Curios Raises $5MM in Six Days; Providing On-Ramp to NFT Utility Increases Global Adoption of Web3 amidst Crypto Winter

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Curios is a Web3 platform that allows everyone to mint and sells NFTs easily. Its early adopters include 8,000+ registered NFT marketplaces, businesses, and creators selling over 1 million NFTs to date on their branded platforms powered by Curios.

The company has now announced that it has raised $5 million in a seed round via Regulation-CF. This was raised in around six days which contrary to what the world is witnessing right now, proves that the appetite for Web3 is strong for companies that are offering a clear vision, genuine product, and traction. Funds were raised via Republic, a widely used equity funding platform.

The company’s mission is to bring NFTs to “the other 90%” of the world by developing Web3 bridges including fiat payments onramps, custodial crypto wallets, and more. Speaking of the company’s vision, the Founder of Curios, Grant Powell said, “Curios’ vision is that any asset on any blockchain or wallet, in any Metaverse, game or marketplace, can be easily acquired, managed, liquidated or moved without needing to know the intricacies of how the underlying blockchain technologies work.”

“Curios’ vision is that any asset on any blockchain or wallet, in any Metaverse, game or marketplace, can be easily acquired, managed, liquidated or moved without needing to know the intricacies of how the underlying blockchain technologies work.”

– Grant Powell, Founder of Curios

“Most NFT experiences alienate the 90-95% of the world who neither have a crypto wallet nor own cryptocurrencies,” added Grant Powell, Founder of Curios. Describing itself as a “feature-forward” and “user-experience-first,” the company’s mission is to innovate and push the boundaries of functionality in the NFT space, focusing to streamline the user’s experience and lower the barriers to entry for the average customer (i.e., non-crypto experts).

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The company has been creating NFT technologies since 2020 and when asked about how it is planning to use the funding, the Founder said, “Curios will grow its product and engineering teams to continue evolving the “Curios Protocol” layer and browser-based tools, making it easy for any creator, enterprise, or developer to build robust NFT experiences with little to zero knowledge of blockchain technology. We firmly believe in a future where creators are being directly compensated for their work and we want to use these funds to create tools where creators of all sorts can leverage the immense power of NFTs and the blockchain to engage directly with their fans.”

On asking about the future of NFTs and Cryptocurrencies, he said, “Crypto as a whole saw some interesting shakeouts in 2021, with overleveraged companies finding themselves underwater. These newsworthy events have led to a narrative that crypto’s sunny days are over, however, NFTs solve a very special problem – the ability to prove ownership of something intangible. Most consumers are tired of renting their digital content from a giant organization. With no chance at ownership, users’ funds and access are beholden to these organizations. Additionally, the sellers of this content lose the majority of their revenue to these giant distribution companies. NFTs fix both issues, allowing users to actually own their content in a decentralized manner and the creators can get all or most of the revenues for this.”

“These newsworthy events have led to a narrative that crypto’s sunny days are over, however, NFTs solve a very special problem – the ability to prove ownership of something intangible.”

“We believe the future to be extremely bright for NFT technology and blockchains, as many of the current economic headwinds are a result of mismanagement and greed by major organizations with the taxpayer left holding the bag or propping up the economy. Blockchains and NFTs put the power back into the hands of the creators and put responsibility for those items into the hands of the consumer. We think these features will only increase in adoption and payments and ownership across the internet will look totally different over the next five years,” he added.

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Curios’ REST API has been made in a way that it puts the power of all its functionalities and features into the hands of developers of games, marketplaces, and metaverses. So that these developers can focus to build powerful experiences without getting worried about payment settling, blockchain integration, or related implementation challenges.

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