📝 Field Notes #53: Penguin Business
Pudgy's new business model. Ledger hack. FIFA & Donald Trump drop NFTs. Bitcoin NFT boom. Coinbase on-chain asset management. Accounting rules: Bitcoin for companies. Top charts & more.
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Wallet Infrastructure: Empowering the Next Generation of Dapps. By Nichanan Kesonpat, 1kx. Link
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DappRadar Web3 Industry Report, Nov 23. Link
The Inscriptions Craze. By William Peaster. Link
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The open-world, on-chain1 storytelling experience will connect to the physical Pudgy toys sold in Walmart and other retail stores.
Stepping back: Blue-chip NFT collections are seeking new revenue streams by building IP brands, moving away from royalties and mints.
Setting the benchmark: Pudgy Penguins, almost doubling in value this month, has built over 1m followers on Instagram and launched Pudgy toys in Walmart and Smyths Toys earlier this year.
Each toy comes with a simple wallet onboarding experience and is linked to a non-transferable NFT.2 This will create a digi-physical experience between the toys and the Pudgy World game.
The big picture: Pudgy does more than brand building. It creates a Web3-native business model.
In June this year, Pudgy announced its licensing platform Overpass, aiming to streamline license payments by using blockchain. Link
In 2024, Pudgy will start licensing Penguins from their community by featuring community-owned Penguins in products, animations, branded experiences.
Pudgy toys are the first mass-market NFT IP product licensed directly from the community.
Punchline: Pudgy shifts its focus from creating virtual assets out of “thin air” to generating real-world revenue by licensing mass-market, digi-physical experiences and products. A blueprint for community-led brands?
NFT Hype Train🖼️
FIFA drops NFTs that offer chance at World Cup final tickets, moves to Polygon. Link
Donald Trump is launching a new edition of his Trump Cards NFT collection. Link
Thrash-metal band Megadeth launches NFT collection and metaverse community. Link
Zoom out: NFTs have celebrated a comeback in November.
Meanwhile, Bitcoin NFTs, known as "ordinals," are booming. To date, Bitcoin has facilitated over 46 million inscriptions, with users spending more than $105 million in fees.
Punchline: The fundamentals are improving, but avoid boarding the hype train just yet. The future of brand NFTs will be about storytelling, content, and long-term utility, not simple drops.
More on Web3:
🚨 Ledger got hacked, compromising dApps across the ecosystem. Link
🌎 Crypto & Macro
Bitcoin Accounting 📈
The Financial Accounting Standards Board has officially adopted Fair Value Accounting for Bitcoin for fiscal years beginning after Dec 15, 2024.
Why it matters: The rules now allow crypto-holding companies to report their paper gains, not just losses.
Zoom out: Michael Saylor’s MicroStrategy was the first publicly traded company to buy Bitcoin as a treasury asset in 2020. MicroStrategy now holds 58,400 BTC (about $2.5bn!) on its books – about a third of its market cap.
Be smart: MicroStrategy, in a risky bet, became a vehicle for offering investors indirect exposure to Bitcoin (BTC).
The big picture: This will facilitate the adoption of BTC as a treasury reserve asset by firms worldwide.
More from crypto:
Coinbase announced “Project Diamond”, a smart contract-powered platform for institutions to create, buy, and sell digitally native assets. Link
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The game will run on Matter Labs’ Ethereum layer 2 scaling protocol zkSync.
also called “soulbound” NFT.