One of China’s largest decentralized finance (DeFi) platforms has raised fresh capital for expanding its product lineup.
Announced Tuesday, the dForce Foundation has completed a $1.5 million seed round led by Multicoin Capital and joined by Huobi Capital and CMB International (CMBI). The foundation plans on earmarking the funds for staffing and new DeFi product launches in 2020, according to a statement.
The foundation maintains two protocols, lending platform Lendf and synthetic fiat stablecoin USDx.
dForce founder Mindao Yang told CoinDesk the firm, which launched in 2019, will use the funds to continue stepping outside the stablecoin game and into the larger DeFi movement. Part of that vision includes Lendf, the lending platform dForce launched in September 2019.
Yang said Lendf has become the largest protocol in China for lending fiat-backed stablecoins, such as USDC or USDT, regardless of its smaller share of the DeFi market. DeFi Pulse lists dForce as the seventh-largest DeFi market by value locked.
Indeed, the lending protocol currently has more fiat-backed stablecoins out for borrow than both Compound and Aave – ranked third and fourth in terms of market share – with some $8.5 million in loans compared to $5 million and $7 million, respectively.
Yang said most DeFi protocols have been built in Western markets for Western customers, giving the dForce protocol elbow room in China. The new capital will help the firm build on this lead in the DeFi sector, Yang said.
“It’s quite a full stack that we can service in China,” Yang said. “This market is very different than the Western markets where the majority of the DeFi protocols are targeted.”
The slight edge may also have ties to what assets are being lent on Lendf, particularly USDT. Tether is by far the largest stablecoin by market cap with some $7 billion assets on-chain as of press time, according to Messari.
Neither Compound nor Aave, where USDC is the predominant crypto asset, offer lending for…