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The Defiant - DeFi Podcast

100 EpisodesProduced by Camila RussoWebsite

The internet of money is being built with blockchain technology and without banks. We call it DeFi, short for Decentralized Finance, and this is where you can hear the builders and users of this cutting edge world tell their stories first hand. Hosted by Camila Russo.

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MakerDAO Founder Rune Christensen On DeFi's Biggest Test Yet

In this week’s episode we speak with Rune Christensen, the founder of MakerDAO, the largest lending platform by assets in decentralized finance and the issuer of the Dai stablecoin. Rune has been in crypto since 2011 and is no stranger to volatility and crazy market conditions. Still, last month was the most shocking for him yet. On March 12th, MakerDAO’s mechanism to heal loans that become under-collateralized broke down amid the market crash, allowing one trader to run off with more than $4 million in free ether. He calls it Maker’s toughest test yet, and he believes the protocol passed it.

Key things we talked about:

  • MakerDAO’s plan to hand control to its community and dissolve the Maker Foundation
  • MKR auction and token whales
  • The decision to add centralized collateral to back Dai
  • Whether Maker will add Bitcoin as collateral and create a euro-pegged Dai
  • Collateral holders who lost 100% of their funds in the March 12 crash
  • Rune’s long-term vision for DeFi and Maker, as an enabler for financial inclusion
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