Real world assets in DeFi: Buzzwords or the real deal?


19 Sep 2023 1:20 PM

Santos's conference experience saw a “renewed interest in DeFi,” with a particular focus on the concept of real-world assets....

  • Investor Santiago Santos reflects on the discussion of real-world assets at the Blockworks Permissionless II conference.
  • There is a renewed interest in DeFi and real-world assets, but not everyone believes the category will endure.
  • Alliance DAO founding partner Qiao Wang argues that the concept of real-world assets is a "fake narrative."
  • Santos suggests that industry leaders need to be more discerning when discussing real-world assets and that different classifications and buckets of real-world assets may gain more traction over time.
  • The technology's selling point is its ability to import yield in various forms, including stablecoins.
  • The phrase "real world assets" can be misleading as it implies that on-chain assets are not part of the real world.

The sentiment of the article is mixed. Santos expresses a cautious view on the concept of real-world assets, while Yanowitz sees potential in importing yield on-chain.

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