Why Via?
Yeah, why?

Aggregation protocol

The multi-chain world lacks solid protocols that provide any-to-any swaps in a seamless fashion, meaning they can bridge tokens VIA the fastest and cheapest routes automatically, without the users even realizing it. The blockchain ecosystem of apps and protocols can be arduous to navigate, and the multi-chain architecture only adds to that complexity.
  • Firstly, users bear massive costs, in terms of money and time, due to the poor user experience. The lack of a one-stop, simple solution, raises the financial costs associated with each step of the process, as users struggle to find the cheapest routes to perform their operations and get trapped in a net of multiple gas fees. Additionally, each step requires users to maneuver through multiple platforms, each with its own interface design and features, considerably raising the time and knowledge barrier.
  • Secondly, the current state of cross-chain infrastructures is characterized by fragmented and unpredictably sourced liquidity. This happens because liquidity is strongly siloed, meaning that pools existing on one chain only gather liquidity from that chain, separately from the one pooled on other chains. Liquidity could be abundant, but fragmentation across multiple chains makes it scarce. The lack of liquidity, in turn, causes inefficiencies and increases transaction costs.
  • Finally, intricate cross-chain operations can strangle profit opportunities. When users started to deploy their assets on multiple DeFi protocols to maximize return on investment, yield aggregators were created to let them earn a passive income without having to move assets around themselves. The limitation is that most yield aggregators such as Convex and Yearn only pool investment opportunities from a single chain, disregarding other, higher APY-bearing ones on different chains. Currently, users have to face high opportunity costs when choosing where to invest their capital.
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