Tim Draper-backed DeFi platform raises $6.5 million in token sale – Decrypt

A project backed by top Silicon Valley VC and billionaire investor, Tim Draper, has raised $6.5 million in a token sale.

The sale was for the governance token of a decentralized finance (DeFi) ecosystem called the DeFi Money Market. Termed the DMM, it’s an Ethereum-based yield farm that claims to offer consistent interest rates of 6.25% on Ethereum (ETH), decentralized US dollar stablecoin DAI and centralized US dollar stablecoin USDC. That means if you lend these coins, in theory you get a consistent rate of interest.

The public sale was an “Initial DEX Offering” that took place across two decentralized exchanges. Decentralized exchanges are those that don’t assume custody over your Bitcoin, unlike centralized exchanges like Binance. 

The token sale concerns the governance token, which is used to vote on the future of the network. Those holding it can vote on what new tokens should be added, or what new real-world assets should be used to back up these tokens.

The interest rates are backed by “real-world, income generating assets,” which DMM claims “don’t fluctuate in the interest rate they pay, helping you find stability in the volatile world of crypto.” 

All of DMM’s $8.8 million of assets are backed by cars; interest rates will be pegged to the worth of cars like the 2008 Ford Expedition and the 2000 Lincoln Navigator. Cars often depreciate in value over time, but the loans are “overcollateralized,” meaning that the value of the assets
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