Episode 198: NFT Creation, Curation and Governance with Luiz from FingerprintsDAO

In this week’s episode, Anna and Tarun dive back into the NFT space with their guest Luiz from FingerprintsDAO. FingerprintsDAO is a collector organization for artists, curators and producers. Luiz takes us through new paradigms of NFT creation, its governance and the wild world of on-chain art where it’s the smart contract that is the art and wherein the value lies.

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