Coinbase for NFTs

VeradiVerdict - #158

MakersPlace is the premier NFT marketplace for digital art and has achieved tremendous growth in the last year, including over $100M in sales and a 10x increase in unique collectors. Recently, the company announced that it raised a $30m Series A, co-led by Pantera Capital and Besssemer Venture Partners, with participation from Uncork Capital, Draper Dragon Digital Assets, 9Yards Capital, Coinbase Ventures, and Sony Music Entertainment. Other angels include Eminem, 3LAU, and Larry Fitzgerald Jr.

If you’re still uncertain about what is an NFT and why the concept is compelling, read my previous article on NFTs here.

The NFT sector is continuing to surge with a very strong month of July for monthly sales.

MakersPlace has prioritized quality, trust and ease of use, differentiating from other NFT platforms. The company has always targeted a mainstream audience and was the first NFT marketplace to accept both cryptocurrency (ETH) and non-cryptocurrency (USD) payments, through crypto wallet and credit card transactions, and was the first to offer integrated hosted wallets.

The blockchain enables NFTs to have authenticity and can track their ownership which enables not only a new revenue stream for creators but also residual revenue from secondary transactions. See below on Proof of Authenticity:

MakersPlace even set a record for an NFT transaction with Beeple’s Everydays: The First 5000 Days. It sold for $69.3 million at Christie’s auction house, ranking as one of the highest prices ever paid for a work (in any medium) by a living artist. A replica of the piece is below:

MakersPlace has gone beyond traditional fine art creators and has allowed musicians and athletes such as Pak, DeadMau5, Urs Fischer, Bosslogic, Trevor Jones, Patrick Mahomes, 3LAU, Jose Delbo, and Lushsux to create their own pieces of fine art. See Kansas City quarterback and super bowl MVP Patrick Mahomes piece below:

Who’s behind the project?

MakersPlace was founded by former Pinterest coworkers Dannie Chu and Yash Nelapati and eCommerce veteran Ryoma Ito.

Final Thoughts

I firmly believe that NFTs will power the next generation of digital art, collectibles, media, experiences, and much more. MakersPlace has formed a top-notch team that has designed a user experience that seamlessly introduces creators and collectors to this new paradigm. By all indications, it is working. The future is bright for creators and the industry in general, and we're thrilled to be early partners with MakersPlace.

- Paul V

Share


DIGESTS

There’s Still Time to Fix Congress’s Crypto-Tax Mess

The Senate has failed to amend a provision that could cripple the U.S. cryptocurrency sector. But the game's not over yet.

With Crypto Tax Rules, Conservatives Chose Tax Cheats Over Free Enterprise

One reason broken crypto rules passed the Senate today is that Republicans rejected another revenue source: the rich paying their fair share.


NEWS

Indonesia’s Pintu Exchange Raises $35M in Extended Series A Led by Lightspeed Venture

Funding will go toward hiring efforts, improving Pintu's market position, undertaking educational campaigns and delivering new products.

Meter Passport bridge deploys on Moonriver with Moonbeam deployment later this year

Moonbeam, the Ethereum-compatible smart contract platform on Polkadot, announced today the deployment of its Meter Passport bridge on Moonriver. 


REGULATIONS

SEC Chairman Demands More Authority to Regulate Crypto Industry

The chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission has told Senator Warren (D-MA) that the regulator needs more authority to govern the crypto industry.


IN THE TWEETS


NEW PRODUCTS AND HOT DEALS

Blockchain Startup Tenderly Raises $15+ mln to Boost Blockchain Development

Tenderly, a blockchain startup has raised $15.3 million in a Series A funding round led by Accel to accelerate the development of the blockchain ecosystem.

Crypto Trading Startup FalconX Achieves Unicorn Status With Latest Raise

The Chicago-based trading desk said revenue has grown by 30 times, year over year.


LETS MEET UP

Austin, August 24-25

Mexico City, Aug 30-Sept 1

Los Angeles, Sept 16-17

Mainnet 2021, New York City, Sept 20-22

Coffee meetings or walks in San Francisco


ABOUT ME

Hi, I’m Paul Veradittakit, a Partner at Pantera Capital, one of the oldest and largest institutional investors focused on investing in blockchain companies and cryptocurrencies. I’ve been in the industry since 2014, and the firm invests in equity, early stage token projects, and liquid cryptocurrencies on exchanges. I focus on early-stage investments and share my thoughts on what’s going on in the industry in this weekly newsletter.