(UPDATED) Proposal to Whitelist BarnBridge (BOND) with 1M Co-Investment Limit

Contract: 0x0391D2021f89DC339F60Fff84546EA23E337750f
Max Total Supply: 10,000,000 BOND
Circulating Supply: 1,687,867 BOND
Current Holders: 5,938
Total Value Locked: $470M
Market Cap / TVL Ratio: 0.23 (compared to Bancor 0.82, Aave 0.86, Synthetix 1.21)
Uniswap Liquidity: $46M


  • Propose to whitelist BOND (BarnBridge) with an initial co-investment limit of 1M BNT.

  • Transparent token distribution; no excessively large BOND wallets.

  • BarnBridge is the first risk tokenizing protocol that allows for hedging yield sensitivity and market price volatility using debt pools on other DeFi protocols and transforming single pools into multiple assets.

  • Impressive team with identities fully disclosed (Meet Our Team – BarnBridge 5)

  • Strong community (see Discord, GitHub, Forum, etc. links below)

  • Security-first approach to development (see various audits noted below)

  • Governance handed over to DAO in early February 2021 (DAO audits - Haechi and Quantstamp)

  • Shipping Smart Yield (SY) products on March 15, 2021 (SY audits - OpenZeppelin and Hacken)

    • Junior token - jToken (ERC 20 token with added risk)
    • Senior bond - sBOND (NFT with less risk)
  • Smart Alpha or related product expected to be released in the second quarter of 2021

  • Key advisors - Kain Warwick (Synthetix), Stani Kulechov (Aave), Aaron McDonald (Centrality)

  • Stated Liquidity Providers - Fourth Revolution Capital and ParaFi Capital

  • Currently no CEX listing; is supported by Coinbase Custody

  • Involvement with the Open DeFi network and the DeFi Alliance


The BarnBridge idea began in Q2 of 2019, at a time when the total TVL of all of DeFi was less than $1B. BarnBridge delivers a range of products that allow investors of all skill levels to manage their individual portfolios and risk exposure through a secure, decentralized, and permissionless platform. At scale, BarnBridge creates an opportunity to trade in and out of any risk exposed position for any asset in the world. With infinite liquidity, the project can build an unlimited number of products and hedged strategies. The BarnBridge products are structured to mirror their counterparts in traditional finance, providing an intuitive on-ramp for institutional participation in DeFi.

Smart Yield allows users to tranche out the yield from the debt pools of other projects, such as Aave, Compound, Cream or Yearn Finance, and normalize the risk curve via the creation of derivative assets. Users are able to buy ‘junior’ or ‘senior’ tokens, representing different tranches. Junior token holders provide liquidity and buy risk from senior bond investors. The risk is variable rate annuities going below the expected level, whereas those who buy senior bonds will have a guaranteed yield/interest rate for the life of the bond. Juniors benefit from the extra rewards generated by tokens locked by seniors in cases where the variable APY of the underlying lending protocol (including the governance token rewards) are higher than the weighted average guaranteed yields of the seniors. Junior tranches are ERC-20 fungible tokens. Senior tranches are ERC-721 (NFTs) non-fungible tokens.

Smart Alpha is market price exposure risk mitigation using tranched volatility derivatives. Smart Alpha bonds will not be structured via traditional yield tranches; instead, they operate via various levels of market price exposure, called ‘risk ramps’. The idea is that every tranche of price exposure does not need to be flat across the entire risk curve; the first $100 of price exposure does not need to deserve the same upside and downside volatility. This is similar to having fractional ownership, but with different risk/reward for the fractions.


Benefits for Bancor

BarnBridge has a strong community, many of whom are BNT enthusiasts and current liquidity providers. At the time of writing, if 100% of BarnBridge’s liquidity on Uniswap migrated to Bancor, the pool would be in the top 10 most liquid assets on the Bancor Network. Bancor is a highly respected project within BarnBridge circles, and the consensus on our community channels is that we would prefer that Bancor be the de facto DEX for BOND liquidity provision and trading.

In recent meetings with the Bancor team, the possibility for dual liquidity mining was discussed. When the feature becomes active, the BarnBridge DAO is interested in exploring using its own liquidity incentives on the pool, and assisting the BancorDAO in growing its TVL. This requires a BarnBridge DAO decision, but as fans of the Bancor protocol, is unlikely to encounter much resistance.

BarnBridge will soon be launching its Smart Yield product, which will create jTokens. The jTokens represent an additional opportunity for extension of BarnBridge’s asset network, built upon the BNT base token. Such extensions to the Bancor network may proceed via a formal whitelisting process, or via the Origin Pool design, described in the most recent progress update. In short, the BarnBridge community is committed to creating a long-term liquidity position with Bancor, and becoming part of its ecosystem in a meaningful way. We see our two communities as having a common interest in the future of DeFi, and we are looking forward to using this first pool as a means to establishing a lasting friendship.

Token Distribution

The total supply of BOND tokens is 10,000,000. Decentralization is a core feature of the protocol, and is reflected in the token allocation. Distributing tokens in a way that facilitates decentralization is critical as it gives agency to the users of the protocol and ensures governance never resides in the hands of a powerful few. Importantly, from the perspective of the BancorDAO, there are no ‘super whales’ that can threaten the insurance mechanism or rug the token’s price. The minting function is also inactivated; schemes such as those affecting PAID, and bugs such as the one that affected YAM are a non-issue for BOND. Therefore, the IL liability remains entirely dependent on market behavior, and the BOND token is an unlikely candidate for the most common variety of deliberate, or accidental rug-pull liquidity exploits.

Tokens allocated to the Founders, Seed Investors, and Advisors are locked in a smart contract that releases the tokens on a weekly basis over a two year period. Additionally, to further decentralize the token distribution, yield farmers, liquidity providers, and those who stake the BOND token in the DAO also receive tokens on an ongoing basis until the BOND token has been fully distributed as shown in the schedule below.

Summary Articles and Links

Introducing BarnBridge

BarnBridge SMART Yield Specs Unveiled

BarnBridge 2021 Roadmap: Barn Building Plans

BarnBridge Standards and Disclosures

BarnBridge Website

Join the BarnBridge Discord Server!

BarnBridge GitHub


Once again, very thorough and the addition of the ‘Benefits to Bancor’ highlight the… benefits to Bancor. BarnBridge is going to have a robust ecosystem and will be a great partner to Bancor. Fully support.


Looking forward to getting this to a vote later this week. All questions and feedback welcome. Great job on this @Link_of_riche


Yes lets get them on here. Good for the users and DAOs of both Bancor and BarnBridge, good for the whole ecosystem :smiley:

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@mbr @nhindman Thanks for your support in putting this together.

Open to answering any questions the community has about BarnBridge.

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This was very close to making it. I think if we can get a definitive commitment from the Barnbridge DAO that the BOND-BNT pool will be incentivize by BOND tokens then it shouldn’t have a problem getting whitelisted (see the armor proposal as an example with a clear reward allocation). After all, Bancor is putting up roughly 7M-8M in single sided liquidity and potentially more if this pool fills up 100%. Relationships are a two way street and you have to give in order to get.

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We actually made it with a 40.29% quorum.
The quorum widget on Snapshot is pinging the current block instead of the snapshot block.

This info was shared in the telegarm channel: Telegram: Contact @bancortraders and discord: Discord

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Awesome! Glad to hear.

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I have participated in Barmbridge since it first launched in October and Bancor since the start of the IL protection program. Both projects are solid with great potential to disrupt traditional finance (my current day job). Community cross pollination will yield extra benefits beyond silo operations. Thanks for detailing a solid proposal.

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