Edition #79 - 25 SEP 2023
The most pro-crypto country is...
India is #1 in crypto adoption. This is pretty surprising considering India charges a 30% tax on crypto gains.
Nigeria is #2. The country has seen a 9% year-over-year growth in crypto transactions (the 3rd biggest yearly growth in the world).
6 of the top 10 countries adopting crypto are located in the Central & Southern Asia and Oceania (CSAO) region.
CSAO region accounts for 20% of all global crypto adoption.
Ukraine is the only European country ranked in the top 10.
Proof of Play raises $33M for Web3 RPG, ex-Twitch CEO joins board.
metaverses & AI
NFT-powered event and content platform Afterparty raised $5M in a Strategic funding round led by Blockchange Ventures, with participation from Acrew Capital, Act One Ventures, Tamarack Global, Vinny Lingham.
Major League Baseball (MLB) hosted its first virtual game.
Decentralized social media platform Orb Technology raised $2.3M in a Pre-seed funding round from Superscrypt, Foresight Ventures, Founders, Inc., Daedalus, ArkStream Capital, Mask Network, Hash Global, LD Capital, Aave Companies, Social Graph Ventures, Stani Kulechov, Sandeep Nailwal.
Decentralized platform that hosts innovation competitions BeWater raised $1M funding round led by ABCDE Capital, OKX Ventures (ex OKEx Blockdream Ventures), with participation from ScalingX, Contentos.
Crypto startup Bastion raises $25M round led by a16z crypto. The startup bent on bringing blockchain technology to the corporate world. Investors also include Nomura Group’s Laser Digital Ventures, Robot Ventures and crypto influencer Packy McCormick’s Not Boring Capital, among others.
visualization Bubblemaps raised $3.2M in a Seed funding round led by INCE Capital, with participation from Momentum 6 (M6), Stake Capital, LBANK Labs, V3ntures, Avalanche, Cronos Labs, AntAlpha, PAKA, Daxos Capital, PyratzLabs, Unicorn Factory Ventures (UF Ventures), Owen ‘Hasheur’ Simonin, Dyma Budorin.