New Course for Firo: Embracing the DeFi Era with Cosmos SDK

Dear Firo Community,

As we navigate the evolving crypto landscape, I’ve taken a moment to reflect on where we stand and where we’re headed. We’ve seen a notable shift in the ecosystem, particularly with QT-fork projects. Projects like Dash, PIVX, BCH, BSV, BTG, BCD, Verge, Reddcoin, Terracoin, Namecoin, and Peercoin, once at the forefront (pre Ethereum etc) , are now losing their edge. This isn’t just a dip but a clear signal of the decline of the QT-fork approach, a category that includes Firo.

Firo’s Present Challenge: Our journey mirrors this trend. Firo has been battling stagnation for years, struggling to keep pace with rapidly emerging projects. Despite the hard work and dedication of our core team (:heart:), we’ve found ourselves overshadowed by the meteoric rise of new entrants in the crypto space. This stagnation, particularly noticeable in the current bull run, is a critical issue we need to address.

Envisioning Firo 2.0 with Cosmos SDK: To reinvigorate Firo and secure its future, I propose a strategic pivot to a Layer 1 platform based on the Cosmos SDK. This transition offers an opportunity to rebrand Firo as a leader in privacy-centric decentralized finance (DeFi) as well as a foundation for privacy-oriented dapps.

Key Features of Firo 2.0:

  • Cosmos SDK Foundation: Transitioning to Cosmos SDK aligns us with successful projects like Akash, Injective, Celestia, and Thorchain. These platforms have demonstrated remarkable growth and innovation, showcasing the potential of Cosmos SDK’s architecture.

  • Privacy-Centric DeFi Integration: Firo 2.0 will pioneer in the DeFi space with unique offerings like confidential transactions, private staking, and anonymous yield farming, enhancing the privacy of these activities beyond the standard level found in most current DeFi platforms.

  • Empowering Community and Ecosystem Growth: By leveraging our existing community, we can establish a strong validator network, ensuring decentralized governance and enhanced security. We aim to make participation more inclusive, allowing a broader community to shape Firo’s future.

Innovative Application Possibilities:

  • Decentralized Social Media Platform: A web3 alternative to platforms like Twitter, offering enhanced privacy and user control.

  • FiroMail (FMAIL): A revolutionary email service where addresses are NFT assets, providing unprecedented security and ownership.

  • FiLaunch: A crowdfunding platform empowering community members to launch and fund their projects within the Firo ecosystem using FIRO tokens.

  • DeFi Ecosystem: A suite of applications including DEXs, lending protocols, and liquidity pools, all with a focus on privacy and anonymity.

  • Secret Chat (SCHAT): A unique blend of messaging, Telegram-like, financial service, and wallet functionalities, integrating Firo’s privacy features with everyday communication.

Strategic Outreach and Adoption:

Inspired by successful campaigns from Celestia and Injective, we aim to boost Firo 2.0’s visibility through targeted airdrops to Cosmos and Ethereum users, attracting new community members and increasing our ecosystem’s reach, potentially involving up to 5% of the supply.

Community Engagement: Your involvement is crucial in this transformative phase. This proposal is more than a technological shift; it’s a collective leap towards a future where Firo leads in privacy and DeFi.

Next Steps: I encourage starting discussions within our community and masternode owners to gather insights and feedback. Let’s collaboratively shape a path that revitalizes Firo, aligning it with the forefront of blockchain innovation.

Summary of Key Points for Firo 2.0 main goal Transition:

  1. Enhanced Demand and Ecosystem Volume: The move to a Cosmos SDK-based platform will significantly increase the overall volume and demand for Firo, not just in trading but also through active participation in DeFi and dapps. This shift will create a vibrant ecosystem where Firo’s utility is maximized across various applications.

  2. Addressing Coin Dumping Concerns: While Firo already incorporates masternodes, transitioning more focus towards staking within the DeFi context aims to further mitigate the issue of coin dumping, a challenge often associated with mining-based tokens. This approach seeks to stabilize the token’s value by encouraging long-term holding.

  3. Proposal for a Restaking Mechanism: A restaking mechanism is proposed to incentivize long-term holding among validators and stakers. This mechanism, potentially including locking periods with higher APYs, is designed to increase Firo’s Total Value Locked (TVL), thereby enhancing the token’s overall demand and stability.

Closing Thoughts:

As a legacy Zcoin supporter and masternode operator myself, I deeply understand and share the commitment we’ve all invested in this journey. Now, as we consider this pivotal shift to Firo 2.0, our collective experience and dedication have become even more significant.

To every member of our community, from fellow legacy supporters to those who have joined us along the way: The goal is to transition from the brink of fading into a leader in privacy-centric dapps and DeFi space. Firo 2.0 represents a path to evolving our core strengths into a platform that’s accessible, engaging, and rewarding for everyone interested in privacy and DeFi.

Our core team (big :heart:) and our legacy supporters have been the bedrock of our project. As we stand at the threshold of this new era with Firo 2.0, I invite each of you to bring your insights, experiences, and continued support to the table. Let’s unite to reshape and reinvigorate Firo, steering it towards a future where it thrives as a pioneering force in the crypto world.

I encourage everyone in the Firo community to share their thoughts on this proposal. Let’s collaborate and chart a course towards an innovative and prosperous future for Firo.

Merry Christmas! May this time of year bring you joy and inspiration as we look forward to a bright and prosperous future for Firo.

  • Support for a New Ecosystem: I support the move to a new ecosystem encompassing privacy-centric DeFi, staking, dapps, and locking mechanisms.
  • Concerns About QT-Like Wallets’ Future: I agree with the assessment that QT-like wallets are fading and support exploring new directions.
  • Excitement About Community Growth and Engagement: I’m excited about the potential for increased community engagement and growth in a more modern ecosystem.
  • Worries About Firo’s Current Trajectory: I am concerned about the current direction of Firo and believe a significant change is necessary to avoid fading into obscurity.
  • Need More Information on Technical and Strategic Plans: I’m undecided and require more detailed information on the technical feasibility and strategic planning of the transition.
  • Skeptical of the Proposed Transition Benefits: I’m skeptical about the transition and unsure if it will deliver the promised benefits or adequately address current challenges.
  • Satisfaction with Firo’s Current State (Masternode Operator): I am content with Firo as it is and prefer no changes. (Option specifically for masternode operators)
  • Satisfaction with Firo’s Current State (Miner): I am satisfied with the current state of Firo and see no need for a transition. (Option specifically for miners)
  • Enthusiasm for Technological Advancement: I am enthusiastic about embracing new technologies and believe Firo’s transition could lead to cutting-edge developments in blockchain and privacy tech.
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Hi CaptainT,

Thanks for your idea and contribution! I think this is an idea worth exploring and after the launch of Spark, there is a desire to evolve into expanding Firo’s usecase as a privacy ecosystem through the use of Elysium and Spark Assets technology.

One of the key things we wanted is the ability to easily bridge between different chains. Some believe this should be not at the protocol layer but left to specialized projects to do the bridging. Do we want just AMMs within Spark ecosystem and allow cross-chain DEXes or do we actually want bridging.

The other route is to go for a Cosmos route (like you suggested) but requires a lot of porting work which is not trivial (especially if we have to rewrite the Spark libraries which are going to be a significant cost). I spoke to Zaki Manian briefly who believes that a Penumbra stack might makes more sense because it’s written in Rust vs Cosmos SDK which is in Go and is more privacy oriented.

However more research is required because Penumbra was designed for Sapling Zcash type of systems and there is also concern on how censorship resistant Cosmos-like or Tendermint chains are.

More research is required and I plan to resume this when the holidays end.


Waoo mind blowing. Its a bit to techy and i don’t get all the details but the gist of it sounds amazing. So many possibilities. I’m specially intressted in the Decentralized Social Media Platform and things in that nature.
Looking forward to what Reuben will get back with after vacation and some thinking :slight_smile:


Recent developments, like the delisting of QT-like projects (Dash, Zcash) from OKX today, underscore the foresight in the initial post. It’s a validation of sorts that some would call a “predictive concern,” yet I’m also reminded of the tremendous work Reuben and our core team are doing to navigate these challenges and to comply with the big exchanges to extend the lifeline with them.

This situation reinforces the relevance of the proposed direction for Firo 2.0. Adapting and innovating are key to keeping pace with the market, and it’s crucial for us to focus on these aspects to maintain Firo’s position in the crypto space.

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My latest post in this regard: Firo's Long Term Direction towards a Privacy Ecosystem: Community Feedback - #17 by CaptainT