🦄 Recap: DeFi Week of Sept. 26
Hello Defiers! The whole crypto-goes-mainstream thing has been a cliche since, well, forever. Even so, it’s pretty amazing to see the mojo at the intersection between DeFi and TradFi. There was a flurry of news this week demonstrating that this cliche is ...
The whole crypto-goes-mainstream thing has been a cliche since, well, forever. Even so, it’s pretty amazing to see the mojo at the intersection between DeFi and TradFi. There was a flurry of news this week demonstrating that this cliche is morphing into just plain normal business.
To wit: Visa unveiled a plan to make central bank digital currencies interoperable, with itself, naturally, at the center of new global monetary superhighway. Societe Generale, the French banking giant, announced it’s going to borrow 20M Dai on MakerDAO, a pretty bold move even for an institution known for avant-garde finance. And the prolific Brady Dale plumbed Twitter’s move to let its 206M users use NFTs as profile pics, a surprising tack given Jack Dorsey’s sniffy ‘tude toward non-Bitcoin crypto.
Yet the splashiest proof point of the DeFi-TradFi confluence must be Jay Pegs Auto Mart’s campaign to tokenize the 2007 Kia Sedona minivan. Who would have thought rolling this immortal vehicle onto the Ethereum blockchain would be present such a vivid vision of the future? Well, Jay Pegs, that’s who, and Brady Dale hopped a ride on the huckster’s magical mystery tour in our Weekend Read.
Switching channels, our fearless chiefess, Camila Russo, conducted our seventh Jam Session on The Defiant’s YouTube channel, this one covering the gateways to web3, with guests hailing from Argent, Dharma, Instadapp and other DeFi frontends. Robin Schmidt covered the Twitter story, non-fungible debt positions and Barnbridge’s SMART Alpha in on his must-see streams. Don’t miss SuperMassive reading aloud from Snow Crash in The Defiant Weekly. Also don’t miss the solid beat reporting by Owen Fernau — he covered newsy moves by Avalanche, dYdX, 1Inch and AngelList this week.
If all that wasn’t enough, Humpty Calderon wrote a provocative DeFi Essay on how decentralized identity is far more important than anyone realizes. So plenty to input this weekend as you calibrate for the week ahead. Imagine how much smarter you’ll be by Monday!
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📺 Quick Take: Twitter Goes Big on the Decentralized Universe
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📬 Inbox Dump #26
Hello Defiers! Welcome to Inbox Dump where we include the updates and announcements that flood our DMs each week and didn’t make it to The Defiant’s content platforms. Sometimes announcements here didn’t meet the bar to become a news story, sometimes they may have slipped through the cracks, or they came late and we haven’t had a chance to cover.
At The Defiant we cover the most important DeFi-related news and developments but we know many of you are hunting for projects before they are fully developed and before they are newsworthy. Our goal with this installment of the newsletter is to help you find them. Look at this as the starting point to DYOR.
We also include a compilation of DeFi and crypto funding rounds in the past week so you have these in one handy place.
Keep in mind these have been unedited. With that —here we go!
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🚙 This Minivan Won’t Let You Down: How Jay Pegs’ NFT Gave Birth to an Absurd Universe
In which Brady Dale tours the strange world of Jay Pegs and the Dadaist dao of DONA…
I was told there would be explosions. There haven’t been any explosions, though, unless you count blown minds.
As everyone else in the NFT space heralds a new era in art history, a loose crew of about 10 degens took over Crypto Twitter for a week, recruiting an army of memesters to pitch the world on a simple message: There is simply nothing more desirable than a South Korean minivan that’s older than Bitcoin.
Jay Pegs Auto Mart is an NFT project that’s been churning out images of 2007 Kia Sedonas with little variations, like logs or eyeballs for wheels, garbage bags or traffic lights on the roof or wagons of various intentions attached to the bumper. The auto mart is a subsidiary of NGMI Global. What’s real and what’s part of the game gets blurry once 2007 Sedona NFTs are on the line. NGMI may or may not have more distractions in store for the blockchain world, but it definitely loves Pinterest.
Meanwhile, elsewhere in crypto, more “serious” NFTs are coming out and the space is working overtime to sell these new drops as choice picks for a forward thinking art collector. And some of them probably are works that will stand the test of time, but many probably not.
When news broke last week that Twitter was finally going to embrace crypto and let users swap their old profile pics for NFTs, Brady Dale dove into the significance of this move, for both DeFi, online identity, and Twitter itself. Here’s his report:
🐥 NFT Profile Pics on Twitter: Will @Jack’s DeFi Move be a Game Changer?
A growing category of social media users now prefers using cartoons rather than their own photos to identify themselves online. They especially like cartoons that are as unique as their real faces.
Non-fungible token (NFT) technology makes it easy for a person to know they are the only person who owns such an image. The kind of NFTs that work best here are ones that have picked up their own bit of jargon: PFP NFTs, where PFP stands for “profile picture.”
Much to everyone’s surprise, the micro-blogging site Twitter has all of a sudden announced that it will embrace the trend and give PFP NFT users on the site a way to show that they have proven they really own the NFT in their avatar. So what will that mean for the digital collectible industry?
It might look like Twitter is just following where users are leading it. For anyone on crypto-Twitter, such NFTs have taken over the timeline. Where once there were lovingly filtered faces, today folks love to show off their fanciest non-fungible token (NFT) as their profile picture. For example, many prominent Ethereum backers (such as DCInvestor, David Hoffman of Bankless, and Snowfro of Artblocks) have the original NFT: CryptoPunks.
But because Web2 giants have been wary about all things blockchain, no one really expected a company as big as Twitter to embrace Web3’s approach to profile pics. Then, Jack Dorsey’s social media company announced that it was testing a tool for loading an NFT onto a profile and allowing the user to show that they had proven — with a crypto wallet — that they really owned that digital object. And on Wednesday a member of Twitter’s marketing team showed a preview video of how it’s likely to work.
The Defiant Essay
🤔 How Decentralized Identity Can Take Crypto to the Next Level
Get ready for DID — it’s a term you’re going to be hearing a lot more about. In this special edition of our Monday newsletter, Humpty Calderon, the head of community at Ontology, takes a deep look at an element in DeFi that’s long been overlooked — identity. Humpty posits that blockchain technology provides us with a way to essentially watermark our online selves and ensure that we control the digital activities that affect our lives. It’s an idea that drives to the heart of the DeFi proposition. Check it out.
Over the past year, there has been a notable increase of awareness and interest towards decentralized identity solutions. Decentralized identity solutions help users, amongst other things, to control their digital identity without the input of intermediaries. As well as the individual user benefits, decentralized identity solutions have the potential to create seamless, accessible, and verifiable ecosystems. Decentralized identity holds the potential to solve many issues across the DeFi sphere and more.
What is decentralized identity?
To begin with, it is important to define what we mean by decentralized identity or DID. A DID can be provided to anyone or anything, be it a person, organization, or device. In contrast to typical identifiers such as drivers licenses or passports, DIDs have been designed so that they do not rely on centralized registries, identity providers, or certificate authorities.
For example, key pairs used for creating digital wallets are siloed to the blockchain where they are created. DIDs on the other hand can operate across a variety of platforms including different blockchains. Together with verifiable credentials (VCs), people can create a more robust version of their identity, linking real-world credentials like your college degrees and certifications, social media accounts, and government-issued documents such as a driver’s license or passport under one secure ID.
- SocGen Wants To Borrow 20M Dai on MakerDAO Using Tokenized Bonds as CollateralThere’s a meme on crypto Twitter that calls DeFi the “future of France” as a play on the phrase the future of finance. Well, there may be more truth to the meme than many expected.
- Visa Sketches a Global Network of Central Bank Digital Currencies With Itself at the CenterYou may never be able to send a message from Telegram to a friend on WhatsApp, but you might be able to send dollars from a digital wallet issued by the U.S. Treasury to a wallet from the People’s Bank of China, only the recipient will receive the payment in yuan.
- New 1inch Feature Seeks to Keep US Users Away1inch, a decentralized exchange aggregator, introduced a feature which pushes its users to verify whether they are US residents. The feature requires users to sign an agreement with their cryptocurrency wallet stating that they are not in the United States.
- Gelato Network Raises $11 Million Series A to Develop Web 3.0 Automation: Gelato Network
- Analyst nails Bitcoin monthly close 2 months running — his October target is $63K: CoinTelegraph
- Supposed 17-year-old artist sells $138,000 worth of fake NFTs and disappears: The Block
- TikTok launches first creator-led NFT collection: TikTok
- [Security Tokens Refinancing] MIP6 Application for OFH Tokens: MakerDAO
- Mad Rabbits Riot Club guest artist 1/1 charity auctions will be hosted by @niftygateway on Oct. 12: Nifty Gateway
- A collection of images encouraging an escape from reality: OpenSea
- Compound Finance Pays Out Millions in Excess COMP After Buggy UpdateCompound Finance’s smart contracts paid users an excess of millions of dollars in COMP tokens after a protocol update was deployed with a flaw in the code.
- Avalanche’s AVAX Token is Set to be Listed on Coinbase ProCoinbase Pro is set to list Avalanche’s AVAX token for trading on Sept. 30, according to a Medium post from the company. Despite the listing, AVAX’s price action has been flat — changing 2.4% to $64.82 since the listing was announced on the morning of Sept. 29 on Coinbase’s Twitter.
- Open Blockchains and Decentralized Identity Standards: Coin Center
- DEX aggregator 1inch blocks out US trades in preparation for separate American platform: The Block
- Gensler Reiterates Support for Futures-Based Bitcoin ETFs: CoinDesk
- Multi-chain crypto wallet XDEFI raises $6 million in new funding: The Block
- A Guide to Options on Lyra: Bankless
- Explore a #virtual Mars #Metaverse, own and customize your land property with MARS4 dollars: SushiSwap
- Bored Ape #2087 was purchased for 769.0 ETH: Bored Ape Yacht Club
- dYdX Now Accounts for More Than All Other DEX Trading CombinedNon-custodial exchange dYdX has climbed to the top of the DEX rankings by trading volume, beating out Uniswap, for the first time. More than $9B has been exchanged on the trading platform in the last 24 hours, according to data provider CoinMarketCap.
- Startup Icon AngelList Embraces DeFi by Opening Site to USDCAdd AngelList to the ever-lengthening list of mainstream tech outfits going crypto. On Tuesday it started letting investors use USDC-enabled funds on its site. It’s a significant move. For the last decade, AngelList’s online bulletin board for angel investors and job-seekers has made it a valuable utility in the U.S. startup scene by playing matchmaker between angel investors and entrepreneurs.
- Kraken to Pay $1.25M Fine After Settling Charges With CFTC: CoinDesk
- ERC 4337: account abstraction without Ethereum protocol changes: Vitalik Buterin
- AVATAR ROYALE! Cool Cats vs. Pudgy Penguins vs. BAYC| Top Signal: Bankless
- Another Ethereum mining pool forced to close due to China crackdown: CoinTelegraph
- A proposal has been created to add @FireblocksHQ as a whitelister on Aave Arc": Aave
- The Index Coop has entered the Metaverse - realm of infinite possibilities, defying the laws of our world: MetaFactory
- DAOs Accelerate Token Swaps in Push to Diversify Their TreasuriesDeFi DAOs have made some serious cash in 2021 — but generally only in their native tokens. Now they’re looking to diversify. Fueled by a combination of rising token prices and an explosion in fee revenues as DeFi continues to attract new users, the decentralized autonomous organizations (DAOs) that act as a management layer for DeFi currently hold billions of dollars worth of crypto assets in their treasuries.
- Liquidity Mining Set to Begin Friday on the Risk Tranching GRO ProtocolEveryone is looking for stronger yields in DeFi. Gro is a new yield platform that aims to offer boosted returns on leading stablecoins to users willing to accept some risk. Gro is set to launch liquidity mining shortly for its depositors, which means they will begin receiving its governance token, GRO, based on the funds held in the platform, Hannes Graah, GRO’s founder, told The Defiant in an interview.
- Fireblocks Draws Closer to Getting Wall Street Cash on DeFi Giant AaveFireblocks, the digital asset security firm, has posted a proposal on Aave’s forum to scrutinize and approve participants on the DeFi giant’s platform. If Aave governance passes the whitelisting proposal, Fireblocks would be able to onboard a slew of institutional clients into the lending protocol.
- Bitfinex just spent $23.7 million in fees to make a single Ethereum transaction: The Block
- Revolut to Launch Crypto Token: Sources: CoinDesk
- Avantgarde Finance closes $5.5m Series A led by Blockchange Ventures
- Ethereum Expert Admits to Violating North Korea Sanctions: Bloomberg
- Compound Grants Program - Lessons and Next Steps: Compound Labs
- This app is a SCAM!! SUSHI doesn't have any APP!!: SushiChef
- In two weeks, we received over 300+ submissions from creators pushing the limits of 3D NFTs: Foundation
Thanking all the amazing Defiers for the support and love this week (and always)!
Paul Ford @ftrainSo @BradyDale writes about crypto in a way that doesn't make me itch. And he outdid himself on this ridiculous NFT thing which is essentially...Kia Sedona shitposts...with real Kia Sedonas...and just really, truly, wonderfully dumb.
thedefiant.ioThis Minivan Won’t Let You Down: How Jay Pegs’ NFT Gave Birth to an Absurd Universe - The DefiantI was told there would be explosions. There haven’t been any explosions, though, unless you count blown minds.2:33 PM ∙ Sep 30, 202124Likes6Retweets
Inner Nature 💚 @InnerNatureArtNFT & Blockchain related podcasts recommendation 🔻 1- All blockchain related: The Unstoppable Podcast, by @unstoppableweb & @ddwchen 2- DeFi: The Defiant Podcast, by @CamiRusso 3- NFT specific: NFT rebels by Ani @NFTrebels What are yours? #NFTs #blockchain #crypto12:53 PM ∙ Sep 30, 202141Likes7Retweets
Fourth Revolution Capital @4RCapitalMasterful walkthrough of @Barn_Bridge SMART Alpha by @DirSchmidt at @DefiantNews 🙏
The Defiant @DefiantNews👨🎓It's time for this week's #TuesdayTut! @DirSchmidt walks you through tokenized risk protocol @Barn_Bridge's SMART Alpha product, which enables #DeFi users to calibrate their exposure to the performance of an underlying crypto asset. Watch👇 https://t.co/xPvBsIxIHJ5:18 PM ∙ Sep 28, 202116Likes5Retweets
Serto @serto_idCheck out @humptycalderon 's fantastic article in @DefiantNews about the future of web3 and decentralized identity Featuring @serto_id shoutout - thanks Humpty!
thedefiant.ioHow Decentralized Identity Can Take Crypto to the Next Level - The DefiantOver the past year, there has been a notable increase of awareness and interest towards decentralized identity solutions. Decentralized identity solutions help users, amongst other things, to control their digital identity without the input of intermediaries. As well as the individual user benefits,…6:46 PM ∙ Sep 28, 202110Likes4Retweets
Nik @NikMilanovicCouldn't agree more with the thesis from @DefiantNews today: self-owned identity is the key to unlocking every Web3 service.
thedefiant.ioHow Decentralized Identity Can Take Crypto to the Next Level - The DefiantOver the past year, there has been a notable increase of awareness and interest towards decentralized identity solutions. Decentralized identity solutions help users, amongst other things, to control their digital identity without the input of intermediaries. As well as the individual user benefits,…6:48 PM ∙ Sep 27, 202140Likes8Retweets
tylerb.eth 🦇🔊💰 @tylerbenchReally enjoyed reading The Infinite Machine by @CamiRusso while I was on vacation. Excellent storytelling backed by in-depth research. Highly recommend to anyone who wants to understand how Ethereum was born and how far it has come.
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Kim Chi Senpai @KimChiSenpai5Finally getting @DefiantNews articles recommended to me on my phone. I love to see it!
1:04 PM ∙ Sep 30, 202115Likes2Retweets
Camila Russo ✊ @CamiRusso❤️ Thanks to everyone who came to the launch of COLONY, the new DeFi coworking space in Dumbo by @DefiantNews! The space is officially OPEN and looking for working ants (colony.. defiANT.. get it ;)) and sponsors Fill out the form if you're interested 👇 forms.gle/F4DgZcPkRr4hse…9:42 PM ∙ Sep 24, 2021127Likes7Retweets
Arch @archdefiThanks @CamiRusso. We are very excited being part of COLONY and share with @DefiantNews team everyday.
Camila Russo ✊ @CamiRussoA special shoutout to @archdefi, a soon-to-launch index fund provider for web3 & the first members of COLONY. Arch founder (and better half) @Storaker helped with everything from concept, to assembling Ikea furniture, to getting extra beer under the rain last night for the party https://t.co/W48t3ZKOGY10:31 PM ∙ Sep 24, 202113Likes1Retweet
Qredo @QredoNetworkWhat comes after the yield farming revolution?🚜 Middleware protocols are poised to offer sustainable incentives that generate real long-term network value Find out how (and why AMMs are like zombies) in Qredo CEO Anthony Foy's latest for @DefiantNews thedefiant.io/amms-middlewar…
thedefiant.ioMarket Maker Flaws Open Door to Middleware Providers in Race for Liquidity - The DefiantThe yield farming revolution has been one of the biggest stories in DeFi over the last year, thanks largely to automated market makers (AMM). Operating behind the scenes, these protocols attracted billions of dollars into smart contracts. Spurred by incentives in the form of newly minted tokens, inv…10:09 AM ∙ Sep 29, 2021153Likes33Retweets
Suji Yan 🎭 Mask is hiring @suji_yanWeb3 Gang support each other.
The Defiant @DefiantNews💰DeFi DAOs have made some serious cash in 2021 — but mainly only in their native tokens. Now they’re looking to diversify and some DAOs are starting to swap tokens to foster deeper ties. @yyctrader1 reports👇 https://t.co/vQmsc2UHro @realMaskNetwork @dHedgeOrg @perpprotocol5:46 PM ∙ Sep 28, 202125Likes4Retweets
dindindeniz @dindindenizPeople around you are curious about what web3 is and what the hell you are doing online for hours? Send them this thought-provoking video by @DefiantNews.
youtu.beWhat is the Metaverse?This is the Defiant’s foundational guide to the Metaverse. It would take way way too long to go into all the different expressions of the Metaverse but this ...7:06 AM ∙ Sep 26, 202110Likes2Retweets
Treasure @Treasure_NFTWe're on the @DefiantNews SuperMassive NFT Show! Thank you @DirSchmidt for the amazing interview. We really enjoyed chatting about what we're building with Magic, Treasure and NFT-defi. Listen to it here:
youtube.comSuperMassive NFT Show ft. Josef Rakich & TreasureThe SuperMassive show is a brand new fortnightly show all about NFTs of all sizes and flavours, from fine art to collectible gak. It’s an irreverent look at ...6:19 PM ∙ Sep 23, 202150Likes22Retweets
🧑💻 ✍️ Stories in The Defiant are written by Brady Dale, Owen Fernau, Bailey Reutzel, and yyctrader, and edited by Edward Robinson, Bailey Reutzel, and Camila Russo. Videos were produced by Robin Schmidt and Alp Gasimov. Podcast was led by Camila, edited by Alp.
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