Binance Labs-Backed Marlin Protocol Hoping To Supercharge Blockchain Speeds With $3M Funding


Thanks to several seed investors, who included Binance Labs, Electric Capital, Arrington XRP and NGC among others, Marlin Protocol has managed to amass a whopping $3 million. But while achieving such a massive amount in seed round is no mean feat, it also explains the amount of confidence the investors have in Marlin Protocol.

Marlin Protocol is a promising startup based in San Francisco and Bangalore in India. The purpose of this company mainly is to create ways and means through which network speeds across various Blockchain is increased. The motivation behind this is because throughput constraints are largely perceived as the largest hurdles impeding fast Blockchain adoption.

Ideally, the startup hopes to overcome the impediments and enhance speeds according to what the company’s CEO, Siddhartha Dutta, terms “bandwidth-sharing marketplace.” According to him, the best way to improve the bandwidth is to use “relayers,” especially because projects such as Algorand are already using them.

Arrington XRP Capital partner, Michael Arrington, also spoke highly of the Marlin. He said that the protocol leads the way among the most recent Blockchain-agnostic infrastructure startups, adding that it will greatly enhance the network’s effectiveness.

However, Dutta’s decision to use relayers seems to make sense. Algorand uses them, even though as Dutta says, the total relayers it uses is in “single digits.” But he believes that if the same ‘single-digit relayers’ were to be “bribed,” the whole network would instantly be more effective. Relayers, according to him, are the real conduits of communication.

Marlin Protocol, therefore, aims to use this idea and introduce a web of relayers, which will collectively secure nearly every Blockchain. This would happen together with ordinary node activities like staking and mining.

A majority of ETH, BTC or pretty much any professional group of miners and staking companies know the importance of maintaining strong, stable bandwidth connections, according to Dutta. He expects nodes to be interested in jointly working with Marlin; after all they’ll be paid for the bandwidth they spend.

Marlin Protocol has reportedly partnered with a couple of projects already, all of them interested to run their services on its ‘private test networks.’ It has WandX, Blockcloud, Murmur and Holochain, even as the list is likely to grow.

Meanwhile, Dutta is optimistic about the planned launch of a public Marlin testnet. The launch date hasn’t been revealed and it could happen in two or three months. The mega launch of the targeted mainnet, according to him, is, however, expected to take place later in 2020.

While speaking to CoinDesk, Electric Capital Managing Partner, Curtis Spencer, was upbeat that the protocol will help enhance the efficiency of the network. He said that Marlin’s long-term vision that’s pegged on privacy-preserving packet delivery is exciting.

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