DeFi TVL across chains, another UNI governance hiccup

Plus Odds & Ends and Thoughts & Prognostications

Chart of the Week:

Data from DeFi Llama on the TVL across different chains. While Ethereum continues to dominate market share and over DeFi liquidity, much of the story of the last six months has been the rise of the multi-chain world. Sidechains like Binance Smart Chain and Polygon found success as gas fees spikes, while the Ethereum community waits for beginning of the L2 era with Optimism ($108m in TVL) and Arbitrum’s imminent launch.

There has also been considerable growth and increased interest in DeFi on alternative Layer 1’s, most notably Solana and Terra and to a lesser extent Polkadot and Avalanche.

Tweet of the Week: UNI governance revolts

The tweet heard around the DeFi governance landscape. Uniswap governance is entirely devoted to distributing the gigantic UNI treasury, but it can’t seem to fund anything without major controversy. The latest is a now withdrawn proposal to distribute $25m to Flipside Crypto to fund Uniswap dashboards. The funds were to be deposited on-chain to earn ‘30% APY’ to continuously fund the initiative. Soon after this tweet, almost all major UNI holders/delegates came out against the proposal. Flipside’s CEO reflected on the failed proposal, while Revert Finance used the occasion to highlight its own struggles with the Uniswap Grants process. There was also a bug that led some ‘AGAINST’ votes to register as ‘FOR’.

Good governance requires legitimacy and it will take an awful long time for UNI governance to earn its legitimacy in the eyes of the community as long as major stakeholders take a backseat in public discourse.

Odds and Ends

  • Dad supply surpasses $6bn Link

  • Coinbase CFO says it has stockpiled $4bn in cash for ‘crypto winter’ Link

  • LyraDAO receives $1m contribution from Synthetix DAO Link

  • Polkadot-based Chainflip raised $6m to build cross-chain AMM Link

  • Nethermind brings MEV to xDai Link

  • Mitigating MEV with Gnosis Safe Link

Thoughts and Prognostications


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Dose of DeFi is written by Chris Powers. Opinions expressed are my own. I spend most of my time contributing to DXdao. All content is for informational purposes and is not intended as investment advice.