Recap: DeFi Week of Oct. 12 🦄
Hello Defiers! Hope you’re having a great weekend. Summing up this past week: Filecoin launched on mainnet after three years of development, with the FIL’s fully diluted market cap ballooning to over $200B. Coinbase Wallet is testing Optimism’s scaling so...
Hello Defiers! Hope you’re having a great weekend.
Summing up this past week: Filecoin launched on mainnet after three years of development, with the FIL’s fully diluted market cap ballooning to over $200B. Coinbase Wallet is testing Optimism’s scaling solution, while Synthetix moved to phase two of its own trial of the network and prediction market Polymarket also moved to Layer 2. Uniswap’s decentralized governance kicked off with a proposal from Dharma, while competing AMM Bancor’s upgrade promised to reduce impermanent loss. Aave raised $25M, while boardroom raised $2.2M from venture investors.
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🙌 Together with Zerion, a simple interface to access and use decentralized finance, Perpetual Protocol, which provides decentralized perpetual contracts for any asset, and HackAtom V, a two-week virtual hackathon organized by Cosmos.
"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. All the capital and users in the traditional finance will have to bridged into crypto at some point and that bridge can be fintech.
🎙Listen to the interview in this week’s podcast episode here:
Filecoin Early Investors Closer to Cashing Out: FIL jumped to as high as $114 in the hours after it was listed, according to Coingecko. That’s about 100 times higher than what early VCs and accredited investors were able to buy three years ago. On Thursday the clock for the day to cash out started ticking, as early investors have 6-month to 3-year vesting periods.
Rally Launches RLY Token with Delegated Vault Mining: Rally has released its native governance token RLY to become a backbone for creators to issue their own tokens.
Lido Enters the ETH2 Staking Conversation: Lido wants to make it easier to stake ETH during the initial phase of Ethereum’s biggest-ever overhaul.
Prediction Markets Platform Polymarket Joins Layer 2: Rising prediction market Polymarket has taken their talents to Layer 2 to offer free trades with instant execution, credit card support and email logins.
Coinbase on Layer 2 is Latest in Ethereum’s Scaling Boom: There’s been an explosion of Ethereum scaling developments this past week, with the latest and arguably biggest one announced yesterday: Coinbase Wallet is integrating with Optimism’s Optimistic Rollup testnet.
Bancor Aims to Eliminate Impermanent Loss With Upgrade: Bancor has unveiled the next step in their new AMM design. The 2.1 release introduces an elastic BNT supply, used to cover impermanent loss for LPs through a mechanism called Liquidity Protection.
Boardroom Raises $2.2M for Blockchain Governance Toolset: CoinDesk
Blue Kirby Signs Off as Anon Coins Sink: Here’s the fable of Blue Kirby, the anonymous, video-game based character, who rode the explosive rise of the most popular DeFi token to the top and crashed back to earth along with it.
Uniswap Governance Kicks Off: Uniswap’s first UNI governance proposal is now live for voting thanks to the mobile wallet Dharma.
RAC Breaks SuperRare Primary Sale Record: Grammy-winning musician RAC set a record for the highest primary sale price on an NFT sold through SuperRare over the weekend.
Aave Raises $25 Million to Bring DeFi to Institutions: Decrypt
Grayscale’s Ethereum Trust Granted SEC Reporting Company Status: CoinDesk
Thanking all the amazing Defiers for the support and love this week (and always)!
Grégoire Jeanmart | greg.jeanmart.eth @GregJeanmartIf you are excited like me about both #DeFi and #FinTech, the last @DefiantNews podcast with @sytaylor is a must-listen. Bridging modern FinTech platforms (open-banking, bank-as-a-Service) to DeFi could be big and bring crypto to mainstream.
anchor.fm“Fintech Can Be a 1.5 Bridge Into 2.0 DeFi:” 11:FS Co-Founder Simon Taylor by The Defiant • A podcast on AnchorI interviewed Simon Taylor. Simon 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 …8:49 AM ∙ Oct 13, 20208Likes1Retweet
Pranav M. Jagtap, MD @JagtapperMDThis conversation was high yield 👏🏽 https://t.co/sRm2gt9Qzu
The Defiant @DefiantNewsFintech meets DeFi this week 💥 "Capital and users are in the old world of finance. If DeFi is 2.0 tech, fintech becomes a 1.5 tech bridge." "Yield isn't the most exciting thing in DeFi; it's direct custody, tokenization of everything and money legos." says @sytaylor of @11FS.1:51 PM ∙ Oct 13, 2020
Raphael ꙳(Rezo) 👾🌶️🦩 | ₿R Capital @rezoshmAs always. @DefiantNews either writes, or shares the best of the best. thedefiant.substack.com/p/nfts-should-… TL;DR to follow below:
thedefiant.substack.comNFTs Should Be Experiences, Not Just Products: IDEO CoLab’s Ian LeeEverything in the real world is about to be tokenized.12:47 PM ∙ Oct 14, 20203Likes1Retweet
stakefish @stakefish“@coinbase is the second major centralized exchange after @bitfinex to announce plans to take part of their transactions off the @ethereum main chain.” —@DefiantNews in @decryptmedia
decrypt.coCoinbase on Layer 2 is Latest in Ethereum Scaling Boom - DecryptThere’s been lots of Ethereum scaling news lately, with the biggest being that Coinbase Wallet is integrating with Optimism’s Optimistic Rollup testnet. Here’s a run down.12:51 PM ∙ Oct 15, 202027Likes3Retweets
Bancor @Bancor“Bancor v2.1 introduces elastic $BNT supply to cover impermanent loss for LPs through a mechanism called Liquidity Protection. In addition to receiving swap fees, the longer LPs stay in the pool the more protection they get.” @Cooopahtroopa @DefiantNews: thedefiant.substack.com/p/scale-apaloo…
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Polymarket @PolymarketHQ"While prediction markets have historically struggled to aggregate volume, it's worth giving credence to Polymarket for having found it even without yield farming incentives or a native governance token." thank you for the kind words! @CamiRusso @Cooopahtroopa @DefiantNews
Camila Russo @CamiRussoIn today's Defiant: 🤑@Filecoin early investors had chance to make 100x 🚀@rally_io launches $RLY 🎉@lidofinance enters ETH2 party ⚖️@PolymarketHQ moves to L2 💅@bloqinc wants to simplify DeFi investment Read 👇 https://t.co/9F3AgUxhk311:40 PM ∙ Oct 16, 202010Likes4Retweets
Federico Nitidi @federiconitidiDefi is on 🔥 Plus @CamiRusso Defiant newsletter is my favorite daily digest, recommended! https://t.co/Vw0s0cDzsV
Camila Russo @CamiRussohere's one steep curve: Total unique addresses in DeFi just crossed 600k 👩🎤👨🌾👨🎨👨🚀👩⚕️👨⚖️👩✈️🧟♀️🧞♀️🧚♂️🙇♂️🧜♂️💃👯👲🦸♀️🕺 h/t @richardchen39 @DuneAnalytics https://t.co/1KX4BZnqac6:04 PM ∙ Oct 15, 20206Likes1Retweet
Brad Laurie @Brad_LaurieThis is 100% my #crypto tweet of the week by @CamiRusso. This is the kind of open, real & transparent commentary we NEED in this space. 🔥👏🙏
Camila Russo @CamiRusso@Brad_Laurie @DefiantNews @TheBlock__ @BanklessHQ I think it's a huge conflict of interest if media companies have investments in the first place (if those investments are in the industries they cover). Not ideal if they do, and so even more important that that info is disclosed.12:42 AM ∙ Oct 15, 20209Likes2Retweets
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