🚙 This Minivan Won’t Let You Down: How Jay Pegs’ NFT Gave Birth to an Absurd Universe

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DeFi Feature

🚙 This Minivan Won’t Let You Down: How Jay Pegs’ NFT Gave Birth to an Absurd Universe

In which Brady Dale tours the strange world of Jay Pegs and the Dadaist dao of DONA…

MINDS I was told there would be explosions. There haven’t been any explosions, though, unless you count blown minds.

MEMESTERS As everyone else in the NFT space heralds a new era in art history, a loose crew of about 10 degens took over Crypto Twitter for a week, recruiting an army of memesters to pitch the world on a simple message: There is simply nothing more desirable than a South Korean minivan that’s older than Bitcoin.

BLURRY Jay Pegs Auto Mart is an NFT project that’s been churning out images of 2007 Kia Sedonas with little variations, like logs or eyeballs for wheels, garbage bags or traffic lights on the roof or wagons of various intentions attached to the bumper. The auto mart is a subsidiary of NGMI Global. What’s real and what’s part of the game gets blurry once 2007 Sedona NFTs are on the line. NGMI may or may not have more distractions in store for the blockchain world, but it definitely loves Pinterest.

DROPS Meanwhile, elsewhere in crypto, more “serious” NFTs are coming out and the space is working overtime to sell these new drops as choice picks for a forward thinking art collector. And some of them probably are works that will stand the test of time, but many probably not.

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DAO Tokens

💸 DAOs Accelerate Token Swaps in Push to Diversify Their Treasuries

NEWS DeFi DAOs have made some serious cash in 2021 — but generally only in their native tokens. Now they’re looking to diversify.

TREASURIES Fueled by a combination of rising token prices and an explosion in fee revenues as DeFi continues to attract new users, the decentralized autonomous organizations (DAOs) that act as a management layer for DeFi currently hold billions of dollars worth of crypto assets in their treasuries.

NATIVE TOKENS The management of these war chests is an increasingly important issue as the bulk of these assets consist of the protocols’ native tokens. This leaves projects vulnerable as any sudden drop in their token price means a corresponding loss of treasury value. If they are then forced to sell tokens at depressed prices to cover expenses, that could lead to further price declines and risk the viability of the project itself. 

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New DeFi

💦 Liquidity Mining Set to Begin Friday on the Risk Tranching Gro Protocol

TLDR Everyone is looking for stronger yields in DeFi. Gro is a new yield platform that aims to offer boosted returns on leading stablecoins to users willing to accept some risk.

SO WHAT Gro is set to launch liquidity mining shortly for its depositors, which means they will begin receiving its governance token, GRO, based on the funds held in the platform, Hannes Graah, GRO’s founder, told The Defiant in an interview. About 65,000 GRO tokens will go out to liquidity providers over the next month, starting Friday. There should be more incentive programs to follow after that.

TWO VERSIONS Gro offers two versions of every pool it runs, one that offers interest  in exchange for stablecoin deposits and another that gets higher yields in exchange for absorbing all the risk of the lower-return pool. There’s about $10M in deposits already on the relatively new yield protocol, which announced itself on on July 1.

WORTH It’s anyone’s guess how much GRO’s early distributions might be worth, but decentralized finance (DeFi) denizens have a way of responding enthusiastically to distribution schemes.

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💰 Fireblocks Draws Closer to Getting Wall Street Cash on DeFi Giant Aave

TLDR Fireblocks, the digital asset security firm, has posted a proposal on Aave’s forum to scrutinize and approve participants on the DeFi giant’s platform. If Aave governance passes the whitelisting proposal, Fireblocks would be able to onboard a slew of institutional clients into the lending protocol. 

HEDGE FUNDS Fireblock’s CEO, Michael Shaulov told The Defiant that roughly 50 of the company’s 500 institutional clients, which include banks, hedge funds, and brokerage firms, have expressed interest in using a permissioned version of Aave. With $13.4B in total value locked, Aave is the No. 1 platform on DeFi Pulse’s leaderboard.

AAVE ARC The integration would be with Aave Arc, a forthcoming version of the protocol geared towards institutional clients. Aave Arc requires participants to be whitelisted, an approval process that entails complying with know-your-customer checks and other regulatory requirements. 

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Video

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Links

🔗 Bitfinex just spent $23.7 million in fees to make a single Ethereum transaction: The Block

A wallet belonging to crypto exchange Bitfinex just paid $23.7 million in transaction fees to send $100,000 of tether (USDT) in what was a bit of a slip up.

🔗 Revolut to Launch Crypto Token: Sources: CoinDesk

Revolut, a fintech company with a $33 billion valuation that offers cryptocurrency buying as part of its services, is looking to launch its own cryptographic token, according to two people with knowledge of the plans.

🔗 Avantgarde Finance closes $5.5m Series A led by Blockchange Ventures

Avantgarde Finance today announced completion of a $5.5 million Series A investment led by Blockchange Ventures, a leading digital asset investment firm, along with a network of strategic investors including Placeholder VC, Jump Capital, Collaborative Fund, Acrew Capital, Coinshares and others.

🔗 Ethereum Expert Admits to Violating North Korea Sanctions: Bloomberg

A cryptocurrency expert pleaded guilty to helping North Korea evade U.S. sanctions just before he was to go to trial.

🔗 Compound Grants Program - Lessons and Next Steps: Compound Labs

We started the Compound Grants Program 5 with a simple idea in mind: let’s fund contributors that are working to make Compound better. Since we weren’t sure how many contributors there would be and how much money we would need to pay them to work on the protocol, we thought it best to start small.


🧑‍💻 ✍️ Stories in this newsletter were written by Brady Dale, yyctrader, and Owen Fernau, and edited by Edward Robinson, Bailey Reutzel, and Camila Russo. Videos were produced by Robin Schmidt and Alp Gasimov. Podcast was led by Camila, edited by Alp.


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