Beanstalk Farms · May 14th, 2022

Beanstalk: The Path Forward FAQ

Additional information about the plan to recapitalize and Unpause Beanstalk.

This document will be updated as new information relevant to Beanstalk’s recapitalization and Unpause becomes available.

The Barn Raise

Why does Beanstalk need a fundraiser?

Beanstalk suffered a governance exploit that drained the protocol's liquidity. The goal of the fundraise is to recapitalize that stolen liquidity and then Unpause Beanstalk.

While raising the full $77M is a sufficient – and ideal – condition of a successful Barn Raise, it is not a necessary one. Because this process is designed to scale the protocol based on the size of the Barn Raise, Beanstalk will be able to Unpause with an arbitrary amount of new liquidity. In practice, raising $0 is the equivalent of restarting Beanstalk from scratch. Therefore, any amount raised is better than nothing. However, at the time of writing, there are confirmed commitments for ~20% of the $77M.

Does the protocol need ~$77M? Would a smaller amount such as $XM be sufficient to Unpause the protocol and allow it to grow again in a healthy manner? Is there a minimum amount to raise?

Given the protocol's economic performance prior to the exploit, it has demonstrated sufficient resilience to Unpause even with a relatively small amount of liquidity. However, an ideal scenario is one in which all ~$77M in stolen funds are recouped.

What is Beanstalk's utility?

In the medium term, Beanstalk has tremendous utility as a liquidity provider, having created and scaled three discrete liquidity pools prior to the governance exploit.

Beanstalk is the only positive carry stablecoin in DeFi — it has the potential to be the most economically attractive stablecoin product available.

For more about Beanstalk's utility, please refer to this community-authored article.

Why use a token (like NFTs) to represent debt instead of a Pod Line?

Using a token allows Beanstalk to offer the same terms to multiple investors. Pods in a Pod Line have an inherent priority.

Unpausing Beanstalk

What's going to happen to Beans, Stalk, Seeds, BDV in the Silo (like LP tokens), and Pods?

All Beanstalk assets will be scaled down by a factor proportional to the percentage of capital raised. Otherwise known as a haircut.

Example: If Beanstalk raises 40% of the target ~$77M, each Silo Members' existing Stalk balances will be scaled down by 60%.

Can I Withdraw my assets from the Silo after the relaunch?

Yes, but recapitalized assets (including Beans and BDV in the Silo) will be subject to a vesting schedule based on the amount of the debt that is repaid to NFT holders.

If Farmers choose to Claim assets before the debt has been fully repaid, they will forfeit a portion of their assets. The amount forfeited will be proportional to the amount of debt repaid. Reminder: to Withdraw is to remove assets from the Silo, to Claim assets is to transfer the assets from Beanstalk to your wallet.

Example: You had 10,000 BDV in the Silo prior to the exploit. Beanstalk raises $77M, Unpauses and performs normally. After some time, 40% of the debt is repaid to NFT holders, and you Withdraw your assets from the Silo. Claiming your assets at this point would yield 0.4 * 10,000 BDV = 4,000 BDV of assets. The remaining assets are forfeited.

What happens to the rest of my assets when I Claim early?

Forfeited assets will be effectively distributed pro rata back to the rest of the holders of that unvested asset.

Forfeited vesting Beans will be distributed to vesting Bean holders, and forfeited vesting LP will be distributed to vesting LP holders.

Are Farmable Beans and Harvestable Pods subject to the vesting schedule?

No.

Why use a market cap-based vesting schedule?

The market cap-based vesting schedules creates a strong alignment between existing Silo Members and Barn Raise participants, allowing new capital to enter with confidence that the Silo Members they are bailing out are not incentivized to quickly leave, and even if they do, there is a limit to the amount of capital that can leave at any time.

What pools will be launched when Beanstalk Unpauses?

Beanstalk will likely Unpause with one liquidity pool on Curve containing a stablecoin pair.

How will Silo conversions be handled with vesting? Will people that are locked still be able to convert above/below peg?

Beanstalk Farms is still exploring the technical implications here, but we believe Convert functionality is crucial to Beanstalk’s stability and expect to launch with this enabled.

What if I had Circulating assets at the time of the exploit?

Circulating assets are subject to the same vesting schedule as Deposited assets.

What if I had Withdrawn assets at the time of the exploit?

Withdrawn assets will be treated as Circulating assets (as if the Withdrawal timer had elapsed).

How will the Weather change after the Barn Raise?

Beanstalk will Unpause with the pre-exploit Weather.

Governance

How is Beanstalk Farms going to handle governance moving forward?

On-chain governance has been removed for the time being. A community-controlled multisig wallet will maintain ownership of the protocol. On-chain governance will resume in the future when a safe, decentralized governance mechanism is developed and fully audited.

How will the multisig work?

Beanstalk Farms is evaluating how other DAOs utilize multisig wallets to ensure safe and effective governance. It is expected there will be a minimum of 9 holders included in the multisig. These slots will be split between members of the Beanstalk community, Beanstalk Farms contributors and Publius.

Security

How will you prevent this from happening again?

Governance of Beanstalk is moving to a multisig wallet custodied by the community until a safe on-chain solution can be developed and audited. BIPs will be voted on via Snapshot until then.

Beanstalk will undergo both Halborn and Trail of Bits audits, and Beanstalk Farms will launch bug bounty programs with Immunefi and potentially other reputable bug bounty firms.

Beanstalk Farms will double down on its efforts to attract and retain experienced security engineers who specialize in smart contract development.

Is multisig governance contrary to the decentralized ethos of Beanstalk?

Everything is relative, and the multisig will still be custodied by a diverse set of distributed community members. However, multisig governance is still a sub-optimal and temporary solution. Once Beanstalk has been Unpaused, Beanstalk Farms will explore a more resilient decentralized governance solution. Any new governance solution will be thoroughly audited before being proposed on-chain.

Will there be more audits?

Yes. Beanstalk will undergo end-to-end audits with Halborn beginning in mid-May and with Trail of Bits beginning in early June.

Will there be a bug bounty?

Yes. Beanstalk Farms has engaged Immunefi among others to launch a comprehensive ongoing bug bounty program.


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