Facebook has launched a $50 million fund for research into the metaverse. The two-year project is “focused on making the metaverse equitable and fair and identifying particular challenges within the space.”
Is Facebook just virtue signaling? Or do you think they are actually ideologically committed to creating a fair and equitable metaverse? Let us know your thoughts by Tweeting us @blockblockio
Several women-led and women-centric projects were at the forefront this week. From the successful Boss Beauties Summit and NFT launch – and the announcement that they will be the first NFT to hang in the New York Stock Exchange art hall – to renewed conversations around World of Women (coupled with a floor pop!), the opportunities for women and female-driven initiatives are ripe!
If you have women in your life who haven’t yet ventured into the space, here’s your sign to start that conversation :). Better yet, encourage them to sign up to join the Friends Don’t Let Friends Ignore Crypto Happy Hours hosted every other Thursday by BLOCK::BLOCK chief of staff, Carly Reilly! They’re designed for newcomers who want to learn more as well as OGs who want to share their wisdom :).
“Bookblocks.io announced it would be releasing an NFT on Oct. 5, with the proceeds to be given to Women for Afghan Women, an organization that helps to provide women with access to education and vocational training in both Afghanistan and the United States.”
ICYMI: Twitter has slowly been rolling out a tipping feature on its mobile apps - allowing users to send money directly to their favorite influencers/creators.
Late last week Twitter dropped a second set of announcements: users will soon be able to tip with Bitcoin and the company plans to “let users connect their crypto wallets and authenticate ownership of the NFTs they tweet with a special badge.”
Yearn Finance creator, Andre Cronje, is taking on OpenSea with a marketplace of his own; a response to OpenSea’s recent Nate Chastain insider trading scandal. “It’s not about the money, it’s about sending a message.”
“The point of Crypto Connect is really to be a resource to connect successful individuals in the industry regardless of background, gender or anything like that,” Crypto Connect founder and president Hailey Lennon told Decrypt.
“Mig Mora thought his music career was over in 2012. This year, he released an NFT project that generated more money in 60 seconds than he’d ever made from a full year of releasing music. This is a story all about how…”
“Check out my first ever NFT! Thank you to @carlypreilly, @bossbeautiesnft, @AxolittlesNFT, and @NateMcCord. I now have a Metamask wallet, which I did not know was a thing until 2 days ago. And look how cute my axolittle is! Check out more here: https://t.co/TWzHoYuwfI”
Boss Beauties NFTs sold out in less than two hours and have seen their floor price rise to triple their mint cost. We’re happy to have been their sponsor and partner for the ride. Click here to check out the collection on OpenSea!
MeebitsDAOtakes a big step forward: starting this week, MeebitsDAO Founders will be able to vote on the final DAO charter. From there, we can initiate the sale of General Membership tokens and open up the Discord to the broader community. This paves the way for the DAO to take its final form and begin fulfilling its mission of creating a vehicle for funding innovative projects that develop the ecosystem around Meebits!
Finally, in some BLOCK::BLOCK-tangential news: Martin Bekerman left his job at Netflix to work full time on his IP Savage Dogs & Savage Droids. Congratulations, Martin! Read his announcement here:
“After 3 years as a Brand Design Lead, I’ve decided to leave Netflix and move on from the best job I’ve ever had, to focus full time on the only thing that could make me happier: Building my own IP.
I’ll be focusing all my creative energy on Savage Dogs and Savage Droids 🔥”