Yearn Finance Mints 6,666 YFI Tokens ($225M) After Supply Proposal Vote Passes


  • Andre Cronje goes back on his “fair release” mantra.
  • The proposal aims to keep key contributors and attract new talents

Yearn Finance stakeholders have uniformly passed a proposal seeking to increase the amount of YFI tokens currently in the market. The proposal was initiated after Yearn Finance’s creator, Andre Cronje, made a medium post on why the community should make the change.

New Mints To Address “Competitive Disadvantage”

An earlier proposal for YFI tokens to be increased has seen it passed. Andre Cronje, the creator of the Yearn.Finance protocol published a poll asking for input on how best to move forward with the YFI tokens’ supply.

The poll began on January 28. It received input from over 2,000 participants. In the end, 1,671 voters (roughly 84%) supported the move to increase the supply of tokens, while 331 of them (16.5%) voted against it.

Currently, there is a hard cap of 30,000 YFI tokens in circulation. As the results of the poll have shown, the token’s market cap will be increased by 6,666 tokens. The proposal aims to reward key contributors with a third of the minted tokens (2,222 YFI), while the remaining two-thirds (4,444 YFI) will be reserved in the protocol’s treasury.

The expansion proposal aims to use the newly minted tokens to motivate new contributors, fund liquidity mining and staking rewards, acquire talent, and provide new cross-platform incentives. However, most users who voted against it claimed that it contravened the token’s social contract, a problem that could lead to an erosion of the token’s value in the open market.

Eventually, the proposal’s authors decided to increase the token’s supply by just 22 percent, adding that this slight increase will maintain YFI’s competitive advantage over the tokens of other decentralized finance (DeFi) protocols.

It is unclear how the protocol plans to distribute the newly minted token. However, it is expected that the distribution process will be handled by a Compensation Working Group. The group will present its recommendations to the multisig committee (YFI’s version for a board of directors) for a review. Once approved, the compensation plan will be executed. Yearn has stated that the process of minting new tokens will take three days.

The decision to reward key contributors shows a change of perspective in the community who are known for not giving preferential treatments for insiders. Andre Cronje began this practice and it has stuck. But the new proposal sets out to break this practice citing cases of some of their contributors being “poached” by other projects.

Cronje Backtracks

The decision to make this change started when Andre Cronje, creator of the YFI space, spoke on the difficulties of operating in the decentralized finance industry. In a medium post from February 2020, Cronje explained that many people demanded too much from him, and running the Yearn Finance platform was getting costlier by the day.

The developer additionally questioned his decision to limit the number of YFI tokens in his “fair launch,” adding that minting more tokens could be the best way to reward developers. Although a lot of reactions followed his public address, Cronje has expressed his pleasure at the proposal’s acceptance.

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