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The past several months haven’t been entirely kind to the NFT market — while transaction volume hasn’t stuttered too significantly, the dollar amount invested in the space has been in free fall as cryptocurrency prices have taken a historic dive. With that as background, it might …

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Four-month-old Doppel is helping some of the biggest NFT projects spot scams

The web3 startup raised $5 million in seed funding led by FTX Ventures and counts Yuga Labs and Dapper Labs as its biggest customers

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a16z, Coatue, USV invest in $725M developer fund for Dapper’s Flow blockchain

The web3 world is continuing to discover that it’s a lot harder to build a developer ecosystem than it is to build a platform. The Flow blockchain launched by NBA Top Shot creator Dapper Labs is looking to onboard more crypto developers and it’s built up a dedicated ecosystem fund to co…

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Avatar startup Genies hits $1 billion valuation in latest raise

Only in the current market can one wonder how a celebrity avatar startup that sells NFT accessories took so long to hit a unicorn valuation. Genies, an L.A.-based digital avatar startup, announced Tuesday that they had raised $150 million in funding from Silver Lake, with participation from Bond, N…

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Republic’s metaverse real estate arm spins off, rebrands as Everyrealm

Over $500 million worth of real estate was sold on the top four metaverse platforms in 2021, data shows. Traditional real estate companies are amongst the many investors flocking to stake their claim on plots of land in virtual worlds like Decentraland and Sandbox. Although important questions rema…

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Pixel Vault banks $100 million in funding to chase an NFT media empire

The world of NFTs is bizarre, confounding and exhilarating. Detractors see a space full of capital-obsessed hucksters who want to choke all of the lasting value from popular culture, while boosters see a new technological revolution that can transform how value from online media is actually created…

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Tiger Global and Sequoia India-backed FanCraze launches cricket NFTs in partnership with ICC

NFTs took off in many corners of the world last year, but the trading of the fast-growing blockchain-powered and verifiable digital assets is yet to make inroads in India. Now a local startup — backed by high-profile investors Tiger Global, Sequoia Capital India, Coatue Management and Dapper …

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A peek into Web3 power player Animoca Brands

If you haven’t heard of Animoca Brands over the last year or so, you haven’t been paying close attention. With a long and growing list of digital entertainment, blockchain, and gaming properties, the eight-year-old, 600-person Hong Kong-based outfit has quietly become one of the most ac…

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Venture studio Adanian Labs fuels startup growth in Africa

The venture studio targets to help build 300 next-generation startups over the next five years.

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Nautical Commerce sails away with new funding to bring marketplace tech to the masses

The company is boiling down the time it takes for businesses to create an e-commerce marketplace from two to three years to about 90 days.

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