If you haven’t been tuned in to the Decentralized Finance (DeFi) space, it’s time to pay attention. DeFi has quickly become a major element of the Ethereum ecosystem and continues to gain traction. The space has grown significantly since its inception and is evolving on a daily basis. As of this writing, DeFi has a market cap of more than $146B, there is more than $200B locked in DeFi platforms and there are 220 DeFi projects built on Ethereum. Pretty impressive numbers! Here at the Enterprise Ethereum Alliance (EEA), we understand the importance of this dynamic sector, and as with all elements of the Ethereum ecosystem, we aim to educate our members and equip them with the tools needed to advance business in this area. To that end, we wanted to take a moment to highlight our DeFi Interest Group, which is open to all EEA members.
If you are directly involved in DeFi, hope to break into it or are just looking to educate yourself further on the opportunities that DeFi offers, this group is for you. Here’s how to get involved:
What: Our DeFi Interest Group serves as a forum where DeFi projects, financial institutions, technology providers and other EEA community members can exchange knowledge and information on DeFi applications, technology, tools and practices to drive meaningful impact and initiatives that will promote the adoption of Ethereum technology.
The group is co-chaired by Ajit Tripathi, Head of Institutional Business at Aave, John Ho, Head, Legal, Financial Markets at Standard Chartered Bank and Nikolas Casagrande, Vice President of Digital Innovation and Strategy at Citizens Bank and independent member of the EEA. Together they bring decades of experience and leadership in the financial and blockchain arenas to this group.
Who: The DeFi Interest Group is seeking current and new EEA members who are working in the DeFi space or are looking to break into it and learn from current DeFi leaders.
- Networking: Involvement in this group delivers the opportunity to meet and build relationships with experienced DeFi leaders and pioneers in the space. Interest group participation facilitates qualified introductions between members that can help build your network and advance your business goals. It also provides a valuable avenue of exposure for your work.
- Education: This interest group provides a welcoming forum for members to expand their DeFi knowledge and learn directly from leaders in the sector. It also offers the opportunity to foster broader public education around DeFi and assist the growing DeFi ecosystem. By driving the publication of use cases, research papers and other materials, this group can help educate and support regulators, policy makers, financial institutions and beyond. Education is the backbone of this group: members gain important education to improve their knowledge base, and they influence the DeFi education of the broader community.
- Incubating Working Groups and Events: The work of this DeFi interest group will help create spaces where members can develop interest in and structure for future working groups in this arena. Interest group participants can identify cross-industry issues that a working group can address and facilitate the formulation of working groups to increase group visibility. Additionally, participants can also organize other types of events — webinars, conferences, workshops, etc. — that bring together members and other interested parties to discuss ideas, issues and challenges in the space.
When: The DeFi Interest Group meets every other Wednesday at 11am ET.
How: Current members should log into the Member Collaboration site and join the interest group to receive future updates and meeting invitations.
If you’d like to get involved but you’re not yet an EEA member, schedule a meeting with EEA Membership Growth Specialist James Harsh or reach out to him at [email protected]. You can also contact [email protected] or visit https://entethalliance.org/become-a-member/.