Consensys Codefi launched in September 2019. A year and a half down the road, the Codefi suite comprises nine product modules that work together to power the next evolution of commerce and finance.
We are driven by a core vision: To lead the convergence of existing and decentralized financial technologies to create more accessible and equitable financial services for everyone, everywhere.
What does this mean?
For financial institutions and large corporations, Codefi aims to grow usage of decentralized financial technologies with leading fintech infrastructure
For crypto-enterprises, Codefi aims to operate and enable natively digital businesses
And for people worldwide, Codefi aims to provide financial access and empowerment
Today, we describe the market and ecosystem trends that have driven these goals and walk through how Codefi's product suite presents a solution to the challenges of operating within traditional finance, scaling decentralized networks, and widening access to Web3.
Financial Institutions and Large Corporations
2020 was the year when enterprises arguably started crossing the chasm to blockchain-based production software. Now, influential financial institutions use our software stack to explore high-value use cases leveraging digital assets and payments, in addition to business process automation. Institutions have begun to understand the advantages of digitizing closed-end and open-end funds, as well as debt capital market instruments like zero-coupons, fixed-rate, and floating-rate bonds.
Public infrastructure of the Ethereum mainnet is starting to gather increasing interest, relative to the private permissioned networks, which can be more costly to maintain. The Baseline Protocol initiative is one example of this phenomenon. Work by the DTCC, Standard Chartered Bank, and Societe Generale is already targeting the use of the Ethereum mainnet for live pilots and production applications in 2021.
To facilitate the adoption of both asset digitization and business process automation, Codefi has developed five institutional product offerings:
Meanwhile, custodians and custody technology providers heavily position themselves on providing access to the crypto-native digital asset class (e.g., Ledger, Fireblocks, Unbound, Curv, Anchorage). Many traditional financial distributors see crypto assets generating significant future revenues and alpha for clients going forward.
To address demand from institutions seeking access and exposure to decentralized finance opportunities, MetaMask has partnered with Codefi to deliver its Markets module.
Finally, many central banks are exploring retail or wholesale CBDCs and cross-border payment use cases with the first production deployment early in 2021 (e.g. Bahamas, Cambodia, and China). Most central banks are still working through the early innovation and education stages.
With our institutional offerings, we expect to grow the usage of decentralized financial technologies across asset management, wealth management, capital markets, global trade, and digital commerce.
And for Enterprise Developers
To help provide companies and projects the necessary flexibility to deploy our solutions, we make API-based versions of our products available to blockchain developers.
Ethereum Projects and Crypto-Native Enterprises
Today there are over US$40 billion locked in decentralized finance (DeFi) protocols. Dozens of protocols have successfully built out the functionalities of traditional finance within the smart contract-based crypto ecosystem, so that users worldwide can swap, borrow, lend, invest, and interact with digital assets and currencies. To do this well, Ethereum projects need natively digital infrastructure, scaling solutions, and governance mechanisms that support growth and sustainable operations.
The growing activity on Ethereum 2.0 is another story. Since the launch of the Beacon Chain on 01 December 2020, thousands of validators have staked billions of dollars to secure the Ethereum 2.0 network. Exchanges, custodians, and financial institutions have recognized the opportunity to earn a yield on their ETH positions while contributing to network robustness.
Early participants have earned 9.9% APY when deploying Codefi Staking software.
With these services, we hope to effectively scale Ethereum projects and work towards the success of Ethereum 2.0.
While the fields of asset management, payment infrastructure, business process automation, and blockchain development as a whole have seen significant advancements—it seems both inequitable and absurd that basic financial access and empowerment continue to elude 1.7 billion people on the planet. We are changing this by powering decentralized networks and applications to enable everyone to use DeFi to trade, borrow, invest, and save.
Codefi Markets powers MetaMask Swaps, a feature that aggregates the best pricing data from across the DeFi ecosystem while facilitating efficient peer-to-peer trades in the world’s most popular Ethereum wallet. With MetaMask Swaps, consumers retain control of their assets throughout the asset lifecycle.
Codefi Activate helps grow decentralized networks and empowers users to earn rewards for participation in network governance and utility. Through Activate, consumers can stake SKL and scale the Ethereum network, turn FIL into renFIL, and stake AST and vote on AirSwap governance.
Lastly, through Codefi Data, DeFi users can examine DeFi protocol risk and compare yield opportunities across lending platforms to make informed financial decisions.
With these tools, we hope to enable people worldwide to access decentralized financial services with the reliability, ease, and security of centralized services.
Powering the Next Evolution of Commerce and Finance
Consensys Codefi works with financial institutions, global enterprises, and Ethereum projects to digitize assets and financial instruments, launch decentralized networks, optimize business processes, and deploy production-ready blockchain solutions.