📬 Inbox Dump #18

Hello Defiers! Welcome to Inbox Dump where we include the updates and announcements that flood our DMs each week and didn’t make it to The Defiant’s content platforms. Sometimes announcements here didn’t meet the bar to become a news story, sometimes they ...

Hello Defiers! Welcome to Inbox Dump where we include the updates and announcements that flood our DMs each week and didn’t make it to The Defiant’s content platforms. Sometimes announcements here didn’t meet the bar to become a news story, sometimes they may have slipped through the cracks, or they came late and we haven’t had a chance to cover.

At The Defiant we cover the most important DeFi-related news and developments but I know many of you are hunting for projects before they are fully developed and before they are newsworthy. Our goal with this installment of the newsletter is to help you find them. Look at this as the starting point to DYOR.

We also include a compilation of DeFi and crypto funding rounds in the past week so you have these in one handy place.

Keep in mind these have been unedited. With that —here we go!

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✉️ ARGO BREAKS GROUND ON HIGHLY ANTICIPATED WEST TEXAS BLOCKCHAIN INFRASTRUCTURE AND MINING FACILITY

Facility buildout expected to bring up to 20 jobs to Dickens County, Texas

LONDON, UK – July 22, 2021 – Argo Blockchain Plc (LSE: ARB; OTCQX: ARBKF), (“Argo” or the “Company”), a global leader in sustainable blockchain infrastructure and cryptocurrency mining, today announced that it has broken ground on its highly-anticipated, renewable energy-focused 200-megawatt (MW) cryptocurrency mining facility in Dickens County, Texas. The new facility will transform Argo’s mining capacity and is expected to be completed in the first half of 2022.

✉️ DeFi Oracle Band Protocol Boosts Interoperability within the Cosmos Ecosystem

July 22, 2021 - As of today, the Band Oracle has been integrated into the Cosmos ecosystem to further the realization of the Internet of Blockchains.

The versatility of Cosmos is expanding as blockchains within the ecosystem are now even more connected and interoperable than ever before. With this Band Protocol integration in Starport, the Cosmos blockchain development tool, newly created chains are able to exchange feeds of varying types of data by using an oracle and the Cosmos interoperability standard: Inter-Blockchain Communication protocol (IBC).

✉️ APOLLO 11 LANDS IN DECENTRALAND on JULY 24

New York, New York: July 21st, 2021: In celebration of the 52nd Anniversary of the Apollo 11’s historic lunar landing, Banquet, Dapp Craft Studios, The Aldrin Family Foundation, and frequent NASA collaborator, Nick Graham,have joined forces to release Apollo 11-52 inside Decentraland.

The stunning achievement of the lunar landing still inspires us 52 years later, and now will be recreated in the next frontier…the virtual world. The activation will take place in Decentraland on Saturday July 24 at 3:50pm UTC.

✉️ Team GB Launch First Ever Official NFT Collection With Partners Tokns™ Ahead of Store Opening

(London, 22 July 2021): In anticipation of the imminent Tokyo Games, Team GB has become the first Olympic Team to create its own storefront for non-fungible tokens, or NFTs. Working in partnership with leading NFT commerce provider Tokns, Team GB will launch an NFT store to showcase these instantly iconic NFTs.

✉️ The First Mint launches NFT fest presented by NBA Top Shot

(VANCOUVER, BC) - In a shared commitment to next-gen fandom, The First Mint and Dapper Labs’ NBA Top Shot are bringing the NFT sports & gaming community together for a first-of-its-kind online festival. First Mint Fest is a multi-day showcase of NFT platforms, products, and projects designed to rally the crypto community while helping newcomers find their first ever NFT. This inaugural 100% digital expo will see partners streaming and creating community activations from "Festival HQ"—a pop-up Discord server created specifically for this event—where each project occupies an interactive digital "booth”.

✉️ ONCHAIN MUSIC ANNOUNCES ITS ARTIST & LABEL ROSTER AND RELEASES ITS (MUSIC) TOKEN FOR TRADING

Los Angeles, CA, July 12, 2021 – OnChain Music, a company designed to help artists, bands, singer/songwriters, DJs and musicians earn royalties on the blockchain, has released its artist and label roster. Concurrently, the company has just released its OnChain Music token (MUSIC), which is now officially live and trading on UniSwap and PancakeSwap. The announcements were made today by Ben Kopec, OnChain Music’s CEO and Founder.

✉️ ONE Championship Announces Global Partnership with Theta Network to Launch NFT Marketplace

Pre-launch now available at ONE.ThetaDrop.Com

20 July 2021 – Singapore: ONE Championship™ (ONE) today announced an exclusive global partnership with Theta Network, an industry-leading blockchain platform, to launch ONE’s first-ever non-fungible token (NFT) marketplace featuring collectibles that celebrate ONE’s superstar athletes and their most memorable moments.

A pre-launch for ONE NFTs is now available at ONE.ThetaDrop.com. The first Drop, where fans will have the chance to purchase packs including limited edition NFTs, will take place on 6 August at 10 p.m. EST.

✉️ Aerial Launches Carbon Offset Tool for Cryptocurrency

With Aerial’s new crypto offset tool, users can calculate the carbon emissions of their cryptocurrency collections, and effortlessly offset those emissions through contributions to verified carbon removal projects.

SAN FRANCISCO, July 20, 2021 - Aerial, the sustainable living platform, has just launched a tool for offsetting the carbon emissions of cryptocurrency.

With Aerial’s crypto offset tool, users can sign-in with their Coinbase to see an estimate of their Bitcoin and / or Ethereum collections’ carbon emissions, and then offset those emissions by making a contribution to verified carbon removal projects, using either a credit card or cryptocurrency.

✉️ Tyson Fury NFT ‘Lineal’ Sells for Almost $1 Million on HoDooi.com - One of the Highest Bidding Sports NFTs Ever!

The unique one-of-a-kind NFT, ‘Lineal by Tyson Fury’, has sold at auction for $987,000, making it one of the most expensive sports NFT sales even surpassing the likes of Floyd Mayweather and other high profile individuals in the sporting world.

Bidding for the piece closed on Friday 16th July after an intense bid war one user finally came out on top!

✉️ DAOhaus launches a marketplace in response to growing demand for DAOs servicing DAOs

The first ever PR DAO, - YAP DAO - launched by the team behind a leading crypto PR agency, YAP Global becomes the first DAO to use the platform

PARIS 21 July 2021 -DAOhaus, a no-code, community owned platform for launching and running DAOs, has gone live with itsServices DAO Marketplace to encourage non-technical people to form DAOs and decentralise their businesses.

Funding

💰 Coin98 Raises $11.25M in Strategic DeFi Funding Round Led by Hashed and Spartan Group

Coin98 Labs has successfully raised $11.25M in a strategic funding round to expand the scope of its DeFi applications. The funding, which ended in late May, was led by Spartan Group and Hashed. The company is also launching the Coin98 Exchange to satisfy untapped demand in the DeFi space. Apart from Hashed and Spartan Group, which spearheaded the strategic funding round, several other players were involved.

💰 Decentralized identity startup Magic raises $27 million in Series A funding from Tiger Global and others

Magic Labs (formerly Fortmatic), a decentralized identity startup that provides "passwordless login" solutions, has raised $27 million in a Series A funding round. The round was led by London-based venture capital firm Northzone, with participation from new and existing investors, including Tiger Global, Volt Capital, Digital Currency Group, CoinFund, and Placeholder.

💰 Crypto venture studio Thesis raises $21 million in Series A funding

Thesis, a crypto venture studio behind the projects like tBTC, has raised $21 million in a Series A funding round. The round was co-led by ParaFi Capital and Nascent, with participation from Fenbushi Capital, Polychain Capital, and Draper Associates. Angel investors, including Synthetix founder Kain Warwick, Summa (acquired by Celo) founder James Prestwich, and Bison Trails (acquired by Coinbase) protocol specialist Viktor Bunin, also participated in the round, among others.

💰 Flurry Finance Announces $3 Million Raise in Latest Funding Round to Expand Its DeFi Yield Aggregation Protocol

The team behind the yield aggregator DeFi protocol FLURRY, Flurry Finance today announced it had closed its latest funding round which helped it raise $3 million. Among others, the leading investors in the funding round were AU21 Capital, GenBlock Capital, Shima Capital, CoinUnited.io, One Block, Soul Capital, and Dutch Crypto Investors.

💰 FTX Breaks Crypto Funding Round Record with $900M Series B

Bucking a bearish crypto market, FTX, the two-year-old cryptocurrency exchange, announced a $900M Series B funding round at a valuation of $18B, the company said in a statement released yesterday. The deal is a clear sign that for all the angst in the markets, well-heeled investors are only too eager to play the long game with serious money. More than 60 entities participated in FTX’s funding round, including influential players such as Sequoia Capital, Paradigm and Coinbase’s venture arm.

💰 Grayscale Investments Launches Defi Fund — Now Offers 15 Crypto Investment Products

Grayscale Investments has launched a decentralized finance (defi) fund. The new defi fund is the crypto asset manager’s 15th investment product and its second diversified product. “The emergence of decentralized finance protocols provide clear examples of technologies that can redefine the future of the financial services industry,” said the Grayscale CEO.

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