Welcome to the 8th of this 8-part Getting started in DeFi series. In the last lesson we covered some DeFi Best Practices. In this final lesson of the series, we summarise key takeaways and look at where to go to next.
The full series is as follows:
Introduction to DeFi: This lesson covers what DeFi is, why it's important, and how it's different from traditional finance.
Understanding DeFi risks: This covers the risks associated with DeFi, such as smart contract security, liquidity, and volatility.
Choosing a DeFi platform: This covers the different DeFi platforms available, and how to compare and choose the right one for your needs.
Wallets, Buying and More: This lesson covers the basic steps for getting started with DeFi, including setting up a wallet, buying cryptocurrency, and interacting with DeFi protocols.
DeFi projects and protocols: This lesson introduces some of the most popular DeFi projects and protocols, such as MakerDAO, Compound, and Uniswap, and explains how they work.
Advanced DeFi concepts: This lesson covers more advanced DeFi concepts, such as yield farming, liquidity mining, and composability.
DeFi best practices: This lesson covers best practices for using DeFi, including how to manage risk, protect your assets, and stay up to date with the latest developments in the DeFi space.
Conclusion: This lesson summarises the key takeaways from the course and provides resources for further learning and exploration.
Decentralized finance (DeFi) has emerged as a major trend in the world of finance, offering new ways for people to manage their financial assets and interact with financial markets. DeFi is built on top of blockchain technology, allowing for trustless and transparent financial interactions.
This course has provided an overview of DeFi, including the basics of how it works, the key players and protocols, and advanced concepts such as yield farming and composability. By understanding DeFi, you can gain a deeper understanding of how this technology is changing the financial landscape and take advantage of the many opportunities it has to offer.
Some key takeaways from this course include:
DeFi is a new way of managing financial assets and interacting with financial markets, using blockchain technology to enable trustless and transparent transactions.
DeFi protocols are decentralized applications (dApps) that provide specific financial services, such as lending, borrowing, and trading.
DeFi allows for greater control and transparency in financial interactions, and can enable more efficient and open financial markets.
Yield farming and liquidity mining are advanced DeFi concepts that involve using DeFi protocols to maximize returns on your assets.
Composability is a key feature of DeFi that allows protocols to interact with each other, enabling the creation of new financial products and services.
To continue learning about DeFi and stay up to date with the latest developments, there are many resources available online. We mention some of these below as well as which users you should look to follow to learn more.
You can also explore the websites of specific DeFi protocols and projects to learn more about their features and how they work.
Publications including the following (and check out their YouTube videos too):
CoinDesk - https://www.coindesk.com/
Coin Telegraph - https://cointelegraph.com/
The Chainsaw - https://thechainsaw.com/
The Defiant - https://thedefiant.io/
Also, a good way to keep up to date is to get on Twitter and follow different users (and follow their users). We'll include some below (non-exhaustive list) but then you can also get involved by listening into various Twitter Spaces that these folks may get involved in (or run themselves).
Vitalik Buterin (Ethereum co-founder) - https://twitter.com/VitalikButerin
Balaji Srinivasan - https://twitter.com/balajis
ZachXBT (does a lot of on-chain investigations - a crypto detective of sorts) - https://twitter.com/zachxbt
Sassal (well known Aussie in the DeFi space, daily podcaster) - https://twitter.com/sassal0x
Tashalabs (macroeconomist, creator of great Twitter threads) - https://twitter.com/TaschaLabs
Raoul Pal (former TradFi guy, macro investor) - https://twitter.com/RaoulGMI
Andreas Antonopoulos (Bitcoin maxi and educator) - https://twitter.com/aantonop
Ryan Sean Adams (Bankless podcast host) - https://twitter.com/RyanSAdams
David Hoffman (Bankless podcast host) - https://twitter.com/TrustlessState
The Defiant (crypto publication) - https://twitter.com/DefiantNews
Camila Russo (founder of The Defiant) - https://twitter.com/CamiRusso
Route 2 FI - https://twitter.com/Route2FI
DeFi Pulse - https://twitter.com/defipulse
DeFi Dad - https://twitter.com/DeFi_Dad
The DeFi Edge - https://twitter.com/thedefiedge
The Chainsaw (local web3 publication) - https://twitter.com/chainsawdotcom
Overall, DeFi is a fascinating and rapidly evolving area of technology and finance. By understanding the basics and staying informed, you can take advantage of the many opportunities DeFi has to offer and be at the forefront of this exciting new field.