Chainbeat Newsletter : PoolTogether

11/12/2019

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This week’s featured web 3.0 project: PoolTogether

PoolTogether is a no-loss, audited savings game powered by blockchain.

It's a novel idea that showcases the potential of Defi with an interesting implementation of a “lottery”. At the heart of it is DAI, when you deposit DAI into the Pool you get tickets in exchange and each ticket gets a chance to win weekly prizes. The deposit to the Pool is like putting your money into a savings account except it's like a rewards-based savings account. When you join the pool the money used to purchase tickets starts earning interest along with all the other money in the pool. The interest is generated through Compound Finance. Every 7 days when a prize is awarded all the interest that has been earned since the last prize is given to the winner. The deposit and the prizes can be withdrawn from the pool anytime.

Here is a video from the PoolTogether team explaining the concept:

Data Insights

Here is a snapshot of a Chainbeat dashboard(public dashboard 1 & 2) for PoolTogether showing activity data until Oct 17 for the smart contract :

A few highlights:

  • The above data is a version2 smart contract of PoolTogether that launched in September

  • The total active users highlight all unique users (addresses) that have interacted with the smart contract in the time frame.

  • Withdrawals and Deposits are two functions in the smart contracts that get activated based on the corresponding activity in the pool from the application. Note, the vertical scale in the charts are different for both functions.

  • The Deposit to Withdrawal ratio could be compared to a similar activity to a traditional savings account, as users tend to keep the money in the bank for longer periods.

Our Thoughts

  • It's a neat use case of Defi providing a better, safer alternative to the existing lottery tickets market($80 billion industry)

  • Spencer Noon does a great take on how Prize Linked Savings (PLS) benefits users' financial health and increase their total savings compared to existing options. Here are the links to the tweetstorm and research on Prize Linked Savings.

  • From a conceptual level, there are no fees for participation, although if you are not holding any DAI then there are the associated transaction costs in exchanging to DAI.

  • It's still early stages with PoolTogether, with a few whales that are dominating the winnings(5 of first 9 winnings won by one user). Increasing the transparency on how the winners are selected is something that the PoolTogether team is actively working on.

Product Links

Website: https://pooltogether.us
Blog: https://medium.com/pooltogether
Learn More:
https://medium.com/@TrustlessState/funding-model-for-pooltogether-and-other-money-lockup-apps-86b928900efa
POV Crypto Podcast: https://povcryptopod.libsyn.com/92-tokenizing-pooltogether-with-leighton-cusack

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