📬 Inbox Dump #27

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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Inbox Dump!

✉️ JP Morgan Masterminds Build World's First & Only Scalable PoW Blockchain

The blockchain revolution is only just getting started. More and more companies around the world are adopting cryptocurrency as payment. El Salvador just rolled out Bitcoin as legal tender, and AMC now accepts several cryptocurrencies as payment for movie tickets.

✉️ Pocket Network integrates Solana to significantly scale up the fastest growing blockchain in the world

Tampa, October 7, 2021 – Pocket Network, a blockchain data ecosystem for Web3 applications, has integrated Solana into its network. Out of Pocket Network’s globally-distributed network of nearly 6500 nodes, over 3000 node runners are now serving Solana Remote Procedure Call (RPC) requests.The beta testing for the implementation began in early September.

✉️ 21Shares Selects Copper to Secure its Cryptocurrency ETPs’ Underlying Assets

07 October 2021 – 21Shares AG (“21Shares”), the world’s largest issuer of cryptocurrency exchange-traded products (ETPs), today announced Copper.co (“Copper”) will provide digital asset custody and staking services to secure the underlying assets of its cryptocurrency ETPs amidst increasing interest from institutional investors.

✉️ Tech Innovators Lead the Charge to Ensure Bitcoin Adoption in El Salvador is a Success

Berlin, 7 October 2021 -- The Bitcoin Alliance, a new alliance betweenBanco Hipotecario, TESOBE - the company behind theOpen Bank Project -API3, Qredo andSovryn will bring forth the next generation of Blockchain applications offering open banking solutions to provide financial inclusion to all in El Salvador. El Salvador's groundbreaking Bitcoin Law entered into force on September 7, 2021, introducing unfamiliar challenges for traditional financial institutions as well as more specific consumer needs related to bitcoin storage and currency exchange. Together, leaders in the blockchain space will utilize their resources and knowledge to facilitate a smooth adoption of bitcoin as legal tender, ensuring citizens reap the benefits of digital banking and national infrastructure can handle this momentous change.

✉️ CRYPTO PRIME BROKER SFOX ADDS WALL STREET TRADING VETS TO TEAM

San Francisco, CA - October 7, 2021 - SFOX, a digital asset prime broker that is focused on helping hedge funds embrace and expand crypto trading, today announced the addition of two former Wall Street trading veterans, Eddy Sfeir and Daniella Gekhtman, to bolster its senior sales team of institutional investors.

✉️ 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.

✉️ Race Car Driver Lindsay Brewer Becomes First Female Race Car Driver to Launch Her Own Cryptocurrency

San Francisco, CA — September 30, 2021 — Race car driver and social media sensation, Lindsay Brewer, today announced the launch of her own personal cryptocurrency, $LINDS, on Rally, making her the first female pro-race car driver and only second female athlete to launch her own cryptocurrency.

✉️ Encode Club and BitDAO Accelerate the Next Generation of web3 Developers

OCTOBER 4, 2021 — Encode Club and BitDAO announce a long-term partnership to educate and accelerate blockchain talent. Using Encode’s expertise and talent network, the programme will be one of the most significant educational initiatives in open finance and the decentralized economy.

✉️ Aavegotchi NFTs are available on Ethereum via the Rarible marketplace.

As of today (October 4), the popular Aavegotchi NFTs are available on Ethereum via the Rarible marketplace.

About the announcement:

  • Rarible is the first NFT marketplace to welcome Aavegotchi.
    • Previously, Aavegotchis have only been available on the Polygon Layer-2 network through the in-game marketplace, Gotchi Baazaar.
  • Aavegotchis will migrate to Ethereum in mass for the first time through Aavegotchi's built-in Polygon-to-Ethereum NFT bridge.
  • Rarible will launch a unique community incentives program to welcome the NFTs to the Rarible community (more info below).

✉️ Domination Finance Integrates with Polygon

CHICAGO — October 5, 2021 —Domination Finance, a non-custodial, decentralized exchange for dominance pairs, announced a new integration with full-stack Ethereum scaling solution Polygon. The integration lowers costs and increases speeds for Domination Finance traders and liquidity providers.

✉️ CryptoFights and Zenescope Equip Fans with Playable, In-Game NFTs and Digital Collectibles in Partnership with Epik

Singapore – October 5, 2021 – In an exciting new product and crossover launch, Comic book and graphic novel publisher, Zenescope Entertainment and CryptoFights, the fighting game powered by the Bitcoin SV (BSV) blockchain, set an industry milestone by minting the first-ever licensed Intellectual Property (IP) on the Bitcoin SV blockchain. The digital collectibles are playable, in-game non-fungible token (NFT) collectibles of Zenescope characters which users can use on their avatars and trade on- or off-platform. Spearheading the partnership is Epik, a global licensing agency connecting brands with video games.

✉️ Decentralized Chat App OpenChat Hits 50,000 users

  • Launched in June, OpenChat is built on the Internet Computer blockchain and runs fully on chain
  • This type of web-based service functioning entirely on a blockchain is only possible because the Internet Computer is the world’s first blockchain that can serve interactive web content, scale and run at web speed with huge efficiency

OpenChat, a decentralized chat app that operates like WhatsApp or Signal, except that it runs entirely on the Internet Computer blockchain, has quickly hit 50,000 users, and has now expanded its user limit to 100,000 for its beta version.

✉️ Cosmos Logs more than 1 Million cross-chain Transfers in a Month

This week Cosmos achieved the milestone of logging more than 1 million transfers on the Inter Blockchain Communication protocol in the past month. This milestone demonstrates that Cosmos has cemented its position as the leading cross-chain network and is building towards its goal of a self-sovereign internet of blockchains.

✉️ Auditchain Launch Leads to Calls for Chartered Accountants and CPAs to Take Part

ZUG, SWITZERLAND – October 7, 2021 -- Auditchain Labs AG, (https://auditchain.finance) the developer of the world's first decentralized accounting, financial reporting, audit and analysis virtual machine for assurance and disclosure, today announced that it is planning the first Testnet launch of its network client, “Pacioli” on October 12, 2021. The launch is expected to initially include up to 20 participants.

✉️ Bumper’s unique price protection protocol is the DeFi cure for crypto volatility

​​Bumper have a new, pioneering DeFi price protection protocol that is truly unique in the crypto space. It allows investors to set a floor underneath their assets without putting a ceiling on their earnings when the market rises. Bumper call this game-changing new way to invest “God-Mode For Crypto.”

✉️ Experience the World of Blade Runner with WAX and Alcon Media Group “Blade Runner: Black Lotus” Digital Collectibles

(Los Angeles, CA) - October 7, 2021— The Worldwide Asset eXchange (WAX) is partnering with Alcon Media Group to release an NFT series collection based on their upcoming series “Blade Runner: Black Lotus.” Continuing the story of the original genre-defining science fiction film, “Blade Runner: Black Lotus” takes place between the events of the first film and Blade Runner 2049. Produced by Alcon Television Group and animation studio Sola Digital Arts, with Shinichiro Watanabe serving as a creative producer, “Blade Runner: Black Lotus'' will feature thirteen episodes directed by Shinji Aramaki and Kenji Kamiyama. The show is financed by Alcon Television Group and will air on Adult Swim and Cruchyroll.

Funding

💰 DeFi project Strips Finance raises $8.5 million to launch interest rates trading platform

Strips Finance, a decentralized finance (DeFi) project, has raised $8.5 million in a private token sale round. Multicoin Capital led the round, with Sequoia Capital India, Fabric Ventures, and Morningstar Capital also participating. The fresh capital injection comes in three months after the project raised $2.5 million in a private token sale round in June, bringing its total funding to date to $11 million.

💰 GooseFX Secures $4.5M to Build Solana's First Full-Suite DeFi Solution

SINGAPORE, Oct. 08, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- GooseFX, a full-suite decentralized finance (DeFi) platform for the Solana ecosystem, has raised $4.5 million in seed funding. The investment was led by SkyVision Capital, along with backers such as Animoca Brands, Kucoin Labs, GSR Trading, Solana Capital, CoinShares, Gate.io, Bixin Ventures, Darkpool Ventures, Double Peak, Genblock Capital, MEXC, and others.

💰 Pontoon Finance Successfully Completes $3.2 Million Funding Round to Solve Liquidity Issues

The funding round raised over 3.2 million dollars from leading venture capital firms such as Black Edge Capital, Morning Star Ventures, Amesten Capital, X21, Draper Dragon Funds, Ex Network, GenBlock and strategic partners.

💰DeFi Exchange THORSwap Closes $3.75M Token Sale

THORSwap, a decentralized exchange for swapping tokens across a variety of Layer 1 blockchains, has closed a $3.75 million funding round. IDEO CoLab Ventures led the raise, while other participants included Sanctor Capital, THORChain, True Ventures, Nine Realms, Proof Group, 0xVentures, Qi Capital, and others.

💰 Bitwage Raises $1.5 Million in Latest Funding Round

Bitwage, one of the pioneer companies in cryptocurrency payrolls and invoicing services, has closed a funding round raising $1.5 million in the process. The round was undertaken using Bnktothefuture, an online platform that allows registered investors to support projects directly. The company reached its goal in 55 hours and had the participation of Draper Associates and Max Keiser’s Heisenberg Capital.

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