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Miko Matsumura and others at Crypto Underground event

Crypto Degenerates and the Future of NFTs

Last week’s Crypto Underground extravaganza promised to predict the future of Web3: “NFTs: Punks vs Apes or Punks and Apes – Where is it all going?” Drinks and hors d’oeuvres were free and plentiful as the crowd of 200 began…

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Panel of Women Entrepreneurs

The Future is Female, and It’s Already Here

Women are taking charge in business, was the message last week at Shack15’s engaging “Future is Female” event. A packed crowd of nearly 200 mostly female investors, entrepreneurs and others united to celebrate women’s power, represented by an impressive panel…

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Are You Ready for the Metaverse Wars?

To write this story about the metaverse, I first had to tear myself away from reading Ready Player One, which is all about, well, the metaverse. Set in 2045, this prescient 2014 sci-fi novel describes a world in which, having…

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Axie Infinity axolotls

Game or Job? The Crypto Play-to-Earn Model

How can you escape the harsh reality of living through the pandemic? For many of us, the answer is games. Plugging into an alternate universe offers instant psychic and emotional vacations. We can try on new identities, connect with others,…

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