Great listens, from NFT basics to deep dives into DeFi

As society tries to make sense of the swirl of buzz, excitement — and, yes, skepticism — around NFTs (nonfungible tokens), we thought this would be a good time to share some of our favorite podcasts on the subject. Podcasts are increasingly becoming the way many of us are staying informed about recent developments in the space.

But it’s a fast-changing landscape, so if you have other suggestions, please share in the comments below. I’m sure I missed a few good ones!

Here are the podcasts my friends, co-workers and I have begun to gravitate toward, along with some notable…


NFT art on the marketplace SuperRare.

We’ll be honest: Part of our motivation for providing resources and directories to the NFT community is so that we can stay on top of what’s happening in this fast-moving space. As a former journalist, it’s easy for me to synthesize information from sources that often seem to speak an alien tongue and translate it into everyday English.

So while we’re lining up funding for Digital Culture Works, we’re also learning. There is no one-stop shop for everything NFT, though there are several places where you can find high-quality, reliable information as traditional media outlets try to catch up.

Here’s…


Gary Vaynerchuk is a force of nature. For those who don’t know him, the entrepreneur created a $300 million a year social media empire over the course of several years through grit, hard work and by dint of his larger-than-life personality.

And now he’s all in on NFTs.

A couple of hours ago, Gary Vee, as he’s popularly known, launched a pioneering NFT collection called VeeFriends. It’s a series of 10,255 character tokens available for purchase via the cryptocurrency Ethereum. …


And how much money are creators & NFT marketplaces making, anyway?

Boston Blockchain Week last week offered a stellar session titled, “Everything you didn’t know about NFTs” — and the panel lived up to its name by providing a wealth of information about the NFT landscape. (For a beginner’s guide to NFTs and crypto, see our NFT glossary.)

What’s striking about the nonfungible token/cryptocurrency space is how transparent the players and stakeholders are. Perhaps that’s not a surprise, given the public nature of blockchain data and the open protocols that power the space. Still, it’s an enormous contrast to the Big Tech landscape that emerged from the Web 2.0 era.

Boston Blockchain Week panelists clockwise from top left: moderator Katie Mulligan, Angela Minster and Christian Dittmeier.

Angela…


One of the top events in the crypto space each year is Boston Blockchain Week, and this year’s virtual conference is no exception, with a stellar lineup that last week featured the CEOs of SuperRare and Rarible, two of the top-performing crypto marketplaces, discussing the future of the NFT landscape.

For those new to the space, both SuperRare and Rarible are marketplaces where artists turn their original single-edition digital works into tokenized assets and collectors buy them. It’s still a young space with only a few hundred artists on each site, but they’re starting to earn some real coin.

SuperRare…


On the April 30 Real Time With Bill Maher, the comedian closed out the HBO show with an 8-minute New Rules segment that excoriated the cryptocurrency “mania” sweeping the land. The rant immediately went viral on social media — with the video above now at 1.2 million views on YouTube — and it immediately spawned a wealth of “OK, boomer” tweets, earning him a new moniker on Twitter: Grandpa Bill.

Maher likes to mix things up on his show, and let’s remember, he hosts an entertainment show, not a financial news program on CNBC.

So what are we to…


Get ready for Web 3.0, where power shifts to digital creators

Back in the go-go days of the Internet, 2004 to 2011, I attended every Web 2.0 conference put on by Tim O’Reilly and John Battelle. I wore three hats, as a tech entrepreneur (our groundbreaking venture Ourmedia.org …


A billionaire angel investor envisions the future of NFTs & digital art

Third in a series on NFTs: Unlocking the potential of the Digital Economy.

You may not have heard of MetaKovan. But you will. MetaKovan (real name Vignesh Sundaresan) is a Singapore-based blockchain entrepreneur, coder and angel investor who made worldwide headlines last month when he snapped up Beeple’s digital collage “Everydays: The First 5000 Days” for a cool $69 million.

It wasn’t his first digital dance with the artworld, not will it be his last. As the Washington Post reported:

MetaKovan says he purchased 20 artworks by Beeple for $2.2 million in December and decided to make shares of…


Head of Dapper Labs discusses reasons behind huge early traction of NBA Top Shot

Second in a series on NFTs: Unlocking the potential of the Digital Economy.

It all started with some weird-looking cats.

During a 3½-hour webinar titled “Understanding the NFT Opportunity” by Inside.com the other day, an entrepreneur named Roham Gharegozlou (let’s just call him by his first name, like Serena, Tiger or LeBron) dazzled the participants with an overview of the potential of NFTs to change the world.

And it all started with some weird-looking cats.

Roham, you see, is the founder of CryptoKitties, the online game on Ethereum developed by his Vancouver-based studio Dapper Labs that allows players to…


A detail from artist Krista Kim’s Mars House, which sold last month as an NFT for $636,000 US.

First in a series on NFTs: Unlocking the potential of the Digital Economy.

With the burgeoning interest in the investor community around all things NFT (nonfungible tokens), prominent angel investor Jason Calacanis and his Inside.com crew recently hosted a 3½-hour webinar called “Understanding the NFT Opportunity.”

And while that might sound like a dry topic, it turned out to be an illuminating summit with some of the sector’s most prominent figures laying out their vision of what’s ahead in this emerging world.

While some skeptics dismiss NFTs as a fad or a soon-to-burst bubble, the builders in the space are…

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