yEarn Finance (previously iEarn Finance) is a yield aggregation protocol built on Ethereum. It was created and developed by Andre Cronje, and released to mainnet in February 2020. Cronje is a developer with nearly two decades of experience and previously served as the CTO of Crypto Briefing.
For the uninitiated, yield farming is a new trend where traders provide liquidity (deposit tokens) to a DeFi protocol to earn their native token. High returns have attracted a swathe of traders who have turned into full time yield farmers.
yEarn Finance has multiple products, but its main product is “yVaults”, which capitalizes on the yield farming trend. These vaults are automated investment strategies that yield farm for investors. All one has to do is deposit funds into the yEarn vault, and the protocol takes care of the rest.
Notably, all of this is done automatically and trustlessly.
In its eight-month-long history, yEarn has become a community favorite and is one of the most valuable DeFi projects.
The project’s governance token, YFI, was launched about three months ago and is already one of the most valuable DeFi tokens.
The protocol has a strong defence in its creator Andre Cronje. From over 20 attempts to fork yEarn and YFI, only one clone has managed to survive. Since yEarn’s defence strategy isn’t technological or economic, but rather a human element, it also means this protective layer can be easily dislodged if Cronje was to leave yEarn for some reason.
However, in the last few weeks, governance has voted in a team to support Cronje. Well-known and competent community members were recruited to help run operations, communications, and core development. This will help the protocol mitigate the risk of a sole developer and operator.
Even though yield farming is currently yEarn’s core competency, the team is building supplementary products in the form of an exchange, money market, and synthetic assets to turn it into an investment powerhouse.
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