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The Chopping Block: Which DeFi Metrics Are Still Useful in a Bear Market?



Posted September 30, 2023 at 7:00 am EST.

Welcome to The Chopping Block – where crypto insiders Haseeb Qureshi, Tom Schmidt, Tarun Chitra, and Robert Leshner chop it up about the latest news. This week, the group sits down to discuss why U.S. crypto conferences are quieter than they have been in the past, which DeFi metrics are still useful for measuring a changing market, and advice for NFT founders on how to continue to innovate.

Listen to the episode on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Overcast, Podcast Addict, Pocket Casts, Stitcher, Castbox, Google Podcasts, TuneIn, Amazon Music, or on your favorite podcast platform.

Show highlights: 

Why Tarun says that the U.S. is “dead as a doorknob” for crypto for crypto conferences
Main takeaways from recent crypto conferences such as Token2049 in Singapore and Permissionless in Austin
How the metrics in DeFi keep changing, and which ones still have merit
What are “chart crimes” and the gang’s advice for entrepreneurs pitching to VCs
Why Haseeb doesn’t think that token economics are as useful as everyone thinks
The Stoner Cat settlement with the SEC and how it impacts the broader conversation about whether NFTs are securities 
Legal drama between the co-founders of the Milady NFT project
Advice for NFT founders on how to achieve success in a changing market


Haseeb Qureshi, managing partner at Dragonfly 
Robert Leshner, founder of Compound
Tom Schmidt, general partner at Dragonfly 
Tarun Chitra, managing partner at Robot Ventures






Haseeb’s panel on alt L1s

DeFi and metrics:




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