#29 Arun Benty: FanDeFi, NFT, Artist, Crypto, 20+ yrs biz dev at Rocklaz Radio with Tanmay Shah

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Arun Venti, co-founder of Fantify, discusses the concept of NFTs and their impact on creators and fans. He explains the origins of Fantify and its role in empowering creators through multi-edition NFTs. Arun highlights the benefits of Fandify over platforms like Patreon and OpenSea, emphasizing the automation of revenue distribution and the transparency of blockchain technology. He also addresses the challenges and social implications of secondary sales in the NFT space. The conversation covers a wide range of topics related to NFTs, patronage, security, and the future of NFTs. It delves into the concept of democratizing patronage with NFTs, the impact of NFTs on the art industry, the security concerns related to NFTs, and the future of NFTs in terms of gamification and utility. The discussion also includes insights on successful use cases of NFTs, the impact of NFTs on funding for artists, and the potential for NFTs to revolutionize the art industry. The conversation covers a wide range of topics, including democratizing patronage in the music industry, the utility of NFTs, the future of digital and physical spaces, event experiences, aquascaping, and the excitement for the future of Web3. Arun shares insights on various subjects, from technology to personal hobbies, providing a glimpse into his multifaceted interests and expertise.In this episode of Rocklaz Radio, Tanmay Shah and Laura Grinbarga discuss books and podcasts they have read and listened to. They share their favorite podcasts, such as Akimbo and Freakonomics, and talk about the benefits of reading digitally and listening to audiobooks. They recommend books like The Artist’s Way, Big Magic, and The War of Art for creative inspiration. They also discuss the importance of finding the right time to read and making notes while reading. The conversation touches on spirituality in art and the impact of books like The Alchemist and Siddhartha. They also mention books on negotiation and personal development, such as Think and Grow Rich and The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. The conversation covered a wide range of topics, including book recommendations, favorite genres, and spiritual and philosophical discussions. Some of the recommended books include ‘Atomic Habits’ by James Clear, ‘The Warrior’s Apprentice’ by Lois McMaster Bujold, ‘The Silver Metal Lover’ by Tanith Lee, ‘Mahabharata’ and ‘Bhagavad Gita’ by Shri Shri Ravishankar, and ‘Business Sutras’ by Devdutt Patnayak. The conversation also touched on the importance of finding balance and substance in the content we consume.


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00:00 Empowering Creators with Multi-Edition NFTs
13:16 Fandify’s Unique Model for Creator-Fan Interaction
39:18 Democratizing Patronage: The Impact of NFTs on Art Funding
41:15 Navigating NFT Security: Phishing, Social Engineering, and User Awareness
42:42 The Future of NFTs: Gamification, Utility, and Value Creation
46:36 Transformative Use Cases: NFTs in Art Funding and Support
01:18:11 Democratizing Patronage in the Music Industry
01:21:00 The Utility of NFTs and the Future of Digital Spaces
01:23:27 Aquascaping, Brewing, and Diverse Interests
01:55:55 The Excitement for the Future of Web3



• Fantify empowers creators through multi-edition NFTs, providing a new way for fans to support their favorite artists and participate in their creative journey.
• The automation of revenue distribution and the transparency of blockchain technology offer creators and fans a more equitable and efficient system for royalties and secondary sales.
• Fandify’s approach combines elements of Patreon and OpenSea, offering a unique model for creator-fan interaction and revenue generation.
• Challenges and social implications exist in the NFT space, particularly in the context of secondary sales and the need for transparency and fairness in revenue distribution. NFTs have the potential to democratize patronage and change the way art is funded, shifting from traditional sources to a more decentralized and inclusive model.
• Security concerns related to NFTs, including phishing websites and social engineering, highlight the need for user education and awareness.
• The future of NFTs involves gamification and utility, offering new ways for creators and collectors to engage with NFTs and create value.
• Successful use cases of NFTs, such as funding art projects and rewarding loyal supporters, demonstrate the transformative potential of NFTs in the art industry. Democratizing patronage in the music industry is essential for empowering creative talent and allowing fans to determine what is good or bad.
• The utility of NFTs is best realized in the digital sphere, and efforts to bridge the gap with physical goods present challenges related to privacy and portability.
• The future of digital spaces, including virtual events and metaverses, is anticipated to hold increasing value, while physical spaces will continue to have a place but may become less prominent.
• Arun’s enthusiasm for aquascaping and brewing beer showcases his diverse interests and creative outlets, adding a personal touch to his technological expertise.
• The early days of Web3 are likened to the early days of the internet, signaling an exciting and transformative period ahead.


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