DeFi Is Having A Moment

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Happy Friday, Blockfolians

The Lede

It’s impossible to ignore the absolute surge in attention around DeFi. Catalyzed most recently by the massive price surge in Compound Finance’s COMP token, there is electric buzz in the air.

One of the things that has made DeFi so much more successful (or at least, at this stage, we can say less ruinous") than the ICO boom is that it has grown up around in-the-know insiders. In other words, it has had a chance to experiment and evolve around people who understand the risks and, because of that, throw themselves into some of the most interesting financial engineering experiments in decades.

There remains a huge amount of risk in the space. Notable projects have seen attacks in the last few days alone.

Still, it’s hard not to look at much of what’s happening with a big dose of interest and excitement.

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A (Relatively Small But Really Important) Number We Should Be Paying Attention To 


That’s the amount of the increase in the total value locked in DeFi this week alone

Final Thought

If you’re a Millennial, get ready to be depressed. Better start Yield Farming.