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Aave developers to get $16.8M in retroactive funding


Aave (AAVE) V3 developer Aave Companies is set to receive retroactive funding of $16.28 million from the DeFi protocol’s decentralized autonomous organization (DAO).

Retroactive funding proposal

The developers submitted a proposal to the DAO on Aug. 10 requesting funds to cover payments for development work done over the past 12 months.

The proposal requested $15 million in retroactive funding for developers’ work over the past year and $1.28 million for third-party auditors like ABDK, OpenZeppelin, PeckShield, SigmaPrime, and Trail of Bits.

As of press time, over 669,000 votes have been cast in favor of the proposal without opposition. Voting will end on Sept 8 at 19:00 UTC.

Once approved the payment will be made via Aave tokens and stablecoins. The proposal included a breakdown of the compensation model.

Meanwhile, support for the payment is coming despite the decline in Aave DAO assets. Nansen data shows that Aave DAO liquid assets dropped to $378 million from over $800 million in April.

What is retroactive funding?

Retroactive public goods funding became popular in 2021 after Ethereum (ETH) co-founder Vitalik Buterin and Layer-2 network Optimism published a piece on it.

The funding model incentivizes developers to work on projects knowing they will get paid based on the value of their work.

Lido DAO approves 10 million token sales

Lido (LDO) DAO approved the sales of 10 million Lido tokens to VC firm Dragonfly Capital to cover expenses incurred for over two years.

According to Bloomberg News, the DeFi protocol made the decision to deal with the fallout of the recent market crash.

Jacob Blish, head of business development at Lido Finance, told the newswire the project did not quickly anticipate the effect of the market crash. He said:

“We really started understanding how serious this was going to get once we entered into mid, late May, as Terra and the CeFi protocols started getting worse with inflation running away, the war overseas, whatever else is going on.”

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