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🔎 Macro / TradFi

  • Michael Saylor said in an interview this week that MicroStrategy is looking very closely at Bitcoin Ordinals and assessing potential for application development. 

🔎 Crypto


  • Ripple has acquired Swiss-based crypto custody firm, Metaco, for US$250M. This is part of Ripple’s strategy to broaden its presence beyond the US. This comes the same week as they roll out their proprietary “Ripple CBDC Platform” to enable governments and central banks to create their own CBDCs. 


  • Lido Finance v2 launched on mainnet, enabling ETH withdrawals for users of their liquid staking service. Lido currently has around 31% of the total staked ETH on its platform. 

  • Uniswap is set to launch on Polkadot via Moonbeam, one of Polkadot’s parachains. 

  • Hardware wallet company, Ledger, has been in the news following a new update for their Nano X device which allows users to subscribe to a recovery tool that encrypts their seed phrase and sends it to different custodians. Many in the community thought this defeats the purpose of a hardware wallet as this means your private keys can, in theory, leave the device. 


  • Tether has announced that it will regularly allocate up to 15% of its realized profits to buy Bitcoin to further strengthen its reserves. 


  • NFT collection, Pudgy Penguins, has launched a line of toys, named Pudgy Toys. Each toy is an NFT that is directly licensed to the holder and unlocks more features via QR code. 

  • Sky Mavis, the company behind Axie Infinity, has rolled out Mavis Market - a NFT marketplace for its native blockchain, Ronin Network. Creators set their own royalties, Sky Mavis gets a 2% fee and the Ronin treasury gets a 0.5% fee on all sales. 

  • ApeCoin DAO has passed a proposal to launch the “Ape Accelerator”, which will aim to support the incubation of projects utilizing APE tokens. 

  • Bitcoin Frogs, a new Bitcoin Ordinals-based NFT collection, has been leading the NFT trading charts this week, even surpassing the likes of Bored Apes. 


  • Axie Infinity developers have rolled out a “lite” version of their Origins game to the Apple app store. This version does not require users to buy NFTs, but does allow existing Axie NFT holders to move their Axies into the app. 

  • Borderless Capital has led a US$50M fund focusing on cross-chain projects that leverage the Wormhole cross-chain messaging protocol. 

  • Story Protocol has raised US$29.3M. The firm will use the funds to further build its web3 infrastructure platform. 

  • Airstack, the startup behind an AI-backed web3 developer platform, has raised US$7M. 

  • Jia, a blockchain-based fintech which provides DeFi-linked loans to micro and small businesses in emerging markets, has raised US$4.3M in seed funding. 

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