Welcome to “The Chopping Block” – where crypto insiders Haseeb Qureshi, Robert Leshner, Tom Schmidt, and Tarun Chitra chop it up about the latest news. This week, it’s time for a case study: Special guest Pacman, founder of Blur, explains how his upstart NFT marketplace fought OpenSea and won.


Show highlights:

  • what it’s like to launch a token
  • why Blur was created and what its strategy was for competing with OpenSea
  • why royalties remain a lightning rod in the NFT community
  • how Blur designed its liquidity mining program and the lesson learned from failed designs
  • the reasons why Blur succeeded in the NFT marketplace environment
  • Pacman’s reaction to OpenSea’s decision to not enforce royalties
  • why forking the Blur code won’t work for new marketplace competitors
  • why the NFT market remained strong in the depths of a bear market
  • why Pacman thinks AMMs for NFTs won’t work
  • whether the “death of royalties” is good or bad for the ecosystem



Pacman, founder of Blur


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