This Week in DeFi Newsletter

Welcome to This Week in DeFi!

A weekly newsletter covering all the top stories in Decentralized Finance (DeFi).

DeFi is one of the fastest-growing industries in the world. It’s nearly impossible to stay up to date with everything.

To help, we’ve decided to create a concise newsletter allowing anyone to easily get caught up with the week in DeFi in a single email.

In this newsletter, you’ll find:

  • An opening note with the top trend from the past week
  • An executive summary on the top stories in DeFi
  • Lending rates update
  • The Stat Box: key figures and metrics in DeFi
  • Curated content from industry leaders

A new parallel financial system is being built for the future. And we’re excited to cover it.


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Previous Editions

September 25th

  • Aave launches genesis governance for LEND migration
  • Keep Network launches tBTC
  • Dune Analytics closes $2M seed round
  • Set Protocol launches USD APY Set
  • Origin Protocol releases yield-bearing OUSD stablecoin

September 18th

  • Uniswap launches UNI governance token
  • DeFi Pulse launches DeFi Index with Set Protocol
  • Synthetix Launches Volume Rebate Program
  • Teller Announces Liquidity Mining
  • Fair Launch Capital Showcase first launch partner, Marqet

September 11th

  • Chef Nomi pulls the rug on SushiSwap
  • UMA Partners with Ren for Bitcoin-backed Yield Dollar
  • yEarn release StableCredit
  • Perpetual Protocol uses Liquidity Boostrap Pool for PERP tokensale
  • Hegic launches Initial Bonding Curve Offering

August 28th

  • ConsenSys acquires JP Morgan’s Quorum Blockchain
  • Zapper closes at $1.5M Seed Round lead by Framework Ventures and Libertus Capital
  • Aave acquires an Electronic Money Institute license for DeFi fiat onramps
  • 1inch announces utility token with Mooniswap liquidity mining
  • Balancer passes BAL Liquidity Staking

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August 21st

  • dYdX integrates StarkEx for privacy-preserving L2 scalability
  • OMG Network onboards Tether for L2 scaling
  • yEarn introduces yInsurance for KYC-less coverage
  • Binance launches a DeFi Savings product using Compound
  • More Wrapped Bitcoin is created than Bitcoin is mined

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August 14th

  • Yam Finance launches yield farming mania
  • Yam Finance V1 shuts down less than 48 hours after launch
  • Coinbase introduces Bitcoin-backed cash loans for US customers
  • Curve deploys it’s native governance token – CRV
  • Aave announces V2 protocol upgrades with new features and gas optimizations

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August 7th

  • Uniswap announced an $11M Series A round
  • Aave showcases Credit Delegation with DeversiFi
  • Set Protocol announced V2 upgrades with yield farming support
  • dYdX releases ETH-USD perpetual futures with 10x leverage and no expiry
  • Alex Masmej debuts ALEX Yield Farming for Uniswap liquidity

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June 26th

  • Opyn closes a $2.1M seed round for a generalized option protocol
  • Balancer distributes BAL governance tokens from 3 weeks of liquidity mining
  • Ampleforth launches AMPL Uniswap incentives through Geyser
  • Kyber Network announced Kyber Community Pool for KyberDAO KNC zero-fee delegation
  • mStable shares plans for MTA governance token distribution using mUSD liquidity incentives

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June 12th

  • Curve integrates the RenVM for permissionless BTC onramps
  • Aave crossed $100M in market size
  • The Graph Protocol partners with ChainLink for powerful middleware
  • Synthetix adds Balancer incentives for SNX/USDC liquidity
  • Opium Network launches pre-market trading for COMP and BAL

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June 5th

  • Balancer Labs starts liquidity mining for BAL governance tokens
  • OMG Network launch Layer 2 scaling on mainnet with support for USDT
  • Numerai raised $3M via an NMR tokensale for Erasure development
  • Deversifi release V2 of their privacy-focused L2 DEX.
  • DeFi reaches $1B in Total Value Locked!

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May 29th

  • Ren Protocol launches the RenVM
  • Compound releases details on COMP governance token distribution
  • Aave integrates Uniswap LP tokens for the creation of a Uniswap Money Market
  • Consensys acquires Fluidity – the team behind AirSwap and the Tokenized Asset Portfolio
  • mStable debuts their new stablecoin – mUSD

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May 15th

  • VISA files a patent for a stablecoin development
  • Eris X launches US regulated ETH futures
  •  RAC partners with ZORA for an exclusive TAPE drop
  •  Balancer debuts its governance token – BAL
  •  Aave releases improvements to their interest rate model

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May 8th

  • Aave teases new governance upgrade
  •  Maker elects to support WBTC as collateral to mint DAI
  •  Synthetix debuts their new L2 exchange with a testnet trading competition
  •  Strike Protocol announces its protocol to introduce 20x leverage on any asset
  •  IDEO introduces the SAFG token distribution model

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May 1st

  • UMA’s Initial Uniswap Listing launches with a bang
  •  Keep Network goes live on mainnet with tBTC
  •  Compound elects to support USDT as collateral
  •  The LAO launches a for-profit investment DAO
  • Bancor announces it’s V2 design to eliminate impermanent loss

Retweet May 1st’s Highlights!

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