📬 Inbox Dump #26

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 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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✉️ Persistence Partners with BridgeTower Capital to Offer Institutional Access to Liquid Staking

Singapore - September 30, 2021 -Persistence,the multi asset protocol focused on liquid staking, NFTs, and commodities, today announces that it has partnered with BridgeTower Capital, the global private equity firm focused on blockchain infrastructure and bridging digital assets to traditional institutional investors.

✉️ Atom Foundation Launches First-Ever Central Bank Distributed Secure Coin to Replace CBDC and Stablecoins Solutions

San Francisco -- September 29, 2021 at 8 AM EST -- Atom Foundation (https://www.atom.foundation/), who focuses on liquidity solutions on the blockchain, today announced that it is launching the not-for-profit first-ever Central Bank Distributed Secure Coin (CBDSC). CBDSC is an improvement over current Central Bank Digital Currency (CBDC) projects as it removes volatility while adding flexibility to governments in executing their economic policy. The CBDSC is a new, patent-pending stablecoin alternative technology that will also allow governments and central banks to maintain a unique monetary policy on top of existing CBDCs.

✉️ Pioneering DJ Paul Oakenfold joins Cardano founder Charles Hoskinson alongside Universe™ CEO Alon Shulman as they announce the next stage in the evolution of electronic music culture

Pioneering DJ Paul Oakenfold, dance music entrepreneur Alon Shulman, and Input Output Global founder Charles Hoskinson have announced the next stage in the evolution of electronic music culture. Speaking on the Cardano summit stage in Laramie, Wyoming, today, they revealed that Starship Universe will soon be releasing thousands of NFTs on Cardano featuring stunning one-of-a-kind digital art pieces.

✉️ Over 1.5 Million Users Now Managing Their Digital Identity Using ONT ID, Ontology’s Decentralized Digital Identity Application

Singapore - 7th September 2021 – Reflecting a major endorsement for decentralized identity, Ontology, the project bringing trust, privacy, and security to Web 3.0 through decentralized identity and data solutions, announced today that ONT ID, its decentralized digital identity application, has surpassed 1.5 million users.

✉️ 4K.com Launches Marketplace for NFT-Powered Luxury Goods with More than $1 Million in Assets

LOS ANGELES, CA – September 29, 2021 — 4K.com, a breakthrough peer-to-peer marketplace for digital collectibles and luxury goods powered by non-fungible tokens (NFTs), announced its highly-anticipated marketplace launch for collectors and resellers across the world.

✉️ Banksy’s “Destroyed” Spy Booth Mural is Found, Will Be Auctioned as Hybrid NFT

September 29, 2021 (Los Angeles, CA): Banksy’s famed Spy Booth mural appeared overnight on a wall in Cheltenham, England in 2014. The street art depicted three spies with listening devices on either side of an actual telephone booth, and mysteriously vanished two years later in 2016.

✉️ What Inflation? WallStreetBets Launches Exchange-Traded Portfolio (ETP) Aimed at Elites and Risk Reduction

New York, September 28, 2021When elected Democrats and Republicans actually agree on something it usually means the military needs yet another $2 billion jet, but this year’s GameStop short squeeze generated a heartwarming moment of bipartisanship when Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Ted Cruz joined forces to trash-talk trading apps. Regular people were actually making money by participating in the stock market — which isn’t how it’s supposed to work — so hedge funds were rescued when Robinhood, Webull, M1 and more restricted trading on meme stocks and brought prices down from the moon.

✉️ Metaplex Studios Launches to Grow the Ecosystem of NFT Marketplaces on Solana

BOULDER, COLORADO — September 29, 2021 — Metaplex Studios announced today the appointment of Adam Jeffries as the Chief Executive Officer of a new organization that was formed to help onboard the next million artists and makers onto Metaplex, the Solana-powered on-chain protocol for minting and auctioning NFTs. Bringing with him more than a decade of experience in user interface design and development at Citadel, Google, Amazon, Kaggle, and more, Jeffries will lead the charge for advancing the functionality and accessibility of tools that will enable creators to easily launch and manage their NFT businesses, storefronts, and communities.

✉️ MakerDAO Integrates Gelato Network’s G-UNI Uniswap V3 Token as Collateral

[ZUG] -- MakerDAO, the creator of Dai, the world's first decentralized stablecoin based on the Ethereum blockchain, has announced the integration of Gelato Network’s G-UNI Uniswap V3 token as collateral within its protocol. The addition of the G-UNI token, an automated liquidity provision ERC-20 framework for Uniswap v3, will allow holders to use their wrapped Uniswap v3 positions to mint DAI, leverage liquidity positions and allow developers to use Uniswap v3 liquidity positions as collateral in DeFi projects like MakerDAO.

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

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.

✉️ Gemini Supports the UK’s Take Five to Stop Fraud Campaign

Today, we are proud to announce that Gemini has joined the Take Five Charter in the UK alongside other leading financial institutions, banks, and fintechs. Led by UK Finance and backed by Her Majesty's Government, the campaign offers straightforward and impartial advice to help protect UK customers from financial fraud and scams.

✉️ COINJAR SECURES FINANCIAL CONDUCT AUTHORITY REGISTRATION

Media Release: London, 29 September, 2021. One of the world’s longest-running cryptocurrency exchanges, CoinJar UK Limited has been officially registered by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) as a Cryptoasset Exchange Provider and Custodian Wallet Provider.

✉️ One Donation Selects Fluree to Provide Secure, Agile Platform for Charitable Giving Through Instant Payroll Deductions

WINSTON-SALEM, NC—September 30, 2021Fluree, a provider of a Web 3.0-enabled immutable semantic graph data platform, today announced it will power One Donation’s cloud-based charitable giving platform, which allows employees to find and donate to their favorite charities directly through payroll deduction.

✉️ LisCon, an inaugural Ethereum event, will come to Lisbon in October to unite builders, thinkers, and creators to foster a guided immersion in Web3 culture

LISBON - XX September 2021 - LisCon, a community run Ethereum event, comes to Lisbon, Portugal on October 20-21, 2021 to bring together top Web3 thought leaders for two days of innovative talks, workshops and discussions after a year of Eth all-time highs, the explosion of the NFT market, and the Total Value Locked (TVL) of DeFi nearly toppling $200 Billion earlier this month.

✉️ Sommelier Launches Mainnet for Decentralized DeFi Portfolio and Yield Management

PALO ALTO, SEPTEMBER 29, 2021 --Sommelier, the blockchain protocol and co-processor to the Ethereum Virtual Machine (EVM) that automatically optimizes the placement and concentration of liquidity providers’ (LPs) capital to maximize yields, today confirmed the successful start of its mainnet network and bridge to the Ethereum blockchain. By using Sommelier, LPs and Token owners are able to author complex, fully-automated financial transactions such as portfolio rebalancing, limit orders, batched orders as well as a host of other features. The Sommelier network of validators process blocks of transactions with instructions to control liquidity movement on the Ethereum network and all other EVM complaint chains.

✉️ Bacon Protocol Launches First-of-its-Kind Mortgage-Backed Stable+ Coin

SAN FRANCISCO, SEPT 28, 2021 — Bacon Protocol, a decentralized platform that allows private investors to participate in the growing housing market, announced today its official launch. In conjunction with the protocol launch, it will also conduct a token sale event of its native token, bHOME, a first of its kind Stable+ Coin, backed dollar for dollar by USDC, liens, and loans on homes in the US.

Funding

💰 Unlock Raises $4 Million for Blockchain-based Monetization Protocol for Creators, Companies, and Online Communities

New York, NY, September 28, 2021 (8am EST) -Unlock, developer of an open source, Ethereum-based protocol designed to monetize and manage community memberships, today announced it has raised $4 million in venture funding from several VC firms, along with angel investors from the crypto/blockchain and media industries. The company will use these funds to keep up with rapidly growing demand for its protocol.

💰 Metamask challenger XDEFI Wallet secures $6 million to scale its next-generation DeFi wallet

XDEFI Wallet, a next-gen browser wallet, is proud to announce a $6 million round led by Mechanism Capital with participation from DeFiance Capital, Alameda Research, Sino Global Capital, Animoca Brands, Morningstar Ventures, CoinGecko, and some of the world’s top DeFi users including, Darren Lau (The Daily Ape), Mark Zeller (Aave), Scoopy Trooples and Mariano Conti.

💰 CitaDAO Closes $1 Million Builders Round to Bring Real Estate Onto DeFi

SINGAPORE, September 27, 2021 (Newswire.com) - CitaDAO, a Decentralized Finance (DeFi) platform for Real Estate, has successfully closed its $1 million Builders Round, with participation from venture capital funds Sora Finance, SNZ Capital, and Origin Capital. The round also included leaders of other successful blockchain and DeFi projects such as Synthetix, C.R.E.A.M Finance, Mercurial Finance, Manta Network, Kyber Network, Alpha Finance, Binance, MakerDAO, and Bitgo, as well as executives from the real estate industry such as Parmenion and CBRE.

💰 Avantgarde Finance Closes $5.5M Series A Funding Round

Avantgarde Finance announced completion of a $5.5 million Series A investment led by Blockchange Ventures, a leading digital asset investment firm, along with a network of strategic investors including Placeholder VC, Jump Capital, Collaborative Fund, Acrew Capital, Coinshares and others.

💰 Social Token Platform Roll Completes $10M Series A Funding Round

The round was led by IOSG Ventures with participation from Animoca Brands, Alchemy, Huobi Ventures, Weekend Fund, Mischief Fund, Audacity, Longhash Ventures, Ruttenberg Gordon, Red Beard Venture and Blue 9 Capital as well as new angels Wei Zhou (Binance), Jeff Zirlin (Axie Infinity), Michael Karnjanaprakorn (Otis), Hyung Kim (Line), Max Bernstein (Crowned Records), James Beshara (Tilt), Greg Isenberg and more. They join existing backers in Roll, which includes Galaxy Interactive, Hustle Fund, Gary Vaynerchuk, Trevor McFederies, Ryan Selkis, Balaji Srinivasan and others. This new round of financing brings our total funds raised to $12.7M.

💰 Merkle Science Raises $5.75M in Series A Funding

Merkle Science, a Singapore-based predictive blockchain monitoring and investigative platform, closed a $5.75m USD Series A funding round. The round was led by Darrow Holdings with participation from Kraken Ventures, Uncorrelated Ventures, Fenbushi Capital, Token Bay Capital, Kenetic, and Lunex Ventures. In addition, Merkle Science adds venture investment veteran and Head of Digital Asset Investments at Susquehanna, Dean Carlson, to its board.

💰 ‘Inclusive DeFi’ Startup Angle Labs Announces $5 Million Seed Round Led By a16z

Angle Labs, a decentralized finance (DeFi) startup that aims to build "derivatives-backed stablecoins for a more inclusive DeFi," has announced a $5 million funding round led by venture capital giant Andreessen Horowitz (a16z).

💰 DeFi Startup SundaeSwap Labs Secures $1.3 mln In Seed Funding

SundaeSwap Labs, a Decentralized Finance (DeFi) startup based in California, has raised $1.3 million in seed funding to develop its decentralized exchange (DEX) in the Cardano network. The seed funding round was led by cFund, a venture capital firm under Wave Financial Group focused on investing in the blockchain industry. Other investors who participated in the round were Double Peak Group and Alameda Research.

💰 Polkadot Web3 wallet Talisman closes $2.35M seed funding round

Talisman, a Polkadot Web3 wallet platform, has raised $2.35 million from early backers including Hypersphere Ventures, Koji Capital and Advanced Blockchain AG as well as several anonymous Flex Dapps investors. According to an announcement issued on Wednesday, with the funding round closed, Talisman is looking to launch a wallet extension by Nov. 22.

💰 Kokoa Finance Raises $2.3M Seed Round Led by Hashed to Build Klaytn DeFi

SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA / ACCESSWIRE / September 30, 2021 /Kokoa Finance has raised $2.3 million in a seed investment round led by Hashed and joined by Sky Vision Capital, a41 Ventures, and a number of individual angel investors. The funding will be used to build the backbone of DeFi on Klaytn, the blockchain launched by Kakao, the company KakaoTalk, the largest messaging app in South Korea.

💰 Gelato Network raises $11 million in Series A funding led by Dragonfly Capital

Gelato Network, a protocol that helps automate smart contract execution on Ethereum and other blockchains, has raised $11 million in a Series A funding round. Dragonfly Capital led the round, with ParaFi Capital, Nascent, IDEO CoLab Ventures, and Stani Kulechov, founder and CEO of Aave, also participating.

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