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Taker Protocol Raises $3M to Transform NFT Liquidity and Utilization

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New York, United States, 20th September, 2021,

Taker Protocol, a crypto liquidity protocol for NFTs, has raised $3 million from a number of reputable investors to build new financial primitives into the burgeoning NFT market.

The round was led by Electric Capital, with DCG, Ascentive Assets, Dragonfly Capital, Spartan Group, The LAO, Sfermion and Morningstar Ventures participating as well.  

Taker Protocol focuses on improving the liquidity available in the NFT market. Due to the unique non-fungible structure of NFTs, existing DeFi primitives are difficult to integrate into the market, resulting in significant issues in terms of overall liquidity. The value of an NFT is extremely volatile and often effectively becomes zero as no buyers can be found at any reasonable price. Furthermore, NFTs are difficult to use productively after purchase and often end up forgotten in the user’s wallet.

Taker Protocol aims to solve the worst of the liquidity issues. Allowing lenders and borrowers to liquidate and rent assets that aren’t cryptocurrencies creates new liquidity streams and opportunities. For Taker, these assets will include NFTs, financial papers, synthetic assets, and much more. 

The TKR token defines membership in the Taker DAO, which has several key functions in the system. In addition to setting loan-to-value rates and other parameters in the protocol, the DAO will also contribute in fairly appraising a particular NFT or NFT collection. This means that each asset supported by Taker will have a guaranteed fair floor price. In return, TKR holders will be able to obtain rewards and receive a portion of platform income. 

The funds received will help Taker launch the full version of the protocol across multiple chains, including Ethereum, Polygon, Solana, BSC and Near. The support of major stakeholders and participants in the NFT ecosystem will also help further development of the project.

Taker DAO contains many different Curator DAOs (Sub-DAOs), each sub-DAO will manage their own whitelist and a floor price for any NFT on their whitelist if the borrower defaults on the loan. We believe that it is best to mitigate the risks for our lenders by carefully selecting the NFT assets that our community desires and trusts the most. Aligning the interest of the DAOs with that of the lenders, we will mitigate the risk exposure for the lenders and optimize the profits for the DAOs. Moreover, each sub-DAO will have its own funds and can choose to focus exclusively on a specific type of NFT assets. For example, it could be artworks-only or Metaverse-only. 

Taker Co-Founder Angel Xu comments:

“We are absolutely thrilled to welcome so many well-established investment funds to the team. Their participation heralds an exciting new phase for the protocol as we seek to address persistent problems in the NFT lending market for the benefit of end-users. This investment will enable us to further optimize liquidation of NFT assets across multiple blockchains, removing the barriers to entry that prevent new players from entering the market.”

“Taker Protocol is using an innovative approach to solve the biggest problem in the NFT space — lack of liquidity. With Taker, we are one step closer to the world where anyone anywhere can use their NFT assets to take out a loan.” (Maria Shen, Partner at Electric Capital)

About Taker

NFT DeFi: Taker is the first protocol to provide liquidity to the NFT market through a DAO. It is a multi-strategy, cross-chain lending protocol for lenders and borrowers to liquidate and rent all kinds of crypto assets, including financial papers, synthetic assets, and more. Taker provides ensured liquidity via our lenderDao infrastructure and extensions that could be integrated into NFT marketplaces.

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Source: https://www.crypto-news.net/taker-protocol-raises-3m-to-transform-nft-liquidity-and-utilization/

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SEC helped Ether Surpass XRP, Ripple CEO

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Ripple CEO Brad Garlinghouse has said that Ether (ETH) overtook the company’s XRP token by market capitalisation because of the US Securities and Exchanges Commission (SEC).

According to Garlinghouse, the US regulator’s approach towards ETH largely encouraged investors, giving it a free pass that enabled the smart contract platform’s native token to overtake XRP in the market.

 “Within the last few years, XRP was the second most valuable digital asset. As it became clear the SEC had given a hall pass to ETH, ETH obviously has kind of exploded and that clarity has helped,” he said.

Ripple’s XRP currently occupies the seventh spot among the largest cryptocurrencies, with a market cap of $52 billion according to data from CoinGecko. Ethereum has held the second spot for the last four years after deposing XRP during the 2017 bull run.  The Ether (ETH) cryptocurrency currently has a market cap of over $490 billion after its price surged to set a new all-time high above $4,000.

In comments made on Thursday 21 October at the DC Fintech Week, the Ripple exec also claimed that the SEC’s approach was based on “outdated” laws. He also wondered why a former official at the agency had found it easier to say Ethereum was not a security, yet SEC Chair Gary Gensler cannot make the same pronouncement.

Garlinghouse’s comments come at a time Ripple is battling the US watchdog’s charge that XRP is a security illegally sold by Ripple Labs and the company’s top brass. The company has also faced class-action lawsuits before.

Despite these events, more XRP holders feel the SEC has unfairly targeted Ripple, a view Garlinghouse also holds. According to him, there almost 50,000 holders of the token “are trying to sue the SEC for ‘protecting them‘.”

The tussle has seen the court allow XRP holders to become amicus curiae or friends of the court. However, the same judge handling the Ripple vs. SEC case ruled that token holders cannot join the proceedings as defendants.

XRP has lost about 67% of its value since touching an all-time high of $3.40 on 7 January 2018. However, its current price of around $1.11 means its value is up more than 27% in the past 30 days and more than 340% up since this time last year.

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THORChain Jumps 35% on Ethereum Trading Restart 

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Cryptoeats Disappears After Raising £500K From Token Sale

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Cryptoeats, a company that reportedly raised 8 million in a Series A funding round to build a crypto-based Ubereats alternative, disappeared after launching its token. According to estimations, the startup might have taken more than £500K from investors after the launch of its official token dubbed “eats.” The alleged scam was promoted by UK influencers and manufactured related apparel, and even hosting a launching party in London.

Cryptoeats Initiative Vanishes After Token Launch

Cryptoeats, a company that proposed to build a crypto-based Ubereats alternative, vanished from the internet just minutes after launching its official token. The company, which had an official website and claimed to have raised funds to build their proposal, stated it had run a public beta of the service, partnering with food chains like Nando’s and McDonald’s.

Furthermore, the startup claimed it had already onboarded more than 100,000 customers, who have signed up to download the app and use it on launch day. But the developers of eats, the native token of the platform, emptied the wallet holding the funds coming from the initial token sale, stealing more than £500K from investors, according to reports. Soon after this, all of the social media accounts of the startup disappeared, along with its website.

Cryptoeats Looked Legit

Cryptoeats worried about looking legitimate before disappearing. The company first outed a PR statement where it claimed it had raised $8 million in its series A funding round in 2020. The PR statement, that was published on October 16, declared the company was “set to take a large slice of the $16.6 billion delivery app market.” The statement was issued using Globenewswire and was featured on Yahoo Finance’s website, but both references have been eliminated now.

At a local level, Cryptoeats also did its work bringing U.K. influencers to promote the new initiative among their fanbase. Joey Essex, a reality TV celebrity that promoted Cryptoeats, stated to local media he lamented the situation. Essex stressed:

I’m fuming. This company used my name to dupe lots of people into investing money. It’s disgusting and I feel bad for anybody in that situation.

But Essex was not the only local celebrity that promoted Cryptoeats. Lots of other influencers attended a launch party last week in London, where Cryptoeats apparel was shown and worn by some of the assistants.

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