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Tausif Ahmed (Kraken) shares his fascinating journey from big tech consulting to the forefront of web3 innovation.

Exclusive Insights & Web3 Advice with Tausif Ahmed (ex-Kraken)

In this interview between Dibbs and Tausif Ahmed, formerly in the Business Development department at Kraken, shares his background and how he got into web3. He has 10+ years of experience in big tech consulting, specifically in strategic partnerships and business development. Tausif got interested in crypto and web3 in 2016-2017, starting with Bitcoin and Ethereum. His journey led him from working at Amazon Music to working at Kraken, where he explored music NFTs and their potential for artists and fans.

They discuss the role of NFT marketplaces in the overall NFT ecosystem and how they drive accessibility, discovery, and liquidity for NFTs. Tausif highlights the importance of marketplaces as a first touchpoint for new users and the need for differentiated experiences to cater to different customer segments.

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Redeem NFTs: What It Means and Why Should Brands Leverage Redeemable NFTs?

The interest in NFT utility is growing beyond just profile pictures (PFPs). We found that 73% of NFT trading volume is made up of NFTs that have two or more utilities. And the top three utilities for NFTs include redeeming them for a physical object, accessing events, and receiving exclusive merchandise. 

Besides, 84% of NFT adopters said that they’d purchase an NFT if they were redeemable for physical items. That means brands can use redeemable NFTs to create new revenue streams, enhance customer engagement, and pave the way for innovative business models. But what exactly does “redeem NFT” mean? And how can redeemable NFTs benefit brands?

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What are the Use Cases of Physical NFTs?

In 2022, digital collectibles and in-game items dominated the non-fungible tokens (NFTs) market, generating over $24.7 billion in trading volume. But critics have pointed out that these non-fungible tokens lack real-world utility.

At the same time, another kind of non-fungible token called physical NFTs started gaining momentum in the NFT space. Unlike digital art collectibles, physical NFTs have better real-life use cases.

This article will explore some of the real-world uses of physical NFTs. Before diving in, we will briefly explain what physical NFTs mean and how they work.

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Comprehensive Guide to a Seamless Transition into Web3 for your Company

The past few years have seen the rise of branded web3 projects that expertly blend physical and digital products, resulting in delighted fans and lucrative opportunities. As a result, companies that have been hesitant to dive into the next generation of the internet now have a blueprint they can follow to find their own success in this forward-thinking space. By studying the best web3 companies and understanding what they have in common, tech-savvy entertainment brands can make the pivot and tap into an engaged community of blockchain users. Here’s how these companies took advantage of web3 opportunities and what you can learn from them.

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How Brands Are Taking Advantage of Web3 Opportunities


As commerce changes to better suit digital ecosystems, brands are finding themselves in fierce competition to garner attention from consumers. It’s no longer enough to be familiar, offer good products, or have a catchy slogan. Consumers want brands to do all of that and more; to remain a part of the conversation, brands must actively seek innovative ways to engage with consumers.

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Phygital Experiences are Revolutionizing Customer Engagement

When smartphones and ecommerce were first on the rise, consumer experiences tended to be either physical or digital. Today, many brands have realized you can do both, especially when two-thirds of Millennials pick up the products they order online. As technology changes how customers and businesses interact, brands must lean into “phygital” experiences to find their audiences and grow.

How are Web2 Brands Adding Utility to NFTs?

Research institutions don’t hold back when publishing lofty future valuations of the NFT (non-fungible token) industry. One such report puts the 2030 valuation of the NFT ecosystem at over $211 billion.

What should the layperson or a non-web3-native business exploring NFTs make out of that number, except that it's a huge one?

Will the valuation be driven by exotic art pieces selling as NFTs? Or will the hyperactive communities of gaming NFTs pump NFT prices to that valuation? And above all, what should a brand or user bet on?

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How Blockchain and AI Technology Will Change the World

The rise of artificial intelligence (AI) and blockchain networks is transforming everything about how businesses and individuals use the internet — from data management to cybersecurity. Today, however, the greatest opportunities lie in bringing these fields together. With enhanced scalability, optimized smart contracts, and truly decentralized autonomous organizations, blockchain and AI technology are expanding our capabilities in ways that were difficult to achieve apart. Let’s take a closer look at the challenges and opportunities for tech businesses waiting at this juncture point.

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How to Add Utility to NFTs

People like practicality. We drive practical cars, live in practical houses, and purchase practical clothing. We gravitate to objects that can streamline and perform tasks for us, and the scope of utility has grown alongside technology. Utility NFTs (non-fungible tokens) have made it possible for digital art to have practical benefits, and the result is a game changer for business and culture.