The DeFi Den

Welcome to the DeFi Den, hub of all things DeFi. Below is a list of contents, which will be continuously updating with relevant topics and other ecosystems.

Update log:

First update: launch article 5.2.2021

5.27.21 update: hyperlinked table of contents, major re-work on categories, added 29 resources (refer to tweet for newly tagged sources

Welcome to the DeFi Den, hub of all things DeFi. Below is a list of contents, which I will be continuously updating with relevant topics and other ecosystems as I find them (and become familiar with them!). Please don’t hesitate to send me interesting sources for any chain or category to add to this list by emailing me at tommy@thetie.io or by pinging me on twitter @7ommyZero. 

All the tools provided are at your own risk and are not endorsements nor do they guarantee the safety of your funds. Trading DeFi is inherently risky. You could lose up to and including 100% of your funds, so have fun and stay safe!

Intro + Intermediate Video Playlists:

Beginner DeFi Guides:

Ecosystem and Protocol Deep Dives:

Tools for Liquidity Providers (LPs):

Ethereum Yield Aggregators:

Ethereum DeFi Resources:

Solana DeFi Resources:

Binance Chain DeFi Resources:

Avalanche DeFi Resources:

Terra DeFi Resources:

Advanced Topics:

Decentralized Options Protocols:

Yield Tokenization Protocols:

EIP-1559, Layer 2, and Rollup Discussions:

Miner Extracted Value (MEV) and Flashbots:

Impermanent Loss (IL) Calculators:

Yield Farming Compounding Calculators:

Compilations of DeFi Resources:

DeFi Metrics Resources:

DeFi Wallet Trackers:

Podcasts:

Blogs:

Intro + Intermediate Video Playlists:

Name: The Defiant
Type: Playlist

Level: Beginner

Example: DeFi 101, Impermanent loss, What is a dApp
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLaDcID4s1KronHMKojfjwiHL0DdQEPDcq

Name:Finematics
Type: Playlist

Level: Beginner/Intermediate

Example: What is yield farming? How do liquidity pools work? Lending and borrowing explained.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pWGLtjG-F5c&list=PLjrTIwaNiTwn39tg3sR_bPBWGHoznv47D

Name:Taiki Maeda @TaikiMaeda2

Type: Playlist

Level: Beginner/Intermediate/Advanced

Example: How to yield farm in a bear market? Why AAVE’s borrow rate on USDT is so damn high? How to be a profitable yield farmer.

https://www.youtube.com/user/TheTaikster/videos

Beginner DeFi Guides:

A beginner’s guide to DAOs by Linda Xie – Mar 12th, 2021

https://linda.mirror.xyz/Vh8K4leCGEO06_qSGx-vS5lvgUqhqkCz9ut81WwCP2o

A beginner’s guide to DeFi by Linda Xie – Jan 03, 2020

https://nakamoto.com/beginners-guide-to-defi/

Decentralized Lending: An overview by Antonio Juliano – May 21, 2019
https://medium.com/dydxderivatives/decentralized-lending-an-overview-1e00fdc2d3ee

DeFi overview of the ecosystem and major protocols by alethio – Apr 25, 2019

https://medium.com/alethio/the-defi-series-an-overview-of-the-ecosystem-and-major-protocols-da27d7b11191

Intro to Yield Farming by William M. Peaster – Jun 22, 2020

https://defiprime.com/defi-yield-farming

List of all DeFi-ecosystems with graphs

https://twitter.com/CryptoDragonite/status/1373567028393431040?s=20

Uncommon Core #23: Where do the Yields come from in crypto? by Su Zhu and Hasu – Apr 5, 2021 

https://youtu.be/TJ6MQsjOS0I

DeFi Beyond the Hype by Wharton Blockchain and Digital Asset Project – May 2021

https://wifpr.wharton.upenn.edu/wp-content/uploads/2021/05/DeFi-Beyond-the-Hype.pdf

Ecosystem and Protocol Deep Dives:

Tweet thread on OHM and how it works by @xh3b4sd – April 18, 2021
https://twitter.com/xh3b4sd/status/1383883938490294275?s=20

DeFi Llama blog: Deep dives on Unit Protocol, Alchemix, KeeperDAO and Polygon

https://defillama.substack.com/people/31264920-defillama

Ethereum The Triple Halvening (79 page mega-paper on ethereum) by @SquishChaos – April 27, 2021

https://twitter.com/SquishChaos/status/1387074095007817730?s=20

Long tweet thread on the future of Sushiswap and upcoming developments by @CroissantEth – May 18th, 2021

https://twitter.com/CroissantEth/status/1394820837522432000?s=20

Tweet thread on Polygon and future developments by @sassal0x – May 18, 2021

https://twitter.com/sassal0x/status/1394663935823859712?s=20

Deep dive into the Solana ecosystem by @Bitdealer at @TheTIEIO – May 24, 2021

https://twitter.com/TheTIEIO/status/1396873335733202949?s=20

Tools for Liquidity Providers (LPs):

https://apeboard.finance/dashboard – Multi-chain wallet and pool dashboard

https://parsec.finance/ – advanced modular dashboard with incredible flexibility and breadth of data

https://zapper.fi/dashboard — DeFi dashboard for LPs

https://defi.instadapp.io/ – Dashboard for Maker, Compound, Aave and Uniswap

https://apy.vision/ – All-in-one liquidity pool analytics and yield farming rewards tracking tool with both free and pro membership tools.

https://www.yieldwatch.net/ – Yield dashboard for Binance Chain LPs

Ethereum Yield Aggregators:

https://vfat.tools/ – great tool for finding yield across multiple ecosystems (HECO, BSC, POLYGON, AVAX, FANTOM, xDAI, etc…)

https://harvest.finance/ – gas-saving yield aggregator and auto-compounder with $FARM rewards and a yield-bearing token $iFARM.

Ethereum DeFi Resources:

https://pentacle.ai/ – Ethereum blockchain explorer map

https://defiyield.info/ – general resource for IL calculator, audits, TVL data and farm APY

Solana DeFi Resources:

https://solanaproject.com/#/ – All new, current and upcoming Solana projects

https://solfarm.io/vaults/ – Solana yield aggregator and autocompounder with extra rewards paid out in $TULIPs

https://apeboard.finance/dashboard – Multi-chain wallet and pool dashboard (works with Solana)

https://test.step.finance/#/dashboard – Solana account aggregator

https://pentacle.ai/solana – beautiful solar-system style map of the Solana ecosystem

Binance Chain DeFi Resources:

https://pancakeswap.finance/ – Largest DeFi protocol on Binance Chain. Swaps/Pools/Farms/Lottery/Collectibles/Battles

https://app.nerve.fi/ – Additional DeFi protocol on Binance Chain.

Avalanche DeFi Resources:

Coming soon!

Terra DeFi Resources:

Coming soon!

Advanced Topics:

What constitutes actual healthy DeFi protocol fundamentals growth? By @CometShock – Apr 9, 2021

https://twitter.com/CometShock/status/1380648659906392067?s=20

CFMMs (constant-function market makers) and pool curvatures in Curve and Uniswap by Alex Evans and Tarun Chitra Nov 24, 2020

https://medium.com/gauntlet-networks/can-one-hear-the-shape-of-a-cfmm-part-1-d0d0d249bf81

https://medium.com/gauntlet-networks/can-you-hear-the-shape-of-a-cfmm-part-2-6bf8ec6ddcf6

https://medium.com/gauntlet-networks/can-you-hear-the-shape-of-a-cfmm-part-3-7927d71b2cd4

A framework for assessing DeFi risk by Rafaella Baraldo – Mar 31, 2021

https://rafaellabaraldo.medium.com/a-framework-for-assessing-defis-risk-5d63b7958019

Understanding Automated Market-Makers, Part 1: Price Impact

By Hasu Apr 19, 2021 

https://research.paradigm.xyz/amm-price-impact

Web3 Thematic: The emerging valuenet and “Wallstreet API” by MapleLeafCapital – Dec 16, 2020
https://twitter.com/MapleLeafCap/status/1339346115322376192?s=20

Index of Bridges between chains

https://brisket.lol/guides/bridges

Constant Function Market Makers: DeFi’s “Zero to One” Innovation by Dmitriy Berenzon – Apr 23, 2020

https://medium.com/bollinger-investment-group/constant-function-market-makers-defis-zero-to-one-innovation-968f77022159

A thread On AMMs and different protocol solutions to IL by @0xminion

https://twitter.com/0xminion/status/1390407440202567681?s=20

Opinions on Web3, liquidity as new oil, dap as pseudo banks, liquidity loyalty by @mewn21 – May 18, 2021
https://twitter.com/mewn21/status/1394740154732978176?s=20

Mapping the Metaverse by @_Kaspar__ – May 18, 2021

https://twitter.com/_Kaspar__/status/1394665206110949386?s=20

Staking Design Patterns for Sustainable Yield by @safetyth1rd – May 26, 2021

https://twitter.com/safetyth1rd/status/1397570524058845185?s=20

Decentralized Options Protocols:

Things you should know about @HegicOptions by @CryptoDragonite – May 18, 2021

https://twitter.com/CryptoDragonite/status/1394659252753502214?s=20

On on-chain AMM pricing for options (Hegic/Siren/Dopex/Charm/Potion) by @cindyleowtt – May 10, 2021

https://twitter.com/cindyleowtt/status/1391804798089924608?s=20

Yield Tokenization Protocols:

An Ape-Friendly Guide to Yield Derivatives by @DefiantNews – May 24, 2021

Covers Pendle and APWine

https://thedefiant.io/an-ape-friendly-guide-to-defi-yield-derivatives/

Deep dive on Pendle by @adamscochran – May 1, 2021

https://twitter.com/adamscochran/status/1388549951500738567?s=20

Deep dive on APWine by @corleonescrypto – May 26, 2021

https://twitter.com/corleonescrypto/status/1397548566265176070?s=20

Deep dive on Element by @ChainSafeth – May 6, 2021

https://twitter.com/ChainSafeth/status/1390417451569999872?s=20

EIP-1559, Layer 2, and Rollup Discussions:

EIP-1559 does NOT deliver. By Taylor Monahan – May 26th, 2021

https://twitter.com/tayvano_/status/1397725861575421953?s=20

Making Sense of Rollups, Part One: Optimistic vs. Zero Knowledge by @benjaminsimon97

https://insights.deribit.com/market-research/making-sense-of-rollups-part-one-optimistic-vs-zero-knowledge/

A note on bridges & layer-2 protocols by @stonecoldpat0 – May 23, 2021

https://stonecoldpat.medium.com/a-note-on-bridges-layer-2-protocols-b01f8fc22324

Optimism vs. Arbitrum! Tweet thread by @krzKaczor – May 21, 2021

https://twitter.com/krzKaczor/status/1395812308451004419?s=20

Miner Extracted Value (MEV) and Flashbots:

Flashbots: Frontrunning the MEV Crisis by Alex Obadia – Nov 23, 2020

https://medium.com/flashbots/frontrunning-the-mev-crisis-40629a613752

MEV — “Miner Extractable Value with Phil & Georgios” by Georgios Konstantopoulos & Phil Daian – Oct 14, 2020

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tv0CkmcoGkM&t=26s

Ethereum is a Dark Forest: (Attempted whitehat rescue of Uniswap LP tokens worth $12k accidentally sent to the Uniswap contract) By Dan Robinson and Georgios Konstantopoulos August 28, 2020

https://medium.com/@danrobinson/ethereum-is-a-dark-forest-ecc5f0505dff

Flash Boys 2.0: Frontrunning, Transaction Reordering, and Consensus Instability in Decentralized Exchanges by multiple authors – April 10, 2019

https://pdaian.com/flashboys2.pdf

Wrecking sandwich traders for fun and profit by Nathan – Mar 19, 2021

https://github.com/Defi-Cartel/salmonella

Excellent resource of MEV related articles by @Dogetoshi – updated April 28, 2021

https://github.com/Dogetoshi/MEV/blob/main/README.md#projects

FlashBots: How to make $1m per month as a Solidity developer with Stephane Gosselin & Robert Miller (video) by @thegostep – May 26th, 2021

https://twitter.com/thegostep/status/1397716270867419136?s=20

Impermanent Loss (IL) Calculators:

Advanced IL calculator

https://defiyield.info/advanced-impermanent-loss-calculator

COPE IL calculator

https://vicyyn.com/

Why IL calculators are wrong and how to stop doing it by DeFI Yield.info – Nov 5, 2020

https://defiyield-info.medium.com/why-impermanent-loss-calculators-are-wrong-and-how-to-avoid-incorrect-assessment-of-the-money-waste-d349607706fc

Yield Farming Compounding Calculators:

Calculator for compounding interest and APR by @Buck in Alchemix discord – Mar 12th, 2021
https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/16OYPRTkNEz9a-seeDB26CfzuGwifJfA9pQ9A1TDUQLw/edit?usp=sharing

0xdef1’s Compound Frequency Calculator by @0xdef1
Tweet – https://twitter.com/0xdef1/status/1384607438461079555?s=20 

Calculator – https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1WLQxpC9ylTVLj7CGK1LPxNrgSNK9TCsoUXNKYhwX6hI/edit?usp=sharing

DYOR: ALCHEMIX Loan Calculator by 0xdef1

Tweet – https://twitter.com/0xdef1/status/1383061200620113920?s=20

Calculator – https://dyor.fi/alcx/calculator

Compilations of DeFi Resources:

DeFi articles and videos by baraldor – updated Mar 14th, 2021

https://github.com/baraldor/defi/blob/main/README.md

Hub of advanced topics by Gauntlet Network

https://gauntlet.network/research/

DeFi.WTF | The Power of Asking (compilation of articles and videos) – by CarboClanC – Sep 2, 2019

https://github.com/carboclan/pm/issues/69

DeFi Metrics Resources:

Debank (all ecosystems, TVL, categories, loans, liquidations, etc…) https://debank.com/ranking/locked_value

Defipulse (Ethereum project TVLs and categories): https://defipulse.com/

Token Terminal (another hub of DeFi metrics for multiple chains): https://terminal.tokenterminal.com/

Dune Analytics (1000s of user-powered dashboards for everything on-chain): https://duneanalytics.com/browse/dashboards

DeFi Wallet Trackers:

https://www.nansen.ai/ — Premier DeFi wallet and coin movement tracker, exceptional insights into wallet movements.

https://www.dextools.io/app/ – not quite the same level of service as Nansen, but good wallet tagging for any individual coin you are tracking or trading, and free.

https://uniwhales.io/ from @uniwhalesio on twitter – not tested. Seems similar to Nansen but there is a free access portal. The paid model requires you buy their $UWL tokens (currently need $3000 for pro membership) for lifetime access.

Podcasts:

Uncommon Core by Hasu and Su Zhu

Solana Podcast by Anatoly Yakovenko

https://podcast.solana.com/

Blogs:

Token Brice – DeFi blog 

https://tokenbrice.xyz/posts/
https://tokenbrice.xyz/learndefi/
https://tokenbrice.xyz/money-markets-risk/

DeFi Prime Blog 

https://defiprime.com/blog