What is 1inch
What Is 1inch (1INCH)?
1inch is a decentralized exchange (DEX) aggregator, connecting several DEXes into one platform to allow its users to find the most efficient swapping routes across all platforms. In order for a user to find the best price for a swap, they need to look at every exchange — DEX aggregators eliminate the need for manually checking, bringing efficiency to swapping on DEXs.
DEX aggregators work by sourcing liquidity from different DExs, meaning that they are able to offer users better token swap rates than they could find on any single DEX, in the shortest time possible.
1inch launched in August 2020 after a $2.8 million funding raise from Binance Labs, Galaxy Digital, Greenfield One, Libertus Capital, Dragonfly Capital, FTX, IOSG, LAUNCHub Ventures and Divergence Ventures.
In December 2020, 1inch raised another $12 million in Series A funding, led by Pantera Capital, with others including ParaFi Capital, Blockchain Capital, Nima Capital and Spartan Group. The funding round was conducted through a SAFT sale (simple agreement for future tokens).
1inch in winter 2020 also launched Mooniswap, its own automated market maker (AMM).
In December 2020, 1inch launched its 1INCH governance token, and the 1inch Network began to be governed by a decentralized autonomous organization (DAO).
Who Are the Founders of 1inch?
1inch was founded by Sergej Kunz and Anton Bukov over the course of the ETHNewYork hackathon in 2019. The two had earlier met during a live stream of Kunz’s YouTube channel (CryptoManiacs), and began entering hackathons together, winning a prize at a hackathon in Singapore as well as two major awards from Ethereum Global.
Prior to 1inch, Kunz worked as a senior developer at product price aggregator Commerce Connector, coded at communication agency Herzog, led projects at Mimacom consultancy, and then worked full time at Porsche in both DevOps and cybersecurity.
Bukov, currently the CTO of 1inch, had worked in software development since 2002, and worked in decentralized finance (DeFi) since 2017 on products including gDAI.io and NEAR Protocol..
What Makes 1inch Unique?
1inch is unique in that it provides instant governance for its users. This feature allows 1inch users to vote for specific protocol settings in the decentralized autonomous organization (DAO) model.
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How Many 1inch (1INCH) Coins Are There in Circulation?
The 1inch token launch was announced in August 2020. At the time, co-founder Sergej Kunz said that the token would be registered with a regulator, but did not specify which. According to Kunz, “the 1INCH tokens are not intended to be securities [...] or an investment. The 1INCH tokens are intended to be used for their consumptive purposes on the 1inch Network, the 1INCH token protocols, and other applications that third parties may develop utilizing the 1INCH tokens and/or the permissionless blockchain-based decentralized 1inch Network.” He added that the independent board of the Cayman Islands will support the adoption of 1inch tokens.
The 1inch token will be used to stake and participate in the governance of 1inch protocols by all holders.
The circulating supply on 1inch as of its release day on Dec. 25, 2020 is 6 percent of the total issuance, as well as .5 percent for the first two weeks of the liquidity mining program. The current total supply of 1INCH is 1.5 billion tokens.
Of the total token supply, 30 percent was allocated to community incentives, and they will be passed out over the next four years in order to create an incentive for community members to be involved in protocol governance.
Over a four-year period as well, 14.5 percent of the total supply will make up the protocol growth and development fund, used to issue grants, bring on developers and repay any users due to unforeseen circumstances.
How Is 1inch Network Secured?
1inch is non-custodial, and all trades take place within one transaction from a user’s Ethereum-based wallet. As of December 2020, Oasis, Kyber Network, Uniswap, 0x Relays and others are integrated into 1inch’s protocol.
Where Can You Buy 1inch (1INCH)?
After 1inch launched in late December 2020, all wallets that had interacted with 1inch through midnight on December 24 received 1inch tokens if they met certain criteria. Liquidity providers for 1inch will also get 1inch tokens according to the 1inch liquidity mining program’s stages 1 and 2.
1INCH is available on several exchanges, including Binance, Huobi Global, Uniswap and 1inch.
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