The Maker Foundation's decentralization announcement came hot on the heels of a post-Black Thursday debt crisis that threatened to force an emergency shutdown of the MakerDAO decentralized lending platform. That was resolved a day earlier by a reverse auction following a series of votes by MKR token holders.
Ethereum co-founder Vitalik Buterin has called for a decentralized exchange to be built that enables swaps between bitcoin and ether. At present, those who want to convert their BTC into ETH, or vice versa, have little choice but to rely on centralized crypto exchanges, which often charge fees.
As he still battles to tokenize his lucrative NBA contract, Brooklyn Nets star Spencer Dinwiddie has come up with a back-up plan: offering a savings platform for cryptocurrencies. Through the partnership with Cred, a California-based lender, users can “pledge” digital assets such as Bitcoin and Litecoin—as well as stablecoins including Tether. In return, Dinwiddie says he is promising up to 10% interest at maturity
A major reservation with accepting USDC as collateral lied in how the stablecoin is centralized. This is a significant departure from Maker’s stance of ensuring DAI is only backed by decentralized assets—as USDC is the brainchild of Coinbase and Circle, major players in the crypto industry. As MakerDAO’s (now out of date) white paper noted: “Unlike other Stablecoins, DAI is completely decentralized.”