sharing proposals with each SNX holders and Integrators have been permitted for Andromeda. The contracts have been deployed to Base mainnet in the beginning of December following a remarkably profitable testnet competitors earlier within the Fall. Buying and selling and LPing might be open quickly with conservative OI caps following the Perps V2 launch technique. Perps V2 went on to facilitate $43 billion in buying and selling quantity after its gradual begin, so we might be intently monitoring Perps V3 on Base and ultimately different chains!
Talking of V3, the Grants Council spent a whole lot of time this previous quarter getting ready the Watcher web page for V3. A few yr in the past, they realized that there was a niche in protocol knowledge and so they got down to remedy that downside. After a number of iterations, the Watcher Web page was ultimately born. Publicly obtainable protocol stats are an important a part of how the protocol markets its success and attracts traders. Since V3 makes use of a brand new set of contracts, as it’s meant that V2 and V3 run alongside one another for a while, the Grants crew oversaw the backend growth required to include V3 knowledge in the identical place that the neighborhood has come to know because the hub for protocol knowledge.
The Ambassadors additionally had an impressive quarter serving to to safe OP grants for just a few protocols within the Synthetix ecosystem together with Kwenta, Lyra, and Cannon. OP grants assist protocols incentivize exercise that drives customers to Optimism. The AC additionally performed an instrumental position in getting over 750,000 OP allotted to numerous ecosystem companions for Retroactive Public Items Funding (RPGF) in Optimism’s RPGF Spherical 3.
Although some headway was made on tokenomics this quarter, there’s nonetheless no last course for the worth proposition of SNX going ahead. As talked about within the highlights, USDC collateral was lastly added as an possibility, however it was executed so in a siloed deployment to keep away from competitors with SNX staking. The largest concept that has been floated up to now to resolve that is turning off inflation. For these not prepared to stake, an inflationary token presents an funding hurdle. Some traders will keep away from the venture all collectively, fearing their place might be diluted over time sooner than the venture provides worth. That is as a lot a technical actuality as it’s an optics downside for the protocol — after getting been labeled hyperinflationary, it’s tough to shake that tag. Kain, as soon as once more, proposed turning off inflation for good this quarter, however it required some iterating to get it over the road and a few coordination with a number of the different tokenomics SIPs. Particularly, the Buyback and Burn SIP.
Because the Andromeda launch started to take form, there have been questions on how that buying and selling exercise would accrue worth to SNX stakers. In any case, it was to be a totally siloed deployment with USDC-only LPs. Some members of the Spartan Council voiced help for utilizing a number of the new options in V3, such because the rewards supervisor, to deliver these charges immediately again to SNX stakers on one other chain. The issue is, at this level, it’s nonetheless not clear that there might be demand for this product on Base, which is a part of the explanation why the experiments are being carried out. A extra elegant SNX Buyback and Burn mechanism was advised to deliver worth to stakers in a extra roundabout approach. As an alternative of transferring these charges again to Optimism, SNX might be transferrable to a contract Base that may buy that SNX with a portion of the price revenues collected from merchants. Since this is able to immediately influence the inflation SIP, there was some coordination required to get each over the road and the Buyback and Burn SIP simply barely made it with 5 votes in favor.
The protocol additionally took a giant step this quarter in direction of addressing the integrator price share subject. The ultimate cut up for the Base deployment is about at 20% for Integrators, 40% for SNX stakers and 40% for Base LPs. This was, nevertheless, solely agreed to for Base, which remains to be an unknown amount. Whereas the integrators would have appreciated to see that price share proposal prolonged to all deployments, the last word choice was to incorporate it within the Andromeda experiment and use the info from that deployment to tell what the incentives will appear to be on Optimism, in addition to future deployments. Along with testing demand for Perps on Base, this can even take a look at integrators’ potential to immediately drive quantity to totally different deployments.
Overview of Synthetix This autumn Stats: October 2023 — December 2023
This autumn 2023 Spartan Councilors: Adam, Burt Rock, cyberduck, Genefaesius.eth, Jackson, Kain, Millie, ml_sudo
Together with their contribution to the achievement of main Synthetix milestones this epoch, let’s take a minute to evaluate all the things else that the Spartan Council was in a position to obtain in simply the final 3 months.
Getting Andromeda over the road was the BIG achievement of This autumn. There weren’t as many permitted SIPs this quarter, however the influence of the approvals within the earlier three months might be felt by the Synthetix neighborhood for fairly a while. The quarter started with the testnet competitors, which supplied beneficial knowledge to make the required enhancements to Perps V3 earlier than it was deployed to mainnet. Additionally in October, there was a minor price distributor subject that was corrected by way of the Phecda Launch on the finish of the month.
In November, the Integrator Charge Share dialogue lastly got here to some settlement. As talked about earlier, the ultimate minimize for integrators might be 20% of the charges generated on Base. The entire quantity directed to the Synthetix Perps contracts comes by way of varied integrators, with the overwhelming majority coming by way of Kwenta. Quite a few proposals have been put ahead to get a portion of the charges handed on to integrators, and it was this quarter’s Spartan Council that lastly reached an settlement.
December was very busy! In the beginning of the month, all the contracts vital for the Andromeda launch had been deployed to Base mainnet. The Council then did the work to handle the remaining evident points which will have prevented a profitable launch. The primary was the LP price share subject, which was addressed in SIP-345: SNX Buyback and Burn on Base. The second associated SIP was one to finish inflation in SIP-2043, and the final step was to configure the Andromeda launch to allow USDC collateral in SIP-348. Additionally, in the course of the month, the Council permitted a number of SIPs that went out on the Aludra Launch, including 9 new Perps markets to Perps V2.
This autumn 2023 Grants Councilors: ALEXANDER, CT, MoneyManDoug, sunny, synthquest
As we highlighted above, the Grants Council had a reasonably good quarter of supporting the protocol with varied initiatives and initiatives. So, let’s recap them!
Beginning off sturdy, the Grants Council labored with TerraBellus over a number of months to deliver this informational governance information. This information offers an in-depth overview of Synthetix governance and its processes, together with:
How proposal concepts come aboutProposal drafting and submissionProposal presentationVoting and implementation course of
Councils and different protocol groupsCouncil mandatesEpoch construction
This information is a good place to start out if you happen to’re seeking to study extra about Synthetix governance and the way to become involved!
Watcher Web page
The Watcher Web page has been an extremely useful gizmo for fairly a while now, however the GC has been repeatedly bettering it over the previous quarter. Due to enhancements led by Synthquest, the location now additionally consists of favorites, historic account revenue and loss (PnL), commerce historical past on particular person account pages, fundamental staking stats on particular person account pages, and each day aggregated views of your favourite merchants. The Watcher Web page continues to be a beneficial supply of knowledge, offering all the stats associated to buying and selling knowledge and knowledge.
Along with their common Synthetix Discord bot upkeep and funds, the Grants Council additionally helped get a brand new bot up and working final quarter: the ETH/BTC ratio bot. This bot supplies an correct monitoring of the present ETH to BTC ratio each minute by way of Dexscreener — shout out to EthBoi for his assist with this one!
A brand new replace for the Telegram bot was additionally launched, with the assistance of Nikita. In case you haven’t used it earlier than, the Telegram Bot is a great tool for monitoring staking. With the brand new replace, it has now undergone a whole overhaul of options, together with:
A user-friendly and intuitive button menuAn enhanced and extra versatile notification systemRepeatable notificationsCustomizable auto-updating dashboard
Remember to verify these bots out, and let the GC know your ideas and suggestions within the grants-council Discord channel.
Spartan Synthverse Mint
As everyone knows by now, the Spartan Synthverse NFT venture dropped again in July. The Grants Council labored by way of the primary a number of phases of this venture, after which deployed the free mint on the finish of October. That is now in its second stage — the presale for over 7,000 whitelisted customers, with a most of 1 NFT per transaction. There are at present fewer than 600 NFTs remaining on this mint, so test it out right here when you nonetheless can if you happen to’re a whitelisted person! The third and last stage following the presale might be a public free mint the place customers should buy as much as 20 NFTs per transaction — every NFT is free to mint, simply pay gasoline!
Subsequent up, the GC issued a number of Retroactive grants this previous quarter, serving to to enhance the Synthetix ecosystem by additional involving the neighborhood. A few of these grants included:
Gelato Automated Minting — donoso_eth, gunboats, informal degen (250 SNX every)The brand new up to date Telegram Bot — Nikita okay (500 SNX)For open sourcing high-level knowledge analytics and python repos, in addition to serving to up with common Synthetix knowledge — 0xEvan (750 SNX)
Lastly, the Grants Council funded and labored with Core Contributor Matt in October to deliver Notifi to the Synthetix ecosystem and assist enhance the staking expertise. Notifi is a number one supplier of DeFi alerts that brings real-time notifications (therefore the identify) to customers. With Notifi, you may obtain prompt alerts about your staking positions, protocol updates, and different important reminders. These alerts will be enabled immediately throughout the staking UI utilizing the bell icon.
It’s tremendous simple to set this up — simply search for the notification bell on the Synthetix Staking UI when you’ve linked your pockets, and click on on it to pick out and activate the alerts of your selection.
Varieties of alerts you may obtain with Notifi embrace:
Synthetix Bulletins: Keep up to date with essential updates and Alpha immediately from SynthetixLiquidation Warning: Get alerted if you’re flagged for liquidationLiquidation Affirmation: Get alerted when your place will get liquidatedAccount Snapshots: Get a abstract of your portfolio on the finish of every epoch, such as you would with a financial institution statementClaim Reward Reminders: Get reminded when to say your reward on the finish of every epochGovernance Updates: Obtain standing updates about key governance proposals and outcomesC-Ratio Well being Alerts: Get alerted when your C-Ratio goes above or beneath the edge you set
And all of those will be obtained on Discord, Telegram, and e mail!
What’s subsequent for the Grants Council?
The GC has the next gadgets on their ongoing/upcoming record:
Extra time Markets V3 integrationDebt Migration UI
These have each been within the works for some time, so we’ll hold you up to date on their progress all through the following quarter!
👉 Ambassador Council
This autumn 2023 Ambassador Councilors: GUNBOATs, Kevin, mastermojo, Matt, Westie
In Quarter 4, the Ambassadors continued to advertise Synthetix by way of their governance participation, partnerships, public items involvement and extra. The Council had three important focuses throughout This autumn:
DeFi Governance: Optimism Governance (which concerned Token Home and Citizen Home) and different DeFi DAOs (akin to Arbitrum, Gearbox, Secure, Lyra, Aave, and so forth.)Integrator help: Present and future — guiding Core Contributors, integrators, and extra by way of the grant course of and serving to safe beneficial fundsMarketing help: Spartan Areas and Integrator Spotlights from the Ambassador twitter account
Now let’s get right into a extra detailed record of what the Ambassador Council completed this previous quarter:
1. Common Governance
The Ambassadors make it abundantly clear that every one of their voting is totally clear. Their voting exercise will be adopted by way of their wallets on Snapshot and Tally utilizing these hyperlinks:
The Council has additionally been rising their on-line engagement this previous quarter, together with introducing two new Twitter sequence:
2. Optimism Governance
The Synthetix Ambassadors stay a serious voice in Optimism Governance, and their respective OP Governance Discussion board Actions will be discovered utilizing these hyperlinks:
It’s essential to notice that the Optimism Governance discussion board is just one space of exercise. Most exercise at this level for OP Grants lives on their Charmverse & Discord. Highlights for the yr on this space embrace:
Kwenta and Lyra have been the 2 most up-to-date initiatives guided by way of the OP grants programKwenta obtained 200K OP (roughly ~$680,000)Lyra obtained 200K OP (roughly ~$680,000)Cannon obtained a 50k OP GrantThe Ambassadors anticipate to help many ecosystem companions within the upcoming spherical, together with Polynomial, Rage Commerce, Synthetix IPFS node, Synthetix, and so forth.As of proper now, OP Grants can’t be used on Base, however the Council is working with delegates/the OP basis to maneuver in that course
3. Retroactive Public Items Funding (RPFG)
As we simply mentioned, the Ambassadors are very concerned in Optimism governance. They’ve additionally not too long ago been extra concerned in OP’s RPGF Spherical 3, and so they created a Synthetix Ecosystem Public Items Record again in November. This record outlined Synthetix Ecosystem initiatives that have been searching for Optimism RPGF, and consolidated them for OP badgeholders. The initiatives on this record have put constructing first and have considerably contributed to the expansion of the Synthetix ecosystem, in addition to Optimism as an entire, by onboarding builders, initiatives, LPs, and merchants. Instructed quantities of OP have been allotted by the Ambassadors within the record based mostly on optimistic influence on the Optimism ecosystem.
ALL of those initiatives on the record met quorum for RPGF on this spherical! The whole pool for Spherical 3 was 30 million OP (which interprets to round $100 million), and the Synthetix Ecosystem secured 767,165 OP in RPGF (virtually $3 million), which is a HUGE win for the protocol and ecosystem! Beneath is the whole allocation breakdown:
4. Associate Help
The Ambassadors have been implementing a trial this previous quarter the place they verify in on Companions and work with them on any suggestions they’ve, any help that they request, and so forth.
The Council plans to deal with Perps V3 and Synthetix V3 within the subsequent epoch with regards to future partnerships. They’re at present in talks with future companions to construct on prime of Synthetix Perps, both as a frontend or in any other case, and they are going to be persevering with these efforts into the brand new quarter.
✅ Spartan Areas
Spartan Areas continued to function essential neighborhood advertising and marketing instruments this quarter, with the Ambassadors internet hosting different DAOs on behalf of Synthetix.
1. EigenLayer (Size: 1 hour)
2. Valio & Kwenta (Size: 45 minutes)
3. Infinex & Lit Protocol (Size: 1 hour)
4. Andromeda on Base Launch with CCs (Size: 50 minutes)
✅ Synthetix Governance Proposals
Lastly, members of the Ambassador Council additionally proposed a number of SIPs in This autumn, together with:
1. SIP-338: Deploy SNX Token on Base by way of Base Bridge (creator: Matt)
2. SIP-2035: Record TIA on Synthetix Perps (creator: GUNBOATs)
3. SIP-2037: Record IMX and TRB on Synthetix Perps (creator: GUNBOATs)
4. SIP-2039: Record MEME on Synthetix Perps (creator: GUNBOATs)
5. SIP-2040: Record ANKR, FET, GRT on Synthetix Perps (creator: GUNBOATs)
6. SIP-2041: Record PYTH on Synthetix Perps (creator: GUNBOATs)
7. SIP-2042: Record BONK on Synthetix Perps (creator: GUNBOATs)
8. SIP-2044: Record ORDI on Synthetix Perps (creator: GUNBOATs)
9. SIP-2045: Record JITO on Synthetix Perps (creator: GUNBOATs)
Shout out GUNBOATs!
What’s subsequent for the Ambassadors?
Within the subsequent quarter, the Ambassador Council is aiming to assist information extra initiatives within the Synthetix ecosystem on the Optimism and Arbitrum Grant processes. As well as, they intend to proceed:
Pursuing additional progress methods for Perps and Synthetix V3Exploring alternatives to scale synth supplyIncreasing presence in Optimism governanceExpanding affect in DeFi & DeFi Governance
👉Greatest Memes from This autumn
The quarter of COURSE wasn’t with out humor, so listed here are our favourite memes from the quarter: