Curated List of 500+ DeFi Resources

A curated list of awesome decentralized finance projects, software, DeFi project trackers, analytics dashboards, and, DeFi product management resources.

Curated List of 500+ DeFi Resources

A curated list of awesome decentralized finance projects, software, DeFi project trackers, analytics dashboards, and, DeFi product management resources.

Your contributions are always welcome!

If you want to contribute to this list (please do), consider adding a pull request or contact me @simpleaswater_.

What is Decentralized Finance?

Decentralized finance (#defi) is the movement that leverages open source software and decentralized networks to transform traditional financial products into trustless and transparent protocols that operate without unnecessary intermediaries. One could envision decentralized finance impacting the financial world the same way that open source software has changed software products.


Decentralized Exchange Protocols


Lending Protocols

Derivative Protocols/Prediction Markets

Bundling Protocols

Fund Protocols

Tokenization Protocols



  • Ethereum
    • AMP - DeFi Software Developer with EasyCDP, SilverWire, MultiSupply, and StableWire
    • Bloqboard - Lending platform for collateralized loans originated, settled, serviced, and managed on Ethereum and powered by Compound and Dharma
    • Fetch - Application that is both a decentralized exchange aggregator for price discovery and trading and a dashboard for discovering and managing decentralized loans and borrowings
    • InstaDApp - "Decentralized bank" interface built on top of MakerDAO by developers of MakerScan
    • Multis (white paper) - Interface for multisig contracts positioned as "cryptobank for companies"
    • Settle - Web interface that combines chat with different crypto tools (including portfolio tracking and integration with DeFi protocols) and an "app store" for developers
    • Zerion (source code) - Interface to decentralized finance protocols positioned as "trustless banking"




Defi Trackers









Decentralized Exchanges












Nexus Mutual





Set Protocol








DeFi Product Management

Product Management in Decentralized Finance / Open Finance

  1. Progressive Decentralization: A Playbook for Building Crypto Applications by Jesse Walden
  2. Do Protocols need Product Management? by Kristen Stone
  3. The New World of Product Management: When the User is the Customer by Rika Sukenik
  4. Applications: today & 2025 by Balaji Srinivasan
  5. Setting Up and Scaling a Crypto Company by Brian Armstrong

User Experience and User Research

  1. The Next Wave of DeFi Users: A UX Research Study by Gossamer
  2. DeFi User Research Report by Consensys Codefi by Consensys Codefi
  3. 4 Key Findings in CoinGecko's Decentralized Finance (DeFi) Survey by Coingecko
  4. DeFi User Survey — The results & insights by, Argent, Kleros, Kyber Network, Maker, Ren, Synthetix, and Uniswap
  5. State of Adoption by IDEO CoLab Ventures, Decentral Park Capital, and other contributors.
  6. DeFi Usage Numbers by Richard Chen
  7. 2020: The Borderless State of DeFi by Binance

Analytics and Metrics

  1. Dune Analytics allows you to create whatever analysis you want from smart-contracts data, build dashboard, and share it
  2. Our Network, the newsletter about on-chain analytics
  3. The Graph allows you easily get any public data from blockchain
  4. DeFi Pulse. Here you can track one of the main DeFi product metric Total Value Locked (TVL) for exisiting dApps
  5. DeFi Market Cap

Business models and pricing

  1. The crypto price innovation cycle by Chris Dixon and Eddy Lazzarin
  2. Business Models in Decentralized Finance by Aaron Hay
  3. How Much Does A Crypto-Vote Cost? by Joel Monegro
  4. How to value crypto capital assets by Lucas Campbell
  5. Crypto’s Business Model is Familiar. What Isn’t is Who Benefits by Jesse Walden
  6. Towards a Practice of Token Engineering by
    Trent McConaghy
  7. On Value Capture at Layers 1 and 2 by Kyle Samani
  8. Diving into network lifecycle investing and more by Jake Brukhman


  1. Crypto startup school is the-first blockchain startup school that learns you how to build crypto companies (like YC startup school, but for crypto)

A list of DeFi project lists for you to get inspired

  1. DeFi Prime
  2. DeFi Pulse
  3. Everest

What to do if I have an idea, but no money and connections with VCs

Following the Lean Startup methodology, you don't have to have money to validate your hypothesis, but even though to build an MVP it wouldn't be superfluous to have some intital capital.

BUT what if:

  • you don't know how to fundraise, you don't have money to start a project, and you don't have any connections with VCs
  • you want to validate your idea directly through the market and not waiting for 1-2 years by building something, more likely, useless
  • you don't want polishing your pitch deck at the early stage, but focus on your product

Well, good news, there are few ways how you can start realizing your idea easily

1. Hackathons

One of the best way to find a team, make friends, build an MVP, and get early feedback

  • ETHGlobal is the main event series of hackathons in Ethereum ecosystem being held all around the globe

2. Venture DAO

New type of crowdfunding, community-driven VCs

  • MetaCartel Ventures is a community run investment DAO, looking to invest in Ethereum DApps. They have top mentors on the DeFi market.

  • The LAO is for-profit, legal liability autonomous organization

3. Grants

  • Gitcoin provides a novel way of funding open source projects for public benefit with Quadratic Funding matching contributions from Gitcoin's fund sponsored by donors in the Ethereum ecosystem and community

  • Moloch DAO is a community funding initiative focused on Ethereum ecosystem development

  • MetaCartel is helping early teams get to the next level with grant funding and operational support

  • Ethereum Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting Ethereum and related technologies.

  • ConsenSys Grants are also focused on Ethereum ecosystem accelerating

  • Project specific grants: MakerDAO, Aragon, Aave

Getting a job

  1. DeFi jobs contains all the jobs available at DeFi companies
  2. Crypto PM jobs newsletter is an awesome newsletter that lists all product jobs in blockchain market


  1. DeFi Product Management is a telegram group dedicated to UX, memes, analytics, and growth of DeFi products
  2. Crypto PM group is building a community for Crypto PMs and serves as a Product hub for builders
  3. Blockchain PM Community


Your contributions are always welcome!

If you want to contribute to this list (please do), consider adding a pull request or contact me @simpleaswater_.



Subscribe to SimpleAsWater

Don’t miss out on the latest issues. Sign up now to get access to the library of members-only issues.