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Blockchain and DeFi Development Trends 2021

How did the blockchain protocols do in terms of development? What were the key trends in core development and developer contribution over the past year? Will they continue this year as well? To answer these questions, Outlier Ventures performed an in-depth technical analysis of the codebase of top projects in the blockchain and crypto landscape, released in their Blockchain Development Trends 2021 report, which is presented in this video together with Ernesto Boado of Aave, William Chen of Terra, Gabriel Cardona of Avalanche, and Aaron van Ammers and Mudit Marda of Outlier Ventures.

Some of the report conclusions state that:

  • Ethereum is still the most actively developed blockchain protocol, followed by Cardano and Bitcoin.
  • Multi-chain protocols including Polkadot, Cosmos and Avalanche are seeing a consistent rise in core development.
  • The most actively developed DeFi projects were Maker, Gnosis and Synthetix, with Aave and Bancor showing the most growth.
  • SushiSwap, Yearn Finance, and Curve Finance all launched in 2020, quickly grew toward and beyond the development activity and size of most other DeFi protocols.

The video was live-streamed on February 9, 2021.