Last week, I made the mistake of being just about the only DeFi denizen who actually went to the Bitcoin 2021 event in Miami.
While I managed to catch up with a handful of builders and big brains in the convention center, my time would have been better spent tracking down degens at the various satellite events, yacht parties, and nightclub meetups — the “shadow conference” for DeFi taking place while boomercoin maximalists talked over the same points they’ve been parroting for the better part of a decade.
What little time I did get to spend with DeFi folks was immensely rewarding, however. I came away from talks with representatives from SushiSwap, Yearn Finance, Balancer, Polygon, the Digital Dollar Project, and FTX, among others, with a couple useful kernels of info on how decentralized finance may evolve in the latter half of the year. While full interviews will be coming out next week, in the meantime here’s a synopsis of