I just got back from a week in Amsterdam for Devconnect, and I can definitely say that if you want to know where the industry is going in terms of innovation, developer conferences like EthDenver/Devconnect are the places to be. At these events, you directly interact with the sources of innovation.
Multiple side events took place during Devconnect, including the ETHStakers conference/hackathon and a conference devoted to just MEV (Miner Extractable Value).
I spoke at the ETHStakers event on behalf of SSV and presented a list of ideas that the staking ecosystem can build on SSV. The most interesting idea I presented centered around staking the locked ETH on the Ethereum side of EVM compatible bridges, which would allow users to earn yield even as they utilize their wrapped ETH on a sidechain or Layer 2, via SSV, which dramatically reduces slashing risk for stakers.
I plan to refocus my conference attendance away from institutional events (Bitcoin 2022, Consensus, etc.) towards developer oriented conferences. Getting as close as possible to the source of innovative changes gives me a far deeper understanding of where this ecosystem is headed.
Now, back to our regularly scheduled programming. Today, I will be covering some NFT statistics produced by @punk9059, one of the best Twitter accounts in terms of covering NFT macro trends.
Punk9059 has created a super nifty google sheet that allows you to easily compare the floor prices of different collections. If you create a copy of the sheet, you can select different collections to compare from a drop down menu. My grandfather could use this google sheet, meaning that you can likely figure it out as well!
Just to show you what the interface looks like, for the following comparison I decided to compare the floor price of cryptopunks vs. BAYC in terms of USD since January 1st, 2021.
As you can see from this chart, floor prices for cryptopunks have affectively remained flat since the beginning of 2022, hovering around $200,000. BAYC's floor price on the other has continued to rise despite a bearish crypto environment, with their floor price now surpassing $400,000.
Though I don't personally speculate in NFTs, I do find this tool incredibly helpful for research purposes on how the top NFT collections are generally performing in a bearish crypto environment.
Top NFT collections holding up the market
While certain collections are clearly doing well in a bearish overall crypto market, these NFTs are generally the exception rather than the rule. Based on the data amalgamated by @punk9059, only the top NFT collections (BAYC, MAYC, Doodle, Azuki, CloneX, Moonbirds) have been kicking an overall bearish trend, while the next 27 largest collections are actually down since the beginning of March 2022.
Despite the early success of NFTX (unfortunately I think the team has dramatically slowed in terms of development), there are still not many ways to play indexed NFT collections. Over the next 12 months, an index like financial product that tracks floor prices of various NFT collections, or sets of NFT collections, will likely be popularized so NFT dimwits like me can potentially play the market in a liquid manner.
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