Hello Defiers, hope you’re having a good weekend!
Summing last week up: dYdX launched the first decentralized perpetual futures contracts, and Futureswap launched shortly after with similar assets, attracting so much attention it had to warn users its software hadn’t been audited. Speaking of untested software, Hegic is another exciting project that launched this week, releasing a decentralized options market, but its developers found a bug in the code with the potential of locking up users’ funds. Coinbase released price oracles for DeFi apps, Zerion built an SDK to connect DeFi protocols, and PoolTogether now allows users to link their lottery tickets and increase their chance of winning.
Analyst Andrew Kang wrote about the different Bitcoin-to-Ethereum efforts, Covalent’s Ganesh Swami crunched numbers to find how Ethereum tokens’ market caps have grown over time, and @DeFi_Dad’s tutorial this week explains how to get paid (or pay for) Zoom calls with ETH and 2Key Network. Aave engineer Emilio Frangella breaks down DeFi’s biggest hack yet, and MEW founder Kosala Hemachandra in this week’s exclusive interview and podcast says volume is surging amid the coronavirus pandemic.
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“Volumes Have Almost Tripled; Crypto Was Made for This,” MEW’s Kosala Hemachandra Says
This week’s interview is with MyEtherWallet founder and CEO Kosala Hemachandra. As the head of one of the most popular Ethereum interfaces, Kosala has a unique perspective on how the global pandemic has impacted activity. He also talks about how crypto was built for crises, about the importance of building a decentralized product —if it’s custodial, it’s not worth it— and what he believes the future of digital wallets will look like. Lastly, he told me about MEW’s next big project: a DEX.
Builders are creating Bitcoin-backed Ethereum tokens and concocting “bridges” connecting the two chains in so many different projects that it’s hard to keep track. Andrew Kang, a venture investor and analyst deep in the crypto space, has compiled these efforts in a Bitcoin-to-DeFi primer. You’ll get the pros and cons of Bitcoin tokens and bridges including by Ren, Synthetix, Keep, pTokens, and TokenIon. And see where the fall in the decentralization and scalability scale.
Ethereum’s market capitalization has been sliding sideways for the last couple of years at around 20 billion dollars. That’s a grim picture, but in reality, innovation on Ethereum is at all time high. Bill Gates once said, “A platform is when the economic value of everybody that uses it exceeds the value of the company that creates it.” Ethereum is starting to prove itself as a platform for fintech innovation as the market cap of tokens built on top of it grows, Covalent cofounder Ganesh Swami writes.
Coinbase Launches Price Oracle for DeFi: Coinbase launched a price oracle for decentralized finance applications. The price feed for BTC-USD and ETH-USD markets is sourced from Coinbase Pro API, signed by Coinbase’s private key, and updates each minute.
Hegic Launches Decentralized Options Market: The DeFi hedging market is maturing. Hegic, a non-custodial protocol, which is open to anyone launched a market for ETH put and calls.
Futureswap Warns Users: Traders are jumping on Futureswap, an untested platform offering 20x leverage on perpetual futures contracts.
How To: Use Money Legos to Get Paid for Zoom Sessions: In light of the seismic shifts in society brought on by COVID19, an Israeli-based team developing solutions on Ethereum called 2key Network recognized a way that their technology could be used to empower small businesses and entrepreneurs with a launch-ready paywall for Zoom, requiring no code called Zoom SmartSessions, DeFi Dad writes.
KNC Fundamentals Strengthening: Kyber Network’s KNC token is growing by number of active addresses and number of new addresses, but there’s risk of collusion as it’s highly concentrated, according to on-chain data analyzed by IntoTheBlock.
dYdX Launches First Decentralized Perpetual Contract: Perpetual contracts, the most widely traded product in crypto, will now be tradable in a decentralized, non-custodial platform. dYdX this week launched perpetual bitcoin contracts and plans to later roll out ether and Dai contracts.
You Can Now Send Money to Any Twitter Handle: Crypto lender Dharma launched a feature that enables users to send the dollar-pegged stablecoin Dai to anyone in the world using their Twitter handle.
Zerion Launches a Tool to Connect DeFi Apps: The team at portfolio tracker Zerion wants to make it easier to connect money legos and built an open source SDK, or software development kit, that will make it easier for developers to integrate DeFi protocols.
PoolTogether Allows Users to Group Their Lottery Tickets: PoolTogether, the “no-loss” lottery, now allows users to link their tickets, increasing their chances at winning.
Hackers Steal $25 Million in Hours and Then Return the Funds: A Breakdown: A hacker was able to drain $25 million from lending protocol Lendf.Me —almost all of the funds it held— in just under four hours, by exploiting vulnerabilities in the imBTC token and in the protocol itself. Emilio Frangella, engineer at lending protocol Aave, breaks down the attack and how to avoid it.
Thanking all the amazing Defiers for the support and love this week (and always)!
Solid recap of the recent $25M dForce hack. – Excellent explanation of reentrancy attacks – Full timeline + cheeky messages Hacker sending $PAX – Latin for peace – as an olive branch is my favorite🕊️ Great work @The3D_ @DefiantNews @CamiRusso 🔥thedefiant.substack.com/p/hackers-stea…Hackers Steal $25 Million in Hours and Then Return the Funds: A BreakdownHello Defiers! Last weekend, decentralized finance suffered the biggest attack in its short life. This time, the attack has a happy ending, but that doesn’t take away from the fact DeFi builders need to follow better security procedures. Emilio Frangellathedefiant.substack.com
April 22nd 2020
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The biggest hack in #DeFi world (@LendfMe) has a happy ending! But what happened? Now you can read the whole story on @DefiantNews ! Thanks @CamiRusso and @The3D_ for this post! And thanks @1inchExchange for their BIG help! Read more:Hackers Steal $25 Million in Hours and Then Return the Funds: A BreakdownHello Defiers! Last weekend, decentralized finance suffered the biggest attack in its short life. This time, the attack has a happy ending, but that doesn’t take away from the fact DeFi builders need to follow better security procedures. Emilio Frangellathedefiant.substack.com
April 21st 2020
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This story is crazy. @CamiRussoHackers Steal $25 Million in Hours and Then Return the Funds: A BreakdownHello Defiers! Last weekend, decentralized finance suffered the biggest attack in its short life. This time, the attack has a happy ending, but that doesn’t take away from the fact DeFi builders need to follow better security procedures. Emilio Frangellathedefiant.substack.com
April 21st 2020
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Had the honor of writing an article for @DefiantNews about thelendf.me attack. Thanks @CamiRusso, keep up the good work!
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In today’s Defiant a breakdown of DeFi’s biggest attack yet by @The3D_ Hacker steals $25m from lending protocol with same exploit as DAO attack ––and gives it all back. 🍿Could inspire a Hollywood film. But DeFi shouldn’t count on another happy ending. https://t.co/UoijC3xbvV
April 21st 2020
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Thank you to @ThomasBertani @bzlwang @scostuart @KevinJYDavis @mhluongo @YanLiberman @tcbean @BeTheb0x for discussions/content in my research for the reviewed projects @CamiRusso and @DefiantNews for publishing
April 21st 2020
📺Get paid for your Zoom sessions with #DeFi money legos! 📢Check out my latest tutorial on how to create a Zoom SmartSession with @2keyNetwork in @CamiRusso‘s @DefiantNews newsletter. ⚒️20 steps with pictures to guide you 🌐Click here:thedefiant.substack.com
April 24th 2020
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Gitcoin Grants has raised $1.8m for Public Goods Since January 2019 Here are some more stats on Grants Round Growth, courtesy of @CamiRusso
April 22nd 2020
“The internet of money’s being built w/ #blockchain tech. & w/out banks…#DeFi, short for #Decentralized Finance…this is where you can hear the builders & users of this cutting edge world tell their stories first hand. @DefiantNews @loopringorg #LRC #DLTDecentralized Money Shouldn’t be Traded on Centralized Exchanges: Loopring Founder Daniel Wang by The Defiant • A podcast on AnchorIn this week’s episode we talk with Daniel Wang, CEO and founder of the Loopring protocol. The exchange built on the protocol launched a little over a month ago, with the goal of providing a non-custodial platform, meaning it allows users to keep control of their funds, with similar performance in t…anchor.fm
April 25th 2020
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👉Si eres emprendedor o instructor esto te puede servir! @2keyNetwork acaba de sacar una feature que les puede ayudar a cobrar sus servicios a través de Zoom. 💸 👩💻Acá les dejo un tutorial de @DefiantNewsthedefiant.substack.com/p/money-legos-…Money Legos Can Help You Get Paid for Zoom CallsAlso, Coinbase launches a price oracle, and Hegic provides a new decentralized options market for ETHthedefiant.substack.com
April 24th 2020
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About the author: I’m Camila Russo, a financial journalist writing a book on Ethereum with Harper Collins. (Pre-order The Infinite Machine here). I was previously at Bloomberg News in New York, Madrid and Buenos Aires covering markets. I’ve extensively covered crypto and finance, and now I’m diving into DeFi, the intersection of the two.