What Is Aave?
Aave is a decentralized finance protocol that allows people to lend and borrow crypto.
Lenders earn interest by depositing digital assets into specially created liquidity pools. Borrowers can then use their crypto as collateral to take out a flash loan using this liquidity.
Aave (which means “ghost” in Finnish) was originally known as ETHLend when it launched in November 2017, but the rebranding to Aave happened in September 2018. (This helps explain why this token’s ticker is different from its name!)
AAVE provides holders with discounted fees on the platform, and it also serves as a governance token — giving owners a say in the future development of the protocol.
Who Are the Founders of Aave?
Aave, and its predecessor, ETHLend, were founded by Stani Kulechov. At the time, he was frustrated at the lack of lending applications on Ethereum — and his project was built before decentralized finance even existed.
Kulechov is a serial entrepreneur who went to law school and began programming when he was a teenager. He was an early adopter in the blockchain space. The CEO has said that he wanted to rebrand ETHLend as Aave so the company could offer a wider range of services beyond Ether lending.
According to Kulechov, Aave’s main target market is people already engaged in the cryptocurrency community.
What Makes Aave Unique?
Aave has several unique selling points compared to competitors in an increasingly crowded market. During the DeFi craze in the summer of 2020, it was one of the biggest projects in terms of the total value of crypto locked in its protocol.
The project allows people to borrow and lend in about 20 cryptocurrencies, meaning users have a greater choice. One of Aave’s flagship products is “flash loans,” billed as the first uncollateralized loan option in the DeFi space. There’s a catch: they must be paid back within the same transaction.
Another big selling point is how those who borrow through Aave can alternate between fixed and variable interest rates. While fixed rates can provide some certainty about costs during times of volatility in the crypto markets, variable rates can come in handy if the borrower thinks that prices will fall soon.
How Many AAVE Coins Are There in Circulation?
Circulation is linked to the total value locked on Aave, as tokens are burned whenever the protocol gathers fees.
An initial coin offering was held in November 2017, where $16.2 million was raised by selling one billion AAVE tokens at a rate equivalent to $0.0162 apiece. At the time, 23% of AAVE tokens were assigned to its founders and project.
AAVE tokens have been built based on the ERC-20 standard, and they are designed to be deflationary. In a shortfall in the DeFi protocol, staked tokens would be used as collateral as a last resort.
In July 2020, Aave unveiled plans to hold a token swap. This means that the 1.3 billion AAVE tokens in circulation would be swapped for the newly minted AAVE cryptocurrency at a ratio of 1:100, creating a total supply of 16 million AAVE. (Three million of this would be held in reserve.)
How Is the Aave Network Secured?
Aave’s open-source protocol is built on Ethereum, a blockchain that is currently transitioning from Proof-of-Work to Proof-of-Stake.
Where Can You Buy Aave (AAVE)?
Some of the biggest exchanges that list AAVE tokens include CoinDCX, Binance, CoinBene and OKEx.