Tag: DeFi

DeFi, smart contracts on PayPal’s radar as payments company looks to expand crypto footprint

DeFi, smart contracts on PayPal’s radar as payments company looks to expand crypto footprint

Comments from PayPal chief executive Dan Schulman during the payments firm’s second-quarter earnings call on Wednesday indicate an accelerating focus on cryptocurrency tech. Schulman said “we continue to be really pleased with the momentum we’re seeing on crypto,” according to a transcript of the call, nodding to the crypto offering’s expanded limits and the longer-term […]

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Ethereum-based video streaming platform Livepeer raises $20 million in Series B funding

Ethereum-based video streaming platform Livepeer raises $20 million in Series B funding

Livepeer, a decentralized video streaming platform built on the Ethereum blockchain, has raised $20 million in a new funding round. This was a Series B for equity, Livepeer co-founder and CEO Doug Petkanics told The Block. Digital Currency Group led the round, with Northzone, Coinbase Ventures, CoinFund, Animal Ventures, and 6th Man Ventures — a […]

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DeFi for Institutions | Full Event

DeFi for Institutions | Full Event

Keynote: The DeFi Opportunity Featuring: Jim Bianco – President, Bianco Research   The Future of Stablecoins Featuring:  Rune Christensen – Founder, MakerDAO Matthew Cantieri – General Manager, Terraform Labs Robert Bench – Applied Fintech Research,  Federal Reserve Bank of Boston Matt Werner – Associate Director, Product Management, Wallet, Gemini   The DeFi Stack Today & […]

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ELI5 Recent Crypto Concepts and Arguments: UI Decentralization, the Institutionalization of DeFi, etc.

ELI5 Recent Crypto Concepts and Arguments: UI Decentralization, the Institutionalization of DeFi, etc.

Quick Take This research piece contains simple overviews and context around recent discussions/arguments in the crypto community. Topics include Uniswap Labs’ decision to remove specific trading pairs from its UI, time-bandit attacks in liquidity provision, the split between crypto and institutional DeFi, etc. Previously, a similar piece focused on Rollups, multi-chain deployments, algorithmic stablecoins, impermanent […]

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What The Original Wolf of Wall Street Thinks Of Bitcoin, Tether, Defi and the Crypto Space

Although he made his fortune trading penny stocks and manipulating the markets, Jordan Belfort, the trader who inspired the iconic movie “The Wolf of Wall Street,” is currently not very happy with a lot of what’s going on with the crypto industry. In a recent interview he explained in detail what excites him and what […]

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New staking products and meetings with Uniswap: behind the scenes at Robinhood Crypto

New staking products and meetings with Uniswap: behind the scenes at Robinhood Crypto

There’s a lot going on inside Robinhood’s dedicated crypto business unit: the development of new lending and staking products and meetings with Uniswap to start.  That’s not surprising, given the sizeable role crypto has played in Robinhood’s bottom line. In a prospectus filed ahead of the firm’s much-anticipated IPO, Robinhood said that nearly one-fifth of […]

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A close look at Aave’s plan to build a protocol for decentralized social media

A close look at Aave’s plan to build a protocol for decentralized social media

Quick Take DeFi lending company Aave is working on a protocol for decentralized social media. The company has had more than half of its team working on it since the beginning of the year. Here’s how the protocol will work. This feature story is available to subscribers of The Block Daily. You can continue reading […]

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Uniswap creator, Paradigm devs are building a way to improve large Ethereum trades in DeFi

Uniswap creator, Paradigm devs are building a way to improve large Ethereum trades in DeFi

Uniswap creator Hayden Adams and two Paradigm developers, Dave White and Dan Robinson, are building a market making system for executing large trades on Ethereum.  Uniswap is Ethereum’s biggest decentralized exchange (DEX) while Paradigm is a crypto asset investing firm, which recently participated in FTX’s $900 million round. According to a tweet thread by White […]

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Cronos integrates with Chainlink price feeds to provide data to DeFi apps

Crypto.com’s Cronos is integrating with Chainlink Price Feeds to provide developers with reliable financial market data for their DApps. Software from Ethereum and EVM compatible chains can instantly port to Cronos with the support of Crypto.com’s user base and Particle B’s funding. Cronos, the Ethereum Virtual Machine (EVM) chain running parallel to the Crypto.org Chain, […]

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Blockchain infrastructure provider Biconomy raises $9 million in SAFT funding

Blockchain infrastructure provider Biconomy raises $9 million in SAFT funding

Biconomy, which provides blockchain infrastructure to developers, has raised $9 million in a funding round. The funding was secured via a Simple Agreement for Future Tokens (SAFT) sale, Biconomy CEO Ahmed Al-Balaghi told The Block. Venture firms DACM and Mechanism Capital co-led the round, with participation from Coinbase Ventures, Bain Capital, NFX, Ledgerprime, Huobi Innovation […]

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