Step Finance, an exchange and transaction portal for Solana, today announced it has raised USD $2 million in a private sale to fund the development and build the Step platform; where users can visualize, analyze, execute, and aggregate transactions across all Solana contracts in one place.
Emerging from the recent Solana Hackathon, Step Finance has launched their Alpha product; which tracks most coins and liquidity providers in the Serum (largest Solana DEX) and Raydium ecosystem.
As gas prices on Ethereum continue to rise and DeFi projects expand cross-chain, users increasingly look to build and lend on alternative blockchains, and the Solana blockchain has been quietly establishing itself as an Etherum competitor due to its speed and cheap transaction fees.
“The biggest problem in the Solana ecosystem is how most projects are siloed from one another. There is no way to know your token and LP balances, current position sizes, etc., without actually visiting each website individually and logging in to understand your portfolio – and performance. It’s usually still left to an excel spreadsheet or just guessing. Step was born out of this necessity.”
– George Harrap, Step Finance Co-Founder
The initial Step raise was heavily oversubscribed, funds came from institutions and individuals with a common interest in the success of the Solana ecosystem led by Alameda Research with participation from Raydium, One Block, 3 Commas Capital, Solidity Ventures, and a number of private individuals.
“George was a very early adopter of DeFi and has managed to keep up with almost every development in this fast-moving space for the past 18 months. There are multiple fronts where 3Commas and Step can cooperate; and we look forward to building great DeFi trading & portfolio management tools together.”
– Benjamin Rameau of 3 Commas Capital
The native token for the step.finance platform, STEP, will soon be launched on the Solana mainnet.