DeFi Llama, a popular blockchain data platform that tracks the performance of decentralized finance (DeFi) projects, is facing an internal conflict that risks damaging its reputation and operations.
The rift within the organization has emerged due to a plan to launch a token that has been described as a ‘rogue’ initiative.
The conflict at DeFi Llama
According to a recent statement on the platform’s Telegram channel by the founder of DeFi Llama, the company is forking Defi Llama because of a hostile takeover attempt by an employee who controls both the DefiLlama Twitter account and domain. The employee has decided to launch a token despite the opposition of other members of the team.
The situation has caused a split in the company, with one employee using the pseudonym 0xngmi forking the platform and hosting it as Llama.fi.
The company hinted at a potential token airdrop in a recent tweet, which has further fueled the conflict. Llama Corp, the parent company of DeFi Llama, has denied claims of a hostile takeover and labeled 0xngmi’s actions as independent.
In a statement to The Block on March 19th, Llama Corp expressed regret over the situation and intends to “resolve things privately and amicably.” However, DeFi Llama co-founders Charlie Watkins and Ben Hauser have yet to comment on the matter.
The risks of collapse
The conflict at DeFi Llama highlights the risks associated with internal disputes within an organization. As onlookers begin to piece together what has taken place and inevitably choose sides, the development has already begun to have a huge impact on the structure of the organization.
It also risks damaging the platform’s reputation and operations, as it may affect its ability to provide reliable data. The situation underscores the importance of addressing potential conflicts before they escalate, as internal disputes could have severe implications for the platform’s operations and reputation.
Many will understandably sympathize with the dismay of dedicated individuals that have put long hours into the development of the reputation of DeFi Llama.
DeFi Llama is a multi-chain TVL stats dashboard co-founded by Charlie Watkins and Ben Hauser, where data connectors are contributed and maintained by a community.
The platform tracks the performance of DeFi projects across various blockchains, including Ethereum, Binance Smart Chain, Solana, and Polygon. DeFi Llama has gained popularity due to its user-friendly interface and the ability to track the value locked (TVL) in various DeFi protocols.