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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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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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