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NFTmania backed up with millions pumping in from VCs

By now, everybody that has an internet connection has heard about NFTs…



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By now, everybody that has an internet connection has heard about NFTs, this new digital craze that seems to be going viral faster than this fu****g virus that’s been canceling my trip to Bora Bora for the last year or so. Now that I got that out of my system, let’s get back on track to NFTs. 

So when it first started a couple of months ago, there were many skeptical opinions that it’s just a new one-hit wonder and it won’t be here for the long haul. Well, they just might be wrong. There have been fat checks coming into the NFT space from venture capitalists. In fact, the sum of all those oversized checks is $90 million in this year so far. The number is actually not surprising if we take a look at some other amounts that contain a lot of zeros.

Last year, the total value of NFT transactions was $250 million, just the past month that number was $220 million.

Obviously, there are still going to be haters and say “it’s just because of Bitcoin and Ethereum going up!” Sure, daddy Bitcoin and his prodigal son Ether might be the “culprit” for a lot of the buzz in the crypto world but we can’t deny that NFTs are an exciting idea that can make it on its own and change how the creative industry works.

Okay, let’s crunch some numbers and look at the TOP NFT VC deals in 2021 so far:

  1. Sorare $48.40M
  2. OpenSea $23.00M
  3. Boson Protocol $9.57M
  4. Colektia $4.20M
  5. Rarible $1.75M
  6. NFTFI $0.89M

If you think these numbers are impressive, then hold on to your hats cowboys, because this next one might just knock you off your horse. Dapper Labs, one of the NFT giants, is supposedly seeking $250 million cash injection. Let me rephrase that; they are seeking (allegedly) a quarter of a billion dollars, so they can sell JPEGs, MP3s and MP4s! Yup, that’s right…what a time to be alive eh? 

You might ask why I used words supposedly and allegedly…well, because Dapper Labs called it a baseless rumor and the potential investor Coatue, hedge fund from New York, opted to not comment the alleged move. But you know what they say, where there’s smoke, there’s fire and there is definitely a lot of smoke going on in the NFT world, so my bet is that there will a lot of fire until the end of 2021 and we will definitely be here to bring you the heat. 

To sum it all up, it is easy to see why investors are tempted by the NFT world. Its rapidly growing market and digital collectibles being sold for millions of dollars speak for themselves. Of course, there will always be some skepticism present from the critics and other negative Nancies that claim it is just another crypto fad that will gradually fade out into oblivion. Some of them worry about market manipulation, which, to be honest, are also found in the traditional art world, and there is no denying that it might happen, but let’s not kid ourselves and pretend that the world is a perfect place. Then there are also environmentalists who are alarmed on the account of the energy amount that is required to fuel the NFT market. 

But, as long as Elon Musk is selling a song about NFTs as an NFT, and Mark Cuban is thinking about using NFTs as tickets for Dallas Mavericks games, then I guess we better get used to it, because it looks like it’s here to stay and if you want to watch Luka Magic and Co. live, then you better buy some NFTs. We will touch on that another day, right now I’m out to look for an NFT with an image of Bora Bora on it.

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Could this trademark application indicate that PayPal is developing an NFT market? 

A trademark application for blockchain and cryptocurrency technology has been submitted by PayPal. Some claim that the file has something to do with Web3 and the metaverse, although it may be tied to an NFT marketplace.



A recent trademark application by PayPal has been found, and it suggests the development of a service pertaining to several facets of blockchain technology. The file, which was made on October 18, makes a notable allusion to the potential introduction of a non-fungible token (NFT) market.

For its logo, PayPal submitted two trademark applications. The first one concerns “downloadable software” for cryptocurrency trading and storage. The second discusses cryptocurrency-related payment processing services.

Although users may currently buy cryptocurrencies on PayPal’s platform, this filing suggests that there may be more to come. The concept of assets is substantially broader in the filing’s terminology. Mike Kondoudis, a trademark lawyer licensed by the USPTO, claimed on Twitter that this filing relates to NFTs and the metaverse.

Although there is no proof to support this, it would not be shocking if it were true. The finance business would be adding its name to a lengthy list of businesses that are starting to make inroads into the Web3 and metaverse spaces.

PayPal is investing more in cryptocurrency.
Over the past two years, PayPal has intensified its focus on cryptocurrencies. First, the company made a huge announcement for the industry by saying that consumers would be able to purchase cryptocurrency on its platform.

However, it didn’t start enabling users to move those funds into wallets outside of the network until recently. It indicated that it would roll out additional crypto-related features in the latter part of last year. One of those additions might be an NFT marketplace.

It teamed up with Coinbase’s TRUST network more recently. This was viewed by many as an endorsement of the sector. The TRUST network upholds consumer security and privacy while adhering to the banking industry’s Travel Rule.

Increased Criticism of Payment Giant
Additionally, PayPal has been in the spotlight for all the incorrect reasons. The business has recently come under fire for a contentious policy that penalized users for disseminating false information. Later, it claimed that false information was released with the amended policy. Crypto aficionados, however, were eager to point to this as evidence of the value of decentralization.

PayPal established a blockchain and cryptocurrency advisory committee earlier this year. According to the company’s management, working with governments is essential to overcoming obstacles and seizing possibilities.

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Seba Bank, a cryptocurrency company, aims to store valuable NFTs

Seba Bank, a cryptocurrency company, has launched its first NFT service, a blue-chip NFT-specific institutional-grade, certified, and independently audited hot and cold storage custody product.



The launch comes in response to requests from customers to keep their NFTs with the bank alongside other crypto assets, such as the already-approved Bored Ape Yacht Club, Cryptopunk, and Clone X NFTs. The bank stated that new collections would be added based on customer demand.

With its newest offering, Seba Bank seeks to entice investors who view NFTs as an asset class and crypto natives. Not your keys, not your bitcoin is a well-known phrase in the crypto sphere, and adherents of this maxim could object to having their Apes or Punks stored with a third-party custodian.

Urs Bernegger, co-head of markets and investment solutions at Seba Bank, however, highlights a growing group of NFT holders who are more at ease handing up their NFTs and private keys to a company.

They don’t want the key because they aren’t even aware of how to handle and store it. He claimed that they’re more concerned with damaging the key than giving it to a bank.

It’s a significant issue. Between 2.3 million and 3.7 million bitcoins, according to Chainalysis, are trapped in inaccessible wallets. Numerous accounts of people have lost millions owing to losing private keys, including Russian officials, students, and engineers. Families have also been prevented from accessing substantial quantities of money following sudden deaths in which wallet owners had not disclosed their private keys.

Bernegger asserts institutional custody can be advantageous for native crypto users as well. There has been an increase in businesses providing services that employ NFTs as collateral for conventional banking services like loans.

Seba Bank is thinking about implementing these features in the future. Based in the crypto-friendly Swiss town of Zug, the four-year-old bank already backs several investing, credit, lending, and staking options for cryptocurrencies and might extend them to NFTs.

“Instead of traveling to the market, for instance, we could create a club for collectors and assist them in finding other collectors. There are a few things we have in mind, but we laid the groundwork by storing NFTs securely at first, “explained he.

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The NFT album maker for Kings of Leon now includes a metaverse music venue

YellowHeart, a Web3 ticketing startup, is opening a metaverse music venue in an effort to transform how performers, teams, and event organizers distribute tickets and interact with fans.



The facility, constructed on Spatial, will feature Grammy-nominated blues musician G.Love as its opening act later this year. Fans can communicate with one another, participate in meet-and-greets before and after performances, and use several screens to view what is happening in various areas of the stadium simultaneously.

They will soon be able to order meals and drinks before the event, which will also be available as digital things.

The idea of an online concert has so far primarily been popularized by big gaming companies. The most well-liked virtual competitions have occurred on sites like Fortnite and Roblox. Ariana Grande’s Fortnite concert in August 2021 received 78 million viewers. Next month, Decentraland will host its second Metaverse Music Festival. Over 100 musicians are on the lineup, including well-known performers like Ozzy Osbourne and Soulja Boy.

In addition to throwing an event, YellowHeart, which assisted Kings of Leon in releasing an NFT version of their most recent album, stated that it hoped to accomplish more. It was established in 2017 with the lofty goal of revolutionizing the music ticketing sector as a whole, which has historically been dominated by powerful reselling organizations and exclusive ticketing relationships. These alliances frequently impose limitations on what purchasers can and cannot do with their tickets. Trying to resell a ticket for a concert you can’t go to might be a headache.

YellowHeart believes these issues can be resolved by returning control to artists and fans via web3 technology. Additionally, it may provide advantages that cannot be programmed into conventional tickets.

“These range from complete albums to personalized vinyl records, exclusive merchandise, and immersive visual art. Web3 tickets also allow performers to update fans on new tour dates, music releases, giveaway possibilities, and much more, according to the business.

It has already collaborated with well-known figures, including Julian Lennon, Maroon 5, and MGM Resorts. Contrary to the non-NFT versions offered on Spotify, iTunes, and other platforms, those obtained through YellowHeart entailed particular customer benefits.

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