Most Influential 2021: Stani Kulechov

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Both Stani Kulechov and Aave, the decentralized finance (DeFi) cash market he based, loved a fruitful 2021. In April, the launch of a liquidity mining program helped propel Aave previous rival Compound in complete worth locked (TVL) rankings, establishing Aave because the preeminent lending platform.

Just a couple of weeks later, Kulechov joined Variant Fund as a associate, and has since been listed as an advisor and investor in numerous rising Web 3 tasks. In addition to helming Aave and his rising enterprise capital portfolio, Kulechov is seeing great success serving as Aave’s hypeman in chief.

His typically spontaneous “rAAVE” events carry rising cultural significance (and have attracted mainstream media consideration), and along with usually playful perspective, he’s a great Twitter follow for the long run merchandise he teases: an Aave-powered social media protocol, Aave debit playing cards, and even, probably, a Web 3 trend line? Even if simply one of many above find yourself being launched in 2022, odds are we’ll be seeing him on this record once more.

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