As some brand-name decentralized finance (DeFi) tokens sputter, a crop of recent tasks have emerged which can be catching robust bids on the again of aggressive yield farming applications, beneficiant airdrops, and vital technical advances. 

It’s a set of outlier tasks pushing ahead on each value and fundamentals that has led one crypto analyst, eGirl Capital’s mewny, to model them as DeFi’s “Gen 2.”

Mewny, who in an interview with Cointelegraph pitched eGirl Capital as “an org that takes itself as a really severe joke,” says that Gen 2 tokens have garnered consideration because of their well-cultivated communities and intelligent token distribution fashions — each of which result in a “recursive” price-and-sentiment loop. 

“I believe when it comes to market curiosity it’s extra about in search of novelty and narrative at this stage within the cycle. Elementary evaluation will probably be extra vital when the market cools off and utility is the one backstop to valuations. Scorching narratives are likely to pattern round grassroots tasks which have carved out a class for themselves out there,” they stated.

Whereas traders may be desperate to ape into these fast-rising new tokens, it’s price asking what the tasks are doing, whether or not they’re sustainable, and if not how a lot farther they must run.

Pumpamentals or fundamentals?

The Gen 2 phenomena echoes the “DeFi summer” of last year, stuffed with “DeFi stimulus examine” airdrops, fats farming APYs, and hovering token costs — in addition to a harrowing spate of hacks, heists, and rugpulls

Nonetheless, mewny says that there’s a inhabitants of traders that emerged from that interval constantly searching for technical progress versus capturing stars. 

“There are much less fast “me too” tasks in defi. An investor might imagine that these tasks by no means attracted a lot liquidity within the first place however they overestimate the knowledge of the market if that’s the case. They did and do pull liquidity, particularly from contributors who felt priced out or late to the primary movers.This has given the ground to official tasks that haven’t stopped constructing regardless of the market’s shift in focus. ”

One such Gen 2 riser pulling liquidity is Inverse Finance. After the launch of a yield farming program for a forthcoming synthetic stablecoin protocol, the Inverse Finance DAO narrowly voted to make the INV governance token tradable. In consequence, the previously worthless token airdrop of 80 INV is now priced at over $100,000, possible probably the most profitable airdrop in Defi historical past. 

One other Gen 2 star is Alchemix — considered one of eGirl Capital’s first introduced investments. Alchemix’s protocol additionally facilities on an artificial stablecoin, alUSD, however points the stablecoin from collateral deposited into Yearn.Finance’s yield-bearing vaults. The result’s a token mortgage that pays for itself — a brand new mannequin that eGirl thinks may develop into an ordinary.

“eGirl thinks buying and selling yield-bearing curiosity will probably be an vital primitive in DeFi. Quantifying and valuing future yield unlocks a whole lot of usable worth that may be reinvested out there,” they stated.

The broader markets seems to agree with eGirl’s thesis, as Alchemix not too long ago introduced that the protocol has eclipsed half a billion in complete worth locked:


In contrast, governance tokens for most of the prime names in DeFi, corresponding to Aave and Yearn.Finance, are within the purple on a 30-day foundation. However even with flagship names stalling out, DeFi’s closely-watched mixture TVL determine is up on the month, rising over $8.4 billion to $56.8 billion per DeFi Llama — progress carried partly on the again of Gen 2 tasks. 

The comparatively wrinkled, desiccated dinosaurs of DeFi could have some indicators of life left in them, nonetheless. A number of main tasks have vital updates within the works, together with Uniswap’s model 3, Sushiswap’s Bentobox lending platform, a liquidity mining proposal working by means of Aave’s governance course of, and Balancer’s model 2.

These developments may imply that DeFi’s “Gen 2” phenomena is just a brief, intra-sector rotation, and that the “majors” are soon to roar back. It could be a predictable transfer in mewny’s view, who says “each defi protocol wants not less than 1 bear market to show technical soundness.”

What’s extra, in line with mewny among the indicators of market irrationality round each Gen 2 tokens in addition to the broader DeFi area — corresponding to triple and even quadruple-digit farming yields — could also be gone sooner slightly than later.

“I don’t suppose it’s sustainable for any mission in common market situations. We aren’t in common situations for the time being. Speculators have propped up probably unsustainable DeFi protocols for some time now.”