Stani Kulechov is a Finnish programmer and entrepreneur who is the founder and CEO of Aave, one of the most popular and innovative decentralized finance (DeFi) protocols in the crypto and blockchain space. Aave is an open-source and non-custodial money market protocol that allows users to earn interest on deposits and borrow assets. Aave started as ETHLend, a peer-to-peer lending platform that Kulechov created while studying law at the University of Helsinki.
Kulechov is a visionary leader in the blockchain space who has pioneered several features and concepts in DeFi, such as flash loans, liquidity mining, governance tokens, credit delegation, and undercollateralized loans. He is also a mentor and advisor to many other projects and initiatives in the crypto and blockchain ecosystem, such as Delta Exchange, a derivatives trading platform. He is a frequent speaker and writer on topics related to DeFi, Web3, and the future of finance.