Quick Take

  • Billionaire entrepreneur Mark Cuban is building a new online gallery to display non-fungible tokens (NFTs) in any form, he told The Block. 
  • The platform will allow users to display their digital art and collectibles in one place as well as share their collection on social media platforms. 

Mark Cuban is widening the scope of his involvement at the intersection of digital art and non-fungible tokens (NFTs). 

Coatue Invests in Real Estate Startup Side at $1 Billion Valuation

Side, a startup that offers brokerage services and software to real estate agents, raised nearly $150 million at a valuation of $1 billion after the investment, according to a regulatory filing and two people familiar with the matter. It is the latest in a string of high-priced financings ignited by the home-buying boom.

The CEO of Mark Cuban-backed Mintable on the bull-case for NFTs, founding the business and how the market could evolve

Zach Burks, founder and CEO of Mintable.Courtesy of Zach Burks

Today, Zach Burks is the 28-year-old founder of Mintable, an NFT, or nonfungible token, marketplace that’s backed by billionaire Mark Cuban. But in 2012, Burks was a recent high school graduate heading off to serve in the U.S. Army. Before he left, he bought something called bitcoin at $5.50, and it defined the trajectory of his future. “I actually have the email confirming my first bitcoin buy. I printed it out and it’s framed, I bought bitcoin so early,” Burks tells CNBC Make It. After losing “a ton of money” trading bitcoin, but enamored by crypto, Burks found Ethereum and its currency ether in 2015.

From student to entrepreneur, local sneakerhead vies for $1.5 million startup prize

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WAVE) – Many of us know the college struggle of eating ramen for dinner, or rationing meal swipes for lunch. It was no different for Northern Kentucky University graduate and Oldham County native Isaiah Kelly. To make it through that college struggle, the 23-year-old Kelly went from being a student to an entrepreneur in three years. ”I’m frugal with my money,” Kelly said. “Shoes can get extremely expensive. So I figured if I could get a base shoe, I can just paint it the way I like it. I don’t have to pay $500 to $600 for a name brand stock.”

Meet the five student startups that could change the world

Five Imperial student startups will battle it out in the final of the College’s biggest entrepreneurial competition, the Venture Catalyst Challenge.

From growing plants without soil, to fintech and intelligent 3D printers, the teams represent some of the College’s most promising new businesses. The five teams will pitch their ground-breaking ideas to industry judges and the winner will take home a top prize of £20,000 to kickstart their business. The Venture Catalyst Challenge (VCC) is the College’s largest entrepreneurial competition for students and alumni, enabling them to develop an innovative idea for commercialisation. It challenges them to turn their ideas into new technologies, products and businesses based around five key tracks: Read more…

MBAs launch high-growth startups in deep tech through radical collaboration

When it comes to applying classroom learning to the real world, Johnson MBA students waste no time. Big Red Tech Strategy (BRTS), available to first-year students, is an intensive, 12-week collaboration that matches MBA teams with Cornell Engineering Commercialization Fellows who are developing cutting-edge technology while earning their doctoral degrees. BRTS offers ample opportunity for MBAs to gain practical experience launching a business, work with emerging technologies, and navigate team dynamics, all with the guidance of experienced mentors, according to 2021 BRTS co-presidents Angela Yllanes and Helen Delgerjav, both MBA ’22. Yllanes and Delgerjav recently assumed leadership of BRTS and are continuing the work of 2020 co-presidents Param Kandhari and Nafisa Poonawala, both MBA ’21.


Restaurants have never been a place where an investor could make a quick buck. You have to develop a concept and its recipes, get financing, design a location, build it out, hire a bunch of people, market the idea, start cooking and then hope people show up. The virtual restaurant has changed this. As we noted before, MrBeast Burger is the most important restaurant concept in the U.S. today largely because it turns the idea of starting a restaurant concept completely on its head, enabling a concept to open quickly in 300 locations with almost no traditional startup costs.


URocked aims to empower workers to increase their earnings, reward customers for their tips and reduce admin all around for businesses. URocked’s ethical service platform aims to change the tipping culture; which will allow cashless tipping to Workers from any industry, anywhere – even remotely.


URocked knows tips make a big difference in wages, especially in the hospitality and beauty sectors, but we want to make it so all Workers can be tipped, the drivers, the warehouse workers, everyone behind the scenes. Saying thanks, with URocked, can be the new normal in any market sector, not just the established ones where the value of tips there is est £5.2Bn in the UK alone. Our solution is to innovate the concept of tipping to suit the needs of the 21st century. We are developing a service platform where any worker in any industry, anywhere, can receive cashless gratuities into their account as a thank you for doing a great job! A tip can be sent via our app in 10 seconds, with confidence that 100% of it is reaching its intended recipient, at no cost to them.

The Market Minute: What You Need To Know About NFTs

If you’ve been online in the past few weeks, you may have heard about something called NFTs.  They seem to be everywhere — as both the topic of serious discussion and the subject of memes. I’ll be honest: I didn’t know what an NFT was when I saw people tweeting about it a few weeks ago. I was hastily Googling the term, trying to decipher jokes from various VC and finance meme accounts, and asking my colleagues about it during team meetings. So you don’t have to subject yourself to the same process, I thought I’d write an explainer for my column this week (better late than never, right?). In short, an NFT is a non-fungible token. Put more simply, it’s something like a digital collectible. “I think the simplest description of an NFT or a way to think about it is it’s the first time you can actually establish and enforce ownership of a digital asset,” said Zeeshan Feroz, chief growth officer of crypto payments infrastructure startup MoonPay.

NFTs are a way of enforcing property rights on digital properties, Feroz said. The content of the NFT is tied to a token, and that token represents the title of the item.  When you buy an NFT, that ownership is recorded on the blockchain.

Sports trading card platform Alt launches with $31 million in funding and plenty of market hype

The alternative asset market showed promise pre-pandemic but amid a broader rally among traditional asset classes, the number of investors searching for and promoting value in the space has exploded. That has, in turn, promoted a pretty major influx of VC dollars into startups building platforms that wrangle these buyers into specific communities.

Enter, Alt. The young startup has received more than $31 million from top investors intrigued by the particularly hot space it has bulked up its expertise in — physical sports trading cards. The company provides a GOAT-like marketplace for the cards, authenticating the transactions and providing buyers with the peace of mind that the slice of cardboard they’re dropping several thousands of dollars on is no fake. While entities like NBA Top Shot have rallied a new generation of buyers around blockchain-era digital trading cards, its success has been enabled by the excitement that traditional collectibles markets have been garnering recently.