KLKTN (Kollektion), a curated NFT platform connecting creators with their fans through unique experiences, today announced that it has raised an additional USD6.4 million in a funding co-led by Mr Katsunori Sago, former Chief Strategy Officer and Member of the Board of Directors at Softbank Group, and Animoca Brands. Additional participants include Dapper Labs and Mr Joi Ito (formerly, Director of MIT Media Lab) who has also agreed to become a Senior Advisor of KLKTN, along with a few other individuals.
KLKTN is becoming the top curated NFT platform for Japanese and Korean content having launched unique NFT experiences for creators and their fans – including two-time GRAMMY Award-winning artist Kimbra, J-POP Musician MIYAVI and Korean A-listers Gang DongWon and Kang HyeWon – and releasing the Manga Kollektion, in collaboration with Kodansha, Japan’s largest publisher, with the new series written by Shin Kibayashi, code:Nostra, where the first chapter was sold out in 12 hours.
Known for pushing the boundaries for NFT content for fans, showcasing NFTs in a new sleek way, KLKTN makes it easy for content creators and artists to launch sophisticated NFTs, specifically built for their fans. The new round of funding will be used to further fund business growth and expand the technology team as the company enables further adoption across Japan and Korea, the same way NBA Top Shot did in the United States.
Mr Daisuke Iwase, Chief Executive Officer of KLKTN spoke about the latest funding and its expansion plans for the year, saying “We are incredibly excited by 2022, and the opportunities that this important financing milestone has for us. The caliber of investors participating in this round demonstrates the support and vision for KLKTN to be the number one NFT Platform dedicated to music, manga and art. Our team remains extremely focused on building a platform and business that will empower the creative communities and take creator-fan engagement into the digital world.”
"Blockchain is reshaping the digital world, and it is interesting to see how NFTs are leading the way by opening up new possibilities for creators and fans. I am excited to support KLKTN, which is built on the eco-friendly Flow blockchain, and with its talented management team that has been at the forefront of finance, technology and music, I believe KLKTN will be the leading NFT platform in this space,"
says Mr Katsunori Sago, former Chief Strategy Officer and Member of the Board of Directors at Softbank Group.
"KLKTN is one of the leaders creating new opportunities and revolutionizing how creators engage with their fans. The team's ability to meld global NFT trends and opportunities with the fan engagement dynamics of the Asia region indicates that they will continue to develop innovative and powerful NFT experiences in this space,"
commented Yat Siu, the Executive Chairman and Co-founder of Animoca Brands.
"Web3 creates a new platform for communities to emerge and NFTs are a way to bring people together in those communities. KLKTN is providing an amazing user experience and the right content can create new global communities that showcase how NFTs are bringing people closer together. I'm eager to see how the platform expands it's marketplace in the coming months,"
noted Mik Naayem, co-founder and Chief Business Officer at Dapper Labs, the company behind NBA Top Shot and the original developers of the Flow blockchain.
KLKTN plans to launch a marketplace feature within its platform by Spring 2022, that will allow users to buy and sell their NFTs, enabling both primary sales and secondary sales transactions through the platform. This will allow artists to receive royalties both from primary sales and secondary sales transactions enabling us to give more back to the artists and creators.