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DeFi Deep Dive - Yearn Finance's Merger Mania

Written By Ivan on Tech

Dec 11, 2020

Yearn Finance is a decentralized finance (DeFi) network that offers a suite of different products for insurance, lending aggregation, and yield generation. If you’ve kept an eye on Yearn Finance in the past few weeks, you’ll know that they are in the midst of a merger mania with other DeFi protocols. Yearn Finance’s most notable offering is Yearn Vaults, a yield generation product. Yearn Vaults are robots that automatically move users' funds around to find the best yield farming opportunities in the DeFi marketplace. Each vault has a strategy and a controller responsible for executing it as planned.

We won't dig into Yearn Vaults here, or once-again cover Yearn's founder/developer Andre Cronje in-depth in this article, as we've already discussed these topics before. But, if you need more info on Yearn Finance before digging into their mergers, start with the links in this paragraph. Consequently, if you feel you need some background on the different initiatives and...

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How to Become a DeFi Developer like Andre Cronje

Written By Ivan on Tech

Nov 03, 2020

The decentralized finance (DeFi) industry keeps on booming. As such, there is a surge of interest in becoming a DeFi developer and being able to help create the DeFi ecosystem of tomorrow. Perhaps one of the most well-known DeFi developers in the space is Andre Cronje, the prolific coder and creator of Yearn Finance and the YFI token, a yield aggregating platform that took the decentralized finance (DeFi) world by storm earlier this year.

So, let’s take a closer look at Andre Cronje, and see how you can become a DeFi developer like him. Originally hailing from South Africa, Cronje made his way to the DeFi space in a somewhat roundabout way. First, he started in pursuit of a law degree but opted out to instead focus on computer science. He finished a computer science program in only six months and then worked in FinTech, before ultimately becoming captivated by the DeFi industry.

To preface this discussion, however, we strongly urge you to take a look at the various DeFi...

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Top 10 DeFi Platforms You Need To Know About: Breaking Down Defi Pulse

Written By Ivan on Tech

Oct 13, 2020

This year, some of the biggest developments in the cryptocurrency industry have been due to the uptick in decentralized finance (DeFi) platforms, offering many of the same services as the legacy financial institutions, but on-chain. This is why we are now breaking down the top 10 DeFi platforms according to the Defi Pulse listing.

There have been countless projects, some with huge success and popularity from users. In this article, we have collated the top 10 DeFi platforms as of the time of writing, from DeFi Pulse - the best place for tracking DeFi analytics and key metrics.

We have described a brief overview and background in addition to the services the platform provides. Moreover, welcome to Ivan on Tech Academy - the best place to learn about all things blockchain and crypto, and keeping up-to-date with the latest developments in the space.

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A Closer Look - What is Yearn Finance and YFI?

Written By Ivan on Tech

Aug 18, 2020

The past week has seen Yearn Finance, more commonly known as yEarn Finance or yearn.finance, become increasingly well-known following a massive price rally. Specifically, Yearn Finance’s YFI token has surged over 300% in the past week. As such, many are beginning to ask the question “what is yearn.finance”. The platform recently rose to fame after the launch of its tokenized insurance product yInsure Finance, however the following article takes a look at the fundamentals that led to the creation of the entire yEarn Finance platform.

Andre Cronje single-handedly developed yearn.finance (yEarn), a yield aggregating platform on Ethereum. yEarn has grown into an ecosystem of protocols that aims to maximize annual percentage yields (APY) for its users. It plays a part in the yield farming mania that kicked off with Compound’s COMP token distribution. yEarn utilizes DeFi protocols such as Curve, Compound, Aave, and dYdX to optimize token lending. In a nutshell, it...

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