The Chopping Block: The Dawn of the DeFi Civil War – Ethena, SBF, Blast & More

The Chopping Block: Debating Ethena’s DeFi Dominance, MakerDAO vs. AAVE, SBF’s Sentencing, and Blast’s Hack Response Dilemma!

Posted April 4, 2024 at 12:00 pm EST.

Welcome to The Chopping Block, where Haseeb Qureshi, Tom Schmidt, Tarun Chitra, and Robert Leshner dive into the crypto universe’s hottest topics. In this episode, amidst the crypto bull market’s fervor, the boys dissect the launch of Ethena and its repercussions, including a potential DeFi civil war spurred by integration disputes between MakerDAO and AAVE. The conversation then shifts to the broader implications of SBF’s sentencing, exploring how this landmark legal decision could reshape the landscape of trust and regulation within the crypto community. Moreover, we tackle the ethical and operational dilemmas faced by Blast in response to a significant hack, debating the merits and risks of potential rollbacks and the preservation of user funds against the backdrop of decentralized ideals. As we navigate through these complex issues, we shed light on the dynamics between decentralization, regulation, and innovation, offering nuanced perspectives on the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead for crypto. Tune in for an insightful journey through the strategic battlegrounds and evolutions that are defining the future of blockchain technology.

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Show Highlights

🔹 Analysis of Ethena’s token launch impact on the crypto bull market and the crypto ecosystem

🔹Insight into the ongoing DeFi civil war triggered by MakerDAO’s integration of Ethena, extending into Aave’s strategic response and the broader DeFi ecosystem.

🔹Examination of SBF’s sentencing, exploring its repercussions for crypto regulation, investor trust, and the legal landscape of the crypto industry.

🔹Evaluation of Blast’s response to a significant security breach, debating the implications of potential rollbacks for DeFi security and user trust.

🔹Exploration of the balance between DeFi innovation, regulatory challenges, and the need for a stable legal framework to support crypto growth.

🔹Analysis of the crypto community’s response to the DeFi civil war, SBF’s sentencing, and security issues in decentralized finance platforms.


⭐️Haseeb Qureshi, Managing Partner at Dragonfly

⭐️Tom Schmidt, General Partner at Dragonfly

⭐️Tarun Chitra, Managing Partner at Robot Ventures

⭐️Robert Leshner, Founder of Compound



MakerDAO Proposal: “Morpho Spark DAI Vault Update” –


AAVE’s Proposal: “Risk Parameters for DAI Update”


Barbara Fried’s SBF sentencing submission

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