Maker and Dai. Dai users return capital to MKR owners through the burn mechanism. At this point, the value of MKR (the derivative) is about 18x the value of Dai (the underlying). Channelling my best Matt Levine here: "This seems... wrong."
Let's talk about today's MakerDAO / a16z announcement. for those who missed it, a16z's crypto fund bought 6% of Maker tokens for $15M, at a 25% implied discount to the current price of MKR....I'm sure people think this is a great sign for the project - being able to recruit high quality capital. but, i think this is a massive failure in governance and project management.
DAI is interesting but I don't think they are quite there yet. I had a chat with one of their devs over coffee a couple of weeks ago. I said that as CDPs are essentially banks, they need to think a bit more about what makes banks stable (or unstable).
We do think [a stablecoin like Dai] is a really important idea, to have a coin pegged to something like the U.S. dollar in order to make the experience more mainstream and accessible, [versus a world rife with] these volatile coins. We think it’s such an important piece of infrastructure that there could be multiple winners.
Reminder: the DAIstablecoin's "stability" has failed, in the past, when bots stop functioning. Its gravity-defying character amidst a massive price collapse when the whole market is looking for liquidity makes little sense.
Dai survived one of its most significant tests in 2018. “Can Dai survive a market crash?” Asked and answered. Dai survived the 94% drawdown in ETH, and the move from a single-collateral to multi-collateral model should accelerate its adoption in 2019.
Credit has greased economic wheels for millennia, and Maker is the world’s first 100% software-based, community owned and operated credit facility. As a family of smart contracts operating on Ethereum, the system offers secured loans of equal cost to anyone in the world. The by-product of loan generation is dai, a stablecoin collateralized using on-chain rules and assets.
Dai [is] an asset-backed, hard currency and the first decentralized stablecoin on the Ethereum blockchain. Effectively, the stablecoin is backed by over-collateralizing the system with other crypto-assets. Despite blathering by bloggers, Dai remains valued at one US dollar, thereby retaining its peg.