📬 Inbox Dump #23

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 ...

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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 we 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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✉️ ORIGINAL DOGE NFT NOW AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE VIA FRACTIONAL OWNERSHIP

NEW YORK, Sept. 1, 2021 - PleasrDAO today announced the most iconic meme that introduced the intersection of crypto and mainstream internet culture, the original Doge, is now available for anyone to own a percentage of as a fractionalized NFT through Fractional Art.

✉️ Gemini Now Provides an Integrated Crypto Experience for Brave Users

Today, we are thrilled to announce that Brave Rewards users can have their Basic Attention Tokens (BAT) seamlessly deposited into a Gemini account through the new Gemini User Wallet.

✉️ Hot Drops First Adult NFT Sells For Over 11K Proving The Demand For Adult NFT Content

SACRAMENTO, California -- Hot Drops, Inc. is proud to announce that its first NFT collectible card, featuring its CEO, Ashley Youdan (formerly Kendall Karson), sold to the highest bidder this past weekend for 3.2948 Ethereum.

✉️ TokenSociety.io Announces NFT Platform for Entertainment Financing and Launch of First Project

Wyoming, United States - September 3, 2021 - TokenSociety.io, a new platform for creating Non-Fungible Tokens (NFTs) for the entertainment industry today announced the completion of their first NFT Drop for the pilot episode of “Men of the House”, a situation comedy TV series written and directed by Levelle G. Benson starring Kareem Grimes, Erica Peeples, Skyler Grey, Addae Nassir and Chase Fisher, Jr.

✉️ WAX Blockchain Announces Ethereum Virtual Machine and Ethereum Bridge Development and 100 Million WAX Token Fund for DeFi Innovation

(Miami, FL) September 2, 2021 一 The Worldwide Asset eXchange™ (WAX), the most used layer-1 blockchain in the world with over 16 million daily transactions and 500,000 daily users, announced two new Ethereum compatibility initiatives following last week’s listing of the WAX token on the Binance, Gate.io, and AOFEX exchanges, expanding accessibility to the token used for the purchase of NFTs on WAX Blockchain marketplaces.

✉️ First Artist-Activists Join NFT Marketplace DoinGud To Launch Humanity-Positive NFTs

ZUG, SWITZERLAND 2nd Sept 2021: DoinGud, an NFT ecosystem focused on inspiring creativity and positive social impact, today announced the first creators-activists, Lauren YS, Jules Muck, Allison Bamcat, debuting on DoinGud’s NFT platform and seizing the moment to drive impact through their chosen social causes.

✉️ Super Furry Animals release first NFT artwork collection, with sustainable platform Serenade

On Friday September 3rd 2021, at 09:00 BST, Super Furry Animals will release their first NFT artwork collection, marking the 20th anniversary re-issue of their album Rings Around The World. Four limited-edition, digital artworks, reimagining the album’s original sleeve design will be delivered via Serenade - a new, fan-centric and eco-friendly music NFT platform. Remodelled by long-standing creative collaborator, Mark James, each piece will be packaged with accompanying, exclusive audio courtesy of the band.

✉️ Perpetual Protocol introduces a new innovative feature: A Permissionless market creation framework for perpetual contracts

WHEN: On the 2nd of September,Perpetual Protocol released the new permissionless market creation framework.

WHAT: Perpetual Protocolis expanding the scope of its ecosystem by allowing anyone with an Ethereum Wallet to create a Perpetual Futures Pool and at the same time, initiating new ways of generating rewards for PERP holders.

✉️ AUDIUS LAUNCHES NEW COLLECTIBLES GALLERY FOR CREATOR PROFILES WITH SOLANA NFT INTEGRATION

LAS VEGAS — 2 SEPTEMBER 2021 — Audius (https://audius.co/), the blockchain-based music streaming platform, announced today the launch of its Solana NFT integration after the high-speed blockchain clocked in $60 million collectible transactions in the last week. The initial integration features exclusively the popular Solana wallet, Phantom (https://phantom.app/). This integration will unlock a new feature for Audius Silver Tier profiles, allowing its more than six million users to begin showcasing Solana SPL NFT collectibles alongside Ethereum’s ERC-20 NFT collectibles such as Crypto Punks, Bored Ape Yacht Club, Cool Cats, Hashmasks and more.

✉️ PayEm, The Global Spend and Procurement Platform, Emerges From Stealth With $27M In Funding

New York, September 1, 2021 -- PayEm, the global spend and procurement platform for high-growth and multinational organizations today announces $27M in funding. The $27M consists of a $7M seed funding round led by Pitango First and NFX with participation by LocalGlobe and Fresh Fund, followed by a $20M Series A led by Glilot+, the early growth fund of Glilot Capital Partners. The company has demonstrated hyper-growth in Q2’21, growing its total portfolio value by 4x, generating millions of dollars in revenue.

✉️ Xfers & SEBA Bank Named Finalists for Global CBDC Challenge organised by the Monetary Authority of Singapore

Zug, Switzerland – 01 September 2021 - SEBA Bank, a FINMA licenced Swiss Bank providing a seamless, secure, and easy-to-use bridge between digital and traditional assets, today announced together with Xfers, a Southeast Asia based payments leader holding a Major Payment Institution (MPI) license for e-money issuance, that they have been named among the 15 finalists for the Global Central Bank Digital Currency (CBDC) Challenge organised by the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS).

✉️ EmiSwap launches on KuCoin blockchain, issues like low performance and excessive costs to get resolved

San Francisco, September 31, 2021 - EmiSwap (https://emiswap.com), the first, community-governed decentralized exchange (DEX) to provide high rewards for liquidity providers (LPs), which began began its journey from Ethereum, today launched on the Kucoin blockchain, allowing the gamified and decentralized automated market maker exchange to address issues like low performance and excessive costs.

✉️ Status Money transforms from financial advice platform to financial services provider thanks to new Railsbank partnership

31st August 2021:Railsbank, the leading global Embedded Finance platform, and Status Money, the New York-based personal finance company, are partnering to launch an industry-leading cashback credit card that automatically invests rewards in cryptocurrency.

✉️ SFOX NAMES FORMER GOLDMAN SACHS EXECUTIVE JOHN MANNINO AS NEW DIRECTOR OF COMPLIANCE

SAN FRANCISCO -- August 30, 2021 -- SFOX, the independent digital assets prime broker providing institutional traders and investors with access to global crypto markets from a single account, today announced former Goldman Sachs executive John Mannino has joined the company as Director of Compliance.

✉️ EQONEX announces the launch of Cross Collateral trading to improve capital efficiency

August 30, 2021, Singapore: Nasdaq-listed cryptocurrency exchange EQONEX (Nasdaq: EQOS), today announced the launch of Cross Collateral functionality across its platform to enable traders to more effectively manage their collateral when trading derivative products.

✉️ CENTRE CONSORTIUM INTRODUCES TEAM MEMBERS WHO WILL CONTINUE TO DRIVE GLOBAL ADOPTION OF DIGITAL CURRENCIES AND BLOCKCHAIN-BASED FINANCIAL SERVICES

New York - AUG. 30, 2021 - Centre, the consortium founded by Circle and Coinbase to provide standards governance for USD Coin (USDC), which has become the world’s fastest growing dollar digital currency, today introduced the team that will be harmonizing standards in the coming years and supporting new partners as it looks to expand its membership.

Funding

💰 Alpaca Closes $50 Million Series B to Fuel Global Boom in Commission Free Trading, Adds New Asset Class in Crypto

San Mateo, CA – August 30, 2021 – Alpaca, a commission-free stock brokerage platform that offers APIs for fintech apps to connect and trade in U.S. stocks, announced it has closed a $50 million Series B on the heels of driving 1500 percent year to date growth in brokerage accounts and expanding partnerships across Europe, Southeast Asia, Africa, North and Latin Americas.

💰 Polkadot-based DeFi protocol Parallel Finance raises $22 million in Series A funding

Parallel Finance, a Polkadot-based decentralized finance (DeFi) protocol that offers lending and staking services, has raised $22 million in a Series A funding round. Polychain Capital led the round, with Lightspeed Venture Partners, Slow Ventures, Alameda Research, Blockchain Capital, CMT Digital, Blockchange Ventures, and others also participating.

💰 Newly formed DeFi Education Fund announced first round of grants, totaling $195,000

On August 30, the DeFi Education Fund announced the winners of its first round of grants. The four grants total $195,000 and, per the organization's title, focus on educational initiatives. The largest of the grants is $90,000 to DC-based political strategy non-profit Future Majority, which will focus on polling public perceptions of crypto in key swing districts and in New York City.

💰 Evrynet Raises $7M to Make DeFi More Accessible to Institutional Investors

Evrynet is proud to announce a successful round of funding to the tune of $7 million. The round was comprised of numerous high-profile investors and backers. With the funds, Evrynet can bring decentralized finance to an institutional-grade audience.

💰 Paradigm leads $8m Series A into DeFi lending company Euler

The round saw participation from a number of high-profile crypto and DeFi investors such as Lemniscap, Anthony Sassano, Ryan Sean Adams, Kain Warwick and Hasu. The company intends to use the funds to grow its development team in anticipation of the protocol’s launch later this year and provide support to help integrate the protocol into the wider DeFi ecosystem.

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