What's Next For Aave? - Stani Kulechov, Ep. 116
45 min

Stani Kulechov (@StaniKulechov), founder of Aave, joins us this week to recap the latest developments with 

  • How did Aave successfully pivot, and grow to $1B in deposits?
  • What is "Aavenomics" and why is it gamechanging?
  • How will Aave onboard traditional assets and bridge DeFi with traditional finance?
  • What excites Stani the most?



Host: Jason Choi (@MrJasonChoi). This show is not financial advice; show host and guest may hold some of the assets discussed.






Musical credits:

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Transition track: "BHANGER" by Phortissimo. Used with permission

Disclaimer: Jason Choi is an investor at Spartan Capital, the hedge fund arm of The Spartan Group. All opinions expressed by Jason and podcast guests are solely their own opinions and do not reflect the opinion of The Spartan Group and any of its subsidiaries and personnel. This podcast is for information purposes only and should not be relied upon as a basis for investment decisions. 

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