SEATTLE, December 15, 2022 – (SEAPRWire) – Nametag, creators of the new standard for end-user identity verification with web3, today announced a $2 million seed round co-led by GSRV and OKX Ventures, with participation from Coinbase Ventures, Alchemy Ventures, Continue Capital, Mask Network, and Project Galaxy, along with strategic angels Cryptodog, Spencer Yang, and Wesley Fei. Nametag will be utilizing these funds to support their mission of empowering users to take ownership of their own digital identities and interact in new ways.
Nametag is a social profile that allows a to showcase their digital collections and accomplishments on the platforms they use the most. This is powered by the Nametag Web Extension which enables users to preview verified credentials (Nokens) and badges collected by other users. Nokens represent a person’s actions online. This includes in-game rankings and assets, notable followers, and community involvement across the Internet. Users can curate galleries of their collectibles, achievements, and badges that will appear across all of the Nametag supported apps! To start, users will be able to see each others’ Nametag profiles directly on Youtube, Twitter, and Discord.
When Nametag was launched in late spring of 2021, the team envisioned an Internet where an individual’s username is universally recognized and owned. Gone are the days of platforms “lending” you a handle. Nametag knew using NFTs as proof of ownership tokens was only the beginning. Since, it has evolved to become an interoperable social profile that platforms can utilize. Currently, there are 150,000 users who have interacted with the Nametag ecosystem, of which 50,000 are unique holders.
Nametag wants to help onboard the next 100 million users into crypto. It is imperative to meet users where they are, on the platforms they are already using. By enabling Nokens, Nametag will be the catalyst for the gamification of the Internet. Some examples include displaying one’s in-game rank and rare items, being followed by industry leaders, or badges issued by your favorite influencers. The things people are proud of today can be shared anywhere online, which includes all things social, gaming, educational, and professional.
“We know that people have been collecting digital goods for a long time, and we’re proud to be the profile that lets them share those goods universally,” said Victor Cheng, CEO of Nametag.
“Enabling users to have great social experiences is a key element in growing the web3 ecosystem, as we are starting to see communities form around NFTs, gaming and other types of media,” said Wei Li Tan, partner at GSRV. “We are excited with how Nametag is enabling users to form universal social identities and rapidly build communities around shared interests, across any type of media.”
“OKX Ventures is proud to co-lead the seed round for Nametag, a company that we believe will help ignite the next wave of web3 adoption,” said Jeff Ren, head of OKX Ventures. “By leveraging interoperability, creativity, and identity, Nametag is opening new doors for consumers to join the metaverse with decentralized social profiles. We look forward to helping Nametag scale to millions of crypto users.”
Find out more about Nametag at www.nametag.org.
Nametag aims to bridge the gap between legacy social media and web3 with a cross-chain, cross-platform service for decentralized usernames and social identity. With Nametag, users can install a Chrome or Brave browser extension to have their web3 username and digital collectibles displayed on sites like Twitter, Discord, and YouTube. Digital collectibles can be anything like NFTs, Achievements, or Nametag’s Noken. Nametag supports all Ethereum, Solana, and Arbitrum assets, and will continue to add more chains as they gain popularity.
GSRV is an institutional web3 investor with a flexible partnership-driven investment approach, blending crypto-native expertise with more than a decade of global venture scaling experiences. For more information, visit www.gsrv.fund.
About OKX Ventures
OKX Ventures is the investment arm of world-leading crypto platform OKX. With an initial capital of $100 million, OKX Ventures funds innovative blockchain projects building web3 infrastructure, Layer2 solutions, DeFi protocols, NFT and metaverse applications, and more. Broadly, OKX Ventures invests capital and resources into high-quality teams and long-term structural value investments to support sustainable blockchain industry development. Learn more at okx.com/ventures.
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