NBA’s Lebron James Slam Dunk Highlight, Captured via NFTs, Sells for Over $71K, as NBA Top Shots Creator Dapper Labs to Acquire More Funding

Dapper Labs, which is the company behind highly-popular digital collectibles like NBA Top Shots and CryptoKitties, has finalized an initial tranche of bridge financing. Dapper Labs confirmed that it plans to secure as much as $50 million in capital.

Last year,  Dapper Labs had acquired $13.4 million in a tranched bridge financing round from Coinbase Ventures, Distributed Global, Valor Capital Group, A.Capital, BlockTower Capital, Blockchange Ventures, EONXI Ventures, Reed Company, Greenfield One, North Island Ventures, Republic Labs, L1 Digital AG, Pirata Capital, and Samsung NEXT.

Other round participants in August 2020 included Andreessen Horowitz’s Cultural Leadership Fund, Union Square Ventures, Venrock, Accomplice, Animoca Brands, AppWorks, NBA athletes Andre Iguodala from Miami Heat), Spencer Dinwiddie, Garrett Temple from the Brooklyn Nets, JaVale McGee from the LA Lakers, and Aaron Gordon from Orlando Magic.

This diverse group of Dapper Labs investors from August 2020 reportedly included European, Asian, and offshore private investors as well.

Vancouver’s Dapper Labs is also responsible for introducing the Flow blockchain and popular titles such as NBA Top Shot.

The company says that it “uses the power of play to deliver blockchain-based experiences that are made for you and ready for the real world.”

According to some other estimates, Dapper’s fundraising efforts might help the firm acquire over $250 million at a $2 billion valuation. The investment round would be led by billionaire Philippe Laffont’s Coatue Management. Laffont has made investments in Airtable, Bitmain, Instacart, and Spotify.

The blockchain or distributed ledger tech (DLT) game developer has become well-known for its  NBA Top Shot initiative, which is a widely-adopted non-fungible token (NFT) series that launched in October of last year.

Notably, Dapper Labs has netted nearly $100 million worth of NFT sales.

Roham Gharegozlou, CEO at Dapper Labs, recently commented on digital trading cards via NBA Top Shot.

As reported by Yahoo Finance, Dapper Labs is focused on tokenizing memorable sports moments beginning with the NBA. Dapper Labs introduced NBA Top Shot via a partnership with the league to allow fans to easily purchase, trade, and sell their own game highlights, such as NBA Superstar LeBron James dunking during an LA Laker basketball game. That one moment was resold for over $71,000.

Gharegozlou told Yahoo Finance:

“So it’s a partnership between the NBA, the Players Association, and our company Dapper Labs. And we originally wrote the first non-fungible token standard a few years ago. … this really brings it to life because at the simplest level, it’s like trading cards. People open packs, trade with their friends in the marketplace, complete sets to get new content. And what we did was we took the greatest moments in NBA history, the video highlights, and we turned those into the limited edition digital collectibles. And because they’re digital, it’s pretty much instant compared to postal mail.”

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