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Gitcoin Grants Matching Round 8 is in full swing and you can now donate to all of your favorite projects with your donations being matched quadratically! A surprise new entrant to this round, Coin Center, has already raised $160,000 from donors and has $57,000 worth of matching – insane! Of course, any donations to the EthHub Grant would be greatly appreciated and you can check that out here. I’d also encourage you to donate to the Cryptocurrency Jobs grant here – they do a very good job of getting people jobs in crypto and have been a long-time friend of EthHub!
I was on Bankless last week as part of their ‘Meet the Nation’ series where I explained what The Daily Gwei is, what my goals for it are and how the Ethereum ecosystem has evolved over time – watch that here.
Have a great week everyone!
News of the Week
Visa announced a partnership last week with Circle Internet Financial — one of the firms behind Ethereum-based stablecoin U.S. Dollar Coin (USDC) — to add USDC payment capability into Visa credit cards.
According to Forbes, Circle will work with select Visa credit card issuers to integrate USDC software into their platforms to send and receive USDC payments.
“This will be the first corporate card that will allow businesses to be able to spend a balance of USDC,” Visa’s Head of Crypto Cuy Sheffield told Forbes. “And so we think that this will significantly increase the utility that USDC can have for Circle’s business clients.”
Eventually, Visa-supported businesses will be able to send USDC payments internationally to other Visa-supported businesses, according to Forbes. The funds will get converted to the national currency and can then be spent anywhere that accepts Visa.
Market index provider S&P Dow Jones Indices is diving into the crypto market with the help of crypto startup Lukka.
Formed in 2012 by S&P Global, S&P Dow Jones Indices is the firm behind Wall Street’s ubiquitous indices including Wall Street’s S&P 500 and Dow Jones Industrial Average. S&P DJI plans to leverage Lukka’s data services, including Lukka Reference and Lukka Prime, which provides a single price for crypto assets based on information from several exchanges, over-the-counter trading desks, and wallets.
S&P DJI expects to soon launch customizable crypto index capabilities, which will allow asset-management firms to build their own investment vehicles, such as exchange-traded products. In 2021, S&P DJI plans to launch its own branded index — essentially, an S&P 500-like index but for the crypto market.
Head over to the Grants section to donate to all of your favorite public goods and get those donations matched quadratically!
StarkEx 2.0 introduces a number of significant improvements in different aspects of the system including the Cairo verifier, scalability through universality, fast L1-L2 connectivity and much more.
In this post, Rocket Pool outlines their vision for eth2 and where they see themselves within it.
Opyn v2 will lay a foundation for a more capitally-efficient and highly liquid options protocol. It includes features such as European cash-settled options, margin improvements, flash mints and much more. Opyn v2 is currently undergoing audit.
Loopring Wallet has a live beta, Loopring AMM launched a mainnet beta, Loopring protocol v3.6 is being rolled out little by little and much more!
Loopring’s zkRollup AMM is detailed here.
Nectar Beehive V1 went live this week which is a liquidity mining program for the DeversiFi Nectar token (NEC) with the goal of bootstrapping community and liquidity in their ecosystem
The round was led by Collab+Currency, Slow Ventures, Castle Island Ventures and freeCo with participation from angels such as Kain Warwick, Stani Kulechov and Tony Sheng.
Protocol gas reductions, research updates, new hires and more in this months update from the mStable team.
The EPNS iOS app lets you discover useful and beautiful Web3.0 notifications on mobile.
Aave v2 is finally live and brings with it a tonne of new features including yield & collateral swap, flash liquidations, debt tokenization, native credit delegation and much more!
The Anydot team will be joining Infura to incorporate their technology in order to improve the transaction experience for developers.
Decentralized exchange (DEX) aggregator 1inch has raised $12 million in Series A funding. The round was facilitated through a simple agreement for future tokens (SAFT) sale. A SAFT is an investment contract that promises the delivery of tokens at a future date.
Chainlink Proof of Reserve, on-chain reference feeds that provide smart contracts with the data needed to calculate the true collateralization of any on-chain asset backed by off-chain reserves.
Layer-2 Ethereum scaling solution OMG Network has been acquired by Genesis Block Ventures (GBV). GBV is a subsidiary of Genesis Block, a Hong Kong-based crypto over-the-counter (OTC) trading firm. Financial terms of the acquisition were not disclosed.
This token allows people to speculate on Ethereum gas prices.
The team is aiming to have a POC ready by the end of the year to host and serve the header chain.
You can now use SNX and sUSD to fuel your Monolith visa debit card.
Meme of the Week
Looking for Work?
Top jobs listed on Cryptocurrency Jobs this week:
Front-End Engineer – Yield
Ethereum Core Developer – Gnosis
Senior Visual Designer – ConsenSys
Developer Evangelist – Reflexer Labs
+1000’s more on the Cryptocurrency Jobs website!