To the DeFi Community,
The recent drawdown is the best time for anyone who’s heads down in the industry.
It’s less noise and more time to focus on building. These are the times that allow people to position for the next micro bull cycle. For the savvy investors, this is the time to start DCA’ing into some blue chip crypto assets at discount prices. There’s minimal scams, pump and dumps, and no one is fighting for attention to shill “the next big thing” on Twitter.
Right now, it’s easy to cut through it all and identify where value is being created and who the genuine builders are. It allows the new projects to get some footing in the space and attract real users, not those who are strictly in this for a quick buck. To me, these are the best times in crypto. The sentiment is bullish but the price isn’t going crazy.
But it may not last for long. Crypto assets are starting to rebound. They’ve been selling off for weeks now, with many of the high-risk assets experiencing -40% or -50% drawdowns. And it can’t go forever, especially not the way things are shaping up. Many of the underlying DeFi protocols are continuing to grow. There’s still over $10B in value locked. The DEX sector continues to eat CEX’s lunch. And some DeFi protocols are looking towards layer 2’s in order to scale (Optimism launched last week).
So while the price drawdown wasn’t a fun experience for many, we should welcome it with open arms.
Because the peace and quiet won’t last for long.
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Set Protocol and DeFi Pulse team up to launch a community-owned index protocol backed by a new governance token.
0x showcased a new API making Matcha the cheapest places to make DEX trades thanks to gas optimization.
Shell Protocol debuted its native stablecoin AMM with dynamics fees and flexible weighting.
Alpha Finance showcased their 3x leveraged Uniswap farming strategy.
DeFiDollar showcased thier new DFD governance token with retroactive rewards and liquidity mining.
In Other News…
- Aragon and Balancer team up to add onchain ratification to Snapshot
- MetaFactory release ROBOT governance token
- Total Value Locked: $10.6B (down -1.3% from last week)
- DeFi Market Cap: $16.2B (up 1.8%)
- DEX 7 Day volume: $3.3B (down -8.8%)
- DAI supply: 883.8M (up +1.7%)
- Total DeFi users: 486K (up +0%)
- [Alek Salnikov – Bankless] How to make money with digital art on Rarible
- [David Hoffman – CoinDesk] Ethereum is the frontier of financial innovation
- [Spencer Noon – Our Network] Uniswap, 1inch, DODO, dYdX, and Kyber
- [Camilla Russo – The Defiant] No, DeFi is not dead
- [Aaron Stanley – CoinDesk] How Ethereum is making finance weird
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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.