📬 Inbox Dump #37

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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✉️ CapitalDex Goes Live on the SKALE Network

CapitalDex Goes Live on the SKALE Network, providing DEX and token swap support to RollApp, the world’s first compliant real-world tokenized NFT Marketplace.

✉️ Metalink’s “NFT Wrapped” Animates “Year in NFTs” for Owners

Dover, Del. –– December 30, 2021 –– Metalink, a platform that powers gated communities for owners of specified NFTs and has support from many well-known crypto luminaries, has developed “NFT Wrapped,” allowing anyone that owns an NFT to view their year in review. The personalized feature allows users to reflect on their own experiences, connect with other NFT owners and generate an NFT summarizing their year to share even more broadly.

✉️ Project LENIN: THE DESACRALIZATION SAGA* by Ivan Lebedev goes into NFT!

Ivan Lebedev** is a contemporary artist, working with photography and mixed media objects. His acclaimed project from 2012 LENIN: THE DESACRALIZATION SAGA now will completely disappear and be launched only into a virtual environment in the form of NFT.

✉️ NFT Record Label MoonwalkerFM Launches NFT-Powered Music Tracks

  • With 33% of their NFT’s already sold in the previous two presales, MoonwalkerFM is set for a third presale round this week
  • For the launch of “Season 0,” a total of 100 NFT’s will be linked to 50 lofi hip-hop songs, equating to two NFT’s per song. Once an NFT is linked to a song, users will receive passive monthly rewards based on the song’s success.
  • MoonwalkerFM is a progressive and dynamic project and uses the already established NFT formula and takes it to new heights with a real, functioning utility that connects a song to an NFT.

✉️ Liteboxer VR is bringing its virtual workouts exclusively to the Quest 2

On January 5th, Liteboxer, the celebrity-backed at-home fitness brand known for its heart-pumping beat-based workouts, is now heading to the Metaverse. Liteboxer combines patented hardware, game dynamics, hit music, and expert training to create the most immersive workouts to date.

✉️ Quentin Tarantino Announces Dates for NFT Auction of Scenes from Original, Handwritten Pulp Fiction Screenplay on Secret Network

LOS ANGELES - JANUARY 5, 2022 - Quentin Tarantino, the award-winning director, screenwriter, producer, author, film critic and actor, today announced dates for the NFT auction of fan-favorite moments from his original, never-before-seen handwritten screenplay of “Pulp Fiction” along with unique audio commentary by Tarantino on Secret Network, the data privacy platform for Web3.

✉️ Introducing Our First NFT Collection: FiatWorks

CoinList started with a small, dedicated base of true crypto believers that supported projects like Filecoin, Stacks, Solana, Algorand, and more. This community of early adopters has incubated and grown these projects to where they are today. They are the entrepreneurs, investors, traders, stakers, validators, miners, developers, and evangelists who are advancing blockchain technology through their activity on CoinList.

✉️ HBAR Foundation Announces Partnership with A.R. Rahman to Create Content for A New NFT Platform That Supports India’s Independent Music Community

Dallas, TX, January 6, 2022 – The HBAR Foundation today announced a partnership with Indian composer, producer and musician A.R. Rahman, to create content for a new NFT music platform focused on India’s independent music community. The HBAR Foundation is providing a grant and organizational support for development and growth of the NFT platform, scheduled to launch in the first quarter of 2022.

✉️ Gro DAO Collaborates with Argent for zkSync Layer 2 Launch

LONDON - 6 January, 2022: Gro DAO is delighted to announce its launch on Layer 2 platform zkSync, as part of an ongoing collaboration with Argent. The launch will allow users of Gro’s stablecoin yield products to benefit from high-speed transactions at a fraction of the ethereum gas costs, all from within Argent’s intuitive mobile app. The move further expands collaboration between Gro and Argent, who are both focused on building simple, yet highly secure and powerful DeFi products.

✉️ Luxx and True Liberty acquisitions further expand Hawthorne’s portfolio

Hawthorne Gardening Company announced the acquisitions of Luxx Lighting and True Liberty® Bags into its comprehensive portfolio of products and solutions for retailers and growers. Hawthorne has been a long-time distributor of True Liberty’s harvest bag and liner products, while Luxx is new to Hawthorne’s line of lighting products, which includes its industry-leading Gavita, Agrolux and Sun System brands. Hawthorne now is the exclusive supplier of Luxx and True Liberty brands.

✉️ Neuron Leverages the Hedera Network for Drone Radar System in UK Government Sponsored Trial

London, United Kingdom and Dallas, TX - 6 Jan 2022 -Neuron, a leader in aviation technology and air traffic critical national infrastructure, has leveraged the Hedera network, the most used, sustainable, enterprise-grade public ledger for the decentralized economy, in a UK government-sponsored trial to demonstrate the capability to safely track the movements of military, enterprise, and government drones once out of visual line of sight.


💰 Defi Banking Startup Exotic Markets Raises $5M in Latest Funding Round

PRESS RELEASE. January 7, 2022 — Solana-based defi platform Exotic Markets is celebrating after raising $5 million in a private token sale round. The venture, which offers a wider range of structured products than existing defi platforms, welcomed investment from several VC firms and family offices including Alameda Research, LedgerPrime, Animoca Brands, FMFW.io, and MGNR.

💰 A16z Leads Additional $25M Round for DeFi Credit Protocol Goldfinch

Decentralized credit protocol Goldfinch has raised $25 million in a Series A extension round led by Andreessen Horowitz (a16z), which had led the protocol’s $11 million Series A round last June.

💰 Binance Labs leads $12M round for DeFi platform Woo Network

Decentralized finance (DeFi) liquidity provider Woo Network has secured additional funds in a Series A funding round. Incubated by quantitative trading heavyweight Kronos Research, Woo Network has pocketed an additional $12 million strategic investment in a Series A+ funding round led by Binance Labs. The fresh funding, announced by Binance Labs on Tuesday, builds upon Woo Network’s $30-million Series A funding round.

💰 Serum Is Raising $100M for DeFi on Solana

Serum, a leading order book-based decentralized exchange on Solana, has raised $70 million out of a planned $100 million. The funds will go toward growing Serum itself as well as toward new projects emerging within its ecosystem, according to a press release made public today.

💰 Binance Labs backs Vietnamese DeFi platform Coin98

Binance Labs, the venture capital and incubator arm of crypto trading major Binance, has poured an undisclosed amount of strategic investment into Vietnamese decentralized finance (DeFi) platform Coin98.

💰 Sygnum raises $90M Series B funding to accelerate expansion of Web 3.0 offerings and into new global markets

Sygnum, a digital asset technology group with a Swiss banking license and a Singapore asset management licence, said Thursday it has raised $90 million in an oversubscribed Series B funding round led by Sun Hung Kai & Co. Limited. They are joined by a raft of new and existing strategic investors, with the round valuing Sygnum at $800 million on a post-money basis, Sygnum said in a statement.

💰 Exotic Markets Secure $5 Million to Grow New-Gen DeFi on Solana

According to the official announcement shared by the Exotic Markets protocol team, its strategic roundtable has been successfully completed. A total of $ 5 million is raised from a group of leading venture capital and angel investors.

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