Victory Square Technologies (VST.C) portfolio companies jump into NFTmania with both feet

Victory Square Technologies (VST.C) portfolio companies Next Decentrum Technologies and Cloud Nine Web 3 Technologies have joined forces to take advantage of NFTmania by offering non-fungible tokens (NFT) for artists and content creators, according to a press release.

This isn’t the first time the two companies worked together. Their first joint project came about in March wherein they intended to release an educational platform and other educational programs, including the Quick & Dirty Guide to Blockchain and The Quick & Dirty Guide to NFTs.

“Beyond the hype, NFTs are fundamentally a technology innovation that solves problems affecting the music, art, and content creation industries. Through this initiative, we aim to help artists and content creators capitalize on the unique opportunity made possible with the intersection of education and technology,” said Hussein Hallak, CEO of Next Decentrum.

Next’s products and services turn NFTs and any other blockchain innovation into reliable, measurable and management income sources. Non-fungible tokens have been around for a few years now but flying low under the radar until recently when people realized they could buy either a whole link or part of a link which points to an image on a blockchain, which they could then tell their friends about to get social credibility points for how hip and tech-savvy they are. At least until they disappear without a trace.

The two companies have clients across four verticals: art, heritage music, sports and entertainment.

Products & Managed services includes:

  • Fully customizable blockchain education products
  • Fully customizable white label NFT marketplace
  • End-to-end managed NFT production and deployment
  • End-to-end managed blockchain education

NFTs are collections of smart contracts that function like deeds. They can be used to represent physical property like houses or artwork, or virtual collectibles. You get the idea. There is a subtle difference here that’s worth noting. A deed can be to something physical whereas a NFT is the smart contract, with the content and metadata often stored somewhere else, because it’s too large to store on the Ethereum blockchain.

They’re also not entirely secure.

There are several ways a NFT can go missing. The most obvious is that the artwork you supposedly own was

Postmodern art or did you just lose your NFT? You be the judge

never actually on the blockchain. You bought the link which points to the place on the net where the artwork itself, and the link to the NFT was on the blockchain. Someone removed the artwork from their server, but not the NFT. So you’ve effectively bought a dead link.

When the hype closes, it makes one wonder how many people are going to look back on their NFTs with regret. Not necessarily because they spent hundreds of dollars on a digital item they could have right click+save as for free, but because they’re now the proud owner of a 404 Page Not Found.

Still, despite the insecurity and downside, NFTmania shows no signs of letting up and there’s no point in missing out on a good hype-fest. This company looks to do just that, taking advantage of the media coverage that the NFT art market has received lately, having sold more than $216 million in the past month. This is almost 50% of the volume of the tokens sold, according to nonfungible.com. The global art market is worth more than $67 billion, according to Statista.

If you’re going to get into NFTmania, make sure you get the receipts.

—Joseph Morton

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