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Binance Labs Fuels Helio Protocol’s Liquid Staking Pivot with $10M Investment in LSDfi Expansion

Hassan Shittu
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Binance Labs, the venture arm of Binance, injected $10 million into Helio Protocol on August 11th. This investment supports Helio Protocol’s ongoing shift towards becoming a liquid staking platform. 

The substantial funding from Binance Labs highlights Helio Protocol’s promising potential and underscores the rising importance of liquid staking within decentralized finance (DeFi).

A spokesperson from Binance Labs elaborated on their enthusiastic perspective concerning liquid staking. They highlighted the notable surge in total value locked (TVL) within “LSDfi protocols,” emphasizing the rapid growth potential of these protocols. 

These protocols introduce additional use cases for liquid staking tokens, which could significantly accelerate the expansion of liquid staking. This expansion can propel staking participation, ultimately leading to unprecedented capital efficiency.

However, according to Binance Half-Year Report published in July, it noted that Liquid staking, although it has emerged as the largest DeFi category in terms of TVL, there are things to be wary of, including smart contract vulnerabilities, slashing risks and price fluctuations.

Binance’s report in July revealed that liquid staking overtook DEXs in TVL supremacy by April 2023. Initially, market concentration focused on key protocols, but Binance predicted diversification as more projects entered this sphere soon.

Though liquid staking is gaining popularity, users must remain cautious. 

“When engaging in liquid staking, users interact with additional smart contract layers, which exposes them to potential bugs. Thorough research by users is crucial.”

Futhermore, Binance warned that fluctuations in market prices might cause mismatches between the Liquid Staking Token (LST) and underlying tokens, often due to smart contract complications.

The Liquid Staking Revolution: Helio’s Strategic Pivot towards DeFi Transformation

Liquid staking stands as the DeFi sector’s imminent game-changer. It is a decentralized finance subset, allowing users to earn yield while retaining token liquidity. It involves staking tokens to gain different representative tokens – liquid staking tokens (LSTs) – which find use within DeFi.

The biggest staking platform on Ethereum is Lido Finance. It offers users Staked Ethereum (stETH) when they deposit their ETH with the protocol.

Binance Labs expressed optimism about liquid staking, also known as liquid staking derivative finance or “LSDfi protocols.” 

A Binance Labs spokesperson said via email, “LSDfi protocols have created new opportunities for yield-seeking LST holders. They have gained significant Total Value Locked (TVL) growth recently. By expanding the use cases for liquid staking tokens, LSDfi could accelerate liquid staking growth by encouraging more staking for higher capital efficiency.”

Helio Protocol ranks thirteenth in DeFi on the BNB Chain, boasting 11,000 HAY holders and $300 million in TVL. 

Backed by Binance Labs and focusing on liquid staking innovation, Helio aims for a significant DeFi presence. 

The Binance Labs spokesperson stated, “Helio aims to launch on Ethereum, followed by major L2 networks such as Arbitrum and Zksync.”

Helio Protocol’s recent actions in this realm have been truly transformative. 

Following its merger with Synclub, Helio revamped its BNB deposits. These deposits now seamlessly convert into a variety of LSTs like AnkrBNB (ANKR), snBNB (Synclub), BNBx (Stader), and stkBNB (Pstake). 

This innovation enables users to withdraw any LST of their choice, thereby enhancing liquidity and the usability of their staked assets.