Wrapped Bitcoin—an ERC-20 token that is backed on a 1:1 basis with BTC—is now being accepted as collateral for MakerDAO loans. It’s a significant development, not least because the crypto community has lamented the lack of a bridge between BTC and ETH for some time.
MakerDAO founder Rune Christensen unveiled proposals yesterday that will effectively cause what he believes has become a “completely pointless” Maker Foundation to dissolve over the next few years, allowing the decentralized autonomous organization live up to its name.
A major reservation with accepting USDC as collateral lied in how the stablecoin is centralized. This is a significant departure from Maker’s stance of ensuring DAI is only backed by decentralized assets—as USDC is the brainchild of Coinbase and Circle, major players in the crypto industry. As MakerDAO’s (now out of date) white paper noted: “Unlike other Stablecoins, DAI is completely decentralized.”