📬 Inbox Dump #58

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!

✉️ Filecoin Takes First Step Towards Enabling On-Chain Smart Contracts Through Filecoin Virtual Machine Milestone

California — 8 July — Filecoin, a decentralized storage network, has achieved its first milestone in introducing its Filecoin Virtual Machine (FVM) by introducing a non-programmable WASM-based FVM.

✉️ Aztec Launches DeFi Privacy Bridge Aztec Connect

Ethereum privacy system Aztec Network's Aztec Connect, a bridge that provides a privacy shield for DeFi transactions, went live Thursday. The privacy solution, now on mainnet, allows users to interact with popular DeFi apps in a private way.

✉️ Pussy Riot Launches Proof of Protest NFT Against Roe Vs Wade Ruling

The controversial Russian punk-rock performance arts group, Pussy Riot, will be announcing the launch of a new NFT collection: Proof of Protest, in response to the recent historic SCOTUS overturning of Roe V. Wade.

✉️ Ruthless Rabbits Changing the world of NFTs & New Animated Series Coming Soon

VANCOUVER, July 7 – Ruthless Rabbits Holdings Inc. is getting ready to launch the NFT space into a whole new realm of possibilities! Introducing Ruthless Rabbits, an exciting new NFT collection.

✉️ Riot Blockchain, Inc. Announces $1.00 Charitable Donation in Bitcoin to No Kid Hungry on Behalf of Every Unique Stockholder That Votes

Colorado, July 08, Riot Blockchain, an industry leader in Bitcoin mining and hosting, will make a charitable donation of $1.00 in Bitcoin to No Kid Hungry on behalf of every unique stockholder that votes for matters pertaining to the Company’s upcoming Annual General Meeting of stockholders (the “AGM”).

✉️ XBO exchange platform debuts pre-launch event for early registrants to gain special account privileges

XBO debuts its pre-launch competition, offering investors the opportunity to pre-register and complete the verification process to the platform for a chance to earn special rewards and account privileges.

✉️ Federation Releases First Deluxe Music NFT Album Accessible With Cash or Cryptocurrency

CASPER, Wyo., July 08, The beloved psy-punk project Federation today released its deluxe limited-edition NFT album “F’' exclusive to the music NFT platform, RCRDSHP.

✉️ ZESTWORLD LAUNCHES COMIC INDUSTRY’S FIRST DIGITAL COMMISSION TOOL

NEW YORK - July 5 - Zestworld launched its newest feature: a digital commission tool. Seven Seven Six Founder and Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian conferred with award-winning comic artist Amanda Conner to create an NFT of American professional tennis superstar and wife, Serena Williams as superheroes.

✉️ V-Art Announces VR Pavilion on the metaverse In collaboration with Dslcollection

For the next exciting chapter in the ongoing project between V-Art and the Dslcollection, the two organizations will present the new Ukrainian Pavilion DSL VR Space in metaverse.

✉️ NFT Studios to release exclusive first NFT collection with unique rewards

Los Angeles, London, 6 July – NFT Studios, the first Web3 film production company and disruptor of traditional film financing models, announces that its film production subsidiary, KinoDAO, is releasing 500 Kino Passes.

✉️ SuperRare x Gucci Drop 2nd NFT Batch in The Next 100 Years of Gucci Exhibition

NFT marketplace SuperRare is dropping its latest collaboration with Gucci titled “The Next 100 Years of Gucci,” which honors the brand’s colorful heritage. The curated art marketplace recently teamed up with Gucci to launch the luxury house’s first experimental online space called Vault Art Space.

✉️ Renowned Photographer Robert Whitman Releases 1,977 NFTs of the Iconic Early PRINCE Portrait

Photographer Robert Whitman releases the Pre Fame 1977 Genesis collection to celebrate the 45th anniversary of the first photo shoot with the then-unknown musician Prince Rogers Nelson.

✉️ Umee to Build Orion, the First IBC Price Oracle Native to Cosmos

NEW YORK — July 7 - Umee, a cross-chain borrowing and lending platform built on the Cosmos SDK, announced the development of Orion, the first decentralized price oracle native to the Cosmos ecosystem.

✉️ GRAMMY-WINNING SUPER PRODUCER & MUSIC ICON TIMBALAND JOINS NFT FUTURIST GMONEY ON ADMIT ONE PODCAST

July 7 - Admit One with gmoney Podcast announces their latest special guest, Grammy Award-winning super producer, recording artist, entrepreneur, and now tech disruptor, Timbaland (@timbaland).

✉️ SKYWEAVER Trading Card Game Releases 1st Major Expansion Clash of Inventors, New Trailer

Horizon Blockchain Games, creators of the free-to-play cross-platform trading card game (TCG), Skyweaver, has just launched that title’s first major expansion, Clash of Inventors.

✉️ AQRU Trend launches to help retail investors beat the crypto market while managing risk

London, 8 July – Accru Finance Ltd., has launched AQRU Trend, a high-return cryptocurrency investment strategy to enable retail investors to diversify, capture market upside, limit market downside, and access the competitive returns available in the cryptocurrency market.

✉️ The NFT Space is shaking! MetaRuffy launched their second product LooBr.com a “Cross-Chain Social-Network NFT-Marketplace”

New York, July 09 - MetaRuffy International FZCO (a Dubai-based company) already operates RuffyWorld, their entertainment-focused metaverse world, and proudly announces their second product release, LooBr.com.

Funding

💰 Crypto investor Sequoia Capital China reportedly raises $9 billion

Sequoia Capital China, the Chinese affiliate of cryptocurrency-friendly venture capital firm Sequoia Capital, is about to raise $9 billion for its four new funds focused on Chinese startups.

💰 Gaming VC Firm Konvoy Ventures Raises $150 Million Fund

It will aim to spend 20% to 30% on blockchain and crypto-related games. The firm has previously backed Sky Mavis, the developer of Axie Infinity, as well as the Genopets NFT game and the Ready Player Me avatar platform.

💰 With maiden $42M fund, Bonfire Union wants to invest in web3 like Tencent does in Web 2.0

Bonfire Union announced that it has raised a $42 million fund with support from Binance, Alameda Research, Animoca Brands, Digital Currency Group, Arweave, HashKey Group and others.

💰 Animoca Brands Leads $32M Funding Round for Planetarium Labs

Planetarium Labs, which is building a community-driven Web3 game network, has raised $32 million in a Series A funding round led by Animoca Brands.

💰 New crypto options and futures exchange Thalex closes Series A funding round

Gibraltar, July 7 — Thalex announced it had closed its Series A funding round of 7.5 million euros ($7.64 million). Among the participants are Bitfinex, Bitstamp, Flow Traders, i Money Crypto, QCP Capital and Wintermute.

💰 qiibee Raises $4.8M To Expand Global Footprint

Zug, Switzerland — 05 July - qiibee, the leading blockchain-based B2B rewards marketplace, has today announced it has raised $4.8m following the close of a seed funding round led by Z5 Capital.

💰 Crypto tax start-up KoinX raises $1.5 million in seed funding round

KoinX, a crypto tax platform, has raised $1.5 million in seed funding round from iSeed Fund, KubeVC, Ratio Ventures, Tykhe Block Ventures, 1947 Rise, and WeFounders Circle.

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