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Basics

History

"“Personally, I think this is a knee-jerk reaction from Curve’s community members who are less technical or less familiar with clean room implementation cases,” Saddle engineer John Lim said in a direct message. He added that Saddle is a re-implementation of the StableSwap algorithm in Solidity, not a “line-by-line” reproduction of the entire project."

Audits & Exploits

"Quantstamp has performed a security review of the Saddle Finance implementation of StableSwap. It is important to note that this implementation is ported from in the Curve Finance contracts, which was used as a reference during the review. In total 14 security issues spanning across all severity levels were identified, along with a few deviations from the specification, code documentation issues and best practice issues. Due to the poor documentation we were not able to determine how the developers have derived some of the implemented formulas from the StableSwap whitepaper. Additionally, we have noticed that all tests in the current test suite use exactly 2 tokens in the pool. We strongly recommend adding more tests that use 3 or more tokens and addressing all identified issues before deploying the code in production.

The implemented relation looks different (from the original StableSwap). We are not able to understand how this relation is derived from the relation in the original StableSwap paper, mentioned at the beginning of this description."

"The Saddle smart contracts were audited by OpenZeppelin, Quantstamp, and Certik."

Bugs/Exploits

"After the Saddle Finance pools were arbitraged for millions within hours of launch, the Saddle team were forced to release a formal excuse for their performance, which contained an unacceptable amount of slippage for a protocol designed to “fix the problem of slippage in DeFi". Igor Igamberdiev released several warnings advising users to exit the Saddle Finance pools, while their founder Matt Luongo showed no sympathy for the users who lost money by using the protocol he had helped to copy.

At least three major arbs took over 7.9 BTC ($275,735) from the early liquidity providers within 6 minutes."

Governance

Admin Keys

"Saddle's admin keys are controlled by a 3/5 Gnosis Safe multisig. The signers are Mariano Conti, Kain Warwick, DegenSpartan, Klim K, and Damir Bandalo. This multisig has capabilities to pause new deposits and trades in case of technical emergencies. Users will always be able to withdraw their funds regardless of new deposits being paused. The multisig can also change the swap/withdrawal fees and the per pool/account deposit limits."

DAO

  • From their blog (11-2021):

"SDL token holders can vote on proposals to improve Saddle and allocate treasury funds.  Initially, the proposals will be on Snapshot, which the current community multisig will then enact. Discourse will be the platform for discussion of the proposals. We expect proposals in the next few months to migrate to fully on-chain governance using the Compound Governor Bravo and add additional token economics."

Treasury

Token

Launch

"There is no native token attached to Saddle Finance at the moment."

Token Distribution

  • From their blog (11-2021):

"51% of the SDL genesis supply is allocated to Saddle community members, of which 15% has already been allocated to historical users (vested over 2-3 years)"

Utility

Other Details

Coin Distribution

Technology

Implementations

How it works

Fee Mechanism

Upgrades

Staking

Liquidity Mining

  • From their blog (11-2021):

"5% of SDL (50,000,000 SDL) has been allocated to liquidity mining programs across Ethereum, Arbitrum, and (later) Optimism which can be earned without any vesting. "

"The DeFi protocol is bootstrapping liquidity through a deal with Keep Network (also built by Thesis) that will set aside 125,000 KEEP per week to payout to Saddle’s liquidity providers."

Scaling

Interoperability

Other Details

Oracle Method

Privacy Method

Compliance

Their Other Projects

Roadmap

  • Can be found [Insert link here].

"Saddle plans to use Synthetix’s virtual synths. (Synthetix makes synthetic assets where instead of trading ETH for USD, users trade sETH for sUSD.) Srivatsa said there is currently a limitation with the Synthetix system, since trades between “synths” come with a five-minute settlement delay before a trader gets the underlying assets (this is to prevent front running). Virtual synths fix this by introducing a new token that basically represents a claim on that unsettled trade, Srivatsa said.

“So you can use that as a placeholder, atomically, and then settle after the fact,” he said. “The reason you want to do this is because synths also have this pretty exciting property where you can trade between them with no slippage – at any size, up to the size of Synthetix’s global pool.”

Usage

Projects that use or built on it

  • Alchemix turned to (15-6-2021) Saddle for its alETH pool. The announcement attracted a lot of negative attention and even turned Curve to propose not giving them CRV rewards through one of Alchemix's strategies.

Competition

"Btw 99% sure that the way Saddle reimplemented the code (line-by-line translation from one language to another, unless anything changed) violates the license on Curve contracts. Just saying."

"“Personally, I think this is a knee-jerk reaction from Curve’s community members who are less technical or less familiar with clean room implementation cases,” Saddle engineer John Lim said in a direct message. He added that Saddle is a re-implementation of the StableSwap algorithm in Solidity, not a “line-by-line” reproduction of the entire project."

Pros and Cons

Pros

Cons

Team, Funding, Partnerships, etc.

Team

"Saddle is built by DeFi natives with years of prior experience at Web2 companies like Uber, Amazon, and Square."

  • Curve called out Saddle saying it is a 'line for line' code fork off of Curve (15-6-2021).

Funding

Partners

  • Part of the second cohort (18-9-2020) of startups that joined the DeFi Alliance’s accelerator program.

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