Hello Astar community!
My name is William, and I work at Talisman. We would love to be part of the Astar Dapp Staking program and are submitting this application for your review.
Talisman (talisman.xyz) is a multi-chain wallet and web application that enables users to “Traverse the Paraverse” with ease. We believe in a future where everyone has freedom via true agency over their intentions and finances, and we believe that the Polkadot ecosystem will bring this to fruition.
For more on Talisman’s mission and approach, please see Nipsey’s talk at Polkadot Decoded:
Today, because of its early stage of development and complex multi-chain architecture, both Polkadot and Kusama are changing rapidly and the user experience (UX) can be confusing for end users. It’s our goal to solve that using design, storytelling, and engineering. We abstract away the complexity of underlying implementation and provide a friendly user experience when using Polkadot and a way to discover new applications and services available to end users, while keeping them safe and educated about the actions they are taking.
Talisman and Astar first announced Astar support in the wallet back in March 2022, and has Talisman has continued to integrate new features along the way:
- Talisman Wallet supports portfolio management and viewing/sending of assets on Astar Wasm and EVM
- Talisman Portal supports portfolio management of Astar Wasm and EVM assets, and allows you to connect via any wallet (Subwallet, Nova, Enkrypt, PJS, etc.)
- Talisman Portal supports viewing of Astar EVM NFTs (Wasm NFTs in the future)
- Talisman Portal supported the original Astar crowdloan, as well as the recent claiming of unlocked DOT from the original crowdloan
- Talisman is frequently recommended as a wallet to use by Astar projects
And now it’s time to take that to the next level! Dapp staking will fund Astar-related improvements such as those listed at the bottom of this post.
We believe our mission in the Polkadot ecosystem is to design for the user, advocate for the user, and build for the user. This means staying on top of the complex multi-chain functionality being built in Polkadot today, but synthesizing it down to a great user experience that allows the user to understand and get their job done quickly and easily, while harnessing the full power of advanced functionality when necessary.
We believe that this user-focused approach is necessary for Polkadot to expand and flourish. Success is not only user feedback and appreciation for our ease of use, but ultimately we judge ourselves on our ability to enable liquidity to flow into Polkadot to the benefit of all in the ecosystem, and that rests on the user experience of Polkadot, across new users, advanced users, and teams.
We build in an open, community-driven way and we are committed to building for the community, including users, teams, institutions, infrastructure providers, and any other ecosystem stakeholder.
Talisman has undergone a number of audits. Please see our webpage for more information: Talisman | Security. We are currently finalizing a new audit and will target publishing it within the next month.
Since launching in early 2022, Talisman been able to achieve the following:
Talisman’s DOT Nomination pools driving by one click staking in the Portal web application have garnered over 3,700,000 DOT since launch, as of Dec. 2023.
Our wallet has crossed 40,000 active users, as measured by the Chrome and Firefox app stores
We have over 4700 users in our Discord community, as well as a highly engaged “Spirit Key” community with over 650 active contributors
Thousands of weekly users of Talisman’s web app (app.talisman.xyz), a dapp that works with multiple Polkadot wallets
Our users frequently mention that they would recommend Talisman to users new to the Polkadot ecosystem because alternatives, particularly Polkadot.js, are too complicated
We will use dapp staking revenues to fund Astar-based improvements to Talisman Wallet and Talisman Portal. This includes items like (in no particular order):
Talisman Portal has become an important destination for staking in the Polkadot ecosystem, with Talisman’s Polkadot nomination pools containing more than 3.7 million DOT. We are in the process of adding more staking possibilities here, and we believe there will be a “halo effect” as DOT stakers (and other Portal users) encounter Dapp staking in the same UI as what they are used to, so we believe there would be a win-win for Portal users and the Astar ecosystem.
Astar’s ecosystem is growing quickly! We believe with the unification of Polygon and Astar efforts in Japan, Astar zkEVM is positioned to dominate in Japan, as well as become a global powerhouse. And we are excited about Sony’s ability to bring existing entertainment (media, gaming, etc) IP into the blockchain world. Because of Talisman’s EVM and Substrate support, we are well positioned to enable access to these new chains for retail users, dapp developers, ecosystem participants and more.
Transfers and bridging among the different Astar chains and between Astar chains and external ecosystems
Talisman already has an easy-to-use XCM feature in Talisman Portal, and we are constantly adding new routes so that assets can flow around to different chains. As new routes open up for Astar assets, we will keep the app updated.
And more! We’d love to hear your suggestions: Talisman (upvoty.com)
Finally, we are very responsive to the community. Let us know what you would like to see.