Finder makes money from featured partners, but editorial opinions are our own.

Stellar and Chain merge to become Interstellar

shutterstock blockchain crypto handshake 450x250

The Stellar network just got a new set of high power applications.

Stellar Lumens is a token issuance and international payments-focused cryptocurrency, Chain is/was a builder of cryptographic products for use on decentralised ledgers, and together they are now Interstellar.

The nitty gritty of the deal is that Stellar-backed commercial arm Lightyear acquired Chain to merge with it. Both the Lightyear and Chain brand names will be retired and replaced with Interstellar.

Interstellar will focus on helping companies build on the Stellar network. Chain CEO Adam Ludwin will be Interstellar CEO, Stellar founder Jed McCaleb will be CTO and all 30 of Chain's current employees will be staying on and doubling to an Interstellar headcount of 60, while Chain's investors are getting cashed out.

The upshot

juicy crypto words

The upshot of the deal is that Chain, along with some existing clients and services, will be moving onto the Stellar blockchain. Stellar will essentially get several new tools for businesses to take a significant step towards potential wider real-world adoption.

The deal has been underway and kept under wraps for a while, said Chain CEO Adam Ludwin to Yahoo Finance in an interview, which might be why the whole thing seems to have sprung fully formed into the world with several solutions ready to go.

In line with its goal of helping businesses make the most of the Stellar network, Interstellar has four existing solutions, most of which are either ready to go or will be soon.


This is one of several exchanges that plan to tap into the Stellar universal order book. These exchanges might be thought of as different doorways to the same marketplace, where the exact nature of the marketplace depends on which doorway you walk through.

The StellarX doorway focuses on giving its users zero fees, fast trades and complete access to every single thing the Stellar marketplace has to offer.


This is a blockchain-as-a-service system.

It's essentially an almost plug-and-play blockchain system that goes the extra mile with its emphasis on the creation and management of tokenised assets.


This is a trading bot for the Stellar universal exchange, allowing users to create liquidity, set a spot price for tokens, make spreads and make markets as well as price and trade one's own stablecoins and mimic orders from other exchanges.


This refers to the ongoing plans for Lightning on the Stellar network.

Overall, Stellar looks close to being one of the most useable networks out there. It's worth emphasising that this doesn't necessarily have much to do with the price of the Stellar Lumens XLM token though. Most of its value is probably still tied to its nature as a speculative vote of confidence in Stellar's network effects, rather than as a functional utility token or currency.

Disclosure: At the time of writing the author holds ETH, IOTA, ICX, VET, XLM, BTC and ADA.

Disclaimer: This information should not be interpreted as an endorsement of cryptocurrency or any specific provider, service or offering. It is not a recommendation to trade. Cryptocurrencies are speculative, complex and involve significant risks – they are highly volatile and sensitive to secondary activity. Performance is unpredictable and past performance is no guarantee of future performance. Consider your own circumstances, and obtain your own advice, before relying on this information. You should also verify the nature of any product or service (including its legal status and relevant regulatory requirements) and consult the relevant Regulators' websites before making any decision. Finder, or the author, may have holdings in the cryptocurrencies discussed.

Latest cryptocurrency news

Picture: Shutterstock

Get started with crypto

Ask an Expert

You are about to post a question on

  • Do not enter personal information (eg. surname, phone number, bank details) as your question will be made public
  • is a financial comparison and information service, not a bank or product provider
  • We cannot provide you with personal advice or recommendations
  • Your answer might already be waiting – check previous questions below to see if yours has already been asked

Finder only provides general advice and factual information, so consider your own circumstances, or seek advice before you decide to act on our content. By submitting a question, you're accepting our Terms of Use, Disclaimer & Privacy Policy and 6. Finder Group Privacy & Cookies Policy.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.
Go to site