📬 Inbox Dump #2
All the tips that didn't make it to The Defiant the rest of the week.
Hello Defiers! Welcome to the second edition of Inbox Dump where we include the updates and announcements that flood our DMs each week and didn’t make it to our 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. My 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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🔮 Credit-Economics Behind the Fortune Tellers NFT & Sale
We see Teller synergistically working alongside traditional financial institutions (ie. Teller’s Integration of FinTech Company Plaid), as well as DeFi native protocols (ie. Aave, Union, Maple Finance) to bring the complete picture of off-chain plus on-chain trust to DeFi.
🤑 HARD Version 2 Enables Institutions To Earn +25% APY On Bitcoin
HARD Protocol, the first cross-chain DeFi money market built on the Kava platform, announced today its Version 2 upgrade. Besides enabling lending and borrowing of cross-chain assets, several new enhancements will become accessible to financial institutions looking to explore the decentralized finance industry. The companies that hold the largest currencies in the world including Bitcoin can now earn +25% APY without counterparty risk.
👨🍳 18 YEAR OLD CHEF OFFERS THE FIRST (NFT) VIRTUAL DINING EXPERIENCE
The young gun of the culinary world is the first chef to offer a NFT virtual dining experience. Recently the graphic artist Mike Winkelmann, who goes by Beeple, sold a virtual artwork at a Christie’s auction for $69 million. In the case of virtual meal, the buyer/diner will be the sole owner of the digital file. The prodigy chef’s three course meal has the authentication coded into the NFT file itself, making it not only rare, but one-of-a-kind works. Logan Guleff, 18, has been working on the concept for a while now. In January 2018 he presented his TEDx Talk on the “Art of the Flavor”, in which described how creating flavors was really simply another form of art.
🌏 Macrobond grows footprint in Asia
MACROBOND Financial, a leading provider of economic and financial data and analytics, announced today that it has named Ian Hissey Regional Managing Director for Asia Pacific. Based in Hong Kong, Hissey will build on the company’s success in a region that has seen unprecedented demand for data and analytics and continue the expansion of its business into Japan and South Korea.
👩🎨 Palm, A New NFT Protocol, Token and Studio for Creators, Announces Launch
Today, ConsenSys, HENI Group, and Heyday Films, introduced Palm NFT Studio, an innovation lab set up to collaborate with artists, marketplaces, and rights holders to bring projects and platforms into the Palm ecosystem. Palm is a joint venture between the brightest minds in blockchain working with two of the most accomplished teams in fine art and filmmaking, brought together by ConsenSys founder and Ethereum co-founder Joseph Lubin; film producer and owner of Heyday Films, David Heyman; and founder of world class art house HENI Group, Joe Hage. The new venture will be led by co-founder and CEO Dan Heyman, currently General Manager of protocols at ConsenSys. The first artist drop utilizing Palm is Damien Hirst’s The Currency Project.
🌊 OpenSea is coming to Immutable
OpenSea, the world’s largest NFT marketplace will be supporting trading via Immutable X, a gas-free layer-2 protocol for Ethereum NFTs which embraces decentralization at its core. Immutable X is a serious contender as the first Layer 2 scaling solution for NFTs on Ethereum, with instant trade confirmation, massive scalability (9,000 TPS+), and zero gas fees - without compromising user custody.
🛹 One of the world’s most influential skateboarders, Stevie Williams, DGK, and legendary designer Virgil Abloh announce NFT Skate deck and physical combo.
theblock.Agency today announced WilliamsXAbloh unreleased 000 skate deck and NFT pair. Back in August, the two collaborated on a 1/100 limited edition WilliamsXAbloh skate deck which features a simple black co-branding, noting Williams and Abloh’s collaboration, and a full camo print on the bottom. The design was drawn by Abloh himself and features black DGK branding dotted throughout the deck, and individually numbered 1-100. The two are at it again, and in classic form making a new path of their own by dropping a 1/1 NFT and matching physical skate deck which will include a previously unreleased version of the WxA deck which sports a 000.
💸 Cere to launch public sale through Republic, DAOMaker & Polkastarter
The Cere Network has announced the dates for the upcoming public CERE token sale. The Cere Network is a decentralized data and finance cloud platform for enterprises. Powered by the CERE token, the Cere Network is embarking on an industry-first endeavor to launch its public sale across three unique platforms to raise over $25m from qualified investors. This multi-platform approach is the first-of-its-kind and will include public listings on Republic, DAOMaker, and Polkastarter in an effort to satisfy the high demand for the CERE token.
🌟 BNV.ME goes live
BNV.ME has been conceived and developed by fashion industry veterans to enable premium and luxury brands and designers to easily and safely enter the world of virtual fashion via the medium of non-fungible tokens. Operating on the Ethereum blockchain BNV enables brands to create and auction individual pieces and collections of apparel, footwear and accessories as digital assets in super high quality 3D renders. Customers can bid after installing standard ETH crypto wallets and, if successful, collect those items in their wardrobe or offer them back for auction in the BNV marketplace.
📝 Fact-checkers launch an NFT platform and start selling fact-checks in cryptocurrency
Fact-checkers from four continents are coming together this Friday (April 2), International Fact-Checking Day, to launch the first online marketplace for those interested in buying and/or selling fact-checks in NFT format (non-fungible tokens). In association with Agência Lupa (Brazil), Lead Stories (United States), Newtral (Spain), and Taiwan FactCheck Center (Taiwan), FACTS-NFT is offering more than 20 fact checks carefully selected from these four organizations archives. In this first collection, buyers will find fact checks about politics, health, the environment, and celebrities.
💰 Delta Exchange: $5M Token Sale W/ Sino Global & Others
Delta Exchange (https://delta.exchange/), a leading cryptocurrency derivatives exchange, announced today that it has raised $5 million from industry-leading investors in a private sale for DETO, the platform's native token. Participating investors include Sino Global, Aave Ventures, CoinFund, Kyber Network, Spartan, QCP Soteria, LuneX Ventures, gumi Cryptos Capital, BR Capital etc.
💰Liquity: $6M in Series A Funding Led by Pantera
Today we’re excited to announce that Liquity has raised $6M In Series A funding led by Pantera Capital with follow on investments from Nima Capital, Alameda Research, Greenfield.one, IOSG, AngelDAO, and others. We also received backing from an amazing group of angels including Bo Shen, Meltem Demirors, David Hoffmann, Calvin Liu, George Lambeth, and many more. Lastly, we’d like to thank and recognize Tomahawk.VC, 1kx, and Lemniscap for their continued support during this round.
💰 Dapper Labs: $305M in Round W/ Michael Jordan & Others
Dapper Labs, the company behind the popular NBA Top Shot digital collectibles platform, said it closed a $305 million funding round with backing from a roster of professional athletes and media personalities. The latest financing injection -- with endorsements from Michael Jordan, Will Smith, Kevin Durant and Stefon Diggs, among others -- brings the company’s total capital raised since February 2018 to $357 million, according to Roham Gharegozlou, the company’s co-founder and chief executive officer.
💰 Element Finance: $4.4M in Round Led by Andreessen Horowitz
On Wednesday, March 31st, DeFi startup Element Finance said that it is currently building a yield-maximizing marketplace for crypto interest rates. For this, Element Finance has secured $4.4 million in a funding round led by Andreessen Horowitz. Accompanying Horowitz other big investors also include Placeholder, SV Angel, A. Capital, Robot Ventures, and Scalar Capital.
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