Ren DAO to vote on plan to mint new funding tokens after Alameda collapse

Quick Take

  • The Ren Foundation will use the minted tokens to raise money for the project’s future development if the vote passes.
  • Ren could mint as many as 200 million new tokens that could be worth $17 million.

The Ren community, which oversees a DeFi protocol that issues wrapped crypto assets, is considering the minting of new tokens to raise capital after the collapse of Alameda Research left the project without access to its funds.

The community is also voting on the creation of the Ren Foundation, an organization that will lead the future development of the project. This vote is based on a proposal submitted to the DAO forum by Ren Ecosystem Advocate Maximillian Roszko.

As part of the vote, Ren DAO members will decide how many new ren tokens will be minted. The proposal suggested four options — 50 million, 100 million, 150 million or 200 million REN tokens — as well as a fifth option for rejecting the funding plan as a whole. At the current token price, Ren could raise from $4 million and $17 million.

Ren’s most popular wrapped asset is renBTC, a wrapped version of bitcoin. Wrapped tokens are versions of native Layer 1 coins that can be bridged to the Ethereum network

The REN token price is down 83% in the last one year. Image: CoinGecko

The Ren Foundation, if set up, will fund Ren 2.0 — a new version of the protocol to be rolled out as a community-run upgrade after sunsetting version 1.0. Ren was forced to retire the previous version after running out of funds.


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Alameda acquired Ren in early 2021 and held the project’s treasury. The trading firm, alongside its sister exchange FTX, has since gone into bankruptcy. Ren previously stated that it only had funding through the end of 2022 following the Alameda collapse.

The funds realized from the sale of the newly minted tokens will be split between the Ren Foundation and darknode operators, ecosystem members who contribute their computing power to secure the network and receive rewards from Ren for contributing their computing power to the network.

The Ren community vote will end on Dec. 21. Data from the voting page on Snapshot shows early support for minting 200 million new ren tokens. This option so far has attracted 75% of the vote.

Disclaimer: Beginning in 2021, Michael McCaffrey, the former CEO and majority owner of The Block, took a series of loans from founder and former FTX and Alameda CEO Sam Bankman-Fried. McCaffrey resigned from the company in December 2022 after failing to disclose those transactions.

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Osato is a news reporter at The Block as part of the crypto ecosystems team that focuses on DAO governance, staking, blockchain layers, and DeFi. He was previously a news reporter at Cointelegraph. Based in Lagos, Nigeria, he enjoys crosswords, poker, and attempting to beat his Scrabble high score. Follow him on Twitter at @OsatoNomayo.


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