BRC-420: A Game Changer For The NFT Market And Web3

BRC-420: A Game Changer For The NFT Market And Web3

Non-fungible tokens (NFTs) are unique digital assets that represent ownership and authenticity of various forms of content, such as art, music, games, and collectibles. NFTs have exploded in popularity in the past few years, especially on the Ethereum blockchain, where platforms like OpenSea, Rarible, and SuperRare have enabled creators and collectors to buy, sell, and trade NFTs with ease. However, Ethereum is not the only blockchain that supports NFTs. In fact, one of the oldest and most secure blockchains, Bitcoin, has also been home to a vibrant NFT ecosystem since 2018, thanks to the innovation of Bitcoin Ordinals.

Bitcoin Ordinals is a protocol that allows anyone to create and transfer NFTs on the Bitcoin blockchain, using a standard called BRC-20. BRC-20 is similar to ERC-20, the most widely used token standard on Ethereum, but with some key differences. For example, BRC-20 tokens are not smart contracts, but rather simple data structures that are embedded in Bitcoin transactions. This means that BRC-20 tokens are more lightweight, secure, and interoperable than ERC-20 tokens, as they inherit the properties and benefits of the Bitcoin network. Moreover, BRC-20 tokens can be easily integrated with existing Bitcoin wallets and services, without requiring any additional software or infrastructure.

However, BRC-20 is not without its limitations. One of the main challenges is that it does not support metadata, which is essential for NFTs. Metadata is the information that describes the attributes and characteristics of an NFT, such as its name, description, image, creator, and provenance. Without metadata, they are essentially indistinguishable from each other, and rely on external sources to provide context and meaning. This makes BRC-20 tokens less expressive, discoverable, and valuable than their Ethereum counterparts.

This is where BRC-420 comes in. BRC-420 is a new protocol that extends BRC-20 with metadata capabilities, enabling the creation of rich and diverse NFTs on Bitcoin. It was announced in September 2023, at the inaugural Ordinals Summit in Singapore, by Domo, the creator of the BRC-20 protocol. This protocol is inspired by ERC-721, the most popular NFT standard on Ethereum, but with some novel features and improvements. It consists of two parts: Metaverse Standards and Inscription Royalties.

Metaverse Standards are a set of open-source formats and specifications that define how metadata is stored and accessed. This standard supports various types of content, such as game items, multimedia, and art, and ensure that they are compatible and interoperable across different platforms and applications. It also leverage decentralized storage solutions, such as IPFS and Arweave, to ensure that metadata is persistent and censorship-resistant. This means that BRC-420 tokens are not dependent on any centralized server or authority, and can exist independently on the Bitcoin blockchain.

Inscription Royalties are a mechanism that allows creators to receive a percentage of the secondary sales of their BRC-420 tokens. They are embedded in the metadata, and are enforced by the marketplaces and platforms that support BRC-420. They are optional and customizable, meaning that creators can choose whether to enable them or not, and how much to charge. Inscription Royalties are designed to foster sustainability and reward long-term vision in the NFT space, by incentivizing creators to produce high-quality and original content, and by giving them a fair share of the value they generate.

In my humble opinion, BRC-420 is a game changer for the NFT market and Web3, as it brings the power and potential of NFTs to the Bitcoin blockchain. It combines the best of both worlds: the security, scalability, and simplicity of Bitcoin, and the expressiveness, diversity, and creativity of NFTs. It also opens up new possibilities and opportunities for creators and collectors, as well as for developers and entrepreneurs, who can build and innovate on top of BRC-420. It also enhances the user experience and adoption of NFTs, as it lowers the barriers to entry and reduces the costs and complexities associated with NFTs on other blockchains.

This is not a short-term fad, but rather a long-term vision for the future of the web. They are part of the broader movement of Web3, which aims to create a more decentralized, open, and fair internet, where users have more control and ownership over their data and content. It is aligned with the ethos and values of Web3, as it empowers users to create, share, and monetize their own NFTs, without relying on any intermediary or middleman. It is also compatible and complementary with other Web3 technologies and protocols, such as DeFi, DAOs, and DIDs, creating a rich and vibrant ecosystem of decentralized applications and services.

It is still in its early stages of development and adoption, and faces many challenges and uncertainties. For example, they need to overcome the technical and regulatory hurdles that Bitcoin faces, such as scalability, privacy, and compliance. This new protocol also needs to gain more awareness and support from the Bitcoin and NFT communities, as well as from the wider public and mainstream media. It also needs to prove its value proposition and differentiation from other NFT standards and platforms, and to demonstrate its use cases and benefits for various industries and sectors.

However, BRC-420 also has many advantages and opportunities, as it leverages the strength and reputation of Bitcoin, the most established and trusted blockchain in the world. It also benefits from the innovation and collaboration of the Ordinals Protocol, the leading project and community behind Bitcoin Ordinals. It also has the potential to attract and inspire new and existing users and creators, who are looking for a more accessible, affordable, and authentic way to participate in the NFT market and Web3.

To conclude, BRC-420 is a promising and exciting protocol that aims to revolutionize the NFT market and Web3, by bringing them to the Bitcoin blockchain. It is a win-win solution for all stakeholders involved, as it offers more freedom, choice, and value for users, creators, and developers. BRC-420 is not a hype or a bubble, but a reality and a trend, that will shape and define the future of the web. It is here to stay, and we should expect to see more developments and achievements in the coming months and years.

 

Source: https://www.benzinga.com/24/02/37076928/brc-420-a-game-changer-for-the-nft-market-and-web3

Anndy Lian is an early blockchain adopter and experienced serial entrepreneur who is known for his work in the government sector. He is a best selling book author- “NFT: From Zero to Hero” and “Blockchain Revolution 2030”.

Currently, he is appointed as the Chief Digital Advisor at Mongolia Productivity Organization, championing national digitization. Prior to his current appointments, he was the Chairman of BigONE Exchange, a global top 30 ranked crypto spot exchange and was also the Advisory Board Member for Hyundai DAC, the blockchain arm of South Korea’s largest car manufacturer Hyundai Motor Group. Lian played a pivotal role as the Blockchain Advisor for Asian Productivity Organisation (APO), an intergovernmental organization committed to improving productivity in the Asia-Pacific region.

An avid supporter of incubating start-ups, Anndy has also been a private investor for the past eight years. With a growth investment mindset, Anndy strategically demonstrates this in the companies he chooses to be involved with. He believes that what he is doing through blockchain technology currently will revolutionise and redefine traditional businesses. He also believes that the blockchain industry has to be “redecentralised”.

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Ether Rock NFT to Sell For $600K? Bull Market Logic Says Yes

Ether Rock NFT to Sell For $600K? Bull Market Logic Says Yes

With Bitcoin hitting $52K and the entire crypto market riding on an upward trajectory, it’s safe to say we’ve entered a bull market.

Most of the top 10 non-stablecoin cryptocurrencies have enjoyed double-figure percentage returns over the week, signalling unified momentum to buy, buy, buy.

Basking in the glory of this market momentum, investors are finally reaping their rewards after months, if not years of agony.

But just how far is this burst of optimism spreading? After all, the crypto market is notoriously renowned for bogus projects and worthless assets. The infamous Ether Rock NFT collection is a prime example of this.

Rock N Sold

Developed by an anonymous creator in December 2017, Ether Rocks is a CC0 JPEG clipart collection of 100 rocks, which vary in colours but are identical in shape and size.

The project is inspired by Gary Dahl’s 1975 satirical Pet Rock in which people subscribed to the humorous idea of purchasing a rock as a pet. Each rock was packaged in custom cardboard boxes, complete with ventilation holes and straw bedding. Dahl’s absurd concept took the market by storm, selling over 1 million Pet Rocks for $4 each.

Ether Rocks takes a leaf out of Dahl’s bizarre marketing campaign by utilizing the power of community, hype, and satire, whilst offering zero utility to the user.

All 100 Ether Rocks have already been sold but global auction house Sotheby’s is listing one of the NFTs in a sealed-bid auction between 14-21 February 2024.

“By bringing the iconic Pet Rock concept into the digital age through blockchain technology, Ether Rocks invites us to reconsider the boundaries of value, ownership, and cultural significance in the ever-evolving landscape of unconventional trends,” Sotheby’s explains on its auction page.

With an estimate of $500,000 to $700,000, the NFT’s price is mindblowing for non-crypto natives and amazes even the most seasoned crypto enthusiast. Considering each Ether Rock was minted starting at 0.01 ETH, with the last Rock selling at 10 ETH at the time, today’s price of these NFTs is nothing short of astronomical.

Yet, its suggested price range could be regarded as conservative. Earlier this week, Ether Rock #19 was purchased for 279 ETH – worth $739,015 at the time. Its value is now closer to $800,000.

Crypto betting site Polymarket reflects a 63% chance that the Ether Rock will sell for over $600,000 at Sotheby’s auction.

In fact, if the Rock sells for the anticipated target of $600,000, it will only be less than half the price of the collection’s highest sale. In 2021, the most expensive Rock was sold for 420 ETH, costing $1,397,277 at the time.

Rolling Stones, Rolling Markets

The strength of Ether Rocks has largely been on par with the strength of the overall crypto market. When the project hit its all-time high sale in November 2021, the crypto market was in extreme bull mode. Ethereum was above $4K and Bitcoin cleared $60K.

Sotheby’s Ether Rock auction comes at a perfect time as the market is generating momentum in today’s bull cycle.

Whether Ethereum can return to its previous highs is yet to be seen but its strength will certainly be reflected in the price that Ether Rock sells for as investors look for diverse avenues to park their money in.

As Blockhead contributor Anndy Lian explains, “The crypto market is anticipated to be more bullish. This brings the degen narrative back to the scene where this is a way to show their social & cultural capital of the NFTs.”

“Wrapped Ether Rock and BAYC are not just digital assets, but also symbols of status and identity in the NFT community,” Lian added on his blog. “Owning a Wrapped Ether Rock gives the holder a sense of prestige and history, as they own a piece of the early days of NFTs.”

 

Source: https://www.blockhead.co/2024/02/15/ether-rock-nft-to-sell-for-600k-bull-market-logic-says-yes/

Anndy Lian is an early blockchain adopter and experienced serial entrepreneur who is known for his work in the government sector. He is a best selling book author- “NFT: From Zero to Hero” and “Blockchain Revolution 2030”.

Currently, he is appointed as the Chief Digital Advisor at Mongolia Productivity Organization, championing national digitization. Prior to his current appointments, he was the Chairman of BigONE Exchange, a global top 30 ranked crypto spot exchange and was also the Advisory Board Member for Hyundai DAC, the blockchain arm of South Korea’s largest car manufacturer Hyundai Motor Group. Lian played a pivotal role as the Blockchain Advisor for Asian Productivity Organisation (APO), an intergovernmental organization committed to improving productivity in the Asia-Pacific region.

An avid supporter of incubating start-ups, Anndy has also been a private investor for the past eight years. With a growth investment mindset, Anndy strategically demonstrates this in the companies he chooses to be involved with. He believes that what he is doing through blockchain technology currently will revolutionise and redefine traditional businesses. He also believes that the blockchain industry has to be “redecentralised”.

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Private Market News – 2/2/24 by Securitize

Private Market News – 2/2/24 by Securitize
Thanks, Securitize, for featuring my article on #RWA in the newsletter.

Private Market News – 2/2/24

This week’s highlights: Jamie Finn shares his thoughts on investing in private equity, Securitize Japan makes headlines with a new partnership, Morgan Stanley has big plans for private credit, and tokenized RWAs continue to gain momentum.


Jamie Finn on Investing in Private Equity

In this video, Securitize co-founder and president Jamie H. Finn explores the reasons to consider investing in private equity, what you need to invest in private equity, and how Securitize can help you invest in this growing market.

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Source: Securitize


Securitize partners with Japan’s DeCurret for tokenized deposit settlement

Securitize Japan has recently partnered with DeCurrent, the firm that runs Japan’s Digital Currency Form, which involves over 100 Japanese firms including four banks. This collaboration aims to settle security token transactions using bank-tokenized deposits.

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Source: Ledger Insights


Morgan Stanley plans to double private credit portfolio to $50 bln

The asset management division of Morgan Stanleyplans to double its private credit portfolio to $50 billion. The business has already gathered around $25 billion in total assets, primarily from institutional investors, after the bank invested more than $300 million into the endeavor.

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Source: Reuters, Tatiana Bautzer, Saeed Azhar


Why RWA Tokenization Is Taking Off

As the tokenization of real-world assets (RWAs) continues to expand, governments and investors alike are now more widely accepting the role of tokenization in the future of investing, especially given the blockchain’s potential to reduce fraud and increase traceability.

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Source: Techopedia, Anndy Lian

Anndy Lian is an early blockchain adopter and experienced serial entrepreneur who is known for his work in the government sector. He is a best selling book author- “NFT: From Zero to Hero” and “Blockchain Revolution 2030”.

Currently, he is appointed as the Chief Digital Advisor at Mongolia Productivity Organization, championing national digitization. Prior to his current appointments, he was the Chairman of BigONE Exchange, a global top 30 ranked crypto spot exchange and was also the Advisory Board Member for Hyundai DAC, the blockchain arm of South Korea’s largest car manufacturer Hyundai Motor Group. Lian played a pivotal role as the Blockchain Advisor for Asian Productivity Organisation (APO), an intergovernmental organization committed to improving productivity in the Asia-Pacific region.

An avid supporter of incubating start-ups, Anndy has also been a private investor for the past eight years. With a growth investment mindset, Anndy strategically demonstrates this in the companies he chooses to be involved with. He believes that what he is doing through blockchain technology currently will revolutionise and redefine traditional businesses. He also believes that the blockchain industry has to be “redecentralised”.

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