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🦄 Recap: DeFi Week of April 19
Hello Defiers! Hope you’re having a great weekend.
Summing up the past week: It was a volatile week in crypto markets with ETH climbing to a new all time high of over $2,600 only to slide down closer to $2,300. Our Defiant Weekly video goes into liquidators who profit off this volatility. Beyond the rollercoaster ride, we caught up on Ethereum’s strengthening fundamentals. Wyoming passed a bill that addresses the legal treatment of DAOs, while Kevin Nielsen of Boardroom wrote the must-read ecosystem map on decentralized organizations, and Jake Ryan of Tradecraft Capital wrote a very actionable piece on what gives governance tokens value.
Booming activity finally stretched the limits of Binance Smart Chain, causing its most popular app PancakeSwap to slow down. Also in BSC, the latest of the chain’s pump and dump coins Safemoon made it all the way to TikTok, whiplashing buyers as it soared and crashed. And speaking of going viral, meme-makers are finally able to cash out on their popularity by selling NFTs of their images — the woman in the “Overly Attached Girlfriend” meme and the makers of Nyan Cat are just two of many getting hefty paychecks.
There were a few projects updates, with Balancer V2 launching, Ampleforth releasing the FORTH token, Synthetix adding syntheitx assets of FAANG stocks, Curve launching on Polygon (Layer 2), Liquity attracted $2B in two weeks, and NFTHub releases a landing pad for the metaverse. We have guides on how to join the Gyroscope testnet in our Tuesday Tutorials, and how to yield farm on BarnBridge in this week’s Defiant Degens.
And there was more! There’s a lot going on, but we’ve got you covered :)
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Kevin Nielsen of Boardroom writes an in-depth introductory piece on what DAOs are, why they are important, and what the ecosystem looks like today, including the different projects and their categories, and the infrastructure stack. It should be the starting point for anyone wanting to learn about this radical new way of human coordination.
Jake Ryan of Tradecraft Capital writes an introductory oiece of governance tokens, the tools that allow individuals to participate in DAOs via governance, gain exposure to a protocol’s success, and sometimes even directly benefit from their revenue. The piece dives into the different characteristics that make governance tokens valuable.
Only for paid subscribers: The Inbox Dump is where we include the updates and announcements that flood our DMs each week and didn’t make it to our content platforms. At The Defiant we cover the most important DeFi-related news and developments but I know many of you are hunting for projects before they are fully developed and before they are newsworthy. The goal with this installment of the newsletter is to help you find them. Look at this as the starting point to DYOR. We also include a compilation of DeFi and crypto funding rounds in the past week so you have these in one handy place.
Wyoming is Turning Into the Delaware of Digital Assets: Governor Mark Gordon signed bill SF38 into law on Wednesday, making Wyoming the first state in the country to address the legal treatment of decentralized autonomous organizations, or DAOs. SF38 addresses liability concerns around DAOs by applying a limited liability company (LLC) status to them, effective July 1st.
ETH Roller-Coaster Frays Nerves as Fundamentals Strengthen: It’s been a wild week for the DeFi traders, with ETH experiencing a mini bear-bull cycle over the course of just a few days.
Safemoon Not So Safe? BSC Token Jumps By Over 10 Times, Then Halves: Safemoon, a Binance Smart Chain token, soared by 16 times in the past week driven by TikTok videos, only to immediately whiplash holders as it went on a dizzying ride that has halved its value.
Ampleforth’s Forth Governance Token Rallies After Launch: Ampleforth, the rebasing token which aims to create a currency with stable purchasing power by programmatically managing supply, has launched its FORTH governance token.
DeFi is Deleveraging After Liquidations: Decentralized lending markets experienced tumultuous action during the weekend. On-chain activity points to markets deleveraging and investor repositioning from lenders to yield aggregators amid the crash.
EasyFi Loses Over $60M in Admin Key Hack: EasyFi, a Compound Finance fork launched directly on the Polygon Layer 2 Network, suffered a major hack on Monday, losing over $60M of the project’s EASY tokens and also $6M of users’ provided liquidity.
Synthetix to Add Tokens Linked to FAANG Stocks: Synthetix, the synthetic derivatives protocol, will launch its Alnilam update tomorrow which includes three Synthetix Improvement Proposals (SIPs) and adds support for eight new assets, including tokens tracking prices for FAANG stocks –– Facebook, Amazon, Apple, Netflix and Google
Injective Protocol Raises $10M at $1B Valuation: Injective Protocol, a decentralized derivatives exchange, said it raised a $10M at a $1B valuation from investors including Pantera Capital, BlockTower, Hashed, Cadenza Ventures (formerly BitMex Ventures), among others.
Meme-Makers Cash in On Internet Fame With NFTs: Before, going viral offered didn’t much more than internet fame. Now, it’s providing the humans behind the memes with hefty paydays, thanks to NFTs.
Ether Locked in DeFi at All-Time High After Market Crash: An all-time high of 11.2M Ether is locked in DeFi protocols, despite a weekend sell-off. Liquidations spiked, while tokens continue sliding.
Liquity Attracts Over $2.4B in Assets in Two Weeks: Liquity Network, relatively unknown before its April 5 launch, now has $2.4B of ETH locked, placing it 11th among all Ethereum protocols, ahead of open finance mainstays Synthetix and Bancor.
Curve Finance Launches on Layer 2 Solution Polygon: DeFi projects’ moves to Ethereum Layer 2s are coming weekly now with Curve Finance joining Polymarket and Aave in the quest for scalability.
Balancer V2 is Now Live Along With $2M Bug Bounty: Balancer Protocol’s updated smart contracts, which allow for users to further customize token pools, are now public and open source. The project is offering a 1k ETH bug bounty to spot vulnerabilities in the code.
NFThub Launches Landing Pad for NFT Metaverse: NFThub, which describes itself as a landing pad to navigate the NFT metaverse, emerged from “stealth Beta” this week with the launch of its governance token $gNFT.
Thanking all the amazing Defiers for the support and love this week (and always)!
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