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Can SolSea become the YouTube for NFTs and take on OpenSea? [VIDEO]

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Can SolSea become the YouTube for NFTs and take on OpenSea? [VIDEO] Liam ‘Akiba’ Wright · 10 hours ago · 1 min read

Solana NFT marketplace SolSea relaunched its Reborn platform last month with a goal to become the YouTube for NFTs

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Updated: July 24, 2022 at 9:10 pm

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In this exclusive interview with SolSea founder Mr. Vito, we talk about Solana NFTs, the utility of NFTs, music’s role in crypto, and the future of NFT interaction. SolSea launched their new Reborn platform last month and is moving towards a new type of NFT marketplace. SolSea’s goal is to become the YouTube of the NFT world, and Vito explains how he plans to do it.

Vitomir Jevremović, a.k.a. “Mr. Vito” is the founder and CEO of All-Art Protocol, VR-All-Art & SolSea NFT marketplace, with a background in both development and business. He has been creating VR, AR, web, blockchain, and mobile apps in the fields of marketing, culture, and education.

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Why this digital artist chose to build on Cosmos and what she expects from web3

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CryptoSlate chatted with María from Women From Cosmos, a female artist-led collection of hand-drawn NFTs. In the chat, María told us:

Tell us about your background. When and why did you become a digital artist/illustrator?

I started my career as a digital illustrator professionally a few years ago. I have been drawing since I can remember. Indeed, I was a really creative child and I was always creating – from making clothes for my dolls, or notebooks & supplies, to thousands of drawings; but I never studied art or anything related to it. In fact, until I decided to change my path, I was working as a Project Manager in the event industry with clients like Samsung, Esteé Lauder, etc.

I collaborated and worked with people who knew I drew before, but it wasn’t until Covid arrived and really hit my industry that I decided to follow my passion: to create. I started working as a freelance illustrator and graphic designer as my main career and at the end of 2021, I entered the NFT world.

How would you describe your work and what art and/or artists helped inspire your work?

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I would describe my work as soft and dreamy, in which I represent empowered and strong women as my main characters.

I think I’d describe my style as cartoonish, probably influenced by all the anime I used to watch and draw when I was a child.

Women and the beauty of nature have always inspired me. And, of course, by my own experiences in life. I tried to create pieces that can make people embrace themselves.

I love Michelangelo; he’s my favorite artist; but I can’t deny that in terms of my NFTs, the ones that have inspired me every day have been my own feelings and memories, my love for nature, and my fellow NFTs artists.

I feel so inspired every time I enter Twitter and see my timeline full of wonderful pieces by people around the world. It’s crazy how much talent there is! To mention a few artists: Habiba Green, Tito Merello, Chris Alliel, Tiffatronn, among so many others.

How did you become interested in web3 and NFTs?

It’s been thanks to my partner, who works as an investor and cryptocurrency advisor and trader, that I discovered NFTs. In the beginning, I entered into the NFTs world as a collector/investor; but after a few months when I realized a lot of 1/1 artists were participating in this amazing path, I decided to jump in with my own work.

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In what ways do you think web3 and NFTs can benefit humanity, and more specifically, artists and creators?

A part of its main advantage of giving us the opportunity to actually own a piece and demonstrate its authenticity of it, in terms of who has created and so on; I think that NFTs give us the opportunity to reinvent ourselves. We can really experiment and create without limits. This time, we’re the owners of our work, we don’t need to follow briefings or clients’ demands; we can be truly free and that’s amazing.

On the other side, NFTs are helping artists and creators to really be able to make a living from their art. Without middlemen or agencies, a lot of artists have found a way to bring proper money home. Moreover, NFTs are a huge open window in terms of career and opportunities. I’ve been collaborating with artists and projects I admire, along with having pieces showcased in art shows I would have never dreamt about before I entered this “world”. 

Why did you choose to build on the Stargaze network on Cosmos?

I’ve been a Cosmonaut for quite a while when I heard about Stargaze, so it was the clear “next step” to follow.

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I applied as Genesis Creator, and when I was chosen by the community, Women From Cosmos became a reality.

I can’t be happier with the decision. The Cosmos community has helped me a lot and given me an incredible welcome that I would never have expected when I started.

In your web3 journey, please tell us about the journey of building a community and connecting with like-minded individuals in the industry?

I’m glad to say it’s been really organic since the beginning, both from my personal account and Women From Cosmos. I’m the only one behind both accounts, and I always follow and interact with people in a natural way. Following new artists and projects I like, engaging in conversations and Twitter Spaces, sharing my work and supporting other artists have been my “way to go” on Twitter and I think it’s how it has to be.

Sometimes I collaborate with other projects on giveaways and so on, but you cannot build your community based on that – those followers will disappear at a certain point. You need to find people who really love what you do and share your same values.

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Fast forward five years from now, what will the adoption of NFTs look like? How integrated into our daily lives will NFTs be?

I think NFTs will be integrated in all kinds of business, from any brand’s project to videogames. Having an NFT that represents the access key to some exclusive services will be normalized and shared by a lot of well-known brands and companies.

Moreover, I think it will be a more improved version of how artists (both small and big ones) can make a career with them, an extended way of democratization of art. We’re starting to live that, but we’re in a really early stage.

What can you tell us about your future plans in NFTs and web3?

Following the Women From Cosmos roadmap, I’ll continue with our project’s main goal: Supporting other female projects, giving all kinds of benefits to our holders, and continuing working on expanding our “universe” to other ecosystems and chains.

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Women From Cosmos was the beginning of a long path in which I want to continue building and growing the community to make this project a referent of 1/1 art in the Cosmos Ecosystem, as well as being able to develop side-projects in which education and helping people to start their web3 journey will be one of the goals.

On the other hand, I want to create a podcast and run streaming videos in which we can have a friendly conversation about the news of the sector, interesting tricks to know and personal experiences from other artists and projects.

I’d love to continue collaborating with other projects to contribute to the growth of our Cosmos Ecosystem, attending international events and, in general, empowering and inspiring other women to follow their dreams.  

What is the best way for those interested to learn more about you and Women of Cosmos?

As simple as DM me both personal or WFC Twitter account! I’m always happy to meet new people around the NFTs and crypto world.

But definitely, join Women From Cosmos Discord (where you’ll find all the information and daily news related to the project) or visit our website.

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Exclusive Interview With Karmesh Gupta, CEO & Co-Founder Of WiJungle

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Information security requires installing and integrating several products from different vendors – which is typically adopted to overcome security challenges on an ad-hoc basis. But systems that have grown robust with growing advanced technologies require a holistic solution that involves combining two or more security services into one platform. WiJungle is the world’s first United Network Security Gateway, an integrated and open security solution provider, which enables visibility and simplicity and maximizes your operational efficiency with automated workflows. Analytics Insight has engaged in an exclusive interview with Karmesh Gupta, CEO & Co-Founder of WiJungle.

1. Kindly brief us about the company, its specialization, and the services that your company offers.

WiJungle is a Unified Network Security Gateway that enables organizations to manage and secure their entire network through a single window. All In One Appliance not only simplifies the management but also cuts the cost of investment by up to 60%. Data Security Council of India recognized WiJungle as among the Most Innovative Product of The Year 2018. Being an initiative under “Make in India”, WiJungle, the only prominent player in the Unified Network Security space, has emerged as the Government’s New Face of Cyber Security. It is extensively serving more than 15 ministries & the PMO in the central government along with numerous state-level organizations.  

2. With what mission and objectives, the company was set up? In short, tell us about your journey since the inception of the company.  

From the beginning the objective of WiJungle was absolutely clear: we wanted to build a global technology product. Here we are talking about 2014 when the technology sector was dominated by foreign products and very few Indian companies were doing well and selling across the globe in that moment of realization, we knew that we have to build a world-class product. The journey so far has been full of ups and downs and changes in 2014 when we thought of coming up with completely free wifi with no time or data limit. We offered this when 1GB of data cost somewhere around 300 INR per month and it was very difficult for people to afford internet. But, due to certain reasons, things didn’t work out for us and we had to bear a big financial loss. Post that we were left with very few resources and this is when we decided to try our luck in IT services. This helped us in covering the 70% of loss we had from serving Patanjali, Indian railways, and others. So, by the end of 2016, we thought of doing a comeback in the product space and we realized that this wasn’t our goal we wanted to create a global product that could bring recognition to our country. So we went back to our initial product that offered free WiFi and turned it into a social wifi service. Initially, we sold the product to 13-14 restaurants in the first month but as we moved to the second month precisely around February 2017, JIO announced their 303-plan offering 1.5 GB of data per day available on JIO phones which was enough for an individual. So, the social WiFi concept was of use only until people didn’t have the liberty to access the new internet plan being offered. Now since data was available in abundance, we realized that social wifi is not the future in this industry and the larger player is already serving a solution to the problem in a much more efficient way. We thought about what to do next. We needed to be ready for the ever-changing industry. That’s when we thought that when every household will have broadband and access to unlimited internet, security will be a major concern and that will be the next phase of the digitization phase of the country. So, we decided to be on the early curve. We were well versed in addressing the gaps which were present in the security market based on our experience and the data we had during the free WiFi implementation. We knew, and the expertise, and we tried our luck in what we knew already and to go into a space that is very promising in the future, and this is how we entered the security market and we came up with the concept of the unified cyber security platform in 2017. It took almost a year to develop the product and now it’s almost been 3 years since we are selling our product worldwide.

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3. Brief us about the proactive Founder/CEO of the company and his/her contributions to the company and the industry.

I started his journey in the second semester of B.Tech when I got the opportunity to work with Rajasthan Royals as a CSR Executive. Since then, there was no looking back and established milestones every day. Due to my keen interest in Cyber Security, I completed his certification in ethical hacking and joined Lucideus Technology as an analyst. Thereafter I served as COO at Decent Solutions, Gwalior, and then later co-founded the startup – HttpCart Technologies (A leading IT product company) in Oct. 2014. In April 2015, HttpCart became the first ever Indian private company to launch a completely Free WiFi – “WiJungle” as a 24*7 monitoring service provider. WiJungle now is a Unified Network Security Gateway Appliance that enables organizations to manage and secure their entire network through a single window. Being the only all-in-one product, WiJungle has a customer base across 25+ countries worldwide.

4. Tell us how your company is contributing to the IoT/AI/Big Data Analytics/Robotics/Self-Driving Vehicles/Cloud Computing industry of the nation and how the company is benefiting the clients.

What I believe is that IOT/AI/Big Data analytics are all representing industry 4.0 and cyber security is also one of the verticals. I keep emphasizing on this that cybersecurity players are the front runners of the industry India’s 30% GDP is constituted by the SNBs which lack money, awareness, and manpower to set up and implement a cyber security structure. So, we as a company are trying our best to empower around 1Bn SNBs by 2025.

5. Kindly share your point of view on the current scenario of Big Data Analytics and its future.

I would rather prefer to highlight the importance of Big Data Analytics from the cyber security industry’s point of view. So, there are multiple products that are being deployed by larger enterprises and their infrastructure. All of these products specialize in producing data and logs and these logs come to a source solution where they are analyzed and derive meaningful analytics. This function is of extreme importance in cybersecurity because when so many devices are generating data it becomes very important to analyze and bring a meaningful conclusion out of it.

6. Kindly mention some of the major challenges the company has faced till now.

Irrespective of the nature of the industry everyone faces challenges daily. Challenges come from different directions. It could be from HR, sales, delivery, or might be something technical. But at the end of the day, these challenges make you stronger and the experiences help in dealing with future problems.

7. What is your biggest USP that differentiates the company from competitors?

WiJungle is a unified network security gateway that helps organizations to manage and safeguard their entire local area network through a single window. The Gartner listed product robustly serves industry verticals like enterprises, education, hospitality, healthcare, BFSI, transportation, retail, defense, smart cities, events, etc. across 20+ countries worldwide. Nasscom & Data Security Council of India recognized WiJungle among ‘The Most Innovative Product of The Year 2018’.

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Founded in 2017, WiJungle develops and markets the ‘Unified Cyber Security Platform’ and currently serves the government as well as private giants. The company is also among the highest-rated vendors on Gartner in network security and caters to the cybersecurity needs of businesses across multiple countries. Being the world’s first Unified Cyber Security Platform, WiJungle solves the complexity of cybersecurity and data protection.

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Vitalik Buterin calls out ETHW hard fork proponents as “trying to make a quick buck”

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Vitalik Buterin calls out ETHW hard fork proponents as “trying to make a quick buck” Liam ‘Akiba’ Wright · 5 seconds ago · 2 min read

Vitalik Buterin believes a proof-of-work hard fork of Ethereum is being pushed by “people who own exchanges trying to make a quick buck.”

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Updated: August 6, 2022 at 4:36 am

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Speaking in a closed press conference during South Korea Blockchain Week, Ethereum founder, Vitalik Buterin, called people pushing for a hard fork of Ethereum to retain proof-of-stake “simply trying to make a quick buck.”

Justin Sun recently announced support for a hard fork of Ethereum post-merge by listing two new tokens on his Poloniex exchange. The tokens will be named ETHS and ETHW, related to proof-of-stake and proof-of-work, respectively. ETHW will represent a newly created hard fork of Ethereum where GPU miners continue to mine Ethereum after the merge of the Beacon chain. Some Chinese miners have reportedly signed up to be a part of this new chain in conjunction with Justin Sun.

Further, Sun is looking to incentivize a move to fork Ethereum to retain a version of the current network within a proof-of-work chain. He is offering up to 1 million ETHW to build a developer community should the chain become realized.

We currently have more than 1 million #ETH. If #Ethereum hard fork succeeds, we will donate some forked #ETHW to #ETHW community and developers to build #ethereum ecosystem. https://t.co/ee4kGSuVoK

— H.E. Justin Sun🌞🇬🇩 (@justinsuntron) August 4, 2022

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Vitalik stated that he has seen nothing but support for proof-of-stake from within the community and noted that most people who want to retain proof-of-stake are “outsiders” from the Ethereum ecosystem.

Justin Sun, the founder of the Tron blockchain, is undoubtedly an outsider to the Ethereum ecosystem by many accounts. Vitalik also referenced that proponents of a hard fork “own exchanges and are just trying to make a quick buck.”

Speaking on a question as to whether a hard fork could cause issues with NFTs living on both forked chains, Vitalik replied, “I foresee market confusion if that proof-of-work hard fork becomes something substantial.”

However, Vitalik quickly put the onus on the proof-of-work chain instead of accepting that this could cause issues with what many will consider “mainnet.” Should a fork gain traction, Vitalik expressed, “I’m sure there’s going to be problems… if they want to make a fork, it’s on them to mitigate those problems.”

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