According to its website, havven.io, Havven is a “decentralized payment network and stablecoin.” On February 28th, Havven began a token sale, which, as the company noted, was supposed to run until March 6th, or whenever the hard cap of US$30M was reached. Less than a day later, the site states that token sales have closed and the cap has been realized.
Why the clamor for Havven tokens? Because of its revolutionary method in which Havven utilizes smart contracts to control the balance of the platform and the cost of the stablecoin. As a result, if the system value changes, the smart contracts adjust automatically to control the appropriate number of stablecoins in circulation.
How Havven Works
Havven’s valuation is based on receiving transaction fees from network users, then allocating the fees to collateral token holders. This is where the token gets it value. Havven’s system includes two tokens: havvens, which is the collateral token, and nomins, the stablecoin. Havven tokens provide the backing for nomins, as nomins are only issued when havvens are locked into a smart contract.
A portion of nomins can be dispersed against the value of havvens, thereby ensuring that the network stays price shock resistant. The initial value of the network is established through a token sale. Since transactions are not available, those participating in the token sale are predicting the valuation of the Havven system, taking into account a certain amount of risk.
Users purchase collateral tokens with the understanding that growth of the network and an increase in transaction fees means the collateral token value will increase thereby rewarding users for collateralizing the system. The uniqueness of the Havven network is that it disseminates collateral to provide stability. Havven tokens represent the collateral value of the network, which is determined based on the future projected value of transacted fees created by the system.
As a result, the price of havven tokens is not merely conjecture, but rather determined by the fee reward distribution to those who hold havven and have issued nomins. This is important for two reasons: 1) It means that the network can be both decentralized and 2) Backed by collateral. By comparison, systems that need to rely on a physical asset like gold as collateral become non-viable based on their centralization.