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🦄 Recap: DeFi Week of Nov. 6

Hello Defiers!

And so ends a week few of us will ever forget. To think that 10 days ago FTX was considered the gold standard of crypto, a steadfast steward of digital assets that normies could trust and a bridge to the mainstream marketplace via Super Bowl commercials and FTX-branded sports arenas, is, well, rather mind blowing. 

With his just-woke-up vibe and gift for breaking the complexities of crypto down into sound bites, Sam Bankman-Fried became the industry’s self-styled evangelist. While lesser projects (eg Celsius, Three Arrows, Terra) crashed and burned, SBF and FTX held firm, providing a helping hand to crypto players struggling to weather the bear market and casting its mission in the altruistic light of philanthropy. 

If only. 

Make no mistake, the damage from FTX’s collapse is serious. It isn’t just the market action — that can be overcome, in time — it’s reputational. That FTX, a supposed stalwart in a sea of volatility, could self-destruct in cloud of apparent self-dealing impugns the credibility of the entire crypto project. And even though SBF apologized — “I fucked up,” he tweeted, as Aleksandar Gilbert reported in his story on the thread —  DeFi will be living down this calamity for some time to come.

The Defiant covered the news and the fallout from the FTX crisis on a number of fronts. Sam Haig provided a daily overview, and be sure to read his mid-week take on the crisis where he reported on evidence that FTX had used its ersatz token, FTT, to plug a $4B hole in the trading book at Alameda Research, the exchange’s interlinked hedge fund. Sam clearly laid out what went wrong and what would happen next. If you can only read one story on the fiasco, this is the one. 

You should also check out Owen Fernau’s analytical piece on the contagion in DeFi. The black box model at FTX-Alameda is an anthema in decentralized finance and yet platforms such as Solana suffered mightily this week as investors ran for cover. Owen’s story on Solana was the first to explain the ramifications of its investment links with FTX and how they were backfiring. Likewise, Aleks Gilbert wrote a penetrating story on how Solend, the lending project on Solana, was struggling to liquidate a souring loan as a result of the FTX fallout.

Meanwhile, yyctrader and Aleks wrote ultra-fast takes on how the market reacted to the torque from the news, including a piece on Thursday reporting on the surprising fall in consumer prices in October. Was ever a rally more welcome?

Our crack YouTube channel also get in on the action with segments on SBF’s fall from hero to zero, and Camila Russo presenting the news on Binance’s cancelled rescue of FTX. Rounding out the week, Cami spoke with Hamzah Khan, head of DeFi of Polygon, about the blockchain network’s work with Reddit and Robinhood. What a relief just to talk about business! 

Enjoy! 


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Podcast

🎙 Polygon’s Hamzah Khan Wants to Make DeFi More Accessible Than Running Water

This week on The Defiant Podcast we speak with Hamzah Khan, Head of Defi at Polygon. Polygon is one of the biggest players in DeFi with $1.5B in TVL and in the blockchain space in general. Hamzah begins by giving us a brief overview of the Polygon ecosystem.

Despite the bear market, Polygon has been forging high-profile NFT partnerships with companies like Instagram and Reddit. Its network was also used by JP Morgan’s Onyx unit to conduct the first interbank on-chain forex swap and was chosen by Robinhood to debut its Web3 wallet. We dive into the details of these partnerships with Hamzah.

Unlike its sidechain counterpart, Polygon zkEVM will be directly built on Ethereum to serve as a Layer 2. Hamzah goes on to explain the main differences between the two scaling solutions and breaks down the advantages and disadvantages of each.

And finally, Hamzah shares his insights into the DeFi ecosystem on Polygon —where most of the activity happens and the innovations he’s excited about.


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FTX Crisis: Fallout From a Cancelled Deal

😬 FTX Crisis Shifts Into New Phase as Contagion Spreads and Investors Scramble for Cover

Turmoil Reins With Bitcoin Plunging to Two-Year Low and Solana Cratering

Samuel Haig rounds up all the action after CZ pulls the plug on Binnance takeover of FTX…

Twelve hours after Binance nixed hopes of a tidy bailout of FTX, turmoil rages in the crypto markets. Digital assets are hitting new lows, a potential savior has emerged in the form of Tron’s Justin Sun, and fears are mounting that more damage is to come as authorities circle the stricken exchange and its sister firm, Alameda Research. 

👉READ THE FULL STORY IN THE DEFIANT.IO👈


FTX Crisis: Contagion Sweeps DeFi

🕋 DeFi Supporters Say FTX’s Black Box Model Shows Peril of Centralization

Contagion Wipes Out $10B of DeFi’s Market Cap in 48 Hours

Owen Fernau reports on the effects of the centralized exchange’s failure on the DeFi sector…

Don’t blame DeFi. That’s the vibe running through the decentralized finance community as project teams and investors cope with the damage wrought by the meltdown of FTX, the centralized derivatives exchange. 

Even though DeFi stalwarts had nothing to do with the practices that sank Sam Bankman-Fried’s high-profile company they have been impacted by the contagion from its demise. 

👉READ THE FULL STORY IN THE DEFIANT.IO👈


FTX Crisis: SBF Apologizes

🤷🏻‍♂️ SBF Surfaces With Apology and Details on FTX’s Condition

Embattled Crypto Head to Close Alameda; confirms $5B in Withdrawals on Sunday

Aleksandar Gilbert reports on the FTX chief’s mea culpa on Twitter…

Breaking his silence during a two-day period when the crypto market erased $131B in value, Sam Bankman-Fried finally offered up a mea culpa for the damage wrought by the murky practices at his exchange FTX, and the hedge fund he controls, Alameda Research. 

👉READ THE FULL STORY IN THE DEFIANT.IO👈


FTX Crisis: Alameda’s Tradebook Sparks Fear

😥 Focus Turns to Alameda as Investors Fear Binance Deal Not the Answer for Stricken FTX

Evidence Emerges FTX Used FTT Token for $4B Bailout of Alameda in September

Samuel Haig rounds up all the action as Binance deal wavers and investors concentrate on Alameda’s position…

As cryptocurrency investors and users reckon with the fallout from Binance’s shocking takeover of FTX, one thing is clear: the episode is a disaster for the burgeoning industry.

“These events quickly sent the broader market into a tailspin, heaping more pressure on the prices of crypto,” Bobby Ong, the co-founder of CoinGecko, told The Defiant. “Collapses such as these only serve to erode the confidence of users and the general public towards the industry, and could become a hindrance to growing adoption.”

The questions now are how bad is it, and how long will it last? 

👉READ THE FULL STORY IN THE DEFIANT.IO👈


FTX Crisis: An Investment Backfires

😬 Solana Supporters Buck Up Network As FTX Contagion Takes Toll

Alameda and FTX Have Extensive Links with Layer 1 Blockchain Network

Owen Fernau reports on Solana’s exposure to the meltdown…

It’s safe to say that last week few Solana fans were worried about contagion from a centralized derivatives exchange that focused on putting its name on sports arenas and not DeFi.

Yet the rapid unraveling of confidence in FTX, the mammoth crypto derivatives exchange, and its sister firm, Alameda Research, has swept up Solana and whipsawed its tokenholders with unforeseen torque. 

👉READ THE FULL STORY IN THE DEFIANT.IO👈


Friday

FTX Crisis
News
  • MetaMask Launches Integrated Bridge Feature MetaMask, the leading web3 wallet provider, has released MetaMask Bridges, a bridge aggregation service. This feature allows users to transfer their assets across multiple blockchains from within the wallet.
Markets

Thursday

FTX Crisis
News
DeFi Explainers

Wednesday

FTX Crisis
News
  • Ether Turns Net Deflationary Post-Merge Ether is finally ultra-sound money. The largest smart contract platform by market capitalization has hit the much-anticipated milestone of zero net issuance, 54 days after it the network transitioned to proof-of-stake consensus.
Markets
DeFi Explainers
  • What is zkSync? Every computer network is limited by its throughput capacity. How much data can it handle before becoming too congested? This problem is especially acute with a specific type of computer network: blockchains.

Tuesday

FTX Crisis
News
NFT News
  • OpenSea Roils NFT Market With ‘Enforcement Tool’ For Creators NFT creators are finally getting a little financial help. At least that’s the pitch from OpenSea. On Tuesday, OpenSea, the No. 1 NFT marketplace, plans to release an “on-chain enforcement tool” that will let artists stop their work from being sold on sites that do not distribute royalty fees.
DeFi Explainers
  • What Is LUNC? Following the collapse of the Terra ecosystem in May 2022, the blockchain was rebranded and hard-forked into Terra 2.0. The LUNA Classic token was a part of that rebranding, as the renamed original LUNA leftover.

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Thanking all the amazing Defiers for the support and love this week (and always)!


🧑‍💻 ✍️ Stories in The Defiant are written by Owen Fernau, Aleksandar Gilbert, Samuel Haig, and yyctrader, and edited by Edward Robinson, yyctrader and Camila Russo. Videos were produced by Alp Gasimov. Podcast was led by Camila, edited by Alp.


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