📬 Inbox Dump #43

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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Good Gamer Entertainment Announces Chosen Ones NFT Mint Day and Reveals Fifth Legendary Hero

VANCOUVER, BC, March 25, 2022 - Good Gamer Entertainment Inc. (TSXV: GOOD) (OTC: GGAMF) ("Good Gamer" or the "Company"), a real-money skill-gaming operator and blockchain games developer, is pleased to announce that its publishing partner Sig Capital Inc. dba Fork Gaming (“Fork Gaming”) has announced the official mint date for the Chosen Ones Legendary Heroes NFT collection.


Last week, Soulection launched Monte Booker’s “KOLOR INSTRUMENTAL” on Web3, consisting of 500 uniquely colored audio/visual collectables with the instrumental version of Monte’s hit song “Kolors” embedded. The launch marks their first-ever artist facing Web3 launch, and the team sold out all 500 copies in 10 minutes. Soulection+ teamed up with one of Monte’s favorite artists Mute to design the Web3 collection.

TRM’s Free Sanctions Screening Tool Goes Live

San Francisco, CA — March 24, 2022 - TRM Labs, the blockchain intelligence company, now offers a free, API-based screening tool to members of the crypto ecosystem who wish to be alerted when sanctioned crypto addresses are engaging with their platforms, including addresses linked to newly sanctioned Russian designated individuals and entities. Users of the free tool will benefit from TRM’s unique cross-chain coverage, which spans 25 blockchains and enables users to be notified when a sanctioned address matches a corresponding address on multiple blockchains.

We are pleased to welcome NFT phenomenon Dippies to the Chapter 2 family.

Dippies (@dippies) are modern-day adaptations of hippies, with the same values. Ones that are more in touch with society, but who are still quietly carving their own path. Rather than refusing to take part in the system, Dippies are building businesses to layer themselves out of the system. Rather than existing in small communities off the grid, Dippies are building global communities across the world.

Decentralized Biomedical Network DeBio Rolling Out Roketo’s Crypto-Streaming Solution To All Accounting And Payroll

March 25, 2022, Roketo, the crypto-streaming solution built on NEAR Protocol, has announced DeBio, an anonymous-first appchain for medical and bioinformatics services and data, will be rolling out the company’s payment service to all their accounting and payroll.


OliveX Fitness Metaverse welcomes the latest entrant to the upcoming and innovative digital fitness world as Hong Kong-based gym and fitness brand, GO24 Fitness, continues its impressive growth by becoming the first gym brand represented in the fitness metaverse outside of Europe. The game-changing deal with OliveX Fitness Metaverse will see GO24’s innovative fitness offering replicated in the metaverse, allowing users within The Sandbox to experience exceptional fitness experiences digitally, including its popular “BURN24” total body, high-intensity workout and other group classes.

Mnemonic, the NFT Data API, Opens Its Foundational API Platform Publicly to Developers and Unveils New Collection Analytics Capabilities

SAN FRANCISCO—March 23, 2022—Today Mnemonic, the NFT data API for Web3 developers, announced its general availability launch. Previously, Mnemonic’s API keys were only available to a limited number of partners by request–now Mnemonic’s foundational API is open publicly to all developers. Additionally, Mnemonic is unveiling a new Collection Analytics API as part of its enterprise tier, to serve companies with more advanced, scaled NFT data needs.


New York, NY | SuperRare, the pioneering platform for curated NFT artworks announces new NFT drop by legendary filmmaker David Cronenberg entitled Kidney Stones and Inner Beauty, on March 29, 2022. With a starting bid of 15ETH, the photograph of Cronenberg’s kidney stones parallels the horror maestro’s forthcoming film Crimes of the Future, which tells the story of a surgery performance starring Viggo Mortensen.

Unprecedented Offering of Physical Bitcoins and Cryptocurrency in the Stack’s Bowers Galleries Spring 2022 Auction

Costa Mesa, CA – Stack’s Bowers Galleries is proud to present an exciting selection of physical bitcoins and other cryptocurrency in their Spring 2022 Showcase Auction, the Official Auction for the Whitman Coin & Collectibles Expo. The sale will feature an array of Bitcoin and Litecoin from the popular Lealana and Casascius series, all certified and encapsulated by PCGS. Also included are several unloaded and redeemed coins that remain very popular as keepsakes of this exciting technology.

Startup with Chainlink to Provide Founders with Blueprint for Launching Blockchain Projects

SAN FRANCISCO, MAR. 23, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- Chainlink Labs, the leading provider of secure and reliable open-source blockchain oracle solutions, today announced the launch of Startup with Chainlink, a premier startup enablement program that provides free resources and a global online community for early-stage founders and entrepreneurs building on any blockchain. In a nascent industry where founders are too often forced to figure out critical launch-related topics on their own, Startup with Chainlink offers a blueprint for early-stage founders, providing crucial free information resources, community groups, events, webinars, and more.

Inaugural Paris NFT Day Reveals Immersive Event Program and Speaker Lineup

Paris, France — 23 March 2022 — Paris NFT Day, the largest European conference dedicated to the business of Non-Fungible Tokens (NFTs), has unveiled the programme and speaker lineup for its inaugural event on 12 April 2022, kicking off Paris Blockchain Week Summit (PBWS).

CEX-DEX Crypto Derivatives Exchange ApolloX Expands Into Spot Trading

● ApolloX launched its new spot trading interface on 22 March

● ApolloX DEX will open popular spot markets in April

● Grid trading and mobile app spot trading will be supported

ANTIGUA, Antigua and Barbuda, 23 March 2022 - ApolloX, the world’s first CEX-DEX hybrid crypto derivatives exchange, is launching spot trading on both its centralized (CEX) and decentralized (DEX) exchanges to complement its core perpetual futures offering.

Ignite Tournament Partners With NFT Gaming Guild – BAYZ

Ignite Tournaments is excited to announce a partnership with BAYZ, an NFT gaming guild and an esports and content community hub that seeks to remove barriers of entry and introduce more people to play-to-earn games around the world, initially focusing on gamers in Brazil. BAYZ brings more people into the metaverse through blockchain and play-to-earn games focuses on content creation, competitions and partnering up with content creators to help build and maintain user engagement with play-to-earn games such as Axie Infinity, The Sandbox, Ember Sword, and Big Time.

Amber Group strengthens management team with Ehsan Haque as EMEA General Counsel

SINGAPORE, 21 March 2022 -- Amber Group, a leading global digital asset platform, is proud to announce the appointment of Ehsan Haque as its General Counsel for the Europe, Middle East and Africa region (EMEA). Amber Group’s latest appointment comes amid the company’s global expansion plans and its ambitious licensing and regulatory roadmap. The company, now valued at US$3 billion following two successful Series B and Series B+ rounds, has since been expanding with new offices worldwide and regulatory licenses secured in Europe, Latin America and Asia.

Growing ndau Ecosystem to Launch the ndau NFT Forge and Wallet Powered by BEASY

DOUGLAS, Isle of Man, March 22, 2022 — ndau, a digital currency known for its adaptive capabilities, expands into the non-fungible token (NFT) ecosystem as BEASY, (Blockchain Made Easy, LLC), becomes the newest member of the growing ndau collective with the launch of the ndau NFT Forge and Wallet. ndau’s NFT Forge, powered by BEASY, provides influencers and artists a simple way to forge their own NFTs from graphics, photos, videos, and music files and use ndau to pay for minting, selling and buying NFTs while earning yields.

The Lemonade Foundation Turns to Blockchain to Protect Subsistence Farmers from Climate Change

March 22, 2022 08:00 AM Eastern Daylight Time NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The Lemonade Foundation, the nonprofit founded by Lemonade to effect exponential social and environmental impact through technology, announced today the formation of the Lemonade Crypto Climate Coalition. The coalition is being constituted as a Decentralized Autonomous Organization (DAO), dedicated to building and distributing at-cost, instantaneous, parametric weather insurance to subsistence farmers and livestock keepers in emerging markets. Alongside the Lemonade Foundation, founding coalition members include Avalanche, Chainlink, DAOstack, Etherisc, Hannover Re, Pula, and Tomorrow.io.

Quadrata Launches Data Passport Network Instituting Identity and Compliance into DeFi

MARINA DEL REY, Calif., March 17, 2022 – Quadrata, a passport network bringing the identity and compliance layer to DeFi applications on existing public blockchains, announces the launch of their Web3 passport. The Quadrata Passport allows network participants to build robust DeFi applications, expand financial services and leverage the proprietary technology to initially access KYC and AML status and country of residence as well as credit reputation and accredited investor status in the future. Quadrata wants to take use cases on-chain beyond over-collateralization and help DeFi realize its full potential as a viable alternative to traditional financial services.

Revelation, the BNB Chain Hackathon, Kicks Off with Up To $10 M in Prizes and Seed Funding

March 22, 2022 — BNB Chain, one of the world´s largest community-driven, open-source and decentralized blockchain ecosystems, has launched its global hackathon, Revelation, which aims to bring developers together to compete for up to $10 million in prizes and seed funding. Registration is currently open, and submissions will be accepted until May 5th.The hackathon will run from March 21st to May 10th for 50 days.

Fintel Short Squeeze Leaderboard Identifies Short Squeeze Opportunities for Traders

NEW YORK, March 20, 2022 -- Fintel.io, a provider of advanced research tools for data-driven investors, has developed a mathematical model that provides investors and traders with data that helps quantify the short squeeze risk for a company. This model takes into account a number of factors that contribute to short squeezes, including relative short interest, borrow fee rates, trading volume, and others.

iZUMi Finance and HOURAI Collaborate to Bring DeFi Value to New NFT’s

Singapore, March 21st, 2022 — iZUMi Finance, an innovative DeFi protocol bringing programmable liquidity mining to Uniswap V3, is partnering with the HOURAI NFT project to imbue its upcoming NFTs with value from iZUMi’s DeFi derivatives. Each holder of HOURAI NFTs, if whitelisted (mint price at 0.1 ETH), can trade the original HOURAI NFT for an iZUMi DAO veNFT (veiZi), which contains 0.2 ETH worth of locked iZi tokens. The HOURAI NFTs will have a value support to their floor price by integrating with an innovative DeFi project backed by major industry players. The HOURAI NFT drop will happen on April 6, shortly after the launch of iZUMi DAO veNFTs and beginning of staking rewards distributions on March 21.


Struct Finance raises $3.9 Mn

DeFi protocol Struct Finance has raised $3.9 million in its seed round to develop the tools that will allow the ecosystem to customize, compose, and invest in decentralized structured products. A total of twenty-four top name companies have taken part in the funding round for Struct Finance including Antler, Arcanum Capital, Assymetries Technologies, Avalaunch, AVentures Dao, Bison Fund, Bixin Ventures, Blizzard Fund among others.

DeFi Trading Platform prePO Nabs $2.1M in Strategic Round

Decentralized protocol prePO said Wednesday it had closed a $2.1 million strategic funding round, led by Republic Capital and IOSG Ventures, ahead of its upcoming trading platform launch in Q2.

Upshot Raises $22M Series A2 Led by Polychain to Accelerate Development of Real-Time NFT Appraisals

BOSTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Upshot, a blockchain-based protocol providing industry-leading non-fungible token (NFT) appraisals, today announced a $22 million Series A2 funding round led by Polychain Capital, the world's premier investor in cryptocurrency protocols and companies. Polychain joins previous investors Framework Ventures, CoinFund, Blockchain Capital, Slow Ventures, Mechanism Capital, and Delphi Digital, among others. Upshot is the first, and leading, technology company that can accurately and reliably appraise the value of digital assets like NFTs at scale.

Fintech Company Creates $100M Venture Arm to Invest in Web 3, NFTs, Gaming, and Fintech

NEW YORK, March 25, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- Singaporean DeFi company, Cake DeFi Ventures has set aside a $100M venture arm to support startups in fintech, Web 3, and gaming. These investments in the DeFi space are bound to drive greater adoption of decentralized finance, which will be beneficial for DeFi plays like WonderFi Technologies Inc. (NEO:WNDR) (OTCPK:WONDF), Riot Blockchain (NASDAQ:RIOT), BIGG Digital Assets Inc. (CSE:BIGG) (OTCQX:BBKCF), Voyager Digital Ltd. (TSX:VOYG) (OTCQX:VYGVF), and DeFi Technologies, Inc. (NEO:DEFI) (OTCPK:DEFTF).

Crypto data firm The TIE raises $9 million in Series A funding round

The TIE, a crypto information services provider, has raised $9 million in a Series A funding round. The funding round was led by Blizzard, with participation from executives at Golden Tree Asset Management, NYDIG, Hudson River Trading, Republic Capital, Gemini Frontier Fund and Nexo, among others. The round gave The TIE a post-money valuation of $100 million, the firm said.

Binance Labs Leads $8 Million Seed Funding Round For Tea

Open source has been foundational for the Internet, underpinning everything online for more than twenty-five years. Tea Co-Founder and CEO, Max Howell, is known for creating Homebrew, also known as “brew,” the most contributed-to open-source software program globally. Homebrew has been used by tens of millions of developers worldwide and has served as the backbone for the most prominent technology corporations to build their products without directly contributing to its development.

DeFi startup Minke raises $650,000 in pre-Seed capital

Decentralised finance startup Minke has raised $650,000 in a pre-seed round to enter the fast-growing DeFi space. The startup is currently part of the Startmate summer cohort and was backed by angel investors Rayn Ong and Quentin Wallace, and ex-Outware Mobile founders Eytan Lenko and Danny Gorog.

Canza Finance Raises $3.27M Seed Round to Empower Underserved Sub-Saharan Africa SMEs With Financial Services

PRESS RELEASE. Lagos, Nigeria, 22nd March 2022 — Canza Finance, an Emerging markets neobank that is building the world’s largest non-institutional-based financial system, announced today the completion of its $3.27M seed round. The fundraising round was led by Fenbushi Capital, with participation from Dominance Ventures, Bixin Ventures, ConsenSys Mesh, Protocol Labs, Emurgo Ventures, MEXC Global, NGC Ventures, XanPool, HashKey, the founders of Celo and others. This funding enables Canza to continue headcount growth and expand its service offering in Nigeria and other growth regions including South America and Asia.

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