How Erick Calderon Turned NFT Squiggles Right into a $6M Funding Spherical

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Artwork Blocks CEO Erick Calderon has turned generative NFT squiggles right into a digital artwork behemoth. This week on “Opinionated,” we communicate with “Snowfro” concerning the artists whose algorithms energy one of many hottest corners of the metaverse. Their NFT gross sales lately helped Artwork Blocks increase $6 million from fairness traders, Snowfro instructed “Opinionated.”

Ben and Danny (Anna’s out this week) kind via the time period sheets to seek out what makes Artwork Blocks tick. Their dialog begins with its cap desk. Galaxy’s an investor; so is FlamingoDAO, the crypto-native neighborhood of NFT traders. Consider it or not, the DAO apes into fairness rounds, too.

Snowfro helps demystify the philosophy underpinning the digital artwork scene. He doesn’t outline success by making it to the MoMA – although that will be cool, he admits – or by billion-dollar transaction volumes – a milestone Artwork Blocks already crossed. He’s extra eager about offering an outlet for actually cool and distinctive artwork.

Talking from his house in Houston, Snowfro walks “Opinionated” via his entrepreneurial historical past, which started with a university snow cone stand and advanced into an artisanal tile import enterprise. His NFT side-hustle, Artwork Blocks, is lower than a yr outdated. And it’s not fairly a side-hustle anymore.

This episode is produced, introduced and edited by Michele Musso with extra manufacturing help from Eleanor Pahl. Our Theme Music is by Elision.



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