PRESS RELEASE — Sfermion, an investment firm focused on the non-fungible token (NFTs) ecosystem, today announced the close of Fund II, a $100 million venture fund with participation from strategic investors including Alan Howard, Chris Dixon, Marc Andreessen, Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss, Matthew Roszak, Digital Currency Group, CMT Digital, and Animoca Brands. Sfermion’s mission is to accelerate the emergence of an open, decentralized metaverse by investing in the infrastructure that are the building blocks of our digital future. Fund II follows the success of Sfermion’s first NFT-focused fund, Fund I, which primarily focuses on direct NFT investments.
Having been focused on the NFT markets since 2019, it is incredible to see our thesis play out that NFTs were the key missing piece of technology needed for the metaverse to come to fruition,” said Andrew Steinwold, managing partner of Sfermion and host of the Zima Red podcast. “We created this fund based on the notion that NFTs are the trojan horse to crypto mass adoption and the next multi-trillion-dollar industry.”
Founded by Managing Partner Andrew Steinwold in 2019, Sfermion is a pioneer of the NFT investing space and a thought leader in its thriving community. Leveraging deep domain expertise, Sfermion aims to capitalize on the influx of innovation and resources being channeled into the NFT ecosystem. Fund II strives to build a robust portfolio of investments that underpin the development of the metaverse. Sfermion and its managing partner have invested in over 40 NFT-related companies to-date, including OpenSea, SuperRare, Artblocks, Yield Guild Games, Nifty Island, DeHorizon, Mojito, and Alethea AI.
“NFTs are transforming digital experiences and creating new investment opportunities across a variety of decentralized marketplaces,” said Chris Dixon, general partner at Andreessen Horowitz. “Sfermion is well-positioned to succeed by leveraging Andrew’s deep experience and insightful perspective on the NFT markets.”
Non-fungible tokens and associated technologies enable the formation of the metaverse – a virtual environment where people will live, work, and play – through their ability to give users true ownership in the digital world. Trading in NFTs climbed to $10.7 billion in the third quarter of 2021, an increase of more than 700% from the previous quarter, according to a report by blockchain analytics firm DappRadar. There has also been an explosion in the “play-to-earn” gaming space, with Ethereum-based games such as Axie Infinity growing from 1,400 daily active users in September 2020 to 1.8 million daily active users in September 2021, generating over $2 billion in revenue.
“Andrew’s understanding of what it takes to build community in the metaverse allowed him to see YGG’s full potential before most others did,” said Gabby Dizon, co-founder of Yield Guild Games. “Andrew is one of the top thinkers in this space, and Sfermion’s new fund will accelerate the impact he’s already had with NFT innovation.”
Sfermion invests across the entire non-fungible capital stack, focusing on three types of investments – early-stage venture equity, tokens, and direct NFTs. Their specialized strategy and deep understanding of the NFT ecosystem allows Sfermion to achieve high uncorrelated returns for investors within an institutional-quality operational framework.
“With internet ubiquity, gaming, AI, and consumer tech accelerating the emergence of our digital lives, NFTs are becoming essential footholds to protect user content and rights online,” said Dan Patterson, general partner at Sfermion. “Sfermion was founded on the idea that NFTs will be fundamental building blocks of the metaverse, imbued with the crypto ethos of decentralized power and open access.”
Founded in 2019, Sfermion is an investment firm focused on the non-fungible token (NFT) ecosystem. Our goal is to accelerate the emergence of the metaverse by investing in the founders, companies, and entities creating the infrastructure and environments that will form the foundations of our digital future. By leveraging our multi-strategy approach, domain expertise, and vast network, we aim to capitalize on the influx of innovation and resources being deployed into the NFT space.