February 16, 2024 • 2 minute reading time

Solana Is The People’s Blockchain

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Solana's Ecosystem

Revolutions are led by the youth. 

Solana currently sits as one of the most active blockchain development communities, despite the fact that the chain is years younger than the rest of its cohort in the top 10 cryptocurrencies by market capitalization. Perhaps in part because of its nascent status, the chain has emerged as a home of innovation and opportunity for blockchain developers worldwide. 

But in a crowded market for smart contract platforms, what makes Solana special? Let's delve deeper into why Solana is quickly becoming the platform of choice for those looking to enter the industry. 

1. Network Effects:

Jito Labs core contributor Lucas Bruder mentioned in an interview recently that by building on Solana, developers can tap into an already thriving network, fostering synergies and amplifying the reach of their projects. 

This ecosystem includes a robust DeFi landscape boasting a top-5 total value locked ranking – having grown nearly 10x throughout 2023 to reach 2 billion as of today – and an NFT market that routinely captures 20% or more of total trading volume. 

Additionally, Solana’s developer culture is rich and welcoming. Hacker houses routinely pop up all around the world, and Solana’s flagship Breakpoint conference is widely considered one of the industry’s best. 

Builders that harness the network effects of Solana correctly already have a leg up on other chains that might not have such robust communities. 

2. Cost-Efficiency:

Solana's infrastructure offers nearly unparalleled cost-efficiency for a chain of its size and activity, providing developers with abundant compute power and storage capabilities at a fraction of the cost compared to other platforms. This empowers developers to allocate resources strategically, focusing on innovation and scalability without compromising on financial sustainability.

From its founding, Solana's architecture has been engineered for performance and scalability, offering developers an abundance of compute resources to bring their ideas to life. Whether it's executing complex smart contracts or processing high-volume transactions, Solana's robust infrastructure ensures that developers have the tools they need to create apps that are useful and actually needed. 

3. Seamless User Experience:

Solana’s technical speed and efficiency are matched at a UI/UX level by an ecosystem-wide commitment to delivering a seamless user experience. This can be seen through many of the innovative DeFi products that elevate familiar blockchain dApp experiences and invent entirely new ones, such as Jupiter’s DCA functionality and Kamino’s streamlined Vaults products. 

At every stage in the stack, Solana simplifies the user journey, enabling effortless interaction with dApps while eliminating barriers such as high gas fees and complex processes. 

4. Growing DAO Ecosystem:

Collaboration is key to driving innovation. 

Solana's rapidly expanding ecosystem includes a growing presence from DAOs and decentralized governance. Traditionally on other chains, these organizations present developers with a fertile ground for collaboration, knowledge sharing, and partnership opportunities. 

Today, Solana boasts hundreds of DAOs, giving developers myriad opportunities to connect with other protocols. By joining forces with like-minded individuals and projects within a fully open Solana community, developers can amplify their impact and unlock new avenues for growth and success.

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Solana is more than just another blockchain platform; it's a full-on revolutionary movement, powered by a community that nurtures creativity and empowers devs to ship at the bleeding edge of blockchain tech. 

As the new bull market begins to enter its stride, Solana is poised to take center stage, giving a platform for developers to rebuild the financial system, bring new forms of governance and collaboration on chain, and explore the frontiers of digital culture.