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“I think the crypto space got too much money. It had too many young, unseasoned people, and they got burnt out…I meet people speaking [at conferences] and I just think ‘why are you here?’ People can be good at hyping things but not necessarily good at building.” — Rahul Sood, CEO Unikrn

The Big Block

Binance is moving its token off of Ethereum as it prepares to launch its own decentralized exchange.

Binance DEX’s testnet built on top of Binance Chain is set to launch “in the next week or two” according to Binance CEO Changpeng ‘CZ’ Zhao. In a Q&A live stream on Thursday, CZ revealed details about the launch of Binance Chain. Binance Coin (BNB), which was issued in the company’s $15 million ICO in 2017, will be migrated from an ERC20 token and act as the native gas of Binance Chain.

Binance Chain was built on Cosmos’ Tendermint protocol because its architecture was closest to what Binance was looking for, according to CZ. It will use Delegated Proof-of-Stake (DPoS) and Byzantine Fault Tolerant (BFT). Binance forked Tendermint “and chopped a lot of things out” including smart contracts because high throughput was more important than feature richness, according to CZ. The interface will allow projects to issue new tokens on Binance Chain, effectively running an ICO by raising funds in BNB.

Binance will get a small fee from each trade on DEX and there will also be a listing fee for projects that launch their token on Binance Chain, which will “probably be close to $100,000” but easily adjustable in the future. CZ said: “I want to deliberately set [the listing fee] little bit high because we want to reduce the number of spam or scam projects. There is also a voting process by the validators to be listed on DEX.” Similarly as on, projects can choose to pay the listing fee in the newly issued token or pay with BNB and get a discount.

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