NFT avatar startup Genies valued at $1B following Collection C funding spherical

Nonfungible token (NFT) startup Genies has secured $150 million in Collection C funding at a valuation of $1 billion, making it the most recent crypto-focused platform to achieve “unicorn” standing. 

The funding spherical was led by California-based personal fairness agency Silver Lake, which manages $88 billion in property as of 2021, with further participation from present buyers Tamarack International, BOND and NEA. Genies mentioned the funding will go in direction of growing inside capability in its engineering division in addition to investing in new applied sciences.

Based in 2017, Genies is an avatar expertise firm that first got down to goal social media and messaging platforms. Now, it’s attempting to capitalize on the metaverse, a type of catch-all phrase for firms seeking to bridge the bodily and digital worlds. The platform allows customers to create avatars that may be deployed in digital worlds. Its NFT market, dubbed “The Warehouse,” is constructed with Dapper Labs.

Genies claims to have gained 99% market share for celeb avatars via official partnerships with Common Music Group and Warner Music Group.

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Since peaking in September 2021, month-to-month NFT gross sales have moderated considerably. Supply: NonFungible

Whereas NFT gross sales have slowed significantly from their peak final September, metaverse initiatives seem like respiration new life into the business. Information from analytics agency Nansen just lately revealed that the NFT market’s metaverse section is rising quickly regardless of its overly speculative nature. Nansen classifies land, actual property NFTs, avatars and utility NFTs as metaverse performs.

Regardless of excessive volatility, the NFT market is rising at a quicker clip than the broader cryptocurrency market, based on Nansen.