I’m longtime friends with Chris Heuer and Kristie Wells, the social media pioneers who founded Social Media Club back in the day. So it was a welcome development, but no huge surprise, to see their involvement in the Web3 space. Chris, along with another longtime friend, Tina Hui, are co-hosting the Web 3.1 Leadership Summit and Unconference, which began yesterday and concludes today. Here is the agenda.
One of Monday morning’s highlilghts came in the session “Favorite NFT projects” with Shira Lazar and Melissa Jun Rowley … who also happen to be longtime friends. They detailed several of their favorite projects, which I think deserve a greater spotlight, so I’m breaking down those projects below. Shira will be appearing on a SXSW panel in March tackling the subject of NFTs hosted by Melissa. (I first met Shira when I interviewed her during my first SXSW, and I’ve spoken there three times since then.)
It was a busy day for Shira on the NFT front! Last night she co-hosted a Twitter Spaces event called #AlphaMondays with guests from these additional projects:
Shira’s favorite NFT projects
Here are some of the projects Shira gave a shout-out to during the Summit/Unconference. They skew heavily toward a personal passion of hers, supporting women-led ventures:
House of First
The @houseoffirst is a launchpad for the new, novel & noteworthy, with an emphasis on remarkable women, including this OpenSea collection. The PFP project is a drop of 5,998 NFTs described by its creator, artist-illustrator Rachel Winter, as “a celebration of women inspired by self-expression, feminism, fashion, and cultural inclusion” and “featuring bold and empowering messages in 15 languages.” Ten percent of the drop proceeds will be donated to the Fund for Women’s Equality. Check it out!
Boss Beauties NFT
@BossBeautiesNFT is a community venture with the credo “A Woman Can Be Everything She Wants,” founded by @lisacmayer of @mysocialcanvas. The project has a Discord group and a 10,000-NFT drop on OpenSea called the Boss Beauties collection. From the group:
For 10 years, it has been our mission to educate and empower the next generation of Women and Girls. The Boss Beauties Collection is an extension of the same passion and goals we have championed for the past decade.
This is a collection of 10,000 unique, independent and strong Women which are also used to access exclusive virtual events and more.
Women Rise NFT
@WomenRiseNFT is a project featuring 10,000 NFTs of women activists, artists, scientists, coders and others rising on the blockchain by @Maliha_z_Art. You can find the collection on Rarible. It’s been quite successful to date, generating $13.8 million in sales to 5,900 owners.
Alpha Girl Club
AlphaGirlClub is an NFT project with a purpose, featuring hand-illustrated NFTs. Its OpenSea collection features nearly 10,000 cool-looking NFTs.
@WomenTribe_NFTs is a collection of 10,000 NFTs that were created to help women embrace their inner divinity and power. The drop is sold out but their Discord is still accepting new members.
Melissa Rowley’s projects to watch
Melissa Jun Rowley, who has evolved from being an NFT skeptic to opening an NFT studio, added these four additional projects to keep an eye on:
@AfroPunkNFT tells stories of African folklore and culture through art. Its new NFT collection is now available on OpenSea.
@HoneyBadgesNFT is a new project minting next week (on March 8), featuring 10,000 cheeky NFTs to fund change-makers and fight for equality. It has a DAO and a Discord.
@meta_angels describes itself as “an NFT membership community harnessing the metaverse to unlock real life opportunities.” Its OpenSea collection has 10,000 NFTs. Here’s its Discord.
@nemus_earth is a series of NFT collectibles with the goal of helping to conserve, protect and treasure the Amazon rainforest.
How about you? Have your own favorite NFT projects yet?
Image at top courtesy of Alpha Girl Club