Most Influential 2021: Robert Leshner

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Good morning. Robert Leshner has constructed one of many important cornerstones of decentralized finance (DeFi) with Compound, a lending protocol. That’s essential. As are the sequence of investments he’s made in fledging DeFi initiatives via a “scout” fund he co-founded, Robot Ventures. But you would possibly say his have an effect on and character are simply as influential. In late September, when the autonomous Compound protocol was hacked and mistakenly paid out $80 million price of COMP, Leshner dealt with the scenario poorly – at first. He briefly threatened customers with Federal motion, till amassing himself and asking individuals who erroneously obtained Compound funds to reimburse the protocol. It was, as Leshner says, a “moral dilemma” and reveals how even when robots run the code, people are nonetheless central gamers.