🦄 Recap: DeFi Week of March 15

Hello Defiers! Hope you’re having a great weekend.

Summing up: The week started out (again) with hacks. Social token platform Roll had its private keys compromised and an attacker was able to make off with tokens from over 400 creators. PancakeSwap and Cream Finance suffered a Domain Name Service attack which modified their websites to request users’ seed phrase. The latest NFT craze taking crypto by storm was MoonCats, digital animals pre-dating CryptoKitties. Elon Musk put up for sale a tweet about NFTs, as an NFT, and it was fetching more than $1M.

Aave launched a lending market for AMM liquidity provider tokens and Tyler Winklevoss proposed adding GUSD as collateral on Aave. Anchor Protocol is a new protocol which will be targeting a 20% fixed annual yield on stablecoins. Gnosis merged with Snapshot to facilitate on-chain governance, 1inch aims to reduce gas fees on its V3 update, and MetaMask introduced swaps to its mobile app.

dYdX founder Antonio Juliano came on the podcast to talk about the exchange’s move to Layer 2, and Gitcoin founder Kevin Owocki wrote an opinion piece on the stare of decentralized identity.

And there was more! There’s a lot going on, but we’ve got you covered :)

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"People Are Seeing The Writing on The Wall; DEXs Will Rule Crypto:" dYdX's Antonio Juliano

In this week’s episode we speak with Antonio Juliano, founder and CEO of dYdX, one of the biggest decentralized exchanges on Ethereum, focusing on derivatives. dYdX recently made news by being one of the first major DeFi projects to move to Layer 2

One of the main goals for his team this year will be to further decentralize dYdX, Juliano said, from the order book to the control of their smart contracts. So yes, for those reading between the lines, that means decentralized governance, and Juliano isn’t ruling out a dYdX token. Juliano believes derivatives are going to be the biggest products in crypto and so his long-term goal is for dYdX to become one of the biggest crypto exchanges, period. He knows DEXes are just 5% of total crypto volume, but that’s up from 0% two years ago. He says, a lot of people are seeing the writing on the wall.

🎙Listen to the interview in this week’s podcast episode here:

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Decentralized Reputation Will Unlock the Internet Of Value

DeFi is criticized, and rightly so, for being a playground for speculators without much connection to the real economy. This is a direct consequence of the lack of a reputation mechanism. It’s such a hard piece to crack because the very core of decentralized finance is that it’s open to everyone and that usually means there’s no KYC, usernames and passwords. Your identity is your wallet.

In this week’s opinion column we’re talking about the holy grail of DeFi and web3. The one piece that’s necessary to open up so many essential use cases, yet hasn’t been cracked just yet: Decentralized identity. Gitcoin founder Kevin Owocki writes about this key primitive, the value it could potentially unlock, and the teams building to get us there.


  • Streaming Content Refuses to Take Off (Even With Crypto): If we pay per song or video we stream or download, why not do the same with written content? Some are hailing crypto as a potential solution, but no platform has been able to become the Spotify or Netflix equivalent for print.

  • ETH in Whales’ Wallets Is Barely Budging: ETH in whales’ wallets isn’t budging while smaller holders take their tokens to DeFi. The number of wallets with 100 to 10K Ether have dropped by 7.2% since the cryptocurrency hit an all-time high four weeks ago. 





  • Tale of Lost MoonCats NFTs Spurs Buying Frenzy: Long, long ago, four billion MoonCats were lost in space. The digital cats were doomed to languish in the wasteland of forgotten blockchain projects —until now. 

  • Social Tokens Get Rolled On: Social money issuer Roll was hacked for nearly $5.7M of creator tokens held in hot wallets on the platform over the weekend.


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

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