📬 Inbox Dump #25

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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✉️ FORTUNE Launches Philanthropic Fund Alongside NFT Artist Pplpleasr on the Ethereum Blockchain

Digital artist donates 214 ETH to support journalistic integrity and independent journalism through the Endaoment platform

New York, NY — September 20, 2021 — FORTUNE and digital artist pplpleasr have announced the FORTUNE Journalism PleasrFund, a decentralized donor-advised fund run entirely on the Ethereum blockchain, through Endaoment. The PleasrFund is dedicated to advancing independent investigative journalism and programs that foster interest in sound reporting and journalistic integrity.

✉️ MFA to Host Inaugural Digital Assets Conference Featuring Keynotes By CFTC Commissioner and U.S. Senator

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Managed Funds Association (MFA) is hosting its inaugural Digital Assets conference September 21, 2021. This virtual event will feature the innovators who are influencing and shaping the future of the digital assets industry. Select panels will be open to media and on the record. Speakers include CFTC Commissioner Dan Berkovitz and U.S. Senator Cynthia Lummis (R-WY).

✉️ EmiSwap Users Can Now Transfer Tokens Across Blockchains

EmiSwap’s integration with Movr will allow Token Transfers across blockchains like Ethereum, Polygon, Arbitrum, Binance Smart Chain and xDAI at higher speeds and lower costs

San Francisco - September 22, 2021 - EmiSwap (https://emiswap.com), the first, community-governed decentralized exchange (DEX) to provide high rewards for liquidity providers (LPs), today announced its integration with cross-chain bridge Movr. The integration will allow EmiSwap users to transfer tokens across blockchains like Ethereum, Polygon, Arbitrum, Binance Smart Chain and xDAI at lower fees and higher speed of transactions, finally offering a viable solution to lack of interoperability.

✉️ Etherisc and Mittweida University of Applied Sciences Develop Novel Blockchain-based Decentralized Insurance Solution

An innovative system to leverage decentralized autonomous organizations, artificial intelligence, and machine learning, to provide disintermediated and sustainable risk protection.

Munich, Germany - 21 September 2021 -Etherisc, the open-source, decentralized insurance protocol and ecosystem, together with the Blockchain Competence Center Mittweida (BCCM) at Mittweida University of Applied Sciences, today announces the launch of a joint project to develop a blockchain-based insurance prototype. This project aims to provide refined alternatives to traditional insurance policies by leveraging decentralized autonomous organizations (DAOs) in combination with artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) to streamline and automate the process of insurance assessment and payment.

✉️ FIGURE COMPLETES FIRST DIGITAL SECURITIES TRANSACTION USING REAL-TIME MARKETPLACE

Marketplace Trading Platform using Figure ATS Facilitates Secondary Trading of Private Company Shares with New Efficiency and Speed, Challenging Legacy Marketplaces

SAN FRANCISCO - September 21, 2021 - Figure Technologies, Inc. (Figure™), a leader in transforming financial services through the power of blockchain technology, today announced it completed a first of its kind digital securities transaction using Figure ATS, an alternative trading system that is registered with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and that is part of Figure’s Marketplace trading platform.

✉️ Circle Integrates With Plaid To Simplify ACH Payments

Integration with Plaid enables quicker account verification and allows end users to directly connect their bank accounts to immediately start moving funds via ACH

BOSTON, September 23, 2021 – Circle, a global financial technology firm that provides payments and financial infrastructure for internet businesses, today announced that it has integrated with Plaid, a data network powering the digital financial ecosystem.

✉️ Solana Integrates with TRM Labs to Offer Enhanced Security and Compliance for Network Members

SAN FRANCISCO – September 23, 2021 – A new integration with Solana, the fastest growing decentralized blockchain, by TRM Labs, a leading blockchain analytics provider, has enabled anti-financial crime monitoring through TRM’s risk intelligence platform for Solana’s native token (SOL) and SPL Token assets issued on Solana.

✉️ GAMEE partners with Polygon Studios to deploy Arc8 esports play-to-earn platform on Polygon

GAMEE Token now paired with WETH and QUICK on QuickSwap

23 September 2021, Hong Kong — GAMEE, a subsidiary of Animoca Brands, is pleased to announce a partnership with Polygon Studios. GAMEE will deploy its GAMEE token (GMEE) and upcoming blockchain mobile gaming application Arc8 on Polygon’s energy-efficient network, which provides a scaling solution for GAMEE's play-to-earn platform. The move to Polygon will minimize Arc8 users’ transaction fees and make play-to-earn activities more efficient.

✉️ The “MASTERS OF HORROR” NFT Collection Welcomes Pinhead to the Blockchain

Debut digital collectible series brings the iconic horror character to the blockchain in an exclusive crossover with the Dead by DaylightTM video game

Beverly Hills, CA- September 23, 2021 The malevolent PinheadTM, recently revealed as the latest character added to the popular Dead by DaylightTM video game, is coming to tear your soul – and the blockchain – apart courtesy of the new Masters of HorrorTM line of digital collectibles created by Boss Protocol. The new Pinhead generative collection features everyone’s favorite Hellbound Cenobite in all his terrifying glory, in an NFT collection as unique as the character itself!

✉️ THE PRINCESS BRIDE COMES TO LIFE LIKE NEVER BEFORE THROUGH FILM’S FIRST NFT COLLECTION WITH WAX

Based on the Classic Hollywood Fairy Tale, the ‘Inconceivable’ Collection Showcases the Film’s Iconic Characters and Taglines

(Los Angeles, CA) - September 21, 2021 -- The Worldwide Asset eXchange (WAX) and Act III Licensing and Brand Management have partnered to bring the iconic fairy tale film, The Princess Bride, to life through the film’s first NFT collection. Featuring the world’s favorite characters including Buttercup, Westley, Vizzini, Inigo Montoya and more — not to mention unforgettable quotes and scenes that continue to live in the hearts and minds of its loyal fans — the collection will be available on the WAX Blockchain starting on September 28.

✉️ The DFINITY Foundation Announces Internet Computer And Bitcoin Integration - Smart Contracts Come To Bitcoin

  • Community vote was initiated on September 15 and approved September 17
  • Chain key cryptography will now link the Internet Computer and Bitcoin networks
  • Implementation is currently set for Q4 2021

Zurich, Switzerland, 21st September 2021 -- The Internet Computer blockchain launched by the DFINITY Foundation will leverage new cryptography techniques to integrate with the Bitcoin network, resulting in smart contracts that directly operate on bitcoin balances for the first time. Related R&D work performed by DFINITY will be realized after the Internet Computer community passed a Network Nervous System (NNS) proposal on September 17 with 96.55% approval. It was already the 20,586th proposal sent to the NNS since the network launched in May.

✉️ FUNKO UNLEASHES IRON MAIDEN DIGITAL POP! NFTS ON WAX

Iron Maiden Digital Pop! NFT Collection Will Feature the Band’s Iconic Figure Eddie, Marks Funko’s first music NFT and Will Be Funko’s Third Collection on WAX Blockchain

(Los Angeles, CA) - September 22, 2021 - The Worldwide Asset eXchange (WAX) is partnering with Funko Inc. ("Funko,” or the “Company”) (Nasdaq: FNKO), the leading pop culture consumer products company, to release Digital Pop! NFTs tied to legendary metal band, Iron Maiden. Funko’s latest Digital Pop! NFT collection will be available on WAX starting on Thursday, September 30 at 11AM PST / 2PM PST.

✉️ Liti Capital Launches Scambusters to tackle Crypto Fraud

The litigation funding provider is offering a 250,000 wLITI token reward for new crypto scam cases

Geneva, Switzerland - 24 September 2021: Liti Capital SA, the Swiss-based litigation funding provider disrupting private equity investing with blockchain technology, is launching Scambusters (https://liticapital.com/scambuster/), a revolutionary new tool that allows users to vote for which crypto-focused cases the company should pursue next.

Funding

💰 Orca Raises $18 Million in Series A Funding to Develop User-Friendly AMM for the Solana Ecosystem

SEPTEMBER 22 2021 — Orca (http://orca.so), a decentralized cryptocurrency exchange with a reputation for intuitive UX, announced today that it has raised $18 million in a Series A funding led by Polychain, Placeholder, and Three Arrows Capital, with participation from Jump Capital, Sino Global Capital, Collab+Currency, DeFiance Capital, Zee Prime, Coinbase Ventures, Solana Capital, and a number of angels. The new injection of funds will provide Orca with the resources to continue developing the most capital-efficient and user-friendly automated market maker (AMM) in the Solana ecosystem.

💰 Quant Insight expands with $10m funding to empower investors with world-first trading analytics

NEW YORK, 22nd September 2021Quant Insight (Qi), a new quantitative financial market analytics and trading insights provider, today announces a major scale up after four years of research and development and over $10m in funding from three investment rounds.

💰 Major Crypto Asset Management Firm Cobo Raises $40 Million in Series B Funding

Crypto asset manager Cobo, raised $40 million in a Series B funding round led by DST Global, A&T Capital, and IMO Ventures. The leading Asia-headquartered firm said it intends to use the funds to achieve a number of key objectives. Paramount among them is the facilitation of institutional integration with DeFi products.

💰 Amasa secures $1.5 million in a funding round led by Animoca Brands

Amasa has announced the recently closed funding round where it raised $1.5 million to build a micro-investment streaming app. With the funds raised from the funding round, Amasa will be able to fulfil its mission of connecting users to Web 3.0 and DeFi to improve financial conditions. Also, Amasa will be able to build the world’s first micro-investment streaming app.

💰 Libre DeFi Announces Completion of Seed Round

Toronto, Ontario, Sept. 22, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Libre DeFi is pleased to announce the completion of its seed round, totalling $800,000. The round was led and backed by Marshland Capital, Magnus Digital Assets, Moonrock Capital, Ghaf Capital Partners, Cinchblock, and Raptor Capital.

💰 Portal Raises $8.5M From Coinbase Ventures and Other Investors to Bring Bitcoin-based DeFi to the Masses

SAN FRANCISCO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Portal, a self-hosted Layer 2 wallet and true cross-chain DEX on Bitcoin that makes atomic swaps between Bitcoin and other digital assets fast, secure, and private, is delighted to announce the closing of an $8.5 million funding round to build a self-sovereign and uncensorable DeFi on Bitcoin.

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