Dapper Labs, a stalwart of the NFT, announced on Monday it is launching a new unit, Dapper Collectives. To date, Dapper Labs has largely been responsible for bringing NFTs to the forefront. Earlier this year, the company partnered with the NFL to launch officially licensed NFTs. To focus on DAOs, the firm has created a new unit called Dapper Collectives.
This unit will help communities to build a decentralized autonomous organization (DAOs) using its Flow blockchain. To facilitate the process, the firm has also acquired a virtual influencer platform â€“ Brud.
Speaking on the development, Dapper Labs CEO, Roham Gharegozlou, asserted, â€œThe space of DAOs is probably the most interesting space to us after NFTs and very complementary to the work weâ€™re doing, both with big brands as well as our own IP.â€
Dapper Labâ€™s Interest in DAOs
There has been a surge in the interest around DAOs in the cryptocurrency ecosystem recently. DAOs are believed to revolutionalize the traditional corporate model by spreading value within the communities where it is created due to their flat structures.
However, the required tools to make this happen are still being developed. Dapper Labs believes it can help make this transition into DAOs easier for creators and participants that â€œsee a future in decentralizing and embracing a Web3 world.â€
The new unit will be headed by Brudâ€™s CEO, Trevor McFredies who comes on board with his 31-member team. While the company is well known for creating a fictional digital influencer, the CEO is also the founder of a social DAO Friends with Benefits, which has a token with a market capitalization of about $77 million. His vast experience with DAOs makes him the ideal person to lead the team.
Dapper Labs CEO asserted that the Brud team is the best in the business. He also affirmed that Brudâ€™s work so far complements that of Dapper drawing parallels between past projects of both teams.
So far, the Brud team has recorded some success with its fictional influencer character, Miquela. Gharegozlou believes the development of that character is â€œan ongoing experiment in community building and social storytelling that will help inform the teamâ€™s work going forward as Dapper Collectives.â€
Commenting about the acquisition, McFedries confirmed that his teamâ€™s vision for a DAOs-driven and decentralized future of media was adequately captured by Dapper Collectives. Noting their success in building their online community, he pointed out their need to bring creators and fans together in the same ecosystem. The Flow blockchain of Dapper Labs would provide such a platform to bring creators and fans together so they can share in the value being created.
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