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Learn about Bison Trails’ support for Binance Smart Chain, explore blockchain key concepts, get the latest on eth2, and more from the herd.

Bison Trails newsletter 016

By Bison Trails · Aug 27 2021

Since our last update, Bison Trails launched support for Binance Smart Chain, explored our collaboration with CoinList, continued diving into the key concepts of participating in the crypto‐economy, and more! Read on for the latest from the herd, including ecosystem updates and the latest news.

—Melissa Nelson


Company News



1. Bison Trails launches support for Binance Smart Chain

Our Participate and Query & Transact read/write infrastructure is now available for Binance Smart Chain, empowering those looking to build on the chain or help secure the network.

Contact us to start participating in or building on Binance Smart Chain. To learn more, check out our Guide to BSC here, or read about our support in Cointelegraph's coverage.

"Binance Smart Chain is becoming an important hub for developers looking to build applications, as demonstrated by the number of DeFi and NFT projects launched on the platform. We’re proud to offer secure read/write infrastructure to support this flourishing developer community, and help drive innovation in the broader crypto ecosystem.” —AARON HENSHAW, COINBASE CLOUD

2. Bison Trails and CoinList: supporting the growth of innovative networks

Bison Trails and CoinList have a strong collaboration to help advance the crypto ecosystem. Bison Trails powers secure staking infrastructure for CoinList, enabling users and token holders to participate in innovative new networks, contributing to their security and decentralization.

Learn more about it in our post on the collaboration.




3. Exploring DeFi

DeFi, short for decentralized finance, does not use intermediaries like traditional financial products and services, and therefore has the potential to make financial systems more accessible to the people of the world.

We explore DeFi, how it works, why it’s important, risks, how to participate, and more, in our post exploring this hot crypto industry. Learn more.




4. eth2 update 015

Protocol Specialist Viktor Bunin shares the latest news in the world of eth2, including coverage of eth2’s traction, EIP‐3675: Upgrading consensus to PoS, the Altair upgrade timing, and the Ethereum <> eth2 merge roadmap.

Dive in.




5. A beginner’s guide to crypto wallets

Ever wondered how the different formats of crypto wallets compare? Looking for more information on what it means for a wallet to be hot or cold? Need something to share with your loved ones about key storage?

Learn more about wallets in our overview.


More from the Herd

  • Coinbase's 2021 application for Developer Grants is now open, following the launch of the Crypto Community Fund in 2020. Themes for proposals are based around the need to "develop common infrastructure that is transparent, safe, secure and benefits all participants." Apply today.
  • Protocol Specialist Viktor Bunin commented on Ethereum’s EIP-1559 and the London hard fork in Reuters’ coverage of the network’s upgrade.
"The new Ether supply dynamics may spark a new virtuous cycle where increased price leads to greater adoption and vice versa. The more users and developers that enter the industry, the faster we can grow the crypto-economy." —VIKTOR BUNIN, PROTOCOL SPECIALIST
  • Coinbase’s acquisition of Bison Trails was cited in the Motley Fool’s exploration of $COIN as a key factor in Coinbase’s plans to "expand the cryptocurrency ecosystem and create more revenue sources than retail trading by increasing institutional adoption."
  • Brian Armstrong, CEO of Coinbase, announced that Coinbase will be investing $500 million of crypto to our balance sheet and investing 10% of all profit moving forward into crypto.

Ecosystem Updates

  • Stablecoin USDC’s managing organization Circle announced that USDC’s reserves will be held entirely in cash and short‐duration US government treasuries as of September.
  • Crypto analytics company Dune Analytics announced raising $8M in a Series A led by Union Square Ventures.
  • Polkadot released an overview of the first five parachain auctions on Kusama, summarizing how the process unfolded, exploring auction data, and summarizing their impact.
  • DeFi wallet Phantom announced raising $9M in a Series A led by A16z, and shortly after launched support for Solana staking. Learn how to delegate your SOL to the Bison Trails public validator using Phantom in our updated guide.
  • The Helium Network launched a new version of the Helium Explorer, which now maps validators in addition to Hotspots. You can learn more about how validators and hotspots interact, and how to get involved, in our Guide to Helium.

We’re hiring

Come work with us as we begin our next chapter as part of Coinbase. Visit our careers page to learn about open roles.


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About Bison Trails


Pioneering Blockchain Infrastructure®

Bison Trails is a blockchain infrastructure platform-as-a-service (PaaS) company based in New York City. We built a platform for anyone who wants to participate in 25 new chains effortlessly.

We also make it easy for anyone building Web 3.0 applications to connect to blockchain data from 33 protocols with Query & Transact (QT). Our goal is for the entire blockchain ecosystem to flourish by providing robust infrastructure for the pioneers of tomorrow.

In January, 2021, we announced Bison Trails joined Coinbase to accelerate our mission to provide easy-to-use blockchain infrastructure, now as a standalone product line. The Bison Trails platform will continue to support our customers. With Coinbase’s backing, we will enhance our infrastructure platform and make it even easier to participate in decentralized networks and build applications that connect to blockchain data.


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