Kadena (KDA): Price Updates, Recent Developments, Future Events, Community

Kadena is a proof-of-work blockchain network created by two former employees of JP Morgan. Stuart Popejoy and Will Martino worked at JP Morgan as leads for the firm’s Blockchain Center for Excellence.

  • Kadena, a project launched by J.P. Morgan alumni Stuart Popejoy and Will Martino, was one of the best performing cryptos of 2021.
  • Kadena has launched its decentralized ecosystem exchange, KDSwap, which provides access to $KDS, $KDL, and $HYPE.
  • Additionally, Kadena has plans to launch a smartphone app and native NFT standard called ‘Marmalade’.

Kadena is a Proof of Work blockchain network created by Stuart Popejoy and Will Martino, who formerly worked at J.P. Morgan as leads of the firm’s Blockchain Center for Excellence.

The network claims that it can offer a high level of security to the Bitcoin network, and Kadena was one of our best-performing cryptos of 2021, having raked in gains of over 7,900% for the year.


Kadena has become an attractive chain, especially for enterprises looking to leverage the high transaction throughput of the network. So, what successes has Kadena recorded in recent times?

Recent Developments

On May 17th, Kadena announced the launch of KDSwap, a decentralized exchange for the ecosystem. Since opening, KDSwap offers a variety of Kadena ecosystem tokens, including $KDS, $KDL, and $HYPE. 

Kadena has promised to introduce other tokens over time, but even so, KDSwap had a less than ideal start, with users complaining about numerous bugs in the protocol, which the Kadena team has pledged to fix in future updates.

The upcoming KDSwap update will include new features such as multi-asset staking, and will also integrate additional trading pairs. The upgrade is expected to launch within the next few weeks.


Earlier this year, Kadena announced the launch of a $100 million grant fund as part of its ‘Kadena Eco’ initiative. The goal of the project is to provide project developers with a complete suite which would allow them to deploy solutions on top of the Kadena chain.

Through the program, Kadena hopes to support builders to pioneer new projects that transform the world. 

Future Events

Since the launch of the Kadena DEX, the project’s developers have focused their attention on creating a mobile application to improve the DEX experience.

Kadena has announced that @XWalletOfficial will launch a smartphone app in June which will allow users to sign transactions on their mobile devices.

The next major development in the Kadena roadmap has the potential to be pivotal for the future of the project: in 2022, Kadena hopes to launch a native NFT standard called ‘Marmalade.

Embracing interoperability, Kadena has also outlined plans to launch a testnet that would bridge Kadena and the Ethereum Virtual Machine (EVM), as well as Kadena with Cosmos.

Price Updates

In recovering from the market crash catalyzed by the collapse of the Terra ecosystem, Kadena (KDA) has been one of the best performing Layer-1 protocols. 

Having fallen to a low of $1.56 at the peak of the market crash on May 13th, KDA picked up the pace despite the bearish market to recover to as high as $3.32 on May 17th, when KDSwap was launched.

The 7 day price chart for Kadena (KDA). Source: Tradingview

At the time of writing, KDA is trading at $2.61, having gained by 3.3% over the last 24 hours. The rally has seen Kadena rise in the rankings from the 115th largest cryptocurrency, to become the 91st. Moreover, Kadena now has a market capitalization of $487 million.

On the Flipside

  • KDSwap marked one of the worst launches Kadena has had to date, with many users complaining of bugs in the protocol that prevented regular trading.
  • Other traders experienced a lack of consistency when comparing the charts with the prices displayed in KDSwap.


With the project being built by former employees of J.P. Morgan, the Kadena community has high levels of trust and belief in the platform. After Terra’s collapse, one community member, @AlterVibeEgo, wrote:

Another user, @WhiteTigerWest1¸ wrote:

Envisioning the potential future gains of Kadena (KDA), Tommy Famous expressed:

Why You Should Care

Kadena looks to stand out from other PoW chains, combining consensus with directed acyclic graph (DAG) principles. Kadena aims to speed up the development and adoption of meaningful applications that will benefit people worldwide in their everday lives.

This article is for information purposes only and should not be considered trading or investment advice. Nothing herein shall be construed as financial, legal, or tax advice. Trading forex, cryptocurrencies, and CFDs pose a considerable risk of loss.

Milko Trajcevski

Milko Trajcevski is a DailyCoin news reporter, mainly focused on Ethereum (ETH), Cardano (ADA), and their founders (Vitalik Buterin and Charles Hoskinson). Milko is an avid follower of crypto and blockchain technology and has written thousands of articles on the subjects. He finds joy in transforming complex issues into written content that anyone can understand. Milko has used and analyzed numerous exchanges, such as Coinbase, FTX, and Binance. He also closely follows all of the latest news around the largest decentralized exchanges (DEXs). Location: Skopje, Macedonia