The world is waking up to NFTs as an asset class. Jack Dorsey’s first tweet, Grimes’ artworks, or a clip of Lebron dunking — A-List celebrities, artists, and businesses have started to dip their toes in this new technology.
What are NFTs?
For the uninitiated, Non-Fungible Tokens (NFTs) are digital assets with blockchain-managed ownership. Amongst many things, blockchain technology is now unlocking supercharged utilities for digital goods and we at Woodstock are more than excited to be a part of this growth journey.
History of NFTs
NFTs technology demonstrated a proof of concept and achieved a super growth phase back in 2017 with the popular game CryptoKitties. The game which featured ‘breedable’ unique non fungible virtual kittens achieved its peak of 17,500 DAU before the crypto market crash. As the dust settled down, the technology didn’t and silently great projects like OpenSea and Terra Virtua were being built that would soon lead the sector into mass adoption.
Why are NFTs exciting?
NFTs have the following attributes which supercharges their utility:
- Standardization: By representing NFTs on blockchains, developers can build common, reusable, inheritable code. These include basic functions such as ownership, transfer, and simple access control.
- Verified ownership: Blockchain provides immutable ownership records
- Control over secondary transactions: Royalties on the resale of art, music, books, etc.Event hosts can ban secondary ticket sale for exclusive events
- Fraud protection: Fake items eliminated as the origin is instantly verifiable. An important feature for tickets, gaming items, and art
Some exciting use cases of NFTs include Gaming, Digital Art, collectibles, and digital content. We see promising applications like the fan caves, community games, trading cards and collectibles like the limited edition NFTs launched on the 50th anniversary of Mohammad Ali’s ‘Fight of the Century’.
However, the true use cases of this simple yet ground breaking technology is wide with endless possibilities. For instance, Persistence.one tokenizes unique physical assets on the blockchain. Unlocking the potential of NFTs as collateral, the flagship app — Comdex facilitates business financing to increase the speed and efficiency of real-world international trade. Recently a Banksy artwork was put up in flames and sold in an immutable scarce digital form, minted by the NFT protocol SuperFarm.
NFTs have just started gaining mainstream attention as the volumes just made an aesthetic J-curve. The space is still nascent and is at the spot where DeFi was in 2019.
At Woodstock, we started actively looking for projects that have the potential of being category leaders with early Investments in TerraVirtua, Mintbase and Persistence. In 2021 we expanded the portfolio to SuperFarm and Ethernity Chain.
NFTs are on the road to mass adoption and we at Woodstock Fund are positioning ourselves to ride the wave with active investments in the space.
We have covered our NFT thesis in the Woodstock Blog post.
Author: Kratik Lodha
Infographics: Deepa Vishwanathan
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