EP015 - Meld DeFi Bank Loans & Grayscale Cardano

July 6, 2021

I chat with Ken Olling from Meld and their new decentralised finance platform that allows DeFi bank loans and lines of credit.

#DeFiJuly Decentralised Finance for the Month of July

This month I'll be concentrating on interviewing, reviewing and generally learning more about decentralised finance (DeFi). It is a space that I generally missed out on during 2020 when DeFi became a thing and decentralised exchanges such as Uniswap became very popular and yield farming became a source of income for many.

I have lined up interviews with more decentralised exchange platforms such as ADAX, Mirqui, and Sundaeswap that are bringing new ideas and features to the Cardano ecosystem, Oracles services and wallets just to name a few.

You'll find these interviews right here on the audio podcast and even more extra content on our YouTube channel.

Grayscale Cardano Buy In

Grayscale includes Cardano as one of their product offerings for their tradable trust fund product called Grayscale Digital Large Cap Fund and has made Cardano it's 3rd largest holding in this fund making up 4.26% of the overall fund.

Who is Grayscale?

Grayscale is the worlds largest digital asset investment firm in the world holding more than $40B in digital assets which now also includes Cardano.

Why is this big news?

Traditional investors that want exposure to the crypto markets but want the ease of what they have experienced in investing and want to continue investing the way that they always have without the need of setting up wallets, worrying about seed phrases and so forth. The traditional investor wants to just call up their broker and start investing, not having to worry about wallets, KYC or AML processes. Regular investors or speculators such as ourselves hold all the assets for ourselves and are completely responsible.

If we lose these, it's our fault and we have no one to call upon. With the investment funds provided by Grayscale, they do all of this as a trust fund all managed by the fund managers.

Secondly, investing in a publicly traded trust fund allows for tax breaks in a tax friendly way whereas investing directly in Bitcoin doesn't in many countries.

Thirdly, trading cryptocurrencies is very insular and you can't trade crypto against Apple or Tesla shares. Listing it as a tradable trust fund allows for this and more flexibility in how investors can access markets.

It originally filed for the Cardano Trust in early 2021, which meant it was only a matter of time before it offered it as a product to its potential investors.

Cardano makes up 4.3% of the Grayscale digital large cap fund which holds $348.9M worth of crypto assets including:

Bitcoin 67.9% 0.00044916 BTC
Ethereum 24.9% 0.00263041 ETH
Cardano 4.3% 0.71064735 ADA
Bitcoin Cash 1.0% 0.00046156 BCH
Litecoin 1.0% 0.00160744 LTC
Chainlink 0.9% 0.01052955 LINK

This now makes it possible for traditional investors to get into Cardano via traditional stock market investment methods. As a result of the listing, there was a clear price increase as speculators are expecting even more movement in the markets as large investment funds start opening positions in the fund.

All of this coming in before the Alonzo hard fork and the introduction of smart contracts makes it a very bullish scenario for Cardano.

World Mobile Token Sale Launches

After a bit of a tricky KYC process to get on to the system, I finally managed to get into the long-awaited token sale for the World Mobile token sale.

Daedalus Flight 4.2.0 Released

A new version of the Daedalus Flight wallet has been released as a test with a few new features and fixes.

Native token improvements

New list view and search filter to make it easier to navigate a wallet with a large collection of tokens or NFTs.

Wallet Multi-signature public key

A new function for multi-wallet transactions has been added which enables the viewing of wallet multi-signature public keys used for shared wallets and multi-party transactions.

Sharing addresses

The issue of not being able to add notes when sharing receiving addresses as a PDF document has been resolved.

Sending native tokens using Trezor hardware wallets

The issue of failures when sending multiple native tokens using Trezor hardware wallets (when multiple native tokens with the same Policy ID were sent) has been resolved.

SundaeSwap merge with CardStarter

SundaeSwap, one of the first projects to announce the creation of a decentralised exchange on Cardano is merging with CardStarter, a decentralised accelerator.

Meld DeFi Bank Loans, Interview with Ken Olling

The video interview I did with Ken covers the idea and purpose of Meld, how it will work and how users will benefit from it.

The audio podcast talks more about his back story, venture into starting Meld and why he wanted to start it. I encourage you to watch the video and listen to the accompanying audio podcast to get a better understanding of what Meld is and the passion behind the project.

Interview with Ken Olling from Meld about their DeFi platform built on Cardano

Check out the Meld project at:


Follow them on socials:

If you're delegating to their pool, do not delegate to pool 4, 'MELD4', as it is a fake pool created by a scammer trying to leverage the brand of the pool and steal delegations.



2 comments on “EP015 - Meld DeFi Bank Loans & Grayscale Cardano”

  1. Hey Pete I would be interested in learning more about how amateur and new crypto investors, with not a lot to spend, can maximize their holdings. Or perhaps some of the “must do’s” and “certainly do not’s” of accumulating crypto. For those that got in early, clearly they were able to accumulate enough to play with it in DeFI, or stake it and see decent returns. For me, and others, we got in a bit late and certainly can’t throw heavy dollars at it. I’m wondering what the whales do to maximize their holdings. Should I be swapping for stable coins when the price is high, then swapping back into my alt coin when the price is low? I know you can’t and shouldn’t give financial advice, but perhaps the tricks of the space can be illuminated? Also, just as a side note, I’m obsessed with crypto and specifically Cardano, and want to be involved in the space some how. I participate in Catalyst, and catch all of the town halls, Cardano360s, most of the tech updates, Charle’s rants and AMAs, and I listen to all your’s and Cardano Live’s shows. I’ve even been motivated by the space to sharpen my python skills to make me better in my career (GIS Analyst). Maybe one day it will evolve into working on Cardano projects? Who knows, but I’m enthralled and want to be a part of this growth, and operate a pool. Just some thoughts, Sorry for ranting. Cheers!

    1. Hey Gene,

      I absolutely can not give you any financial advice in regards to how to or what to trade.

      You'll need to do a deep amount of research on every project that is launching right now and work out what is a real and legitimate project that may offer some returns. For that risk, there will hopefully be rewards or you could completely lose out.

      If you're involved with all of the Project Catalyst projects, it means that you have your eye peeled for a new and exciting project that might gather momentum and be the next big thing.

      Sorry to be vague but I can't give much more advice than that without being legally liable for such advice. Especially in a public forum.

      I will produce some content in regards to using various platforms to buy and sell and some of the technical features on those platforms so that you can take advantage of them. They'll come up in time as I get through the content schedule.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

EP042 - Cardano ADA News Update from May 27th, 2022

May 27, 2022

This week I look at a few updates from the Cardano community. More projects are delivering new tooling along with new partnerships. Watch the Video If you prefer YouTube, you can watch it all on our channel. Project Catalyst Fund 9 is coming up Register for the upcoming town hall events. dcSpark Release Carp dcSpark […]

EP041 - Free Crypto Airdrops, Token Distributions & Initial Stake Pool Offerings

May 27, 2022

There are many projects launching, building and running through their marketing campaigns at the moment and as a result, many are releasing their utility and governance tokens to the ecosystem. This is our chance to pick up some of these tokens and participate on their platforms. Indigo Protocol Airdrop What's the currently proposed 3-round token […]

EP040 - Seedstars Accelerator & Pitch Competition

May 27, 2022

Seedstars in collaboration with the Financial Times Talent (FT Talent), Project Catalyst and Cardano are holding a pitch competition to gather the best of the best projects working in emerging markets around the world. Projects at any stage of development will be able to get their ideas and concepts in front of the Seedstars group […]

New Cardano ISPOs for April 2022

April 22, 2022

Every few months there are more and more Initial Stake Pool Offerings (ISPOs) that are starting up in the Cardano ecosystem. This unique funding method allows projects to raise the necessary funds required to build their projects while allowing for a relatively safe and risk free way to participate in the ecosystem. Genius X ISPO […]

How to Compound Your VyFinance Rewards from NFT & Token Staking

April 15, 2022

Compounding your rewards on the VyFinance (VyFi) platform can earn your more rewards compared to simply leaving your rewards unattended. Compound interests is a powerful invention. Harvesting Rewards & Compounding Returns on VyFinance Did you remember to harvest your rewards on the VyFinance platform? I totally forgot! All of my NFTs had matured and were […]

Happy Cardano Stake Pool Registration Day to ADAOZ and Our First Year of Operation

February 21, 2022

One year ago today, I decided to open up a Cardano stake pool and I've ended up down a rabbit hole that I did not expect. My expectation was to simply start a pool, write a handful of articles about the pool and staking and watch the delegation come in. That was far from the […]

Choose a Wallet

Get Started

Delegate manually and use our Pool ID: 6658713e2cbfa4e347691a0435953f5acbe9f03d330e94caa3a0cfb4

Delegate with the Daedalus Wallet

  • Download the Daedalus app
  • Create/select your wallet
  • Select Delegation Centre -> Stake pools
  • Search for our stake pool ticker: ADAOZ
  • Select to delegate
daedalous wallet

Delegate with the Yoroi Wallet

  • Download the Yoroi app
  • Create/select your wallet
  • Select Delegation Centre -> Stake pools
  • Search for our Stake pool ticker: ADAOZ
  • Select to delegate
Yoroi wallet

Delegate with the Nami Wallet

  • Download the Nami Wallet extension
  • Create/select your wallet
  • Send funds to your wallet
  • Click DELEGATE WITH NAMI Button on our website
Nami Wallet

Stay Up to Date

Visit our FacebookVisit our TwitterVisit our YouTube channel
DISCLAIMER: The information on this site may contain errors or mistakes, please do your own research. Unofficial Cardano website.
Past performance is not indicative of future results. Any investment in blockchain assets involves the risk of loss of part or all of your investment. The value of the blockchain assets you exchange is subject to market and other investment risks.
Copyright © CardaNode Australian Cardano Stake Pool. - Designed & developed by PB Web Development
linkedin facebook pinterest youtube rss twitter instagram facebook-blank rss-blank linkedin-blank pinterest youtube twitter instagram