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Jul 7, 2020

Dan Elitzer, investor at IDEO CoLab Ventures, and Will Price, data scientist at Flipside Crypto, discuss the yield farming craze. In this episode, we cover:

  • the goals of protocols offering liquidity mining
  • the goals of users yield farming right now
  • whether users of Compound will have much awareness of COMP in the future
  • how Compound is trying to dampen inorganic activity and properly align incentives 
  • how incentives in one DeFi protocol can screw up another's such as changes in Compound's liquidity mining program causing Dai to lose its peg
  • whether the activity created by liquidity mining is sustainable and how
  • whether Compound is overvalued and how to determine valuations for DeFi tokens
  • the security risks that come with trying yield farming
  • how teams can keep their protocols safe given the composability of DeFi and the growing number of developments in the space
  • whether the yield farming craze will cause the price of ETH to rise and why the prevalence of stablecoins might prevent that
  • whether new DeFi tokens could push flagging layer 1s out of the top 10
  • what will happen if even more Bitcoin comes to DeFi
  • how the next big thing in DeFi might be trying to stack yield across protocols and eventually prime brokerage protocols

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Episode links: 

Dan Elitzer:

IDEO CoLab Ventures:

Will Price:

Flipside Crypto:


Total value locked in Compound:


What liquidity bootstrapping pools are: 


Dan on earning more from borrowing USDT than lending it on Compound: 


Tony Sheng on how yield farming works and how much you can earn from it:


And his followup on the risks of yield farming:


The purpose of COMP for governance:


Risks of so much BAT being held in Compound:


Cyrus of MakerDAO concerned about the risks COMP poses to the Dai peg:


Dan Guido and Taylor Monahan on Unchained discussing DeFi security:


Twitter discussion on whether ETH price will rise due to yield farming:


What will happen to other Layer 1s? 

Aquaponic yield farming: