The 3.5% Rule (Market Monday)
How 11m passionate crypto users can change the world
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Dear Crypto Natives,
It’s Market Monday! Every week I scan the open finance market to surface the best opportunities and insights for us.
Non-violent protests are twice as likely to succeed as armed conflicts. The ones that engaged 3.5% of the population never failed to bring about a change.
This is called the 3.5% rule.
Throughout history we’ve seen an intolerant minority gain the ability to impose their virtue on the majority through sheer willpower: civil rights movement in the U.S., Gandhi’s Quit India movement, the People Power movement in the Philippines—a determined minority can tilt the world.
Going bankless is form of non-violent protest.
Holding non-state currencies. Using an alternative financial system. Believing in self-sovereign money. It’s opting out of a system.
The separation of money from banks is our revolution.
And it’s a revolution in technology—too beneficial to be stopped. A society can’t afford to ignore it. They’ll fall too far behind. It’d be like ignoring the next internet.
But how long will it take—how many of us have to go bankless first?
The 3.5% rule shows that the few can tilt the world of the many:
3.5% of the world is only 270m people
3.5% of Africa is only 42m people
3.5% of Argentina is only 1.5m people.
And 3.5% of the U.S. is only 11m people.
Can we get 11m passionate users of crypto finance?
We still have a ways to go. But maybe we’re closer than we thought.
ETH and BTC prices were crushed last week—but fundamentals didn’t change so that means we just keep dollar cost averaging—steady hands, no blinking
Scan this section and dig into anything interesting
ETH down to $174 from $209 last Monday
BTC down to $8,132 from $9,918 last Monday
Maker stability fees down to 10.5%—almost single digits
(Lend) Last day to get $50 for funding BlockFi account (6.2% BTC / 4.1% ETH)
(Earn) BTC while you shop using Fold app (buy gift cards—earn BTC)
Awesome money protocol visualizer called myDeFi (missed this last week)
GodsUnchained game studio gets $15m (ppl i respect say this game mainstream)
60 DAI volatility at an all time low (that means it’s been stable at $1)
A DAO credit union (missing pieces—but in 5 years I can see it) - Jacob Shiach
Learn why the Fed is pumping funds into the overnight rate - Epsilon Theory
DeFi Aggregators (I partially agree) - Ash Egan
Last day to earn $40 by subscribing—you can get paid $40 for subscribing to Bankless & funding a BlockFi account—1. Subscribe to Bankless 2. Get access to Deal Sheet 3. Use BlockFi deal & get $50—net earnings—$40. Last day! 🔥
WHAT I’M DOING
Check out a few opportunities I’m capturing right now with my crypto money
Explored a DeFi credit card. Yes, I’m on a hunt to find the best crypto credit card. I’ve signed up for BlockCard, am taking a look a Nexo, Monolith, and Crypto.com. I’m finding each of them have quirks—for instance—BlockCard looks cool, but why on earth do they inject a token call Tern into their product? I hope to get back to you with some answers.
COOLEST THING YOU DID LAST WEEK?
Bankless subscribers are leveling up like crazy—here are cool things you did last week
I love this community of doers!
Make time to complete this assignment before next week
Go to a virtual DeFi Conference. (2-4 hours) You don’t have to travel anywhere or buy a ticket to go to a crypto conference. You can construct your own virtual conference and learn on your own schedule. I do this all of the time—it’s been pivotal in my path to leveling up. This week I want you to attend the DeFi Summit Conference virtually.
Here’s what you do:
Look at the 50+ DeFi Summit videos that were just released
Make playlist of 3-5 videos of interest (my recommendations below)
Schedule 2-4 hours to watch videos (try 1.5x playback speed)
If you have followup questions—find the presenters on twitter and ping them.
DeFi Summit Videos I recommend
VIDEO: Keynote on Exponential Finance (can’t miss)
VIDEO: Composability (fancy word for money legos)
VIDEO: Argent smart wallet (never miss a talk by these guys)
VIDEO: MakerDAO on DeFi regulation
Create an action list of things to try based on the videos.
That’s it! Doing this levels you up almost as much as going to the conference itself. 🔥
Extra Credit Learning
(Beginner) VIDEO: 5 Ways to Get Dai for Beginners by Chris Blec
(Beginner) VIDEO: Zero to DeFi on Argent in less than 90 seconds
(Intermediate) AMA on ENS names in Ethereum
(Intermediate) VIDEO: Whiteboard explanation of Set Protocol
(Advanced) Understanding Ethereum gas markets
Read my takes but draw your own conclusions
I’m convinced governments will try to kill cash in the decades to come and that means all currency transactions can be censored—we need crypto
Will makes the point that on-chain order books can’t possibly scale for the trading demands in a fully tokenized world—I’m glad multiple projects are working on different approaches
As millions in Maker loans were liquidated this week due to falling ETH prices DeFi Saver saved 20 loans but missed 2—obviously a problem but DeFi Saver has responded well and still seems loved by the community—$1.35m in loans managed today
Reminder: use DeFi products at your own risk especially newer, less tested ones—case in point: a bug in the trading aggregator 1Inch caused someone to lose $24k last wk (he’s gotten half back and the other half has been promised to him)
Binance is launching a staking service and all exchanges will provide similar—but there’s a big difference between staking money and staking work tokens—the Binance listings are just work tokens
Maker releases its primer on upgrading to multi-collateral DAI. There’ll be some friction in the upgrade, but it’s less bad than I was worried it might be. For instance, if you have a CDP you can seamlessly migrate it to the new system, you do not need to pay it off before migrating. Also, the migration window will be generous, 6 months or so. We’ll still need to deal with different DAIs and different rates on lending protocols in the short term though!
Also Rune from Maker is considering a ETH-only DAI which is cool. The coolest part, this idea came from Bankless members! Davoice321 started an initial thread here which sparked an idea from Rob Mose which became the basis for Rune’s comment—which all originated from their conversations in the Inner Circle. I’m beaming with pride right now.
As trade wars between China and U.S. ratchet up there’s talk of blocking Chinese companies from listing on U.S. exchanges. This is exactly why the internet of assets will be built on an open, neutral platform that can’t be controlled by state actors—a platform like Ethereum.
Tweet me your question—I reply to one per week
I tweeted a question from the Inner Circle this week:
My top dozen favorite answers from you:
I can boil it down to three words for you: buy, try, & abide.
Some recent tweets…
Execute any good market opportunities you saw
Complete the weekly assignment: attend DeFi conference virtually
Let’s onboard 1 billion people to open finance…
If you believe in what we’re doing don’t keep it to yourself—share Bankless with as many people as possible.
Post. Tweet. Tell. That’s how we take back our money system.
Need the words? Bruno may have said it best….Bankless is not your daily brainfart
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