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esther’s<br />

escape<br />

deep dive into<br />

esther’s world<br />

888 anon<br />

where are<br />

they now?<br />

State of<br />

affairs<br />

TheSaintEclectic<br />

writes<br />

ISSUE #<strong>62</strong><br />

◎0.2<br />

secret<br />

sphinxes<br />

what’s the<br />

secret?<br />

sleeper<br />

picks<br />

broccolidao<br />

alpha<br />

art of mob<br />

worth a look?<br />

marcopolo<br />

weekly insight<br />

& MUCH more

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So much to write. So little space.<br />

Secret Sphinxes<br />

Committed team, something you<br />

should watch? #alpha<br />

Probably Nothing<br />

EasyMoneyDing speaks. Are you<br />

listening? #alpha<br />

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32<br />

48<br />

74<br />

90<br />

112<br />

Thinking Back<br />

888 Anons are still developing, here’s<br />

what’s new #alpha<br />

ART OF MOB<br />

PerfectenChlang tells you what to<br />

watch out for #alpha<br />

Marco Polo<br />

The team at Mercanti wrap up the week<br />

#alpha<br />


Notsab_Sol goes deep into Esther’s<br />

raison d’etre #alpha<br />

Sleeper Picks<br />

BroccoliDAO offers some projects with<br />

affordable entry points #alpha<br />

State of Affairs<br />

TheSaintEclectic writes about the latest<br />

Solana announcements.<br />


from<br />

the<br />

EDITOR<br />

<strong>Issue</strong> <strong>62</strong> of #Shill marking 8 months of publishing this free zine across the<br />

Solana ecosystem. Readership is steady with about 8000 views per week. A<br />

little short of our 2022 goal of 10k views. All it takes is a retweet & maybe<br />

an influencer?<br />

Many projects recently seem to be running<br />

Collage 4 (Panic Attack) @jesseruizartist<br />

low on ideas on how to engage their community<br />

best. Incentives are still key in the space,<br />

but gone are the revenue share model and<br />

staking looks to be losing its allure as<br />

well. The main players lately have been<br />

pushing ‘merch’. I have an issue with ‘merch’<br />

as an incentive. Essentially, your project<br />

wants me to invest 40+Sol for an NFT that<br />

will entitle me to ‘merch’ that will also<br />

incur international postage/delivery? So,<br />

$1600 will get me access to a ‘shirt’ that<br />

will cost me another $40usd to send to me?<br />

Somehow this model does not appeal to me.<br />

Recently I purchased a @monsterdefiner2<br />

piece. Monsterdefiner sent the original<br />

piece, international at no cost. THIS is<br />

what we should all be expecting.<br />

#Shill managed to lock away three pieces<br />

during the week. What have you collected?<br />

As always, show your love on the Twittersphere<br />

with a simple retweet.<br />

Enough said. You know the drill. Let’s f go!<br />

@Pixeltoy<br />

Overzealous @KoDool<br />

‘Faith in Stranger’ @destroyxstairs<br />

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@SecretSphinxes<br />

TempleMint. Its reputation<br />

has been growing across the<br />

desert and the oasis.<br />

You may have heard of it, you<br />

may not have.<br />

We've put together a thread<br />

with all the info you need to<br />

know!<br />

TempleMint is a custom<br />

mint contract created by our<br />

talented developer. There<br />

are many benefits to utilizing<br />

our custom mint contract<br />

outlined in the infographic<br />

below<br />

So, does that make TempleMint<br />

a launchpad then?<br />

Yes, and no. We only create<br />

& provide the custom mint<br />

contract for the NFT project<br />

launching with us, we don't<br />

provide any marketing for the<br />

project, apart from normal<br />

partnership announcements.<br />

We are aiming to support and launch quality NFT<br />

projects, over launching as many as we can. We are<br />

looking to launch projects that have teams with the<br />

skills and knowledge to execute on their vision. We<br />

are looking for projects that innovate and have a<br />

clear plan post mint.<br />

Now let's rewind!<br />

@GhostfaceNFT Gen 2 was our first official TempleMint launch, which was very successful despite<br />

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some choppy #solana tps and a network outage. Multi-tiered whitelist mints went smoothly and<br />

finally the leftover supply rolled over to the public mint.<br />

Public mint was a resounding success with numerous users reporting they were able to mint manually.<br />

We also collected ~ 40 $SOL from the botters thanks to our transaction spamming tax. So those<br />

naughty botters left with less $SOL & no NFT.<br />

@Cowboy_DAO was our second launch. Yesterday, with Solana TPS actually staying high - our mint<br />

contract could really shine and many commented on how smooth the minting experience was. With<br />

only ~ 200 left for public supply, the remaining supply went pretty much instantly.<br />

What can you expect going forward?<br />

- an announcement of our next project launch soon, and more to come<br />

- more financial breakdowns of mint proceeds and where the $SOL in the treasury is allocated (seen<br />

in discord announcements)<br />

- continue to benefit holders<br />

- continue building<br />

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@easymoneyding - 3993 followers<br />

i swear sometimes you can be bullish<br />

on something too early and you<br />

execute at a higher price, patience<br />

is still important and buying the<br />

first wave usually isn’t profitable<br />

@Brycesworld - 15.6k followers<br />

Can someone check in on all those<br />

bros that quit their jobs to do<br />

NFTs full time? Haven’t heard much<br />

out of them lately and I’m hoping<br />

they’re okay, maybe they just<br />

quietly went back to work?<br />

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2-5Sol & TOP NFT<br />

SolsWatch<br />

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the ASTRONAUT<br />


Keep your eyes on...<br />


tulipheads<br />




grapeprotocol<br />

MetaverseME<br />

<strong>SHILL</strong> zine review<br />

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0nAIHGUHwkQ<br />


$BELL inbound if you Sp3nd some time in the pound.<br />

1 $BELL IS 1 $BELL<br />

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Thinking Back<br />

@theanonclub<br />

At mint we communicated our passion to build - when people questioned funding we<br />

laughed, because code is free of course. We didnt understand why someone would create<br />

a ‘project’ that they didnt love enough to work on for free. So lets look back.<br />

How much did we initially raise?<br />

888 * 0.888 SOL or 888 * $95 USD = $75,000-$80,000.<br />

How much do we still hold?<br />

$100,000 USD stable.<br />

Have we built the entire time?<br />

Absolutely yes, we are in-love with our project and will build regardless of market<br />

condition<br />

In that time we have built -><br />

@YamiFinance<br />

+ Custom UI for ZK Enabled Transactions.<br />

+ Custom SWAP UI with SUPER FAST RPC.<br />

+ The Sleekest Staking Experience on Solana<br />

+ On-Chain P2P Encrypted E-Mail<br />

+ Permissionless Allowlist Platform<br />

Some of which are yet to release<br />

And further projects include -><br />

+ Project Blackhole (On-Chain Deliverables aka PROOF of projects returning value to<br />

holders on-chain via their token)<br />

+ Project Ecclesia [REDACTED] And with no sign of slowing down.<br />

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So what’s next?<br />

Well, what happens next in our roadmap is to take this AMAZING proven team fulltime.<br />

The #SolanaNFT space needs truly passionate teams to attract likewise. We<br />

believe ourselves to be the perfect fit How do we plan to fund full-time Web3? Continue<br />

reading to find out..<br />

Our initial mint was to prove the concept of a community interested in privacy -<br />

zero knowledge and what it could possibly enable. We have proven this and see the<br />

demand for a broader community! As we expand the community we wanted to discuss the<br />

common funding routes<br />

NFT Mint in SOL -> Traditional NFT Raise but puts expectence on the NFT asset itself.<br />

TOKEN raise in SOL -> Seen as equity sale but has little to no deliverables<br />

that NFTs can hold. We want to revolutionise the way communities fund NFTs with onchain<br />

PROOF! wut wut?<br />

Projects should be PROVING they are providing value to their holders to receive<br />

the funds invested by the community. And we think we have created just this model<br />

thanks to the gigabrain work by @zkRemda and team. No more rugs - EVER!<br />

What if we told you - that projects shouldnt be able to take their raised funds<br />

unless they can convince token holders to burn or use the staking token in some<br />

valuable utility / mint etc. It’s a bit more complex than this - but thats the TLDR<br />

which makes it simple<br />

In this way - no project could ever rug again. Providing communities demand new<br />

projects + marketplaces like @MagicEden use this system for projects raising funds<br />

then those projects will NEED to deliver value back on-chain. The new escrow is AC-<br />


We are going to be the first Blackhole project. The first NFT project with ACTUAL deliverables<br />

on-chain. Where your token is TRULY a vote on wether or not we returned<br />

to you something you feel is valuable. This is because we TRULY CARE about our<br />

holders.<br />

Our holders will never have to worry that we will dump $DARK on the open market.<br />

we’ve seen<br />

@DeGodsNFT get SMASHED by fud around this when all $DUST is retrieved. Well if they<br />

use Blackhole there will be proof that they are EARNING THEIR FUNDS + not dumping.<br />

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perfectenchlag<br />

Twitter Discord<br />

Looks like the Summer we have all been waiting for is shedding some of its rays on us.<br />

The last few days in the Solana NFT Space showed a different picture from what was happening<br />

with Bitcoin. Even though the entire crypto market was plummeting, the Solana<br />

NFT Space was filled with positive news, with the SMBs being taken over by the community<br />

and with the launch of projects like Primates, Pengsol and Cyber Samurais.<br />

While all of this was happening, this one project was making headlines and turning a lot<br />

of eyes towards it because apparently, they announced that they wish to take around<br />

250,000 $SOL from the ecosystem. Now, that is a pretty big number and they faced a lot<br />

of backlashes as well.<br />

However, yesterday they announced that the mint price is free.<br />

Now that is some great marketing tactics, because as they say, “All Publicity is Good Publicity”.<br />

Let’s talk about the Art of Mob<br />

Art of Mob aspires to be a marketplace which will host all sorts of video content and VR<br />

experiences which according to them will increase the utilities of all the other NFT projects<br />

launching in the space.<br />

The mint information about the project is as follows:<br />

Supply: 10,000<br />

Cost: Free<br />

Time: 5 pm UTC<br />

Launchpad: Magic Eden<br />

Now, the first thing that comes to mind is, if they are not going to take any money from<br />

us, how will they fund their Roadmap as the plans are pretty big.<br />

So for that, the team has announced that the roadmap of Art of Mob will be funded by<br />

RobocomVR which is the #1 VR company in UAE and is in partnership with Epic Games<br />

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and Ubisoft and are located in New Jersey (USA), Abu Dhabi (UAE) and Dubai (UAE).<br />


Talking about the Roadmap, not a lot of things have been revealed except the fact that the<br />

project will launch its metaverse with utilities which can be used by other projects as well,<br />

powered with their governance token $POP.<br />

ART<br />

This is hands down one of the most unique arts launched in the space and also for me they<br />

stand in the category of those projects that had pulled such great art in the “HUMAN-LIKE”<br />

genre.<br />

However, since it’s a project with a 10,000 NFT collection, the fact that how great the art is<br />

will majorly depend on how good the common ones are looking.<br />


As I mentioned earlier, they have been one of the most talked-about upcoming mints of<br />

this month, and they have surely made their mark in everyone’s mind with their marketing<br />

tactics. One of the evidence of which is they gained over 50,000 Discord Members in a day<br />

after they announced that the mint is going to be free of cost.<br />

Talking about numbers the Twitter account of the project has around 150,000 followers<br />

which includes around 80 accounts that are being followed by me. They haven’t been much<br />

active on their Twitter and are getting an average engagement of under 500 reactions.<br />

In Discord, there are over 120,000 members and they are clocking an average engagement<br />

of over 1000 reactions there with the latest announcements clocking over 3000 reactions<br />

per post which shows that the demand has increased by folds.<br />

To conclude, I would say that this is one of the best projects launching in the space because<br />

they are not going to take away millions of dollars from the ecosystem providing<br />

nothing but promises.<br />

Also, the fact that they are funded by one of the biggest VR Companies in the world shows<br />

the fact that the team includes some great minds.<br />

If you are a whitelist, I would recommend you to mint this because as a minter you are<br />

not going to lose anything. However, I would not recommend anyone buying WL accounts<br />

thinking this might be the next big shot.<br />

If you want to invest in the secondary market, be active and do a careful analysis of the<br />

demand and how strong the volume is before putting your liquidity at risk.<br />

As always DYOR!<br />

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Marco Polo<br />

Marco Polo’s Journal<br />

Hacker House, Primates, Udder Chaos and more<br />

Forget the bear market, embrace the Solana Summer! Supported by Jump, the Solana Foundation<br />

is hosting a special Hacker Houses European Tour for builders across the continent<br />

from the Danube to Thames from June 14 to August 28. If you want to chew fast, chew alone;<br />

if you want to chew far, chew together. Allez! Foncez!<br />

Feeling Fabulosa? Bohemia launched their brand-new Fabulosa website created with magical<br />

Bohemian energy and revealed the utility of Transportari. Time to load up more Guru<br />

Masters boho, get ready for a BIG BANG!<br />

With so much fierce competition among launchpads, Bifrost — BSL’s flagship product sure<br />

will be that one and only dark horse. Being the first launchpad to implement Dynamic Price<br />

Minting, Bifrost might save us anons from endless grinding for WL straight into no-bullshit<br />

mints!<br />

Is it still possible to launch a project in the bear market like this? Primates seem to give us a<br />

promising answer. Within 5 days, it took the no. 4 spot on NFTinspect with 63% community<br />

reach. We guzzle?<br />

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It’s said that @jaburx is doing a Degen mint? Good time to read over this thread by DS (known<br />

as our famous TA guy) for some insight. It’s a tricky moment. Be safe anons.<br />

Udder Chaos<br />

The Skinny: A utility-first project. Udder Chaos is trying to solve two of the biggest issues<br />

Solana currently faces: network stability and rugs/scams by operating a Solana validator and<br />

launching a user-driven NFT review site, to create a sustainable business model that will reward<br />

holders indefinitely. The staking liquidity pool will be funded by secondary royalties and<br />

Solana validator profits. The more the validator staking pool increases, the more holders profit<br />

from. It is also launching Alpha Audits, an NFT reviewing platform where holders earn for leaving<br />

accurate reviews. Those staking will receive a percentage of the profits generated from<br />

Alpha Audits.<br />

Why we’re paying attention: We love builder project solving real problems here. 75% of secondary<br />

royalties directly benefit holders via a sustainable business model, review NFT projects<br />

to earn using our auditing platform where accurate reviews receive rewards, certified by Rad<br />

Rugs, doxxed by Alder Mages. Don’t sleep on this.<br />

Mint Date: June 20, 16:00 UTC<br />

Mint Supply: 6,666<br />

Price: 2 SOL<br />

Twitter: https://twitter.com/UdderChaosSOL<br />

That’s all for this week folks, thanks for reading my journal entry. Feedback is appreciated, and<br />

if you want to be featured in my journal next week, please DM us on Twitter, or join our Discord<br />

for the latest updates!<br />

Safe Travels, Marco<br />

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@notsab_sol<br />

I have been meaning to write a thread on @lukexdod’s Esther for a long time but the man is so prolific that it’s<br />

far from an easy task. The more I wait, the more he’ll work so I’d better get to it. So, without further ado, here’s<br />

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Estherverse.<br />

Who’s Esther?<br />

The short answer is that she’s a princess from a distant land, you can see her in all her glory in pieces by @lateduke<br />

(L) or @wakeupbrandon(R). Her spirit is somehow detached from her body and now navigates the Dungeon,<br />

between the Holy Place and the Dark Realm<br />

But Esther is also a deep echo of @lukexdod’s own self (https://lukexdod.medium.com/esthers-escape-vision-11adf3835bde…).<br />

She’s an art process which helps the artist to find balance between optimism and unease.<br />

Coping with these feelings is so universal that Esther becomes a very relatable and lovable character.<br />

lukexdod.medium.com<br />

Esther’s Escape: Vision<br />

Preface<br />

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Who’s hasn’t moved from feeling like a fraud one day to experiencing an immanent greatness the day after? It’s<br />

safe to assume that all of us are in constant balance, as evoked by @its__kaaty in Esther’s Anima. We often tip<br />

from one scale to the other and need to cope with it.<br />

This may sound too complicated but that’s what Esther is, complexity and nuances under a simple appearance.<br />

Let’s face it, she’s just a black blob with too many eyes and stumps for limbs. This is @lukexdod ‘tour de force’:<br />

creating a visual metonymy of what he’s going through.<br />

Esther crosses gates and doors as @lukexdod opens up, reaching a broader audience, connecting and creating<br />

with more and more people. The Estherverse is also a myriad of collaborations, a growing meshwork of talents.<br />

Esther/Luke is a facilitator, (s)he is generous and eager.<br />

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There’s at the same time a desire to accomplish things and a need to connect to go even further. Esther is on<br />

quest; Luke has a plan. He is hardworking and meticulously crafting according to blueprints that are already laid<br />

out, fleshing out Esther along the way. Bullish yet?<br />

Luke can market his work but he’s also expert in articulating his vision while sharing his work pattern. Ok, we<br />

know that now. Does that bring us any closer to understand what the Estherverse is?I’d say yes but I’m still going<br />

to walk you around if you’re up for it.<br />

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All began with the Dungeon map or Esther’s Escape. As a holder of one of the tiles, I like to consider this collection<br />

as the OG one, can’t help it. This is where the story begins, in the darkness. We follow Esther as she ventures<br />

into her major quest: finding herself, again.<br />

One could argue, that almost everything we have seen so far from @lukexdod and his many collaborators is related<br />

to the Dungeon, the epicenter of the Estherverse and, as I see it, Princess Esther’s head (or Luke’s actually).<br />

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From the Dungeon, Esther sometimes ends up in weird place as depicted by @zen0m(L) and @NeilVilppu(R)<br />

where she meets friends and foes. But each piece is more than what it seems if one truly looks at it. This is an<br />

absolute rule in the Estherverse.<br />

For example, in Esther’s Climb by @axiommechs, one sees Esther climbing a never-ending staircase. That could<br />

be conceived as Luke’s constant creative thinking and hunger for collaboration. Not convinced? Look at the por-<br />

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traits mixing artists PFPs and Esther’s mob characters!<br />

Mob Melee by integrating collectors, bidders and friends in a brainstorming process on the @thekitchen_yum<br />

discord to create an actual collectible card games of sorts (https://twitter.com/lukexdod/status/1516616511884230657?s=20&t=ME9Xa3KnUX9WNjgAQ_TQBQ…).<br />

Will it truly see the day? Knowing Luke’s<br />

dedication, I wouldn’t bet against it.<br />

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The Estherverse is also a strong visual brand. @lukexdod’s efforts to establish it need to be recognized. Sleek and<br />

simple visuals can go a long way. Merchandising is being crafted (plush toys, caps, etc.) and numerous free gifts<br />

(e.g. phone wallpapers) are already available.<br />

For the sake of exhaustiveness, let us mention Esther’s Chronicles (also partly available on @exchgART), a large<br />

collection which features “visual exploration and visual decision-making moments” that led to some of @lukexdod’s<br />

major collections.<br />

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Closing thoughts:<br />

1) I know for a fact that there’s a lot more to come and can’t wait to witness the expansion of the Estherverse;<br />

2) Have a look at Luke’s ‘Collected’ page on @formfunction and you’ll see that he’s also in this to give back, if this<br />

wasn’t clear already.<br />

21| Shit, I told myself I would stop at 20. Too many things to say and I barely scratched the surface. I might dive<br />

later into specific parts of the Estherverse, many of them deserve a deeper analysis. Thanks for reading this very<br />

long thread. Now, step into the eerie hue.<br />

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Sleeper Picks for<br />

Any Budget<br />

@Broccoli_DAO<br />

The bear market has caused a lot of retail investors to quit. However, it is true that this<br />

bearish time can also be viewed as an opportunity to accumulate SOL, especially if one<br />

is bullish on the long-term future of the ecosystem. However, it is also true that many<br />

projects will not survive.<br />

Therefore, it is smart to gain exposure to bluechips if possible; this is a play that many<br />

people in the ecosystem are looking to make. However, many bluechips are still very<br />

expensive, and it might not be a possibility. Looking for projects that have the most<br />

potential to survive are the only investments that one should reasonably be looking to<br />

hold through this bear.<br />

In general, projects that are most likely to survive are ones that have the most potential<br />

to provide value to the ecosystem in general value italicized because there is no single<br />

definition. Ideally, this value could reasonably expand outside of NFTs themselves<br />

and into Web3. If one is bullish on NFTs long-term as well, investing in projects that<br />

add value to other, usually newer or upcoming, projects are a good bet as well. Below, I<br />

summarize some potential sleeper long-term holds for a low-medium budget and describe<br />

what value they provide. Many investors are running out of liquidity and are also<br />

more risk-averse, so these cheaper plays are a good option.<br />


2.5 SOL<br />

https://twitter.com/Bridged-<br />

Fracture<br />

The Bridged is the second<br />

faction created under The<br />

Fracture, the first faction being<br />

SolGods. SolGods proved<br />

themselves as an OG trusted<br />

SOL NFT project, and they built<br />

for a long time before finding<br />

their success. Factions,<br />

engaging gamification, immersive<br />

lore, dual tokenomics,<br />

future metaverse integration,<br />

give this project a wide range<br />

of investors that are attracted.<br />

Depending on their next<br />

moves, this project could<br />

attract new users into the SOL<br />

ecosystem.<br />

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2.9 SOL<br />

https://twitter.com/particlesnft<br />

Particles is a project focused on<br />

curating 1/1 art and providing<br />

holders with tools to spot upand-coming<br />

artists. Art is something<br />

that will never not be important<br />

in NFTs, and long- term,<br />

as Web3 usability increases and<br />

our world becomes increasingly<br />

digital, art collectors will open<br />

their eyes to 1/1s. Even if you are<br />

not a 1/1 art collector yourself, this<br />

project is an interesting investment<br />

that has potential to again<br />

onboard people into NFTs, both<br />

artists and art collectors.<br />


3.6 SOL<br />

https://twitter.com/droidcapital<br />

Though this project is new and had a<br />

slow mint, the potential is massive and<br />

could be a good investment through<br />

this bear market given its premise. Droid<br />

Capital is an investment fund, where<br />

members of the DAO vote and decide on<br />

investments. It provides value in such a<br />

way that it helps holders diversify their<br />

portfolios and crowdsource information<br />

about what the best investments are.<br />

This is especially good for people who<br />

are newer to the NFT market, and it can<br />

help lead them towards good projects<br />

and inform their own personal decisions.<br />

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5.4 SOL<br />

https://twitter.com/FatCatsCapital<br />

Holding a Fatcat allows one to<br />

apply for the Accelerator, where<br />

a council of ten prominent<br />

members of the NFT space—<br />

including sp00nicus, General<br />

SOL, Prez from Hydra, and more<br />

— and utilize their knowledge and<br />

connections to aid owners of upcoming<br />

projects to build their vision<br />

for their project. Holders who are not<br />

interested in using the Accelerator are<br />

still members of the DAO, which will<br />

grant whitelist allocations of accelerator<br />

projects and provide alpha. Having<br />

connections in the space is invaluable, and being in a project with such close access to<br />

these prominent members is valuable in and of itself.<br />


10.5 SOL<br />

https://twitter.com/GalacticGeckoSG<br />

Though this project offers less utility<br />

than other projects mentioned, it has<br />

proven itself to be an extremely resilient<br />

project with a dedicated community,<br />

along with some of the most unique and<br />

impressive art seen on SOL. As an OG<br />

SOL project, it has seen many ups and<br />

downs.<br />

Infamously, the project was rugged after<br />

gaining a lot of success, but a team<br />

of dedicated volunteer community<br />

members stepped up to save the project.<br />

It has been hovering comfortably<br />

around its current floor for months,<br />

and it seems more immune to volatility<br />

than most projects.<br />

This is a community-driven branding projects, and its success will be determined by<br />

partnerships and the strength of the community (which has proven strong). This discord<br />

is also filled with experienced investors with a long-term visions, which can be a<br />

helpful voice to hear in bear markets.<br />

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2.79 SOL<br />

https://twitter.com/SolsteadsNFT<br />

Solport Tom is an undisputed leader in<br />

the SOL space, and after Solport’s acquisition<br />

of Solsteads and Citizens, the<br />

project was brought back to life. The<br />

end goal for the project is a gamified 2D<br />

metaverse location that plans to house<br />

stores of partnership communities and<br />

Solstead estates. Citizens (NFTs) can<br />

explore the metaverse and be sent on<br />

gathering tasks to find resources to build<br />

estates on plots of metaverse land. The<br />

value this provides is metaverse exposure<br />

underneath a reliable leader.<br />


3 SOL<br />

https://twitter.com/metahelixio<br />

Metahelix provides tools to projects to<br />

seamlessly transition from pre-mint to<br />

post-mint. Role verification, sales and<br />

listing bots, in-discord rarity checking,<br />

twitter integration, and marketplace<br />

data trackers are essential for projects<br />

to maintain an organized and informative<br />

discord. Projects need these tools,<br />

and many of them don’t have the time<br />

or skills to build them internally, so they<br />

look to projects like Metahelix to provide<br />

them. This is a project that adds value<br />

to the NFT ecosystem, not necessarily<br />

the broader Web3 community, so it is a<br />

good investment for someone who is<br />

excited and confident about the future of NFTs.<br />

None of these are expected quick flips. In this market, it is harder to find profitable quick<br />

flips, and there is less liquidity in the market to react to news. This bear market will prune<br />

the ecosystem of projects that just take up space, and the ones that offer value are the<br />

ones that will remain.<br />

Understanding value and putting liquid SOL into projects that match your personal<br />

definition of value is a great way to not only survive the bear market, but thrive after<br />

the dust clears and the market recovers.<br />

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@sainteclectic<br />

It’s hard to believe but its only been 1 year & 3 months since #Solana went live in March 2020. Growth has exploded,<br />

NFTs emerged as a killer app & the network halted several times. Where are we now & what next? $SOL<br />

#solananft #nfts #crypto #blockchain<br />

Solana went live 1 year 3 months ago in March 2020. Since then, the network has grown to 2.3 million monthly<br />

active unique fee payers. This is still small relative to Ethereum (30m MAU) - we’re still early.<br />

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Active developer repos now number 16,511 with 1,050 daily unique programs - with global hacker houses attracting<br />

30,000 participants, 1,800 teams and $500m in seed funding for founders. Who knew chewing glass would<br />

gain such widespread popularity?<br />

There is a vibrant validator community bolstered by services like @GenesysGo & @shakudo_io. Network security<br />

is been championed by players like @MarinadeFinance who distribute users’ SOL across validators outside the<br />

top 20. Even NFT projects are setting up their own validators.<br />

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Of course, the killer app that unexpectedly emerged on the network was #NFTs. Solana’s speed & and low transaction<br />

cost allowed for the proliferation of many NFT projects and a vibrant ecosystem with 14.8m being minted<br />

& held across 2m wallets.<br />

We won’t know for a while how much traction this will get but it highlights Solana’s focus on product an end-users.<br />

Mobile unlocks the power of blockchain for a whole host of uses & brings it into the real world (payments,<br />

ticketing), reducing friction for the next 100m users.<br />

Solana’s SMS is focused on low cost & speed - which highlights their strategy to target & onboard MASSES<br />

‘Normies’ are MOST of the population and prioritise simplicity, convenience & cost: e.g. Android has ~87% market<br />

share b/c these factors matter most to most users globally.<br />

The more friction points are abstracted away by good UI & UX the greater potential for adoption. We’ve seen this<br />

with @phantom wallet’s slickness (just compare this to @MetaMask) & even @Stepnofficialmaking it easy to<br />

open an account/wallet for adopters to start using it.<br />

To summarize: In 1 year Sol has established a strong platform for growth - It has a vibrant NFT community that<br />

forms the base layer of CULTURE & creates its own promoters on CT/telegram etc - Committed to MASS use cases<br />

like Solana Pay & Mobile - Network stability improvements.<br />

We may be in a bear, $SOL’s price has come down and there are still centralization concerns, but overall the<br />

future looks bright for Solana.<br />

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Sorry guys, I checked math & its bad math. TWO YEARS 3 months, not one. Thanks<br />

@dizzanxietytho for the correction.<br />

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