📬 Inbox Dump #33

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!

✉️ Burgeoning Crypto and Blockchain Startups to Capitalize on Virtual Hiring Event

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – From NBA star Steph Curry dropping a cool $180,000 on a Non-Fungible Token (NFT) to tech giant Elon Musk’s revelation of SpaceX’s upcoming dogecoin-funded cubesat moon mission, the blockchain sector has evolved into big business – and business is booming.

✉️ Colony An Avalanche Accelerator is listing on MEXC Global in early December

Colony, a community driven accelerator, focused on providing liquidity to projects based on the Avalanche Ecosystem will be listed on the MEXC Global launchpad in early December. One of the first accelerators to be launched on the platform.

✉️ UNBLOCKED LAUNCHES TO DEMOCRATIZE DIGITAL COLLECTIBLES, ANNOUNCES

Los Angeles, Calif. (November 22, 2021) – Breaking the mold of digital collectibles as expensive and exclusive, The Non Fungible Token Company (NFTCo), also known as Unblocked, is launching with the mission of connecting talent with fan communities, both online and in the real world. Its first digital collectible, in partnership with Primary Wave Music and multi-platinum hip-hop group Cypress Hill, drops on November 22.

✉️ Zerion Unveils the Most Comprehensive Chain-Agnostic DeFi Interface on the Market Enabling Users to Affordably Invest Across Chains from a Single View

Zerion, the leading Decentralized Finance (DeFi) Portfolio Manager, has released a major update that allows users to track and trade more assets across chains at lower prices and with less network congestion. Zerion now includes coverage for Arbitrum and Optimism Layer 2 scaling solutions as well as Polygon and Binance Smart Chain with more chains coming soon.

✉️ GRIMES, LEWIS HAMILTON & SNOOP DOGG PARTNER WITHJADU TO DESIGN METAVERSE HOVERBOARDS

(LOS ANGELES - November 24, 2021) — Jadu, an Augmented Reality startup making waves in the NFT space, today announced a partnership with cultural icons including Seven-Time Formula One® World Champion, LEWIS HAMILTON; Canadian musician and internet sensation, GRIMES; Legendary American rapper, SNOOP DOGG; visual artist, MIMI ONUOHA and NFT curator, TRIPPY to design and release 5555 Jadu Hoverboard NFTs as part of Jadu’s highly anticipated second NFT collection, available December 12, 2021 for 0.222 ETH.

✉️ cheqd launches mainnet network

London, 23rd November, 2021 - cheqd, a technology company enabling individuals and organisations to take full control of their data, has launched its highly anticipated mainnet network.

✉️ Pocket Network shoots to number one ranked middleware service protocol for Harmony, Solana, Avalanche, and other tier 1 blockchains

Tampa, FL, November 24th, 2021 - Pocket Network, a blockchain data ecosystem for Web3 applications, generated 0.83M USD in network revenue in the past 30 days, entering and claiming first place on the index for middleware service protocol on the industry recognized Web3Index. The index curates and lists leading blockchain middleware protocols such as Arweave, The Graph, Livepeer, Akash, and Helium and currently ranks Pocket Network at 3 times and 96 times the revenue generated by Arweave and The Graph respectively in the last 30 day period.

✉️ THE MULTIBANK GROUP SUES VON DER HEYDT GROUP – AND PAYS BACK NOTEHOLDERS

24th November 2021 Hong Kong— The MultiBank Group, one of the world’s largest and foremost online financial derivatives brokers, is at the final stages to commence proceedings against the Von der Heydt Group of Germany.

✉️ Covalent fills gap in blockchain analytics, drops first-of-its kind report on P2E game, Axie Infinity, reveals valuable insights for Web3 gaming

VANCOUVER - 24 November 2021 -Covalent, the leading data analytics and blockchain indexer, has published the first blockchain data analysis report on Axie Infinity, the popular Ethereum-based video game by Sky Davis. The insights will serve Axie and the entire P2E (pay-to-earn) space.

✉️ ICHI Launches Angel Liquidity Vaults for Liquidity Providers to Earn More Fees On Uniswap V3 Without Needing to Actively Manage Liquidity Positions

ICHI, the world’s first Decentralized Monetary Authority (DMA) protocol, launches Angel Liquidity Vaults to enable liquidity providers (LPs) to participate in Uniswap V3 liquidity pools without having to actively manage their liquidity positions.

✉️ AMDC FILMS OPTIONS “NO DOMAIN: The John McAfee Tapes” for Film & TV

AMDC Films announces obtaining the film & TV production option for the upcoming book “No Domain: The John McAfee Tapes”. AMDC Films will be developing a feature narrative film and documentary based on the book by Mark Eglinton and his taped interviews with the illustrious John McAfee.

✉️ Vesper Finance to Launch Vesper Orbit, Delivering Aggressive DeFi Yield Opportunities for Emerging Digital Assets

Chicago, IL (Nov. 19, 2021) –– Vesper Finance, an easy-to-use decentralized finance (DeFi) platform for digital asset growth, announced the launch of Vesper Orbit –– an application that integrates emerging tokens into Vesper’s collection of yield optimizing products. Initial pools available on the standalone app at orbit.vesper.finance will be Frax Protocol (FRAX), Fei Protocol (FEI), and Alchemix (AlUSD), plus the DeFi Pulse Index (DPI) token.

✉️ Martha Stewart Announces the Launch of Her First Audio Storytelling NFT Collection Commemorating Thanksgiving Traditions

Boston, MA // London, UK (November 22th, 2021) – Aptly dubbed the “Queen of Thanksgiving” by Time Magazine, world renowned business and cultural icon Martha Stewart will launch her second collection of non-fungible tokens (NFTs) on her NFT boutique MarthaFRESHMint.com. This officially licensed, Thanksgiving-themed collection is produced in collaboration with Tokns Commerce, the leading licensee and NFT solutions provider for iconic brands and world-class creators.

✉️ ntent.art, NFT art collective announces the launch of it’s new, sustainable & inclusive generative+ NFT platform.

New York, New York - 11/23/2021 - ntent.art collective announces the launch of its NFT platform. The platform offers artists and collectors in the crypto space the ability to mint NFT art in a price inclusive and sustainable way.

Funding

💰 Celsius expands funding round to $750M, tips $7B to $10B valuation in 2022

Crypto lending firm Celsius Network has expanded its $400-million Series B funding round from October to $750 million as a result of oversubscription in the firm’s capital raise. The company is now valued at $3.5 billion following the raise, and CEO Alex Mashinsky told Cointelegraph he expects that figure to “double or triple” next year, which would see it valued between $7 billion and $10.5 billion.

💰 ORIGYN Foundation Receives Strategic Investment of $20M from World-Renowned Investors, including Bill Ackman’s Table Management, Polychain Capital, Paris Hilton, Coinko and Vectr Ventures

Neuchâtel, Switzerland, November 23rd, 2021 - ORIGYN Foundation, the Swiss nonprofit dedicated to identifying, authenticating and unlocking the powers of ownership for objects of value, has today announced a strategic raise of $20 million. Investors in this round include Bill Ackman’s Table Management, Polychain Capital, Paris Hilton, Coinko, Vectr Ventures, Carter Reum, Div Turakhia, GD10 Ventures and more. Ahead of the foundation’s public token release, this private round now values ORIGYN at $300 million.

💰 Algorand Project Raises $3.6M to Make Cross-Chain DeFi Friendly for Big Investors

C3 Protocol, a cryptocurrency trading project linked to the Algorand blockchain, has raised $3.6 million in a funding round that was led by Arrington Capital and Jump Capital. C3′s ambitious plan to allow decentralized finance (DeFi) liquidity to flow across blockchains was also backed by Golden Tree Asset Management, Cumberland, ParaFi Capital, Mechanism Capital, Borderless Capital, Node Capital and Digital Currency Group (the parent company of CoinDesk).

💰 DeFiato completes first round of private capital raising

DeFiato, a next-generation decentralized finance (DeFi) FinTech platform, has successfully completed the first round of its private token sale. Participating investors include the leading DeFi-focused funds DAO Maker, Mirana Ventures (a venture partner of Bybit and BitDAO), CRC Capital, Double Peak Group, Dweb3 Capital and 7 O’Clock Capital. The great interest and brisk participation reflect the high demand for secure, centralized, tiered platforms with fiat onramp.

💰 Blockchain Game Investment List – Forte raises $725 million

Veteran US blockchain game developer Blockade Games has raised $5 million on a $23 million valuation. It’s been working on its squad RPG Neon District since 2018 and has completed several seed rounds previously. Animoca Brands and Digital led this round, with angels such as Drew Austin (Redbeard Ventures), Roham Gharegozlou (Dapper Labs), Keith Grossman (TIME) and Meltem Demirors (Coinshares) involved.

💰 MoonPay Marshals $555M in Series A Funding Round

MoonPay, a cryptocurrency payment services provider, raised a whopping $555 million in Series A funding, the company announced on Monday. This brings the Miami-based startup to a post-money valuation of $3.4 billion, according to a press release.

💰 Panther Protocol Raises $22M in Public Sale To Boost DeFi and Web3

In 90 minutes, Panther Protocol, an end-to-end privacy solution for DeFi and Web3 successfully raised over 22 million as part of its Public Sale. In total, Panther has amassed $32 million. The Public Sale is a measure for the company to open its doors to a wider community engagement — as well as, expand participation in an end-to-end privacy protocol for DeFI and Web3 users.

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