The Defiprime Post #29: Your Weekly DeFi News in Bite-Sized Fashion

William M. Peaster on 15 Feb 2021

Welcome to the 29th issue of The Defiprime Post, a quick weekly primer covering the biggest developments around Ethereum and DeFi. This week’s issue covers events between Feb. 7th and Feb. 14th, 2021.

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🔥 The DeFi Bulletin

  • Looking for a refresher on how Ethereum governance works? Tim Beiko has you covered in this excellent episode of Cryptotesters.
  • Mastercard is opening up cryptocurrency payments to its merchants later this year, so BTC and ETH are presumably first on the slate as the largest cryptos.
  • Ethereum L2 provider Matic Network has rebranded to Polygon and is pivoting to become Ethereum’s “internet of blockchains.”
  • Ethereum smart wallet Argent just optimized its gas controls and estimates.
  • In a new post, Vitalik Buterin breaks down the ongoing Ethereum state size discussions.
  • Coinbase Ventures, IOSG, and Paradigm have joined Synthetix’s Spartan Council by strategically purchasing SNX directly from the DAO’s treasury.
  • What’s your DeFi Degen Score? Find out now, courtesy of atomic.blue.
  • UMA Protocol announced KMI Options, a new DeFi primitive that incentivizes holders to support the total value locked in DeFi protocols.
  • Index Coop published its “Introduction #1 Compound Finance” report.
  • The Yearn team opened a Maker Vault with some of Yearn’s newly minted YFI in order to repay victims of the recent yDAI Vault attack.
  • Yam Finance and UMA Protocol have launched uSTONKs, a basket of popular tokenized stocks.
  • mStable launched its tokenized bitcoin product, mBTC.
  • Per a new partnership, Yearn will now develop Badger DAO’s BTC Vault products.
  • PoolTogether launched its No-Loss Prize Pool Builder.
  • Leveraged yield farming project Alpha Homora was hit with a flash loan attack this week to the tune of $38 million. The mechanics of the attack means that Alpha Homora is now indebted to C.R.E.A.M. Finance.
  • Missed the MarketMake Hackathon? Some of the standout efforts included volatility index project dVIX, flash loan toolbox FlashSuite, and LP analytics platform Revert.
  • The Singapore-based Spartan Group has launched a new $50 million DeFi-focused venture fund.
  • Siam Bank’s VC unit is set to invest $50 million across a range of blockchain and DeFi projects.
  • Two DeFi projects, Harvest Finance and Value Protocol, are looking to make the leap to Binance Smart Chain (BSC).
  • Meet HAPI, a new on-chain cybersecurity protocol for DeFi projects.
  • DAO framework project Colony is launching its v2 system.
  • The Gauntlet Network released an analysis on the economic incentives of DeFi liquidators.
  • This week defiprime interview Biconomy and SynLev.

💱 DEX Report

💵 State of the Stablecoins

  • New stablecoin project Fei Protocol is gearing up to launch its TRIBE token.
  • Reflexer Labs, builder of the Rai token that will track the ETH price in stable fashion, just raised $4 million in funding.

💎 NFT News

  • Hearing more about NFTs than ever before, but you’re not sure where to start? defiprime has you covered with its new NFT Ecosystem Explained primer.
  • NFT marketplace Rarible has released a draft proposal regarding the structure of the upcoming Rarible DAO.
  • Jack Dorsey groks NFTs! Welcome to Ethereum, Mr. Dorsey …

Thanks for reading, and be sure to catch the 30th issue of The Defiprime Post out this time next week! 👋♦️👋

About the author
William M. Peaster
William M. Peaster is a writer and curator of the DeFi Arts Intelligencer, a newsletter tracking Ethereum’s digital collectibles arena. He is not a financial advisor. The thoughts shared in this guest post are his opinions and reflect his personal experiences and personal optimism around Ethereum. He currently owns some cryptoart and ETH.

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