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Andre Cronje

Andre Cronje

Andre Cronje is a prolific coder and he is best known for creating Yearn Finance and Keep3rV1, as well as his participation in other high-profile DeFi projects including Hegic, Pickle, Cover, PowerPool, Cream V2, Akropolish, Sushiswap and others.

Cronje is a software architect with 20 years of development experience. After completing his 3 year computer science course in 5 months he was asked to stay on as a lecturer. He moved into telecoms developing big data, high transactional infrastructure, before delving into mobile security and cryptography. His last five years have been spent building bespoke FinTech solutions and leveraging blockchain technology to provide cost-reducing financial products to the unbanked sector in Africa. He is one of the most influential people in the DeFi space.

In 2020:

- Launched Yearn (YFI) and Keep3rV1

- Binary options partnership with Hegic

- Pickle & Yearn ferment co-operation dill

- Yearn & Cover merger

- PowerPool & Yearn ecosystem partnership

- Yearn & Cream v2 merger

- Yearn & Akropolish merger

- Yearn & Sushiswap collaboration


Andre Cronje was born in Cape Town, South Africa.


Between 2001 to 2003, Andre Cronje earned an LLB degree in Law at Stellenbosch University. Andre Cronje studied computer science intricacies, basics of software engineering, principles of Project management, and most importantly problem solving and time management at CTI Education Group in 2005.


Andre Cronje began his career as a Lecturer in Computer Training Institute, located in South Africa. Within June 2005 to September 2006, Andre Cronje taught full-time and part-time students within the fields of Information Technology, Commerce, Creative Arts, Graphic Design, Psychology, Counselling, and Law. In October 2006, Andre Cronje became a Technical Team Leader (4CIT) at Vodacom. He left Vodacom in December 2008 for International Mobile Protection Initiative. Andre Cronje was the Chief Technology Officer at International Mobile Protection Initiative from January 2009 to May 2010.

Andre Cronje served the Chief Technology Officer of Mobile Game Card Applications from June 2010 to August 2012. After leaving Mobile Game Card Applications, Andre Cronje joined Altron as the Mobile Development Manager at Altron in August 2012. Andre Cronje worked as the Software Architect at Full Facing (Pty) Ltd for two years. Andre Cronje was the Head of Technology (Mfin division) at The Shoprite group of companies from 2013 to 2017.

Andre Cronje headed the technology team of Freedom Life from November 2013 to August 2018. He moved to BitDiem and worked there as the Blockchain Protocol Advisor for seven months. Andre Cronje was Technical Advisor at Aggero until January 2019. Andre Cronje served as the Blockchain Infrastructure Engineer for CryptoCurve for one year. Andre Cronje also functioned as a Technical Advisor for Kosmos from March 2019 .

Andre Cronje has worked in other several recognized organizations, among which are Lemniscap, FUSION Foundation, Fantom Foundation, and CryptoBriefing.

Andre Cronje is the developer and founder of the yEarn platform and YFI token.

Work Experience

DeFi ArchitectDeFi Architect


Jan 2020 - present time ~ Yield optimization for stable coins ~ Efficient stable coin Automated Market Maker ~ 1000x on-chain leverage for Automated Market Makers ~ One click liquidations for Aave ~ 5x automated DAI short positions from USDC


Aug 2020 - present time

  • Founder

Jan 2020 - present time

  • Architect

Jan 2020 - present time

Chief Crypto Code Reviewer


Jan 2018 - present time

Fantom Foundation

  • Technical Advisor

July 2018 - present time

  • Chair, Technology Council

Oct 2018 - Feb 2019

FUSION Foundation

Cape Town Area, South Africa

  • Head of Technology and Innovation

Aug 2018 - Sep 2019

  • Technical Consultant

May 2018 - September 2019

Technology Analyst


June 2018 - June 2019

Technical Advisor

Kosmos Capital

Aug 2018 - March 2019

Blockchain Infrastructure Engineer


Apr 2018 - Mar 2019

Technical Advisor


May 2018 - Jan 2019

Blockchain Protocol Advisor


March 2018 - September 2018

South Africa

Head Of Technology

Freedom LifeFreedom Life

Nov 2013 - Aug 2018


Head of Technology (Mfin division)

The Shoprite Group of Companies

Nov 2013 - Jan 2017

Software Architect

Full Facing (Pty) LtdF

Aug 2013 - July 2015

Mobile Development Manager


Aug 2012 - July 2013

Chief Technology Officer

Mobile Game Card Applications

June 2010 - Aug 2012

Mobile Developer


September 2009 - June 2010

Chief Technology Officer

International Mobile Protection Initiative

Jan 2009 - May 2010

Technical Team Leader (4CIT)


Oct 2006 - Dec 2008


Computer Training Institute

June 2005 - September 2006


March 2022
Andre Cronje leaves Fantom project as developer.
January 6, 2022
What are Andre Cronje and Daniele Sestagalli collaborating on?
August 30, 2021
Andre Cronje Announces Keep3r Expansion With Eden Network
July 2, 2021
Andre Cronje Launches Decentralized Forex on Ethereum
May 6, 2021
Yearn Finance Founder Andre Cronje Set to Fight the Rug Pulled Crypto Messiah in a Dubai Boxing Match - Blockchain Bitcoin News
December 17, 2020
Yearn Finance Founder Andre Cronje Awarded DeFi 'Person of the Year' - BeInCrypto
October 9, 2020
Yearn.Finance's Creator Says He's Quit DeFi, but Project Has Bench Strength

Invested in


Further reading


Andre Cronje - Medium

Web's Andre Cronje talks decentralization- The Block

Frank Chaparro


September 17, 2020

Documentaries, videos and podcasts


Andre Cronje | Excited about his Project - 2021 FTM

January 22, 2021

Andre Cronje and Sam Bankman-Fried - Clubhouse Q&A

February 11, 2021

Fantom Developer Conference | Main Panel: Andre Cronje, Michael Kong, Simone Pomposi & Harry Yeh

October 28, 2021

FTX Podcast interview with Andre Cronje

July 29, 2020

Head to Head with Andre Cronje || a Defiant SPECIAL

January 28, 2022


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