The Defiant's Go-To Guide to OpenSea Challengers

The Defiant's Go-To Guide to OpenSea Challengers

A bevy of NFT marketplaces are challenging OpenSea's domination with a number of features.
Axie Infinity to Release Land Gaming Mode in Bid to Maintain Dominance

Axie Infinity to Release Land Gaming Mode in Bid to Maintain Dominance

Axie Infinity is expanding its gaming modes to add new contests for players.
NFT Investors Shake Lull and Send Market Volume to Four-Month High

NFT Investors Shake Lull and Send Market Volume to Four-Month High

NFTs rebounded strongly over the holiday break, indicating the 2021 rally is moving into a new phase.
The Defiant's Defiers of 2021

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…
Olympus DAO ($OHM) What Is It and Where Is It Going Next? (with JaLa)

Olympus DAO ($OHM) What Is It and Where Is It Going Next? (with JaLa)

In 2021 no DeFi protocol has quite caught the eye like OlympusDAO. Inspiring a devoted following of Ohmies you’ll have seen the (3,3) meme everywhere. Then there were the forks, sooooo soooo many forks. Single-handedly responsible for DeFi2.0 and its…
Bored Apes’ Floor Price Briefly Passes CryptoPunks as NFT Race Intensifies

Bored Apes’ Floor Price Briefly Passes CryptoPunks as NFT Race Intensifies

The floor prices for Bored Ape Yacht Club NFTs briefly surpassed CryptoPunks as the context between the two intensifies.
CryptoPunks and Bored Apes Rule New Index Fund for NFT Blue Chips

CryptoPunks and Bored Apes Rule New Index Fund for NFT Blue Chips

A new index fund for NFTs is the latest sign of the financialization of the space.
Artists Cry Foul Over Sold Out NFT Drop of Stormtrooper Images

Artists Cry Foul Over Sold Out NFT Drop of Stormtrooper Images

The Art Wars Collection, a series of NFTs depicting painted Stormtrooper helmets from the Star Wars franchise, has come under fire for launching without the consent of the artists who created the original works. The series comprises 1,138 images chosen…
New NFTs Will Let Virtual Museum Show Art Across the Metaverse

New NFTs Will Let Virtual Museum Show Art Across the Metaverse

The Museum of Crypto Art is making exhibition spaces for all cornes of the metaverse.
Bored Apes' Generous Copyright Approach Besting Stricter CryptoPunks

Bored Apes' Generous Copyright Approach Besting Stricter CryptoPunks

Intellectual property issues are heating up in the NFT space as Bored Apes and CryptoPunks take two different approaches to copyright rules.
On First Anniversary Ethereum 2.0 Beacon Chain Solidifies Proof-of-Stake Shift

On First Anniversary Ethereum 2.0 Beacon Chain Solidifies Proof-of-Stake Shift

On the first anniversary of the Ethereum 2.0 Beacon Chain a road map for DeFi's big blockchain has opened up.
Parcel Challenges OpenSea in Bid to Rule Virtual Property in the Metaverse

Parcel Challenges OpenSea in Bid to Rule Virtual Property in the Metaverse

Parcel is challenging NFT leader OpenSea by helping users buy virtual properties in the metaverse.
The Web3 Three: Discord, Reddit and Twitter Tease Crypto Integration

The Web3 Three: Discord, Reddit and Twitter Tease Crypto Integration

The big-but-not-Facebook-big companies of the social web, Discord, Reddit and Twitter, are giving crypto’s technology a much more serious look.  That could mean the blockchain party will be much larger, soon.
There's Already $115M on Axie Infinity's New Automated Market Maker

There's Already $115M on Axie Infinity's New Automated Market Maker

Axie Infinity has launched an automated market maker called Katana for its sidechain Ronin, and it had 25,000 people interact with it less than 10 hours into its existence, according to Jiho Zirlin, co-founder of the team that built the…
Governance of DeFi Giant Curve in Flux as Smaller Convex Exerts Control

Governance of DeFi Giant Curve in Flux as Smaller Convex Exerts Control

Curve's symbiotic relationship with Convex is the focus of a new governance proposal that zeroes in on an unusual rule.
'Work Smart, Not Hard': DODO's Diane Dai Used a Get-it-Done Tack to Build an AMM

'Work Smart, Not Hard': DODO's Diane Dai Used a Get-it-Done Tack to Build an AMM

An interview with Diane Dai, CMO of DODOm an automated market maker in DeFi.
Paradigm Bets on a Cross-Chain Future With $21M Round for Cosmos' Osmosis DEX

Paradigm Bets on a Cross-Chain Future With $21M Round for Cosmos' Osmosis DEX

Osmosis, a decentralized exchange in the Cosmos ecosystem, today announced a $21M sale of tokens from the Osmosis Foundation treasury, in a round led by Paradigm. Other investors included Robert Leshner's scout fund, Robot Ventures, Nascent, Ethereal, Figment and Terraform…
Terra’s Shade-Filled SEC Lawsuit  Signals Crypto is Now Ready to Fight Back

Terra’s Shade-Filled SEC Lawsuit Signals Crypto is Now Ready to Fight Back

Another crypto bull run, another whirlwind of regulatory pressure. But if Terraforms Labs’ lawsuit is any indication, DeFi is better prepared to fight back this time around.
Lisbon Surfaced The Evolution of DAOs, Solarpunks vs. Lunarpunks and Web3 Social Media

Lisbon Surfaced The Evolution of DAOs, Solarpunks vs. Lunarpunks and Web3 Social Media

As people from all over the world gathered in Lisbon, “gm’s” turned to “bd’s” and the metaverse met in meatspace for a week of events and fanfare kicking off with LISCON.  Whether it was in the compact hilly cobblestones that…

Team Behind Hummingbot Gives Away Its Code Via Foundation

Sometimes a company can give away their technology and still turn a strong profit. Red Hat became a large company helping businesses use Linux, the classic open source project. It sold in 2018 for $34B to IBM. CoinAlpha is a…
Victims of $30M Parity Wallet Hack Offer Attacker $60M 'Bounty'

Victims of $30M Parity Wallet Hack Offer Attacker $60M 'Bounty'

The victims of a 2017 hack - Aeternity, Edgeless, and Swarm City -have offered a bug bounty to recover their stolen ETH.
Hey Bitcoin ETF! Say Hello to the 500 DeFi Index Funds Already Trading

Hey Bitcoin ETF! Say Hello to the 500 DeFi Index Funds Already Trading

The long wait for this one imperfect trading product shows exactly why DeFi will disrupt and upend traditional finance.
Shell Protocol Jumps into 'Concentrated Liquidity'  Just Like Uniswap and Curve

Shell Protocol Jumps into 'Concentrated Liquidity' Just Like Uniswap and Curve

When decentralized exchanges started to take off in 2019, the designs were very simple, but simplicity in these marketplaces might soon be a distant memory. The most successful category of decentralized exchanges are the automated market makers (AMMs), such as…
MakerDAO Chases 'Real World' Deals and Assets in Major Test for DeFi

MakerDAO Chases 'Real World' Deals and Assets in Major Test for DeFi

Société Générale’s request for a $20M loan from MakerDAO is just one of several real-world deals that the DeFi protocol has coming soon. The O.G. decentralized finance protocol is on the move to fund projects that will make tangible differences…
Liquidity Mining Set to Begin Friday on the Risk Tranching Gro Protocol

Liquidity Mining Set to Begin Friday on the Risk Tranching Gro Protocol

Everyone 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…
This Minivan Won't Let You Down: How Jay Pegs’ NFT Gave Birth to an Absurd Universe

This Minivan Won't Let You Down: How Jay Pegs’ NFT Gave Birth to an Absurd Universe

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…
Decentralization Now: Coppola Studio Brings Blockchain to the Movies

Decentralization Now: Coppola Studio Brings Blockchain to the Movies

After four years of development, Decentralized Pictures — a new project from Frances Ford Coppola’s fabled American Zoetrope production company — is preparing to go live.  The project is just what it sounds like — a decentralized platform leveraging blockchain…
Digital Beauty, Asset Flipping, and a Bad Case of the Shakes: Inside the Chase for Art Blocks NFTs

Digital Beauty, Asset Flipping, and a Bad Case of the Shakes: Inside the Chase for Art Blocks NFTs

I started chasing Art Blocks NFTs on Aug. 25 during Radix’ Eccentrics 2: Orbits drop.  That may sound like gobbledygook to some, but others, including Art Blocks founder Erick Calderon, AKA Snowfro, will know that I picked the worst time…
$830M Burned: A Month Into EIP-1559

$830M Burned: A Month Into EIP-1559

It’s been a month, almost to the day, since Ethereum’s EIP-1559 upgrade went live, and the milestone was met with the first-ever deflationary day for ETH, where more of the cryptocurrency was burned than issued. The upgrade promised more predictable…

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Two DeFi Projects Shut Down and Pledge to Return Users' Funds

Two DeFi projects tasked with helping traders in the space hedge risk announced they are shutting down on Saturday.   Cover, an insurance protocol, and Ruler, a debt market without liquidations, lost their developer team and determined that they could not continue, according to a blog…

Yearn Finance Backs Atlantis World to Draw Degens Into the Metaverse

What’s the answer to make decentralized finance more fun and immersive than its current incarnation of websites and bulletin boards? Apparently it’s community environments reminiscent of video games played on 1990s-era consoles. That at least is the bet DeFi portal Yearn Finance is making with…

Scaling DAOs Won't Be Easy: Five Major Challenges to Overcome

The only thing cooler than working for one DAO is working for all the DAOs. But to do that you need to figure out what all DAOs need. That sounded tricky to us, too. So we asked! We gathered together some of the leading DAO…

Anonymous Trader 0x650 Bought 88 CryptoPunks for $5.5M; Here's the Backstory

Last month, one anonymous user spent more than $5M on CryptoPunks in a buy that kicked off a frenzy of NFT sales.  In an exclusive interview, The Defiant’s Camila Russo sat down to chat with the buyer 0x650d, who purchased 88 CryptoPunks for $5.5M in…

Ethereum Price Rallies in Lead Up to EIP-1559

The price of Ethereum’s Ether has been rallying in the lead-up to the EIP-1559 upgrade. ETH crossed $2,500 for the first time since June 16 over the weekend — that’s a 47% increase from $1.7K on June 22, the lowest since hitting an all-time high…

Art Blocks NFTs Soar as Savvy Collectors Snap Up Edgy Pieces

While all eyes remain on red-hot NFT avatars like Cryptopunks and Bored Apes, some savvy collectors have been quietly amassing Art Blocks in recent  weeks. The hook? Art Blocks specializes in a revolutionary genre called Generative Art that’s been around a long time but has…

The Defiant's Definitive Guide to DeFi

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