Ethereum Stars Aave & Curve Join DeFi’s $1B Total Value Locked (TVL) Club

Less than one month ago, Ethereum’s biggest dApp, the lending protocol MakerDAO, became the first DeFi project to manage over $1 billion in crypto assets. Now, two more projects have just crossed that impressive early milestone: Aave and Curve.

For a time, it seemed lending protocol Compound might be the second to reach the $1 billion total value locked (TVL) mark, with TVL essentially meaning “assets under management.” Yet a flurry of recent developments around Aave and Curve propelled these projects past the line first.

Aave Ascending

Lending protocol Aave joined the $1 billion TVL club on August 15th on the heels of a series of major happenings taking place around the project. Among other things, these developments include the following intrigues:

  • The introduction of Credit Delegation, which lets users delegate crypto credit lines.
  • The introduction of Aavenomics, a new token system that will migrate LEND to AAVE.
  • The introduction of Aave V2, which grant users new protocol features and optimizations.
  • The rise of Aavegotchi, a promising DeFi-NFT gaming meld. 

These rollouts have taken place as 1) Aave’s main offerings have been proven in the wild for months now, 2) the project’s community is blooming, and 3) the DeFi sector has been catching fire in general. Taken altogether, the result has been rapid growth for the Aave protocol, which is now the second-largest DeFi dApp with a TVL of $1.15 billion at press time.

Of course, as the DeFi sector has seen fits and bursts of activity all year long, it’s entirely possible that Aave will trade that second-place position back and forth with other hot projects like Curve, Compound, Synthetix, or yEarn for the foreseeable future.

Even still, Aave’s acute arrival at the upper echelon of DeFi is a shot across the bow in the sector. The protocol’s a force to be reckoned with, and it’s here to stay.

Curve Joins the Club

One day after Aave secured its $1 billion TVL milestone, Curve, the decentralized stablecoin…

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