Coinbase has introduced a new initiative dubbed USDC Bootstrap Fund and just as the name suggests, the firm intends to boost developers with a fund in terms of USDC tokens.
In a blog post, the crypto exchange said that the new fund will be used to enhance developments of decentralized finance (DeFi) protocols. The new initiative ‘USDC Bootstrap’ will only invest in DeFi based projects using its stablecoin USDC.
DeFi is a relatively fresh concept in the blockchain sphere which can be described as the conventional financial products that you could get from a financial institution like lending or derivatives that have been developed on top of a blockchain. In other words, DeFi protocols consist of smart contracts that are governed by codes and the protocol on which they’re built on.
CoinDesk reports that after several deliberations with DeFi platform developers, the exchange says it realized that liquidity or availability of funds to borrow was one of the urgent needs for DeFi based initiatives. The exchange hopes that through grants, it will boost the development of the DeFi ecosystem.
To kickstart the initiative, Coinbase announced that it was investing 1 million USDC each in Compound as well as dYdX. However, unlike the Coinbase Ventures where investments are made in startups for an equity stake, the Bootstrap fund is designed to add to a protocol’s lending pool where interest will be returned after counterparties borrow from it.
Zhuoxun Yin, dYdX operations head, the most challenging aspect in the development of a new DeFi protocol is attracting borrowing demand. however, the addition of USDC to the lending pools will help to lower the interest rates and embolden clients to borrow more USDC.
Head of Bootstrap Fund Nemil Dalal explained that boosting lending protocols will help in the growth and development of DeFi, which is an area of much interest for Coinbase. In the recent past, Coinbase venture also invested in different DeFi protocols such as Dharma and BlockFi. Dalal explained that Coinbase was interested in enhancing decentralized finance within the banking industry.
Author: Joseph Kibe
The practice of adding popular brand names to the name of a startup is a method used to attract clients to a business. The blockchain industry has seen this practice several times over with startups adding popular words such as Bitcoin and Blockchain to their names in a bid to lure customers. Some startups even use parts of popular companies’ names for the same purposes.
CryptoOracle has taken to Court
One blockchain startup, CryptoOracle, has been sued by the software giant, Oracle, for cybersquatting and trademark infringement. The lawsuit claims that CryptoOracle LLC used Oracle’s brand name in a bid to ride on the popularity of the software giant. Cybersquatting is the practice of using an internet domain name in bad faith with the intention of profiting from the goodwill built by another brand or trademark.
CryptoOracle was founded by Louis Kerner in 2017. The blockchain startup is a cryptocurrency advisory firm which serves other blockchain startups and entrepreneurs in the industry. The company sells tickets to events they host at which those interested in blockchain businesses can get the information they need and meet with other players in the crypto space.
Oracle is one of the biggest software firms, and it is famously known for the Java software. They also provide a range of services such as database management and cloud services. Oracle hosts many conferences and educational seminars for different software categories and topics.
Before the lawsuit, a cease and desist order had been issued to Kerner and his brand as Oracle sought to settle the matter out of court. CryptoOracle responded with a filled-in trademark application for their brand name. Oracle said that they could not allow the use of their brand name in the defendant’s business.
A request to force CryptoOracle to change its brand name and withdraw the trademark application has been placed before a federal judge. Oracle’s attorney reportedly said that his client might be entitled to the profits CryptoOracle made during the time they’ve been using the name.
Oracle and Blockchain
Oracle has plans to move into the crypto business through its Oracle Blockchain Platform, and this may be another reason behind the lawsuit. If another company with a similar brand name already exists in the crypto space, it might cause confusion among customers because it is easy to mistake one for the other. Such confusion could cost Oracle some business and the software giant is trying to avoid that.
Author: Ali Raza
Would Ethereum Classic (ETC) be more popular if it removed Ethereum from its name? A developer seems to think so. Stevan Lohja, one of the devs from the ETC team, has recently affirmed on social media that other altcoins with a higher market value would be “rekt” if ETC decided to change its name.
The name Ethereum Classic was created after the hard fork in which some ETH users decided not to change the protocol after the DAO scandal back in 2016. The association with Ethereum, however, seems to be a problem for the token now.
Because of this, some people have started to affirm that the Ethereum name should be completely removed and that a rebrand is needed. Yaz Khoury, the director of the ETC Cooperate, agrees with that. He affirms that he has “always advocated” for the token to change its name because it needs a proper identity.
The best opportunity to discuss this further would be at the ETC Classic Summit, which is already set to happen in Vancouver, Canada, on October 3 to 4.
Names are important. It was proved that cryptos with three-letter symbols which are easier to remember will tend to fare better and that companies that associate their business with Bitcoin or blockchain tend to get more profits.
Because of this, a rebrand might be the way to go forward. At the moment. ETC is the 21st token by market cap, so the name change might not put into the Top 10 tokens as the developers seem to believe, but it may bring some important freshness to the brand.
Author: Daniel W