Ethena: Crypto's Next Bank Run or a Tokenized Hedge Fund? | Roundup
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In this week's roundup Jason and Santi are joined by Blockworks research analyst Matt Fiebach to unpack USDe, crypto's latest high yield synthetic dollar. They dig into Ethena lab's latest token aiming to offer high yields from basis trading strategies. The conversation then delves into the implications of Gauntlet's departure from Aave, highlighting the challenges of DAO governance and the dynamics of service providers. The discussion closes out on the return of NFTs and if apps will outperforn base layer tokens in bullish ecosystems. Stay tuned for all this and more! - - Follow Matt: https://twitter.com/MattFiebach Follow Santi: https://twitter.com/santiagoroel Follow Jason: https://twitter.com/JasonYanowitz Follow Empire: https://twitter.com/theempirepod Subscribe on YouTube: https://tinyurl.com/4fdhhb2j Subscribe on Apple: https://tinyurl.com/mv4frfv7 Subscribe on Spotify: https://tinyurl.com/wbaypprw Get top market insights and the latest in crypto news. Subscribe to Blockworks Daily Newsletter: https://blockworks.co/newsletter/ - - Wormhole is a decentralized interoperability platform powering multi-chain applications and bridges. It provides developers with access to liquidity and users on over 30 leading blockchain networks, enabling use cases in DeFi, data queries, and governance. The platform is trusted by teams like Uniswap and Circle and, to date, the platform has facilitated the transfer of over 35 billion dollars through over 850 million cross-chain messages. Claim your unique Wormhole NFT at https://wormhole.com/empire6-2229 - - Send your crypto to your PayPal account, swap it for PYUSD, and use it to checkout at millions of stores. Pay how you want by getting started at: https://blckwrks.co/PYUSD - - Join us at DAS (Digital Asset Summit) in London this March! DAS is the #1 institutional conference in crypto, hosted by Blockworks. Use the link below to learn more, and use EMPIRE10 to get 10% off your ticket! Sign up now because the price goes up every month. See you there! Learn more + get your ticket here: https://blockworks.co/event/digital-asset-summit-2024-london/home - - Timestamps: (00:00) Introduction (05:52) Ethena USDe Product Controversy (16:54) Biggest Risk of USDe (26:19) USDe Usecase (29:02) Seeking High Yields (35:26) Gauntlet Leaves Aave (48:58) Wormhole Ad (50:24) Paypal Ad (51:22) What are you bullish on? (57:33) Are NFTs Investments? (01:05:57) Infrastructure vs App Tokens (01:10:57) Yuga Labs Acquires Moonbirds (01:14:31) Crypto Companies Understanding Users (01:21:46) Dopamine Economy - - Disclaimer: Nothing said on Empire is a recommendation to buy or sell securities or tokens. This podcast is for informational purposes only, and any views expressed by anyone on the show are solely our opinions, not financial advice. Santiago, Jason, and our guests may hold positions in the companies, funds, or projects discussed.
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