Governance Token

Governance Token is a token used to govern the operations and influence the direction of a Protocol, token, or project. Examples of governance tokens in include  and .[1][2][3][4][5][6]

Governance tokens are designed to provide holders with ownership in a fully protocol. Anyone who holds a governance token can influence the protocol’s future direction.[19] 


A governance token distributes power within a blockchain project to token holders, giving them the ability to influence management decisions. Governance tokens represent a different way to govern organizations. Common for and decentralized finance (DeFi), the model that governance tokens represent offers a more equitable, decentralized, and transparent governance method.
A holder who Has a larger number of tokens means more voting power when it comes time to vote on proposals, they can influence decisions on everything from how to spend the project's budget, to what features should be developed in the coming.[20][21]

Governance Tokens

Everipedia (IQ)

Both  and PredIQt are governed by the IQ token. The token is used to vote on referendums and governance actions that affect Everipedia, PredIQt, and the IQ ecosystem in general. The token is also used to incentivize the editors, voters, market creators, traders, and validators that contribute to Everipedia’s decentralized knowledge platform.  [7][8]

yEarn Finance (YFI)

yEarn Finance is a suite of  tools and products in an interconnected financial ecosystem running on various smart contracts. The yEarn Finance ecosystem is community-controlled and governed by the protocol's governance token YFI. It was created by Andre Cronje. [9]

YFI holders can submit, discuss, and vote upon various YIPs to make operational or governance changes to the ecosystem and its products. YFI was the first fair launch token, meaning that there was no Founder, venture capitalist, or early investor pre-mining program to privately claim a portion of a coin's supply. YFI was fairly launched on July 20, 2020. [10]

Compound Finance (COMP)

Compound Finance allows users with a  account to lend or borrow and earn interest. [11]

It lets users deposit cryptocurrencies and earn interest, or borrow other crypto assets against them.  Funds are never held by any third party.[12]

The protocol's governance token COMP entitles holders to fees and governance rights over the protocol. [13]

COMP holders can make changes to the protocol through improvement proposals and on-chain voting. Each token represents one vote, and holders can vote on proposals with their token holdings. [14]

Common topics COMP holders vote on include interest rates and required collateralization for each asset.[15]

Maker (MKR)

The Maker (MKR) token was created by . MKR holders are responsible for governing the Maker Protocol, which includes adjusting policy for the  , choosing new collateral types, and improving governance itself. [16]

MKR holders can vote to change the economic rules that govern the decentralized lending that allows DAI to keep its price stable.

Uniswap (UNI)

 is a Decentralized Exchange (DEX) that allows users to swap Ethereum-based tokens. Uniswap released their governance token UNI via a surprise airdrop to early users of the protocol in late September 2020.  The protocol plans to distribute a capped total of 1 billion UNI over the next four years. 60% percent will go to community members, 21.5% will go to Uniswap employees, and the remaining 18.5% will go to investors and advisors. [17]

Frax Finance (FXS)

 is a fractional-algorithmic protocol to be launched by founding members of the Everipedia team by the end of 2020. Frax Finance is open-source, permissionless, and entirely on-chain, currently implemented on Ethereum with possible cross-chain implementations on  and  in the future. The Frax protocol aims to provide highly scalable, decentralized, algorithmic money in place of fixed-supply digital assets like Bitcoin. The Frax Share token (FXS) is the non-stable governance token in the protocol. It is meant to be volatile and hold rights to governance and all excess collateral of the system. [18]

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