📬 Inbox Dump #47

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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✉️ C2X NFT Marketplace Opens with Focus on Entertainment, K-POP Artists, Video Games, and Digital Art

LOS ANGELES - APRIL 28 - In a joint effort, Com2us Platform and Com2uS USA, subsidiaries of Com2us Holdings, have launched the C2X NFT Marketplace, a new marketplace specialized in delivering a wide range of NFTs based on popular entertainment including K-POP artists, video games and other forms of digital art.

✉️ Ledger Partners with NFTevening to Educate The Masses on NFT Security

NFTevening is proud to announce that it is partnering with Ledger, the leading hardware wallet security company, to provide educational materials on NFT storage and security. The partnership will cater primarily to less experienced users coming into the NFT space.


NEW YORK, NY, April 28, 2022, | SuperRare, the pioneering marketplace for curated NFT artwork, will debut their first-ever pop-up gallery in New York City, dedicated to showcasing a rotating program of curated NFT artwork exhibitions and programs. SuperRare Gallery Will Showcase a Program of Curated Exhibitions of NFT Artwork in SoHo NYC, May 19 – August 28, 2022

✉️ ORIGYN Foundation Partners With WatchBox To Bring Pre-Owned Luxury Timepieces Into A New Era

Neuchâtel, Switzerland, April, 28th, 2022 - ORIGYN, the Swiss foundation dedicated to identifying, authenticating, and unlocking the powers of ownership for objects of value, has today announced a partnership with WatchBox, the global leader in collectible luxury timepieces.

✉️ CoinList Moves Toward In-house Wallets & Custody Headed By Michael Coates, Former CISO Twitter, Mozilla

Today, we’re thrilled to announce a new chapter for CoinList with the launch of CoinList Digital Asset Services. Led by Michael Coates, former CISO of Twitter and Head of Security for Mozilla, and Amir Kavousian, former Data Science Lead at Capital One, CoinList Digital Asset Services (CDAS) will eventually custody a subset of assets listed on the platform.


Las Vegas, NV – April 26, 2022 – Rares, the only platform focused solely on collectible sneakers as alternative assets, today announces the launch of its first NFT project, the Hype Drop L Club membership program. The company is taking a unique approach to mobilize and incentivize the global community of sneaker fans who have taken L’s on Nike’s SNKRS App, giving them a chance to turn a usually unpleasant experience into something meaningful and valuable that they own.

✉️ Five Days Prior to Polkadot Slot Auction Bifrost reaches ⅓ of its Crowdloan Soft Cap

Singapore, 26th April: Over the weekend alone Bifrost saw 100k of DOT contributed in its crowdloan to secure a Polkadot parachain and deliver its promise of building a decentralised cross-chain staking liquidity solution. Days before Polkadot slot auction officially launches, Bifrost saw an amazing support with 320 wallets having already contributed a third of the projected 300K DOT soft cap needed to secure the parachain.

✉️ Stakester launches NFT initiative giving gamers access to next level bonuses, privileges, and royalties

26 September 2022, London: Stakester, the entertainment app that matches gamers who want to play like-minded opponents for money and prizes, is launching Stakester VIP Cheat Codes, an NFT innovation that is designed to intensify the gaming experience across classic console, PC and mobile games.

✉️ Untitled Frontier Publishes New Story Utilizing NFTs & AI Art

25 April 2022, Using NFTs as digital merchandise, Untitled Frontier has successfully managed to chart a new way for short science fiction writers. In previous releases, writers have made more than $10,000 each from their short stories.

✉️ The Bat Cowl Collection Unveils New Features Including Integrated Storytelling, Exclusive NFT Drops, Snapchat AR Lens, and New Mechanics for Holders of DC FanDome NFTs

Warner Bros. Consumer Products, on behalf of DC, and Palm NFT Studio previously announced the Bat Cowl Collection – an NFT drop at an epic scale, with 200,000 unique 3D-rendered Bat Cowl NFTs drawing influence from over 83 years of DC’s Batman.


💰 Vertex Protocol, a Decentralized FX Trading Platform, Closes $8.5 Million Seed Round

Hack VC, the $200M crypto seed fund led by Alex Pack and Ed Roman, and Dexterity Capital, one of the world’s largest crypto-native trading firms by volume, led the raise. Additional investors include Jane Street and Hudson River Trading as well as, GSR, Huobi, Collab+Currency, JST Capital, Big Brain and Lunatic Capital.

💰 Ondo Finance Takes in $20M in Series A to Develop 'Decentralize Investment Bank'

Ondo Finance has raised $20 million in a Series A funding round designed to support its project of “building a decentralized investment bank,” the company said in a news release Wednesday (April 27). The round was led by Peter Thiel’s Founders Fund and Pantera Capital, and will let Ondo expand its team and support product launches that include its multi-chain expansion.

💰 Argent raises $40m round for DeFi and Web3 ‘super app’, LatAm expansion

Argent, a crypto wallet provider, has raised $40m in a Series B funding to scale its ambitions for a DeFi and Web3 super app. The round was led by Fabric Ventures and Metaplanet, with existing investors Paradigm, Index Ventures and Creandum, as well as strategic investors including Starkware, Jump and Animoca.

💰 Tonic Raises $5 Million to Build a DeFi Platform on NEAR

Tonic announced the close of a $5 million capital raise to build an open-source orderbook DEX on the NEAR Protocol. The funding round is led by Electric Capital and Move. dao5, Framework Ventures, NetZero Capital, Daedalus, and Bixin Ventures have also participated in the round. Tonic has also brought onboard prominent market makers such as GSR, Wintermute, Flow Traders, Cumberland, and Jane Street.

💰 Crypto startup HOKK Finance gears up for $10M funding as it leaps from meme coin to DeFi

The crypto startup known for the dog-themed meme coin Hokkaido Inu has opened a $10M Series A funding round for the company to become the world’s first utility meme token. Lawrence Hutson, co-Founder and ex-CTO of e-commerce giant Travelocity, is working with the HOKK Finance management team to open this round which is set to close by the end of 2022.

💰 CertiK Closes $60 Million Funding Round from SoftBank Following $88M Series B3

CertiK – a Web 3 and blockchain security firm – has secured an additional $60 million investment from SoftBank Vision Fund 2 and Tiger Global. This follows the firm’s $2 billion valuation last month, after an $88 million round in which Tiger Global also took part. With the new funding, investments in CertiK over the past nine months have surpassed $290 million. It also marks SoftBank’s first investment into the web 3 security space.

💰 KKR, Invesco invest in $650m Dragonfly Capital crypto fund

Today Dragonfly Capital, the cryptocurrency venture fund, said it has raised a third $650 million fund, including from KKR, Invesco, and Tiger Global. Other investors include Sequoia China, Ivy League endowments, Top Tier Capital Partners, and a Southeast Asian state-owned investment company.

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