Paradigm is an investment firm focused on supporting the crypto/Web3 companies and protocols of tomorrow. Our approach is flexible, long term, multi-stage, and global. We often get involved at the earliest stages of formation and continue supporting our portfolio companies over time.
Buy, earn, stake and trade on Ethereum Layer 2 with low fees & bulletproof security.
Blast is an L2 which incorporates native yield. Blast yield comes from ETH staking and RWA (Real World Assets) protocols. The yield from these decentralized protocols is passed back to Blast users automatically. The default interest rate on other L2s is 0%. On Blast, it’s 4% for ETH and 5% for stablecoins.
The NFT marketplace for pro traders
Coinbase is the most trusted cryptocurrency platform, and an ideal starting point if you're new to crypto. They started in 2012 with the idea that anyone, anywhere, should be able to easily and securely send and receive Bitcoin. Today, they offer a trusted and easy-to-use platform for accessing the broader crypto-economy. _When you deposit on a centralised exchange you receive an IOU for your tokens, which shows up as your wallet balance. When your tokens are held on a centralised exchange, you don't physically own them – the exchange does, and you may lose them._
Compound is a decentralized autonomous interest rate protocol. It allows people to lend and borrow their cryptocurrencies, and establishes money markets by algorithmically setting interest rates based on supply and demand of various assets. Its native token is COMP, allowing holders to propose and vote on changes made to the protocol.
dYdX is a leading decentralized exchange that currently supports perpetual, margin trading, and spot trading, as well as lending, and borrowing. dYdX runs on smart contracts on the Ethereum blockchain, and allows users to trade with no intermediaries.
### What Euler is a non-custodial permissionless protocol on Ethereum that allows users to lend and borrow almost any crypto asset. Euler helps users to earn interest on their crypto assets or hedge against volatile markets without the need for a trusted third-party. ### Why? Euler introduces a number of new features in DeFi, including permissionless lending markets, protected collateral, reactive interest rates, per-second compounding interests and feeless flash loans. #### Permisionless listing Euler lets its users determine which assets are listed. Any asset that has a WETH pair on Uniswap v3 can be added as a lending market on Euler. #### Protected Collateral On Compound and Aave, collateral deposited to the protocol is always made available for lending. On the other hand, Euler allows collateral to be deposited, but not made available for lending. This collateral is 'protected'. It doesn't earn interest, but is free from the risks of borrowers defaulting, can always be withdrawn instantly, and helps protect against borrowers using tokens to influence governance decisions. #### Reactive interest rates Euler uses control theory to autonomously change the interest rates towards a level that maximises utilisation of assets in the protocol. These reactive interest rates adapt to market conditions for the asset in real-time without the need for ongoing governance intervention. #### Compound Interest Compound interest is accrued on Euler each second. This is different from other lending protocols, where interest is typically accrued every block. Earning interest per-second is generally expected to perform more predictably in the long-run, even if upgrades to Ethereum lead to changes in the average time between blocks. #### Feeless Flash Loans Euler only charges fees according to the time value of money, and from the blockchain's perspective flash loans are held for a duration of 0 seconds. Thus, they are entirely free on Euler (ignoring gas costs).
NOTE - FTX has paused withdrawals (nov-9-2022). It is recommended people do not deposit funds. FTX is a cryptocurrency exchange built by traders, for traders. FTX offers products including industry-first derivatives, options, volatility products and leveraged tokens. FTX aims to develop a platform robust enough for professional trading firms and intuitive enough for first-time users.
Gauntlet is a financial modelling platform that uses battle-tested techniques from the algorithmic trading industry to inform on-chain protocol management.
Millions in open source project funding. We've helped thousands of projects and teams grow their open source ecosystems.
Keep is the privacy-focused infrastructure behind tBTC, the only truly decentralized solution for Bitcoin on Ethereum.
Maker is a decentralized lending platform that allows people to lock in their crypto collateral in exchange for DAI, a decentralized stablecoin whose price target is pegged to $1. The protocol's native token used for governance is MKR.
MoonPay is a financial technology company that builds payments infrastructure for crypto. Their on-and-off-ramp suite of products allow for converting between fiat currencies and cryptocurrencies using all major payment methods including debit and credit card, local bank transfers, Apple Pay, Google Pay, and Samsung Pay. MoonPay is active in more than 160 countries and is trusted by 250+ leading wallets, websites, and applications to accept payments and defeat fraud.
Opensea is an NFT exchange platform that allows users to buy and sell NFTs on the ethereum network.
Opyn is a DeFi-native derivatives and options infrastructure. Inventors of Squeeth
Interchain Liquidity Lab - Swap, earn, and build on the leading decentralized Cosmos exchange.
Ribbon Finance is a suite of DeFi protocols that help users access crypto structured products. It combines derivatives and fixed income to improve a portfolio's risk-return profile.
Decentralized storage without needing to run a node or wallet. Skynet also includes SDKs for popular programming languages and APIs that integrate seamlessly with your existing apps
Synthetix is a new financial primitive enabling the creation of synthetic assets, offering unique derivatives and exposure to real-world assets on the blockchain.
### What Uniswap is a decentralized exchange protocol (DEX). It allows people to set up or contribute to liquidity pools consisting of various ERC-20 token pairs, or to use the available liquidity to swap their tokens against another using its Automated Market Maker (AMM) mechanism. ### Why AMMS are one of the building blocks in the crypto space as they always provide users with a price between two assets. Uniswap uses a simple X * Y = K, formula to price assets where x is the amount of one token in the liquidity pool, and y is the amount of the other. k is a fixed constant, meaning the pool’s total liquidity is always the same. ### Risk There are various risks involved with using AMMS. These include but are not limited to: Protocol Risk - risk due to mechanics in the design of a protocol. Even when the protocol functions as intended there might be risks e.g. high slippage incurred in trades due to the liquidity curve set-up Smart contract risk - This is risk from an error in the code causing the contract to operate in ways unexpected by the developers. It might leave the code vulnerable to exploits or other attacks Cybersecurity risk - Hackers, Exploiters or other malicious actors trying to attack Uniswap ### Reward Uniswap is arguably one of the largest AMMs in crypto and is usually the protocol where tokens find the most liquidity. Its UI/UX is extremely simple and users can trade most tokens with little problems.