Multi-billion dollar hedge funds are tapping into DeFi with MetaMask's institutional product

Episode 49 of Season 3 of The Scoop was recorded remotely with The Block’s Frank Chaparro and Johann Bornman, product lead for MetaMask Institutional at Consensys. 

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ConsenSys wants major financial groups to jump into the world of decentralized finance -- and believes MetaMask Institutional can serve as a gateway for such firms. 

While most listeners are likely familiar with MetaMask, the DeFi wallet that boasts millions of monthly users, MetaMask Institutional (MMI) is a new initiative within ConsenSys focused on providing institutional access to DeFi. Already, the firm counts several large multi-billion dollar crypto-native and traditional funds among its clients, according to Johann Bornman, the initiative's product lead. 

For bigger investment firms, interest in DeFi centers around exposure to higher yields from lending protocols like Aave or Compound. 


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“Some of them are very active in terms of their yield fund strategies and their yield farming strategies,” Bornman explained during a new episode of The Scoop podcast. “But on average, if you're talking about these larger hedge funds and pension funds that you mentioned and also some of the larger crypto funds, on average, you're seeing them sort of  dip their toe into the space.”

Bornman added:

“And this might entail minting assets or lending assets on Compound and Aave or using some of the most well-known protocols in the space."

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About Author

Frank Chaparro is the Editor At Large at The Block. Chaparro started his career at Business Insider, where he specialized in the intersection of digital assets and Wall Street, market structure, and financial technology. Soon after joining Business Insider out of Fordham University, Chaparro was interviewing top finance and tech executives, including billionaire Mark Cuban, “Flash Boys” star Brad Katsuyama, Cboe Global Markets CEO Ed Tilly, and New York Stock Exchange President Tom Farley. In 2018, he become a sought after reporter in the crypto world, interviewing luminaries such as Tyler Winklevoss, the cofounder of Gemini, Jeremy Allaire, the CEO of Circle, and Fundstrat head Tom Lee. He runs his own podcast The Scoop and writes a biweekly eponymous newsletter. He leads special projects, including The Block's flagship podcast, The Scoop. Prior to The Block, he held roles at Business Insider, NPR, and Nasdaq. For inquiries or tips, email [email protected].