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About Stani Kulechov

Stani Kulechov is the founder of Aave.

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A deep dive into Aave’s DeFi ecosystem with founder Stani Kulechov

Nov 3, 2021

Download PDF / Print November 3, 2021, 9:54AM EDT · 2 min read Episode 70 of Season 3 of The Scoop was recorded remotely with The Block’s Frank Chaparro and Stani Kulechov, founder & CEO at Aave. Listen below, and subscribe to The Scoop on  Apple ,  Spotify ,  Google Podcasts ,  Stitcher  or wherever you listen to podcasts. Email feedback and revision requests to [email protected] This episode is brought to you by our sponsors Bakkt ,  Kraken  and  Masterworks Bakkt® unlocks the $1.2+ trillion of digital assets that is currently held in cryptocurrencies, rewards and loyalty points, gaming assets and merchant stored value. We began in 2018 with the vision to bring trust and transparency to digital assets. Through the Bakkt Warehouse and Bakkt Bitcoin Futures and Options contracts, we serve institutional clients in an end-to-end regulated market with true price transparency. For consumers, Bakkt aggregates digital assets to enable instant liquidity and to empower users to trade, transfer and pay however they want. Visit Bakkt.com for more information About Kraken Whether you’re an experienced crypto trader or just starting out, Kraken has the tools to help you achieve financial freedom. With 50+ cryptocurrencies to choose from, industry-leading security and a wide variety of features to suit any investing strategy, Kraken puts the power in your hands to buy, sell and trade digital assets. Visit  Kraken.com  to get started today. About Masterworks Masterworks is democratizing the exclusive multi-trillion-dollar art world. Instead of needing to write a $10 million dollar check to buy one Picasso painting, you can buy shares of masterpiece paintings. Masterworks has securitized over $250 million worth of art for their 235,000 members and was recently valued at over $1 billion, making them the first and only unicorn in the alternative investing space. Invest like a billionaire today with a few easy clicks at  masterworks.io/scoop advertisement “When I started to read about smart contracts… my mind exploded.” That's Stani Kulechov, founder and CEO of Aave, who joined host Frank Chaparro for the latest episode of The Scoop podcast to discuss his entry into the world of decentralized finance (DeFi) and offer a deep dive into Aave's ecosystem. Among the topics: Aave Arc, the project's institutional product. During the conversation, Kulechov said that he believes smaller banks and private firms will be among the institutional world's early adopters of DeFi. “I think the biggest banks are more in the state of actually learning and getting education on the fly, and they will not be the early movers," he said. "But the early movers will be the banks that are smaller banks, private banks, and are exposed one way into the crypto space." 'MetaFi' As one might expect, the interview with Kulechov swung toward a popular one in the crypto space today: virtual worlds, gaming and the so-called Metaverse, the latter being a catch-all phrase for the different platforms and services that compromise an immersive digital experience. Kulechov likened the way users spend time playing games in the Metaverse to the way people log time in a physical space like a cafe or workspace. “Games becomes more of an economy the same way as we're spending times sitting in a cafe, workspaces or having dinners or meeting friends.” He also related the use of finance tools in DeFi protocols to playing games and shopping in a brand’s store in the metaverse. For Aave in particular, this area is being explored via the launch of Aavegotchi, which began its first land auctions this October. “It's just like a completely new world that can be not just an experiment, but it could become reality," said Kulechov. Beyond DeFi While DeFi remains the focus of Aave, Kulechov sees a range of possibilities for similar architectures outside of DeFi. Kulechov discovered that while DeFi protocols applied nicely to finance, a similar architecture could be created to build a social platform. Aave is currently working on this Ethereum-based Twitter alternative meant to give users more control over their content. “You don't have this component where you have this centralized entity abstracting the value from the users and bringing the value to the shareholders," he explained. "Instead, the community owns the network and also you own the social graph and you can decide how you monetize it.”  © 2021 The Block Crypto, Inc. All Rights Reserved. This article is provided for informational purposes only. It is not offered or intended to be used as legal, tax, investment, financial, or other advice.

Stani Kulechov Investments

22 Investments

Stani Kulechov has made 22 investments. Their latest investment was in NEAR Protocol as part of their Series B on January 1, 2022.

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Stani Kulechov Investments Activity

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Date

Round

Company

Amount

New?

Co-Investors

Sources

1/13/2022

Series B

NEAR Protocol

$150M

Yes

2

12/16/2021

Series A

Aztec

$17M

Yes

3

12/8/2021

Seed VC

Voltz Labs

$6M

Yes

1

10/22/2021

Angel

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10

9/30/2021

Series A

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$99M

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10

Date

1/13/2022

12/16/2021

12/8/2021

10/22/2021

9/30/2021

Round

Series B

Series A

Seed VC

Angel

Series A

Company

NEAR Protocol

Aztec

Voltz Labs

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Amount

$150M

$17M

$6M

$99M

New?

Yes

Yes

Yes

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Co-Investors

Sources

2

3

1

10

10

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