TBW Premium #13: XAnge launches its Web3 fund, 5 potential airdrops to watch πŸͺ‚

TBW Premium #13: XAnge launches its Web3 fund, 5 potential airdrops to watch πŸͺ‚

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7 July 2022

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The domino effect πŸŒͺ️

This was the question we had all been asking ourselves for weeks: which "CeFi" (centralised finance) player would fall first? Many thought it would be lending platform Celsius, which has been much talked about, but in the end it was Three Arrows Capital (3AC) that cracked before anyone else... After several liquidations of its positions, the famous Singaporean crypto fund filed for bankruptcy earlier this week in the United States, where it manages a large part of its business.

It could all have ended there. Except that on the heels of this, broker Voyager, which is exposed to 3AC, announced yesterday that it was filing for bankruptcy in the United States. A chain of events that is now leading to fears of a domino effect of sorts in the 'CeFi' sector.

What will be the next company to explode in mid-air? Will there be victims in France? In an attempt to reassure everyone, FTX boss Sam Bankman-Fried explained that his company still had several billion dollars available to help the sector. Is this enough to stop the bleeding? That's the question we're all asking ourselves now...




Our exclusive news

πŸ‘‰ Dogami raises funds (again)

Bilal El Alamy can be smiling. While the crypto markets have not been at their best in recent weeks, the co-founder of Dogami (created in 2021) has just completed a new round of fundraising. According to our information, the deal is worth around €10 million. Dogami is an NFT game that involves adopting and breeding virtual dogs (there are more than 300 breeds) with the aim of earning money via the "Doga" crypto and playing other games in the Dogami galaxy. With this new money, the Paris-based start-up, which already raised just over €5 million earlier this year, would like to speed up recruitment and the creation of new games.

πŸ‘‰ XAnge in turn launches a Web3 fund

For the past few years, XAnge has been involved in almost every Web3 success story: Ledger, Dogami, Request... Many start-ups count the French investment fund among their shareholders. But to gain an even greater foothold in this niche, it has decided to create a specialist fund with a number of specific themes, such as decentralised finance (DeFi) and industry (DAO). XAnge, which has recruited Arianee co-founder Luc Jodet to steer this vehicle, is aiming for an envelope of €80 million, with a first wave of investors by the end of the year. This will include Bpifrance, whose ambitions in the sector are now clearly stated. This announcement comes at a time when Cathay Innovation and Ledger announced the creation of a €100 million Web3 fund in early June. In mid-June, Banque Postale announced the creation of a €150 million fund focusing on emerging technologies (including Web3). Other French funds specialising in Web3 are expected to launch in the coming months.

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The 5 potential airdrops not to be missed


It's not easy to invest in this period of decline... While bitcoin and other cryptos have fallen sharply, one of the tricks for positioning yourself without losing too many feathers may still be to go for "aidrops", these operations in which emerging projects give tokens for free to users to support their development.

We've picked out five projects that caught our eye and that could make use of them in the coming weeks or months. Here are the best ideas and practices for accessing them.

But before you discover our selection, we'd like to take a look back at the philosophy behind airdrops, how they work, as well as their benefits for projects and users.

Airdrops are widely used by crypto projects because they help attract their first users and federate a community around them. This is the lifeblood of crypto. Many projects have broken their teeth on this point. "A token is not always essential to make a protocol work, like Ethereum's Layer 2 (L2) for example, which could have kept the ether (ETH) as a token, but we've seen that it's difficult to build a community without a token," points out Jimmy Ragosa, advisor to the Sismo project. For example, L2 Optimism launched its OP token at the beginning of June.

For projects, using an airdrop is also a way of accelerating the decentralisation of their governance. Each token represents a right to vote on future decisions, giving the community the power to influence.

One of the best-known airdrops is that of Uniswap. In September 2020, the decentralised exchange platform distributed 400 UNI tokens to everyone who had used its protocol at least once in the past. At the time of the operation, the airdrop was worth around $1,500. But a few months later, in April 2021, it peaked at more than $50,000!

Other projects also made news, such as DyDx. In August 2021, this decentralised derivatives platform sent 310.75 DYDX tokens to everyone who had used its services at least once. Between August and September, the value of the airdrop rose from around $1,000 to more than $8,000. And these cases are far from isolated.

But the "blessed" days of massive, easy-to-obtain airdrops are over. While these operations still exist, the eligibility conditions have been tightened up considerably in response to certain abuses. Many projects have been faced with situations where users have used several addresses to multiply the rewards.

These practices threaten projects because these opportunistic users often resell their tokens in the process, helping to drive down the token's price as soon as it is launched... The Ribbon project was hit at the end of 2021 with one player (Divergence Ventures fund) who had created dozens of addresses that met the minimum airdrop requirements. It received the equivalent of $2.5 million in RBNs, which were quickly resold on the market.

To avoid these disappointments, projects have made the minimum thresholds more complex to ensure that the tokens go to active users and not to "mercenaries" in the sector. This is notably the case with Paraswap, an aggregator of decentralised exchange platforms, whose airdrop launched at the end of 2021 required a "qualified" level of use. To be eligible for airdrop, users had to have used Paraswap several times on Ethereum, Polygon and Binance Smart Chain, and have a minimum balance on the linked wallets. The measure drew some criticism, as many users found themselves excluded from airdrop without really knowing why... Only 19,000 addresses (out of a total of 1.8 million having interacted with Paraswap) received the PSP token. For the lucky few, it was well worth the effort: the equivalent of $5,000 to $10,000 was distributed.

Now that you know all about airdrops, you can check out our selection. This one was put together with Jean Brasse, a specialist in the subject, who offers some recommendations to maximise your chances of being eligible.


1 - Arbitrum


Arbitrum is a layer 2 (L2) solution that enhances Ethereum's scalability. It allows users to take advantage of Ethereum's security without paying the transaction fees of its blockchain and uses "optimistics rollups" technology.

In order to reward its early adopters and accelerate the decentralisation of its protocol, Arbitrum could carry out an airdrop. There are several ways you can try to benefit from this, such as:

πŸ‘‰ Using Arbitrum's official bridge (Arbitrum Bridge

πŸ‘‰ Using the protocols deployed on Arbitrum, taking care to spread the tests over different days: Curve, Uniswap, GMX, Dopex, Sushi, Aave, etc

πŸ‘‰ Take part in Arbitrum Odyssey: this event, which started on 21 June and will run for 8 weeks, is an opportunity to familiarise yourself with the Arbitrum ecosystem. The idea is to take part in a fun trail where you can be rewarded with NFTs created by well-known artists. Arbitrum Odyssey was interrupted last week due to its success, which led to network congestion πŸ˜…. The event will resume after the Nitro update.


2 - Starknet


StarkNet is also a scalability solution dedicated to Ethereum, but which uses "ZK rollups" technology. According to many experts, StarkNet has the potential to be Ethereum's best-performing layer 2.

StarkNet's airdrop is an open secret, but has never been confirmed by the team. Here are your options for trying to benefit from it:

πŸ‘‰ Use the official bridge (StarkGate)

πŸ‘‰ Try out the first protocols deployed on the Starknet testnet: StarkSwap, Jedi Swap, MySwap, etc.

πŸ‘‰ Launch your own StarkNet node


‍3 - ZkSync


ZKSync is another Ethereum scalability solution (you guessed it, it's the year of layers 2!).

There are several hypotheses for claiming this potential airdrop, such as using bridges supporting ZKSync :

πŸ‘‰ ZigZag

πŸ‘‰ LayerSwap

πŸ‘‰ Orbiter

πŸ‘‰ Perform swaps on ZigZag using the ZkSync network

πŸ‘‰ Using the ZKSync V2 testnet


4 - Lens Protocol


Lens is a protocol designed on the Polygon blockchain, the aim of which is to develop decentralised social networks in which users own their data... In particular, this system would enable creators to no longer be directly dependent on platforms such as Facebook that impose their terms of use.

To reward but also decentralise the protocol, Lens could carry out an airdrop. Here are some good suggestions for potentially gaining access.

πŸ‘‰ Use the private beta version. Several criteria were required to gain access. You can check your eligibility by visiting the Lens Protocol website. If you're not, more windows should be available in the coming weeks.

Use applications built on Lens:

πŸ‘‰ Lenster

πŸ‘‰ LensTube

πŸ‘‰ Phaver

πŸ‘‰ Refract

πŸ‘‰ Iris Social

πŸ‘‰ Follow other Lens users

πŸ‘‰ Write posts

πŸ‘‰ Collect posts

πŸ‘‰ Mirror posts

πŸ‘‰ Comment on posts‍


5 - Debank / Rabby


Debank is a "Wallet Tracker Multichain" enabling all DeFi users to track the status of their wallet. DeBank integrates more than 1,000 protocols on 34 different blockchains. Rabby is DeBank's in-house wallet.

Many hypotheses for trying to gain access to the airdrop:

πŸ‘‰ Connect your address on DeBank

πŸ‘‰ Verify your address

πŸ‘‰ Follow other addresses

πŸ‘‰ Connect your Twitter account

πŸ‘‰ Connect your Github account

πŸ‘‰ Add your email address

πŸ‘‰ Minter your ID (reserved for the 10.000 addresses with the best ranking)

πŸ‘‰ Vote on proposals to integrate new protocols

πŸ‘‰ Install and use the Rabby wallet


"MiCA poses a problem on stablecoins"


The European authorities have just reached a political agreement on MiCA (Markets in Crypto-Assets) and the TFR (Transfer of Funds Regulation), two key texts for the future of Web3 in Europe. While she welcomes the progress made, Faustine Fleuret, President of Adan (the French association representing crypto companies), is also concerned about the lack of clarity on a number of issues, particularly stablecoins.

How do you view the agreement on the TFR and MiCA?

The final result is a step in the right direction. The latest versions of the TFR and MiCA are more favourable than those of a few weeks ago. We have made progress, notably by removing NFTs and decentralised finance from the agreement. But we also believe that several points still pose problems, such as stablecoins, where there is legitimate cause for concern. With the current version of the text, decentralised or algorithmic stablecoins have very little chance of being authorised in the EU, as each stablecoin will have to have a 1:1 reserve, as well as a legal entity in Europe. Yet decentralised stablecoins are not, by definition, centralised, while algorithmic stablecoins are not based on 1:1 reserves...

How do you explain this decision?

The collapse of Terra Luna and the UST stablecoin clearly didn't help. Some people in Brussels lumped all the projects together without trying to understand the difference between one initiative and another. There's going to be a big educational challenge to make the European authorities understand how stablecoins work and why Europe can't afford to miss this turning point.

What are the next steps for the TFR and MiCA?

From now on, we're going to enter the 'technical' discussions phase. We will have to translate the political agreement and give it concrete application before it is finally adopted by the European Parliament in the coming months. This is an essential phase, because it is at this point that we will be able to go into the details of the issues and see exactly what the players in the sector will be subject to. We will be closely monitoring the drafting of the texts and making proposals to the European elected representatives.

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