DeFi Masterclass for Founders and Operators


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3 Weeks


Cohort-based Course

Learn how to critically analyze DeFi risks and opportunities through the lens of market dynamics, regulation, tokenomics, and governance.

Course overview

Grow Your Career in DeFi

After this course you'll have the foundations of DeFi to think creatively about new business opportunities, evaluate risk/rewards in new projects, and understand regulatory hurdles based on existing case law.

This course is for...


Web3 Entrepreneurs & Operators

You want to build or join a new web3 company or level up in your existing Web3 role.


Lawyers & Accountants

You want to work on more Web3 projects as a service provider or in house.



You want to invest more in Web3 directly or through DeFi participation.


What you’ll get out of this course

Find Trends & Projects in the DeFi Ecosystem

From token economics to token sales, what pieces make up the decentralized finance ecosystem? Understand the most popular projects, terms, and how they work together.

Use Frameworks for Web3 Economics & Governance

Be able to critically analyze DeFi projects and their viability given different structures and design tradeoffs.

Understand the Fundamentals of US Crypto Regulation

Simplify the boring, tedious legalese to help decode the implications of new and existing US Regulations. Get smart to avoid risks and move your project forward confidently.

Think Creatively About the Future of Finance

Understand the fundamentals of DeFi and regulation today to better understand what comes next. Think about possible roadblocks or downstream impacts ahead of your team, client, or investments.

Expand Your Network

Join a talented community of peers to learn with in this course and throughout your career in Web3.

Meet your instructor

Brittany Laughlin

Brittany Laughlin

Hi! I'm the Executive Director of the Stacks Foundation, creating utility on Bitcoin through education, grants, and community governance. I am also a Professor at Cornell Law School, teaching DeFi and Regulation.

My not-so-secret mission is to bring more talented operators into Web3. I want to help talented people overcome the "unknowns" and get involved in the fastest growing space on the internet. I'm excited to offer a condensed version of my Cornell Law School class to more people through Maven.

Whether you're considering a jump into Web3 or a crypto OG who wants a better handle on the ecosystem and regulatory landscape, it'd be great to have you!

My own crypto journey started in 2014 as a VC at USV. We invested in this little bitcoin wallet project called Coinbase and I took my first step down the rabbit hole. After several VC investments, I was hooked and wanted to go full time into building the next internet.

I joined Stacks in 2019 and helped complete the first SEC-qualified token offering in the US. Talk about a crash course on crypto legal and regulation! I spun out the Stacks Foundation a few years later and now I have a front row seat building Web3.

After 8 years in crypto, my two biggest take aways are:

  1. Keep learning. The industry changes daily.
  2. Community is critical. Nothing happens in a silo, so building a great network of peer operators helps the whole industry move forward faster.

Find me on Twitter @br_ttany.

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Course schedule

3 hours per week over 2 weeks
  • Classroom: Tuesdays & Thursdays

    8:00-9:00pm EST

    Join the classroom live or follow along async with recorded videos.

  • Discussion Groups: Wednesday

    1:30-2:30pm EST

    Optional discussion groups to expand on all topics of DeFi.

  • Optional Additional Reading

    2-5 hours

    Curious to learn more, you'll have access to the best resources to go deeper on any and all topics.

Learning is better with cohorts

Learning is better with cohorts

Active hands-on learning

This course builds on live workshops and hands-on projects

Interactive and project-based

You’ll be interacting with other learners through breakout rooms and project teams

Learn with a cohort of peers

Join a community of like-minded people who want to learn and grow alongside you

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