MKR price falls 5% as Ethereum’s Vitalik Buterin liquidates his entire MakerDAO portfolio


  • MakerDAO CEO Rune Christensen recently praised the Solana blockchain's codebase in a public post.  
  • He cited three reasons why he believes the Solana codebase would be the ideal destination for NewChain.
  • Ethereum co-founder Vitalik Buterin reacted to the post, selling his MKR stake for the first time in two years.
  • MKR price has shed 5% in the last 24 hours.

Solana (SOL) blockchain could offer NewChain a future, according to the CEO of MakerDAO, Rune Christensen.

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MakerDAO deliberates changes for NewChain

NewChain is an independent blockchain that the Maker Protocol seeks to reimplement natively as part of the final phase of its Endgame project. The MakerDAO executive said:

After some research, I believe the Solana codebase should be considered as the basis for NewChain.

The development has seen MakerDAO’s MKR token lose 5% in the last 24 hours, extending its bearish streak over the weekend.

MKR/USDT 1-day chart

MakerDAO could shift its subDAOs to the Solana blockchain

MakerDAO's Christensen identified three reasons the Solana blockchain could establish a better future for its NewChain reimplementation. His reasons are that Solana's codebase has unmatched technical quality and optimization, remains resilient even after the FTX debacle, and has historically recorded successful forks such as Pyth Network.

Therefore, MakerDAO could review the remainder of its Endgame project, currently written in Solidity and based on Ethereum, on the Solana blockchain.

Endgame is an update of the MakerDAO ecosystem that uses AI tools for open, scalable processes as the network works to expand the use of its DAI stablecoin. Previously, NewChain was intended to be "tightly coupled to Ethereum," but the CEO now thinks differently and is exploring a fork of the Solana codebase for NewChain.

Ethereum blockchain co-founder Vitalik Buterin responded to Christensen's decision, with some assuming that he took offense. Specifically, he liquidated all his holdings with MakerDAO, reaching 500 MKR via the CoW Protocol. At current rates, this is worth approximately $580,000, but received it in Ether, reaching 353 ETH tokens according to Etherscan data.

The upgrade would eventually see a new blockchain, NewChain, which Christensen now sees would be better placed on Solana's codebase. Based on the forum post, however, Christensen envisions a future where MakerDAO's NewChain operates as a secure bridge to link Ethereum and Solana blockchains while providing "a useful boost to the network effect of the entire multichain economy."

Christensen believes this would give the Solana mainnet access to native Maker DeFi features and capital. It would also provide a valuable boost to the network effect of the entire multichain economy, connecting two of the most prominent blockchains with a highly secure bridge. The move could foster stronger and more security-dependent integrations between the two economies.

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