Bancor running nodes + facilitating staking, with VBNT as an allowance token:
Imagine the virtuous cycle for Bancor + users:
A newfound demand for VBNT pushes it closer to 1:1 peg, vortexing countless LPs, locking up BNT forever
New LPs rush to stake BNT to acquire for LINK staking allowance, deepening pools + increasing TVL
Bancor sells their trade volume, price, participation data etc into the chainlink ecosystem, generating a newfound profit stream for Bancor and their LPs, BNT / VBNT get brought to the mainstream, providing yet another benefit over DEX “competition”
As a pre-staking investment, BNT provides substantially higher reward APR than LPL tokens; the sole competition in the publicly-facilitated LINK staking space.
Etc, etc, etc.
Mark Richardson has expressed interest in this idea, but is extremely busy with everything else currently in development for Bancor.
I will be on #BasedSpace one night this week (5/10-5/16) to discuss the concept, talking technical details + flushing out issues/concerns with community feedback. Please share thoughts here. If you would love to see Bancor operate nodes and facilitate a publicly accessible staking option via VBNT, let me and the team know! Find me on Twitter at @crypto_jiminy.