To the DeFi Community,

We’re on the cusp of a new spin on DeFi, social finance (SoFi).

The rising wave of social tokens is slowly finding its footing thanks to the growing set of DeFi tooling set in place by industry leaders like Uniswap.

This past month, we saw three social tokens, $ALEX, $COIN and $WHALE, take advantage of liquidity mining schemas to incentivize deep liquidity for historically volatile tokens. Just this week, grammy-winning producer RAC launched his own community token, offering retroactive rewards to past users on platforms like Patreon and Twitch while Seed Club launched the very first Social Token Hackathon. Projects like MetaFactory and Rally shared the blueprints for their creator-centric governance tokens, foreshadowing a trend many other projects deep in social tokens are soon to follow.

It seems like UNI has left its mark on projects not just in DeFi, but on anyone looking to launch a strategic token distribution to value-added actors. Once the initial distribution goes live, new tools like SuperFluid are offering ways for creators to stream rewards to multiple accounts in real-time using a single transaction, an invaluable feature for anyone who’s had to deal with manual spreadsheet distributions in the past.

This note is meant to be less of a shill to social tokens, and more of a testament for the strong foundation DeFi set in place to allow other niches to thrive. DEX liquidity is the primary place their users are trading as just about every notable project now launches with a Balancer and Uniswap pool, many of which don’t even look to Binance or Coinbase anymore.

Whether it be social tokens, NFTs, DAOs, or whatever comes next, it’s impossible to describe its eventual success without looking at the building blocks DeFi has set in place. With Aave‘s ongoing migration from LEND to AAVE, the V2 upgrade will give projects the potential to open delegated credit lines with trusted parties alongside innovative opportunities for composability.

It’s no wonder that Unsiwap crossed $2B in TVL on its march to becoming a household name.

Even with the markets cooling off, development is at an all-time high, an incredibly promising signal for the industry as a whole.

See you next week!

– Cooper


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Top Stories

Uniswap Crosses $2B in Value Locked 

The leading liquidity protocol became the first DeFi application to reach $2B in value locked

Aave Starts AAVE Token Migration

Aave has launched its migration from LEND to AAVE with staking incentives for protocol safety.

Nexus Mutual Launches Shield Mining in Partner with Keep Network

The alternative insurance protocol partnered up with Keep Network for bonus staking incentives for tBTC protection

RAC Introduces Community Token

The Grammy-winning produce teamed up with Our Zora to launch community token, $RAC.

APY Finance Launches Liquidity Mining for APY Governance Tokens

The automated yield aggregator launched its liquidity mining program earlier this week.

 


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Stat Box

  • Total Value Locked: $10.75B(up +0.4% from last week)
  • DeFi Market Cap: $15.9B(down 1.4%)
  • DEX 7 Day volume: $3.6B (down -24%)
  • DAI supply: 869.0M (down -3.1%) 
  • Total DeFi users: 486K (up +0%)

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