🦄 Recap: DeFi Week of July 18

Hello Defiers! Perhaps you’ve heard of Janus, the Roman god of beginnings and transitions, a being with two faces who lorded over doorways, gateways, and passages between worlds and even eras. Well, Janus was presiding over DeFi this week.

It was fire and brimstone early on as BTC slid beneath $30K and ETH lost 13% between Sunday and Tuesday. Traders hung their heads and drew a new line in the sand at $20K for BTC, and whatever scant hopes remained this was not a bear market were dashed. And yet… and yet… then came the deals, deals galore.

There was the $100M funding round led by a16z in OpenSea, which left the eBay of NFTs with a $1.5B valuation and unicorn status. There was Polygon’s formation of a blockchain-based multimedia studio and $100M production fund, with a dream team of partners along for the ride — Atari, Decentraland, and OpenSea. And, of course, there was the head-popping fundraising round by crypto exchange FTX: $900M, bestowing the platform with an $18B valuation. Ye gods…

So what gives? What should we make of the duality in DeFi at the moment? What’s going on? Well, these are cosmic questions The Defiant will be unpacking this coming week, so keep your eyes peeled… In the meantime, we can already see glimmers of the era to come. Check out Owen Fernau’s feature on MetaCartel Ventures for how DAOs are reshaping the cultivation of DeFi startups. And call up Dan Kahan’s piece on Stoner Cats to learn how the entertainment industry is blockchaining itself to new forms of financing and distribution.

On the market side of the ledger, be sure to hunker down with Masha Prusso’s analysis of deflationary tokenomics and how the big changes coming to Ethereum will shake up the laws of supply and demand in crypto. Not a spoiler, but let’s just say tokens that actually do something valuable could be a safe haven in a bear market. Likewise, read the latest how-to guide from DeFi Dad on how to farm major yield on Polygon Balancer.

As you kick up your feet this weekend and relax with The Defiant, just bear n mind that Janus is watching, with both faces… poised to shift this whole DeFi thing into… well, stay tuned to see what’s next!

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  • Balancer, one of the leading DeFi automated market makers (AMM) for multiple tokens. Dive into their pools at https://balancer.finance/!

  • Kraken, consistently rated the best and most secure cryptocurrency exchange, which can get you from fiat to DeFi

  • Aave, an open-source and non-custodial liquidity protocol where users can earn interest on deposits and borrow assets. 

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🎙 “The Biggest, Clearest Bet of All is Ethereum:" Raoul Pal

In this week’s episode Camila Russo interviews Raoul Pal, who retired from the hedge fund world at 36 years old and has run financial media company Real Vision for the seven years since. He predicted the housing bubble, he was early to call the devastating effect the pandemic would have on the economy, and now he gives us his thoughts on what he sees is coming up in the next few months.

📺 Watch:



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Opinion & Analysis

📉 Deflation is About to Whack DeFi Tokens — Is This Actually a Good Thing?

In this week’s opinion-analysis piece, guest writer Masha Prusso explores how deflation, the decrease of DeFi tokens over time, will impact the market, especially with the advent of big changes in Ethereum. Her conclusions may surprise you!

Inbox Dump #17

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.


  • Weed, Cats and NFTs: New Animated Series Combines All Three A new NFT project, backed by some real star power, will have you burning green in more ways than one. “Stoner Cats” is an upcoming series of animated shorts about, well, house cats high on marijuana. And it will only be available to those who drop some greenbacks on its unique, algorithmically-generated NFTs. 



  • EU Regulators Propose Crypto Clampdown European Defiers better buckle up, because regulators in the EU are attempting to tighten the rules on crypto transfers. On July 20, the European Commission, the executive branch of the European Union, announced a package of legislative proposals to strengthen the EU’s anti-money laundering and counter-terrorism financing (AML/CFT) rules.



Market Action


  • MetaCartel Reimagines Venture Capital for a DeFi Future When I joined MetaCartel Ventures’ weekly meeting online earlier this month I didn’t know what to expect.  The outfit’s bare-bones website looks like something university students would cook up on an all-nighter, with low-rez GIFs and, strangely, an embedded mp3 of Evanescence’s hit “Bring Me to Life.” Its whitepaper features images reminiscent of playing cards from Magic: The Gathering, a fantasy game. 

  • Swarm Markets Gets Licensed to Win Over Wary Investors When Philipp Pieper and Timo Lehes co-founded Swarm Markets in 2017 in California and then moved to Berlin, they did a strange thing. They knocked on the door of Germany’s financial watchdog, known as BaFin, and said, please regulate us.


💜Community Love💜

Thanking all the amazing Defiers for the support and love this week (and always)!

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