Soramitsu: Building A Rational Economic System
Sebastian Moonjava joins Makoto Takemiya, CEO of Soramitsu, to discuss Takemiya's journey into crypto, the founding of Soramitsu, the importance of XOR, efficient supply allocation, governance, and the future of the space. Takemiya started Soramitsu with the goal of using blockchain solutions to help solve different inefficiencies in society. Sora is a decentralized economic system that aims to rationalize the allocation of capital across economies because most crypto economic systems such as Bitcoin do not have a rational way to allocate newly minted tokens. Typically, central banks have economic units that work to plan allocating credits in the economy, and this creates the world as we understand it today with productive economic growth. In Takemiya's view, creating a decentralized way to manage this is important—centralized systems can lead to moral hazard where individual parties can use the system for their own gain. When Takemiya first began engaging in the blockchain space, everyone was focusing on Bitcoin and Ethereum; however, he feels that the crypto space should not be winner takes all. He states it is important that there are different blockchains that serve different ecosystems with their own politics and governance, and it is equally important to provide a protocol for them to all work together, which is why Sora was built on top of DOT and Kusama. Filmed on April 29th, 2021. Key Learnings: In order to create a successful digital asset, protocol, or system, Takemiya states that one needs a clear understanding of macroeconomics and data—without this, there is no way to build a rational economic system. XOR is the native token of the Sora network; however, Takemiya states that the token aims to be much more than that as a store of value and a medium of exchange. While other currencies have attempted to do this, he feels that the economics are strong as higher volatility becomes difficult to use the currency in daily lives. With XOR’s utilization of a binding curve to manage the token supply, the protocol is able provide a clear and transparent way to manage the circulating amount of money. Takemiya says with a token-binding curve, users are able to have a smart contract that allows them to put in a reserve token and receive newly minted or allocated tokens, which achieves stabilization. As the smart contract provides clear buy and sell functions, a margin of 20% is created to help stimulate secondary markets, achieving a rational economic system that allows for real world application.