Trader Joe Raises $5M for DeFi on Avalanche

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In Brief
  • The second-largest protocol on Avalanche gets a big investment

  • Trader Joe aims to launch lending and borrowing protocols

  • AVAX tops $50 while JOE surges 40% on the day

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Avalanche-based decentralized finance (DeFi) platform Trader Joe has become the latest to secure a round of funding from venture capital giants.

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In an announcement on Sept 2, the DeFi trading platform revealed that it raised $5 million in a strategic sale led by Defiance Capital, GBV Capital, and Mechanism Capital. Several other venture capital firms, angel investors, and industry leaders including Three Arrows Capital, Coin98 Ventures, Delphi Digital, Avalanche Foundation, and Aave founder Stani Kulechov, also contributed.

Trader Joe plans to expand its team with the cash injection and continue developing its trading and lending platform. Pseudonymous co-founders “Cryptofish” & “0xMurloc” stated:

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“Our vision is to build fast, stay agile and serve users at the frontiers of DeFi. We are incredibly humbled by the support of our users and investors. The Avalanche ecosystem is just getting started, and we will do our part to drive DeFi innovation.”

DeFi on Avalanche

Trader Joe was launched in July and it has already accrued more than $500 million in total value locked ranking it as the second-largest Avalanche-based DeFi protocol according to DeFiLlama. The protocol started as an automated market maker with yield farming features and has grown in terms of volumes due to its engaging user interface. It plans to launch decentralized lending and borrowing protocols as part of its one-stop trading platform next.

Jade Vo from Coin98 commented:

“Trader Joe has demonstrated its enormous growth potential on Avalanche, generating a lot of attention from users. We are pleased to join the team on their adventure to build a critical DeFi stack and enrich the whole Avalanche ecosystem, which has been blooming and has a long runway ahead of it.”

Avalanche has been growing in terms of strategic partnerships in recent months. DeFi and CeFi exchange aggregator OpenOcean launched on Avalanche in late August to offer higher speeds and lower-cost transactions for its users.

Earlier in August, algorithmic liquidity market protocol BENQI announced that it had attracted more than $1 billion in total assets running on Avalanche.

As reported by BeInCrypto, the Avalanche Foundation unveiled a $180 million liquidity mining incentive program called “Avalanche Rush” in mid-August. The first phase of the Rush program provides its native AVAX token as a liquidity mining incentive for Aave and Curve users over a three-month period.

AVAX price outlook

The bullish developments have been good news for AVAX holders. The token has surged 420% since hitting a local bottom of $9.61 on July 21. On Sept 3, AVAX is trading slightly below $50.

Trader Joe’s native token, JOE, has pumped 41% on the day to reach $2.04. The token has made a whopping 2,340% over the past fortnight and is just 22% away from its Aug 29 all-time high of $2.60.

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Martin has been covering the latest developments on cyber security and infotech for two decades. He has previous trading experience and has been actively covering the blockchain and crypto industry since 2017.

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