Autograph is an NFT marketplace co-founded by Tom Brady, the "living legend" of the American football village.
Since its launch in August 2021, the project has reached agreements to release NFTs to many top athletes and celebrities, including golfer Tiger Woods, female tennis player Naomi Osaka, soccer player basketball player Derek Jeter, hockey player Wayne Gretzky, "black lightning" Usain Bolt, Olympic gymnastics champion Simone Billes and singer The Weeknd.
On January 19, 2022, Autograph announced that it had successfully conducted a Series B funding round, raising up to $170 million. Participating funds include a16z, Kleiner Perkins, 01A, individual investor Nicole Quinn from Lightspeed Ventures and Katie Haun, former a16z manager.
Big news on the @Autograph front. We are pumped to add some really knowledgeable people in the Web3 space to our team. This thread from @cdixon includes some great context on our business. #ToTheMoon 🚀 https://t.co/Xsmws3KQ05January 19, 2022
Notably, Ms. Katie Haun will join a16z manager Arianna Simpson and Kleiner Perkins manager Ilya Fushman to join Autograph's leadership team, which already includes two co-founders, Richard Rosenblatt and Tom Brady, the floor's CEO. FTX Sam Bankman-Fried and the singer's agent The Weeknd.
This is the market's next remarkable fundraising deal cryptocurrency in January 2022, after OpenSea ($300 million), Serum ($75 million), Seba Bank ($119 million), NEAR Protocol ($150 million) and Animoca Brands ($359 million).