All-In on DeFi: Why the Days of Centralized Exchanges Are Numbered

coindesk | Changpeng Zhao | Oct 29, 2020

c 300x256 - All-In on DeFi: Why the Days of Centralized Exchanges Are NumberedDeFi, or decentralized finance, finally found its footing this year, with numerous DeFi tokens and protocols gaining widespread traction amongst crypto users. Powered by smart contract technology, innovations like yield farming have allowed everyday users to earn unprecedented interest on their crypto assets.

DeFi is booming, and today the market is filled with all kinds of borrowing and lending protocols, many of which compete with one another on the basis of providing users with meteoric yields.

See: Intro to yield farming and the latest developments in DeFi

Today’s most promising DeFi apps all share a similar vision for the future: The creation of a divergent financial system where capital and data flows more equitably, shifting control away from institutions and towards the individual.

However, the most popular DeFi apps are still dwarfed by most centralized exchanges, which wield outsized impact and influence within the cryptocurrency and blockchain space. The best centralized exchanges offer a compelling mix of user-friendly services that are more easily understood by end-users.

Centralized products are easy to use and comprehend, and can be accessed using a web browser, desktop or mobile app. At earlier stages of development, it’s also easier to increase the pace of innovation with centralized technology, as teams can work in concert to build new features, fix bugs and produce the kinds of fine iterations that improve the overall user experience.

See:Could Bitcoin on DeFi displace banks? Yes

"We believe the future of the industry lies in decentralization, and with the momentum increasing, it's time to go all-in."

By focusing on delivering a superior user experience in tandem with top-notch security, centralized exchanges essentially live or die based on their ability to “create trust” among their users.

 

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