CoinGecko founder explains how the crypto data platform saw the coming DeFi mania

Episode 39 of Season 2 of The Scoop was recorded remotely with The Block’s Frank Chaparro and TM Lee, co-founder of CoinGecko.

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"We knew that DeFi was going to be big and important about sometime last year."

CoinGecko co-founder TM Lee has been keeping the pulse on the DeFi space since starting the platform with his co-founder in 2014. The initial coin offering (ICO) boom of 2017 multiplied the traffic tens of times over, cementing CoinGecko as a popular crypto metrics provider.

Now, CoinGecko is in the midst of another boom — the decentralized finance (DeFi) explosion. The platform has gained even more popularity by listing hundreds of DeFi tokens, becoming a hub of information on  for those interested in the ever-increasing projects.

But even though CoinGecko saw the DeFi explosion on the horizon thanks to a few team members interested in the space, on this week's episode of The Scoop, Lee said he wasn't expecting the magnitude seen today.


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"If you asked me last year, would DeFi be big today? I just couldn't see that. Will Uniswap be a billion-dollar trading volume that beats Coinbase? I would also say that's not possible. But we are in this world right now," he said.

On this week's episode, Lee talked about how DeFi mania is changing up the platform's approach as well as:

  • The genesis of the platform, from early days in 2014 through the ICO craze of 2017 to today
  • What's driving Coin Gecko's growth now, and why the explosion came only recently
  • How the platform balances offering a wide array of DeFi projects with protecting users from possible scams
  • How the team is working to stay ahead of the curve during DeFi mania
  • Why the investment side of the team's operations is key in the current climate.

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Aislinn Keely is a reporter on The Block's policy team holding down the legal beat. She covers court decisions, bankruptcies, regulatory actions and other key moments in the legal sphere, putting them in context for the wider crypto industry. Before The Block, she lent her voice to the NPR affiliate WFUV and helmed Fordham University's student newspaper. Send tips or thoughts on all things policy and legal to [email protected] or follow her on Twitter for updates @AislinnKeely.