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📬 Inbox Dump #74

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 Launches MetaMask Grants DAO to empower devs worldwide

October 28, ConsenSys announced the launch of MetaMask Grants DAO. This employee-led, fully-funded Decentralized Autonomous Organization (DAO) structure issues grants to developers outside of ConsenSys, who are building impactful experiences within the MetaMask ecosystem.

✉️ Mailchain adds support for Ethereum Name Service domains to its Web3 email platform

London — Mailchain, the multi-wallet communication layer for Web3, adds support for Ethereum Name Service (ENS) domains to its secure email platform. Following the launch of its Web3 inbox, users can now send and receive messages to their blockchain wallets by using their .eth identities.

✉️ Google Cloud Introduces Blockchain Node Engine for Web3 Development

Blockchain is changing the way the world stores and moves its information. Building on our commitment to help Web3 developers build and deploy new products on blockchain-based platforms, today we’re thrilled to announce Google Cloud’s Blockchain Node Engine. 

✉️ Carbon Offsetting for Blockchains & Beyond: Regen Network Launches Carbon Marketplace

California, United States, 26th October — Regen Network Development released its marketplace application for tokenized carbon and ecological assets, Regen Marketplace.

✉️ PRADA UNLOCKS MORE ACCESS FOR WEB3 COMMUNITY TO EXCLUSIVE EXPERIENCES WITH LATEST TIMECAPSULE NFT COLLECTION

Milan, October 27 — Prada announces the sixth drop in its Timecapsule NFT Collection and invites members of its Timecapsule community to register for the exclusive upcoming Prada Mode event to be held in Dubai and Prada Extends event at Art Basel Miami. 

✉️ Bitget to launch KCGI 2022: Football Edition, with a 100-BTC prize pool

Seychelles, Oct. 28, 2022 — Leading cryptocurrency exchange Bitget unveils details and awards for King’s Cup Global Invitational (KCGI) Fall 2022, its upcoming global crypto futures trading competition

✉️ Baby Ape NFTs Launch Shortly; Lady Apes to Welcome Bundles of Joy

The female counterpart of the popular Bored Ape Yacht Club (BAYC) collection, the Lady Ape Club (LAC) has officially announced that it will be airdropping Baby Ape NFTs next week.

✉️ Top Business Leaders: Broader adoption of Web3 to create fresh jobs, livelihood for Filipinos

Prominent stakeholders and top Filipino business leaders anticipate that broader adoption of Web3 will lead to fresh employment, livelihood, local business innovations, investments, and a brighter future for the Philippines during the conference, The Future is Web3, held in Makati.

✉️ VeeFriends announces global events division to expand on bespoke experiences, access, and utility for its community

October 24, 2022, New York – VeeFriends announced the expansion of operations today, with an events division bringing in new executives appointed to lead the mandate.

✉️ Swiss Bank SEBA Now Custodies Blue-chip Ethereum NFTs

Zug, Switzerland – 26 October | SEBA Bank, a leading global crypto bank, simplifying access to the digital assets economy through a suite of fully regulated banking services, today launched an institutional-grade custody solution with all the necessary safeguards to secure clients’ valuable NFTs.

✉️ Filecoin Foundation introduces FIL Lisbon 2022 to bring the Web3 community together

Filecoin Foundation unveiled the details of FIL Lisbon, the first major gathering of the Filecoin community in Lisbon, Portugal, taking place from Oct. 30 to Nov. 4.

✉️ Kava Launches Liquid Staking With Successful Mainnet Upgrade

The Kava Network, an open-source, EVM and Cosmos IBC compatible, Layer-1 blockchain ecosystem, successfully implemented its Kava 11 mainnet upgrade on October 26.

✉️ Token2049 London announces new headline speakers after record-breaking attendance in Singapore

Token2049, Europe’s leading Web3 conference, is preparing for its return to London on Nov. 9 and 10. Following the success of Token2049 Singapore in September, which welcomed a record-breaking 7,000 attendees

✉️ Gluwa Blockchain Partners With Lagos State Government to Digitize Agricultural Assets

California, 27th October, Blockchain infrastructure platform Gluwa is partnering with the Lagos State government to transform the agricultural sector. The move will enable the digitization of agricultural assets, making it easier for farmers in the region to obtain finance.


Funding

💰 Zoop Secures $15M+ in Backing and Formalizes Partnership with Ready Player Me Ahead of Global Platform Launch on Hedera

On the back of an oversubscribed seed round, Zoop has secured $15M in grants and investments. Additionally, Ready Player Me, the leading platform for cross-game avatars, is partnering with Zoop which is on enterprise-grade public ledger Hedera.

💰 Blockchain.com Eyes Funding at 70% Lower Valuation: Report

Blockchain.com is on the hunt for funding, but it could take its valuation to between $3 and $4 billion; 70% lower than its $14 billion valuation in March, when the firm closed a Series D led by Lightspeed Capital Ventures. Founded in 2011, the firm has raised a total of $490 million over seven rounds.

💰 Teleport Creators Raise $9M to Build Decentralized Uber Rival on Solana

The seed round was co-led by Foundation Capital and Road Capital, with participation from Thursday Ventures, 6th Man Ventures, 305 Ventures, and Common Metal. Individual strategic investors include Uber’s third-ever employee, engineer Ryan McKillen, and others.

💰 Bloomberg Beta Leads $6.2M Funding for DAO Framework Origami

Other investors included betaworks, Protocol Labs, VC3 DAO, and noted angel investors Dylan Field and Balaji Srinivasan, among others. The round was also backed by Orange DAO, a community of entrepreneurs who invests in funds backing early-stage crypto companies.

💰 Bain Capital Crypto Leads $3.3M Round for Privacy-Focused Identity Protocol

Bain Capital, launched Bain Capital Crypto in March with $560 million in committed capital. Other investors in the round included Y Combinator, Soma Capital, Abstract Ventures, Pioneer Fund, and NFX, among others.

💰 Synota Raises $3 Million in Seed Financing

Ohio, Synota, today announced it has raised a $3 million seed round led by ego death capital. Trammell Venture Partners, Rev1 Ventures, Hivemind VC, Bitcoiner Ventures, and Recursive Capital also participated in the fundraising round, alongside other strategic partners.

💰 Web3 Wallet Martian Raises $3M Pre-Seed Funding Led by Race Capital with Participation from Jump Capital, FTX Ventures, Superscrypt, and Aptos

SAN FRANCISCO, Oct. 27 — Martian, a web3 wallet, today announced it has closed on a $3 million pre-seed funding round led by Race Capital, with participation from FTX Ventures, Superscrypt, Jump Capital and Aptos.

💰 NFT marketplace Souffl3 closes $2 million in seed round

The funding round was co-led by Crypto.com Capital and Synergies Capital. Other participants in the round are Huobi Incubator, M77 Ventures, and J17 Capital.


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