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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✉️ StarkWare Deploys StarkNet Crypto Token on Ethereum Blockchain
StarkWare deployed its new StarkNet Token (STRK) on the Ethereum mainnet. The tokens are not yet available for sale – an important distinction to avoid scams – as the StarkNet Foundation, which oversees the growth of the ecosystem, works out the best mechanism for distributing them.
✉️ Bitfinex, Binance Gain Digital Assets as Investors Seek Safety
Money that fled FTX is looking for a place to land. But FTX is not necessarily the only platform that is losing crypto assets, at least according to a Tweet thread from Nansen.
✉️ THORChain Enables DeFi on Bitcoin with Landmark Single-Sided Staking Service
THORChain, a DEX enabling anyone to exchange native assets, has become the first permissionless service to launch single-sided staking capabilities. This groundbreaking service enables crypto users to benefit from DeFi capabilities while maintaining full ownership of native assets.
✉️ Bybit CEO Lays Out His Transparency Roadmap
DUBAI, 18 November – Ben Zhou, co-founder, and CEO of Bybit has called on the industry to step up together and help reassure nervous customers and governments that crypto is a valuable contributor to the financial system and has a central part to play in the future of financial services.
✉️ COP27: Leading Technology Companies Launch “Ethereum Climate Platform” Initiative to Address Ethereum’s Former Proof of Work Carbon Emissions
Egypt – At COP27, the world’s largest gathering on climate action, a group of Web3 companies convened by ConsenSys and Allinfra, joined civil society leaders and the UNFCCC Climate Innovation Hub, to announce the creation of the Ethereum Climate Platform (ECP).
✉️ Polygon Studios <> Sensorium Web3 VR Metaverse Partnership Announcement
Sensorium, a metaverse, and Web3 developer is partnering with Polygon Studios to build high-fidelity virtual reality worlds centered around immersive musical experiences.
✉️ Bitget raises its Protection Fund to $300M to reassure users after FTX’s collapse
Nov. 15, 2022 — Leading global cryptocurrency exchange Bitget announces that it will increase its Protection Fund to $300 million in order to provide better protection and further assurance to crypto users.
✉️ Yuga Labs is Donating a CryptoPunk to ICA Miami as Part of the Punks Legacy Project
The owners of BAYC and CryptoPunk NFTs, Yuga Labs, are picking up with its Punks Legacy Project by donating one of their CryptoPunks to ICA Miami. And not just any; the company is donating a lovely beach blondie, CryptoPunk #305, as a reference to Miami’s nickname and original area code.
✉️ Talos Joins Blockchain Association; Adds Compliance & Regulatory Industry Veterans
NEW YORK, Nov. 15 – Talos, the premier provider of institutional digital asset trading technology, today announced it has joined the Blockchain Association, an organization of industry leaders dedicated to improving the public policy environment for crypto networks.
✉️ Nexo Announces Non-Custodial Smart Wallet
The Nexo Wallet offers a user-friendly solution for sending, receiving, swapping, and storing digital assets across five blockchains: Ethereum, Polygon, Binance Smart Chain, Fantom, and Avalanche-C.
✉️ Candy Club Integrates with OKC (OKX Chain) Ecosystem
Hong Kong, 17th November — Candy Club has integrated into the OKC ecosystem and added a use case for the OKC token and community. OKC is an EVM-compatible L1 built on Cosmos with a focus on true interoperability (IBC) and maximized performance.
✉️ Europe’s most influential blockchain and crypto event returns to Barcelona
After seven highly successful events, European Blockchain Convention 2023 is ready to be held again on Feb. 15 to 17 at the five-star hotel, Hyatt Regency Barcelona. The event will welcome more than 3,000 attendees at what will be the largest edition since the event was launched in 2018.
✉️ Million Dollar – The First Real Estate Metaverse Company
DUBAI, Nov. 15, Metaverse allows users to engage in real-life activities in virtual reality. You can own clothes, buy, and own land. This has enabled projects to transform from NFTs into the Metaverse. One such project is the Million Dollar Metaverse – the first real estate company in the Metaverse.
✉️ WeSendit 3.0: The Web3 data storage revolution from Switzerland
With more than 3.5 million users from 150 countries and over 10 years of experience, WeSendit is a player in the world of file transfer and storage. The company is based in Zug, the “Swiss Crypto Valley.” Clients include global players such as Meta (Facebook), Nike, Disney, DreamWorks, and Red Bull.
✉️ Dappos partners with Perpetual Protocol to bring Web3 operating protocol to DEX
Singapore, Nov. 17 — Dappos announced that it has partnered with Perpetual Protocol to integrate its Web3 operating protocol with the decentralized exchange, lowering barriers to entry for investors to access Perpetual’s decentralized and permissionless futures trading.
✉️ Crypto Snack enables RCD Espanyol to become the first football club to integrate crypto payments
Estonia, 17th November — Crypto Snack, a pioneer in crypto payment solutions, announced the start of its first phase to enable La Liga’s RCD Espanyol to become the world’s first football club to fully integrate crypto payments.
💰 Matter Labs, the company behind zkSync, raises $200 million to scale Ethereum
Matter Labs has raised a $200 million Series C funding round co-led by Blockchain Capital and Dragonfly. LightSpeed Venture Partners, Variant, and Andreessen Horowitz are also participating in the Series C round.
💰 Crypto Investment Firm DCG Gives $140M Equity Infusion to Trading Firm Genesis
Crypto investor Digital Currency Group is giving an equity infusion of $140 million to Genesis Global Trading, a company within its portfolio. Genesis said this week that its derivatives business has about $175 million in locked funds in its FTX trading account.
💰 Startup Arkon Energy Raises $28M to Further Expand Into Bitcoin Mining
Led by quantitative investment manager and digital assets market maker, Blue Sky Capital, and included some returning investors such as Kestrel 0x1 as well as new ones, including Shima Capital.
💰 Heroic Story raises $6M to build tabletop RPG platform for Web3
Upfront Ventures led the round with participation from Multicoin Capital and Polygon Technology. The round also included participation from strategic angels Jonathan Lai (a16z Games Fund One), Steve Arhancet, Richard Ma (CEO Quantstamp), Orange DAO, among others.
💰 Brevan Howard Digital co-leads $4.8 million round for NFT fraud detection startup Yakoa
Brevan Howard Digital, Volt Capital and Collab+Currency co-led the round, with Uniswap Labs Ventures, Alliance DAO, Orange DAO, Time Zero Capital, Sunset Ventures and others participating.
💰 PlayEmber raised $2.3 million pre-seed round led by Shima Capital.
Round investors were Warburg Serres, Shima Capital, Huobi Ventures, Lyrik Ventures, Animal Ventures, and Big Brain Holdings.
💰 APWine raises $2.6 million as it builds a modular interest market in DeFi
Led by Berlin-based Greenfield Capital, builds upon APWine’s previous $1 million seed round that was led by Delphi Ventures and saw the participation of The Spartan Group, DeFi Alliance, Rarestone Capital, among others.
💰 Texture Finance Announces Completion of $5 Million Funding Round
Led by P2P Capital, an active DeFi and staking investment firm, and Sino Global, a venture capital firm. The funding round also saw the participation of Wintermute, Semantic Ventures, and Jane Street Capital, among others.