Simple Valuation Metrics for Protocols and Apps

May 30, 2024


Evaluating blockchain protocols involves key metrics: Total Value Locked (TVL), Transactions Per Second (TPS), and number of users, to assess performance, adoption, and growth potential.

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Evaluating the value of blockchain protocols and applications involves several key metrics. These metrics provide insight into an application’s performance, adoption, and potential growth. Here, we’ll explore four fundamental metrics: Total Value Locked (TVL), Transactions Per Second (TPS), and number of users.

Total Value Locked 

Total Value Locked (TVL) measures the amount of assets staked or locked within a protocol. It indicates the level of trust and adoption the protocol has garnered. A higher TVL signifies significant user engagement and confidence, often displaying a protocol's perceived value and potential for growth.

Transactions Per Second 

Transactions Per Second (TPS) is a critical metric that evaluates a protocol’s scalability and efficiency. A higher TPS means the network can handle more transactions in a given time frame, which is crucial for ensuring smooth and swift operations, especially during peak usage periods. It serves as a benchmark for the protocol's capacity to support large-scale applications and user bases.


The number of users is a straightforward metric indicating how many people are actively using a protocol or app. More users usually means more activity, more popularity, and a potentially more valuable platform. It’s similar to counting customers in a store; more customers generally means better business.

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