📬 Inbox Dump #38

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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Inbox Dump!

✉️ VALIANT DEFINES THE FUTURE OF AN IMMERSIVE UNIVERSE

Los Angeles, January 19th, 2021 – A galvanized passionate community brought together from all over the world is eager to join the Valiant Universe in an immersive way that only Web3.0 can enable. Valiant is spearheading the future of this experience featuring their most beloved and iconic characters in a profound journey through the metaverse where collecting and gaming meet.

✉️ Script3 Launches First DeFi Protocol Built on the Stellar Network

NEW YORK, Jan. 20, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- Script3, a decentralized finance (DeFi) studio focused on strategic building, today announced the launch of YieldBlox, a Stellar-based decentralized lending protocol. YieldBlox enables users and services to lend and borrow directly from one another without the need for third parties.

✉️ Dolphin Entertainment Partners with Winter Sports Champions to Launch NFT Collection as Games Start in Beijing

JANUARY 20, 2022, Miami, FL – As the eyes of the sports world focus on Beijing for the start of the winter games, Dolphin Entertainment (NASDAQ: DLPN) announced today the upcoming availability of a new NFT digital collectible program that artfully brings together the worlds of comic book heroes and groundbreaking athletes. The drop is themed Winter Sports Champions and features a combination of legends and current winter athletes, including many current competitors in the February games along with skating legend Nancy Kerrigan.

✉️ ONEOF.COM PARTNERS WITH MULTI-PLATINUM RECORDING ARTIST CHIEF KEEF x CREATIVE VISIONARY COLOURFULMULA ON FIRST EVER TEZOS NFT COLLECTION WITH COMMERCIAL RIGHTS FOR HOLDERS

METAVERSE — Step aside BAYC, Crypto Punks, and Cool Cats… The GloBabies are here! During the early morning hours on Thursday, January 20, 2022, exactly 2,222 babies were born. But not in the hospital, of course… GloBabies will be delivered in the metaverse on OneOf, the environmentally friendly NFT platform built on the Tezos blockchain.

✉️ SmartFi becomes the official cryptocurrency platform of Monster Energy AMA Supercross

Orem, Utah – January 143, 2022 SmartFi, the open lending cryptocurrency platform, which launched in July 2021 and successfully completed a token launch of the SmartFi token (SMTF), has become the first ever official cryptocurrency platform of Monster Energy AMA Supercross.

✉️ Maple Finance Acquires Avari For Rapid Launch on Solana

20 January 2022: Maple Finance announced its acquisition of Avari, an undercollateralized lending protocol. This will allow Maple to launch on the Solana blockchain quickly, becoming the first corporate credit marketplace to do so.

✉️ Australian Open serves up the world-first IPFS reveal of AO Art Ball match-linked NFTs

Following the first day of play at the Australian Open, AO Metaverse has transferred the match results from the winning points into IPFS metadata of AO Art Ball NFTs.

✉️ G2 ESPORTS CREATES NEW NFT GAMING COMMUNITY WITH IMMEDIATE VALUE FOR HOLDERS, BUILT ON SOLANA

19th JANUARY 2022, BERLIN – G2 Esports has become the largest western esports organisation to create its own PFP NFT project. G2 is launching a new NFT gaming community, designed to deliver real value to gamers and demonstrate how NFTs can be created for their enjoyment, offering fans access to money-can’t-buy experiences and other benefits.

✉️ Cosmos ‘Gravity’ Bridge to Ethereum takes Osmosis DeX Cross-Ecosystem

Singapore (January 19, 2022) -- Osmosis Labs announces the first expansion of the Osmosis DEX beyond Cosmos and into Ethereum by leveraging the trustless Gravity Bridge built by Althea. The move enables Ethereum-based tokens ($160 billion locked in DeFi) to diffuse into the Cosmos, priming the $60 billion Internet of Blockchains for explosive development.

✉️ Online Blockchain plc: The Red Village and Umbria Partner to Create a Seamless Gaming Experience

The Red Village is the first dark-fantasy Play-to-Earn (P2E) multiplayer NFT game on the Polygon network (formerly MATIC). NFT ‘Champions’ - characters played within the game - exist on Polygon. In order to purchase Champions, gamers will need to convert their Ether ($ETH) from the Ethereum mainnet to wrapped ETH on the Polygon network. Players will also require WETH to pay the buy-in when competing in the game’s flagship fighting Tournaments. Umbria’s Narni bridge widget will enable them to do this faster, and at approximately a 90% discount to other solutions.

✉️ Australian Open serves up the world-first IPFS reveal of AO Art Ball match-linked NFTs

19 January 2022: Following the first day of play at the Australian Open, AO Metaverse has transferred the match results from the winning points into IPFS metadata of AO Art Ball NFTs. From today, 14:00 AEDT AO Art Ball NFT holders could check their match-point updates from the previous day one of play. Day 2 data is currently going through quality assurance validation. NFT holders were able to link their Metamask to AO Art Ball’s match points site and link out to OpenSea to see their NFT properties updated.

✉️ G2 ESPORTS CREATES NEW NFT GAMING COMMUNITY WITH IMMEDIATE VALUE FOR HOLDERS, BUILT ON SOLANA

19th JANUARY 2022, BERLIN – G2 Esports has become the largest western esports organisation to create its own PFP NFT project. G2 is launching a new NFT gaming community, designed to deliver real value to gamers and demonstrate how NFTs can be created for their enjoyment, offering fans access to money-can’t-buy experiences and other benefits.

Funding

💰 Metaversal Raises $50 Million in Series A Round Co-Led by CoinFund and Foxhaven

MIAMI, January 4, 2022: Metaversal, the innovative holding company that co-produces and invests in iconic NFT projects and technology that unlocks the open Metaverse, today announced the completion of a $50 million Series A round. The Series A round was co-led by blockchain investment firm CoinFund and Foxhaven Asset Management, a research-intensive investment firm that invests alongside leading management teams in the consumer and technology industries. The financing highlights how the open Metaverse ecosystem is rapidly scaling to support a vibrant creator economy.

💰 Leading Capital Markets Protocol Folks Finance Closes $3 Million Seed Funding Round

Milan, Italy – January 20, 2022 –Folks Finance, the leading capital markets protocol for borrowing and lending built on the top of the Algorand blockchain, today announced the closing of its $3M seed funding round,led by Borderless Capital with participation from Jump Crypto, ParaFi Capital, Coinbase Ventures, OKX Blockdream Ventures, Genesis Capital, the Algorand Foundation, and many others.

💰 With $12m Strategic Sale, Stader Labs Builds on Terra Success

BANGALORE, JAN 20, 2022 - Stader Labs has raised $12.5 million in a strategic private sale that values the company up to $450 million. Stader is a non-custodial, smart contract-based staking platform that helps retail and institutional investors conveniently discover and access staking solutions.

💰 Solana-Based DeFi Project Hubble Protocol Raises $10M

Decentralized finance (DeFi) project Hubble Protocol has raised $10 million in funding ahead of its mainnet launch later this month. Hubble will use the capital to expand its team and DeFi project offerings.

💰 Leading Capital Markets Protocol Folks Finance Closes $3 Million Seed Funding Round USA - English

MILAN, Jan. 20, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- Folks Finance, the leading capital markets protocol for borrowing and lending built on the top of Algorand blockchain, announces the closing of its $3M Seed Funding Round, led by Borderless Capital with participation from Jump Crypto, ParaFi Capital, Coinbase Ventures, OKX Blockdream Ventures, Genesis Capital, the Algorand Foundation and many others.

💰DeFi Technologies Inc. Featured in Syndicated Broadcast Covering Investment into SEBA Bank, a Swiss Global Digital Assets Pioneer

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 21, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- DeFi Technologies Inc. (NEO: DEFI) (GR: RMJ.F) (OTC: DEFTF), a technology company bridging the gap between traditional capital markets and decentralized finance, today announces that it has been featured in a broadcast via NetworkNewsAudio (“NNA”), a solution that delivers additional visibility, recognition and brand awareness in the investment community via distribution to thousands of syndication points.

💰 Burnt Finance bags $8M funding led by Animoca Brands

Solana-based non-fungible token (NFT) marketplace Burnt Finance, best known for burning then tokenizing street artist Banksy’s artwork, announced on Tuesday an $8 million Series A funding round led by Animoca Brands.

💰 Giddy Raises $8 Million to Take DeFi Mainstream

Giddy has announced $8 million seed funding led by Pelion Venture Partners. Joining the round is a who’s who of Utah startup investing and entrepreneurship, including Blake Murray of Divvy, Jeremy Andrus of Treager, Davis Bell of Canopy, “Brand Whisperer” Shaun Neff, serial angel investor Scott Paul, real estate mogul Brandon Fugal, Scan founder Kirk Ouimet, Chamber Media founder Travis Chambers, Jeff Burningham of Peak Capital, and more.

💰 Blockchain security startup Redefine raises $11 million Seed round for crypto firewall

Israeli blockchain security startup Redefine announced on Monday that it has raised an $11 million Seed round at a $50 million valuation. Redefine develops a DeFi security solution catering to institutional investors in order to help them manage investment risks through a smart platform that automatically analyzes risk, monitors market changes in real time, and proactively protects capital in the event of a cyber attack.

💰 Solana DeFi Exchange for Crypto Derivatives Nabs $2.2M in Seed Round

01 Exchange, a Solana-based platform for newfangled forms of crypto derivatives, raised $2.2 million in a seed round announced today. The round was led by Multicoin Capital and Alameda Research, the firm founded by FTX CEO Sam Bankman-Fried. Solana Ventures, Ledger Prime, and other firms and individuals also chipped in funding.

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