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Can Binance Smart Chain and Solana Overtake Ethereum? Crypto Heavyweights Analyze the Future of DeFi

Two heavyweights of the crypto industry are contemplating whether Binance Smart Chain (BSC) and Solana (SOL) have the ability to overtake Ethereum as the leader in the decentralized finance (DeFi) space.

In a new episode of The Unchained podcast, Kain Warwick, founder of derivatives liquidity protocol Synthetix, and Kyle Samani, managing partner of crypto-focused investment firm Multicoin Capital, says that both BSC and Solana likely pose a significant threat to Ethereum.

Warwick says that the Binance Smart Chain is drawing users who find Ethereum’s transaction costs prohibitive.

“[BSC] probably is pulling some liquidity away, but I think it’s liquidity that right now is priced out, realistically. There’s obviously some additional incremental loss, but at the moment it’s basically people that are priced out that are using Binance Smart Chain.”

Warwick posits that Solana poses a bigger competitive risk for Ethereum compared to the Binance Smart Chain.

“I think Solana is a much larger threat to Ethereum and is something that the Ethereum community needs to be mindful of.”

Samani, whose tweet noting that Binance Smart Chain and Solana are “genuinely gaining organic traction” became the basis of the interview, lists reasons why the Ethereum community should worry about Solana more.

Per the managing partner of Multicoin Capital, Solana’s advantages over Ethereum include its relative predictability and stability. He says the scaling solutions that Ethereum is preparing to implement are pushing the leading smart contract platform into uncharted waters.

“And the biggest challenge the Ethereum ecosystem faces actually today, is that it is actually impossible to answer the question: ‘What does a scaled Ethereum application look like in 24 months?’…

Some people will believe that with higher probability than others, but you can’t know with any degree of certainty, how does an application actually function on Ethereum at some level of scale in 24 months? It just is not possible to know…

The reason I’m actually most optimistic in Solana is it provides that stability in terms of just how does it scale.”

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