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FirstMate raises $3.75 million in Dragonfly-led round

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  • Founded last year, the startup wants to refocus NFT marketplaces on creators.

FirstMate, a startup aiming to equip NFT creators with digital storefronts, raised $3.75 million in a round led by Dragonfly Capital — the crypto VC that raised $650 million for its third fund last year. Coinbase Ventures and NextView also participated in the round, which was announced today.

FirstMate concurrently unveiled the beta launch of its marketplace website builder, for which it has partnered with Manifold, another startup in the NFT space.

The startup’s CEO, Jacob Frantz, said in a written statement that “creators, artists, and platforms today are beholden to one-size-fits-all marketplaces that fail to create, sustain, or grow the direct connection that creators and collectors tell us they want, and simply don’t have their interests at heart.”

Creators first

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