Since H2 2020, we have seen the meteoric rise of DeFi, mainly on Ethereum, and the subsequent boom of CeDeFi through the Binance Smart Chain (BSC). With that, the question of who would end up dominating the market arises: be it Ethereum or BSC and by extension DeFi or CeDeFi.

While Binance CEO Changpeng Zhao calls for an ‘infinite mindset’ and does not want to frame BSC as a competitor to Ethereum, their markets ultimately overlap, at least partially. The infinite mindset where both networks see huge growth works for now, given the huge room for growth in the…


DeFi protocols live on liquidity and have therefore built economic incentives for anyone willing to add liquidity to their platform. In our low interest rate macroeconomic environment, where idle cash earns next to nothing, DeFi yields become highly enticing. However, aspiring liquidity providers may find understanding and predicting the profitability of their strategies complex and confusing.

In this article, we break down the factors affecting profitability, explore the trade-offs, and learn about the diverse range of risk-return profiles available with different liquidity provision strategies.


Huge changes for Ethereum are on the horizon, larger than most of the upgrades we have seen since the network’s launch in July 2015. We have Eth2, EIP 1559, and increasing adoption of Layer 2 scaling solutions in prominent Ethereum protocols.

The main motivation for these changes are to increase Ethereum’s scalability, manage network congestion, decrease the inaccessibly high gas fees, and increase network efficiency. These highly awaited changes come in the backdrop of surging demand for Ethereum dApps (in particular DeFi and NFT dApps) that have outstripped Ethereum’s capacity. …


Welcome to the “Monthly Reads” article series, where I compile interesting articles I chanced upon in the previous month. Here, we cover the fields of impact, startups, venture capital, and general business. Key takeaways are summarized into sub-headings, followed by additional commentary for each article. Content for this series is adapted from my LinkedIn posts.

We have a short article for the short month of February.
Key Takeaways:

  1. We need a new mindset toward economic growth
  2. Token price in crypto is not completely arbitrary

Extras (published an article this month, feel free to check it out): “The Future of Ethereum…


Welcome to the “Monthly Reads” article series, where I compile interesting articles I chanced upon in the previous month. Here, we cover the fields of impact, startups, venture capital, and general business. Key takeaways are summarized into sub-headings, followed by additional commentary for each article. Content for this series is adapted from my LinkedIn posts.

Key Takeaways:

  1. Beijing’s moves could change the future behavior of Chinese VCs, but this is unlikely to have significant negative effects on other Asian startup ecosystems
  2. The divestment movement focuses and succeeds on awareness, not on the direct creation of downward pressure on share price

Welcome to Shaper Impact Capital’s series of articles showcasing impact startups doing amazing things around the world. Here, we would be diving into GreenArc Capital, a Singapore-based AI-driven alternative lending platform that extends credit facilities to vulnerable populations and MSMEs who do not have access to financial services.

In conversation with: Rony Palathinkal, Co-Founder and COO of Greenarc Capital

UNSDGs: #1: No Poverty / #2: Zero Hunger / #5: Gender Equality / #8: Decent Work & Economic Growth / #13: Climate Action

Looking to fundraise: $2,500,000 (Pre-Series A)

The Problem: With inequality levels at all-time highs, a global health pandemic…


Welcome to the “Monthly Reads” article series, where I compile interesting articles I chanced upon in the previous month. Here, we cover the fields of impact, startups, venture capital, and general business. Key takeaways are summarized into sub-headings, followed by additional commentary for each article. Content for this series is adapted from my LinkedIn posts.

Key Takeaways:

  1. Conducting some due diligence on investors before accepting their money could save founders from a lot of pain
  2. Inspiring entrepreneurs dream big
  3. Large multinational organizations and companies are important for ESG standardization, but taking action presents a dilemma
  4. While governments should support the…

At Saison Capital, we are always looking to add value to our portfolio companies. The Singapore government (ministries & statutory boards) has provided a range of grants, subsidies, and assistance to startups and SMEs. However, the sheer number of programs may be hard to navigate. Discoverability of programs may also be an issue, with multiple government entities such as Enterprise Singapore, Workforce Singapore, and Skillsfuture Singapore hosting program information on different websites.

We thus decided to put together a shortened list to collate the most relevant programs (particularly hiring-related ones) for startups in Singapore. This list only includes grants and…


Welcome to the “Monthly Reads” article series, where I compile interesting articles I chanced upon in the previous month. Here, we cover the fields of impact, startups, venture capital, and general business. Key takeaways are summarized into sub-headings, followed by additional commentary for each article. Content for this series is adapted from my LinkedIn posts.

Key Takeaways:

  1. SPACs could be overvalued, but are unlikely to crash in the near term. So don’t start shorting just yet.
  2. Impact is a complicated space. Positive intentions do not always translate to 100% positive results.
  3. Catalytic capital is the solution for unproven impact models…

Through this article, I hope to share my GMAT preparation process: the timeframe, resources used, and my approach toward studying for the GMAT. Before we dive in, keep in mind that multiple equally valid and effective study approaches may exist. The process I am sharing here has brought me through other standardized tests including the SATs (1600/1600) and the Oxford TSA. Feel free to adapt it to suit your personal learning needs.

Personally, my GMAT notes are collated from GMAT’s Official Guide, Manhattan Guides, Princeton’s Cracking the GMAT, and other sources. Hopefully, it would give you a boost in your…

Gideon Tay Yee Chuen

Excited about impact, business, startups & VC. Love sharing thoughtful content & ideas.

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