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Why Uniswap holders’ decision may have been at mercy of this institution

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Why Uniswap holders’ decision may have been at mercy of this institution

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  • a16z could have been the group influencing most Uniswap proposals.
  • The protocol’s founder had not answered to the allegation but UNI dropped 5%.

Recently, Uniswap [UNI] holders who have stuck to the protocol for a long while might need clarity on the operational model of the project.

The reason for this was the evidence flying around that a16z, the Silicon Valley venture capitalist firm, controls the decision and proposal approval of Uniswap.

Read Uniswap’s [UNI] Price Prediction 2023-2024

Holders living in a bubble

Bubblemaps, the blockchain data information visualizer confirmed that the speculation might be facts. This is because the investment firm owns 4.15% of the total UNI supply. And 4% is the required supply to own in order to pass any proposal.

Details from the revelation showed that a16z owned 11 wallets which summed up to the aforementioned supply. This means that Uniswap whales were in control of on-chain voting while retail investors were mostly sidelined. 

Also, 0.25% supply is the required amount to submit a proposal. Interestingly, one of the a16z wallets with that amount sent a proposal recently.

Decentralized technology advocate Chris Blec knocked the institution for using its voting power to distort a UNI proposal to launch on the Binance Coin [BNB] chain.

While the reaction from Binance CEO CZ showed that he was surprised by the disclosure, Blec responded that he had known about the irregularities for a while.

All these are in contrast to what the Uniswap protocol preaches. As a Decentralized Finance (DeFi) protocol, Uniswap boasts of having a 310,000 member DAO who all have a say in its governance and utilization of its $1.6 billion treasury.

But to find out that a few big wigs have been the approvers and naysayers of proposals could be a dent to its play in the DeFi sphere. 

Unbiased in the midst of silence

However, there were diverging comments on Twitter per the news. While some saw nothing wrong in the way voting ran, others opined it to be dishonest. Meanwhile, there has been no official response from Uniswap at the time of writing. 

Realistic or not, here’s UNI’s market cap in BTC’s terms

Additionally, founder Hayden Adams had also not responded to the allegations. His last tweet at press time centered around Ethereum [ETH] and Optimism [OP] with no mention of the project he leads.

Meanwhile, the UNI price may have been affected by the claim. According to Santiment, UNI’s 24-hour performance was a 5.50% decrease. However, the volume within the same period increased by 30%. 

The volume describes the aggregate amount of transactions that happened via a network within a particular time frame. So, the increase in volume could either point to outflows or accumulation.

UNI price and Uniswap volume

Source: Santiment


Saman Waris works as a News Editor at AMBCrypto. She has always been fascinated by how the tides of finance and technology shape communities across demographics. Cryptocurrencies are of particular interest to Saman, with much of her writing centered around understanding how ideas like Momentum and Greater Fool theories apply to altcoins, specifically, memecoins. A graduate in history, Saman worked the sports beat before diving into crypto. Prior to joining AMBCrypto 2 years ago, Saman was a News Editor at Sportskeeda. This was preceded by her stint as Editor-in-Chief at EssentiallySports.
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