Matthias Mende, the chief strategy officer of Block Gemini and the founder of MEMMOS, is a Dubai-based crypto entrepreneur and socialite who believes in founder-driven stories. He says “business leadership equals thought leadership,” and that if people get to know founders, they will ultimately “have trust in what” is created.

Today, Mende sat down with Alex Fazel, the host of crypto edutainment channel CryptoNites, to discuss Bitcoin, decentralized finance (DeFi), yield farms, and a bit about his own journey to the crypto sphere in a 38-minute podcast.

For him, the journey from childhood to today wasn’t one exactly filled with roses. I came here (Dubai) in 2007 because I’ve been a born entrepreneur so I was already making money at the age of nine and I was selling Kinder surprise figures,” he reminisced in the podcast, explaining how the entrepreneurial bug bit him in the initial years.

Here’s a snippet of it all!

Talking DeFi with Mende

Yield farming is the shiny, new (old?) crypto toy that sees token holders lock up their tokens on a farm in order to provide liquidity to a decentralized crypto exchange or other DeFi protocols and earn a cut of fees.

And with some farms giving as much as 1,000% annualized yields, the whole yield farming game became a major frenzy last