Solana and its native DeFi ecosystem have flourished in the last few months, and we've been inspired not only by its incredible technical capabilities but also the fabulous community and talent building across all verticals on Solana.
As many of the core DeFi primitives are beginning to launch on mainnet, we see a unique opportunity to aggregate yield-generating opportunities from across the Solana ecosystem and package them in a friendly and accessible interface for consumers.
What it does
Katana offers a suite of investment products across the risk spectrum, enabling users to passively access the best yield-generating opportunities on Solana. Katana's goal is to offer sophisticated, sustainable, and composable yield products which users can mix and match to produce their desired exposure.
To this end, our core product suite is comprised of automated vault strategies and structured products--similar to Yearn and Ribbon Finance on Ethereum--and we look to expand into more exotic product lines in the near future.
How we built it
We built Katana using the amazing Anchor framework created by Armani Ferrante.
As an aggregator, we also integrated and collaborated with several amazing projects throughout our building process including Serum, Raydium, PsyOptions, and Mango Markets.
Challenges we ran into
Our primary challenges were scarce documentation, difficult technical integrations, and restrictive compute limits, which were all to be expected from a relatively nascent developer ecosystem. Luckily, we were able to resolve many of these issues with the help of the Solana core devs and fantastic developer community in Discord.
Accomplishments that we're proud of
Having joined well into the hackathon, we're very proud to have built a fully functional prototype in this short period of time. We are also equally proud of our contribution to the developer community along the way and hope to release more open-source tooling and resources in the near future.
What we learned
In the past few weeks building Katana, we've learned a lot about the intricacies and tradeoffs of protocol design and development on Solana. We are now much more capable and knowledgeable Solana developers than we were at the start of the hackathon, and hope to share the experience we've picked up with the rest of the community.
What's next for Katana
Our goal is to fully automate and decentralize the protocol as quickly as possible, enabling trustless access to the best strategies in DeFi.
We're excited to take Katana full time, build out the core infrastructure, and further innovate in the asset management space. We look forward to continue developing cutting-edge strategies and packaging them in a slick interface for everyone to enjoy.