Bitcoin to Ethereum Bridge: tBTC Minting Live in Partnership with Aave, Yearn.Finance, Others

Threshold Network, a provider of cryptography services to unlock greater utility of digital assets, announced the launch of tBTC, the industry’s “only” decentralized, permissionless, and scalable Bitcoin-to-Ethereum bridge.

The launch will “allow users to wrap their BTC in exchange for tBTC tokens that can be deployed in the Ethereum ecosystem.”

tBTC’s optimistic minting model is now “live in partnership with Curve DAO, Yearn.Finance, Synthetix, Connext, Alchemix, Euler, and Aave as minters, with further support from Catalog, BadgerDAO, StakeDAO, Entropy, and respected community members and DeFi OGs as guardians.”

Matt Luongo, contributor to Threshold, said:

“The industry in general has been plagued by crises at centralized entities and bridges have not been immune, suffering big losses in 2022. That’s why this launch is happening now – with no viable alternatives in the market, there is no time to waste in meeting the urgent demand for a decentralized Bitcoin-to-Ethereum bridge.”

Curve DAO and other partners will “play a key role in tBTC’s minting as minters and guardians. Minters are a permissioned group of actors responsible for monitoring the chain and minting tBTC after each valid deposit.”

During this period, permissioned guardians “can review minting requests, cancel any potentially malicious mints, and remove errant minters.” Fully permissionless minting, launched later this year, will “remove the need for both groups, leaving the responsibility for minting tBTC to stakers on the Threshold Network.”

Michael Egorov, founder of Curve Finance, said:

“There has never been a more critical time for transparency in cross-chain bridges. We are so pleased to play a key role in this launch, starting with optimistic minting. We need decentralized Bitcoin on Ethereum now more than ever.”

Michael Bentley, CEO of Euler Labs, said:

“We’re really excited to support the development of tBTC. A decentralized form of Bitcoin on Ethereum helps to unlock huge new opportunities for BTC holders in the burgeoning decentralized finance ecosystem.”

Arjun Bhuptani, founder of Connext, said:

“tBTC is an invaluable tool for DeFi users across the board. We’re proud to contribute to the safest way for people to use Bitcoin in the Ethereum ecosystem. tBTC aligns with our mission to make wealth-building opportunities in DeFi safer and more accessible at scale.”

tBTC’s launch “makes it possible for the wealth held in BTC to be deployed across the dynamic, fast-evolving Ethereum DeFi universe.”

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