Research Partner

Dave White

Dave White is a Research Partner at Paradigm. Previously, Dave was a quantitative trader and researcher at firms including Headlands, Two Sigma, and Cutler Group. He is three credits shy of an A.B. in Mathematics from Harvard University.

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Martingale Shares

9.14.2021 | Dave White

Summary This paper introduces a new NFT primitive: Martingale shares, or "Mortys." Mortys are synthetics representing fractional ownership of classes of NFTs. They do not require buyouts or oracles, but [→]

Floor Perps

8.31.2021 | Dave White

Overview This paper introduces the floor perpetual, a synthetic NFT that tracks the floor price of a given project and can be minted by locking up NFTs from that project. [→]

Power Perpetuals

8.17.2021 | Dave White, Dan Robinson, Zubin Koticha, Andrew Leone, Alexis Gauba, Aparna Krishnan

Introduction This paper introduces a new type of derivative, the power perpetual. If the price of ETH doubles, the ETH^2 power perp 4Xs, the ETH^3 power perp 8Xs, and the [→]


7.28.2021 | Dave White, Dan Robinson, Hayden Adams

Introduction This paper introduces a new type of automated market maker, or AMM, that helps traders on Ethereum efficiently execute large orders. We call it the time-weighted average market maker, [→]

Everlasting Options

5.11.2021 | Dave White, Sam Bankman-Fried

Introduction This paper introduces a new type of derivative, the everlasting option. Everlasting options give traders long-term options exposure without the effort, risk, or expense of rolling positions. We derive [→]

The Cartoon Guide to Perps

3.8.2021 | Dave White

Illustrations by: Chelsea Myers About a month ago, I realized I didn’t understand perps. For the cost of $1, a 100x bitcoin perp (short for “perpetual swap”) behaves like $100 of [→]

Joining Paradigm

1.18.2021 | Dave White

It was the seventh month of quarantine, and DeFi was in the ascendant. One day, wandering the depths of crypto Twitter, I came across an open problem. Its author was finance [→]