Recap: DeFi Week of Nov. 23 🦄
Hello Defiers! Hope you’re having a great weekend. Summing up: The past week was rough for DeFi as the broader crypto market pulled back after rallying for much of November. Market volatility was especially high on Thanksgiving, causing the most collatera...
Hello Defiers! Hope you’re having a great weekend.
Summing up: The past week was rough for DeFi as the broader crypto market pulled back after rallying for much of November. Market volatility was especially high on Thanksgiving, causing the most collateral ever to be wiped out of DeFi protocols. The biggest hit was Compound Finance, which had $88.6M in Dai collateral liquidated after the stablecoin jumped on Coinbase and Uniswap, the only exchanges where the lending protocol gets its prices.
On better news, the threshold of ETH deposits for Ethereum’s proof-of-stake chain to launch next week was met, prompting ETH2 to already be among one the largest PoS blockchains. Yearn is on its way to becoming a DeFi conglomerate after merging with Pickle and Cream, but YFI isn’t celebrating. Gnosis and Idle announced their plans to decentralize governance. 12 digital NFTs linked to The Rug Pull experiment were sold in an auction; there’s a bitcoin in one of them and none of the owners have taken a peek to see if it’s in theirs (yet). This week’s podcast was with Mona El Isa, who revealed plans for Melon’s v2, and also the project’s new name.
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"You Can Wake Up With an Idea for a Fund and Deploy it in Minutes:" Melon's Mona El Isa
This weeks podcast episode is with Mona El Isa, the co-founder of Melon, a decentralized asset management protocol. Mona tells the story of how she started her career at Goldman Sachs trading equities, derivatives, and all kinds of financial instruments, for a decade. She then went to work with one of Goldman’s hedge fund clients, where she managed a long-short portfolio.
With all that experience and $20 million dollars from a seed investor, she ventured on her own to launch a hedge fund —but failed. The time, costs and administrative hassle were too much to handle even with an investment of millions, which in that world, is actually pretty tiny. She came to the conclusion that the next step for her would be to build a blockchain-based protocol so that nobody would have to experience what she did when trying to set up an investment fund. A platform that made the process so much cheaper, faster and easier, that anybody could become a hedge fund manager. That’s how Melon Protocol came about.
🎙Listen to this week’s podcast episode with Melon’s Mona El Isa here:
- Traders Have Poured Over $200M Into New Risk Hedging DeFi Protocols in Two Weeks: There’s a new investment category rising in DeFi: yield optimized by risk level.
At least two projects, Saffron Finance and Barnbridge, have started to offer investors the ability to earn differing yields in accordance with their risk tolerance.
- Yearn is Becoming a DeFi Mega Bank as YFI Slumps: Yearn Finance announced a partnership with Cream, the latest of a series of mergers and partnerships that’s making Andre Cronje’s project into a multi-purpose DeFi platform —but token holders aren’t celebrating.
- Thanksgiving Day Selloff Triggers Record DeFi Liquidations: The most collateral ever was wiped out from DeFi protocols yesterday amid a broader market sell-off —so much for gloating about crypto at the Thanksgiving table.
- GnosisDAO Community Now Controls Most of its Treasury: Gnosis joins a wave of DeFi companies launching decentralized autonomous organizations to give control of their communities over governance.
- Idle is Latest DeFi Protocol to Unveil DAO and Token: Idle Protocol yesterday announced it will be managed by a decentralized autonomous organization powered by the IDLE token.
- NFT Collectors Snatch Up “Rug Pull” Art for $65k: 12 non-fungible tokens were sold for $65k in an auction yesterday. But there’s more to this collection than cool digital crypto art: There’s 1 BTC hidden in one of the pieces. Nobody, not even the owners, knows which one.
- Bancor’s BNT Holders Add New Tokens to Rewards Program: Bancor users are voting to add two new tokens to the initial eight liquidity pools eligible to receive BNT rewards.
- Argent Adds Yearn Finance Vaults
- My Ether Wallet Integrates RenVM
- Eth2 is Already Among the Largest PoS Chains: Phase 0 of Eth2 is set to kick off on its targeted launch date of Dec. 1 now that more than 584,224 ETH (or about $350M) is staked in the deposit contract.
- Yearn and Pickle Merge After a $20M Attack: Yearn Finance and Pickle Finance today announced a merger where the teams are consolidating resources and technical stack. Just a few days earlier, Pickle was attacked and ~$20M Dai was drained.
- Evil Pickle Jars Makes Off with $20M: The latest affected project in a series of DeFi exploits is Pickle Finance - an automated yield aggregator with a mission to make stablecoins stable.
- CoinDesk Is Spinning Up an Ethereum 2.0 Node: CoinDesk
- Bitcoin Pierces $19,000 for the First Time Since 2017: Bloomberg
Thanking all the amazing Defiers for the support and love this week (and always)!
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youtube.comThe Defiant guide to Digital Art and NFTsFollowing the great DeFi summer many have been predicting NFTs to be the tricky second album. This is a monumentally large subject with competing viewpoints ...3:03 PM ∙ Nov 29, 20204Likes1Retweet
EJ Rogers @ej__rogersGet tranched or get rekt @Barn_Bridge
The Defiant @DefiantNewsTranched yield is coming to DeFi led by @saffronfinance_ and @Barn_Bridge How these complex protocols work and a potential reason why SFI is outperforming BOND by @n2ckchong https://t.co/Ua76KP0ye011:24 PM ∙ Nov 27, 20207Likes1Retweet
Saffron.Spice.Defi© @SpiceDeFiReally interesting read on the 2 projects looking to give more #DeFi options in the space, Risk adjusted tranches with higher yields for the ape's, and the not so risky tranches for the grandpa's, safeguarded from potential rug's/platform failures. $SFI and $BOND helping #DeFi
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Monportefeuille.digital @monportefeuilleLoved this conversation between @Mona_El_Isa & @CamiRusso for the @DefiantNews podcast. Fully supporting @melonprotocol in the transition to version 2, and looking forward to manage @monportefeuille 's Genesis fund on En.. argh sorry, the new platform ! 😉 shary.io/tCpwpJl
shary.io“You Can Wake Up With an Idea for a Fund and Deploy it in Minutes:” Melon’s Mona El Isa by The Defiant • A podcast on AnchorThis weeks podcast episode is with Mona El Isa, the co-founder of Melon, a decentralized asset management protocol. Mona tells the story of how she started her career at Goldman Sachs trading equities, derivatives, and all kinds of financial instruments, for a decade. She then went to work with one …4:55 PM ∙ Nov 26, 202013Likes1Retweet
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The Defiant @DefiantNewsThe Rug Pull NFT collection sold for $65k on @DontBuyMeme, with 1 BTC hidden inside By @DirSchmidt "Once you own an NFT the juice kind of goes away, how can you keep the experience of owning it alive and exciting?" This is how. Read👇 https://t.co/MNfDNPoGQ311:47 PM ∙ Nov 25, 2020
ET @etesenairBy far this is one of the coolest projects I've built on @ethereum. Huge credit is due to @DirSchmidt and @IAMSIMONWAN for this idea.
The Defiant @DefiantNewsThe Rug Pull NFT collection sold for $65k on @DontBuyMeme, with 1 BTC hidden inside By @DirSchmidt "Once you own an NFT the juice kind of goes away, how can you keep the experience of owning it alive and exciting?" This is how. Read👇 https://t.co/MNfDNPoGQ39:28 PM ∙ Nov 25, 202028Likes3Retweets
David Prince @RiskObscurityReally enjoyed listening to this. Thank you @Mona_El_Isa and @DefiantNews /cc @melonprotocol
Mona El Isa @Mona_El_IsaReally enjoyed this interview with @DefiantNews ... and @CamiRusso even managed to squeeze out some info our of me regarding the upcoming @melonprotocol rebrand 🤫 https://t.co/bne3wAIiW712:08 AM ∙ Nov 25, 20202Likes1Retweet
Amplify @A_mplifyJust watched youtube.com/watch?v=7Wcz7Z… And wow I underestimated NFT's and their potential as art. 👏@DefiantNews 👏
youtube.comHe gave 50 strangers his private keys. You won’t believe what happened next.In the previous episode of The Defiant there was a QR code embedded in the video. Had you scanned that code it would have brought you into a week-long NFT-ba...10:13 PM ∙ Nov 25, 2020
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