DeFi Tools and Applications

NFTs, Regulations, Developer Tools and more Disruptive Innovations

About the course

In the last years we have started to see the true potential of DeFi and the solutions and products it brings us. This course will explore very interesting topics such as the concept of “Democratisation” of financial services, the role of regulators and the difficulties companies face when developing DeFi solutions. Not only that, this course will also help you understand some real applications of these innovative products, like NFTs!

DeFi, or decentralised finance, is a bucket term which encompasses several ideas, technologies and products. After taking this course you will definitely have a clearer understanding of this movement, and you will also be able to see where the future of finance is going.

Leading you into the world of DeFi and its future developments will be Baptiste Cota, former Equity researcher at Goldman Sachs, Co-Founder of LeadBlock Partners, a European venture capital fund capturing opportunities in the fast growing Blockchain & Digital Assets ecosystem.

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Difficulty: Foundations
Duration: 57mins

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Developer tools

The expert you’ll be learning from

Baptiste Cota

Founding Partner at LeadBlock Partners, Blockchain VC

Upon completing his Master’s Degree in Finance & Management, Baptiste quickly found his place in the departments of Equity Research at Goldman Sachs where he built a successful career. However, over the years Baptiste shifted his interest towards the world of startups and entrepreneurship, and in 2019 he co-founded LeadBlock Partners, a Blockchain Venture Capital Fund.

LeadBlock Partners is a European venture capital fund capturing opportunities in the fast growing Blockchain & Digital Assets ecosystem. Although Blockchain adoption was initially driven by consumers and start-ups built for them, the organisation believes that adoption by corporates and institutions is now the largest growth driver in the space. Blockchain technology is transforming how industries leverage data and transact across sectors. LeadBlock Partners’ portfolio includes: Bitpanda, Tesseract, Spring Labs, BlockFi and Yuga Labs.

Course Content

In this course, we will be speaking with Baptiste Cota, Founding Partner at LeadBlock Partners, about the future of DeFi, the potential and challenges of NFTs, and the importance of developer tools in the world of blockchain. Baptiste will share his insights and expertise on these topics, as well as his vision for the future of the blockchain industry.
In this chapter, we will discuss the concept of the “democratisation” of the internet and financial services through DeFi, and explore the benefits and drawbacks of a global decentralised financial system. We will also examine the current DeFi ecosystem, including the role of start-ups, fintechs, big techs, and institutional players, and consider what the ecosystem might look like in 10 years. Additionally, we will discuss the evolving attitude of traditional financial institutions towards DeFi and the role of regulation in promoting a safer environment. Finally, we will explore the challenge of interoperability in DeFi and consider whether it is possible to overcome this technical barrier.
We will delve into the concept of intrinsic value in digital assets and consider the role of NFTs in the gaming industry. We will also discuss the potential for NFTs to enable artists to create and sell works of art with smart contracts embedded that automatically pay royalties, and consider other exciting use cases for NFTs.
In this chapter, we will discuss the challenges of finding developers with the right skills for blockchain projects, and consider the role of developer tools in enabling faster launches of blockchain products and services. We will also discuss the importance of user experience in the adoption of blockchain technology, and consider the potential for blockchain to disrupt traditional business models and create new opportunities.
In conclusion, Baptiste has provided valuable insights into the future of DeFi, the potential and challenges of NFTs, and the importance of developer tools in the world of blockchain. Through this course, we have gained a deeper understanding of the opportunities and challenges presented by these emerging technologies, and the potential for them to disrupt traditional business models and create new opportunities.

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