Ardana developers claimed back in January that “almost all of the product/smart contract development is finished.”
On Nov. 24, Ardana, a leading decentralized finance (DeFi) and stablecoin ecosystem building on Cardano (ADA), abruptly halted development, citing “funding and project timeline uncertainty.” The project will remain open-source for builders while treasury balances and remaining funds will be held by Ardana Labs “until another competent dev team in the community comes forward to continue our work.”
The move came as a shock to many due to the sudden nature of the announcement. However, it appears that issues were already present for some time. Beginning July 4, Ardana has held an ongoing initial stake pool offering, or ISPO, to fund its operations. Unlike traditional fundraising mechanisms, developers do not receive the ADA delegated by users, but instead, the staking rewards. Users are incentivized to keep delegating by receiving the native DANA tokens as a reward.
Unfortunately, a simultaneous collapse of the price of DANA, ADA, as well as declining Cardano staking yields from the ongoing crypto winter has caused issues for ISPO issuers. Over the past year, Ardana’s native DANA tokens have lost close to 99.85% of their value.
In January, Ardana claimed that “almost all of the product/smart contract development is finished. We could launch our products within a few weeks if we so wanted” and instead blamed the delay on the Cardano network’s “liquidation issues,” and “risk to users’ funds.” Most users reacted negatively, placing the blame on Ardana instead. One individual, @LucidCiC, wrote: