In a surprising turn of events, BONK, the latest addition to the dog-themed cryptocurrency frenzy, has experienced a meteoric rise in value, driven by its viral appeal among crypto enthusiasts.
What sets BONK apart is its growing technological infrastructure. The developers of BONK have introduced a trading bot that has been dominating the decentralized exchange (DEX) market, accounting for over 70% of the daily trading volume generated by DEX bots in the past week. This activity has resulted in approximately $4.8 million in fee revenue during this period.
Remarkably, the fees generated by the BONKbot in the last 24 hours rival those of well-established DeFi protocols like Aave and Curve.
Initially launched on Christmas Day 2022 as an attempt to inject fun into the Solana ecosystem, BONK has taken a more serious turn with the success of BONKbot. It’s now being seen as potentially more than just a memecoin.
According to Blockworks Research analyst Dan Smith, “BONK might just be a tech company wrapped in a memecoin after all.”
BONK is essentially a tech platform concealed within a social token, featuring core products such as @bonkbot_io and @Bonkswap_io. The suite of products associated with BONK is generating revenue at an impressive $200 million run rate and is highly profitable.
Despite its low price per token, BONK’s recent price chart resembles the growth trajectory of Solana. Over the past month, BONK’s price surged by 227%, outpacing Solana’s 73% gain. However, as Solana’s momentum slowed recently, BONK also experienced a decline, shedding a quarter of its price.
BONKbot’s increased usage can be attributed in part to “BONKmas,” a rewards promotion that incentivizes users to deposit at least one SOL token into the trading bot.
While BONK’s underlying technology isn’t groundbreaking, its growth strategy revolves around integration with established platforms where users can buy and utilize BONK within the DeFi ecosystem.
As for BONKbot, it offers features like an auto-buy function for faster trading and has partnered with Jito Labs to provide maximal extractable value (MEV) protection, ensuring that buyers don’t receive unfavorable prices due to slippage or delays.
While these functions are not groundbreaking in the crypto world, they represent real advancements in trading technology, backed by a team of dedicated developers.
Outside of the BONK team, developers introduced BonkSwap in April as a community-centric decentralized exchange (DEX). Liquidity providers have the opportunity to earn escrowed BONK tokens on specific pools, and BonkSwap even launched a one-minute futures betting game called BonkOrBust.
Despite some recent fluctuations, BONK’s price has seen significant overall growth in the past two months, making it one of the top 100 digital assets by market capitalization.
In conclusion, while BONK is often categorized as a memecoin, its technological advancements and growing ecosystem suggest it may have more in common with traditional protocol tokens than meets the eye.