Kyber Network is an on-chain liquidity protocol that aggregates liquidity from various sources to provide secure and instant transactions on any decentralized application (DApp). The main goal of Kyber Network is to enable DApps, decentralized exchanges (DEXs) and other users easy access to a liquidity pool that provides the best rates.
All transactions on Kyber are on-chain, which means they can be easily verified using any Ethereum block explorer. Projects can build on top of Kyber to utilize all the services offered by the protocol, such as the instant settlement of tokens, liquidity aggregation, and a customizable business model.
Kyber looks to solve the liquidity issue in the decentralized finance (DeFi) industry by allowing developers to build products and services without having to worry about liquidity.
The Kyber Network Crystal (KNC) token is a utility token that is the “glue that connects different stakeholders in Kyber’s ecosystem.” KNC holders can stake their tokens in the KyberDAO to help govern the platform — and earn staking rewards in Ethereum (ETH). They also determine the rewards that liquidity providers (LPs) receive on the platform.
Who Are the Founders of Kyber Network?
Kyber Network began its development in 2017 and is built on top of the Ethereum blockchain. The project was founded by Loi Luu, Victor Tran and Yaron Velner, and currently has its headquarters in Singapore.
Luu is a blockchain researcher and an advisor for various blockchain projects. He developed Oyente, the first open-source security analyzer for Ethereum smart contracts, and co-founded SmartPool, among other decentralized projects.
Victor Tran is a senior backend engineer and Linux system administrator. He was the CTO at Clixy and 24/7 Digital Group as well as a developer for several projects in Vietnam.
Yaron Velner is the current CEO of B.Protocol, a decentralized backstop liquidity protocol, and was a postdoctoral researcher. Velner stepped down from his CTO position at Kyber in October 2019.
The Kyber team is also composed of several executive advisors, engineers and designers. According to the official Kyber Network LinkedIn page, the company has over 50 employees — most of which are based in Vietnam or Singapore.
What Makes Kyber Network Unique?
Kyber Network is the first tool that allows anyone to instantly swap tokens without the need of a third-party, like a centralized exchange. The unique architecture of Kyber is designed to be developer-friendly, which enables the protocol to be easily integrated with apps and other blockchain-based protocols.
Kyber Network utilizes a variety of reserve types that contain a pool of funds used to provide liquidity — these are essentially smart contracts that control how assets are priced (e.g. using a price feed or algorithmically). Kyber can be integrated with other decentralized exchanges and shared liquidity pools. Reserves pay fees in KNC which are either burned or used for rewards.
In July 2020, Kyber launched its decentralized autonomous organization (DAO) program, which enables KNC holders to participate in the governance of the network by voting on important proposals. Kyber’s community is sizable and made up of a wide range of developers, in addition to other members of the blossoming DeFi industry.
Kyber’s fully on-chain design enables the protocol to maintain full transparency and verifiability. The platform claims to be the most used DeFi protocol in the world.
How Many Kyber Network (KNC) Coins Are There in Circulation?
As of November 2020, Kyber Network has a total supply of 210 million KNC tokens. Out of this, just over 200 million tokens are in circulation — but both the circulating and total supply are likely to reduce over time due to KNC token burns.
Kyber concluded its initial coin offering (ICO) on September 15, 2017, raising $52 million by selling each KNC token at a price of 0.00166 ETH. According to the official token distribution paper, 61.06% of tokens were sold in the ICO, 19.47% were saved for the founders, advisors and seed investors, and the remaining 19.47% was reserved for the company.
The company used 50% of initially raised funds for the reserve, 30% for development, 10% for operations and 10% for the legal department.
How Is the Kyber Network Secured?
As an ERC-20 token, Kyber is built on top of and secured by the Ethereum blockchain. In addition, Kyber uses an extensive trust and security model that protects users from misbehaving administrators or exchanges, thanks to security measures built in both at the protocol and smart contract level.
The platform has been audited by several third-party security firms and researchers, including Chainsecurity, which have determined that the protocol is secure and hence free of vulnerabilities.
Where Can You Buy Kyber Network (KNC)?
KNC tokens can be purchased and traded on a variety of exchange platforms, including prominent names like Binance, Coinbase Pro, Huobi Global and Kraken. The token is currently listed on more than 20 exchanges and has more than a dozen trading pairs, including stablecoins like Tether (USDT) and Binance USD (BUSD).