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The next crypto conference lighting up the season is DeFiCon 2021, hosted on December 18-19 in Brooklyn, NYC. As a nonprofit conference, DeFiCon steers away from the typical corporate and for-profit conference model. All of DeFiCon’s net proceeds will be donated to charity. The event is also engages civic leaders and activists. Featured keynote speakers are Stani Kulechov, the Founder and CEO of AAVE, and Jaz Gulati, the co-founder of Ren Labs. As a crypto native event, DeFiCon tickets are NFTs designed by the original artist of the Bored Apes Yacht Club, Seneca.
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STAKING With much of the Polkadot community locking up DOT amid the ecosystem’s first batch of parachain lease auctions, many participants are looking to contribute via projects offering innovative liquid staking products.
SCALABILITY Ethereum pioneered smart contract functionality with its mainnet launch in 2015, however its developers quickly realized that greater scalability would be needed to meet its objective of becoming the world’s decentralized computer.
SHARDED While Ethereum pledged to soon deliver a second version of the protocol validated by sharded proof-of-stake (PoS) consensus to achieve scalability, the long-awaited “Ethereum 2.0” upgrades have only been partially implemented today. The rollout is expected to finish sometime around the second quarter with the merge of the existing Ethereum chain and its recently launched proof-of-stake beacon chain.
A weekly recap of DeFi market action from Sam Haig
DRAWDOWNS DeFi assets saw a mixed performance this week, with roughly half of the sector’s leading protocols suffering drawdowns by both TVL and token. Still, sector-wide TVL and market cap have continued trending into previously uncharted territory.
PREVIOUS HIGH According to CoinGecko, the combined capitalization of DeFi tokens has continued to press into new all-time highs this past week, currently sitting at a record of $173.7B equal to 16% more than the previous high from early May.
RANKINGS Terra (LUNA) remains at the top of the rankings with a nearly $22.9B market cap, followed by Chainlink (LINK) with $15.5B, and Uniswap (UNI) with $12.8B.
In this guest column, Lukas Schor writes how DAOs present an unprecedented to challenge to venture capitalists when it comes to backing Web 3 projects.
COMPETITION Investment in crypto and blockchain startups rose significantly in 2021 and changed how venture capital funding is received in Web3 projects. Now with the emergence of Decentralised Autonomous Organisations (DAOs), traditional VCs are facing competition. They have to rethink how they help companies raise money.
PROJECTS Despite a rocky start in 2016, DAOs have adapted and changed. Some early examples include dxDAO, DAOStack’s Genesis DAO, or MolochDAO, which have paved the way for more recent projects. Following on from surging interest in decentralised finance (DeFi) and non-fungible tokens (NFTs), DAOs are one of the most interesting topics in crypto right now.
WEB3 Crypto communities springing up as DAOs are pooling their funds in DAO treasuries and enabling members to vote and decide how the project should be managed. VCs are no longer monopolizing the funding scene, and they’ll have to change how they operate, how they invest in projects, and what value, if any, they bring to the table, particularly as Web3 grows.
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Fintech Meetup is bringing together all the players, solutions and organizations at the intersection of DeFi, crypto and finance! It’s the next big event in fintech (online, March 22-24) and is the easiest and fastest way to create DeFi & crypto opportunities, deals and partnerships.
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This quarter, we are doing things a little differently by covering the major trends in Web3, not just DeFi.
Last night, some unusual price action on CVX was brought to our attention. This came from an address which had just swapped 46M USDM to DAI in a factory pool.
Growth in Web3 is a challenge; Web3 has no app stores, no targeted Facebook ads, no email marketing, no re-marketing, no affiliate marketing...yeah, you get it.
Sotheby’s, the 277-year-old British auction house, will allow live bidding in ether cryptocurrency in an upcoming virtual exhibition on Nov. 18 to be held at its “headquarters” in Decentraland.
The City of Miami will soon give out a “bitcoin yield” from the staking of its cryptocurrency to its citizens, Miami Mayor Francis Suarez announced on CoinDesk TV Thursday morning.
Reimagining the virtual band playbook of Gorillaz with a crypto twist, major music label Universal Music Group announced today that it has formed a “metaverse group” featuring a quartet of characters depicted in the Bored Ape Yacht Club NFT collection.
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Ethereum Name Service Jumps to $1B Market Cap After Airdrop of ENS Token ENS, the governance token of Ethereum Name Service, hit a market capitalization of $1.15B in early morning trading EST. That’s equal to about 10% of the value of GoDaddy, the 24-year-old internet domain registrar and web hosting company.
Curve Turns Off Mochi’s Rewards After ‘Amazingly Scammy’ Tactics Trigger Outcry A fresh salvo has been fired in the Curve War and the Establishment isn’t happy.
ConsenSys Founder Joe Lubin Teases MetaMask Token $MASK One of web3’s most essential tools may be getting a token. Joseph Lubin, founder of Ethereum incubator ConsenSys, set off speculation a token for the non-custodial wallet MetaMask is imminent after tweeting, “Wen $MASK? Stay tuned.”
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