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Gauntlet’s Latest Move: Applied Research Division for Strengthening Decentralized Finance



Gauntlet's Latest Move: Applied Research Division for Strengthening Decentralized Finance

When it comes to decentralized autonomous organizations (DAOs), success often depends on a delicate balance of security, governance, operations, and incentives. That’s why financial modeling platform Gauntlet has teamed up with Uniswap Foundation to tackle these challenges head-on.

Financial Risk Management in DeFi

In a bold move to support the growth and success of DAOs, Gauntlet has created a new division: Gauntlet Applied Research. This crypto-native financial risk management solutions provider is now offering customized quantitative analysis, modeling, and optimization for protocols, building on their proven success in risk management solutions for decentralized finance (DeFi).

The first project for Gauntlet Applied Research is a grant from Uniswap Foundation to review and recommend incentive program optimizations for the Uniswap Protocol. 

With over 4,000 DAOs in existence, this kind of research is critical for the future of the crypto ecosystem. Gauntlet Applied Research will use its extensive experience in crypto-native economic research to help DAOs proactively address a broad set of economic issues and ensure long-term success.

Gauntlet will provide the Uniswap community with three deliverables: a quantitative evaluation framework, a historical analysis of trader and liquidity provider cohorts, and a proposal for potential incentive program archetypes

Financial Risk Management in DeFi

This evaluation will explore tradeoffs between incentives and culminate in a final recommendation for which type of initiative will most likely result in success for the Uniswap Protocol.

In addition to this project, Gauntlet Applied Research is structured to address a wide range of protocol analysis needs, engagement lengths, and budgets. And when possible, they’ll distribute their research findings as a public good to benefit the broader DeFi community.

“We’re excited to see our work with Gauntlet evolve to benefit the broader ecosystem,” said Devin Walsh, executive director of Uniswap Foundation.

It’s clear that Gauntlet Applied Research is a vital step forward for DAOs and the entire crypto ecosystem, and we can’t wait to see what they accomplish next.

Uniswap Foundation’s investment in Gauntlet Applied Research is a testament to the importance of research and development in advancing the decentralized finance ecosystem. The $21 million earmarked for incentive programs demonstrates Uniswap’s commitment to fostering innovation and growth in the DeFi space

By collaborating with solution providers like Gauntlet, Uniswap is ensuring that its investments are directed towards ambitious plans that have the potential to mature the ecosystem and drive mainstream adoption.

Furthermore, the solutions developed by Gauntlet to manage financial risks in DeFi can help alleviate concerns that many potential users may have about investing in decentralized protocols. 

As the crypto industry continues to expand, it is crucial to address issues related to security, governance, operations, and incentive alignment to attract a wider user base. With Gauntlet’s expertise in risk management solutions and its dedicated research team, the company is well-positioned to develop innovative solutions that can help mitigate these risks and make DeFi more accessible to a broader audience.