The Defiant’s Defiers of 2021
unders, hackers and investors who helped advance the open economy; politicians and regulators who are laying the groundwork for the industry or threatening to restrain it; CEOs in DeFi adjacent industries who, with their global influence, shape the space; artists and community builders who are pushing crypto further into mainstream culture.
GM! The DeFi Dictionary Brimmed With Memes in 2021
There were loads of funny and telling DeFi memes in 2021 — here’s some of the most ubiquitous.
El Salvador, Bitcoin, and the Boundaries of Crypto Economics
When El Salvador President Nayib Bukele pushed through adoption og Bitcoin as legal tender a major test of crypto economics ensued.
Crypto Mobilizes in Washington for the Political Fight to Come
One of the biggest stories if 2021 was the mobilization of the crypto industry in Washington after losing a battle over taxes.
Airdrops Delivered Windfalls and Drama to Diligent Defiers
Airdrops emerged as one of the juiciest trends for Defiers in 2021.
Bitcoin ETF Debuted But Crypto on the Stock Market Still in Flux
Big Story 2021: This article is part of our Year in Review series. This year, the crypto market got a Bitcoin ETF, finally. Well, sort of. Crypto got an exchange traded fund (ETF) that followed Bitcoin futures, which went live on Oct. 19. So Bitcoin is officially available on the public markets — if you squint. […]
Incentive Programs and Rewards Were Nine-Figure Gushers
DeFi incentives and rewards were a major plotline in 2021.
Play-to-Earn Model Ushers in New Age for Gaming and Tokenomics
The rise of play-to-earn gaming was one of the biggest stories of 2021.
Bored Apes and CryptoPunks Minted Fortunes Beyond Belief in the Year of the NFT
This article is part of our Year in Review series. It’s known: 2021 was the year of the NFT. Million dollar sales of CryptoPunks went from news to a seemingly weekly occurrence. Bored Apes Yacht Club launched in spring at a 0.08 ETH mint price, and now sits at a floor price of over 50 […]
Layer 2s Showed Their Utility But TVL Growth Lagged
Layers 2s had a banner year in DeFi but their TVL still lags.
A Battle Royale: Layer 1s Vs. Ethereum and Layer 2s
The contest between Layer 1s versus Ethereum and Layer 2s was a big story in 2021.