a blog about the NFT space
Ok, so the infamous crypto crash is old news at this point, having occurred weeks ago. There is much more in-depth analysis out there than I am going to give right now, such as this Coin Bureau video. I recommend Coin Bureau to anyone curious enough to actually take the time to listen and learn about crypto world - Guy provides daily in-depth coverage of the space in everything from video content on Youtube to weekly newsletters. Anyway, suffice it to say that there seem to be some different factors affecting the crypto crash, including some of the same ones affecting the overall market crash globally and in the States. At least we know that it isn't just crypto, but that it's tied to an overall greater economic trend in the world right now.
As it all pertains to NFTs, nothing has changed in my opinion about them or my approach to ownership. I may be different than some, because I don't actively buy, trade, and sell NFTs, therefore I didn't have a position that caused me to lose lot of money I was counting on when NFT value largely tanked along with the crypto market recently. I am a hodler, meaning I hold my NFTs. I have selectively purchased ones I believe will be valuable in the long term, in 20, 30, or 40 years from now, including World of Women & VeeFriends. Could I be wrong? Of course. I don't think that I will be, but I could be, and that is actually part of the fun of investing in NFTs for me, it's a gamble to a degree, even if you have a more conservative approach to the market, as I do.
My position is this: I bet on the jockey. This is what I've been doing from day 1 in NFTs, and it's what I continue to do. For example, I believe in Gary Vaynerchuk, just as I do the World of Women team. These are real, doxxed people (all of whom I've met) who are actively building these projects with transparency. Gary has an amazing track record of executing as an entrepreneur, businessman and investor, and the World of Women team is one of the best in the young space, having already brought much value to holders while showing longterm vision. I'm in it for the longterm, and it isn't only about the money. It's about being a part of something positive, something new and exciting, and something transformative.
VaynerNFT ABCs of NFTs
Shoutout to VaynerNFT for dropping this great ABCs of NFTs guide with Reddit earlier this week. It's an excellent, attractively-designed guide that speaks in understandable language about NFTs, bringing data and research into the picture, as well as insight. It's a useful guide for everyday consumers, but also shifts to a high-level focus on how brands can use NFTs.
I highly recommend reading the guide in its entirety. Here's an excerpt from page 8 that shares future NFT use-cases:
"NFTs have garnered a lot of attention in the art and entertainment world. But with the emergence of Web3 and the Metaverse, the increased consumer appetite for virtual merchandise, and the shift towards the idea of digital ownership, NFTs are expanding way beyond digital art. We’re starting to see it spread into music, entertainment, sports, and live events—and provide value and utility beyond simply a digital collectible. While it’s still early stages, some real-world applications for NFTs could include:
Alright, that's all for this time, folks. Thanks for reading, and good luck out there if you're just dipping your toe into the space!
What Did I Buy?
(nothing in this post is financial advice!)
Welcome back! Today I’m sharing two projects I bought into in recent weeks, one of which needs no introduction because it’s VeeFriends! Series 2, that is. The other is CodeGreenNFT’s Heal Pass, which actually was a free mint and strangely required no gas at all when I minted, so that technically was not a buy. I’m not currently a vigorous buyer/seller/trader of NFTs, but I am a collector who enjoys investing in projects I feel have long-term potential.
VeeFriends Series 2
Welp, this one was a long-time coming, and I’m super-exciting to have joined the #VeeFam!! I would’ve done it sooner, it certainly wasn’t for lack of believing in GaryVee, it was just about finding the right time for me. I picked up Energetic Electric Eel #21235 for .7 ETH about a week and a half ago post-VeeCon. The energy of VeeCon, the experience, the peek-behind-the-curtain into not only GaryVee’s vision for VeeFriends, but the larger web3/NFT community’s vision all played a part in pushing me to pick up a V2.
I started perusing V2s near the floor in the airport on my way home from VeeCon, determined to find something I liked. I like the green characters the most, since it’s my favorite color. Independent Inch-Worm, Capable Caterpillar, Clever Crocodile, and others caught my eye, but the one I kept coming back to was the good ‘ole Energetic Electric Eel. I’ve seen Gary’s advice in Discord more than once saying that if you’re looking to buy one V2 near the floor, just pick one you like, as opposed to agonizing over what the perfect one might be in terms of future potential or value. So, it was easy to pick up the Eel for me; I love the vibe of the Eel itself in the Competing pose, as well as the background of the Retro Hotel.
Almost more than anything, I’m happy to have that token represent me in the VeeFriends community for now. The rule is that you are a member of the VeeFriends community simply by following, showing up, and engaging with others - ownership of a VeeFriend NFT isn’t required. I appreciate the sentiment behind that, and certainly considered myself to sort of be a peripheral community member in the past year (and certainly so simply by following GV for 4-5 years at this point), but there’s also nothing quite like actually buying in. Being able to verify myself in Discord as a Series 2 owner and have that much more connection and understanding of the project feels great.
CodeGreenNFT Heal Pass
So, I’ve been in Code Green’s Discord for months now, following Inna Modja joining World of Women as their Philanthropy Advisor. In the article I just linked, World of Women also announced they are “extending our charitable support to ecological causes, partnering with Code Green NFT to finance verified citizen-powered solutions to the climate crisis, with an emphasis on projects impacting the world’s most vulnerable communities.”
This sounded like a worthwhile direction to follow, so I joined their Discord. Recently, Code Green dropped the Heal Pass, “each one holding the key to the unique CODE GREEN ecosystem. HEAL PASSES secure you a pre-sale spot for our upcoming GENESIS NFT collection. They also open up a host of incredible utilities - empowering each of us to embark on an individual healing journey, whilst taking real-world action in healing the Earth.”
Considering this was a free mint, and sounds like a positive project to be a part of, it was a no-brainer, and I’m just lucky I minted in time. This project is hopefully another example of one of the uses of NFTs beyond speculation and sheer monetary gains. While there’s no doubt an aspect of that that is fun, and people have made life-changing money by being financially invested in the right NFTs, the potential for communities to organize themselves around causes for the betterment of the world and humanity is something I think we’ll also see have long-term impact. I’m excited to see what Code Green’s Genesis Collection entails.
One final note - I’ve just begun checking out Solana. I set-up a Phantom wallet and have started very briefly looking at Magic Eden. I haven’t purchased SOL yet, or really dug in, but I’ve been hearing more talk about Solana lately. Folks are speculating that more money could flow from Ethereum into Solana because of Solana’s low gas prices and speed of transactions, amongst other reasons. I’m also hearing that things work differently to some degree on Solana, that there is money to be made in quick buying and selling. As always, the question is about which projects to buy into and when to sell. Regardless, this is just a note to say that I’m looking at Solana, and might expand my crypto holdings soon.
What an absolutely phenomenal experience VeeCon was. Where do I even start? Let me start with two MAJOR highlights. First, I got to meet the man himself, GaryVee. Unbelievable. Here are the pictures, and a link below to my tweet about it.
I got to shake Gary's hand Friday afternoon at the selfie station, where he signed one of my copies of Twelve And A Half. He complimented my Tom & Jerry hoodie, and asked how my VeeCon was going. What a gift and a pleasure to just have a human moment with him, that’s all I wanted, and that’s what I got.
Yam, Raph, and World of Women
Another HUGE highlight was getting to meet Yam Karkai. For anyone reading who doesn’t know, she’s the artist and founder of World of Women NFT. I made sure to say hello to her at the World of Women holder’s party on Saturday night at Rand Tower, and she was kind enough to take a picture with me. What a genuine person who’s leading the charge for women and diversity in the NFT and web3 space. Earlier in the day, I got to meet her partner and WoW co-founder Raph as well, who was handing out pins to everyone waiting in line for a hand-signed t-shirt from Yam at the Pepsi NFT Land activation space. I conversed with Raph earlier this year over email, so it was very cool to meet him in person - super nice guy. Also met Kashvi, one of the WoW mods. It meant a lot to me to bridge the gap between the digital and in-person experience by meeting the WoW folks. It made everything I’ve experienced as a holder that much more meaningful and real. So special!
Next on my list of favorites was the friendship building and networking at VeeCon. Just by reaching out and saying hello, I made genuine connections with folks from India, Singapore, and Argentina who all had shared experiences with me through NFTs. GaryVee himself said that we were going to make lifelong friendships at VeeCon, and I really believe that to be true. I spent hours hanging out, discussing the space in detail with new people, getting to share and learn.
From a brand perspective, considering that I am studying copywriting and advertising, there was so much to absorb and consider. Aside from GaryVee’s personal brand personifying itself in unparalleled magnitude, there were many amazing NFT brand activations in the Pepsi NFT land, and very interesting perspectives about conventional brands entering the web3 space in some of the speaker panels. My takeaway from the NFT land and Candy Digital activations is that in-person brand activations remain relatively the same between conventional brands and NFTs. In fact, I’d argue they’re even more important to NFT projects because it gives people the opportunity to engage in-person with the project, and bridge that gap between discord and digital to actually experiencing the project in-person.
Listening to Keith Grossman’s (TIME President) perspective on brands in The Rise of NFTs in Media panel was quite insightful. He talked about how the relationship between brands and audiences is reversed in web3, something brands must adapt to, and many are not prepared to because many COO’s and such are not ready to adopt a new mindset. This made a lot of sense to me. He also mentioned something that I’ve already felt and agreed with, which was that mass-adoption of NFTs isn’t likely to happen until we no longer have to learn and go through seven or eight seemingly-complicated steps to properly interact with web3 and NFTs. The average user just isn’t prepared, interested or willing to do the work required to adopt web3 platforms (not to mention they are often turned off by all the bad press about scams and environmental issues). A day will come when NFTs themselves aren’t even mentioned anymore because they’re so integrated with what the experience of the internet is, and things will be much more user-friendly and adoptable. That’s when we’ll have mass-adoption. Until then, as GaryVee says, it’s on us to continue to educate ourselves and others as best we can, so that we, as the early-adopters, can help foster a positive experience and growth of the space.
What I’ve covered here is really just the high points of my VeeCon experience. There was so much more. All-in-all, I’m as excited as ever, inspired, and ready to continue learning and growing in the space. And I’m also going to find a way to get a VeeFriend, and find my way back to VeeCon 2023. LET’S GOOO!!!!
Wow! VeeCon is here folks, and what a time it's about to be. I landed last night, settled in at my hotel, and took a stroll around downtown Minneapolis. There's definitely an energy in the air here. After grabbing an excellent slice at Pizza Luce, I wandered over to U.S. Bank Stadium where it's all happening this weekend. It was pretty quiet, as it was late at night, but I wanted to see it. The Commons, a large park of sorts, is right outside of the stadium. It was already prepared for tonight's Welcome Party.
I'm looking forward to this entire weekend, but the fun starts at 5pm tonight at the aforementioned Welcome Party. Then it's three days of programming, Fri., Sat. & Sun., with speakers from GaryVee himself, to Pharrell Williams and a number of NFT acolytes and innovators, like Beeple.
Of course, World of Women is going to be here, so I'm looking forward to connecting with some fellow WoW folks! In addition to that, I'm interested to see the Pepsi NFT Land activation, as well as the Flea Market. There are also musical performances each night to end on a fun note!
I can't wait to meet other folks, listen to those on the cutting edge of NFTs, and see everything there is to see. It's inspiring and invigorating to be in a new city for a few days, and be experiencing what NFTs can offer in the real world. Ok, I'm going to doublecheck my schedule while I have time, to make sure there's nothing I miss in the next three days!
WoWG, VeeCon, Ethereum updates
Hey all, I just wanted to do a quick update here from Martin-NFT land! Three things to touch on - World of Women Galaxy, VeeCon, and Ethereum.
World of Women Galaxy
Anyone who’s ever read my blog knows I’m a World of Women stan (if that word is still in vogue). It was my first NFT, they stand for great things, and they deliver for their community in palpable, real ways. One of those ways is the new World of Women Galaxy. Yam Karkai outdid herself yet again, this time with new, futuristic and even more colorful WoW avatars. There was a public sale and there’s an Allow-list that lets new people into the WoW fam, while I was able to mint one for free! What an amazing way to reward the owners of WoWs. For me, it’s a great reward for getting into the project early and having diamond-hands with it. The art looks great! Below is my original WoW #5853, and my new WoWG #5853.
I’M GOING TO VEECON!! I wrote a thread starting with this tweet last week about my GaryVee/NFT/World of Women experience. It’s mostly about GaryVee, and recognizing value. I won’t recap it all here, but I will say I’m extremely excited to be going to VeeCon, and a HUGE shout-out to Gary for delivering value to Book Games holders. I tell ya, it pays to pay attention to him. On the left below is the ticket I got from the Book Games exchange for the Lucky7 burn sale, while the one on the right is the actual NFT transferred from Gary's wallet to mine. Can't wait for the art reveal on that one, and everything that's to come with it!
As we forge the future of Web3 and NFTs, sustainability seems to be a real issue, and one that shouldn’t be ignored in light of the amazing fun and innovation of the space. The way Gary Vee executed Book Games is actually a great example of using a Layer 2 solution that has a much greener output than Layer 1 Ethereum. That said, Guy at Coin Bureau released a great video today discussing the upcoming Ethereum merger and how Ethereum looks to be much greener, perhaps quite soon. It apparently won’t solve scalability issues, or fees, but transitioning to Proof of Stake instead of Proof of Work will be a major innovation in terms of sustainability. From where I stand, this is critical not only for the environment, but for brand and mainstream adoption of Web3.
Alright NFT-folks and the NFT-curious, that’s all I’ve got for today. Thanks for reading!
WoW goes to Christie's
Hello, just a quick World of Women update here, as history was just made in the bridge between the physical and the digital worlds today. It's the first day of Women's History Month, and WoW #5672 was just auctioned at the Christie's Evening sale for $567,000. Remarkable. This WoW was selected to go to the Christie's sale by vote from of handful of WoWs that were all voted on by members of DaWoW (including yours truly). Quite simply, if you own a WoW, you have a vote in various proposals and initiatives related to World of Women, that is DaWoW (this is a play on the acronym DAO - decentralized autonomous organization, which are organizations popping up around NFT communities that utilize the technology and community to organize various efforts).
Now, back to WoW #5672 being auctioned at Christie's - she was auctioned next to Basquiat, Banksy, Picasso, and others. HELLO!!
Ok, that's all for the moment because I must return to writing brand platforms and concept acts. Happy Women's History Month!
Super Bowl Web3 Recap
Happy Valentine’s…night? Hope everyone’s had a nice one, and got lots of beautiful flowers or at least had people be nice to you. It’s been a busy couple of weeks for me with lots of grad school work, but it’s time to check back into Space Talk for a special Super Bowl edition.
Let’s talk about the crypto/Web3 ads!
Welcome back to Space Talk! I’m back in grad school as of last week, so my content here might become a bit less frequent, but I’m naturally still paying attention to the space, and I’ll be keeping you updated as best I can.
As always, nothing in this post is financial advice.
WoW! Happy Six-Month Anniversary!
The biggest news for me personally was that I got a follow on Twitter from World of Women NFT this past week!! Anyone who reads this knows I’m a WoW superfan and supporter, so I was very, very honored by the follow!
Speaking of WoW, holders got the new January Artdrop last week, and those of us who were available went on the subsequent Twitter raid for an hour or two, which is one of my favorite things to do because I get to meet other members of the community, make new friends, see new WoW PFPs I haven’t seen before, and engage with some of the artists featured in the Art Drops. The raid was followed by a six-month anniversary Twitter Spaces with the artists who were featured for the recent Season 5 Art Drops. It was so cool to hear from the artists themselves, and of course, Yam & Raph. The artists for Season 5 are: Amber Vittoria, Beryl Belici, Camila Nogueira (personal fave!), Haruko Hayakawa, Ismail Zaidy, Laya Mathikshara, and Twinz Garden. I love being a part of the Wow Fam!
Some big news came out for Polygon on 1/17/21 with the EIP-1559 Upgrade. EIP stands for Ethereum Improvement Proposal which means a significant upgrade is being implemented on Ethereum. I’m specifically linking the article above about how that upgrade impacts the Polygon blockchain, because Polygon is an Ethereum Layer 2 blockchain. I’ve touched on this before, but if you think of Ethereum itself as Layer 1, then Layer 2 “solutions” as they call them, are additional blockchains that inherit aspects of Ethereum while functioning on their own as connected, but separate entities. I’m referencing Polygon because it’s one of the more widely used Layer 2 solutions by NFT projects looking to avoid gas fees and speed up transactions while retaining Ethereum’s security and other benefits. Check out the article for more details, which include a burnable $MATIC token.
NFT PFP news, Facebook, Instagram
It’s old news by now, and I haven’t participated myself, but Twitter introduced the ability to link your Twitter profile picture to your blockchain wallet address to verify your ownership of your NFT. I think it’s a cool feature, but it requires a $2.99 monthly subscription to Twitter Blue. My personal opinion (until I feel like paying for Twitter Blue, that is) is that it’s verifiable on the blockchain that I own the NFTs I do, and if anyone wants to know that, it’s publicly available info that I can show with my wallet address. I frankly thought it was a bit of a cash-grab by Twitter, and mostly just a way for them to onboard a bunch of people into Twitter Blue. We’ll see how it shakes out or matters over time.
Facebook and Instagram (who is owned by FB for anyone who doesn’t know) have announced plans to develop their own NFT marketplaces and tokens, naturally with the ability to link to your NFT as your profile picture on those platforms as well. While Meta would undoubtedly like to own the Metaverse of the future, I’m of the belief that there will be multiple, perhaps interoperable metaverses.
We started to see the crypto market dip about 10 days ago, and it’s developed into a full-on tanking, though we’ve seen a gradual rise again for the past week. At the time of this writing, Bitcoin sits at $37,877.87, after starting 2022 in the high 40s, and Ether sits at $2,599.29, after starting 2022 in the high 3s. Is it still a good time to buy? It sure looks like it! Ether is now back down to the same price I bought it at back in August, for reference.
Interestingly, the NFT market has been booming regardless of the crypto (and stock market) crash. And perhaps crash is too strong of a word, maybe it’s more of a balancing out, but my guess is we’ll see crypto rise again this year. But, NFTs remain strong, and that’s a good sign for now.
*The Federal Reserve finally revealed the whitepaper for its digital dollar.
*CCC announced this partnership.
*My personal prediction for 2022 is that we will see far greater adoption and NFT use-cases coming into play in the mainstream, and that many NFT projects will continue to see big gains.
*Snoop Dog is the best
World of Women is Where It's At!
WoW, WoW, WoW
This past week was historic in the World of Women NFT project and community. Remarkable things happen at such a rapid pace in the current NFT world that using the word historic can feel parabolic, but it’s not so in this case.
By the way, nothing in this post is financial advice.
First, WoW announced that they decided to give full IP (intellectual property) rights to their holders. That means there’s not only no limit to what you can use your WoW image for commercially, it means you’ll receive 100% of the potential financial benefit from said use. Want to incorporate your WoW(s) into your new custom clothing line? Go for it. Now, one could make the argument that this doesn’t make financial sense for WoW, but I suspect we’ll see it play out positively over the long run for them, in terms of exposure and good karma. I may never use my WoW outside of my profile picture, Twitter banner, or a brief appearance in a video, but having IP rights gifted fully to me gives me even more good will toward WoW than I already had. I think yet again they are setting a high mark for how a project can give to their community and foster positive ideas of what it means to be part of an NFT project as a holder.
Arguably, the biggest public news that dropped next was the fact that Wow signed with veteran manager Guy Oseary. “The signing will see WoW explore opportunities in film, television, music, gaming and consumer products, among other categories, as well as licensing pacts,” reports Variety. Oseary reps the Bored Ape Yacht Club, as well as Madonna, U2, and Red Hot Chili Peppers. Big deal, anyone?
It was shortly after this news that we started to see the WoW floor finally make significant jumps. Floor simply refers to the price of the entry-point for buying an NFT on the secondary marketplace. As I mentioned last week, WoW hit a 4ETH floor before all this news, dipping back into the 3’s after sitting in the 2ETH range for many months. However, last week we saw an 8ETH floor that rose even higher at times. At the time of this writing, WoW is holding strong at a 7.85ETH floor on OpenSea. Farokh of Rug Radio even joined the project with quite an emotional tweet. It was sweet to see him and Yam tweeting back and forth about it.
Next, WoW officially landed in the cultural zeitgeist of America by getting a positive article in The Rolling Stone. We’re starting to hear more and more big names in the same sentence with World of Women!
My personal favorite moment with Wow from the past week was one of the Art Drops. WoW does monthly Art drops to holders that promote new crypto artists and sends free NFTs to holders based on attributes in their WoW. Even though I don’t own the right WoW to get airdropped this artist’s work, I was quite pleased to learn about Camila Nogueira. Camila is a Portuguese digital artist whose work is my favorite of all the WoW monthly Art Drops thus far. Check out Camila!
Those were the high points for me in World of Women land this past week, and I have to say it continues to be a joy and an inspiration to be in the #WowFam!
*@postVeronne hosted an NFT tax prep space on Thursday - if you did any buying, selling, or trading of NFTs in 2021, give it a listen, you will be glad you did. I think recorded spaces only stay up for 30 days.
*Best, most basic Book Games advice seems to be buy the floor and hodl
*Rug Radio officially launched - I’m not an owner, but it’s a well-respected project
*GaryVee brought AskGaryVee back with his trademark responses to people’s questions
*Get a Ledger if you don’t have one. Don’t lose your money and NFTs!
*A Duke professor issued NFTs to his students for completing his course
*Shaq says Gm as SHAQ.ETH!
*Not sure what he got, but Dez Bryant went shopping!
And we’re back! Wow, as usual, a week feels like a month in NFT land, so there’s a lot to cover, and a lot I’ve been paying attention to. Let’s get right to it! Before we do, I must remind you that nothing in this post is financial advice. Always do your own research!
Buy The Dip?/Vitalik
I’m not heavily invested in crypto as a whole right now, I primarily own Eth, which dipped in price big time this past week, along with Bitcoin and the overall market. I first bought Eth in August 2021 for the purpose of buying a World of Women NFT; Eth was well-under $3,000 USD when I first purchased it, rising to well-over $4,000 USD in recent months. Then, this past week, it dipped to just under $3,000, hitting the most noticeable lows since I’ve owned it. At the time of this writing, we’ve seen it begin to rise again, currently sitting at $3,228.83. So, is Eth still in a dip, and should you buy the dip? I’m no crypto market expert, nor do I have a crystal ball, but here are the facts: at the time of this writing, Eth is up 3.53% in the past 24 hours; Eth is down 14.69% in the past week, down 21.08% in the past month, while being up 229.47% in the past year. Take from that what you will and decide if it’s time for you to buy!
Also, if you have it in you, and are interested in educating yourself about Ethereum, I’ve recently found Lex Fridman’s interviews with Vitalik Buterin, the co-creator of Ethereum, to be very valuable in understanding the Ethereum blockchain, Eth, and related topics. It’s certainly not entry-level material, but if you’ve started dabbling in NFTs or crypto and want to hear from one of the revolutionary players in the space, I’d recommend starting with the first interview from March 2020, then watching the interview from this past June, which discusses Ethereum 2.0. Vitalik sounds a bit like someone who has the robot filter over their voice, and if news broke that he is indeed a cyborg sent from the future to help build Web 3.0, let’s just say that might not feel like a stretch.
If you’re really curious and seasoned, you can read this tweet from Vitalik in which he gives his opinion about the nature of how blockchains will best co-exist in the future.
Before I get into the fun stuff surrounding project updates, I think it’s important to touch on the topic of scams. It’s an ironic subject in terms of mainstream adoption, because many people cite NFTs as a whole as being a “scam” of some sort, money-laundering schemes, or ponzi schemes; there are many misinformed critiques. Nevertheless, acceptance is rising with bigger brands like Adidas and Nike getting into the space, as well as the never-ending appearance of NFTs in people’s news feeds. There are many amazing projects, and then again, there are the people and projects out there who just want to take your money and run, and not all of the critiques are off-base.
The fact is, you should always Do Your Own Research. In my case, my initial “research” was two years of following GaryVee on social media simply as a fan of his entrepreneurial and motivational content, long before NFTs were known by anyone other than a small handful of developers. I knew it was worth listening to his suggestions about NFTs when he started promoting them last year, because I trust him and his brand. That’s proven to be a good decision. Now, DYOR tends to refer to more micro-scale research in hours, not years, on specific projects that you might be interested in, but the point remains the same: learn who to trust and support with your crypto funds, and even then, remember this is a volatile space that changes constantly and quickly.
Before moving on, I have to mention the fact that we saw people getting scammed over and over in Discord this past week. For anyone who doesn’t know, Discord is a chat server that started in the gaming world. It’s still used by the gaming community, but it’s also used by NFT projects to grow communities around their projects. Discord scams often happen in the form of malicious links being sent to users in their DMs. It’s not that hard to imitate a real NFT project and send someone a message telling them they’ve won something, and just to click a link to receive it. Legitimate projects won’t DM you in this way; as a matter of fact, the conventional wisdom across the space is increasingly not to respond to DMs in Discord, or to turn DMs off altogether. You can always turn them back on temporarily if you need to solve a captcha puzzle to enter a server or something like that. Before I turned mine off, I got DMs from scammers every day. In my opinion, it’s just like the real world, certain people will try to take advantage of you; you have to educate yourself on the technology to keep yourself and your funds safe.
Ok, on to the fun stuff!
Shot2TheMoon NFT Podcast, Space Pass NFT
I want to give a shout-out to Sean and Von, and the rest of the team at Shot2TheMoon NFT Podcast, along with their S2TM Space Pass NFT. If you’re looking for approachable conversations about NFTs that at the same time dig deep enough to provide a ton of value, then S2TM is your podcast.
While starting solely as a podcast, S2TM launched their Space Pass NFT a few months back as well, offering potential to follow along on a journey and story chock-full of perks for Space Pass holders. I bought one, and it’s been fun to follow along so far. S2TM has been unique in their utility for holders; not only have they done a lot of giveaways (I won $100 just for answering a question on Twitter) on Twitter and in Discord, they provide a particularly unique form of utility in the form of networking and exposure in the NFT space. These guys get some of the biggest names in NFTs on their podcast and in the Space Pass holder Discord channel for interviews. The Discord interviews are opened up at the end to the listeners, so if you’re interested in engaging, asking your own questions, and getting your name out there while hearing from some NFT experts, you have regular opportunities as a Space Pass holder. That’s nothing to sneeze at!
All of that said, S2TM announced on Friday that they are bringing some exciting updates to the project. To be honest, I missed the first part of the talk, but here’s what I gathered: there is a new burn option with either the S2TM poster NFTs that have been airdropped to Space Pass holders, new ones that are coming, or maybe both. Burning (deleting) that NFT will give you some perks that may or may not be related to “choosing your own adventure” in the story (as it is a story of space travel to different planets). I might be combining a couple things there, so don’t quote me. The writer’s room is going to be opening up again to the community to help continue writing the story, and there is some very dope looking new artwork on the way for Space Pass holders! I’m not sure if it’s a mint or an airdrop, but either way, I’m excited to see this project and story continue to develop.
World of Women
World of Women!! My OG favorite project. Developments this past week included partnering with Ethereal Collective, an NFT project aimed at bridging the physical and digital worlds. If you’re a real WoW fan, you know creating a connection between these worlds has been part of their mission from the beginning. WoW’s part in EC will include having their artwork displayed at EC exhibitions all over the world. Minting EC’s NFT gives you the potential as an artist to have your work displayed at their exhibitions, gives you free access to these events whether you have work as an artist in them or not, and access to other rewards and giveaways. So, go see WoWs IRL in London, LA, Dubai, NYC or Amsterdam!
The other big news is the rising floor and increasing traction around the project. I saw so many people on Twitter in the past month tweeting about WoW being one of the most underrated projects that is on the cusp of an inevitable floor rise, and we’re finally starting to see it. Last Wed. we noticed the floor rising to the upper 2s, and then Thibault Launay swept the floor on Saturday. Sunday the floor peaked at 4 ETH around noon! At the time of this writing, the floor has dipped back to 3.69, but all of this is a very positive sign. This has felt like a long-time coming, and coincides with Shonda Rhimes joining the WoW community on Friday, Eva Longoria joining yesterday, as well as Napheesa Collier! Look out world, here comes World of Women!
Welp, we finally saw the launch of VeeFriends Book Games yesterday evening, and what a night it was. I myself purchased 8 book tokens back in August as a part of GaryVee’s Twelve and a Half book release, and I have to say it was well, well worth my while to do so.
First things first, if you’re interested in purchasing book tokens on the secondary market and playing, all the steps to do so are well-documented here. It’ll include familiarizing yourself with Immutable X, and Token Trove, which I mentioned in greater detail in my previous post.
If you want, you can flip book tokens for profit in the short-term, or you can hold on to them for their other perks, which are major (arguably much more so than the quick flip): each book token gives a twelve and a half day advantage to minting VeeFriends Series 2 later this spring, is burnable for other assets on the Book Games Exchange, and will be burnable for access to the 15 new VeeFriends characters being released as a part of Series 2. These are remarkable perks, in addition to whatever else Gary wants to add in value as time goes by, having stated that “Book Games are played forever.” I’m stoked to see how things develop in both the short and long term, and I’m very excited to officially be in the VeeFriends family as a token holder.
*Decentraland announced they are adding royalties to a greater extent for NFT creators.
*Nas is going to sell streaming rights as NFTs.
*I didn’t have time to research it before this post, but keep your eyes on the new Looks Rare Marketplace and their $Looks token - could be big.
*Serena Williams says GM, with what appears to be a Cryptopunk as her pfp.
*The other day I looked down at my WIGWAM socks and thought they said WAGMI in what felt like a Matrix-esque moment of the physical and the digital becoming one. I’m going to pretend it was real.
Okay that’s everything this week, see you next time, and…
Martin Rees. I joined the NFT space on August 1, 2021 and haven't looked back. Here is where I write about it.