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Encode Club

Encode Club CEO Anthony Beamont believes thousands more Web3 developers are urgently needed globally. His startup offers selected developers eight-week Web3 coding bootcamps for such blockchains as Ethereum, Solana, Avalanche, and Algorand, which use such languages as Solidity and Rust. Encode Club’s specialization helped it land a $5 million seed round, led by Galaxy Digital and Lemniscap.

Avalanche

According to DeFi Llama, there are 108 blockchains, and Avalanche ranks third with a total value locked (TVL) of $5.3 billion, thanks to the demise of Terra. Mothership Ava Labs was reportedly raising $350 million at a valuation of $5.25 billion, which would put it in very exclusive company. Avalanche hosts 296 Dapps, according to DeFi Llama.

MakerDAO

Maker is a DeFi lending and borrowing protocol that has users lock up their cryptocurrency as collateral in a Maker vault and mint DAI against it. Assets remain locked in the vault until their DAI loan is repaid. Investors fleeing Terra drove up the MakerDAO governance token, MKR, 30% as investors bet on its DAI stablecoin instead.

Vitalik Buterin

There’s no more high-brow content than Ethereum co-founder Vitalik’s blog. It features such blissfully elevated concepts as “Social Discovery Wallet” and “Soulbound NFTs” — which describe a more secure wallet and NFTs that represent “more of who you are and not just what you can afford,” respectively. Eager to learn about “proto-danksharding?” Follow him on Twitter: @VitalikButerin.

Moonbirds

Entrepreneur and VC Kevin Rose has the distinction of releasing one of the hottest NFTs, ever. Moonbirds is a 10,000 profile image collection (PFP) from PROOF Collective. CryptoSlam reports that the Ethereum NFT collection has already generated $526 million, which includes primary sales and secondary trading. Moonbirds introduced a feature called “nesting,” a clever play on staking.

Ark Invest

Ark Invest, the investment house led by Cathie Wood, who is often praised for her stock-picking skills, bought 546,579 shares of Coinbase on Wednesday, worth $2.9 million, according to the firm’s daily trade information newsletter. The purchase is spread out across the company’s three exchange-traded funds: Ark Innovation (ARKK), Next Generation Internet (ARKW), and Fintech Innovation (ARKF).

Bancor

Bancor, a decentralized finance (DeFi) protocol, announced Bancor 3, a much-anticipated protocol update is now on mainnet. Bancor 3 is designed to create sustainable on-chain liquidity for token projects. The idea is to give participants enough incentives to use the protocol, including auto-compound earnings, dual rewards, and, its most important feature, instantly receiving 100% impermanent loss protection.

BVNK

Cryptocurrency startup BVNK (“bee-vee-en-kay”) has closed a $40 million Series A funding round at a $340 million post-money valuation, led by Tiger Global with participation by The Raba Partnership, Avenir, Kingsway Capital, Nordstar, Concentric, Base Capital and various angels. BVNK offers organizations the ability to accept fiat and cryptocurrency payments, hold crypto assets, and send funds anywhere.

Chainalysis

Vivid proof of data intelligence disruption. Chainalysis, a startup that provides “crypto forensics” and compliance services, has secured a $170 million Series F round led by GIC, a Singapore sovereign wealth fund. The company, which is known for aiding law enforcement track illicit crypto activities, saw its valuation double to $8.6 billion since its last June round.

DappRadar

A great feature of Web3 is the startling amount of transparency it provides with everything recorded on the blockchain. DappRadar, which bills itself as “The World’s Dapp Store,” is part of the trend. Its Dapp Industry Report notes that organic NFT trading volume grew 45% in April compared to March, up to $3.8 billion from $2.6 billion.

Flow

Flow blockchain, originally developed by Dapper Labs, has raised a $725 million ecosystem fund from a16z, Coatue, Digital Currency Group, Greenfield One, and others. The ecosystem fund will be used to support crypto developers who are building on the Flow blockchain with everything from FLOW token grants to development resources, such as office space and incubator programs.

KuCoin

Seychelles-based KuCoin has raised $150 million in a pre-Series B round at a valuation of $10 billion, says CEO Johnny Lyu. The financing round was led by Jump Crypto with additional participation by Circle Ventures, IDG Capital, and Matrix Partners. After a $20 million Series A in November 2018, the company was valued at $100 million.

Co:Create

Could you raise $25 million for a seed round showing just a prototype? You could if you are CEO Tara Fung who was able to get that from a16z and others for Co:Create. This app provides infrastructure and tools to pull off a Bored Ape Yacht Club specialty: launch tokens for your own NFT project.

Bitcoin City

El Salvador president Nayib Bukele shared the first images of Bitcoin City, to be constructed near the Conchagua volcano on the Gulf of Fonseca in the southeastern part of the Central American country. Announced in Nov. 2021, the project seeks to create a smart city that functions on bitcoin. Bukele did not say when construction would begin.

Mother of Creation

Beeple announced a three-video NFT collaboration today featuring a CGI Madonna giving birth. It’s called “Mother of Creation.” Madonna explained that the art, which will be auctioned on SuperRare, has a pretty straightforward meaning. “The opening of each video is essentially me giving birth,” The project’s website says the NFTs’ proceeds will be donated to three charities.

Compound Treasury

In a historic first, Compound Treasury received a B- credit rating from S&P today, making the decentralized lending protocol the first DeFi institutional offering to be rated by a major credit rating agency. Compound lets borrowers take out crypto loans, and lenders lock crypto assets into protocols, for an ROI that fluctuates depending on demand.

DeFi Llama

Defi Llama is another outfit that could wreak havoc in the traditional world of financial data. The 2020 decentralized finance (DeFi) explosion led to a concept called yield farming — users deposit funds in a platform and benefit from profit sharing. DeFi Llama says TVL (total value locked) across all DeFi protocols stands at nearly $193 billion.

Zora

Zora, which was founded by three Coinbase veterans in 2020, bills itself as the “Shopify” of NFT marketplaces. Former a16z VC Katie Haun’s Haun Ventures led a $50 million round in Zora, one of several NFT platforms looking to challenge industry leader OpenSea. Coinbase Ventures, Kindred Ventures, and others joined the round, valuing Zora at $600 million.

YellowHeart

YellowHeart, a blockchain ticketing platform founded in 2017, promises to fix the broken $72 billion ticketing industry, an industry that hasn’t innovated beyond static QR barcodes, by leveraging Web3 tools and ethos to put community at the center of the entire process. YellowHeart uses a rotating barcode, to ensure ticket holder identity, verifiable via Ethereum sidechain Polygon.

OpenSea

OpenSea just set a new daily trading record of $476 million in Ethereum, driven by the popularity of the Bored Ape Yacht Club’s Otherside metaverse launch and NFT deed sales for virtual land plots. In Jan. 2022, The NFT marketplace raised $300 million at a $13.3 billion valuation. It controls 95% of the NFT market.

FTX

Sam Bankman-Fried relocated his crypto company FTX from Hong Kong to the Bahamas in September, and this week he brought 2,000 people to the island nation for a four-day business conference. Founded just three years ago, FTX is the hottest company in crypto, boasting a $32 billion valuation and its name is on the Miami Heat arena.

Panama Crypto Law

Panama approved a bill that “regulates trading and use of crypto-assets, the issuance of digital value, tokenization of precious metals and other assets, payment systems and other provisions,” while providing a legal framework for DAOs and STOs. Congressman Gabriel Silva says it will help Panama “become a hub of innovation and technology in Latin America.”

a16z

Andreessen Horowitz, better known by its nickname a16z, is a Silicon Valley VC whose founders helped build the internet. The company has invested in Avalanche, Axie Infinity, BitClout, Coinbase, Compound, Curated, Dapper Labs, DFinity, Friends With Benefits, Helium, Maker DAO, NEAR Protocol, OpenSea, Optimism, and UniSwap. In January, A16Z raised $9 billion in new capital.

a16z Crypto Research

a16z, also known as Andreessen Horowitz, which has invested more than $2.7 billion in crypto startups, announced the launch of its own crypto research lab. Led by Tim Roughgarden and Dan Boneh, this new initiative marries academic research with ideation and puts them into practice in startups and organizations in which the company is invested.

Kadena

Kadena announced a $100 million Web3 grant program to encourage developers to build projects on its blockchain. The company was founded in 2016 by two former JP Morgan employees, lead engineer Will Martino and executive director of new products, Stuart Popejoy. The grant program will be administered by KadenaEco, which offers project acceleration, incubation, and venture capital.

Bison Bank

Banco de Portugal has granted a license to Bison Bank as the country’s first crypto bank, Bison Digital Assets, which will conduct custodial and exchange services of cryptocurrencies. When it comes to crypto, Portugal is one of the tax-friendliest regimes in the world. Proceeds from the sale of cryptocurrencies have been exempt from taxation since 2018.

MoonPay

After raising a $555 million Series A in Dec. 2021, at a valuation of $3.4 billion, MoonPay announced an $86.7 million round that included Questlove, Matthew McConaughey, Gwyneth Paltrow, Gal Gadot, Brie Larson, Steve Aoki, Justin Bieber, Ashton Kutcher, Eva Longoria, Paris Hilton, and Bruce Willis. The payments infrastructure company claims 10 million users.

Pantera Capital

Pantera Capital, a venture capital firm focused on the crypto space, announced during an investor call today that it has raised $1.3 billion for its Blockchain Fund, which will invest in Web3 startups, early-stage tokens, and digital tokens with established liquidity levels. It joins four other funds: Venture, Bitcoin, Early-Stage Token, and Liquid Token.

Bored & Hungry

Kevin Seo, Andy Nguyen, and Bored Ape community members opened a popup restaurant based on Bored Ape NFT #6184. The line to get in began forming early Sat., Apr. 9, and stretched down the block. Originally conceived as a pop-up, it will now be a permanent restaurant on 7th Street in Long Beach, CA.

Near Protocol

Layer 1 blockchain network Near Protocol announced a $350 million round led by FTX Ventures, Dragonfly Capital, and others. This is on top of the $150 million Near raised in January. Launched in May 2020, Near offers a proof-of-stake consensus mechanism, a scaling technology called “sharding,” and a unique block-producing implementation that boosts blockchain network throughput.

Autograph

ESPN announced its first-ever NFT collection in partnership with Brady’s Autograph platform, an NFT startup he co-founded in 2021. Brady NFTs will be released via the DraftKings Marketplace, Autograph’s exclusive marketplace partner. Three magazine cover-style NFTs are priced from $100 to $500 each. All of the NFTs are minted on Polygon, a sidechain scaling solution for Ethereum.

Terra

Terra founder Do Kwon added $230 million in BTC to the Luna-LFG wallet, the TerraUSD (UST) Bitcoin reserve, which he aims to boost to $10 billion. The wallet currently holds 35,767.98 BTC worth $1.6 billion. Terra’s LUNA token set an all-time high of $119.18 on Apr. 5. Its $38 billion market cap makes it the seventh-largest coin.

Bored Ape Yacht Club

BAYC startup Yuga Labs had a busy month. On Mar. 16, its ApeCoin DOA launched ApeCoin with a market cap of $3.2 billion. On Mar. 19, BAYC announced the Otherside metaverse, which generated $561 million in Otherdeed NFT sales. Then on Mar. 22, Yuga Labs raised $450 million at a $4 billion valuation — going apeshit personified.

Haun Ventures

Ex-a16z VC Katie Haun launched her new solo project, Haun Ventures, raising $1.5 billion to invest in Web3 startups; $500 million is earmarked for early stage ventures while $1 billion is aimed at companies looking to speed up their growth. CNBC says it’s the “largest debut venture fund ever raised by a solo female founding partner.”

Optimism

Ethereum scaling solution startup Optimism reached a $1.65 billion valuation after raising a $150 million Series B round. The Ethereum network is in high demand, mainly due to an explosion of DeFi, peer-to-peer lending, borrowing, and trading, plus NFTs — unique tokens that represent digital item ownership. This has resulted in high gas fees and network sluggishness.

Lobby3

Former presidential and New York City mayoral candidate Andrew Yang has a new act: a DAO (decentralized autonomous organization) that plans to use its crypto treasury to reinvigorate American democracy. Lobby3 offers innovative new opportunities for citizens to influence the political process with two tiers aimed at individuals, with a contribution of either 0.07 or 1 ETH.

Curated

Curated is a new $30 million fund that plans to invest exclusively in high-value, blue-chip NFTs and thereby attract high-signal collectors who want to invest in culturally and historically significant assets. The fund is backed by some of the biggest names in the crypto and Web3 investment space, including Marc Andreessen, Chris Dixon, and Alexis Ohanian.

Bain Capital Crypto

Bain Capital Ventures has launched a $560 million fund called Bain Capital Crypto focused exclusively on the crypto industry, “We’ve reached a quite high conviction that we are at the beginning of a multi-decade technology shift. That’s really what led to the addition of Bain Capital Crypto,” says Bain Capital Crypto managing partner Stefan Cohen.

Dune

Think $69 million is too much for a research company, albeit one with a devoted following, dubbed “Dune Wizards?” Think again. This is Web3 and data will rule the day. Particularly when it involves transparent blockchains and the finance market. Coatue led the $69.4 million Series B round, which values Oslo-based Dune at $1 billion.

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Tractable Video Inspection

Tractable’s Video Inspection tool, currently under development, inspects a car in realtime using AI to assess car damage and provide an instant assessment, including figuring out whether a car is beyond repair.

A United Boom

United promises to buy 15 of Boom’s Overture airliners once it meets stringent requirements. If all goes as planned, passengers will be able to fly from New York to London in 3.5 hours by 2029.

Replica AI-Synthesized Rapping

Dover, Del.-based Replica has created a video that demonstrates the capabilities of AI when combined with synthetic speech. It’s a preview of feature that will combine Replica’ AI voices with Unreal Engine’s MetaHuman software.

2022 Kia EV6

Hyundai may have been first but KIA has launched its Electric Global Modular Platform (E-GMP) version, Kia EV 6. Response is glowing, as exemplified by this comment, “Tesla better start making nicer and better cars.”

Halide 2.2

Halide has developed a loyal following for its iPhone app due to the control it offers over photographs. This functionality has been ported to the iPad complete with a redesigned interface optimized for larger displays.

EXTRA Gum Commercial

EXTRA Gum has developed a hilarious and truly fun two-and-a-half minutes-long television commercial, appropriately titled “For When It’s Time.” As the title suggests, it’s perfect for our emergence from the pandemic. 😂😅😍😘

Epic Games MetaHuman Creator

Powered by Epic Games’ Unreal Engine, the MetaHuman Creator is a browser-based software application that lets you create realistic human faces, complete with realistic movements and expressions. It’s another trend infusion from videogaming.

evian (re)new

Fashion designer Virgil Abloh and Evian’s latest innovation, the evian (re)new fountain, is made from 100% recycled plastic. The fountain includes a 5-liter pouch or “bubble” that slowly collapses so it can easily be replaced.

Palari Villas

The Palari Group has introduced the first 3D-printed homes community in Rancho Mirage, Calif. Parts of Palari Villas homes will be printed using technology provided by Oakland-based Mighty Buildings. Occupancy is planned for spring 2022.

Bowling Alley Drone Video

This drone footage is actually better than being at Bryant Lake Bowl in Minneapolis. Posted by YouTuber jaybyrdfilms, this first-person view (FPV) video demonstrates an astonishing level of drone piloting skills, exploring areas rarely seen.

Qwo

Cellulite treatments have typically required interventions with minimally invasive medical devices. Qwo makes it even easier, being the the first FDA-approved injectable that treats cellulite in women. Currently only approved for the buttocks area.

MyHeritage Deep Nostalgia

My Heritage’s “Deep Nostalgia” service uses AI/machine learning to animate vintage photos. The service allows you to upload family photos and animate them for free. Already 83 million have delighted their family and friends. 😁

2022 Hyundai IONIQ 5

Is the highly anticipated Hyundai IONIQ 5 battery-electric vehicle (BEV) the most sustainably designed automobile in the world? It features many eco-friendly materials, yet the AWD model generates 320 horsepower and has a 290-mile range.

Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War

Just in case you have not kept up with the world of videogaming, today’s 4K HDR games are mindboggling. Watch this clip of Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War featuring President Ronald Reagan. 😳😎

Ring Always Home Cam

The Ring Always Home Cam marries the mobility of drones with the video capabilities of surveillance cameras, offering home owners a futuristic convergence of two powerful technologies in order to protect their property from intruders.

Burger King

Burger King shared its idea for restaurants of the future, including car parks with solar powered canopies. And as you will see, the designers did not lose their sense of humor during the pandemic. 😂

Quizlet Learning Assistant

The Quizlet Learning Assistant enhances the company’s core study tools by providing learning-science-backed guidance that streamlines remote studies. QLA offers a personalized study path that adapts based on study goals and knowledge level.

KFConsole

KFConsole keeps chicken warm using excess heat generated by you playing Call Of Duty: Black Ops Cold War endlessly. Featuring a fully loaded Intel NUC with 2TB SSDs, this will likely be made of unobtainium.

A Trip Through 1911 New York

Demonstrating today’s remarkable video capabilities, this film, shot in New York by Swedish company Svenska Biografteatern in 1911, was upscaled to 4K, had frame rates boosted to 60 fps, sharpened and colorized using neural networks.

OPTE

OPTE is an innovative handheld device that combines optics, proprietary algorithms, and printing technology to scan your skin and deposit the right amount of serum to camouflage hyperpigmentation, age spots, and sunspots. 😍

L’Oréal Perso

Developed by Paris-based L’Oréal Technology Incubator, Perso is an innovative, AI-powered at-home system, featuring a 6.5-inch-tall device that delivers optimized and personalized skincare and cosmetic formulas in a four-step process.

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