📬 Inbox Dump #51

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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✉️ ConsenSys and LivePerson Team Up To Create VillageDAO, The World’s First Decentralized Customer Care Platform

New York, NY, May 17, 2022 — Today, ConsenSys, a market-leading blockchain technology company, and LivePerson (NASDAQ: LPSN), a global leader in conversational AI, announced plans to create the world’s first decentralized customer care platform: VillageDAO.

✉️ Bifrost Introduces Unique Rewards Program to Incentivize KSM Liquid Staking

Singapore, May 16th: First adopters of Bifrosts’ Kusama liquid staking (vKSM) will soon be able to claim KAR, MOVR, SDN, PHA, and BNC as rewards from the Bifrost Rainbow Boost Program. In their mission, to popularize liquid staking on over 80% PoS protocols, Bifrost is incentivizing KSM holders to use Bifrost’s Staking Liquidity Protocol for KSM staking.


(Minneapolis, MN- May 18th, 2022) - On Thursday, May 19th, VeeCon 2022 will kick off in Minneapolis, Minnesota, at U.S. Bank Stadium. VeeCon is the first-of-its-kind NFT ticketed event hosted by serial entrepreneur Gary Vaynerchuk and VeeFriends.

✉️ Celsius Network Announces Confidential Submission of Draft Registration Statement by Bitcoin mining subsidiary, Celsius Mining LLC

HOBOKEN, N.J., May 16, 2022 - Celsius Network is excited to announce that its wholly-owned Bitcoin mining subsidiary, Celsius Mining LLC, has recently submitted confidentially a draft registration statement on Form S-1 with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”).


Buenos Aires, May 20, 2022. Agrotoken, the first global tokenization infrastructure for agro commodities, announced a strategic alliance with Visa, the world's leading digital payment company, aiming to co-create a revolutionary card for farmers that will allow them to pay for any type of purchases with tokenized grains.

✉️ Messari Introduces Upgraded Version of Web3 Governance Platform Governor

NEW YORK, May 18, 2022 --Messari, a leading provider of crypto market intelligence products, today announced the release of a new version of Messari Governor, which provides users a 360-degree view of the decentralized autonomous organization (DAO) ecosystem.

✉️ Gate.io to Unveil New Brand Identity During 9th Birthday Celebrations in Late May 2022

May 18, 2022 – Gate.io, one of the world’s earliest cryptocurrency exchanges and a leader among digital asset platforms, announced today that the company will unveil a new brand identity, which will be reflected across its platforms during Gate.io’s upcoming 9th birthday celebrations, commencing on May 27th, 2022.

✉️ Fireblocks Launches Web3 Engine and Enterprise Developer Tools

NEW YORK — May 17th, 2022 - Fireblocks, the award-winning digital asset and crypto technology provider, announced today the launch of a new, dedicated Web3 Engine with a suite of tools for developers to build DeFi, GameFi and NFT products and services. Fireblocks has also unlocked secure access to the world of decentralized applications, exchanges, NFT marketplaces and more, for alternative asset managers and capital markets participants.

✉️ Bondly Finance announces strategic rebrand to Forj

Bondly Finance and Animoca Brands announced today that Bondly Finance has been rebranded to Forj, marking a strategic shift in the business to focus on mass-audience onboarding to the world of Web3 and NFT technology across music, sports, lifestyle, celebrity brands and gaming.

✉️ Talos Expands Team with APAC Sales, EMEA Engineering, and Global Marketing Hires

New York — May 18, 2022 — Talos, the industry’s leading institutional digital asset trading technology provider, today announced four new key hires: Pamela Lee as Head of APAC Sales, Karan Dalwani as Director of Customer Success for APAC, Phillip Beasley-Harling as VP of Engineering for EMEA, and Conor Shea as Head of Marketing and Communications.

✉️ WunderTrading enters the U.S. market by launching the Coinbase Pro integration

European fintech startup WunderTrading is launching its automated crypto trading services in the U.S. by integrating with Coinbase Pro. The platform has been operating in Europe since 2019 and every month handles crypto trades worth more than $380 million. WunderTrading was the first to bring a spread trading terminal into the crypto space.

✉️ NFTBerlin launches legendary unconference with an exhibition featuring Snoop Dogg, Crypto Punks & Bored Ape Yacht Club

Berlin, May 17th, 2022. Just weeks after announcing the launch of its first annual unconference, NFTBerlin, the non-profit, chain-agnostic IRL platform for NFTs, today announced the most legendary NFT crypto arts exhibition from private collections of world-famous crypto art collectors.

✉️ Arhead presents artworks in the Metaverse at ToDA’s new Digital Extravaganza exhibition

Arhead will present its Metaverse gallery, bringing a new dimension to immersive art with its upcoming Digital Extravaganza exhibition at the Theatre of Digital Art (ToDA) in Dubai. Arhead, in collaboration with ToDA, will present Digital Extravaganza, their new immersive, multi-sensory exhibition, displaying more than 15 artworks by digital artists from across the world.

✉️ Neo Global Development (NGD) welcomes Hacash.Diamonds to the EcoBoost Program 2022

Singapore, May 16, 2022 - Neo Global Development (NGD) announced its partnership with Hacash.Diamonds, a platform that provides professional collecting and trading services for a specialized type of NFT, as the first project to join the EcoBoost program in 2022. Within this program, Hacash.

✉️ Celebrated Photographer and Digital Director, Christopher Parsons, Drops NFT Collection GENESIS as part of ArtRepublic Global and Samsung Event Series

NEW YORK - (May 16, 2022) Curation agency, ArtRepublic, recently announced a monthly NFT event series at Samsung’s flagship experience store in New York City to inspire the creative community. This second event will feature highly sought-after creator, Christopher Parsons, who has documented for influential musicians and brand giants like Nike and Jordan.

✉️ RockX Expands Validator Network and Staking Service to Bifrost and Celer Network, Extension to Interlay and Avalanche Underway

The platform also recently launched access node support on Cronos and Klaytn, among other leading PoS blockchains. RockX, one of Asia’s largest crypto staking and validator providers with over USD900 million in assets under management, has extended its validator network to Bifrost and Celer Network.


💰 Goldman Sachs co-leads $70M investment in Elwood Technologies

Elwood Technologies, a crypto-focused platform founded by British hedge fund billionaire Alan Howard, closed a $70 million Series A co-led by Goldman Sachs and early-stage venture fund Dawn Capital. Other investors from both traditional and crypto backgrounds include Barclays, BlockFi Ventures, Chimera Ventures, CommerzVentures, Digital Currency Group, Flow Traders and Galaxy Digital Ventures.

💰 Certora Announces $36 million Series B funding round led by Jump Crypto

The Israel-based company that provides security analysis tools for smart contracts, announced it has raised $36 million in a Series B round led by Jump Crypto. The round featured participation from Tiger Global, Galaxy Digital and existing Series A investors, including Electric Capital, ACapital, Framework Ventures, Coinfund, Lemniscap, Coinbase, and VMware, according to a statement on Tuesday

💰 iZUMi Finance Raises $30M to Expand Ecosystem & Debuts iZUMi Finance

Singapore / May 20th, 2022 / iZUMi Finance, the innovative multi-chain DeFi protocol that provides Liquidity as a Service (LaaS) on multi-chains, announced the launch of their next-generation Decentralized Exchange (DEX) iZiSwap on BNB Chain, with news of $30M investment raised aiming to expand its ecosystem.

💰 Proptech company Parcl secures $7.5M in funding

Blockchain-based real estate platform Parcl recently secured a $7.5 million strategic funding round to boost real estate and partnerships. Parcl, whose platform lets users invest in a digital square foot of real estate in lucrative neighborhoods, saw venture capital firm Fifth Wall, JAWS, IA Capital and Eberg Capital, Big Brain Holdings, and more join the existing companies that have invested in its solution.

💰 CommonSense Finance raises 510,000 euros to bring decentralized finance (DeFi) to traditional investors

Barcelona (Spain), 17 May 2022.CommonSense Finance, the Barcelona-based DeFi startup, has closed a €510,000 founding round with business angels from the technology, crypto, legal and financial sectors. The startup was founded in December 2021 by Eduardo Forte, Claudia Giraldo, and Luciano Insua.