It’s been a busy week in the crypto markets. Today, we cover:
🦄 NFT marketplace OpenSea becoming the latest crypto unicorn
🗿 Vitalik Buterin’s new adventure
🕚 Crypto exchange FTX’s stance on leverage
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🦄 Seas of Unicorns
🌊 NFT marketplace OpenSea has become the latest crypto unicorn. It recently announced a $100 million Series B funding round led by venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz at a valuation of $1.5 billion. Let’s unpack this statement:
Non-fungible tokens or NFTs are a special type of token that represent a unique asset like digital art, in-game items and other collectibles. For more on this, check out our NFT Guide.
Unicorn status is attributed to firms that are valued at over $1 billion. Other crypto unicorns include Coinbase and Chainalysis.
Valuation is the analytical process of determining the current (or projected) worth of an asset or a company. There are many considerations when it comes to valuation: business's management, the composition of its capital structure, the prospect of future earnings, and the market value of its assets, among other metrics.
Series B funding will require some more explanation. Seed Funding typically represents the first official money that a business venture or enterprise raises. Once a business has developed a track record that company may opt for Series A funding in order to further optimize its user base and product offerings. Series B rounds are all about taking businesses to the next level, past the development stage. Businesses that make it to Series C funding sessions are already quite successful. These companies look for additional funding in order to help them develop new products, expand into new markets, or even to acquire other companies.
🔮 How do we interpret all this? On the surface, there has been a general cool down of hype towards NFTs over the past few months. Likely driven in part by more bearish market conditions. Digging below the surface, this latest funding round shows significant interest in the growth of one of the top NFT marketplaces in the industry.
✅ TIP: DappRadar can be used to track, analyse and discover decentralised applications (dapps). Using the data provided on NFTs, we can see that OpenSea is 2nd in marketplaces by volume. Surpassed only by Axie Infinity.
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🗿 Stoner Cats
Vitalik Buterin has just been cast in an NFT Cartoon called “Stoner Cats”. But who will Vitalik not be starring in the show with?
🕚 Time’s Up for 100X?
FTX CEO Sam Bankman-Fried (SBF) announced on Sunday that his exchange would limit leverage to maximum 20x. Less than 24 hours later, Binance’s CEO also tweeted a similar message. This follows Huobi Global’s move in June to chop their maximum leverage from 125x to 5x. Points to note:
Business Case: according to SBF, leverage above 20x makes up “way less than 1%” of its volumes and positions. By taking a short-term hit on the tail-end of its revenue, an exchange may increase overall revenue in the long-term as more users stay in the game longer.
Price Action: when exchanges remove high-leverage, users are theoretically less likely to be liquidated due to sudden price movements. This may help to reduce price volatility to some extent, especially if it delays the onset of cascading liquidation.
Regulation & Reputation: a move like this signals good intent in terms of consumer protection in a space with an uncertain path forward in regulation. With FTX planning to publicly list one day, investors in the recent series B fundraising may also have been looking at the parallels with Coinbase, who have limited (pro) traders to 3x leverage.
Overall, we believe this is a positive development for the crypto space that will help traders and investors build (and keep!) wealth while protecting their mental health – two things we strive for!
4. Seth Rogan
Unfortunately Seth Rogan is not part of the cast, however the maker of Family Guy Seth McFarlane is. This show is another step forward for NFTs. Created, produced and acted in by Mila Kunis. In order to watch the show you must purchase one of their NFT’s to unlock the episodes. Each NFT is selling for 0.35 ETH (approximately $750) Vitalik’s character has been named Lord Catsington, a taxidermied cat that acts as a spirit guide to the others.
The question is: will you be watching this new show?
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