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🦄 Recap: DeFi Week of July 11
Hello Defiers! Rogue bots, trading dust-ups, exploits and contentious governance votes. That was just some of the drama that punctuated the DeFi week. Never a dull moment, eh? Amid the mayhem we also benefitted from solid research and captivating new video content courtesy of the invincible Robin Schmidt. So kick up your feet and unwind this weekend with the best of The Defiant this week…
For starters, we had a scoop on the new Ethereum documentary, The Infinite Garden, which will use — what else? — Ethereum tokens to finance its production via a crowdfunding round. Exclusive interviews with Vitalik Buterin and Aya Miyaguchi promise to make this an irresistible film. Can’t wait! The Defiant was also delighted to report on Damien Hirst’s new NFT project, in which the British artist will offer collectors a choice of digital versions of his famous spot paintings, or the actual versions on handmade paper.
But that was the tame side of a week that opened with a report from yyctrader on the clash between Adamant Finance and Alameda Research over a governance vote that pit the two entities against one another, at least for a spell. Not to be outdone, Owen Fernau waded into the controversial trades executed by the DeFi Education Fund and one of its committee members, the latest snafu to strike a project that’s already sparked a fair amount of angst about power grabs and centralization.
Meantime, The Defiant conducted its second Jam Session on our YouTube channel. These brainstorms are quickly becoming must-see TV for anyone in the community. And be sure to check out Camila Russo’s podcast with Tim Beiko and the future of Ethereum. It doesn’t get any more dynamic or fundamental than that! Enjoy…
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"It's Almost Like EIP-1559 Fixes an Economic Bug in Ethereum; More Usage Can Now Capture More Value:" Tim Beiko
In this week’s episode we speak with Tim Beiko, who organizes the Ethereum core developers calls and knows all the intricacies and latest development of the world’s most active blockchain. We spoke right after Beiko had proposed a date for the implementation of one of the biggest changes expected to happen to the Ethereum blockchain in recent history: EIP 1559. Tim explains in non-dev terms exactly how this change will reduce volatility in Ethereum gas prices and also reduce the uncertainty of whether user transactions are approved or not. Importantly, it also means that part of ETH paid per transaction will be burned, so that if demand for ETH and use of the Ethereum blockchain are greater than ETH issued, it should put pressure on the ether price to increase.
In this week’s opinion piece, Man0000 blows the lid off the mining snafu going on in the blockbuster blockchain game, Alien Worlds. It’s a player’s lament on how rogue bots have been deployed in a beloved space, and what can be done to address the issue.
Inbox Dump #16
For paid subscribers only — The Inbox Dump is where we include the updates and announcements that flood our DMs each week and didn’t make it to The Defiant’s content platforms. We also include a compilation of DeFi and crypto funding rounds in the past week so you have these in one handy place.
SushiSwap Treasury Sale Proposal Draws Community Ire SushiSwap’s $60M strategic fundraising round has come under fire from community members who dislike the plan to offer investors deep discounts at a time when its tokens are slumping in the marketplace.
Upgrade Opens ThorChain to $4.9M Exploit ThorChain, a popular decentralized exchange that enables native token swaps across different blockchains, was exploited yesterday to the tune of $4.9M.
Looking Back at Uniswap’s Growth as it’s Deployed on L2 In this week’s Into the Block research piece, Lucas Outumuro unpacks the ramifications of Uniswap’s next chapter on L2.
UNI Sale Raises Concerns Regarding Newly Formed DeFi Education Fund A series of unexpected trades in the last two days roiled the DeFi Education Fund set up by Uniswap token holders, leading to finger-pointing and accusatory tweets as the newly formed lobbying organization struggled to fend off more controversy.
Digital or Physical? Damien Hirst’s New NFT Project Gives Buyers A Choice Damien Hirst, still the enfant terrible of the UK art scene and reportedly the nation’s richest living artist, is about to add to his fortune with a $20M NFT drop.
Hop Drops on Mainnet: A Protocol for Interoperability Across Scaling Solutions As yields and prices cool, dampening down dreams of another DeFi summer, the hope of a Layer 2 version of the season has emerged.
Uniswap’s V3 Launches on Layer 2 Solution Optimism It’s a good time for Layer 2 enthusiasts as Uniswap V3 has soft-launched on Optimism, a leading optimistic rollup solution for scaling Ethereum.
EXCLUSIVE: Ethereum Documentary Plans to Sell $INFINITE Tokens to Fully Finance Production When it came time to raise cash for Ethereum: The Infinite Garden,the first feature-length documentary about the world’s most active blockchain network, the producers had a logical choice: Ethereum tokens.
Adamant Targets Alameda With Contentious Governance Vote What a can of worms. This weekend, Adamant Finance, a yield aggregator on Polygon, initiated a governance vote to “blacklist” wallets it said belong to Alameda Research, a crypto hedge fund that trades up to $10B a day in tokens and derivatives. The fallout has been fast and furious.
The DeFi Future is Automated In this week’s research essay, David Liebowitz analyzes the state of play in development of the Ethereum-based automation and chronicles the efforts of a new crop of players in the space, Gelato, Keep3r, and Chainlink.
Iron Finance at it Again: V2 has Drawn in Over $1B With Eye-Popping Yield Farms Less than a month after the spectacular implosion of Iron Finance’s algorithmic stablecoin, the DeFi project has relaunched a new yield farm on Polygon.
Circle To Go Public in Q4 at $4.5B Valuation DeFi’s most popular stablecoin issuer is going public. Circle, which issues the USDC stablecoin, announced its plans yesterday to go public in Q4 of this year through a special purpose acquisition company (SPAC). The deal will happen with Concord Acquisition Corp. and Circle will trade under the ticker symbol CRCL with the transaction valuing the company at $4.5B.
Buenbit Raises $11M to Bolster Crypto in Latin America In a record-breaking deal for a Latin American crypto company, Buenbit, an exchange based in Argentina has raised $11M in Series A funding.
DeFi Traders Lost More Than $11M Across Two Weekend Hacks Over the weekend, DeFi traders lost more than $11M across two hacks on Binance Smart Chain (BSC). On July 10, Anyswap, a decentralized cross-chain protocol, suffered a hack worth nearly $8M of USDC and MIM (Magic Internet Money), a lesser known stablecoin.
Thanking all the amazing Defiers for the support and love this week (and always)!
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