- FD7 Ventures’ Prakash Chand sees Cardano, Polkadot and Ethereum as long-term investments with a world-changing magnitude.
- The investment fund is launching a new $250 million fund in Bengaluru, India, to invest in developer teams for Polkadot and Cardano.
Dubai-based investment fund FD7 Ventures made headlines a few days ago when it announced it was selling $750 million in Bitcoin to invest in Cardano (ADA) and Polkadot (DOT). In an interview with James Kever of “Your Cardano Update”, Prakash Chand, co-founder and managing partner at FD7 Ventures now talked about the reasoning behind the decision.
Chand predicted that the crypto market is still in an earlier stage compared to the emergence of the World Wide Web and today’s Internet giants:
Where Cardano, Polkadot, Ethereum are going to be is they going to be in the same breath when we talk about the Amazon’s, the Microsoft’s, the Google’s of the world.
The co-founder of FD7 Ventures also outlined that he is not interested in a short-term investment or one specific price target. The fund holds Cardano, Polkadot, and Ethereum for the long term “because these are world-changing projects.” As Chand explained, he believes they will not be just a means of payment or a store of value, like Bitcoin.
That will be projects we see disrupt from finance, to education, you name it. And I always bet on the jockey not on the horse, and when I look at projects like Cardano, like Polkadot, like Ethereum; the founders have a track record, they already build something, and I would not bet against them. It’s just like I would never bet against Tom Brady or LeBron James, they win over and over again. It’s the same way with Elon Musk.
Chand also emphasized that the entire crypto space is “still in a very early” stage and “the party hasn’t even started yet.”
FD7 Ventures invests in a growing Cardano and Polkadot ecosystem
Just yesterday, FD7 Ventures doubled down its decision by opening a new office in Bangalore, India. The new location will house a $250 million target FD7 microfund focused on investing in teams developing Cardano and Polkadot based projects.
The fund aims to distribute investments of approximately $1 million to $5 million to more than 50 companies annually. About thirty percent of the projects are also expected to receive additional follow-on funding of $5 million to $20 million, depending on their growth metrics. One focus for FD7 could be on NFT projects, Chand revealed in a press release:
Just look at Bondly, which is built on Polkadot. It literally blew up overnight when YouTuber Logan Paul sold more than 5 million dollars’ worth of NFTs in just 24 hours. This is not just a space to watch but one which is proving its investment-worthiness with almost daily records being set with increased use cases for non-fungible tokens that support cryptographic art, collectibles, gaming and more.
For the Indian market specifically, FD7 said it is “excited about plans to work with Bollywood celebrities and star cricket players on NFT projects in the near future.”
Here’s how Cardano [ADA] plans to offer NFT creators an eco-friendly solution
Ever since the debate of energy consumption sparked this year, Cardano [ADA] has been at the forefront of exploring eco-friendly solutions for the industry. In line with this, IOG, which happens to be the technical team behind Cardano, has announced the joint creation of an official cross-chain ‘bridge’ with the NFT platform, Bondly.
The bridge in question will connect the Cardano and Ethereum networks and enable non-fungible token [NFT] creators to opt for an eco-friendly alternative for their NFTs. According to Bondly, the project will be four million times more energy-efficient than Bitcoin [BTC]. The NFT creators will be able to easily move their NFTs from the “energy-intensive Ethereum” to Cardano. Bondly also revealed that the latter “will only ever use the energy equivalent of a family home.”
Meanwhile, Ethereum has been known to use the power equivalent to the nation of Qatar. Bitcoin, on the other hand, has been at the centre of this debate for a long time. The increasing concern about potential environmental impact has always followed the rise of the prices of these cryptocurrencies. And the 2021 bull run was no different. As a matter of fact, the partnership comes at the backdrop of a major NFT explosion that has witnessed several well-known faces hopping on the bandwagon.
NFT bridge between Ethereum and Cardano
With the new bridge, the NFT creators will be able to mint or transfer non-fungible tokens without the risks associated with lost transactions or sudden high costs since Cardano provides price predictability as well as stability for transaction costs.
As part of the joint project that is slated to release in early 2022, Bondly is tasked with the development of a special series of eco-friendly NFTs celebrating the launch of smart contracts on Cardano.
According to Harry Liu, CEO, Bondly, the latest project of a cross-chain NFT bridge between Ethereum and Cardano marks a “pivotal moment” in the transformation from traditional blockchain technology to highly-anticipated ‘third generation’ networks.
Following the development, Charles Hoskinson, Founder of Cardano and CEO of IO Global, stated,
“We built Cardano with energy efficiency in mind, which is why this partnership with Bondly is so crucial, as it will allow NFT creators access to a leading solution for token creation which doesn’t compromise on environmental credentials.”
Bullish for Cardano?
Cardano [ADA] might have lost the third spot to Binance Coin [BNB], but the slew of developments taking place in its ecosystem could help boost its price movement. The much-awaited summit last month saw some of the most crucial partnerships.
Crypto Economy had earlier reported its partnership with Oasis Pro Market, which happens to be the first-ever United States regulated multi-asset Alternative Trading System [ATS], to bridge the traditional finance sector and decentralized finance [DeFi]. During the same event, Hoskinson had revealed another major partnership with the American Fortune 250 company, the Dish Network.
Cardano, Polkadot and Four Additional Altcoins Are Set To Explode in 2022, According to Crypto Trader Austin Arnold
Crypto trader and Altcoin Daily host Austin Arnold thinks six major altcoins are gearing up for massive rallies in the next year.
In a recent crypto update, the YouTube star tells his 1,040,000 subscribers that Ethereum layer-2 (L2) scaling solution Polygon (MATIC) is gaining momentum after landing a partnership with the $20 billion gambling company DraftKings.a
Arnold shares a statement from DraftKings’ president of global product and technology, Paul Liberman, explaining how the company is positioning itself to grow alongside Polygon.
“Although DraftKings marketplace is still in its nascency, we are bullish on the possibilities that blockchain, NFTs, cryptocurrency and more will present as we prepare for Web 3.0 alongside Polygon and the new innovations ahead for digital collectibles.”
Next, Arnold looks at the decentralized interoperability platform Polkadot (DOT). He points to a recent tweet from Polkadot founder Gavin Wood explaining that there are currently just under 19 million DOT tokens stored in the DOT treasury to fund community projects.
If any DOT goes unused, it gets burned. Currently, the Polkadot treasury is burning 239,988 tokens every month, according to Gavin Wood.
“Either burned or used, the DOT token is only getting more scarce. We have seen a rally in the DOT price recently. This could be linked to some exciting developments ahead, such as the upcoming parachain launch and slot auctions – these parachain auctions will take DOT off the market as well.
And with the first 11 parachain auctions coming to Polkadot next month, along with the 100 or so available slots to be filled, this could boost Polkadot’s presence in the crypto sector, and could cement the multichain system’s rising status.”
The third coin Arnold looks at is the supply chain management protocol VeChain (VET). The trader highlights that VeChain recently landed a partnership with major logistics company DHL for enterprise NFT (non-fungible token) issuance.
“This collaboration with DHL China, one of the first things it will allow customers to experiment with is customize the DHL mascot and then mint it as NFTs on the VeChainThor blockchain solution.”
Next up is the smart contract platform Cardano (ADA). Arnold notes that Cardano appears to be gaining more traction after landing partnerships with television satellite provider DISH and announcing that the network has received $100 million for investment in Cardano-focused projects in Africa.
“Simply put, there are so many people in more developing areas of the world that don’t have financial stability, and that can be changed with Cardano with blockchain.”
Another coin on Arnold’s list is the decentralized oracle network Chainlink (LINK). He notes that despite the token’s lackluster performance over the last few months, he believes there is still massive upside for LINK to realize in the market as partnerships continue to rise month-over-month, with 84 integrations made just in September.
“I get it, but in my opinion, Chainlink still has a lot of room to grow. Think about this: Chainlink already has a ton of exclusive, big partnerships with big companies – Google and Oracle to name two – over 75 different blockchains already use Chainlink technology, as well as being used by many data feeds, including USD [US dollar] currency pairs. That’s a strong foundation.
My speculation is this: over these next few years, as DApp [decentralized application] platforms like Ethereum [ETH], Cardano, Solana [SOL], Polkadot, Elrond [EGLD], etc. continue to fight for market share… Chainlink is integrating with all of them… Something to think about.”
Finally, the crypto trader thinks that the leading smart contract platform Ethereum is gearing up for a huge 2022. He notes that Ethereum developers announced that ETH is planning to make the transition into Ethereum 2.0 in May-June of 2022, which will convert the blockchain to a proof-of-stake protocol.
“The code should be ready around February 2022. The merge to mainnet, to ETH 2.0, in June of 2022 at the earliest. Next year will be known as the year of ETH. That’s where DeFi [decentralized finance] is, that’s where NFTs are.”
Analysts affirm Cardano will outperform Bitcoin and Ethereum given ADA’s enhanced scalability
- Binance coin replaced Cardano as the third-largest cryptocurrency.
- Over 70% of ADA supply remains staked.
- With institutional investment flows to Cardano, proponents expect ADA market capitalization to recover.
- Cryptocurrency analysts expect Cardano to outperform Bitcoin and Ethereum based on ADA price trends.
Charles Hoskinson, Cardano founder, made an effort to dampen Cardano’s negativity and uncertainty and the cryptocurrency ecosystem. Hoskinson broadcasted from South Africa and shared potential opportunities for the Cardano Foundation.
Analysts expect Cardano to outperform Bitcoin with updates in the ecosystem
In his recent broadcast from Africa, Charles Hoskinson shared how the rising uncertainty in cryptocurrencies puzzled him. Hoskinson believes that Cardano has met every single milestone on its roadmap.
The Cardano network has never suffered an outage, and the founder reassures users about ADA’s current plans. Cardano is focused on enhancing scalability.
The Plutus Application Backend (PAB) launch is set to ensure scalability on the network. It is scheduled for later this month. Once Cardano improves scalability, more users are expected to join the network.
Cardano is working on another exciting development in the roadmap, layer-2 scaling solution Hydra. Alongside Plutus, Mamba Pool, Atala Prism and Mithral, Hydra’s development is underway.
Fourteen teams are working on different elements within the Cardano ecosystem. Hydra is expected to process transactions on the Cardano network in an efficient manner. Since most transactions will be processed off-chain, Hydra will use the Cardano blockchain to secure settlement.
The Hydra protocol is currently under extensive testing.
Despite the upcoming updates in the Cardano ecosystem, ADA’s market capitalization dropped, and the altcoin no longer ranks among the top three cryptocurrencies. The percentage of ADA tokens staked remains stable above 70%; analysts are bullish on the altcoin as supply under circulation remains relatively low.
There is a spike in institutional investment in ADA. Over $3 million capital flowed to ADA-based funds in the past week, according to a Coinshares report.
Austin Hilton, a cryptocurrency analyst and YouTuber, has set a $15 target for ADA price. Hilton states,
Cardano could hit $15 by the end of this bull run that we are all looking at. It’s set to end in kind of February-March time frame.
FXStreet analysts have evaluated the ADA price trend and predicted that the altcoin’s price is bound for profit-taking. Analysts set a target of $1.70 for the altcoin.