To the DeFi Community,

This week comes to a close on a somewhat sour note.

After months of ‘number go up’, the markets were due for a much-needed correction. I mean, after HOTDOG, KIMCHI, YUNO, and dozens of others legitimate shitcoins I think we can all agree things were getting a bit out of hand.

But, do not let food coins cloud the pace at which DeFi teams continue to push forward the boundaries on both composability and remote-first work.

The term ‘fair launch’ is now on everyone’s mind. Popularized by Fair Launch Capital, projects like SushiSwap and Yam Finance are seriously challenging what it means to be a “community-owned and operated” protocol. Taking a look at new forks like Swerve (a fork of Curve), it feels like we’re entering unchartered territory where anybody and everybody is subject to a forking attack.

But, we need to be conscious of where to draw the line. Perhaps the best ‘fair launch’ – yEarn – is now undergoing new paradigms with key contributors being elected to receive high monthly payments to keep up their crucial work. What starts as a rally around a worthless governance token can quickly evolve into something on the brink of sustainability, a notion that has many VCs questioning where they fit into the mix.

While it makes sense for the community to capture the vast majority of the upside, let’s not forget to leave core contributors out of the mix. Crypto has continually displayed its ability to bootstrap capital faster than any other vertical in the world. What we need to be careful of is shaming founders into a corner for thinking it’s wrong to receive an allocation of a token they launched. Instead, I’m eager to explore how token distributions are retroactively decided through community governance, rather than being set in stone upon launch.

If and when we figure this paradigm out, there’s no denying that DeFi will seep its way into every major vertical of the world.

Until then, welcome back to reality and always be prepared for a black swan!

Till next week!

– Cooper


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