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NBA All-Star turned serial entrepreneur Baron Davis launches blockchain-based photography platform

Image credits: SLiC

The NBA All-Star turned serial entrepreneur, investor, producer, actor, content creator, and culture catalyst, Baron Davis, recently launched SLiC Images at the NBA All-Star Technology Summit. 

As part of Baron’s company Sports, Lifestyle in Culture (SLiC), SLiC Images allows creators and brands to freely produce, own, distribute, and monetise content.  

Built on blockchain technology

Based on the transparency of blockchain technology, SLiC Images is the first rights management platform for photographers. 

This platform is powered by the certified carbon-neutral NEAR blockchain and built with a grant from Mintbase, an NFT platform. Last year, Mintbase secured $7.5M from Coinbase Ventures, Libertus Capital, Sino Global Capital, Animoca Brands, Woodstock Fund and Fundamental Labs, among others. 

Previous Mintbase collaborations include entertainment retail chain FNAC and artist/producer deadmau5.  

“The Mintbase Grant program was designed to support projects building critical open source software on NEAR that will become foundational to NFT adoption,” says Mintbase co-founder Nate Geier. “SLiC Images was chosen as one of 16 grant recipients because of the NFT license architecture that they are developing. We believe these NFT licenses will offer a powerful tool for aligning incentives between businesses, creators, and consumers.” 

 Through this platform, photographers and videographers who capture “moments in a culture that define history” can monetize their workSLiC.

Nate is the founder and CEO of Mintbase, a portal to the NFT economy on NEAR. From art and music to tickets and licenses, Mintbase enables businesses to manage NFT assets. 

As Davis explains, “As a tech entrepreneur, I realised nobody had built something like this yet. A picture says a thousand words. Imagine a library of storytelling that lasts a thousand years. The people that make us famous are the photographers who capture important cultural moments on and off the court. Now we can make them famous with the opportunity to grow more content from their IP, like podcasts, or movies.”

Baron Davis, a two-time NBA All-Star, caught the Silicon Valley bug while playing for the San Francisco Golden State Warriors. In addition to a number of acclaimed documentaries, he also produced the Hulu Originals series WTF, Baron Davis, and got an Emmy nomination for Crips and Bloods: Made in America. As an investor,  he has championed the power of photography twice. A year before the advent of smartphones, he joined the pre-cellphone photography site I Beat You, which was eventually acquired by Shutterstock. 

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