DeFi Dad has 152,100 Twitter followers. He’s a DeFi podcaster, head of portfolios at Fourth Revolution Capital and a prolific crypto YouTuber.

Who is that this man anyway?

Travis Blane, who is healthier often known as “DeFi Dad” to his 152,100 Twitter followers, has been actively making crypto content material since 2019.

He’s additionally the pinnacle honcho of selling and portfolio assist at Fourth Revolution Capital, an adviser for a number of Web3 initiatives, together with Zapper and Push Protocol, and hosts two podcasts, The Edge Podcast and The DeFi Podcast.

Someway, he nonetheless manages to tuck his two children into mattress each night time and battle off monsters for them – which is totally on model for Blane.

Blane is a jack of many trades however has defied the previous saying and really mastered some, too.

After finishing his research on the College of Chicago, he began a chemistry Ph.D. program with aspirations of changing into a trainer. He received bored of that concept and began a meals supply enterprise, which he says “was an excellent and horrific expertise.”

“This was earlier than Uber Eats and earlier than the entire meals supply craze began. It was an thrilling enterprise.”

“I’m fairly satisfied I’d be divorced at present and possibly don’t have any kids if I had stayed in meals supply,” he jokes.

Looking for new challenges, Blane transitioned to software program startups after which unexpectedly discovered himself promoting “all kinds of digicam gear” in a digicam store.

“I positively have a whole lot of expertise hopping completely different industries, which might be why I ended up in crypto at one level in my life.”

It was throughout one more position as a mission supervisor at an occasions firm in New York, the place he was assigned to blockchain occasions, that Blane found his ardour for crypto, and he hasn’t regarded again since.

Who is aware of? In 5 years’ time, we’d meet up with Blane solely to search out out he has turn into an astronaut.

What led to Twitter fame?

Blane exudes the vibe of a hustler decided to make sure his children have a full plate each night time. 

“Little doubt it’s the everyday mixture of a whole lot of focus, actually laborious work, grinding it out and being current throughout as many alternative components of Crypto Twitter on the similar time,” he explains.

Blane’s early DeFi movies started amassing over 10,000 views throughout the first surge of curiosity within the subject within the lead-up to “DeFi Summer season” in 2020.

“I used to be very fortunate with the timing that I used to be into DeFi in, like mid-early 2019, and clearly, it took off inside a yr’s time. It has exploded and turn into a mainstream speaking level and monetary information — that’s luck. Proper place, proper time.”

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DeFi Dad loves Ethereum and his children, too. (Equipped)

What to anticipate from Twitter Content material

Blane describes his Twitter content material as “recommendation on tips on how to get began and tips on how to upscale your self in relation to DeFi, and Web3 video games,” including:

“I’m extra there to sort of assist inform the story of what’s being constructed and why video games want Web3 parts as a result of we’re simply not there but — it’s manner too early.”

He warmly welcomes memecoin fans to comply with him on Twitter however needs to make one factor clear: He received’t be pumping them anytime quickly.

“I’m not somebody who’s going to commerce a memecoin like PEPE. I’m extra of a long-term investor, however I’m tremendous blissful for people creating wealth off it,” he says.

Once in a while, you could be fortunate sufficient to catch Blane throwing out a cheeky worth prediction.

What do you take pleasure in on Crypto Twitter?

Blane is an unashamed fanboy of Man Turner, the founder and face of Coin Bureau, whose ethics he admires.

“He has a workforce that acts with a whole lot of integrity, at the very least in my expertise, and they’re such nice storytellers,” he says.

Blane admits he’s “positively making an attempt to emulate” what Man is doing by being very goal and creating content material that’s “going to onboard as many of us within the area as attainable.”

“There’s a actually superb line to making sure that you simply don’t compromise in your ethics and turn into one thing of a shill.”

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Twitter Beef

Blane proudly states that he holds no grudges towards anybody and jokes that his lack of Crypto Twitter beefs is “not going to be good for engagement on this text.”

Nonetheless, he doesn’t draw back from throwing some shade now and again. When crypto alternate FTX collapsed, he didn’t maintain again, taking a dig at Sam Trabucco, co-CEO of Alameda Analysis, calling him a “f*cking horrible dealer.”

Whereas he’s a fan of wholesome debates to maintain individuals knowledgeable, he tends to keep away from confrontation.

“I don’t like being in battle with individuals; I’d fairly be extra of a cheerleader for these completely different DeFi protocols,” he says.

He additionally tries to rally the troops following unfavorable occasions, just like the collapse of FTX, telling his followers that “crypto is a lot larger than FTX.”


Regardless of being a person who steers clear of creating worth predictions, Blane has confidence that Bitcoin’s worth will skyrocket within the subsequent decade, declaring:

“I’d be shocked if Bitcoin doesn’t go to $500,000, to one million, within the subsequent 10 years.”

However as a DeFi Dad, it’s in all probability unsurprising that his massive love is Ethereum.

“To me, Ethereum is simply woefully undervalued due to all of the financial exercise constructed on it,” he says.

He even likens Ethereum to the community results and moats of Buyer Relationship administration platforms Salesforce and Marketo.

“Folks use [Salesforce] as a database of all their contacts and the entire deal stream that they’re monitoring,” believing that it hooks individuals in by seamlessly integrating with their enterprise operations.

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“In the event you observe all your contacts and all your gross sales knowledge in it, that’s going to be very tough emigrate away from and use a distinct software program on the planet,” Blane says.

He compares this to Ethereum, saying that the extra time is invested and “assets and knowledge put into Ethereum, the extra highly effective it turns into over time.”

As for Ether’s worth, Blane states that $10,000 “is a conservative [price for Ether] at this level.”

“It might go to $20,000 to $30,000 simply.”

Blane takes pleasure in capturing down those that underestimate the value potential of Ethereum.

Ciaran Lyons

Ciaran Lyons is an Australian crypto journalist. He is additionally a standup comic and has been a radio and TV presenter on Triple J, SBS and The Challenge.


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