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📬 Inbox Dump #70

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!

✉️ MEXC Launches $20m Ecosystem Fund in Strategic Partnership to Support Rollups on Bitcoin Through Syscoin’s Rollux OPv1

SINGAPORE, September 30, 2022 -MEXC, a global top 10 digital asset trading platform, has entered into a strategic partnership to support the launch of a rollup solution that is secured by the Bitcoin network.

✉️ Quadrata Partners with Polygon to Integrate Web3 Passport Network

Calif., Sept. 29 – Quadrata, a passport network bringing the identity and compliance layer to public blockchains, is integrating its technology with Polygon, the leading blockchain development platform offering scalable, affordable, secure, and sustainable blockchains for Web3.

✉️ Orange Comet and AMC Networks Expand Exclusive NFT Partnership to Further Elevate The Walking Dead Franchise and Bring The Immortal Universe of Anne Rice into the Metaverse

LOS ANGELES, Sept. 29 – Orange Comet, a premium Web3 entertainment company, and AMC Networks, the home of The Walking Dead, announced an expansion of their partnership with the launch of NFTs for AMC’s next big franchise, The Immortal Universe of Anne Rice.

✉️ USDC Is Coming to Cosmos in 2023

Baar, Switzerland – 28 September – USD Coin (USDC), one of the world’s fastest-growing dollar digital currencies, is coming to the second-largest blockchain ecosystem – Cosmos.

✉️ Investment Platform Delphia Launches Digital Asset Ecosystem 

NEW YORK, September 28 — Delphia an investment platform bridging the worlds of traditional and decentralized finance to help people build wealth by investing their data, today announced the launch of its digital asset ecosystem.

✉️ Syscoin Launches the Public Testnet for Rollux, a First-of-its-Kind Rollup Solution Offering Unprecedented Security, Speed and Scale

Netherlands – September 28 – Syscoin announced the public test net of Rollux OPv1, its first in-house rollup suite featuring the only scaling solution backed by Bitcoin’s gold standard Proof-of-Work (PoW) security on a completely decentralized network.

✉️ Karate Combat Becomes First Professional Sports League to Launch a DAO and Transition Governance to its Fans and Athletes

September 28 – Karate Combat, the world’s premier full-contact striking league, today announced it will become the first sports league to transition its governance to its fans and athletes by forming a Decentralized Autonomous Organization (DAO) in December 2022. 

✉️ MetaMask Institutional Onboards Four New Institutional Custodians, Consolidating its Leadership as the Go-to Solution for Organizations Entering Web3

New York, September 28 — ConsenSys unveils the third round of institutional custodians onboarded to MetaMask Institutional (MMI), a version of MetaMask designed to meet the needs of the growing number of institutions embracing Web3 and investing in Decentralized Finance.

✉️ Bitrue Starts LUNC Staking, Implements 1.2% Burn On Terra Classic On-chain Transactions

Following the implementation of the tax burn update for Terra Classic tokens, all LUNC and USTC deposits will incur a 1.2% tax, which will be deducted by the network before it arrives at the exchange.

✉️ Peninsula Papagayo, Costa Rica’s Ultimate Resort Community, Chooses ClimateTrade as Carbon Neutrality Partner

Sept. 27, 2022, MIAMI — ClimateTrade, the leading blockchain-based climate marketplace, today announced that it has partnered with Peninsula Papagayo, an exclusive residential community and home to Four Seasons and Andaz Resorts.

✉️ Router Protocol Hires Interoperability Veteran as Chief Blockchain Architect

SINGAPORE, September 27 – Router Protocol – an infrastructure layer enabling communication between blockchains, today announced it has hired the seasoned cross-chain architect and developer Mankena Venkatesh as Chief Blockchain Architect.

✉️ OKC (OKX Chain) integrates Unstoppable Domains to simplify crypto

SEPTEMBER 26 – OKC (OKX Chain), the EVM and IBC compatible chain backed by OKX – the world’s second-largest crypto exchange by trading volume – today announced an integration with Unstoppable Domains, the leading provider of NFT domains.

✉️ Mining Platform NiceHash Launches First Solo Mining Hashpower Exchange Service to Help Struggling Crypto Miners

Cryptocurrency mining platform NiceHash has launched the first solo crypto mining hash power exchange product where solo miners can rent other miners’ computer power to mine PoW cryptocurrencies.

✉️ Talos Expands EU and US Teams with Key Hires in Sales & Business Development

New York — September 26 — Talos announced three key hires – Frank van Zegveld as Head of Sales EMEA, Matt Houston as Client Success Director and Hillary Conley as Business Development Director.

✉️ Game of Thrones Joins Funko Digital Pop!

Funko is adding “Game of Thrones” to its Digital Pop! lineup, a digital collection that consists of non-fungible tokens (NFTs) as virtual collectibles that resemble Funko’s stylized figures.


Funding

💰 MPCH Labs Completes $40M Series A Raise led by Liberty City Ventures ahead of the launch of Fraction

The round includes QCP Capital, Mantis VC, Human Capital, Global Coin Research, LedgerPrime, Finality Capital, Oak HC FT, Polygon Studios, Quantstamp, and Animoca Brands.

💰 Pan-African crypto exchange Yellow Card secures $40m Series B funding round

The round was led by Polychain Capital, with participation from Valar Ventures, Third Prime, Sozo Ventures, Castle Island Ventures, Fabric Ventures, DG Daiwa Ventures, Jon Weiner, Alex Wilson, Pat Duffy, and more.

💰 FTX, Jump Crypto Lead $20M Funding in Solana Development Framework Coral

Other participants in the round include Multicoin Capital, Anagram, K5 Global, and other strategic investors.

💰 Onekey Announce $20 Million Series a Round

The round was led by Dragonfly and Ribbit Capital. Other investors included Coinbase Ventures, Framework Ventures, Sky9 Capital, Folius Ventures and Ethereal Ventures. Angel investors, including Santiago Santos and Feng Liu.

💰 Blockchain-Powered Reinsurer Re Raises $14 Million Seed Round to Build Decentralized Market

Tribe Capital, Defy, Exor, Stratos, Framework, Morgan Creek Digital and SiriusPoint participated in the round, alongside a number of angel investors.

💰 Paradigm Leads $11.8M Funding Round Into Web3 Firewall Blowfish

Blowfish provides real-time warnings and human-readable transaction context. Dragonfly, Uniswap Capital, Hypersphere and Ravikant Capital also contributed to the investment round.

💰 AIKON Breaks through Crypto Volatility with $10M Series A Funding Round Led by Morgan Creek Digital

Also in this round, Blizzard the Avalanche Fund joined as a strategic investor and partner.

💰 Smart Token Labs Flagship Project, TokenScript, Raises $6M via SAFT to Onboard Brands to Web3

The raise was led by Fosun International Co-Founder, Mr. Liang Xinjun. The portfolio also includes HashGlobal, Bodl, Fenbushi Capital, and others, as well as individual investor Mr. Zhang Fan a Co-Founder of Sequoia China.


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