DeFi Frens, was conceptualized in 2021 when a group of irl + internet frens were united by our love and excitement for DeFi, NFTs and web3.
Realizing our experience was not uncommon, we set to build a community that celebrates our shared passion for the space. Every member of our community has formed some sort of frenship through DeFi and the world that surrounds it. We are, quite literally, DeFi Frens.
In the spirit of DeFi, we aim to build our foundations in trust, transparency and community-based decision making. As a result, everything that we create will truly be a product of us as frens.
We are excited to welcome our 5,555 frens to the world. They are ready to embark on a journey into the metaverse and beyond.
November 2021 - January 2022
The core team was formed and the concept of DeFi Frens came to life.
We defined our initial scope, began prototyping, brainstorming and building the foundation for the next phase.
Creation of DeFi Frens custom font
Base model of Fren perfected
Banner art + initial website mockups designed
Rigging tests begun
Technical scope fleshed out
Discord, Instagram, & Twitter launched
Community initiatives begin
90% of traits confirmed
The DeFi Frens team is always growing, this project wouldn't be possible without our various collaborators and most importantly our beloved community!
Business Dev, Blockchain/Web Dev
For the past four years, Ib has established himself in the fashion, retail & collectibles industries. From designing and building his own namesake brands, to currently owning/operating over 7 physical locations in Canada and working alongside an incredible team of 100+ individuals. In a previous life, Ib has a formal education in Computer Science and worked for Shopify amongst other tech startups in Front End Development. Fun fact, Ib used to be a national Yo-Yo champ and likes to eat his Cheerios with apple juice.
Project Management, Web/Graphic Design
Hexo comes from an esports and gaming background where he has worn many hats, from management and coaching to playing professionally. Most notably, he owned and managed a team made of the youngest group of players ever to qualify for the LCS (Highest level of League of Legends professional play) at the time. He has also worked as a graphic and web designer for several years. Sam indulges in spicy nuggets from Wendy’s one too many times a week and is our resident gaming aficionado.
Community Lead, Web2/3 Dev
Jin has a formal education in computer science. He bootstrapped a previous proof of concept NFT project alongside worked on web2/art gen for Defi Frens. He is responsible for spearheading DeFi Frens’ community-building initiatives and scaling our moderator & community team. Jin also assists with project management, conducts technical research on/for new protocols and best practices for safety and optimization, as well as miscellaneous development tasks. Catch Jin in Discord enjoying his Oreo Thins late at night while playing League of Legends with frens.
Creative/Marketing Lead, Discord DJ
For the last five years, Darren has immersed himself in the world of cryptocurrency and more recently NFTs. Born out of his love for the space, Darren conceptualized the original vision for DeFi frens late last year. Currently, he manages the project’s art creation to generation pipeline by working closely with Champu and the rest of the art team to bring the vision to life! Every so often, he blesses our Discord with his infamous DJ sets.
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