The new funding round was co-led by Mr. Katsunori Sago, former Chief Strategy Officer and Board Member of Softbank Group, and Animoca Brands
HONG KONG, January 26, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — KLKTN (Kollektion), a curated NFT platform connecting creators to their fans through unique experiences, today announced that it has raised an additional $6.4 million in a financing co-directed by Mr. Sago Katsunoriformer chief strategy officer and board member of Softbank Groupand the Animoca brands. Other attendees include Dapper Labs and Mr. Joi Ito (formerly director of the MIT Media Lab) who also agreed to become a senior adviser to KLKTN, along with a few others people.
KLKTN becomes the most curated NFT platform for Japanese and Korean content, having launched unique NFT experiences for creators and their fans, including two-time GRAMMY award-winning artist Kimbra, J-POP musician MIYAVI and Korean stars Gang DongWon and Kang Hye Won – and the release of the Manga Kollektion, in collaboration with Kodansha, from Japan largest publisher, with the new series written by Shin Kibayashicode:Nostra, where the first chapter sold out in 12 hours.
Known for pushing the boundaries of NFT content for fans, presenting NFTs in a sleek new way, KLKTN makes it easy for content creators and artists to launch sophisticated NFTs, specially designed for their fans. The new funding round will be used to further fund the company’s growth and expand the technology team as the company enables wider adoption across Japan and Korea, the same way NBA Top Shot did in the United States.
Sir Daisuke IwaseChairman and CEO of KLKTN, spoke about the latest funding and its expansion plans for the year, saying “We are incredibly excited through 2022, and the opportunities that this important funding milestone offers us. The caliber of investors participating in this round demonstrates KLKTN’s support and vision to be the number one NFT platform dedicated to music, manga and art. Our team remains extremely focused on building a platform and business that will empower creative communities to engage and bring creator and fan engagement into the digital world.”
“Blockchain is reshaping the digital world, and it’s exciting to see how NFTs are leading the way in opening up new possibilities for creators and fans alike. I’m thrilled to support KLKTN, which is built on the eco-friendly Flow blockchain. environment, and with its talented management team that has been at the forefront of finance, technology and music, I believe KLKTN will be the leading NFT platform in this space,” said Mr. Sago Katsunoriformer chief strategy officer and board member of Softbank Group.
“KLKTN is one of the leaders creating new opportunities and revolutionizing the way creators interact with their fans. The team’s ability to merge global NFT trends and opportunities with the fan engagement dynamics of the Asia region indicates that they will continue to develop innovative and powerful NFT experiences in this space,” commented Yat SiuExecutive Chairman and Co-Founder of Animoca Brands.
“Web3 is creating a new platform for communities to emerge and NFTs are a way to bring people together in these communities. KLKTN provides an amazing user experience and the right content can create new global communities that show how NFTs bring people together people. I can’t wait to see how the platform expands its market in the coming months,” noted Mik Naayemco-founder and chief commercial officer of Dapper Labs, the company behind NBA Top Shot and the original developers of the Flow blockchain.
KLKTN plans to launch a marketplace feature within its platform by Spring 2022 that will allow users to buy and sell their NFTs, enabling both primary sales and secondary sale transactions via the platform. This will allow artists to receive royalties on both primary and secondary sales, allowing us to give back more to artists and creators.
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KLKTN is a curated music, manga and art NFT platform connecting creators with fans through special experiences. The platform gives fans access to special edition digital art and hidden moments from the creative process of artists. Collaborating with top creators and artists and powered by blockchain technology, KLKTN brings artist-fan engagement and the best of creative experiential culture to the digital world. Works of art are available in limited quantities of authenticated digital products or NFT, to be purchased by credit card, with a fixed cost per item. The co-founders of KLKTN are Jeff Miyahara, creative director and acclaimed record producer and songwriter who has produced over 260 international artists; Fabiano Soriani, CTO and former lead blockchain engineer for Dapper Labs; and Daisuke IwaseChief executive officer, Harvard Business School graduate, former World Economic Forum Young Global Leader and digital pioneer known for co-founding lifenet, a disruptive fintech company, which he led to the IPO. Built on the Flow blockchain to achieve affordable and environmentally sustainable minting, KLKTN leaves more to artists, fans, and the planet.
For more information, visit KLKTN.com.
How to use KLKTN
1. Register as a new user or login on KLKTN website https://klktn.com/login
2. Click the “Buy” button on the page of the product you want to buy.
3. Enter your Paypal account or credit card information to complete the purchase.
4. You can view your purchased NFTs on your “My Kollektion” page.
About Mr. Sago Katsunori
Mr. Sago Katsunori is a former Executive Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer of Softbank Group. He oversaw several functions and business areas within the SoftBank Group with a particular focus on investment strategies for the SoftBank Vision Fund and SoftBank Group balance sheet investments. Prior to joining SoftBank Group, Mr. Sago was Executive Vice President and Chief Investment Officer at Japan Post Bank. He was tasked with transforming the company $1.9 trillion investment portfolio in a well-diversified portfolio with various alternative assets. Mr. Sago began his career at Goldman Sachs Japan in 1992. During his career at Goldman Sachs Japan, he held various positions including Vice Chairman and Vice President.
About Animoca brands
Animoca brands, a Deloitte Tech Fast winner and ranked in the Financial Times list of Asia Pacific High Growth Companies 2021, is a leader in digital entertainment, blockchain and gamification. It develops and publishes a wide portfolio of products, including the REVV Token and SAND token; original games including The sandbox, mad kingsand crazy defense heroes; and products using popular intellectual properties, including Formula 1®, Disney, WWE, Power Rangers, MotoGP™ and Doraemon. The company has several subsidiaries, including The sandbox, Puffer Fish Studios, Quidd, GAME, nWay, Pixowl, Relatedand Lympo. Animoca Brands has a growing portfolio of over 150 investments in NFT-related companies and decentralized projects that help build the open metaverse, including Axie Infinity, OpenSea, Dapper Labs (NBA Top Shot), Yield Guild Games, Harmony , Alien Worlds , star atlas, and others. For more information, visit www.animocabrands.com or follow Twitter Where Facebook
About Dapper Laboratories
Dapper Labs, the company behind NBA Top Shot and the original developers of the Flow blockchain, uses blockchain technology to bring NFTs and new forms of digital engagement to fans around the world. Since its inception in 2018, Dapper Labs has given passionate consumers a genuine stake in gaming by connecting them to the brands they love, enabling engaged and exciting communities to contribute to, and opening new avenues for become creators themselves. . Current Dapper Labs partner studios include NBA, NBPA, WNBA, WNBPA, LaLiga, Warner Music Group, Ubisoft, Genies, and UFC. Notable Dapper Labs investors include Andreessen Horowitz, Coatue, Union Square Ventures, Venrock, BOND, GIC, Google Ventures (GV), Samsung, and the founders of Dreamworks, Reddit, Coinbase, Zynga, and AngelList, among others. To learn more about Dapper Labs products and mission, visit dapperlabs.com.
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