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  • Smart Contract Security Newsletter #41

    (This newsletter was sent out on July 2nd, Sign up to receive them on the first day)This is the last week for Gitcoin CLR matching, Please check out two of our Public Goods Projects:The Blockchain Security DBSolidity Visual DeveloperDo you consider yourself a smart contract hacker? Or do you know someone that might be? Good news, ConsenSys Diligence is hiring.Distilled NewsBalancer Pool issueWe previously covered issues caused by flash loans (bZx hack and security implications of flash loans), n… … More

  • Major Financial Clearinghouse Is Exploring Ethereum for Digital Asset Management

    The Depository Trust & Clearing Corporation’s new prototype leverages the Ethereum blockchain to streamline capital markets activity.The financial services industry has taken another step forward into blockchain-based digital assets with the Depository Trust & Clearing Corporation’s recent release of their Project Whitney Case Study. The platform, which uses Ethereum as its core technology, embraces a new approach to the representation of value in capital markets and signals an era of in… … More

  • This Week in DeFi – July 3rd

    To Our DeFi Community,
    The pace of innovation in DeFi never ceases to amaze.
    Whether it’s new products, new upgrades, new tokens, or new investment rounds closing, we’re genuinely having trouble keeping it up with it all. To give you an idea, here’s what we saw this week alone as DeFi closed out Q2: Kyber’s Katalyst upgrade launch date set for July 7th
    0x launches it consumer-friendly DEX, Matcha
    Synthetix releasing Binary Options
    Nexus Mutual releasing pooled staking
    Th… … More

  • Dai Breaks Peg Amidst COMP Yield Farming cDAI Update

    Dai – DeFi’s defacto decentralized stablecoin – is facing a major hurdle as Compound adjusts it’s COMP token distribution to favor new assets earning the most COMP/day. Liquidity mining incentives are powerful.
    So powerful that they can cause exogenous shocks to other protocols.
    Is @MakerDAO up next? Props to @cyounessi1 for being ahead of the curve here.https://t.co/nLl4KsdYzE
    — Will Price (@will__price) June 29, 2020 With the passing of Proposal 11, COMP is now… … More

  • Governance, Ripple Effects, Farmers & Funds

    A few days ago I came across a spot on thread by Cyrus on the Maker forum about the ripple effects Compound would have on DAI. Checkout the full post over here: https://forum.makerdao.com/t/upcoming-comp-farming-change-could-impact-the-dai-peg/2965.Here’s the core quote from the piece which is worth examining. Natural Dai holders currently hold roughly … Read more … … More

  • Unitize Hackathon: Hackers Unite at the SF Blockchain Week!

    Hello, Gitcoiners & Gitcoinerettes!  It’s happening again – happy blockchain times are coming to San Francisco 🎉, as the San Francisco Blockchain Week kicks off on July 6th, for its 3rd edition. Over 240 speakers, 350 blockchain companies, and 5K participants will gather around their cameras and mics (yes, SFBW will be a virtual event) […]
    The post Unitize Hackathon: Hackers Unite at the SF Blockchain Week! appeared first on Gitcoin’s Blog. … More

  • DeFi Rate Votes “Against” Compound Proposal #12 – cDAI Interest Rates

    Following Dharma’s recent governance piece on proposal #11 along with our continued efforts on transparent governance, DeFi Rate will be releasing our rationale behind Compound Governance votes in a series of blog posts. 
    Proposal #12: Update cDAI Interest Rate Model (Forum Discussions here) 
    Proposer: Dharma
    DeFi Rate Vote: Against
    Voting Weight: ~10,250 COMP Background
    Compound Proposal #12 by Dharma proposes to update the cDAI interest rate model, aiming to decouple the existing intere… … More

  • Ethereum JavaScript Libraries for Dapp Development: web3.js vs. ethers.js

    A technical guide to the differences between Web3.js and Ethers.js, the two most popular JavaScript libraries for interacting with the Ethereum blockchain and developing dapps.Web3.js and ethers.js are JavaScript libraries that allow developers to interact with the Ethereum blockchain. They are both great libraries — either library will likely meet the needs of most Ethereum developers. This article is a comparison of web3.js and ethers.js, focusing on their similarities and differences, so that… … More

  • Zapper Closes Investment from MetaCartel Ventures For-Profit DAO

    Zapper – a rising DeFi asset management platform – has just closed a $50k investment from MetaCartel Ventures. We are proud to announce our 2nd investment as a DAO, into Zapper Finance (@zapper_fi), an interface that makes DeFi easy and simple to use :: [ Originally a MetaCartel grantee, we are proud to back them on their next leg of the journey ] ::https://t.co/Lu3FlPmHtz
    — METACARTEL VENTURES (@VENTURE_DAO) July 3, 2020 Zapper – a project which recently formed as a … … More

  • Executive Vote: Add Oracles, Lower the Base Rate, Raise WBTC & USDC Debt Ceilings and Risk Premiums

    The Maker Foundation Interim Governance Facilitator has placed an Executive Vote into the voting system which will enable the community to approve the following alterations to the protocol as outlined in these Polls: Raise the WBTC Debt Ceiling and Risk PremiumLower the Base Rate from 0.25% to 0%MIP10c9-SP1 Proposal: Whitelist DeFi Saver on ETHUSD OracleMIP10c9-SP2 Proposal: Whitelist DeFi Saver on BATUSD OracleMIP10c9-SP3 Proposal: Whitelist DeFi Saver on WBTCUSD OracleMIP10c9-SP4 Proposal:… … More

  • Friday Open Thread: Are DeFi tokens overvalued?

    Are DeFi tokens overvalued? Timestamp this thread. Top 5 DeFi tokens are:- COMP at $1.7b- SNX at $460m- MKR at $439m- BAL at $400m- 0x at $392mDoes this look right? Or are we already in a bubble?They said ETH was a bubble when it hit $20 for the first time. They were dead wrong. And these are protocol shares for a new money system. Maybe they’re massively undervalued?Market cap of all DeFi tokens is around $5b today. Is this expensive? Is it cheap? Why do you think so?Are DeFi tokens overv… … More

  • The IPO Process Is Broken

    This installment of The Pomp Letter is free for everyone. I send this email to our investors daily. If you would also like to receive it every morning, join the 50,000 other investors today.Subscribe nowTo investors,The lifecycle of technology companies has historically looked something like this: start the company, raise venture capital, launch a product, find product-market fit, raise more venture capital, scale the business, raise more venture capital, and eventually take the company pub… … More

  • This survey will collect much needed evidence on: 🚀Trends in FinTech market performance 🚀FinTech’s regulatory needs and policy asks 🚀Operati…

    This survey will collect much needed evidence on:🚀Trends in FinTech market performance🚀FinTech’s regulatory needs and policy asks🚀Operational changes and implications🚀Firm specific responses to Covid-19Take the survey now: https://jbs.eu.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_efU4SSIu650nD0x … More

  • Will a Self-Sovereign World Make Users Pick Between Security and Convenience?

    Hello Defiers! If you’re reading this newsletter, then you likely believe a better financial system, where users take control of their assets and data, is possible. Inevitable, even. but what’s less talked about is that with this new, self-sovereign system, comes great responsibilities. We’ve become used to relying on others for security. We’ve traded o… Read more … … More

  • Our Network: Issue #28

    a.image2.image-link.image2-291-1456 { padding-bottom: 19.986263736263737%; padding-bottom: min(19.986263736263737%, 291px); width: 100%; height: 0; } a.image2.image-link.image2-291-1456 img { max-width: 1456px; max-height: 291px; } 🚨 Matching for Our Network’s Gitcoin Grant ends today at 12pm ET. Please consider supporting our community-driven data efforts by don… … More

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