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Ethereum-based Compound raises $25 million from Andreessen Horowitz

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Ethereum-based Compound raises $25 million from Andreessen Horowitz

The Decentralized Finance or DeFi ecosystem has been one of the most discussed fields in 2019, with the industry now worth over $650 million. It is owing to this success that various foundations today are launching their own DeFi protocols on the Ethereum network. The compound is one such player in the space.

According to reports, the San Francisco-based company has raised $25 million over its Series A funding round from popular VC firm Andreessen Horowitz, with Compound successfully convincing the influential investment firm about the future of DeFi.

The lending and borrowing market in the crypto-industry has significantly grown over the past few months, with Blockchain.com also unveiling its lending desk on 14 November. Tagomi, another prominent crypto-broker, also launched its lending platform on 12 September.

In a recent interview with Fortune, Robert Leshner, Founder of Compound, claimed that the organization already had assets valued at over $150 million on its lending platform. Presently, the company’s new objective is to make its service accessible to the mass population. Leshner added that the organization is currently heading towards integration with major exchanges so that customers are able to lend out their digital assets via the services of maybe Coinbase or Kraken.

After the announcement, Chris Dixon, General Partner at Andreessen Horowitz, stated,

“Compound is a lending protocol that is open to anyone in the world, that disintermediates banks and allows anyone to earn interest on their money. We’ve worked with Robert and his team for over two years and think they are world-class technologists and entrepreneurs.”

Additionally, Leshner suggested that the organization is aiming to slowly gravitate towards defined decentralized governance, in order to catch the interest and attention of crypto-enthusiasts. The Compound Founder added that the company hierarchy will not be able to enforce any form of influence on the lending protocol, like other traditional banking set-ups.

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Ethereum DeFi Breaks Records in June, However, Other Categories Are Suffering

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Ethereum DeFi Breaks Records in June, However, Other Categories Are Suffering
Ethereum DeFi Breaks Records in June, However, Other Categories Are Suffering

Results for the second quarter of 2020 show tremendous growth for decentralized applications across all ecosystems, primarily spearheaded by Ethereum (ETH) decentralized finance, or DeFi. Decentralized exchanges were at the frontlines of the rise as Compound token mining activity trickled down to on-chain swapping solutions. According to Our Network, Curve was one of the biggest beneficiaries of yield farming as it helped users switch between different stablecoins to maximize yield. 

Curve is an automated money market that only supports swaps between different types of stablecoins and wrapped tokens. This limitation allows Curve to provide competitive slippage and fees for exchanging assets. Deposits on Curve rose almost three-fold in June, while daily volume reached peaks of $60 million — 30 times more than its previous average. Demand for USDT pairs was the highest, capturing more than 58.5% of the total volume. This is due to USDT having one of the most significant COMP yields for an extended period of time. Uniswap also benefited from the COMP craze, with monthly volume doubling in June. Kyber and 0x had more modest performances: despite posting fresh monthly highs, the project’s growth was in line with the rest of the year.

According to DappRadar’s Q2 report, the dominance of DeFi indirectly led to the decline of gaming activity. Over $8 billion was transacted on DeFi platforms in Q2, which led to gas prices soaring exponentially. Ethereum’s vibrant gaming DApp ecosystem suffered as fees came to represent a significant portion of each transaction. DappRadar reported a staggering 79% decline of gaming-related activity on-chain over the previous quarter.

EOS appears to be the main recipient of Ethereum’s loss as its gaming transaction volume rose by about 80% since the previous quarter. While this is positive news for the platform, it still hasn’t fully recovered from the damage caused by the EIDOS airdrop in late 2019. Volumes remain well below the highs of Q2 2019. Finally, Tron (TRX) saw growth in its DeFi ecosystem after porting several Ethereum projects on its chain. In addition to the previously-launched clone of Single Collateral Dai, a platform named Oikos.cash recreated both Synthetix and Uniswap on Tron. Nevertheless, total volume for all Q2 is just $15 million. The majority of Tron’s activity remains in the gambling and “high-risk” categories.

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South Korean Pyramid Scheme Defrauds Investors

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South Korean Pyramid Scheme Defrauds Investors
South Korean Pyramid Scheme Defrauds Investors

South Korean authorities are investigating a complaint filed by 950 investors who claim to be victims of a crypto-related ponzi scheme. According to TV Chosun, police are looking into reports that over 160 individuals are believed to have operated the alleged scam, known as Futurenet. The Futurenet team is also suspected of stealing almost 20 billion won ($16.66 million) from investors and transferring the money via cryptocurrency.

Victims state that they were tricked by buying an “advertising pack” initially using crypto. No ads were ever acquired as a result of the purchase. A police officer from the Seoul Seocho Police Station says that the investigation “is still in the early stages,” so no further details are known about the structure or the cryptocurrencies involved. No arrests have been conducted as of press time. In recent weeks, the Seoul Metropolitan Police Agency launched a criminal investigation on June 12 that led to the search and seizure of two unnamed cryptocurrency exchanges. These efforts were enacted with the hope of dismantling an Ethereum (ETH) crime ring worth $41.5M.

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Billionaire Chimes In On What A BTC Price Increase Would Mean

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Billionaire Chimes In On What A BTC Price Increase Would Mean
Billionaire Chimes In On What A BTC Price Increase Would Mean

Chamath Palihapitiya, the billionaire CEO of Social Capital and Virgin Galactic Chairman, has called Bitcoin a type of disaster insurance against governments making bad financial decisions. In an interview with Unchained Podcast on June 23, Palihapitiya said hard-working people need something like Bitcoin as insurance, as the cryptocurrency is “really fundamentally uncorrelated” to the consequences of legislators behaving badly. 

However, the CEO pointed out that for the Bitcoin price to skyrocket at this point, things would have to go terribly wrong in the financial system, with disastrous impacts on your friends and family. “If your Bitcoin bet pays off,” Palihapitiya said, “it will be cataclysmically destructive for the world. And that’ll have enormous consequences to many people we all know and care about who weren’t hedged in Bitcoin. And so you almost don’t want it to happen.”

Palihapitiya himself invested in 2010, by buying one million Bitcoin for $80, whose value reached the billions when the token had its all-time high in December 2017. No wonder the billionaire claims that Bitcoin (BTC), unlike “second- and third-tier” cryptocurrencies like Ethereum (ETH), is one of the few ways to get a “massive asymmetric payoff” from such a small investment. “You want to be sure that a small amount of insurance can basically make you whole,” Palihapitiya said, citing a $1,000 payoff for a $1 investment as a good example. “That’s why I just think that, you know, you should take 1% of your portfolio, put it in Bitcoin.”

“At the end of the day, any other asset class — equities, debt, real estate, commodities — they’re all tightly, tightly coupled to a legislative framework and an interconnectedness in the financial markets that brings together many of the governments that are sort of behaving this way.”

The billionaire has also speculated the value of Bitcoin in the future could reach millions of dollars, or drop to zero.

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