Top NFT projects to get involved with
I’m longtime friends with Chris Heuer and Kristie Wells, the social media pioneers who founded Social Media Club back in the day. So it was a welcome development, but no huge surprise, to see their involvement in the Web3 space. Chris, along with another longtime friend, Tina Hui, co-hosted the just ended Web 3.1 Leadership Summit and Unconference.
One of Monday morning’s highlilghts came in the session “Favorite NFT projects” with Shira Lazar and Melissa Jun Rowley … who also happen to be longtime friends. They detailed several of their favorite projects, which I think deserve a greater spotlight, so I’m breaking down those projects below. Shira will be appearing on a SXSW panel in two weeks tackling the subject of NFTs hosted by Melissa.
Shira’s favorite NFT projects
Here are some of the projects Shira gave a shout-out to during the Summit/Unconference. They skew heavily toward a personal passion of hers, supporting women-led ventures:
House of First
The @houseoffirst is a launchpad for the new, novel & noteworthy, with an emphasis on remarkable women, including this OpenSea collection. The PFP project is a drop of 5,998 NFTs described by its creator, artist-illustrator Rachel Winter, as “a celebration of women inspired by self-expression, feminism, fashion, and cultural inclusion” and “featuring bold and empowering messages in 15 languages.” Ten percent of the drop proceeds will be donated to the Fund for Women’s Equality. Check it out!
Boss Beauties NFT
@BossBeautiesNFT is a community venture with the credo “A Woman Can Be Everything She Wants,” founded by @lisacmayer of @mysocialcanvas. The project has a Discord group and a 10,000-NFT drop on OpenSea called the Boss Beauties collection. From the group:
For 10 years, it has been our mission to educate and empower the next generation of Women and Girls. The Boss Beauties Collection is an extension of the same passion and goals we have championed for the past decade.
This is a collection of 10,000 unique, independent and strong Women which are also used to access exclusive virtual events and more.
Women Rise NFT
@WomenRiseNFT is a project featuring 10,000 NFTs of women activists, artists, scientists, coders and others rising on the blockchain by @Maliha_z_Art. You can find the collection on Rarible. It’s been quite successful to date, generating $13.8 million in sales to 5,900 owners.
Alpha Girl Club
Melissa Rowley’s projects to watch
Melissa Jun Rowley, who has evolved from being an NFT skeptic to opening an NFT studio, added these four additional projects to keep an eye on: