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nft now is on a mission to empower the creators of culture. Every Wednesday we speak with trailblazing artists, collectors and technologists about how NFT’s are redefining the creative economy and how you can be a part. To join our newsletter where we do weekly round-ups, artist showcases and market commentary, be sure to sign up at nftnow.co

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How This Crypto Artist Made Millions by Embracing Collaboration
41:50

Micah Dowbak, known professionally as Mad Dog Jones, is a Canadian digital artist who broke into the crypto art scene with the sale of his REPLICATOR NFT. That sale netted him a cool $4.1 million, making him the highest-grossing living Canadian artist in a single auction. The artist is also a massive F1 fan, working with motorsports legend Lewis Hamilton on a helmet, and collaborating with Formula One Racing on a collection timed with the Miami Grand Prix. Recently, Joles was able to raise over $1 million for the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies via his most recent project, Cartography of the Mind, which sold at Christie’s in a charity auction.


In this episode we cover:

  • Jones’ massive F1 fandom and collaboration with motorsports legend Lewis Hamilton
  • The creative process on his REPLICATOR project
  • His upcoming charity auction at Christie’s
  • How graffiti, comic books, and Akira shaped his creative journey


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Jun 29, 2022
What the Music Industry NEEDS to Know About NFTs
53:17

Without a doubt, Cooper Turley has been one of Web3’s biggest champions, and is a firm believer in how NFTs can revolutionize the music industry. He got his start in Web3 as blockchain-powered music streaming site Audius’ official crypto advisor. Since then, he’s assumed an advisory role at Web3 culture think tank Friends With Benefits, and has continued to invest heavily in this burgeoning creative ecosystem.


In this episode we cover:

  • How NFTs can bring about the future of music fandom
  • Turley’s advice for young aspiring artists
  • Utility moving forward in the NFT space
  • What it’s like championing a movement the general public doesn’t understand


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Jun 22, 2022
Avenged Sevenfold on Using NFTs to Give Back to Fans
51:04

Avenged Sevenfold is a multiplatinum, chart topping heavy metal band fronted by Matt Sanders — AKA M. Shadows. Sanders and his band mates were early advocates for NFTs, and like most other people in the space, started out by collecting CryptoPunks and Bored Apes. In fall 2021 they launched their own NFT project, the Deathbats Club, which aims to bring more utility to their community. Holders get metaverse access, Web3 sneak peaks, first dibs on concert tickets, and much more.


In this episode we cover:

  • Why rock and metal musicians have been slower to catch on to NFTs
  • How technological shifts have driven massive changes in the music industry
  • How NFTs can augment how artists engage with their communities
  • The merchandising potential of NFTs for artists and musicians


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Jun 15, 2022
Crypto Art OG Shares Her Take on the Future of NFTs
44:08

Multimedia artist and designer Josie Bellini is one of the NFT community’s earliest champions. She’s made a lasting mark in the space with her viral pieces, starting with Genesis in 2017. Most recently, in 2021, the crypto art pioneer launched her flagship project CyberBrokers. The collectible ecosystem of metaverse experiences is set to be the first of its kind as a fully on-chain collection. With a background in both painting and finance, Bellini uses her unique perspective to explore Web3 through her mixed media art. 


In this episode we cover:

  • The background and development of her CyberBrokers project
  • The potential of the metaverse
  • Her take on dealing with bull and bear markets
  • Her biggest issues with bad actors in the NFT space


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Jun 08, 2022
Diana Sinclair on Diversity and the Digital Diaspora
39:30

Eighteen-year old multimedia artist Diana Sinclair is by far one of the fastest-rising stars in the NFT art scene. To date, her work exploring self-identity, social justice, and our society’s relationship with the internet has been featured in publications including Teen Vogue and The Guardian. She’s even partnered up with OneOf to help raise funds for the Whitney Houston foundation, with one of her pieces selling for more than $1 million at auction. As one of the youngest curators active in the NFT space, Sinclair is bringing back her “Digital Diaspora” exhibition on Juneteenth to celebrate the work of Black artists across the globe.


In this episode we cover:


  • Her journey into the NFT space
  • The Whitney Houston auction and how it affected her career
  • Her vision for the “Digital Diaspora” exhibition
  • How the NFT community can become a more inclusive and diverse space


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Jun 01, 2022
How NFTs are Disrupting Music With Sound.xyz Founder
51:37

Following stints working for Atlantic Records and Warner Music Group as a teenager and working for various tech firms in the Bay Area, David Greenstein went on to help found NFT music marketplace Sound.xyz in early 2021. Since then, David and the rest of the team have generated a combined $3 million in revenue for the over 100 artists on the platform, such as Snoop Dogg, RAC, Giraffage, MELVV, and TOKiMONSTA.


In this episode we cover:

  • the origins and fast rise of Sound.xyz
  • the broken models prevalent in the current music industry
  • the future of the music industry
  • how NFTs are empowering smaller artists to finally make a living from their work.


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May 25, 2022
How Alpha Centauri Kid is Keeping Art First
40:18

Alpha Centauri Kid — also known as ACK — is a visual artist and musician who has emerged as one of the leaders of a new generation of crypto artists. He’s been embraced by OG blue chips including XCOPY and coveted by top collectors like GMoney and Punk #4156. His SuperRare debut “ctrl + alt + generate” captivated the NFT space and set a new genesis record for the platform at 165.29 ETH, or more than $600,000. He continues to push the envelope and innovate in the space, despite the fact he only got into NFTs in March 2021.


In this episode we cover:

- His artistic approach and stylistic revolution

- How he builds relationships in the NFT community

- The “secret code” involved in his upcoming project

- How his “muse” plays a part in his creative process


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May 18, 2022
Doodles: Closing the Gap Between URL and IRL
45:16

Evan Keast (AKA Tulip) and Jordan Castro (AKA Poopie) are two of the co-founders of Doodles, one of the leading profile picture projects (PFP) in the NFT space. The collection of 10,000 generative NFTs has amassed more than 102,700 ETH in sales volume ($305,016,749) since its launch in October 2021. Doodles features original art created by third co-founder, Scott Martin (AKA Burnt Toast), who produced hundreds of unique visual traits for the collection. While many avatar projects market themselves as community-centered, Doodles has been about empowering their community from the very start. The team is all about working to bridge the gap between URL and IRL with multi-city takeovers, activations, installations, and more. 


In this episode we cover:

  • The importance of building community through IRL events
  • The team’s SXSW activation with Shopify
  • How founders can avoid bots when launching a project
  • How the Doodles DAO ecosystem functions 
  • The founders’ longterm visions for Doodles


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May 11, 2022
Demystifying AI With Refik Anadol
50:38

Refik Anadol is a pioneering artist who creates immersive installations, sculptures, paintings, and live audio/visual performances using AI, machine learning, and data science. He’s partnered with teams at Microsoft, Google, IBM, NASA, and more to apply the latest cutting-edge science, research, and tech to his mesmerizing creations. All of this considered, it should come as no surprise that Anadol has also fully embraced the NFT space. His ‘Machine Allucinations’ NFT series sold for more than $13 million in late 2021, and May 10 will mark his first-ever Christie’s auction featuring his piece ‘Casa Batlló: Living Architecture.’ As a passionate advocate for technology’s game-changing potential, Anadol is working to bridge the gap between URL and IRL in increasingly innovative ways. This includes ‘Dataland,’ a multisensory, realtime metaverse where the physical and virtual connect. 


In this episode we cover:

  • What Anadol believes are the biggest misconceptions about AI
  • The origins of his ‘Living Architecture’ collection
  • Why bridging URL and IRL is key to bringing NFTs to the masses
  • His “humble” take on the metaverse


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May 04, 2022
TIME President on the Future of Web3 Media
52:50

Keith Grossman, president of TIME magazine, has a long track record of revising and modernizing digital media brands. With leadership roles at Bloomberg and WIRED under his belt, Grossman has been responsible for leading the nearly century-old brand into web3 over the past year. During this time, they’ve experimented with tokenizing covers, collaborated with with Beeple, and partnered with the Cool Cats Community. But that’s not all. Now, Grossman has launched TIMEPieces, the brand’s web3 community initiative. Featuring collaborations with leading NFT artists as well as artists who had previously contributed to TIME, the Genesis drop and Slices of Time drop have done more than $35 million in total sales volume. Grossman is truly at the forefront of the web3 movement, and is working to ensure his legacy media brand stays relevant in the space with impactful, tangible results.


In this episode we cover:

  • The vision behind TIMEPieces and the future of the initiative
  • How web3 and NFTs will disrupt digital media
  • The value of tokenizing the written word 
  • What’s next for TIME in the web3 ecosystem


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Apr 27, 2022
Daniel Arsham on the New Creative Canvas
50:58

Daniel Arsham is a contemporary visual artist whose creativity knows no limits. A master of mediums, he’s helped design installations at Kith stores around the world, created iconic sculptures, acts as creative director of the Cleaveland Cavaliers, and even helped design chat-topping rapper Gunna’s most recent album cover. Arsham has always operated at the intersection of culture and art. So it’s no surprise that he’s also immersed himself in the world of NFTs, and embraced the medium with intention. 


In this episode we cover:

  • His Eroding and Reforming Sculptures NFT Series
  • How NFTs are changing the relationship between artists and collectors
  • How the Gunna album cover and collaboration came together
  • What being colorblind meant for his art career
  • The importance of taking time to “sit with your work” as an artist



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Apr 20, 2022
How Kevin Rose’s PROOF Became a $250K+ Collector Club
50:50

Kevin Rose is an experienced investor and builder with a proven track record of being early to internet trends. He co-founded the social news site Digg in 2004, and currently works as a partner at True Ventures, a venture capital firm that invests in early-stage tech startups. Passionate about the community surrounding NFTs, Rose co-founded the PROOF Collective, a members only collective of 1,000 dedicated NFT collectors and artists. On April 16, the PROOF Collective team is launching a new large-scale PFP NFT endeavor called Moonbirds. Moonbirds will act as an expansion to the PROOF ecosystem, onboarding each new owner into the collective and incentivizing them to keep their NFTs with unique staking mechanics and ownership rewards. 


In this episode we cover: 

  • His inspiration behind the PROOF Collective
  • The importance of utility and community in Moonbirds
  • As an investor, what he looks for in NFT projects
  • Why he feels the metaverse is being set up for failure


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Apr 13, 2022
Steve Aoki on Music NFTs and Taking the Metaverse IRL
50:44

As one of the highest-grossing DJ/producers in the world, Steve Aoki has never shied away from pursuing all of his various interests concurrently. In addition to collaborating across genre lines, Aoki co-owns an eSports company, he’s been featured in video games as a playable character, he’s voiced cartoon characters, and he even runs a foundation that raises money for neurological research and other humanitarian relief organizations. In an effort to tie all of his passions together with his burgeoning interest in crypto and NFTs, he launched his AOK1VERSE project – which he describes as “Web3, meets Web 2.0 meets IRL.” Citizens of the A0K1VERSE gain unrivaled access to both on-chain and physical experiences including tour tickets, digital collectables, virtual metaverse performances, and much more. 


In this episode we cover:

  • The vision and roadmap for A0K1VERSE
  • How Web3 and NFTs will revolutionize the music industry
  • Why DJs are also futurists 
  • What’s in his personal NFT collection
  • And much more!



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Apr 06, 2022
How FriendsWithYou Is Building a World Around Their Art
54:09

Samuel Borkson and Arturo Sandoval III are the imaginative co-founders of FriendsWithYou – a fine art collaborative with the sole purpose of spreading the positive message of “Magic, Luck, and Friendship.” Through a variety of mediums and large-scale immersive installations, these artists hope to create special moments of spiritual awareness and meaningful social interaction. In their 20-year career they’ve collaborated with Pharrell, J Balvin, Diplo, Hello Kitty, Lacoste, Guess, and other industry greats. In 2017, Borkson and Sandoval III took on a new medium with their Netflix show “True & the Rainbow Kingdom” with the goal of impacting as many people as possible with their art. Now, they’re adapting once again with fRiENDSiES, a collection of 10,000 customizable NFTs. The fRiENDSiES universe will bridge the real world and the metaverse through immersive art installations connecting holders and their AR/AI companions. 


In this episode we cover:

  • The mission-driven origins of FriendsWithYou
  • The deep emotional connections that can be created through AI
  • The duo’s transition from traditional art to the Web3 space
  • The debate around the price point for the Dutch auction for Friendsies
  • And much more!


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Mar 30, 2022
From PTSD and Prison to $8M in NFT Sales
58:47

Isaac “Drift” Wright (AKA Drifter Shoots) is an urban photographer whose project “Where My Vans Go” is currently the second-best selling NFT photography collection ever. The U.S. Army special operations veteran first got into photography as a way to cope with his PTSD and depression. He would scale skyscrapers and climb bridges to photograph the world from a unique perspective – challenging legal lines along the way. This hobby unfortunately led to his arrest in 2020, and subsequent four-month incarceration without bond. Both Wright’s race as a black man and his training and service for his country were used against him. This week, we spoke with Wright about how NFTs and his artistry helped pull him out of the nightmare scenario.



We also discuss: 

  • The United States criminal justice system
  • Mental health
  • How Punks gave him a safety net
  • What’s next for him as a creator



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Mar 23, 2022
How NFTs Changed This Traditional Artist’s Life
20:30

Jen Stark is a mixed media and NFT artist who broke records in March 2021 for being the first female artist to enter Foundation’s top 10 selling creators. For the past fifteen years, she’s worked with a variety of mediums to bring her mesmerizing paintings, sculptures, and animations to life. She’s collaborated with brands like Apple, Google, Vans, MTV, and Smashbox, and even launched a 6,000 sq. ft. immersive installation, “Cascade” in 2021. Her first generative NFT collection, “Vortex,” made its debut in December 2021, immortalizing her signature paper sculpture style on the blockchain. Though she came from the traditional art world, Stark believes that NFTs have changed her life and will be the new avenue of art history.


In this episode we cover:

  • How NFTs allow artists to better connect with collectors
  • How the traditional art world views NFTs
  • Her advice for other artists
  • Equitable representation in the NFT space
  • Art in the metaverse
  • And much more!


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Mar 16, 2022
The TRUTH Behind Gary Vee's NFT Success
1:24:50

Gary Vaynerchuk (aka Gary Vee) is the chairman of VaynerX, CEO and founder of VaynerMedia and VaynerSports, and most recently, the creator of VeeFriends, a collection of 10,255 NFTs hand-drawn by Gary himself. After months of collecting CryptoPunks on the sidelines, Gary Vee launched VeeFriends to build a community around his creative and business passions using NFT technology and smart contract capabilities. VeeFriends’ version 2 is coming this April, with the inaugural VeeCon convention the following month. An expert in predicting trends, Gary Vaynerchuk believes NFTs will be here for the rest of his life, and that VeeFriends is going to be the project to go down in history. 


In this episode we cover:

- Gary’s NFT predictions for summer 2022

- His personal multi-million dollar NFT collection

- How he practices accountability to his token holders

- Web3

- Literary NFTs

- The NFT bubble

- And much more!


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Mar 10, 2022
WTF Is the Metaverse?!
53:39

This week we’ve enlisted NFT superstar artist Chad Knight and Wilder World co-founder Phoenix Wilder to speak on the metaverse. Through 3D art and building in virtual reality, Knight and Wilder have made huge strides towards defining what the metaverse might look like in the very near future. Said to be the fabled next iteration of the internet, the metaverse seems to mean many different things depending on who you ask. From Facebook’s interest in becoming a metaverse company to the potential for people to have a complete existences living and working in a new dimension of reality — jump into the conversation to learn what all the hype is really about.


In this episode, we cover:

  • The definition of “metaverse”
  • Building virtual worlds like Wilder World
  • Chad Knight stepping down as Nike’s head of 3D Design to help build Wilder World
  • Social media, mental health and the metaverse
  • How long it might take for the metaverse to go mainstream
  • And much more!


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Mar 02, 2022
How The Nelk Boys Made Nearly $25M on Their First NFT Drop
39:30

Over the past few years, Nelk has become an absolute YouTube sensation. Having risen to prominence with their prank videos, vlogs, and multi-faceted Full Send brand, the individuals behind Nelk have now become involved in NFTs in a big way. As top-tier content creators and professional community builders, the Nelk boys are carving out new ways to bring NFTs to the masses and are actively working to introduce their own community to web3.


In this episode we’re joined by Kyle Forgeard, one of the Nelk founders, and John Shahidi, the President and Manager of Full Send / Nelk as we discuss:

  • How Nelk got into NFTs
  • The launch of their successful Metacard project
  • NFTs as a model for community ownership and crowdfunding
  • How NFTs might change the economic model for creators who built a following in web2
  • And much more!


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Feb 23, 2022
Reese Witherspoon on Onboarding Women to Web3
33:04

For years, Reese Witherspoon has lived on the silver screen as one of Hollywood's leading talents. Having played a major role in the creation of numerous influential characters, shows, and movies, the Oscar-award-winning actress has continued to foster creativity and support female creatives in every aspect of her career; and her latest endeavor into crypto and NFTs is no exception. For nearly a year now, Witherspoon has embarked on a journey as an ambassador of the blockchain — spearheading efforts to empower women at every turn.


In this episode, we cover:

  • How Reese became involved in the NFT ecosystem
  • Her thoughts on digital identity and the metaverse
  • The potential of NFTs and web3 to impact the film industry
  • Bringing her company Hello Sunshine into the NFT space
  • How to ensure equitable gender representation in NFTs and web3
  • And much more!


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Feb 16, 2022
Latashá on What It Means to Be a Music Artist in Web3
49:13

Latashá is an entrepreneur and seasoned musician who has become one of the most prominent artists in the music NFT landscape. As an independent creative and head of community programming at Zora.co, Latashá is not only helping define what it means to be a music artist in web3, but also pioneering new ways that emerging artists can retain ownership of their intellectual property. Recently, Latashá sold the music video for her track “GOGO WYNE” as NFT for over 13 ETH ($50,000), and is now continuing to focus on community building within HERSTORYDAO and the influential web3 community Friends With Benefits.


In this episode, we cover:

  • Latashá’s backstory as an artist
  • Her role leading community programming at Zora.co
  • How she settled upon music video NFTs as a strategy for her releases
  • How NFTs can enable artist independence & prosperity
  • NFTs becoming a standard revenue stream for musicians
  • And much more!


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Feb 09, 2022
Nifty Gateway Founders on Lessons Learned From the NFT Boom
43:50

Nifty Gateway founders Duncan & Griffin Cock-Foster have become two of the most important figures in the world of NFTs. As the creators of one of the largest NFT marketplaces in existence, the brothers have not only played an integral part in establishing the NFT ecosystem as we know it, but in onboarding hundreds of thousands of creators and collectors into the NFT space. It hasn’t always been smooth sailing doing so, and the Cock-Fosters reflect on lessons learned and growing pains as the platform has navigated the rising water of the NFT boom.


In this episode we cover:

- Nifty Gateway’s origin story

- Lessons learned from the NFT boom and collector backlash

- Running a billion dollar company as twin brothers

- The importance of onboarding newcomers into the NFT space

- The role of Nifty Gateway in the 2021 NFT bullrun

- The future of the NFT marketplace giant

- And much more…


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Feb 02, 2022
Top NFT Collector Deeze on Tactics to Building Blockchain Wealth
41:46

Over the past year, Deeze has become one of the most influential commentators and tastemakers in the NFT space. Having remained faceless and pseudonymous while amassing hundreds of thousands of followers — the self-proclaimed Director of Vibes at Fractional is known for being a champion of rising artists and builders within the NFT ecosystem. Even after becoming one of the top collectors in all of NFTs, Deeze isn't shy about educating others on his tactical approach to building wealth on the blockchain.


In this episode we cover:

- Deeze’s journey into NFTs.

- How his Twitter Spaces became the defacto public forum for the NFT community.

- Being a champion of NFT photography.

- His investment theses and how he approaches trading.

- What excites him the most about the future of NFTs.

- And much more…


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Jan 26, 2022
Blake Kathryn on Working With Paris Hilton and Mental Health in NFTs
54:36

Over the past year, Blake Kathryn has become one of the most prominent artists in the NFT space. Yet, even before achieving crypto-art stardom, Kathryn had been creating visuals for top-tier brands like Instagram, Columbia Records, The New York Times and many more. Now, after achieving a million dollar sale via her collaboration with none other than Paris Hilton, Kathryn find herself expanding upon her dreamy, vibrant catalog of works that have continued to be absorbed and assimilated throughout pop culture.


In this episode, we cover:

- Where she finds inspiration

- Pivoting from client work to NFTs

- Collaborating with Paris Hilton

- Navigating the NFT market

- Creating more equitable gender representation in the NFT space

- Fostering prosperity for emerging artists

- And much more!


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Jan 19, 2022
Coinbase NFT’s Product VP on Taking NFTs Mainstream
54:04

Prior to fulfilling the position of Coinbase’s VP of Products, Sanchan Saxena had already established a proven track record of spearheading products at fortune 500 companies like GM, AirBnB, Instagram, and more. In helping Coinbase join the world of NFTs, Saxena has become an expert on NFT and Web3 consumer culture, and is poised to help lead the charge towards mainstream adoption of blockchain technology.


Timestamps:

0:00 | Intro

4:09 | His journey at Coinbase

5:15 | What inspires him about NFTs

7:37 | Plans for Coinbase NFT

9:56 | How will Coinbase NFTs differentiate from other marketplaces?

22:16 | Will the average consumer engage in a shop for NFTs in the future?

29:01 | The future of NFTs and mainstream consumer culture

36:33 | Effective UX & product management principles

46:40 | Predictions for 2022

50:30 | Outro


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Jan 14, 2022
Pussy Riot’s Nadya Tolokonnikova on Activism in NFTs
46:38

Over the past year, Nadya Tolokonnikova, co-founder of the Russian punk rock activist collective Pussy Riot, has become an integral part of the NFT ecosystem. A long time critic of Vladimir Putin and major proponent of women’s and LGBTQ rights, she was jailed in 2012 which in turn bolstered her prominence as an artist. In this latest iteration of her career, Tolokonnikova has shifted gears, collecting and supporting crypto-artists while simultaneously minting her own NFTs as a new form of social activism.


In this episode we cover:

- Tolokonnikova’s entrance into the NFT space

- Her influential ACAB NFT drop 

- How her experiences protesting against Putin shaped her views on decentralization

- What she thinks web3 will mean for activism

- How NFTs can help oster meaningful social change

- The lack of women in the NFT space

- And much more…


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Jan 05, 2022
nft now Founders on 2021 in Review & What to Expect in 2022
46:42

In this episode, the nft now founding team taps in to highlight key moments in an unprecedented year for NFTs in 2021, and what’s in store for 2022 and beyond. Join our co-founder & CEO, Matt Medved, our co-founder & president, Alejandro Navia, and co-founder & COO, Sam Hysell as they discuss…


- Why was 2021 such an important year for NFTs?

- What are some of the top moments that stood out? Who were some of our favorite artists/builders?

- What is the mission of nft now? How did we do in tracking towards that mission in 2021? What’s in store for 2022?

- What were some of the biggest foundations that were built in 2021 that will set NFTs up for mainstream adoption in years to come?

- What are the biggest areas of opportunity for people (both artists & builders) to get into the space and what advice do we have for those people?

- And much more!


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Dec 29, 2021
Showtime’s Alex Masmej on Creating Web3 Social Media Platforms
32:10

This week, we welcome Showtime Co-Founder and CEO Alex Masmej to the podcast. An early adopter of social token technology, Masmej has pursued an unconventional path to becoming a leader in web3. Even prior to launching his startup Showtime — which is a social network for crypto media and an endeavor to onboard the masses into web3 — the now 23-year-old creator had found success making his way into the NFT community. Now, having recently funded his entire life move from Paris to San Francisco completely off the profits from his own social token, Masmej says he is working towards changing the world.


In this episode we cover:

- How he planned and executed the launch of his own $ALEX social token

- Showtime: what it is now and plans for its future

- What excites him about the future of NFTs

- Trends he sees at the intersection of social media and NFTs

- What he feels are the key milestones in fostering mainstream adoption of NFTs

- And much more…


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Dec 22, 2021
Jack Butcher on Visualizing Value for Web3 Communities
34:34

This week, we welcome Visualize Value Founder Jack Butcher to the podcast. Butcher is a seasoned creative director who has worked with some of the most successful brands in existence. After a decade of working in Fortune 100 advertising, Butcher completely rebuilt his personal brand and business model through productizing himself, and now focuses on educating those that are building in NFTs and web3.


In this episode we cover:

- His pivot from advertising into NFTs

- Keeping up with trends while filtering out the excess noise

- The importance of using his voice/platform to give back to important causes

- Visual storytelling and the most effective platforms and approaches to drive mainstream adoption and understanding

- What he looks for when collecting NFTs

- And much more…


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Dec 15, 2021
Dillon Francis on The Future of Music NFTs
37:16

This week, we’re excited to welcome Dillon Francis. Dillon Francis is a chart topping electronic musician, record producer and DJ. Throughout 2021 Dillon has been experimenting with clever ways to engage his community and drive growth through NFTs, and in this episode we work through how other musicians can do the same. 


In this episode we cover:

- Why he feels NFTs are similar to the early days of EDM

- Some of his recent projects like DeFi Summer with Chad Knight on Nifty Gateway, the Charity NFTs with Nicole Ruggerio and Hard Fork & Harder Fork with Pizza Slime

- As an active supporter of DeFi, what are his thoughts on the intersection of DeFi and NFTs

- His thoughts on the future of Metaverse music performances

- What excites him the most about the future of NFTs

- And much more...


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Dec 08, 2021
VeeFriends’ President Andy Krainak on Creating Community Utility
28:29

This week, we’re excited to welcome Andy Krainak, the president of VeeFriends, Gary Vaynerchuk’s NFT project. The collection launched in May 2021, with the goal of providing a blueprint on how to add real value, utility and community to NFTs. 


In this episode, we cover:

- What VeeFriends is and how it works

- The project’s core utility elements

- How Krainak plans to keep iterating upon community utility

- How Krainak fosters and manages such an engaged community

- How to balance creating value for NFT holders with the barrier to entry as prices rise

- Krainak’s advice for NFT creators and artists on how they can create value

- Lessons Krainak has learned building and launching VeeFriends

- Projects that are innovating upon community and utility

- What’s next for VeeFriends

- And much more!


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Dec 01, 2021
Why Richerd Rejected a $10M Offer for His CryptoPunk
37:37

This week, we’re excited to welcome Richerd Chan, the co-founder of Manifold.xyz, a leading studio that creates blockchain products and custom smart contracts for artists. In October, Richerd made headlines when he displayed his diamond hands and turned down a nearly $10 million offer for his CryptoPunk #6046. “My punk is not for sale,” he tweeted at the time. “Don’t care what anyone offers me.”


In this episode, we cover:


- Why he rejected the offer of 2,500 ETH for his CryptoPunk

- What a smart contract is and why they’re important in the NFT space

- Why artists and projects need custom smart contracts, and the innovation and utility they can unlock.

- The origin story and mission of Manifold

- How Richerd decides who to partner with on projects, and his favorite projects

- How his open-source Royalty Registry can help solve the cross-platform secondary sales issue

- The most exciting potential use cases for custom smart contracts

- And much more!


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Nov 24, 2021
The Hundreds’ Bobby Hundreds on the Future of Fashion NFTs
49:45

This week, we’re excited to welcome Bobby Hundreds, an artist and co-founder of popular streetwear brand The Hundreds, which has collaborated with influential NFT projects such as Bored Ape Yacht Club, and Larva Labs, the company behind CryptoPunks. The Hundreds launched its own NFT project, Adam Bomb Squad, in August.


In this episode, we cover:

- How The Hundreds got into NFTs

- What Bobby Hundreds saw at the intersection of NFTs and culture at NFT.NYC and ComplexCon

- How to bring a streetwear and lifestyle brand into the NFT space

- The Adam Bomb Squad, and the future of the project

- How fashion brands can leverage NFTs

- The cultural milestones needed for NFTs to reach mainstream adoption

- And much more!


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Nov 17, 2021
Top NFT Collector Gmoney on Finding the Next Big Project
45:46

This week, we’re excited to welcome the pseudonymous GMoney, an influential NFT collector who was an early champion of CryptoPunks and has emerged as a respected voice in the space. Recognizable by his signature ape CryptoPunk, GMoney recently launched his own podcast, The Cutting Edge, which focuses on the intersection of culture and crypto.


In this episode, we cover:


- GMoney’s journey into NFTs

- His thesis about the CryptoPunks project

- His strategy as a collector and where he gets his alpha

- The motivation behind his podcast

- How he balances IRL appearances with not doxing himself

- Trends he’s seeing in the NFT space

- Advice he has for new collectors discovering NFTs

- The Metaverso summit he’s holding in Puerto Rico

- His favorite NFTs, and his plans for the GMoney brand

- And much more!


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Nov 10, 2021
Bitski CEO Donnie Dinch on Building the Shopify for NFTs
34:24

This week, we’re excited to welcome Donnie Dinch, CEO of Bitski. The NFT platform — which connects communities, creators and brands — made news in May when it announced it had raised $19 million in its Series A funding round, with hip-hop mogul Jay-Z and tennis icon Serena Williams among its investors. 


In this episode, we cover:

- Bitski’s mission and its play in the metaverse

- How Jay-Z and Serena Williams became investors

- Dinch’s thoughts on the future regulation of NFTs and how that could impact platforms

- The milestones Dinch feels are critical for mainstream adoption

- The less heralded use cases for NFTs and trends Dinch is watching

- And much more!


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Nov 03, 2021
0xb1 & CAA’s Tom Capone on the Future of NFT Use Cases
50:54

This week we’re excited to welcome noted NFT collector 0xb1 and Creative Artists Agency talent agent Tom Capone. The two made news recently when CAA signed the collector with the goal of monetizing 0xb1’s impressive NFT collection — which includes Bored Ape Yacht Club, Cool Cats and more — through brand partnerships and licensing opportunities.


In this episode, we discuss:

- How 0xb1 got into crypto and transitioned from DeFi into the NFT space

- What motivated the collector to buy Mutant Ape #4849 for 350 ETH and build a brand around it

- How CAA’s NFT department came together

- The backstory of 0xb1’s signing to the influential talent agency and how the partnership came to be

- The future of entertainment, brands, and media as it pertains to NFTs

- And much more!


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Oct 27, 2021
Mets' Tommy Wilson on How NFTs Can Empower Athletes
31:20

In this episode, we’re excited to welcome Tommy Wilson, who pitches in the minor leagues for the New York Mets. Wilson, who currently plays for the Binghamton Rumble Ponies, is not only an avid crypto artist on the SuperRare marketplace, but is also one of the first professional athletes to be active in the NFT space. He has also helped introduce fellow baseball players to NFTs, including Mets star first baseman Pete Alonso.


In this episode, we cover:

- Wilson’s journey into making digital art, the reaction he received from teammates about his foray into NFTs, and how he convinced them to take it seriously

- How he enlisted Mets’ infielder Pete Alonso to do an NFT to benefit minor leaguers, and the MLB’s reaction to it

- How NFTs can help empower minor league players

- Where Wilson sees the intersection of NFTs and baseball going

- Why he chose to release his art on SuperRare

- And much more!


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Oct 20, 2021
How Big Brands Can Leverage NFTs With VaynerNFT President
33:53

In this episode we’re excited to welcome Avery Akkineni, President of VaynerNFT. VaynerNFT, a subsidiary of Gary Vaynerchuk’s VaynerX, is helping big brands and talent tastefully leverage NFTs to drive community and business growth. Prior to leading VaynerNFT, Avery oversaw Asia-Pacific for VaynerX and has a long-standing track record of helping brands thrive in the digital landscape. 


In this episode we cover:

- The founding story of VaynerNFT

- What is the goal of VaynerNFT? What are the core offerings and types of partners they’re working with?

- How do NFTs create a new opportunity to tap into underpriced attention?

- What have you seen brands do wrong in entering the space?

- What are her favorite brand NFT activations to date? 

- What advice does she have for brands and marketers that are beginning to evaluate a potential NFT strategy for their business?

- And much more!


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Oct 13, 2021
Rare Pepe Pioneer Joe Looney on Paving the Way for NFTs
38:48

Long before Ethereum became ground zero for the current NFT craze, Joe Looney was helping lead a 2016 crypto art revolution on the Bitcoin blockchain. As the founder of Rare Pepe Wallet and co-founder of Rare Pepe Foundation, he developed the first on-chain art exchange that helped Counterparty Protocol’s Rare Pepes trading card series scale into a full-blown crypto cultural phenomenon. In January 2018, Looney presided over the Rare Art Labs Digital Art Festival where a rare “Homer Pepe” card sold for $38,500 in a live auction. (It recently resold for more than $320,000). Artist Matt Kane called it “the most important NFT in art history” as its sale “influenced so many of the original crypto artists to believe we could put our art to work building both a market and belief around this new technology.”


In this episode we cover…

- His journey to Bitcoin and founding Rare Pepe Wallet

- Why he feels Rare Pepes have not gotten the recognition they are due

- Collectors are beginning to wise up to Rare Pepes, as evidenced by their rise in price and sales volume. What does he attribute this to?

- How can someone purchase a Rare Pepe in 2021?

- For a newcomer to the project, which Rare Pepes stand out as having the most historical significance? Which ones does he feel are undervalued?

- On-chain bitcoin NFT trading has its highest month on record in September. What does he attribute this to?

- His thoughts on the future of NFTs on Bitcoin

- And much more!


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Oct 06, 2021
The Future of Metaverse Real Estate with Krista Kim
39:36

Krista Kim is a contemporary artist and founder of the Techism movement since 2014, promoting the confluence of art and technology, and technological innovation as a medium to further the development of digital humanism. She believes that artists must participate at the forefront of technological innovation in order to contribute to the creation of future culture during this pivotal period of innovation and disruption. She has an accomplished history within the fine art and fashion worlds and quickly rose to NFT prominence after selling her Mars House for $512,000 on SuperRare, one of the first major virtual real estate NFT sales. She also collaborated on NFT projects with Louis Vuitton and the Utah Jazz, and is currently featured in Sotheby’s “Contemporary Curated” auction.


In this episode we explore:

- What inspired the Mars House and what excited her about the project?

- A deeper dive into her collaborations with the Utah Jazz Metaverse and Louis Vuitton

- Now that she’s becoming a globally recognized artist, how is she using her platform to create impact?

- Her passion for mental health through the intersection of meditation x art and how she’s pushing this forward through the Continuum Foundation and other some of her other initiatives 

- How does spirituality and philosophy play a role in her life as a creator 

- NFTs never sleep and there is a constant buzz/energy with FOMO being very real. What are some personal practices she has for nurturing mental health, and what is some advice for artists entering the space

- Her thoughts on the future of the metaverse and what worlds and projects excite her


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Sep 29, 2021
NFTs Breaking into Contemporary Art with Ronnie K. Pirovino
54:30

In this episode we’re honored to have Ronnie K. Pirovino. Ronnie is a widely recognized art collector, curator and appraiser; his pursuits encompass entrepreneurial projects including NFTs. Notably, after his collection grew to prominence, he departed a successful career in digital advertising to focus on his passion for art. Pirovino has partnered with Christie’s on an ongoing series of auction sales, called “Trespassing.” As chief curator at LGND.art, he is consistently aiming for innovation at the intersection of art and technology. On Instagram, @pirovino shares his various endeavors to a wide range of audiences. Pirovino holds a B.S. in Communication with a minor in Art History from Northwestern. 


In this episode we discuss:

- How Ronnie was an early supporter/collector of Kaws who saw him rise from a bit of an outsider in the art world to a star and what lessons can be learned that apply to the NFT community

- The story behind Ronnie’s “Trespassing” exhibit at Christie’s and what made him decide to include NFTs

- How does he feel NFTs will redefine the fine art community

- Does he feel purists in the fine art community are hesitant to support NFTs?

- In the fine art world, who are the gatekeepers and what role do they play? How do NFTs tear down that paradigm and democratize fine art?

- As an experienced collector, how does he determine which artists you want to support and collect? 

- Ronnie’s upcoming gallery at ComplexCon in partnership with LGND.art


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Sep 22, 2021
Tom Bilyeu on How NFTs Will Disrupt Media & Entertainment
49:27

Tom Bilyeu is co-founder and CEO of Impact Theory Studios, a revolutionary digital-first studio that produces wildly entertaining, original content focusing on themes of empowerment.The company has grown 400% in the last two years with over half a billion views on YouTube alone and over one billion social media impressions. Prior to Impact Theory, Tom co-founded billion dollar brand Quest Nutrition, which grew by 57,000% in three years, reaching #2 on the Inc. 500 list of fastest-growing private companies.  


Tom has repeatedly proven he has a deep understanding of how to build, nurture and market to online and offline communities. Tom’s mission with Impact Theory is to empower people through entertaining content on multiple platforms in the unscripted, scripted, publishing and NFT space. 


In this episode we discuss: 

- What got Tom into NFTs and what inspires him most about the technology

- What industries does he feel will be impacted the most by NFTs and how 

- What are leading use cases in media & entertainment that he sees building traction 

- How does he feel other media entities (film, comics, podcasts, creators, etc.) will leverage NFTs going forward

- How do NFTs further accelerate the democratization of media

- How do you build a meaningful an engaged community

- As a collector, how does he evaluate which projects he wants to support, and what artists or projects is he particularly excited about

- And much, much more!


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Sep 15, 2021
Taking Music NFTs Mainstream with OneOf
58:20

In this episode we’re honored to have the OneOf founding team. OneOf is a new NFT platform built for the music community to connect fans and collectors at all levels with their favorite artists. To date they’ve raised over $60M and are quickly emerging as a leading platform for music NFTs. We are joined with Lin Dai- CEO, Joshua James-COO, and co-founder Adam Fell.


Individual Bios:

Lin Dai is the co-founder and CEO of OneOf. An entrepreneur and digital executive with two decades of experience, Lin previously co-founded TAP Network, a blockchain technology company powering white-labeled rewards for major enterprise clients such as Warner Music Group, Uber, and Brave. Lin is also a general partner at ChainLink Crypto Fund.

Joshua James is the co-founder and COO of OneOf. Prior to OneOf, Joshua was the co-founder and CEO of ZIG Media, acquired in 2019 by Media Rights Capital (Billboard, Hollywood Reporter, Dick Clark Productions etc). Joshua has worked with music artists like Pearl Jam, Kendrick Lamar, Linkin Park and Mumford & Sons.

Adam Fell is the co-founder and board member of OneOf, and the President of Quincy Jones Productions. Adam has led early investments with Quincy Jones in companies like Spotify, Clubhouse, Community, Uber, Wayfair, Snowflake and many others. 


In this episode we discuss: 

Intro (0:00)

The Story Behind Oneof (3:30)

The Ramifications Between NFTs and the Music Industry (7:18)

Quincy Jones (8:09)

The Current State of Music NFTs (10:15)

The Vision for OneOf (11:53)

The Economy Behind Music NFTs (17:34)

Rightholders and Partnerships (24:17)

NFTs and Revenue Stream for Artists (30:06)

iHeartRadio Collaboration (31:16)

Doja Cat’s NFT drop (36:51)

Tezos (43:43)

Secondary Markets (50:16)

The Future of Music NFTs (53:46)

Closing Thoughts (57:16)


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Sep 08, 2021
Why Musicians Need NFTs with Ed Young, CEO of NFT.hiphop
38:44

In this episode, we welcome Ed Young onto the nft now podcast! Ed Young is the CEO and founder of https://nft.hiphop/ and one of the co-founders of influential hip hop magazine, “The Source”. He recently partnered with https://near.org/ and the Universal Hip Hop Museum (UHHM) to feature 47 hip hop legend NFTs in honor of the 47th year anniversary of the hip-hop era. These 47 NFTs feature musical icons like Eazy-E to Lil Wayne.


In this episode we discuss: 

Intro (0:00)

Hip hop and NFTs (1:16)

From magazines to NFTs (2:48)

Why hip hop needs NFTs (6:06)

Bringing the power back to the creators (7:20)

The thriving middle class (8:30)

How NFT.hiphop was born (9:02)

Adding utility within hip hop NFTs (13:39)

The vision behind NFT.hiphop (15:05)

Any Shopify store can now sell NFTs (18:06)

How has the Hip hop community responded to NFTs (19:36)

Jay Z’s NFT vs 3LAU’s (24:20)

NFTs, Blockchain and the future (27:24)

Direct to consumer creativity (30:00)

Milestone towards NFT mainstream adoption (32:41)

Closing thoughts (36:49)


To learn more about how Ed Young and NFT.hiphop are bridging the gap between music artists and NFTs, go to: https://nft.hiphop/ 

Connect with Ed Young on LinkedIn here: https://www.linkedin.com/in/edyoungprofile


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Sep 01, 2021
How SuperRare Turned Curation Over to Their Community with CEO John Crain
35:44

In this episode, John Crain joins the nft now podcast! John is the Co-founder and CEO of SuperRare, one of the earliest and most acclaimed crypto art NFT platforms that launched in 2018. SuperRare recently announced its 2.0 platform update, including the $RARE curation token, SuperRare Spaces, SuperRare DAO, and sovereign smart contracts initiatives. SuperRare has done over $90 million in volume since 2018 and is backed by the likes of notable entrepreneurs like Mark Cuban. The platform raised a $9M Series A investment back in March and this is only the beginning for what's to come in the metaverse. 


In this episode we discuss: 

SuperRare 2.0 (2:24)

Why Decentralization is important (03:18)

Launching $RARE token (4:17)

New SuperRare talent vs maintaining the current community (10:13)

Who should be chosen to have SR storefronts (12:49)

DAOs (14:52)

Custom Smart Contracts (18:44)

How SuperRare handled the NFT gold rush (21:33)

Blue Chip Crypto Artists / 1-of-1 drops (29:57)

How SuperRare plans on embracing the Metaverse (31:52)

SuperRare’s favorite rising artists (33:29)

The long game for SuperRare & NFTs (36:30)


To learn more about the recently launched $RARE curation token & SuperRare DAO: https://superrare.mirror.xyz/fkGKcN1xVNRvfZk5OiY52-T_WNSndC4ve1DPDmvZQ6E

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Aug 25, 2021
$2B+ NFT Summer & What’s Next with OpenSea CEO Devin Finzer
32:50

In this episode we’re honored to have Devin Finzer, the Co-Founder & CEO of OpenSea — the largest secondary marketplace for blockchain-based digital collectibles. As of August 17th, OpenSea already had over $1 billion in NFT transactions in the first half of August alone and has become a go-to destination for NFT enthusiasts. OpenSea recently closed a $100M Series B fundraising round, which valued them at $1.5B. In this episode we dive into…


- What is OpenSea? What is the mission of OpenSea?

- Which verticals are most rife for explosive growth with NFTs after CryptoArt? 

- What have been some of the most exciting or surprising trends?

- How will the NFT market empower a shift in the creator economy?

- Similar to the crypto bull and bear markets, what’s his outlook on growth in the coming years? Does he feel it’ll have a similar cycle with NFTs?

- What does he feel are some of the key milestones in fostering mainstream adoption of NFTs?

- How does he feel the entertainment industry as a whole will adopt NFT’s in the coming years? 

- OpenSea announced cross-chain support along with the most recent round. How does he envision the future of NFTs being cross-chain (L1 chains, L2 solutions, etc)?

- How is OpenSea approaching curation and discovery to help users find NFTs they love?  

- What is most exciting about OpenSea’s roadmap?

- And much more!


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Aug 18, 2021
How Christie’s Learned to Love NFTs with Noah Davis
39:58

In this episode we’re honored to welcome Noah Davis, the NFT guy at Christie’s, and more formally, the major auction house’s AVP Specialist, Head of Digital Sales, Contemporary Art. He’s a futurist and a true NFT lover at heart and has used his role and platform at Christie’s to uplift the industry as a whole. He has been at the helm of the 255-year-old institution’s most notable NFT auctions, including Beeple’s landmark $69M sale, Fewocious, CryptoPunks, Trespassing, and more.


In this episode we cover…

- How has the traditional art world reacted to NFTs disrupting the market?

- What was it like leading this charge at a legacy auction house like Christie’s? What were some of the less obvious challenges he had to overcome?

- Does he feel NFTs will drive a seismic shift in the fine art market in the coming years?

- How can blockchain bring more transparency into the traditional world and art provenance? What are some other applications that would help artists and collectors?

- What are some key milestones he foresees with regard to fostering mainstream adoption around NFTs?

- How did the Beeple drop come together at Christies and what was the fine art world’s reaction?

- And much more...


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Aug 11, 2021
Demystifying DAOs with pplpleasr
36:50

pplpleasr is an artist who first rose to prominence in the crypto space due to her viral animations for popular DeFi protocols like Aave and SushiSwap. Her breakthrough ‘x*y=k’ NFT featured an animation of a Uniswap unicorn adventuring through a symbolic DeFi landscape to the “Ethereum promised land.” The auction caused the spontaneous creation of pleasrDAO, a collective of 23 Ethereum addresses, who won the auction for 310 ETH ($525K). pplpleasr announced that she’d be donating all of the proceeds to ​​the Stand With Asians movement. Since then, pleasrDAO has become a major player in the NFT space with high-profile purchases like Edward Snowden’s first NFT ($5+ million), the original Doge photo ($4+ million), Tor Project (nearly $2 million) and more.


In this episode we dive into…

- What is a DAO? What are the pros and cons of running an organization as a DAO? How does she foresee they will impact the broader business landscape in the coming years? 

- The initial Uniswap auction that led to pleasrDAO’s creation.

- What motivated her decision to donate all of the proceeds from her landmark sale to combat AAPI discrimination?

- What is the mission of pleasrDAO?

- How does pleasrDAO function structurally? What role does she play in its decisions?

- The story behind the Snowden, Doge and Tor auctions.

- What role does she foresee DAOs playing in the NFT space going forward? 

- What inspires her most about the NFT space’s future?

- What projects does she have in the works?

- And much more!


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Aug 04, 2021
15-Year-Old Artist Jasti on the New NFT Generation
25:14

In this episode we’re excited to welcome Jasti. At only 15 years old, he’s one of crypto art’s youngest rising stars. According to cryptoart.io he’s sold more than $220,000 worth of NFT artwork and is helping lead a new generation of digitally native artists and creators into the world of NFTs. He’s collaborated with the likes of Fewocious and has plenty of projects in the works.


In this episode we cover…

- How did he get into digital art and discover NFTs at such a young age?

- How his generation views NFTs

- What’s the toughest part about being this young in the NFT space? 

- What it was like selling his genesis piece, ‘To the Moon,’ to KeyboardMonkey for 25Ξ ($42,086)

- His piece ‘Nature’s DJ’ came out during a market downtrend, and although he’s still received some solid offers, he hasn’t accepted any yet. How does he approach the market for NFTs and work to drive scarcity?

- How have NFTs changed his future plans and what’s next for Jasti?

- And much more...


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Jul 28, 2021
FVCKRENDER on Building Virtual Worlds and the Future of NFTs
36:23

Based in Vancouver, FVCKRENDER has emerged as one of the most successful 3D artists in the NFT space. At the time of this recording, he’s ranked #14 on CryptoArt.io with $5.8M in sales and multiple six-figure 1/1 sales, including a recent $107K sale at Sotheby’s ‘Natively Digital’ auction. He’s also collaborated with Zedd on his Nifty Gateway drop and has enthralled fans and collectors with the expansive vision behind his FVCKRENDERVERSE concept.


In this episode we talk about...

- How did he get into NFTs? How has it impacted the 3D community?

- What did his Sotheby’s auction mean for him and the NFT space?

- What are some of the biggest lessons he’s learned since entering the space?

- What it was like working with Zedd and his thoughts on the future of music NFTs?

- The importance of building and rewarding community through Discord and loyalty drops

- What it’s been like adjusting to the role of an influential collector in addition to being an artist

- The story behind his Metamask getting hacked and how this is a learning moment for the NFT community as a whole

- How he sees NFTs evolving in the future and impacting creators across other domains like music, fashion and art?

- The inspiration and ambitious goals behind the FVCKRENDERVERSE

- And much more…


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Jul 20, 2021
Illestrater’s Journey to Becoming a Top NFT Collector
32:56

In this episode we’re honored to have a top tier NFT collector and true tastemaker and community builder within the world of NFTs, Tim Kang, more commonly known as Illestrater. Beyond being one of the leading collectors in the space, he’s also the founder of the Sevens Foundation charity which aims to empower up and coming artists.


In this episode we cover…

- What is the vision behind Sevens Genesis Grants and where does he want to take it

- His collaboration with Paris Hilton and how she uplifted the community in her entrance to the NFT space

- How feels the market will continue to mature and what he sees as some of the next major milestones on his radar for the space and technology as a whole

- What NFTs are worth collecting and how he evaluates which projects to support

- His thoughts on DAOs and collector DAOs and how they’re impacting the market


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Jul 14, 2021
Building CryptoPunk Billboards & IRL Community with Justin Aversano
38:57

Justin Aversano is the Founder of SaveArtSpace is a non-profit organization that works to create an urban gallery experience, launching exhibitions that address intersectional themes and promote a message of social change. Aversano was also the photographer behind the ‘Twin Flames’ project that has moved 256 ETH ($590K) in sales volume. He recently won the community choice entry for Sotheby’s ‘Natively Digital’ auction and donated all of the $35K sale’s proceeds to the Sevens Genesis Grant charity. Additionally, he teamed up with GMoney to produce the CryptoPunks billboards that have appeared in Miami, NYC and London to date.


In this episode we cover:

- How NFTs are bringing the power back to creators and away from large corporations

- The story behind the CryptoPunk Billboards in NYC, Miami and more…

- How critical it is to foster IRL community, activations and exhibitions beyond the metaverse

- How the Sotheby’s Natively Digital collaboration came together 

- The story behind SaveArtSpace

- And much, much more…


To follow Justin on Twitter, go here: https://twitter.com/justinaversano

To follow Justin on Instagram, go here: https://www.instagram.com/justinaversano/


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Jul 07, 2021
Crypto Art OG Olive Allen on The Evolution of NFTs
29:50

Olive Allen brought her art to the blockchain in 2018 and hasn’t looked back. Constantly evolving her approach and style, the New York-based artist began her career as a traditional painter but now uses digital brushes and an iPad canvas to create her distinctively sardonic output. In series like “The Sheeplezzz,” she lampoons elements of internet culture like Clubhouse and Trash Art with tongue-in-cheek flair. A firm believer that artists have a responsibility to comment on current affairs, Allen has become a key voice in the space by never shying away from sharing her opinion.


In this episode we cover…

- Olive Allen’s journey into Crypto art world dating back to 2018

- How she ventured from more traditional art & painting into the world NFTs

- What Olive enjoys most about creating art?

- Issues that exist in the world of NFTs and what we can do to address them

- Some of Olive’s favorite artists and collectors fostering inclusivity in the space

- Some upcoming initiatives that Olive’s excited about

- And much more…


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To follow Olive on Instagram go here: https://www.instagram.com/olive_allen/

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Jun 30, 2021
Redefining Photography through NFTs with JN Silva
39:54

In this episode we’re honored to have JN Silva. JN Silva is an accomplished photographer who has become a staple in the NFT space. As the first photographer to release on Nifty Gateway, he’s pioneering a new economic model for succeeding as a cameraman without having to rely on client work. In doing so, he’s collaborated with DJ Premier, ThankYouX and more, amongst his own solo drops. He’s also a co-founder of the Animus Collective. 


In this episode we cover...


  • The story behind JN Silva’s collaboration with DJ Premier
  • The rise of Miami as a hub in the world of crypto
  • Going from music photography to thriving in the NFT market
  • The story and inspiration behind the Animus collective
  • Upcoming drops and projects JN Silva is excited about
  • And much more…


To follow JN Silva be sure to visit him on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/jnsilva/ 

And Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/JNSilva_


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Jun 23, 2021
The FEWOCiOUS Interview
34:46

In this episode we’re honored to have a very special guest, FEWOCiOUS (aka Victor Langlois). At only 18 years old, FEWOCiOUS has emerged as one of the NFT space’s first medium-native superstars. His emotive paintings and animated works have helped him quickly ascend to the top of his craft as one of the most popular artists in the space.


In this episode we discuss...

- The unfiltered story behind FEWOCiOUS’ upcoming drop at Christie’s, one of the world’s most respected major auction houses 

- His painful and personal story of discovering his own identity and why it’s so important for him to progress the conversation around being trans

- The inspirations behind his art and his unique creative process

- How he’s coped with experiencing such a meteoric rise 

- His advice for rising artists

- And much more!!!


To learn more about FEWOCiOUS be sure to follow him on Twitter: https://twitter.com/fewocious/

To learn more about the upcoming Christie’s drop, go here: http://christies.com/fewocious

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Jun 16, 2021
How Artifex is Bringing Digital Art to the Masses
32:30

Our guest today is Roger Dickerman, the Founder of Artifex, a multi-city showcase of curated artists and sale of exclusive artworks with exhibitions in iconic locations like Times Square billboards. He’s also the host of Origin Stories podcast with our past guest Parrot. Beyond Artifex, he’s an avid collector, tastemaker and builder in the space.


In this episode we discuss:

- The next major milestones of adoption for the NFT market

- The vision for the future of Artifex and creating the most well traveled artworks ever

- Some of the speed bumps behind the Times Square NYC exhibition

- How powerful it is to take the online world, offline to build meaningful relationships and community

- What NFTs are worth collecting & investing in and the difference between 

- Who are some artists that will be around for a while


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Jun 09, 2021
Ensuring Gender Equity in NFTs and the Power of Personality with Karsen Woods
44:49

In this episode we’re incredibly excited to host Karsen Woods aka Karsen Daily. Karsen is the Head of Community at Crucible and was previously the Director of Brand Development at SUPERPLASTIC. She’s also an incredible connector and voice on clubhouse within NFT communities. She stays focused on uplifting artists and fostering a more diverse and equitable community within the wonderful world of NFTs. 


In this episode we discuss:

- How did you discover NFTs and bridge that gap between physical toys and collectibles and digital at Superplastic?

- The Importance of Clubhouse as a platform in the NFT community. 

- How important is your persona / personality to your presence in the nft community 

- What’s she’s working on at Crucible and some more details about the Open Metaverse.


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Jun 02, 2021
Farokh Sarmad on NFT Clubhouse and Gaining a Following
47:04
In this episode we're thrilled to have Farokh Sarmad. Farokh is an expert at building social communities online. He's currently the CEO of Goodlife Media. Today, Goodlife Media & Communication owns and operates one of the largest luxury and real estate distribution networks on Instagram (13m+ followers). He's also become a staple in NFT clubhouse and a mega host who's channeled his knack for building community into helping foster world class conversations on one of the NFT communities leading platforms.

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May 26, 2021
Parrott on the NFT Community’s Evolution & Building Traction
29:06

In this episode we’re honored to welcome the esteemed artist Parrott. Parrott has become an NFT OG and we’re honored to have him on this week’s episode. He’s had numerous high profile releases and collaborations and has done a lot to uplift the NFT community as a whole.


In this episode we cover: 

- What made him take the leap into the NFT community? And how have you gone about building support in that community that’s helped catapult you to one of the top 50 artists according to Cryptoart.io

- His creative process

- How his podcast Origin Stories came together with Roger Dickerman

- Some more details on his collaborative drops with Fewocious, Odious, Jonathan Wolfe

- How he manages the pressure of creating art and being so successful at such a young age?

- Advice he has for artists who want to go from creating for socials or clients to building up a sustainable community & meaningful income with NFTs?

- What needs to happen for NFT’s to further penetrate mainstream culture beyond hype & PR?

- His thoughts on the future of the space


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Twitter: https://twitter.com/itsparrott

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/parrott.ism/



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May 19, 2021
Cory Van Lew on Championing Representation in NFTs and Finding His Signature Style
33:12

In this episode we're honored to welcome Cory Van Lew. Cory Van Lew is an accomplished artist who has become a force to be reckoned with in the world of NFTs. He's been able to work on some very high profile collabs including a recent drop with Jake Paul. He also is a driving force in fostering a more diverse community within the world of NFTs and in this episode we explore how to create a more inclusive community.


Major props to Cory, and if you aren't already, be sure to follow him on Twitter at https://twitter.com/coryvanlew


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May 12, 2021
Sarah Zucker on Being a Crypto Art OG and Helping the NFT Community Prosper
54:08

Los Angeles multi-hyphenate Sarah Zucker is a comedian, screenwriter, filmmaker, Jeopardy! champion… oh, and also an OG crypto artist since 2019. She combines VHS and analog video effects to achieve her signature blend of throwback film composites, Internet-era imagery and feel-good feedback loops. Did we mention her GIF art has been viewed more than 6 billion times on Giphy?


In this episode we’re thrilled to discuss…

- What drew her to the space and made her believe in the technology’s potential

- What its been like to experience this year’s boom in the market and mainstream attention as an OG crypto artist

- How celebrities can enter the space tastefully, as well as what to avoid

- What it’ll take to continue driving mainstream adoption of NFTs 


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May 05, 2021
How NFT’s and Crypto are Redefining the Music Industry with Jesse Grushack
44:15
Jesse Grushack has been operating at the intersection of blockchain and music since 2015. In the beginning of 2015, Jesse joined ConsenSys and started working on Ujo Music which was an Ethereum based, ConsenSys backed music software services company for the modern economic landscape of music. Additionally, Jesse is a co-founder of Ethereal as he understands the importance of bridging the digital/physical boundaries and providing meaningful experiences. Most recently, Jesse is the Co-Founder 6, an NFT creative agency in partnership with RAC.

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Apr 28, 2021
ThankYouX on Traversing the Fine Art and Crypto Art Worlds
33:17

ThankYouX began his artistic journey on the streets of Los Angeles in spray painting stencils in homage to Andy Warhol. While these signature stencils were his initial calling card, they were only scratching the surface of his multifaceted artistic identity. As his level of notoriety expanded, the nature of his expression evolved to modern abstract designs that stand in contrast to the more conventional graffiti-inspired street-art paradigm. His unique aesthetic has captured attention of the art world and earned international acclaim.


In recent years he’s continued to develop as an artist and has entered the wonderful world of NFTs so in this episode we’re grateful to explore how he’s gone from the fine art world into the world of crypto art. 


In this episode we cover:

- How’d you go from the fine art world to NFTs?

- His Nifty Gateway collaborations with photographer JN Silva

- Why he did Loyalty airdrops to his existing collectors & NFT holders

- The role of Clubhouse in drops, community and expanding the space’s reach

- Keeping from being bulldozed by big name and money entrants


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Apr 21, 2021
Victor Mosquera on Crafting an Authentic Style and Supportive Community
34:52

Victor Mosquera is a Toronto based artist who was born in Bogota, Colombia. His style fuses elements of graphic design, 60's and 70's Psychedelic and Science fiction Art, Surrealism and Art nouveau to create images that explore themes such as the human mind, life after death and spirituality. As of this recording, the value of his NFT art is over $500k USD. 


In this episode we discuss:

- How Victor has gone from designing art for artists like ODESZA into the NFT world

- His Everything Connected NFT series

- His creative process for developing new concepts

- How he’s been able to grow within the NFT community, and build a network of support


To follow Victor go here: https://www.instagram.com/victormosquera/


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Apr 14, 2021
aeforia on Going from Agency Work to a Top 100 Crypto Artist with NFTs
44:23
Alexy Préfontaine, aka aeforia, is a 3D artist from Montreal. He’s quickly become one of the top NFT artists. As of this recording, the total value of his art on cryptoart.io is $1.1M and in the top 100 artists. In this episode we cover how he went from being a motion designer to a top crypto artist, how musicians and other entrants can do so in an authentic way that’s embraced by the community and what the future has in store as NFT’s go from niche to mainstream.

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Apr 07, 2021