Since we launched Maple Loans in February we thought hard about how to improve the UX for you. We thought, we iterated and now we’ve shipped 📦

We are thrilled to unveil the new Maple Loans front end.

Maple Loans started as a proof of concept in February 2020 after an epic 5 week sprint taking it from 💭 to live on mainnet. Rapid prototyping is great but the front end needed to catch up to delight our users 🥳. It needed to be EASY TO JOIN, EASY TO LEND and EASY TO BORROW.

EASY TO JOIN 🎟️


Maple is proud to announce the first loan in a new category to Alex Masmej. Maple has partnered with MetaFactory to support the launch of their Brand Factories concept. 🥞 ➕ 🤖

This is part of Maple’s vision of providing lending tech for lenders and businesses to improve their reach and customer experience.

The Maple loan to Masmej let him participate in the Genesis Auction for MetaFactory’s signature brand. The top 42 bidders received membership in the MetaFactory brand, entitling them to governance rights and special perks proportionate to their bids.

Winning bidders receive the limited edition MF Bomber (see…


Maple Loans is proud to announce it’s supporting DeFi’s first undercollateralized loan to a DAO 🎉 This paves the way for other DAOs to borrow in future.

Members of Unstoppable Lending community on maple.loans can fund part of the loan (in increments of 10 DAI) and earn 14% APR over 12 months (compared with 4.75% on Compound as at 20 March 2020).

BrightID loves to push the boundaries of what is possible with DAOs and we are excited to be working with Maple to show that a DAO can be an excellent borrower.


TL;DR

Maple Loans is a platform where users form Communities to Borrow and Lend undercollateralized loans to other Community members.

We built it to showcase how crypto can provide a great lending product to Borrowers.

The protocol takes care of requesting, funding, settling and making repayments allowing Communities to experiment and be creative with identity and risk assessment.

Why did we build Maple Loans?

We were impatient to see more progress in undercollateralized lending. Overcollateralised loans have been great for buying ETH on leverage but we wanted crypto lending being used to buy things people need and can’t afford.

People still debate about how to tackle identity…


Applying Rene Girard’s perspective to the Crypto Crash

TL;DR

Rene Girard is Peter Thiel’s favourite philosopher. He developed the concept of Mimetic violence, where the similarities between members of society cause conflict. Stability within society is preserved by violently sacrificing scapegoats to re-establish differentiation.

Raft of the Medusa — Géricault

Long-term stability within society is re-established by moments of shocking violence and chaos which reassert differentiation as the status quo. The act of violence is referred to here as a “Founding Murder” (think Romulus/Remus and Rome; Cain/Abel and the Bible; Dotcom Bust and Silicon Valley).

This short essay considers the Crypto Crash as the Founding Murder for the crypto community. The excess and chaos of…


TL;DR

Maple SmartBonds can be used to speculate on or hedge the interest rate on Compound for supplying Sai.

Speculate: To profit if the Compound supply rate is going up, Issue Maple SmartBonds, set a fixed rate which you will pay your investors and your profit grows if the Compound interest rate increases.

Hedge: for the Compound supply rate going down, buy Maple SmartBonds and lock in a fixed interest rate for the next 3 or 6 months.

Long Interest Rates

Are you bulish on DeFi interest rates and you think that Compound rates will reverse the downward trend they’ve had recently? …


A How-to Guide

TL;DR

Maple is a two sided marketplace that lets Issuers borrow from Investors by creating and selling SmartBonds to them. Investors can use Maple to lock in stable, predictable income or to speculate a decreasing Compound Supply rate. This article is a guide to investing with Maple.

What’s a SmartBond? SmartBonds = the WORLD’S FIRST digital native bonds.

Digital bonds. Backed with Digital Assets. Trusting code.

Getting Started

What you need to get started:

  • Metamask wallet — this is the wallet you use to interact with Maple. …


A How-to Guide

TL;DR

Maple is a two sided marketplace for raising debt. It provides the technology for Issuers to borrow from Investors by creating and selling SmartBonds. Issuers will use Maple when they want to speculate on the Compound Supply rate increasing, or to raise Dai to reinvest in Compound or other DeFi platforms to increase their return. This article provides a step by step guide with gifs to turn you from zero to DeFi hero.

What’s a SmartBond? SmartBonds = the WORLD’S FIRST digital native bonds.

Digital bonds. Backed with Digital Assets. Trusting code.

Getting Started

What you need to get…


Source: https://dribbble.com/madebyfurr

It began, as many of my projects have, with an initial spark of inspiration. I’d just been to a 4-day Tony Robbins seminar. I was invincible. I needed to be unleashed. But at what? I needed a mountain to move. As my mind grasped in all directions for a challenge to road test my newfound awesomeness, I remembered the marathon was coming up. I’d talked vaguely about doing a marathon but the dates crept up and didn’t you need at least 12 weeks to prepare for those? And 42 kilometers is long. Like, really long.

All good excuses for someone…


SmartBonds backed by crypto assets

TL;DR

We’re proud to announce the launch of Maple — the world’s first crypto bond platform. It enables users of DeFi lending platforms to issue crypto bonds (aka Maple SmartBonds) secured by their crypto assets.

As DeFi lending expands, users will be able to create banks which issue bonds to raise money for lending to customers. With one tiny catch: they’re crypto banks, selling crypto bonds to global investors and using the proceeds to give crypto loans to any user with an internet connection. Ethereum will be home to the world’s first crypto capital market.

Maple’s MVP is nearly finalised and…

Sidney Powell

Co-Founder @maplefinance 🥞 | @sidbpowell

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