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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 a single block. 0x650d gives us the scoop on how …

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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 found new life in the spellbinding world of NFTs. Demand …

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Malt Protocol Steps Up and Reimburses $13.4M To Bug Victims

Refund is a word rarely heard in DeFi. So is redemption. Malt protocol is an algorithmic stablecoin that launched two weeks ago on the Polygon network. After an explosive launch, bugs in the smart contracts caused the MALT stablecoin to lose its peg and left many users unable to withdraw their funds. The protocol was …

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DeFi “Will Bleed Into the JPMs of The World,” 0x_b1 Says

0x_B1, a pseudonymous trader or traders who holds at least 1% of assets in DeFi, isn’t just about cold, hard cash. In an exclusive interview with The Defiant, they revealed their long term vision for the space, and how their motivation goes beyond financial gain – though of course, they’re raking in profits too. 0x_B1, …

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“Fintech Can Be a 1.5 Bridge Into 2.0 DeFi:” 11:FS Co-Founder Simon Taylor

 Simon Taylor has the rare quality of being very knowledgeable about decentralized finance but also about fintech. He is the co-founder at fintech consultancy firm, 11:FS, and he previously led blockchain research at Barclays. He also leads the excellent newsletter Fintech Brain Food.  Simon points to a world where fintech and DeFi start to converge. …

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“Fair Launch is a New Way for Founders to Express Themselves:” Gavin McDermott of IDEO CoLab

Gavin McDermott: Long time ago, I was in finance, and I was looking for a way to improve just the general system state, so when Bitcoin happened, that made a lot of sense. Ended up moving to San Francisco in 2012, it’s where I met Mike Belshe and I was the first engineer hire there, …

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“It Was Exciting But Also Terrifying:” Yam Finance’s Backstory

In this week’s interview, I spoke with Dan Elitzer and Clinton Bembry, who were part of the founding team of Yam. Yam Finance is an experiment in rebasing cryptocurrencies, plus token incentives, plus full on-chain governance, plus a DAO-like treasury managed by token holders. It’s also testing the power of the emoji and opened the …

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“After DeFi, it’s NFTs and DAOs. We’re Gathering Tinder:” Jihoz of Axie Infinity

This week’s interview is with Jeff Zirlin, aka Jihoz, growth lead at Axie Infinity. Axie is a digital game built on Ethereum, which involves cute animals going to battle against each other and allowing gamers to take control of their digital assets. Jihoz got into blockchain-based games with CryptoKitties after he was banned from his …

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“It Turns Out Music Does Have Value. We’ve Been Pricing It Incorrectly For 20 Years:” RAC

In this week’s interview, we chatted with Grammy Award-winning DJ Andre Anjos, aka RAC. RAC, who makes electronic and dance music, has been involved in crypto in one way or another since 2016. Most recently, he tokenized his latest album and sold it on digital goods market place ZORA. The token, which has the ticker …

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