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Danelle Dixon: Seamless transactions on blockchain is the main prerequisite for mass adoption

During Paris Blockchain Week, Stellar Development Foundation CEO Denelle Dixon discussed the necessity of integrating blockchain technology with traditional financial systems to enhance its utility and adoption.

Key takeaways:

  • Dixon emphasizes the need for financial interoperability to advance blockchain integration.
  • Stellar's focus on non-volatile tokenization and utility for developing economies highlights its strategic direction.
  • Recent blockchain outages underscore the need for improved infrastructure across the sector.

Denelle Dixon, CEO of the Stellar Development Foundation, underscored the critical need for blockchain protocols to facilitate smooth transitions of financial assets between traditional and on-chain environments. Speaking at Paris Blockchain Week, Dixon described Stellar's mission to "make money move like email," a vision that necessitates robust on- and off-ramps to avoid reliance on volatile cryptocurrencies. 

Dixon remarked:

“From the beginning, we’ve focused on making money move like email, but we really understood that to do that, you needed the on- and off-ramps and couldn’t rely on transacting with volatile cryptocurrencies,” 

The importance of tokenization and interoperability

Reflecting on her career transition from Mozilla to Stellar, Dixon credited Stellar founder Jed McCaleb for attracting her to the platform, which is renowned for its emphasis on tokenization and fast, low-cost transactions that significantly benefit developing economies.

Her goal at Stellar goes beyond facilitating efficient payments; it extends to fostering interoperability among various blockchain protocols. 

She explained:

"I want this work to be not just for Stellar but to create an interoperability layer across chains and make it so that all blockchains benefit from the hard work that we’ve done," 

Overcoming challenges and reducing tribalism

Dixon also addressed the challenges facing the blockchain ecosystem, such as network outages and congestion that have plagued major protocols, including Solana and several Ethereum layer-2 solutions. She highlighted the negative impact of tribalism within the blockchain community, which often detracts from the collective goal of advancing the utility of the technology. Instead, she promotes a collaborative approach among leaders in the space, dismissing the notion that the blockchain industry is a zero-sum game. 

Dixon shared, illustrating the potential for synergistic relationships even among competitors:

"There is less tribalism than people actually think at the executive level," 

The Stellar Development Foundation continues to innovate with the recent launch of smart contracts on the Stellar network through the Soroban platform in February 2024, aiming to enhance programmability and attract more developers to expand network activity significantly.