The artist Beeple scores an enormous NFT sale, Twitter Areas are coming quickly and Seth Rogen’s weed startup launches within the U.S. That is your Each day Crunch for March 11, 2021.
The massive story: NFT art work sells for $69M
For the primary time, public sale home Christie bought a digital-only art work: “Everydays — The First 5000 Days,” a collage of a number of years of sketches from the artist Mike Winkelmann, who’s recognized on-line as Beeple.
Sure, it’s one other a kind of NFT (non-fungible token) gross sales you’ve been listening to a lot about for the previous few weeks. And this one got here with essentially the most eye-catching price ticket to date, with bids within the ultimate two hours escalating from $14 million to $69 million.
Whereas crypto and NFT fanatics seemingly drove a lot of that bidding, that is definitely going to make the artwork world sit up and take discover — not simply relating to promoting digital artwork, but additionally probably as a method to document and switch proof of possession for any artwork.
The tech giants
Twitter Spaces to launch publicly next month, may include Spaces-only tweets — The social community’s Clubhouse rival is working towards a public launch in April.
Facebook is bringing ads to shorter videos and Stories — Fb is increasing its monetization choices for video creators, which in all probability means extra advertisements for viewers.
Google paves way to monetize Pay users’ data in India — Google says it’ll roll out an replace to Google Pay subsequent week asking customers to decide on whether or not they want to share information with the corporate.
Startups, funding and enterprise capital
Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg want to be your weed dealer — Seth Rogen and 4 friends-turned-co-founders have been constructing Houseplant for near 10 years, and its merchandise are actually accessible in america.
Epidemic Sound raises $450M at a $1.4B valuation to ‘soundtrack the internet’ — Epidemic’s audio market presently options round 32,000 music tracks and 60,000 sound results.
Indy-based High Alpha Capital launches new $110M fund — The agency focuses on B2B SaaS startups.
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