Bitcoin And Ethereum Integration: Babylon Raises $70M To Foster Interoperability

Babylon, a crypto startup co-founded by Stanford University engineering Professor David Tse, has secured $70 million in its latest funding round, according to a Bloomberg report. The company reportedly aims to bridge the gap between Bitcoin (BTC) and Ethereum (ETH), the two leading cryptocurrencies. 

 Bitcoin As A Staking Asset

Per the report, the funding round was led by crypto venture capital firm Paradigm, with participation from Polychain and Bullish Capital. The funds will be utilized to expand Babylon’s team, support research and development efforts, and further their mission of enabling BTC as “a staking asset” to secure other blockchains.

The recent funding round for Babylon highlights a shift in venture capital interest back towards Bitcoin-focused projects. Traditionally, Ethereum and other blockchains have been favored due to their ease of running decentralized finance applications. 

However, the success of non-fungible tokens (NFTs) on the Bitcoin blockchain, coupled with the approval and launch of Bitcoin exchange-traded funds (ETFs) in the US, has reignited enthusiasm for building within the Bitcoin ecosystem.

Professor David Tse explains that BTC is experiencing a “renaissance,” with a new wave of projects emerging on the network. While Bitcoin was the first blockchain, the developer community had gradually shifted attention to newer chains over the years. 

Nonetheless, recent developments and several factors have prompted a renewed focus on BTC. The approval of Bitcoin ETFs and the Bitcoin “Halving” event in April, which reduced mining rewards, have contributed to the shifting sentiment.

Unlocking BTC’s Yield Potential

Babylon’s primary objective is to allow Bitcoin holders to participate in validating transactions on proof-of-stake (PoS) networks, earning yields on their idle Bitcoin assets. 

Staking, a mechanism used in Ethereum and other proof-of-stake blockchains, involves locking up deposits of cryptocurrency to validate transactions and secure the network. 

By enabling BTC as a staking asset, Babylon aims to provide a similar opportunity for Bitcoin holders, who have long reportedly desired to generate yield from their holdings.

Babylon’s approach aligns with the importance of security in the Web3 ecosystem. By leveraging BTC’s market capitalization, the startup believes it can underwrite the security layer for the entire Web3 ecosystem. 

Notably, Staking has emerged as a lucrative sector within the digital-asset industry, with projects like Lido Finance (LDO) and EigenLayer (EIGEN) attracting billions of dollars in crypto deposits for generating returns. 

Ultimately, Babylon seeks to contribute to the growth of staking and reinforce the decentralized world being built within the crypto space.

At the time of writing, BTC is currently trading at $68,550, up 2% in the last 24 hours, as it continues to consolidate in an attempt to break above the key $70,000 mark. 

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