Near (Sharding & DAO as unique features)
Avalanche (DeFi yields & NFT partners)
Our role models are Ethereum (community & culture), Starkware (ZKProofs & research) and Cosmos (Wasm & cross-chain), but which other smart contract platforms should we compete directly and win against?
Compete w NEAR for easy onboarding, developer-friendliness (WebAssembly + grants/hackathons) and win by getting on more exchanges and having more key differentiators (& carve out a niche for segment/demographic/purpose). Try to chip at MATIC Studios, dapps/mindshare, venture fund partnerships despite smaller budget. Best SOL in tech, Magic Eden NFT marketplace, and chip at partnerships (FTX, Circle, Moonpay USDC support, Rally, and esp. Krafton). Watch out for AVAX for GameFi and DOT for crypto fund holdings.
Polkadot (Parachain & developer grants)
Polygon (ZKProofs & EVM ecosystem)
Solana (Centralized exchanges & DeFi)
Terra (DeFi ecosystem & stablecoins)