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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✉️ TenUp presents Ludo NFT — A vintage game with blockchain integration
TenUp Ludo NFT v1.1, a digital recreation of the design and structure of the arcade game, is currently playable at Ludo NFT. In order to play with other players, each player needs 10 TenUp smart coins in their MetaMask wallet.
✉️ Leading Cybersecurity Company Sayfer Integrates Tezos – Chainwire
Tel Aviv, 26th August. Tezos Israel has announced that Sayfer will begin to provide Tezos smart contract auditing services to expand the ecosystem partners available to provide Tezos technical services.
✉️ Slimesunday launches SLIMESHOP on OpenSea focused on empowering collectors to create surreal art
August 25 – Digital artist Slimesunday has been redefining the collage by constructing surreal compositions of digital photographs. His works confront major topics like censorship, consumerism, and sexual identity.
✉️ Top Fitness App Sweat Economy Launching Web3 Token on DAO Maker
PRAGUE, August 26. Sweat Economy, the team behind the #1 fitness app Sweatcoin, will host a Web3 token sale for its new cryptocurrency SWEAT on DAO Maker’s launchpad as it unveils its new Sweat Wallet product.
✉️ Nature’s Vault Launches Gold-Linked Utility Token NVLT in the Polygon Ecosystem
SINGAPORE, August 25. Launched earlier this year, Nature’s Vault’s mission is to develop innovative and impactful ESG investments that combat climate change, namely greenhouse gas emissions and ecosystem degradation.
✉️ Israel Crypto Conference Returns for September Developer Day and Main December Event
Tel Aviv, 25th August – Israel Crypto Conference, is returning with twin conferences in 2022. ICC will be back for a web3 developers conference in September followed by the main Israel Crypto Conference in December.
✉️ Blockdaemon Empowers Web3 Developers and Institutions to Run Their Own Collator Nodes on Astar Network
L.A., August 24 – Astar Network, the innovation hub on Polkadot, announced, it had integrated Blockdaemon, the institutional-grade blockchain infrastructure company for node management and staking, as a collator.
✉️ NFT Wizards is the Go-To-Place to Learn How to Trade NFTs Profitably
Founded by NFT, crypto, and stock investor, educator, and YouTuber Sajad Ali, NFT Wizards is a community of over 30K NFT traders and enthusiasts.
✉️ Aurigami Minimizes Risks in Proactive Precaution with Risk DAO
Dubai, August 24 – Aurigami has engaged Risk DAO to perform a comprehensive assessment of the protocol’s risk parameters, taking a proactive stance in tackling risks and boosting capital efficiency.
✉️ Crypto Fest 2022: Looking Up to Post-Winter Opportunities
CAPE TOWN: 23 August – Conflict in Europe and skyrocketing interest rates in the US have put cryptocurrencies in the midst of one of the worst market crashes in the technology’s history.
✉️ MEXC is burning more MX Token through ENS index sales
The project launched by MEXC this time is the latest NFT Index token ENSDOMAIN. The index token is supported by more than 20 four-digit pure digital ENS domain names purchased by MEXC
✉️ Perpetual Protocol awards DeCommas 40,000 USDC Grant
The grant follows earlier awards from Mango Markets and Serum at a Riptide Hackathon, which brings the total of grant resource allocation for DeCommas protocol to 80,000 USDC in 2022.
✉️ Pawnfi Introduces Non-Standard Asset Financialization Platform on Flare Network
Pawnfi is partnering with Flare Network, a new blockchain with the ambitious goal of connecting everything, to facilitate the use of non-standard assets (NSA) on Flare.
✉️ Fuse Media announced as the first launch partner for Theta Metachain, bringing entertainment businesses to Web3
San Francisco, August 23 – Theta Labs is announcing that Fuse Media will become the first launch partner for Theta Network’s Mainnet 4.0, Metachain.
✉️ gmoney’s luxury fashion brand 9dcc unveils concept of their lookbook mint for release of ITERATION-01
9dcc will open its first-ever mint on August 23, 2022 creating a moment that will have a powerful influence on how the fashion world “networks itself” into Web3 technology, community, and culture.
✉️ Steve Aoki and Impact Theory’s Tom Bilyeu present NEON FUTURE x HEAVY METAL MAGAZINE NFT collection
August 22, 2022 – Steve Aoki has made major waves in the still-expanding metaverse, and the NFT visionary is now gracing the cover of the infamous fantasy and science fiction magazine HEAVY METAL.
✉️ WAGMI United and Crawley Town FC Forge New Partnership with XCAD Network
WEST SUSSEX (August 22) — WAGMI United announced that Crawley Town Football Club has agreed to a new shirt sleeve sponsorship with XCAD Network.
✉️ Tonstarter announces Fanzee as first TON-based IDO
London, 22nd August. Tonstarter, the first launchpad focused specifically on projects built on The Open Network (TON), has today announced that Fanzee will be the first startup on TON to have an Initial DEX Offering (IDO).
💰Ready Player Me completes $56 million funding round
The series B funding round was led by Andreessen Horowitz (a16z). Other participants in the round include Konvoy Ventures, Collab Currency, Taavet Hinrikus, Sten Tamkivi’s Plural Platform, and Comedian Kevin Hart’s Hartbeat Ventures.
💰Polygon Founder Raises $50M for First VC Fund Built by Web3 Founders
NY, 25th August, Symbolic Capital announced an oversubscribed $50M fund focused on identifying the best web3 startups. Led by Polygon founder Sandeep Nailwal and ex-Borderless Capital’s Kenzi Wang.
💰 Animoca Brands Japan Pulls $45M in Funding from MUFG and Parent Firm
Animoca Brands KK, the Japanese subsidiary of Animoca Brands Corporation Limited, saw funding from its strategic partners including banking giant, MUFG Bank, Ltd, and the parent company, Animoca Brands.
💰Indian entrepreneur and founder of crypto exchange, WazirX, Nischal Shetty is raising $18.28 million
The investment rounds include the participation of numerous investors such as Spartan Group, Struck Crypto, Big Brain Holdings, and Cogitent Ventures.
💰Microtraction announces $15m first close of Community Fund for early-stage African startups
The LPs in this community fund include more than 30 venture-backed founders of African companies, like Paystack’s Shola Akinlade, Cowrywise’s Razaq Ahmed, 54gene’s Francis Osifo, Piggyvest’s Odun Eweniyi, and Float’s Jesse Ghansah.
💰Web3 media startup “Avium” is helping SE Asia’s studios to greenlight and produce their stories, lands US$2M pre-seed
23 AUG, SINGAPORE. The strategic round led by Saison Capital also includes East Ventures, Mirana Ventures, and angel investors — Ricky Ow (ex-Warner Media), Hepmil Media Group (SGAG/MGAG/PGAG), and more.