DeFi exchange Uniswap’s native token UNI broke $15 per token on Coinbase on Wednesday morning. It’s up higher than 92% in only one week and up 1,300% from the time the token debuted in September 2020, as per CoinGecko.
Priced at $4.2 billion, Uniswap’s UNI has the largest market cap of any DeFi token on the market, as per research firm Messari.
The governance token has been picked up in bitcoin’s 2020-21 bull way along with other DeFi tokens. At $25.1 billion, DeFi Pulse’s Total price Locked (TVL) metric is up nearly $10 billion from 1st January. TokenSets’ DeFi Pulse Index, which measures a sequence of DeFi token prices, is also up 136% on the year.
A governance token, UNI holders can choose on the direction of Uniswap version 2 such as how the Uniswap treasury will be used. Exchange’s weekly volume has transcended its important initial run during “DeFi summer.” In the starting three weeks of January, volume equated some $5.6 billion while possibly available liquidity on the exchange consistently sat above $3 billion, according to info.uniswap.
Currently, Uniswap transferred a token “airdrop” to any users who has ever performed a single trade on the exchange. The token drop was in response to competitive exchange SushiSwap forking Uniswap’s codebase and attempting to draw users away firmly, SUSHI, in what is now called “vampire mining.” Each mentioned user was prized 400 UNI tokens amounting to 60% of the 1 billion UNI minted. Every single airdrop is currently worth about $6,000.
Uniswap investors, partners and team members are too big after an original allocation of the tokens, although a four-year vesting schedule remains in place as it is. As a visible reference to the uniswap blog post, 21% or 212,660,000 UNI (at press time: $3.2 billion), were allocated for the present as well as future team members. An additional 18% or 180,440,000 UNI ($2.7 billion) were set aside for investors plus 0.69% or 6,900,000 UNI ($103.5 million) for advisers.