About Charged Particles

We are an NFT protocol that sits at the forefront of DeFi and NFTs, fusing art and finance together into one. Our new technology enables users to deposit digital assets inside their NFTs.

Our Mission

Our goal is to become a core infrastructural technology in the development of NFTs. To that end, we’ve already begun to natively integrate our protocol into NFT platforms. In fact, someday, all NFTs will have the option to be “charged”: In the future, our protocol will be everywhere NFTs exist.

Every time an NFT is created, on any blockchain, in any marketplace, it will have the ability to use our technology. Moreover, when people think of NFTs, they will think of Charged Particles.

What’s in your NFT?

What is Charged Particles?

Charged Particles is the new company with a revolutionary technology that is like discovering gravity for the world of NFTs and DeFi. Our protocol enables you to create NFTs with digital assets inside them. You can nest ERC-20, ERC-721, or ERC-1155 tokens inside your NFTs. Your NFTs don't have to be “static” anymore; they can be “charged”. 

Not only have we brought forth the ability to create Nested NFTs. We also are fully integrated with Aave, which means you can nest interest-bearing tokens inside your NFTs, turning them into (DeFi NFTs). These NFTs will accrue interest over time, giving the token a “charge.” The amount of interest earned from the token represents the amount of “charge” the NFT has amassed. It’s still your NFT: the same digital art piece you know and love. But now it’s able to have an underlying intrinsic value, and can accrue interest over time.

With the Charged Particles protocol, you can also enable "creator royalties" when minting your NFTs. These creator royalties can be completely customizable: you can allocate different percentages for the interest and the resell. And those royalties can be directed to any wallet you decide, such as your favorite charity, or to the creator of the NFT. You also have the ability to “time-lock” the digital assets inside your NFTs, for even more truly innovative possibilities. 

Interest-Bearing Formula

Charged Particles NFTs are standard, non-custodial NFTs, held in your wallet. They’re yours to trade, transfer, sell, whatever...just like any other NFTs. But Charged Particles NFTs also have intrinsic (growing) value over time.

Charged Particles Interest-Bearing Value

= Intrinsic Value (underlying asset, DAI)
+ Speculative Value (non-fungible rarity)
+ Accrued Interest value (accrued in aDAI)

Our Story

Key Milestones

2019

  • In late 2019, at the ETH conference (EthWaterloo 2), we introduced the concept of NFTs holding interest-bearing/other digital assets

Our Story

Key Milestones

2020

  • In February, 2020, we got "DeFiNFT" as our Twitter handle
  • Then in July, 2020, our founders, Ben & Rob, met in Gitcoin KERNEL
  • In October, 2020, both full time (?)
  • Through December, 2020, we held our successful pre-seed round

Our Story

Key Milestones

2021

  • By February, 2021, we launched our mainnet
  • Then in April, 2021, the first-of-its-kind Pandora’s Box Nested NFT sold for 42 ETH
  • In May, 2021, we made the IONX / Tokenomics announcement
  • Then on May 31st we had our IDO on Polkastarter, and made our listing on Uniswap
  • By June 2021, our Liquidity Rewards Program went live
  • June 2021 we also went live on the Polygon blockchain
  • In early August we whitelisted Rarible NFTs, enabling the first external NFTs to utilize “charging”

Our Story

Key Milestones

2021 Financial Highlights

  • February 15, 2021 - Pre-Seed Round closes: $750K
  • February 17, 2021 - Big Bang Launch Party in Cryptovoxels (101 ETH / ~$190K NFTs sell in 1 hour)
  • March 16, 2021 - Zero Gravity Metaverse Art Drop (T-shirt sells for 2.5 ETH)
  • April 29, 2021 - Pandora’s Box Nested NFT sells for 42 ETH (~$115K)
  • April ??, 2021 - Sales of our NFTs surpass $2M
  • May 5, 2021 - Seed Round closes: $1M

Our Team

Rob Secord

Rob Secord

Founder, Visionary, Technical Lead

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Rob considers himself a non-fungible human, hacking in the Cryptoverse since 2017. With more than 20 years of experience as a full-stack engineer and 5 more spent within Fintech, Rob has become a driving force for the advancement of Ethereum Smart Contracts, NFTs, and DeFi DApp development, using  ERC20, ERC721, and ERC1155, token standards.

Ben Lakoff

Ben Lakoff, CFA

Co-Founder, Business Lead

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Ben has developed a powerful global finance network, with more than a decade of international assignments across 4 continents. His diverse experience throughout the finance sector eventually pointed him toward the cryptocurrency and blockchain space — as an operator, advisor, and angel investor.

Sam Casey

Sam Casey

Product Engineer

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Eric Destaing

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Software Engineer

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Max Jackson

Software Engineer

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Garrett Gehle

QA Engineer

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Olatoye Sulaimon

Technical Writer

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Kamran Choudhry

Software Engineer

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Steve Neigut

Steve Neigut

Head of Marketing

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Mango Dogwood

Mango Dogwood

Creative Director

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Priyanka Khanadali

Priyanka Khanadali

Social Media Manager

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Rafael Hoekstra, PhD

Rafael Hoekstra, PhD

Project Manager

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Rafael Hoekstra, PhD

Daniel Phan

Community Manager

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Advisors

DeFi Dad

DeFi Dad

DeFi Educator,
CMO 4RC

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Leighton Cusak

Leighton Cusak

Co-Founder,
CEO PoolTogether

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Investors

Angel Investors

Leighton Cusak

Leighton Cusak

PoolTogether

Tyler Ward

Tyler Ward

BarnBridge

Stani Kulechov

Stani Kulechov

Aave

Liz Rabban

Liz Rabban

DriveWealth

Nifty Gateway

Matt Ferrick

Nifty Gateway

Jordan Momtazi

Jordan Momtazi

BarnBridge

Kain Warwick

Kain Warwick

Synthetix

Michael Miglio

Michael Miglio

Bridge Mutual

GMoney

GMoney

GMoney NFT

Interested in learning more about Charged Particles?

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"We believe that Charged Particles will be an integral part of the NFT ecosystem, especially in the intersection of finance and creativity. It will unlock new possibilities for creators, artists, and developers to use NFTs in ways we have not yet seen before."
TM Lee
Co-Founder & CEO at CoinGecko
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"Try explaining the ubiquity of websites in the 90s and that's how forward thinking Charged Particles is in the world of DeFi, NFTs, and the Metaverse."
DeFi Dad

DeFi Educator, CDO Zapper.fi
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"I think we are just starting the scratch the surface of what NFTs can be and Charged Particles is really pushing the envelope of what you can do with them.  I think it's a unique and useful primitive that will unlock new ways to tokenize value."

Tyler Ward
BarnBridge & Universe.XYZ

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