Key collaborations are locking into place as Injective joins forces with Lithium Finance to launch decentralized Pre-IPO stock derivatives.

Injective's mission is to build an entirely decentralized ecosystem via which users can access any financial market of their choice. The collaboration with Lithium will focus on creating new markets for Pre-IPO stock derivatives on Injective for popular companies that are not yet publicly traded such as Stripe or SpaceX.

Introduction

Lithium is an oracle built to regularly price illiquid assets using collective intelligence.

Lithium’s unique proposition is facilitated by the Determinant-based Mutual Information (DMI) mechanism. This method enables participants to request pricing on specific private assets, while simultaneously incentivizing and rewarding pricing providers who offer truthful, accurate answers. By the same token, the DMI mechanism punishes those who put forth inaccurate information.

A fundamental use case for this tech stack is pricing private market assets that are not yet actively traded. For instance, as it stands you would not accurately be able to know the share price of SpaceX since the stock is not yet live. If a user on Lithium wanted to know the value of SpaceX, he would post the question on the platform and stake Lithium tokens. Lithium will then leverage proprietary algorithms to poll a community of experts who are incentivized to win Lithium tokens if their answers are determined to be high-quality and to lose them if determined to be low-quality. In this manner, Lithium is able to price assets which would otherwise be inaccessible to individuals who are not industry insiders.

Decentralized Pre-IPO Derivatives

Injective currently offers access to a number of distinct oracle providers such as Chainlink, Band Protocol, and API3. Adding Lithium into this cohort would allow the number of markets available to skyrocket.

Using just Lithium’s price oracle, users of Injective can create new derivatives markets for private companies. The implications for this are simply profound since now the exchange protocol would be able to support trading for futures and perpetuals for private market deals that are not available anywhere else. In just a few minutes, a trader can use our governance module to create a new market for non-public companies such as Stripe, Instacart or Clubhouse.

“Lithium will be a crucial addition to our oracle module, since it would allow our users to discover new illiquid private markets that would otherwise be inaccessible. Our collaboration will help to massively lower the barriers to entry for users looking to enter new private markets in a completely decentralized manner,” said Injective CEO, Eric Chen.

This integration will vastly improve the price discovery process for Injective users for the most illiquid assets thanks to Lithium’s collective intelligence mechanism.

David Lighton, Co-founder of Lithium Finance, added, “The main focus of Lithium Finance is to price the unpriced in a timely and accurate manner, and we are glad that Injective shares this view and make Lithium part of the oracle module to help on pricing private and illiquid assets. We believe this partnership will help make private assets more accessible, and it’s an important step in bringing real assets into the DeFi space.”

Injective users will of course enjoy the added benefits of avoiding gas fees and unmatched transaction times when trading on these new markets.

Closing Thoughts

Combining the strengths of Lithium’s unique on-chain pricing oracle and Injective’s robust derivatives offering, both teams will work hand in hand to bring pre-IPO derivatives into the DeFi sector.

The movement to bring non-public valuation data to DeFi marks a true paradigm shift. The capacity for further synergies between Lithium and Injective is immense and the community looks forward to delving deeper into this collaboration while pursuing unlimited markets in a fully decentralized ecosystem.

About Lithium Finance

Lithium Finance is the first collective-intelligence pricing oracle to give precise and timely pricing on private, illiquid assets. It rewards analysts who provide truthful information and punish those who offer false pricing data. As a result, Lithium’s users obtain pricing for all hard-to-value assets such as pre-IPO stocks, private equity, and other illiquid assets effectively.

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About Injective

Injective is the first cross-chain protocol built for decentralized finance applications. On the Injective exchange, anyone can access, create, and trade unlimited DeFi markets such as futures and perpetuals. Developers can also build cross-chain Ethereum-compatible projects that are lightning fast and achieve instant transaction finality. Injective is backed by a prominent group of stakeholders including Binance, Pantera Capital and Mark Cuban.

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