This Week in DeFi – August 14th DeFi Rate

To our DeFi Community,

This may have been the craziest week in DeFi to date.

It kicked off with the launch of Yam Finance, a meme-driven elastic supply DeFi protocol taking some of the best practices in governance and token distributions to rival Ampleforth. Similar to YFI, there was no pre-mine, no VC tokens, no founder tokens, just pure permissionless yield farming. Users could stake their favorite DeFi tokens like YFI, LEND, COMP, SNX, LINK, and others and receive four-digit annualized returns in YAMs. And it’s safe to say that things got pretty wild. In less than 24 hours, the unaudited protocol accrued half a billion dollars in value locked.

But the party didn’t last long. Less than 48 hours later, a bug was revealed within the protocol’s rebasing contract. In short, the first rebase minted an excessive amount of YAM tokens which overflowed into the protocol’s reserve. What resulted was a significant portion of YAMs stuck in the reserve, making it impossible for governance to ever reach a quorum. This bug effectively rendered the protocol useless as it was now impossible to implement any future upgrade via governance.

And while the DeFi community scrambled to coordinate the salvation of Yam, unfortunately, it wasn’t enough. All in all, the yam finance experiment ended in a blowout. Now a handful of individuals behind the protocol are setting their eyes on V2. You can read more about that here.

As if that whole ordeal wasn’t enough, Curve Finance also launched its highly anticipated CRV governance token. But the launch didn’t happen as intended. Rather than the core developers launching the contracts live on mainnet, an anonymous account – 0xChad – found the code on Github and spent over $8,000 to deploy it. While there was an awkward period on whether or not it was legit, Curve Finance confirmed the legitimacy of the contract and now we’re off to the races with DeFi’s next crop rotation. Since the launch, around $500M of new capital has flowed into Curve in less than 24 hours as the protocol races Compound, Aave, and Synthetix to $1B in value locked. Insane.

Yo, @CurveFinance ! Saw your DAO is ready to rock and I gots to MAXIMIZE MY ALPHA ! So I went ahead and deployed it for you. Get at me in DM to verify and lets get this party started!!

— 0xc4ad (@0xc4ad) August 13, 2020

What a wild week in DeFi. But we’re not done. The cherry on top for this week was the Founder of Barstool Sports, Dave Portnoy, publicly buying 7-figures worth of crypto following a meeting with the Winklevoss twins. It’s rumored that he’s in on BTC, ETH, and apparently, LINK. With Barstool’s recent rise to prominence in the stock market and its growing army of retail traders, we can imagine that the Portnoy effect is having its moment on the crypto markets as prices soar.


— Dave Portnoy (@stoolpresidente) August 13, 2020

There’s never a dull moment in DeFi. And the bull run has barely started.

Oh…and we reached $5B in TVL. But what’s another billion or two these days right?

See you next Friday!


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Top Stories

Introducing YAM Finance: Yield Farmers Paradise 

The meme-driven DeFi protocol took over DeFi  for 24 hours

Yam Finance Shuts down within 48 hours

Yam finance abruptly ended in less than 2 days following a rebase bug in the contract. $750,000 yCRV was lost. Plans for Yam V2 are in the works!

Coinbase showcased BTC-backed loans

The leading US crypto banked announced support for BTC loans for US customers.

Curve launches CRV governance token

The third-largest DeFi DEX launched its highly anticipated CRV token. But it didn’t happen as intended.

Aave announces V2 upgrade

The money markets protocol announced its V2 upgrade following the recent Aavenomics token & governance upgrade


In Other News…

Stat Box

  • Total Value Locked: $5.56B (up +25% from last week)
  • DeFi Market Cap: $9.8B (up +30%)
  • DEX 7 Day volume: $2.4B (up +60%)
  • DAI supply: 412.3M (up +10%)
  • Total DeFi users: 262,000 (down -12%)

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