U.K.-based decentralized finance (DeFi) startup Gro, founded by former Revolut staffer Hannes Graah, has launched a liquidity mining product and a governance token.
- Gro was launched by Graah in 2020 and received $7.1 million in seed funding from Galaxy Digital, Framework Ventures and Northzone. The firm runs protocols or autonomous programs aiming to give users a simple DeFi experience.
- The firm has also appointed Jake Chervinsky the general counsel at Compound Labs, as a strategic advisor at Gro.
- Graah told CoinDesk the xGRO governance token will be used for on-chain voting ahead of its liquidity mining program for users of the protocol’s two main products – the Gro PWRD and Vault.
- Graah said the xGRO token was distributed to members of the Gro DAO, which includes early users and the Gro team, and early seed investors. DAOs and governance tokens play an important role in the execution of DeFi.
- Two million GRO tokens (2% of the total) will be distributed as community incentives during the first month and liquidity mining will be starting Friday with four incentivized staking pools.
- “Using two tokens allowed the community itself to launch the DAO,” said Graah. “Neither VCs nor team took part in the DAO establishment votes, so it was really driven by the community.”