✊🏼 A Call to Action: How to Mobilize and Save the Crypto Movement

Hello Defiers! Here’s what we are covering today, News DeFi Powerhouses Curve and Aave Deploy on Avalanche to Profit from Incentives Abracadabra’s Stablecoin Races Past $1B and Sparks Talk of Overtaking MakerDAO The Defiant Essay A Call to Action: How...

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📈 DeFi Powerhouses Curve and Aave Deploy on Avalanche to Profit from Incentives

TLDR Incentives work. Or at least they do in terms of wooing DeFi protocols to deploy on other blockchains. Case and point, Curve Finance, the automated market maker, and Aave, the leading DeFi lending project, have each deployed their offerings on Avalanche as a part of the blockchain’s $180M incentive program called Avalanche Rush.

SCALING SOLUTION It’s the first time Aave has ported to a chain other than Polygon, which bills itself as a scaling solution particularly for Ethereum, DeFi’s leading blockchain in TVL terms. Aave already ranks first in terms of total value locked (TVL) at $1.26B on Avalanche, according to DeFi Llama. Trader Joe, an Avalanche-native decentralized exchange (DEX), trails Aave in TVL, by only $180M. Curve is fifth in Avalanche’s TVL rankings at $274.26M.


TVL Avalanche’s overall TVL has skyrocketed to $4.55B as of Oct. 6, a figure more than 14 times larger than it was on Aug. 18 when Avalanche Rush was announced.


Supercharged Stablecoins

🧙🏽‍♀️ Abracadabra’s Stablecoin Races Past $1B and Sparks Talk of Overtaking MakerDAO

NEWS New collateralized stablecoin, Magic Internet Money (MIM) is challenging MakerDAO, the grandaddy protocol of DeFi. MIM, issued by lending protocol Abracadabra, broke $1B in supply on Oct. 5, placing it seventh overall in terms of stablecoin market cap, according to CoinGecko.

REMARKABLE GROWTH That’s $5.39B behind Maker’s DAI stablecoin supply. So while MIM still has a ways to go, the stablecoin has shown remarkable growth since launching in May. For contrast, Maker launched in 2017. Yet even though it’s behind in supply, Abracadabra has surpassed the lending incumbent in terms of fees generated, according to the site byebyedai.money.


LOANS Fees on Abracadabra come from the interest paid on the protocol’s loans. If holders of SPELL, Abracadabra’s governance token, stake their asset they receive sSPELL, which accrues 75% of the interest fees.


The Defiant Essay

✊🏼 A Call to Action: How to Mobilize and Save the Crypto Movement

Call it a manifesto, a warning, or a polemic… The truth is, this remarkable two-part essay by Connor Speliscy and Holmes Wilson is all of those things and more — a cri de coeur as DeFi faces an inflection point. In Part 2, they issue a call to action and lay out a primer for mobilizing the community to rescue the movement from regulation that could significantly impede, or even cripple, the crypto industry.

ADVOCACY The crypto industry has huge advantages over other information technology industries. Our organizational tools, capital, and passionate grassroots support (from highly connected retail investors and early adopters) enable us to run substantial education and advocacy campaigns. Historically, new entrants were nowhere near as well-equipped to advocate for their technology and were overwhelmingly outmatched by incumbents.

FUNDING The following are some ways to mobilize these inherent advantages to achieve political safety:

  1. Fund Crypto Public Goods Tech

Funding and promoting initiatives that highlight the crypto industry’s potential for good helps improve the narrative for crypto among policymakers and regulators. That increases the likelihood they will progressively adopt a more favorable outlook for crypto and provide support for crypto advocacy organizations.

These initiatives should also be demonstrably helpful for the non-crypto public.

Potential Next Steps

Support existing public good grants programs

Fund public goods work in crypto through third-party platforms like Gitcoin, Open Grants, and clr.fund.

Create your own public goods grants program

SUPPORT Create a dedicated grants program that funds projects that accelerate crypto public goods technology. This is likely more appropriate for an organization with more resources, but groups like Uniswap, Compound, Aave, the Interchain Foundation, and the Ethereum Foundation have grants programs which, at least in part, support these initiatives. For instance, your grants program could support projects that are providing public goods that could not be provided without crypto.

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🔗 US FDIC Said to Be Studying Deposit Insurance for Stablecoins: CoinDesk

The Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. (FDIC), a key U.S. banking regulator, is studying whether certain stablecoins might be eligible for its coverage, five people familiar with the agency’s thinking said.

🔗 MoneyGram launches USDC settlement using the Stellar blockchain: CoinTelegraph

Financial services company MoneyGram International has partnered with the Stellar Development Foundation to enable consumers to send money using Circle’s popular stablecoin, USD Coin (USDC), and convert directly to and from fiat.

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