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Lisa Gibbons is a journalist. 

A self starter, blockchain advocate with a love for creative writing. Lisa began writing about post-colonial identities in 2012 and has kept up her love for the written word. She is a keen writer in the Blockchain and Crypto space. Lisa enjoys research and innovation. She is a crypto trader by night and loves helping to help drive innovation in green blockchain projects. She enjoys writing poetry, foraging for wild foods and scrolling through NFT's in her spare time.
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Empowering the Shoe Shiner: Regenerative Finance Unleashes the Power of Investment for All!

04 Apr 2024  |  hackernoon.com
The article discusses the concept of Regenerative Finance (ReFi), which is a financial movement aimed at aligning investments with long-term, sustainable, and environmentally friendly practices. ReFi leverages technology to offer greater accessibility, transparency, and immutability in financial transactions. It enables individuals to contribute to and invest in critical global issues, such as the creation of low-carbon assets, in ways that were not possible before. The article suggests that ReFi has the potential to democratize the power of investment, allowing even small-scale investors, like a shoe shiner, to participate in meaningful financial activities that have a positive impact on the world.

Bitget and CV Labs leading Web3 Discussions

15 Jan 2024  |  blockleaders.io
Bitget, a cryptocurrency exchange, has partnered with CV Labs to lead Innovation Tuesday at the Web3 Hub Davos event, focusing on financial inclusion and the impact of blockchain technology. The event, taking place from January 15 to January 18, 2024, at the Katholische pfarreizntrum Davos, will feature discussions on financial inclusivity, Web3's potential, and gender equality. Bitget will present a session on blockchain's role in enhancing financial inclusion, based on a gender-focused funding trends report. Gracy Chen, Bitget's Managing Director, highlighted the event's alignment with their mission to promote financial inclusivity. Bitget and CV Labs aim to drive innovation and adoption of Web3 solutions, while CV Labs supports startups and investors in the blockchain ecosystem.

Fox Corporation and Polygon Launch 'Verify' to Combat Deepfakes

10 Jan 2024  |  blockleaders.io
Fox Corporation has partnered with Polygon to launch 'Verify,' a blockchain-based tool aimed at validating the authenticity and origin of digital media content. Developed by Fox Technology and Polygon Labs, Verify uses the Polygon proof-of-stake blockchain to allow publishers to register and cryptographically sign content. Since its beta launch, Verify has registered over 89,000 pieces of content from various Fox outlets. The tool, which is now open-source, helps consumers verify the source of media, protecting against misinformation and deepfakes. The rise of AI-generated media has made it increasingly difficult to discern real content from fakes, making tools like Verify essential.

Upland Announces New Integration with Metamask for Ethereum Payments

05 Jan 2024  |  blockleaders.io
Upland, a leading metaverse platform, has announced its integration with Metamask to support Ethereum payments for digital assets on its platform. Dirk Lueth, Co-Founder of Upland and Chairperson of OMA3, emphasizes the importance of collaboration and seamless user onboarding in the metaverse. Despite a bear market, Upland has seen significant engagement with over 1.5 million NFTs minted and 227 million transactions in 2023, largely driven by the gaming sector. Upland, which started as a property trading game, has evolved into a key player in the digital economy, offering a diverse range of activities and forming strategic partnerships, such as with FIFA. Metamask has also been expanding its features, including Metamask Snaps and a Stripe integration, to enhance user experience and promote permissionless technology for its over 30 million users.

Upland, the mobile gaming metaverse, adds Ethereum as a payment option with Metamask Integration

04 Jan 2024  |  blocktelegraph.io
Upland, a leading metaverse platform, has integrated with Metamask to allow Ethereum payments for its digital assets. Dirk Lueth, Co-Founder of Upland and Chairperson of OMA3, emphasizes the importance of collaboration and seamless user onboarding in the metaverse. Despite a bear market, Upland has seen significant adoption, with over 1.5 million NFTs minted and 227 million transactions in 2023. Upland, which started as a property trading game, now offers a broad metaverse experience and is a key player in the Open Metaverse Alliance, advocating for open standards and interoperability. Metamask has also expanded its features, including Metamask Snaps and a Stripe integration, to enhance user experience and support over 30 million users.

The Promise of Financial Freedom: How Crypto Empowers the Unbanked in Emerging Markets

28 Dec 2023  |  blockleaders.io
The article discusses the potential of cryptocurrency to provide financial services to the unbanked population in emerging economies, particularly in Latin America. It highlights that despite widespread mobile and internet use, a significant portion of Latin America's population lacks basic banking services. The article cites the Chainalysis Report on Latin America, which suggests that cryptocurrency can be a hedge against currency devaluation in countries like Argentina. It also mentions El Salvador's adoption of Bitcoin as legal tender and the success of the Chivo wallet in achieving financial inclusion. The article emphasizes the importance of prudent regulation and education for the mass adoption of crypto and its role in economic empowerment. It concludes by stating the transformative potential of digital assets and blockchain technology in providing financial access and freedom to billions globally.

NFTs may have crashed and burned but the technology remains.

27 Dec 2023  |  blockleaders.io
Patrick Tobler, at 25, is the CEO and founder of NMKR, a key software platform within the Cardano blockchain ecosystem. NMKR has seen significant use, with 25% of Cardano projects utilizing its infrastructure, earning $6 million and raising an additional $2 million through an ICO. Despite a reduction in employee numbers and not being currently profitable, NMKR is positioned well for future growth, having moved from NFT creation to tokenization with compliance. Tobler's strategic decisions, including hiring his father as CTO, have been crucial to the company's success. NMKR has expanded its services to include tokenization of real-world assets, demonstrated by the rapid sale of tokenized diamonds before the Cardano Summit. The company has also collaborated with notable organizations like UNHCR, Google, and Book.io, and plans to tokenize a hotel in Spain soon.

The NFT Market Decline and the Rise of Tokenized Real World Assets

20 Dec 2023  |  blockleaders.io
The article discusses the decline in popularity of image-based NFTs while highlighting the emerging trend of tokenizing real-world assets (RWAs) using blockchain technology. It explains that NFTs are unique digital tokens that can prove ownership of assets and are now being used beyond the art and gaming industries. The article mentions the significant drop in NFT market trading volume from 2022 to 2023 but predicts a rise in the tokenization of RWAs, such as real estate, music, and financial contracts. It emphasizes the benefits of RWA tokenization, including enhanced liquidity, transparency, and efficiency, and the potential for creating new asset classes and investment opportunities. The article also covers the role of NFTs in improving contract enforcement and royalty distribution in creative industries, with a focus on the music industry and projects like TokenTraxx that aim to empower artists.

After missing Bitcoin in 2012, Upland was his “eureka moment” for web3

20 Dec 2023  |  blockleaders.io
Stephen Nosalik, also known as Stosh, is a cybersecurity engineer at the FAA and the developer of the UPX-SPARK Exchange within the Upland ecosystem. Despite initially missing out on Bitcoin, he discovered Upland in 2021 and quickly became involved in its virtual property trading. Recognizing a gap in data analytics for Upland transactions, he developed software to scrape blockchain data and eventually took over the Upland Data Hub, transforming it into a successful platform. The UPX-SPARK Exchange automates SPARK transactions, which are necessary for building in Upland, and has facilitated the completion of 13,000 structures and distributed over 500 million UPX to users. Stosh is now focused on enhancing the infrastructure for scalability, developing SPARK Tycoon to add utility to structures, and creating an Arcade for mini-games, all while responding to the community's needs.

After missing Bitcoin in 2012, Upland was his “eureka moment” for web3

20 Dec 2023  |  blockleaders.io
Stephen Nosalik, also known as Stosh, is a cybersecurity engineer at the FAA and the developer of the UPX-SPARK Exchange within the Upland ecosystem. Having missed the early opportunity with Bitcoin, Stosh discovered Upland in 2021 and quickly became involved in its virtual property trading. He identified a gap in data analytics for Upland transactions and created software to scrape blockchain data, eventually acquiring and rebranding the Upland Data Hub. His UPX-SPARK Exchange has facilitated the completion of nearly 13,000 structures and distributed over 500 million UPX to users. Stosh is now focused on enhancing the platform's infrastructure, developing SPARK Tycoon to add utility to structures, and creating an Arcade for mini-games, all while emphasizing community feedback and needs.

Top Gaming Tokens to Watch in 2024

20 Dec 2023  |  blockleaders.io
The article discusses the rise of GameFi, a new frontier in the gaming industry where players can earn revenue through play-to-earn models. It highlights the significant investment of $2.3 billion into blockchain gaming in 2023 and the daily active wallets surpassing 1 million. The piece lists several notable GameFi tokens to watch in 2024, including Alien Worlds ($TRILLIUM), The Sandbox Game ($SAND), Illuvium ($ILV), Gala Games ($GALA), Gods Unchained ($GODS), Chiliz ($CHZ), Nakamoto Games ($NAKA), Sweat ($SWEAT), Upland ($SPARK), and Portal Gaming ($PORTAL). It also mentions the involvement of Jamie King, Co-Founder of Rockstar Games, as an advisor to Portal Gaming. The article suggests that as blockchain games continue to grow, they offer players not just entertainment but also the opportunity to earn and have true ownership of in-game assets.

Exhibition: Zachary Balber: Intimate Stranger (the Uncensored Series), on view until February 3

19 Dec 2023  |  blockleaders.io
The article discusses the exhibition 'Intimate Stranger (the Uncensored Series)' by Zachary Balber, on view at Artmedia Gallery in Miami until February 3. Curated by Jose Antonio Navarette, the exhibition features Balber's provocative work where he posed naked in multimillion-dollar Miami homes. Balber, known for his fine art photography, was hired by realtors to photograph expensive properties. During this time, he faced personal tragedies, losing his family members, which influenced his decision to incorporate nudity into his work as a form of political and personal statement. The article also touches on Balber's interactions with cyber psychologist Dr. Mary Aiken and his reflections on art, identity, and the transient nature of the luxurious spaces he photographed.

First came TradFi, then came DeFi, then game GameFi

14 Dec 2023  |  blocktelegraph.io
The article discusses the burgeoning GameFi industry, highlighting the growth of blockchain gaming and the play-to-earn model. It references a report by DappRadar on the $2.3 billion investment in blockchain gaming in 2023 and the milestone of over 1 million daily unique active wallets. The article lists several GameFi tokens and games, such as Alien Worlds, The Sandbox, Illuvium, Gala Games, Gods Unchained, Chiliz, Nakamoto Games, Sweat, Upland, and Portal Gaming, detailing their unique features and contributions to the GameFi space. It also mentions the potential for in-game assets to have real-world value and the role of players as co-creators in the gaming economy. The article suggests that the GameFi market is a significant opportunity for wealth creation in the gaming world.

Manchester Blockchain Alliance partners with Coinbase to Stand With Crypto

13 Dec 2023  |  blockleaders.io
The Manchester Blockchain Alliance has partnered with Coinbase to launch Stand With Crypto in the UK, aiming to promote cryptocurrency adoption and regulation. The event, held at The Ivy in Manchester, attracted over 100 web3 enthusiasts, CEOs, and founders. Attendees used NFT tickets from M1NTY to access the event, which included giveaways and speeches. Coinbase's Chief Policy Officer, Faryar Shirzad, emphasized blockchain's potential to address societal issues. Lisa Cameron MP, Chairperson of the Crypto and Digital Assets All-Party Parliamentary Group, also supported the initiative, stressing the need for safety and education in the digital age. Ian Cox, co-founder of Avark and organizer for the Manchester Blockchain Alliance, expressed pride in Manchester's innovative community and optimism for the partnership with Coinbase.

Games and Upland - a new direction

07 Dec 2023  |  blockleaders.io
The article discusses the intersection of blockchain technology and gaming, focusing on the contributions of an anonymous player known as Esero in the Upland game. Esero, who started playing Upland in April 2021, has established himself in the game and built relationships with other players. He met Sean Marra, the founder of BlocqX Labs, and joined the Polemo Games ecosystem. Sean Marra's BlocqX Labs is behind The X NFT and Polemo Games, which aim to create immersive virtual experiences. The article also covers the launch of The X NFT, inspired by historical commanders, and its role in the development of Polemo Games. Sean highlights the success of Esero in Web1 and Web2 and his focus on Web3 blockchain gaming. The article further details the launch of the X POLEMO Range in Upland and the concept of digital twins, which are digital representations of real-world items. Matthew Parks, CMO of 2782 Digital, is also mentioned as a key player in the project. The article concludes with the potential of Web3 gaming to provide players with ownership of in-game assets and real value for their participation.

Circle to make USDC available to over 85 Million Nubank Customers

06 Dec 2023  |  blockleaders.io
Circle and Nubank have partnered to introduce Circle's USDC stablecoin to Nubank's customer base, which numbers over 85 million. The partnership begins with the launch of USDC on Nubank's crypto platform, Nubank Cripto, allowing Brazilian customers to buy and hold digital dollars. The plan is to eventually integrate USDC across all of Nubank's digital banking services. The collaboration aims to expand the global reach of USDC and includes educational initiatives to inform Brazilian customers about the benefits of using digital dollars. Jeremy Allaire, CEO of Circle, and Thomaz Fortes, General Manager of Nubank Cripto, both expressed the significance of this partnership for the future of internet-based financial systems and financial literacy.

Coinbase Wallet Launches Easy Link-Sharing for Crypto Transfers

05 Dec 2023  |  blockleaders.io
Coinbase Wallet has introduced a new feature that allows users to send cryptocurrency through links, making transactions as simple as sending a text. This feature enables users to send funds via any platform that supports link-sharing, such as WhatsApp, Telegram, Facebook, TikTok, and Instagram, without any fees for sending USDC, Coinbase's stablecoin. The process is designed to be user-friendly, especially for newcomers to the crypto world. If the recipient does not claim the funds within two weeks, they are automatically returned to the sender. The Coinbase Wallet team is focused on expanding access to digital assets globally, particularly for those in high-inflation economies with limited access to the global financial system. The announcement follows a successful video campaign highlighting the potential of crypto to address financial exclusion and societal issues.

Mike Purvis, Founder – talks about the challenges facing blockchains and their treatment of builders

01 Dec 2023  |  blockleaders.io
The article is a personal account of an individual's journey into the world of coding and blockchain technology. It starts with their early experiences of coding and their initial encounter with Bitcoin. The narrative then shifts to their professional development, including their involvement with Ethereum and smart contracts, and their eventual recruitment by NEAR protocol. The individual recounts their transition from engineering to management and their desire to return to building, leading to the creation of CronCat on NEAR. The article also discusses the challenges faced by builders in the Web3 space, including issues with DAO operations, funding, and the sustainability of building blockchain applications. The individual expresses concerns about the future of Web3 development and the need for better support for builders from blockchain protocols.

The next year in crypto promises to be groundbreaking

01 Dec 2023  |  thestreet.com
The article by Lisa Gibbons discusses the upcoming trends in the cryptocurrency and blockchain industry for the year 2024. It highlights the potential impact of the Bitcoin halving event, the need for blockchain interoperability, and the convergence of decentralized and traditional finance. The article also touches on the importance of sustainability in the blockchain sector, the integration of artificial intelligence with crypto trading, and the development of game-within-game economies. Additionally, it anticipates the role of regulations in shaping the future of the crypto world. Key companies and projects mentioned include CoinMarketCap, Web3 Techstars Accelerator, Flare, Energy Web, and Upland, among others. The article suggests that despite the bear market, significant progress has been made in building the foundations for the next bull market, with a focus on innovation and broader institutional adoption.

Is Your Company Prepared for the Upcoming EU Sustainability Directive? Over 10,000 Non-EU Companies on the Radar

30 Nov 2023  |  blockleaders.io
The article discusses the implications of new EU regulations on sustainability practices and reporting, set to take effect in 2024. It highlights the challenges that supply chains will face due to the numerous regulations and the need for companies to actively engage in safeguarding human rights and environmental standards. The Corporate Sustainability Reporting Directive (CSRD) will affect not only EU companies but also international firms, with stringent reporting requirements on sustainability. Blockchain technology is presented as a potential solution for tracking sustainability and ensuring compliance with the CSRD. The article also mentions the UK fashion retailer New Look's initiative to embrace blockchain for responsible sourcing and to reduce its carbon footprint, in partnership with TrusTrace.

The travelling COO gives her verdict on conferences internationally and there are some gaps - in gender, innovation and excitement

28 Nov 2023  |  blockleaders.io
The article discusses the author's experiences and observations from attending various technology conferences internationally. The author, who is the COO of a company, notes a lack of new technology, particularly in the area of web3 content, at these events. The conferences are criticized for being too basic and predominantly featuring male speakers. The author suggests that there is a need to showcase real-world applications of web3 technology and success stories from within the web3 community to encourage adoption by the early majority, rather than just the early supporters. The author also touches upon the negative press surrounding web3 and the need for rebranding to overcome it.

Why I Moved to Dubai as a Web3 Founder: A Month in Review

27 Nov 2023  |  blockleaders.io
Jake Lee, the founder of Uppercent, shares his experience of moving to Dubai and the positive impact it has had on his life and work in the web3 space. He highlights the benefits of the new mindset in Dubai, where people think bigger and focus on solutions. Lee emphasizes the value of in-person connections over online ones and notes Dubai's crypto-friendly environment. Despite the bear market, he observes a bullish atmosphere at events. He credits the continuous learning opportunities and the welcoming web3 community, with special thanks to Cypher Capital and Crypto Oasis for their support. Lee offers to help others in the web3 field who are considering moving to Dubai.

Argentina votes for change electing pro-bitcoin president Javier Milei

20 Nov 2023  |  blockleaders.io
The article discusses the political transformation in Argentina with the election of Javier Milei as president, who is known for his anarcho-capitalist views and support for Bitcoin. Milei's victory is seen as a sign of political and economic change, with a focus on tackling Argentina's economic issues such as inflation and a weakening Peso through financial innovation, particularly the integration of Bitcoin. The blockchain community is at the forefront of discussions about Argentina's future financial well-being. The article also notes the rise in Bitcoin's value following the election, signaling a shift in societal interest towards alternative economic systems. The world is watching as Milei begins to implement policies that could potentially use blockchain technology to address Argentina's financial challenges.

Alien Worlds Partners with Celebrated Sci-Fi Author to Launch Groundbreaking AI-Driven, Community-Governed Sci-Fi Franchise

15 Nov 2023  |  blockleaders.io
Dacoco, the company behind the popular metaverse game Alien Worlds, has announced a collaboration with science fiction author Kevin J. Anderson at the Web Summit in Lisbon. They are introducing an AI-Driven Tokenized Story-Telling concept called the 'Large Lore Model,' which combines AI with community-driven content creation, governed by decentralized autonomous organizations (DAOs). With over 9 billion plays, Alien Worlds is set to have the largest AI system governed by DAOs. The initiative aims to augment the lore created by Anderson with community contributions, while addressing the challenges of AI misuse through blockchain technology for authenticity and transparency. Dacoco's CMO, Kevin Rose, emphasizes the role of community in building the next great franchise, and Saro McKenna, co-founder of Alien Worlds, discusses the importance of decentralized governance in AI development.

When Nothing Goes Your Way

10 Nov 2023  |  blockleaders.io
The article reflects on the author's personal experience transitioning from a stable marketing job to the volatile Web3 industry. The author describes the excitement and challenges faced, including being laid off due to market downturns. Despite the instability, the author emphasizes the importance of passion, adaptability, and resilience in pursuing a career in Web3. The author shares insights on using obstacles as learning opportunities and the significance of keeping long-term goals in mind. The article suggests that while Web3 can be demanding, it can also be rewarding for those who are truly committed.

Georgia Partners with Ripple for Digital Lari Pilot; SEC Drops Charges Against Executives

07 Nov 2023  |  thestreet.com
The National Bank of Georgia has selected Ripple as its technology partner for the pilot project of the digital lari, Georgia's currency. Ripple will provide its central bank digital currency (CBDC) platform for the project after a formal selection process. The partnership aims to integrate blockchain technology and create a digital asset for the Georgian currency. Additionally, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has dropped charges against two Ripple executives, although it will continue to pursue claims against the company for alleged Section 5 violations concerning XRP sales. This legal development comes as Ripple focuses more on international operations, and the price of XRP has seen a recent increase.

Coin98 Launches Decentralized Dapp Store on NEAR Blockchain Operating System

03 Nov 2023  |  blockleaders.io
The NEAR Foundation has announced that Coin98, a multichain wallet and DeFi platform, has launched a decentralized app store on the NEAR Blockchain Operating System (B.O.S). The Coin98 Super Wallet, which supports over 70 chains and 15,000 dapps, now offers an app store interface for Ethereum Layer-2 ecosystems, enhancing user accessibility and discoverability. The B.O.S allows for a decentralized frontend code, stored on-chain on NEAR. Coin98 aims to provide a seamless DeFi experience and plans to expand its dapp offerings, leveraging the B.O.S to reduce development time and scale integration of new applications. Thanh Le, the founder of Coin98, emphasizes their commitment to making Web3 accessible to everyone and the benefits of using NEAR's B.O.S for a user-friendly and decentralized interface.

Bitcoin Golden Cross: Time to Buy or Brace for the Storm?

31 Oct 2023  |  blockleaders.io
The article discusses the recent occurrence of a 'Golden Cross' in Bitcoin's trading pattern, a technical chart pattern where the 50-day moving average crosses above the 200-day moving average. Despite the historical association of a Golden Cross with a subsequent market downturn, the article notes that this is not always the case. Bitcoin is currently holding strong at $34,000, with a Bull Market Support Band at $28,907. The article also mentions the increase in the total market capitalization of cryptocurrencies excluding Bitcoin, and Bitcoin's dominance reaching 54%. The piece concludes by highlighting the mixed sentiments in the cryptocurrency community regarding whether the Golden Cross signals a good time to buy or a forthcoming market correction.

Halloween Fun in the Metaverse: Virtual Worlds Await

30 Oct 2023  |  blockleaders.io
The article discusses various Halloween events and activities taking place in different metaverse platforms. Decentraland is hosting a 'Halloween AI Treasure Hunt 23' with AI-generated quests and haunted house tours. Upland features a Halloween-themed community with a chance to win an apartment in the Upland Metaverse. Bit.Country invites participants to a month-long Halloween event with two paths for Metaverse builders and explorers. Spatial is offering a Halloween adventure game called Mostly Only Up. The Sandbox Game collaborates with Avenged Sevenfold for a Game Jam with SAND tokens as prizes. Meta's Horizon metaverse allows users to create spooky avatars with new features. The article suggests that these virtual worlds provide an opportunity to enjoy Halloween festivities from home.

Financial Regulation – good or bad?

24 Oct 2023  |  blockleaders.io
The article discusses the intersection of financial technology (FinTech) innovations such as digital currencies, tokens, and cryptocurrency, with traditional financial regulations. It emphasizes the importance of regulation in the FinTech space to protect vulnerable individuals and ensure that processes are transparent, safe, secure, and fast. The author argues that while FinTech solutions aim to reduce bureaucracy, there is still a need for oversight and governance that cannot be manipulated. The article suggests that regulators should be open to embracing new technologies and updating their rules to foster a collaborative relationship with innovators in the FinTech industry.

Upland Raises Additional $7 Million in Series A Funding Extension

20 Oct 2023  |  blockleaders.io
Upland, a web3 Metaverse Super App, has secured an additional $7 million in its Series A funding, with EOS Network Ventures joining as a new investor. This investment boosts Upland's position in the blockchain gaming industry and supports its mission to build the world's largest digital open economy. Upland, which operates on the EOS blockchain, boasts over 3 million registered accounts and nearly 300,000 virtual property owners. The funds will help make its utility token 'Spark' tradable on Ethereum and advance Upland's roadmap, which includes new features like a car racing app and partnerships with NFLPA and FIFA World Cup. Upland has raised a total of $18 million in 2021 and is expanding globally while enhancing user experience and enabling businesses within its metaverse platform.

Top Stories This Week

15 Jul 2023  |  cointelegraph.com
Ripple Labs won a significant legal battle against the SEC, with a New York judge ruling that XRP is not a security in the context of programmatic sales. This led to a surge in XRP's price and market cap, making it the fourth-largest cryptocurrency. In another case, the former CEO of Celsius Network, Alex Mashinsky, was arrested on fraud charges, and the company was fined $4.7 billion by the FTC. Europe is anticipating the launch of its first spot Bitcoin ETF by Jacobi Asset Management after a delay. Binance has laid off around 1,000 employees amid an ongoing U.S. investigation. The article also covers the performance of various cryptocurrencies over the week and includes notable quotes from industry figures.

Introducing the visionary behind the 'Digital Punk' NFT collection, none other than the internationally acclaimed artist, Guy Stauber

23 Jun 2023  |  blockleaders.io
The article is an interview with Guy Stauber, the artist behind the 'Digital Punk' NFT collection. Stauber, who founded Shogun Graphic Systems in 2001, has a rich history of providing digital illustration and graphic design services to a diverse clientele, including major companies and media outlets. He discusses his journey into the NFT space, which was facilitated by his agent at KJA Artists and the new NFT platform White Light. Stauber shares his inspirations, upcoming projects, and the challenges he faced in his career. He offers advice to new NFT artists and emphasizes the importance of marketing and understanding the volatile crypto market. The article also touches on the potential challenges within the NFT industry, such as AI and unstable markets. Readers can follow Stauber's work through KJA Artists and White Light's online platforms.

Using Regenerative Finance to Drive Climate Action

22 Jun 2023  |  blockleaders.io
The article discusses the concept of regenerative finance (ReFi) and its potential to democratize financial services and investment opportunities. It draws a parallel between past financial advice from unlikely sources and the current widespread interest in cryptocurrencies. The article emphasizes the importance of financial and digital literacy in the digital age, and how ReFi can contribute to social impact, financial inclusion, and environmental sustainability. It highlights the role of blockchain technology in providing transparency and efficiency in carbon emission reporting and supply chain management. Projects like EthicHub and Plastiks are mentioned as examples of organizations using ReFi to drive climate action and sustainable practices. The article also references studies by NielsenIQ and McKinsey on consumer attitudes towards sustainability, and data from the International Energy Agency on renewable energy growth.

The Goose' Artwork by Dmitri Cherniak Sells for $6.2 Million at Sotheby's

16 Jun 2023  |  blockleaders.io
Dmitri Cherniak's generative artwork 'The Goose' (Ringers #879) has been sold at Sotheby's auction for a record-breaking $6.2 million. Initially estimated to fetch between $2 million to $3 million, the artwork's sale price exceeded expectations, highlighting the increasing value of generative blockchain art. 'The Goose' was previously owned by the now-defunct cryptocurrency hedge fund, Three Arrows Capital, and was part of the Starry Night Capital fund's collection. Following the collapse of Three Arrows Capital, the liquidators sold the artwork through Sotheby's 'Grails' collection. The sale of 'The Goose' signifies the growing demand for NFTs and the recognition of the fusion of art and technology.

Expectations and Reality of The Crook Life

14 Jun 2023  |  blockleaders.io
The article discusses the evolution of theft and robbery from traditional physical heists to modern-day cybercrimes, particularly focusing on cryptocurrency theft. It highlights the romanticized view of robberies in popular culture and contrasts it with the reality of today's cybercriminals who operate from behind screens, targeting the crypto industry. The article touches on the challenges of managing one's own crypto assets and the inability to reverse transactions. It also details how the FBI tracks and attempts to recover stolen crypto, drawing parallels with the TV show 'The Wire'. The piece mentions the North Korean hacker group Lazarus and the infamous Wannacry ransomware. It concludes by explaining the process of laundering stolen cryptocurrency and the international scope of modern cyber theft, while also acknowledging the positive aspects of the crypto world.

Transforming Social Engagement in Virtual Environments

14 Jun 2023  |  blocktelegraph.io
Upland Metaverse has partnered with Nowhere to enhance digital interactions in the metaverse by introducing 'Cafes,' which are immersive, location-based social spaces. This collaboration aims to strengthen human connections within Upland's metaverse, which is a platform for shared experiences, games, and entrepreneurial opportunities. The integration of Nowhere's technology allows users to interact in 3D environments without leaving the Upland platform. Cafes are built on geographically accurate real-world locations and offer interactive features. Idan Zuckerman, Co-Founder of Upland, and Jon Morris, CEO of Nowhere, both express their enthusiasm for the partnership, which they believe will foster community building and provide new opportunities for users to express themselves and engage in the metaverse.

FEWOCiOUS and adidas Originals announce new artistic collaboration with the launch of an NFT collection later this month.

14 Jun 2023  |  blocktelegraph.io
adidas Originals has announced a collaboration with artist FEWOCiOUS, real name Victor Langlois, to launch a new NFT collection. The partnership, which builds on previous work at Art Basel Miami, will feature a blend of physical and digital products, including a limited edition Trefoil Flower Mint Pass and a complimentary artist-designed Campus 00’s sneaker. The collaboration is a technological breakthrough for adidas, introducing a token-gated, NFC-tagged sneaker linked to an NFT. This move is part of a broader trend where brands like Nike, Hugo Boss, and Gucci are exploring the potential of Web3 to engage with audiences and create loyalty through digital collectibles and virtual apparel.

Adidas Originals and FEWOCiOUS Launch Groundbreaking NFT Collection

13 Jun 2023  |  blockleaders.io
Adidas Originals has collaborated with artist FEWOCiOUS, also known as Victor Langlois, to launch a new NFT collection that merges art, culture, and innovation. The partnership, which began during Art Basel Miami, will feature a limited edition Trefoil Flower Mint Pass, granting access to exclusive products and a complimentary artist-designed Campus 00's sneaker. The sneaker incorporates FEWOCiOUS' distinctive style and will be token-gated with NFC technology, linking it to a limited edition NFT. The Mint Pass will be available on OpenSea, and the collaboration highlights the intersection of digital and physical realms in fashion. This move is part of a broader trend of footwear brands exploring Web3 and digital collectibles, as seen with Nike Virtual Studios' recent announcement of a partnership with EA Sports for virtual apparel in gaming.

Blockleaders Partners with INATBA and Blockchain.com for a New Podcast Series on ReFi and Financial Inclusion

13 Jun 2023  |  blockleaders.io
Blockleaders has partnered with The Social Impact and Sustainability Working Group (SISWG) of the International Association for Trusted Blockchain Applications (INATBA) and Blockchain.com to launch a podcast series focusing on blockchain's role in financial inclusion and restorative finance (ReFi). The series will feature in-depth interviews with various projects worldwide, discussing their use cases, challenges, and impact. Mariana de la Roche of INATBA and Lorna Hutchman of Blockchain.com emphasized the global perspective and the potential of blockchain for a sustainable future. The podcast aims to engage a wide audience, from tech enthusiasts to novices, and is supported by LACCHAIN. The SISWG's mission is to promote blockchain's potential for social impact and sustainability.

Bank of China's BOCI Launches Tokenized Securities on Ethereum in Hong Kong

13 Jun 2023  |  blockleaders.io
The Bank of China's investment arm, BOCI, has made a significant move by issuing CNH 200 million in tokenized securities on the Ethereum blockchain, with UBS's assistance. This event is notable as it's the first instance of a Chinese financial entity using a public blockchain for such a purpose in Hong Kong. The securities were issued under Hong Kong and Swiss law, utilizing UBS's Tokenize service. This initiative by BOCI and UBS is aimed at enhancing market efficiency and transparency and is a step towards the digital transformation of Hong Kong's economy. UBS has previously engaged in blockchain endeavors, including a $370 million blockchain bond on the Swiss Digital Exchange. The move by BOCI is seen as a potential catalyst for integrating trillions of dollars into blockchain technology, as predicted by financial institutions like Citigroup and Bank of America.

NFT World Cup 2023 at Lugano's NFT Fest

12 Jun 2023  |  blockleaders.io
DappRadar, a leading decentralized application platform, has announced its support for the NFT World Cup, a Web3 competition to be held at NFT Fest in Lugano, Switzerland. The event, powered by Intraverse, will feature over 32 NFT projects in a free-to-play tournament that combines a fighting game with social quests. The NFT World Cup 2023 starts on August 27th and ends on September 10th, with applications open through the Intraverse website. DappRadar's Head of Research, Pedro Herrera, will speak at the NFT Fest Web3 Conference. Participants can join the tournament by selecting an NFT avatar, with the chance to earn points through battles and social quests. The event will be available both on-site and virtually.

Upland Metaverse Opens Berlin City in Its Virtual World

09 Jun 2023  |  blocktelegraph.io
Upland Metaverse, a blockchain-based gaming platform, has announced the opening of Berlin City in its virtual world on June 9, 2023. The launch includes 19,500 virtual properties across eight neighborhoods. Upland, known as 'Monopoly on the blockchain', has over 3 million users and allows players to buy, sell, and trade virtual properties in real-world locations. The Berlin launch is part of Upland's expansion, which includes cities like San Francisco, New York, and Rio De Janeiro. The platform is set to introduce Metaventures, enhancing monetization opportunities for players. A community meet-up is scheduled in Berlin to celebrate the launch. The article also discusses Europe's role in blockchain innovation and the EU's new crypto framework, MICA, which is seen as a positive step for the industry amidst the SEC's actions against crypto firms in the US.

Binance.US Halts Dollar Deposits, SEC Freezes Assets Amidst Crypto Scrutiny

09 Jun 2023  |  blocktelegraph.io
Binance.US, the American affiliate of Binance, is suspending dollar deposits due to increased SEC scrutiny, with customers having until June 13 to withdraw funds. The SEC has accused Binance of various deceptive practices and seeks to freeze its assets, including over $2.2 billion in crypto and $377 million in bank accounts. Robinhood Markets is delisting three crypto tokens identified as securities by the SEC, including Cardano and Solana. The SEC's lawsuits against Binance and Coinbase are causing a ripple effect in the crypto market, with decentralized exchanges like Uniswap and PancakeSwap seeing a significant increase in trading volume. Binance.US plans to transition to a crypto-only exchange amidst these challenges.

Apple Introduces Vision Pro, a new headset that redefines the boundaries of Virtual Reality and the Metaverse

06 Jun 2023  |  blockleaders.io
At the WWDC 2023, Apple unveiled the Vision Pro, a new VR headset priced at $3,499, with a launch planned for early 2024. CEO Tim Cook highlighted the device's potential to revolutionize spatial computing, drawing comparisons to the iPhone's impact. The Vision Pro features an intuitive navigation system, an advanced 3D camera, and eliminates the need for external controllers. It also includes a spatial-audio system and boasts 23 million pixels across two displays. Disney CEO Bob Iger praised the headset's potential for storytelling. Criticism was directed at the tethered battery pack design. Apple's entry into VR follows a seven-year development period and aims to sell 900,000 units in the first year. The article also mentions Meta's Quest 3 and the current state of the VR market, including a 21% sales decline in 2022. The metaverse's potential growth and its integration into various sectors are discussed, with Apple's product positioned to influence the future of virtual and physical world interactions.

Neoki, Decentralizing Design, Democratizing Wealth in the Web3 World

06 Jun 2023  |  blockleaders.io
Neoki, a platform at the forefront of the digital art revolution, has launched its NFT and Twin marketplace, coinciding with the release of the Dalahäst Collection to celebrate Sweden's 500th National Day. The collection, consisting of 500 NFTs, sold out in 33 hours and will offer surprise utilities within Neoki's MultiMetaverse. Neoki's marketplace is a blend of NFT and e-commerce platforms, allowing users to mint, tokenize, and trade digital and physical assets. The company's vision, articulated by Co-Founders Zara Zamani and CEO Hamid Azarak, is to democratize the design industry by merging the physical and digital worlds, creating a decentralized metaverse with a multi-layered economy model called 'Nikonomy.' The Dalahäst Collection is a significant step in Neoki's journey to create an inclusive platform for artists and designers, with the next unlock event scheduled for June 6th, 2023.

The Upland Experience - what's it all about?

01 Jun 2023  |  blockleaders.io
Timothy Shreve, the founder of DiamondEmpireUp, is making significant strides in the metaverse with Upland, focusing on virtual tours, events, and community growth. The Upland community is celebrated for its diversity, inclusivity, and emphasis on collaboration and innovation. Shreve highlights the active participation of Brazilian Uplanders and the LGBTQIA+ community, noting the importance of avatars for self-expression. Key factors for a strong Upland community include engagement, user experience, and open communication. Upland fosters community through events, social media, and responsive development. Community members play a vital role in shaping Upland's direction by providing feedback and forming independent communities. Shreve's DiamondEmpireUP and Diamond Autos contribute to the platform's vibrancy. The Upland community's support enhances the user experience, offering resources and a sense of belonging in the metaverse.

Ant Group continues blockchain innovation filing the most blockchain patents in Q1

30 May 2023  |  blockleaders.io
The article discusses the decrease in blockchain patenting activity in the banking and finance sector by 42% in Q1 of 2023, with Ant Group filing the most patents. Ant Group's subsidiary, AntChain, has open-sourced its blockchain interoperability solution, AntChain Bridge, on GitHub, allowing interoperability with Ethereum-compatible chains. This move aligns with the IEEE's international standard for cross-chain transactions. AntChain is also working on other initiatives, including AntChain OpenLab for blockchain protocol research and a collaboration with Kenanga Investment Bank to develop Malaysia's first 'SuperApp'. The article also mentions Ant Group's pivot towards hard tech with the unveiling of Letus, a blockchain storage engine aimed at reducing storage costs.

Animoca Brands and Neom Forge Strategic Alliance to Advance Blockchain and Metaverse Initiatives

05 Apr 2023  |  newsbreak.com
Animoca Brands, a blockchain gaming and metaverse company, has formed a strategic alliance with Neom, a Saudi Arabian urban development project, to foster the adoption of cryptocurrency technology in the Gulf region. They have signed a memorandum of understanding to collaborate on digital infrastructure projects that support Neom's 'Vision 2030' goals, including the creation of a local blockchain ecosystem hub. Neom plans to invest $50 million in Animoca Brands, with half in convertible notes and half for share acquisition. Neom, a $500 billion project aimed at building a futuristic, sustainable city, has been criticized for forced evictions and human rights concerns. Animoca Brands, valued at $5.9 billion, will advise Neom on blockchain services and is known for its involvement in various Web3 firms. Neom has also launched the Neom Investment Fund to invest in tech startups and joint ventures, contributing to Saudi Arabia's economic diversification and job creation.

Breaking into Liberland

09 Feb 2023  |  cointelegraph.com
The article details the journalist's experience with Liberland, an unrecognized micronation claimed by a group of cryptocurrency enthusiasts on a disputed land between Croatia and Serbia. Liberland's 'president' Vít Jedlička, a libertarian, declared the territory independent in 2015, exploiting a terra nullius situation. Despite lacking permanent infrastructure, the project has attracted a community with libertarian views. The journalist describes the challenges of entering Liberland due to Croatian border police vigilance and discusses the legal theories of state recognition that could apply to Liberland. The micronation aims to attract blockchain companies and has its own cryptocurrency, the Liberland Merit (LLM), and governance system based on blockchain technology. The article also touches on the experiences of individuals living on a houseboat in Liberland and the recent crackdown by Croatian police on the settlement, raising questions about the viability and legitimacy of such micronations.

The entrepreneur who went from political fundraising to Web 3

12 Aug 2022  |  blockleaders.io
Tom Serres, a business student, founded Rally, a major political fundraising platform in the US, which was sold in 2014. Rally was significant in the political sector, accounting for half of all online political donations by 2014. Serres transitioned from Rally to create Animal Ventures, advising Fortune 100 companies, and later Serres Warburg Investments focusing on Web 3 investments. He has also become an adjunct professor at the University of Texas, teaching about Web 3. Serres believes in the transformative potential of blockchain technology beyond just a database, envisioning a future with a single efficient blockchain. He has invested in early-stage companies, aiming for high returns, and recently invested in Unique Networks after meeting CEO Alexander Mitrovitch. Serres predicts that Web 3 development will take half the time the internet did, with quantum computing as the future. Despite the challenges, he enjoys mentoring founders and aims for a work-life balance.

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10 Nov 2021  |  hackernoon.com
The article discusses the challenges of sustainable food distribution in the context of the projected increase in the world's population to 9.7 billion by 2050. It highlights the need for a 69% rise in global agricultural production between 2010 and 2050 to meet this demand. The U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization's report that a third of all food produced is wasted each year is also mentioned. The article emphasizes the importance of implementing proper planning mechanisms to reduce food waste and identifies three critical areas that need to be addressed to effectively tackle the issues within our food chains.

Ireland’s climate advisory council will develop an overarching climate budget

10 Nov 2021  |  The Irish Times
The article discusses Ireland's efforts to address the climate crisis, with a focus on the upcoming Cop26 and the UN climate change targets. The Climate Change Advisory Council of Ireland, led by Chairperson Marie Donnelly, is developing a climate budget to help Ireland achieve its sustainability goals by 2050. Donnelly emphasizes the importance of job creation in sustainable sectors, the need for metrics, feedback, and legislation, and the setting of short-term goals. The article highlights the need for sector-specific strategies, such as in farming, transportation, and renewable energy, citing the example of a Microsoft data center in Tallaght that reuses excess heat. Despite missing its 2020 emissions targets, Ireland looks to Denmark as a model for climate action, noting its all-party policy approach and integrated societal benefits.

Inside the crypto metaverses: Are wearables the next NFT megatrend?

03 Nov 2021  |  CryptoSlate
The article discusses the growing trend of wearables in the metaverse, particularly in platforms like Decentraland, where avatars showcase their style with branded items. Kraken has engaged users by offering free wearables at festivals. Atlas Corporation is developing an open-source dApp to track secondary sales and royalty fees for creators of these digital items. The DAO has voted to reallocate royalty fees from sales to the creators. The article also highlights the role of digital fashion label DRESSX and the intersection of fashion with NFTs, as well as the increasing popularity of blockchain gaming and play-to-earn games. Companies like Unique Network, Boolien Network, and Animoca Games are mentioned as key players empowering creators in the metaverse economy.

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