To the DeFi Community,
In the midst of a yield farming frenzy, governance tokens are starting to show signs of true value.
Despite Curve‘s APY’s constantly dropping, we saw the Compound pool returns spike to over 300%, a direct result of someone tossing millions worth of CRV into the DAO to boost weighing in their favor. While the YFI community was busy celebrating the yFlippening (where 1 YFI passed the price of 1 BTC), competition ensued for both projects to lock tokens to increase their respective rewards (yCRV in the case of yEarn).
What emerges is an interesting paradigm in which projects aggregate governance weight to better influence their standing relative to competitors. We’ve seen this today with partner projects like Dharma‘s participation in Compound governance and less favorably with FTX’s gaming of Balancer rewards. Now, we’re seeing yEarn leverage Nexus Mutual as an underwriter for their new yInsurance. All protocol changes are discussed in the open, and teams are starting to use this to their advantage.
— yearn.finance (@iearnfinance) August 17, 2020
But what happens when the big dogs join the conversation?
This week we saw Binance flexing their “DeFi” participation with a series of Savings products geared towards retail participation. While this is all good and fun for Binance to leverage Compound, we’re entering dangerous territory in which centralized giants *could* bend DeFi protocols at whim through governance. It’s no surprise they’re quickly starting to list any and all DeFi tokens in a means to aggregate as many deposits (and therefore as much voting power) as possible.
Luckily, we’ve yet to see any monumental governance votes which make or break these protocols.
Still, we need to stay on our toes. While key community members are rallying around sustainable governance, the sharks are lurking.
In the meantime, let’s keep a positive mind and recognize that DeFi isn’t slowing down anytime soon.
And this trend goes to solidify the sector is one which simply cannot be ignored.
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Analyst at Bankless – one of the leading resources for open finance. Lucas is an active contributor to the DeFi ecosystem with appearances in other notable DeFi outlets including The Defiant and Our Network. He has years of experience working with dozens blockchain and token startups where he focused on token economics, marketing, and growth.