🦄 Recap: DeFi Week of May 31

Hello Defiers! Trust you’re all amazed that yet another week has blown by as we tumble into June. Hope you grab some relaxation and recreation this weekend… especially those of you who attended the Bitcoin 2021 Conference in Miami this week.

Summing Up: After another week of choppiness in the cryptocurrency market, it’s safe to say that BTC, ETH, and most of the big coins have found the bottom of the spring sell-off. Bitcoin bounced around the mid-$30K range while Ethereum swung in a pretty tight band in the mid-$2K area. While last week’s breakout star was Polygon, this week we saw Curve Finance’s CRV token soar 47% over the last seven days as of Friday, according to data from CoinGecko. Our Owen Fernau fathomed just what the heck was going on in something that’s been dubbed “The Great CRV War,” so check it out…

There was action on the NFT front, as well. Dan Kahan plumbed how Foundation is stoking community-building in the digital art space by letting artists invite fellow creators to exhibit on the NFT platform. It’s a pretty groovy setup, but there are concerns that grifters might try and exploit the model, and several participants weighed in on that question.

Speaking of community-building, Bailey Reutzel filed a dispatch on how a testnet token sparked a frenzy at CoinDesk’s Consensus 2021 virtual gathering. It’s a signal that valueless coins do have utility when it comes to bringing people together and spurring engagement with projects. Meantime, on the TradFi side of the ledger, we reported on the development of ARCx’s “DeFi Passport” that will enable on-chain credit scoring.

If that’s not enough, we also took a look at the proposal to build a Sushichain on Sushiswap, plus another pitch calling for Uniswap to lead a lobbying push in Washington. Defiers may loathe centralized authority but the community is becoming increasingly concerned that the state may be readying asset reporting regs. But agreeing on precisely how to influence policy in DC is bound to be a contentious issue itself in the months to come…

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🙌 Together with: 

  • 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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"Everyone Can be Rich in Crypto; There are No Divine Rights:" Terry Crews

In this week’s episode, we speak with Terry Crews, a legit star. He was a professional football player, has starred in multiple Hollywood films and currently leads in TV shows including America’s Got Talent. He is also a cryptocurrency enthusiast, minting his own social token called POWER.

Terry has a very powerful story on how he got into crypto. It was at a design show in Milan. He wanted to support his friend at the show, but wasn’t able to withdraw money from his own American Express account. He realized a financial system that’s based on trusting a long line of intermediaries is broken. He thought, even when he did everything right, and he was already wealthy and famous, he still got the door shut in his face —so what’s left for the rest? All of that cemented his view that the financial system should be permissionless, transparent and global.

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

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How to Navigate Legal FUD in Crypto

We have an opinion piece from Connor Spelliscy, a lawyer who has advised blockchain-based projects for years. Navigating the legal and regulatory landscape is one of the most challenging aspects of working in crypto. Connor interviewed 35+ leading founders, general and external counsels to get their take on the most pressing legal issues in crypto. The following article outlines those issues and potential community solutions to solve them.

Inbox Dump #11

Usually for paid subscribers only — but for everyone for this week :) 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.


  • Curve Battle is Pumping CRV Token Curve Finance is on a roll. Both Yearn Finance and Convex Finance are making Curve Finance’s CRV token a key part of the foundation in their revenue models. Users who lock in CRV receive governance rights, trading fees from the automated market maker, and boosted rewards.

  • Stablecoin Swapping Heats Up with Coinbase Following DeFi When Curve launched back in February 2020, many might have thought a DEX for stablecoins was a niche segment. Fast forward to today and Curve is averaging over $300 million in daily volumes, and has recently seen competing moves from the likes of Uniswap and Coinbase as the market for pegged assets expands. 

  • NFT Revolution Picks up Steam as Digital Artists Join Forces Artists have long thrived in cultural hothouses where they can trade ideas with peers and debate revolutionary forms of expression with critics, curators, and collectors. Foundation, an online NFT platform launched in February, is replicating that sense of community for the crypto era by letting artists themselves invite others to come aboard and exhibit and sell their work.


Matcha 2.0: Our Biggest Update Ever

Pumping Iron: Arthur Hayes

Orion Money — opening the stablecoin savings gateway into Anchor Protocol

Looking for yield farming opportunities on #xDai?: @xdaichain

1/ Thread on the macro cycle and crypto interest rates: @FloodCapital





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