📬 Inbox Dump #52
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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✉️ MetaMask Partners with Asset Reality to Help Victims of Scams In Their Efforts to Recover Stolen Digital Assets
New York, NY, May 26th, 2022 — MetaMask, ConsenSys’ leading self-custody wallet, is delighted to today announce a new strategic partnership with Asset Reality, an end-to-end solution for recovering, managing, and accessing seized crypto and complex assets.
✉️ OnlyFans Founder Launching Celebrity Trading Card Platform, Zoop, Backed by Polygon
(NEW YORK, NY) May 26, 2022 — Led by a robust team of Web3 developers and former OnlyFans executives, Zoop is set to launch its digital collectible trading platform powered by Polygon, the decentralized Ethereum scaling ecosystem. Zoop’s platform allows users to buy, sell, collect and trade 3D digital playing cards of their favorite celebrities.
✉️ INFINITE ARCADE AND YGG SEA JOIN FORCES INTRODUCING HALF A MILLION MOBILE GAMERS TO WEB3
LONDON & SAN FRANCISCO - 26 MAY, 2022 - Infinite Arcade, the blockchain platform built to launch the mobile games industry into the metaverse, and YGGSEA, the Southeast Asia subdao of the largest global web3 gaming community, Yield Guild Games, have announced a strategic partnership that aims to introduce half a million people in Southeast Asia to web3 gaming.
✉️ eBay Launches First Collection of NFTs in Partnership with Green Web3 Company OneOf
SAN JOSE, Calif., May 23, eBay, a global commerce leader that connects millions of buyers and sellers around the world, announced the launch of a series of exclusive NFTs through a strategic partnership with OneOf, a premier green NFT platform for communities across music, sports, and lifestyle.
✉️ Coingecko is adding cryptocurrencies security data from the CER.live rating
The recent panic around the crash of TerraUSD and Terra Luna has once again raised the question about the security of cryptocurrencies. As of now, the industry is far away from being free of projects with poor security.
✉️ DON’T MESS WITH UKRAINIANS
The team of Ukrainians has launched a charitable NFT collection “DON’T MESS WITH UKRAINIANS” celebrating the spirit of the heroic Ukrainian people. The goal of the team is to raise funds to support Ukraine and raise awareness of the strength of character of the Ukrainian people.
✉️ Code4rena and OpenSea announce $1m prize pool for Seaport audit contest
May 23, 2022. Code4rena announces a two-week audit contest with a $1,000,000 prize pool—the largest in its history—for OpenSea’s Seaport NFT marketplace. The contest aired on Friday, 20/5/2022, and will be active for 14 days.
✉️ Neo and Binance join forces: Binance Staking joins Neo Council
Singapore, May 25th: Neo announced that Binance Staking has officially joined the Neo Council as one of the 21 council members responsible for maintaining the health and diversity of the Neo network. Binance Staking is voting itself onto the Neo Council using NEO tokens staked.
✉️ New EndoTech Connectivity with FTX Brings Algorithmic Crypto Trading to the Masses
EndoTech, an algorithmic SaaS solution for automated crypto trading announces its connectivity with FTX, a leading regulated cryptocurrency exchange. The connection allowsFTX’s more than 300 million customers with access to EndoTech’s platform and for EndoTech’s customers to leverage FTX liquidity.
✉️ Ignite becomes an independent entity alongside NewTendermint
Las Vegas (NV) and Berlin (Germany), May 25, 2022: Effective today, All in Bits, Inc. DBA “Tendermint”, which rebranded to ‘Ignite” in February 2022, announces the creation of two independent entities - Ignite Inc. and NewTendermint Inc.
✉️ Partisia Blockchain partners with Polygon to bring MPC capabilities to the Internet of Blockchains
Zug, Switzerland, May 2022 – Partisia Blockchain Foundation, an independent non-profit supporting the development of the world’s most advanced zero-knowledge blockchain, announces a major collaboration with Polygon, the leading decentralized Ethereum scalability solution provider.
✉️ Old Fashion Research Announces the Launch of $100M Venture Fund Led by Former Binance Executives
May 26, 2022 — Old Fashion Research (OFR), www.ofr.asia, a multi-strategy blockchain investment fund, has completed its first close with the support from notable limited partners. OFR Group was founded in late 2021 by former Binance senior executives.
✉️ DeAPlaneta Entertainment Confirms its NFT Position with MetaGuardians
Barcelona, 23 May 2022. DeAPlaneta Interactive has just added a new NFT project to its portfolio: the MetaGuardians, set in a universe of superheroes, villains and sidekicks. The project was directed by the award-winning designer of Plants vs. Zombies, Antubel Moreda and produced by Bernal Moreda.
✉️ GODA LAUNCHES AS THE PREMIERE RESOURCE FOR CONTEMPORARY ARTISTS TO EXPLORE THE NFT AND DIGITAL SPACE
Los Angeles, CA (May 25, 2022) – Today, the Gallery of Digital Assets, or GODA, launches with the aim to give contemporary artists a curated platform to approach the digital world.
✉️ EVRYNET AND VELO ANNOUNCE STRATEGIC MERGER TO BUILD THE FUTURE OF CEDEFI
BANGKOK, THAILAND - EvryNet, a financial services platform for building centralized and decentralized applications in DeFi, has today announced a strategic merger with Velo Labs, a leading blockchain infrastructure company focused on improving international remittances.
💰 Despite bear market, StarkWare quadruples its November valuation to $8b
StarkWare, leader in Layer 2 scaling, has raised $100M at a valuation of $8 billion. This Series D round comes just six months after StarkWare’s Series C, with its valuation of $2 billion. The new round led by Greenoaks Capital and Coatue, and includes Tiger Global and other new and existing investors.
💰 JPMORGAN CHASE INVESTS IN CRYPTO FORENSICS STARTUP ELLIPTIC
JPMorgan Chase & Co has joined the Series C funding round for Blockchain forensics startup Elliptic, which initially raised $60 million in a round led by Evolution Equity Partners and SoftBank’s VC arm. The new investment, which brings the company’s total funding to over $100 million, will fuel Elliptic’s continuing expansion into Asia and elsewhere.
💰 CyberConnect Raises $15M to Expand Social Graph Protocol
Web 3 social graph protocol CyberConnect said Tuesday it raised $15 million in Series A funding. The funding round was led by Animoca Brands and Sky9 Capital, and the company plans to put the funding towards building out the protocol, expanding the team, and onboarding new Web 3 projects.
💰 Y Combinator joins $6.2 million seed round for crypto savings app Pebble
Pebble, a crypto app that lets people save, spend and send money, has raised $6.2 million in a seed funding round as it plans to find a product-market fit. Investors included Y Combinator, Lightshed Ventures, Cadenza Capital, East Ventures, Orange DAO and Global Founders Capital.
💰 RAINFALL RAISES $1M PRE-SEED ROUND TO ADDRESS THE GLOBAL CRISIS OF DATA PRIVACY AND MONETIZATION
Davos, Switzerland - May 23, 2022 -- Rainfall, the first privacy-by-design decentralized data monetization platform, today announced a $1M pre-seed investment round led by Charly Kleissner, co-founder Toniic, Katapult Foundation, D3Jubilee, Brigitte Mohn of the Bertelsmann Foundation, and other renown impact investors.
💰 Decentralized Audio Streaming Platform Tamago Secures $1M in Seed Round Funding
Web3 decentralized audio streaming platform Tamago announced their seed round raise, which reached $1M in funding via Block0, Move Capital, Daedalus, Human Guild, and Big Brain Holdings. The platform, which launched in March of this year, is nearing 1000 tracks on platform with over 700 users and 45,000 minutes of streamed content thus far.