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a16z leads $20 million investment into African gaming startup Carry1st

African gaming platform Carry1st has announced a $20 million Series A extension led by Andreessen Horowitz, with participation from Avenir and Google. A wide range of additional investors also took part in the round, including the founders of Axie Infinity and rapper Nas. The valuation was not disclosed.  Carry1st, a16z’s first investment into the African region, is a gaming marketplace that is also building its own payments stack. Carry1st founder Cordel Robbin-Coker says that the payments environment on the African …

Dorsey names board members of his bitcoin endowment with Jay-Z

Twitter co-founder and Block CEO Jack Dorsey announced the board members of his bitcoin development endowment in collaboration with Jay-Z today. The two previously announced their intention to give 500 BTC to set up ₿trust, an endowment to fund bitcoin development with a starting focus on teams based in Africa and India. When he unveiled the plan for a blind trust in February, Dorsey said he needed three board members. Today, he named four: Carla Kirk-Cohen, Abubakar Nur Khalil, Obi …