Digital scarcity is an oxymoron. Unless it isn’t. Thanks to a recently funded startup called Ascribe, artists and writers can now create unique copies of their work that can be bought and sold and cannot, in theory, be duplicated.
The founders, Bruce Pon, Trent McConaghy, and Masha McConaghy have experience in banking, hardware, and curation. Masha, a Ph.D. from the Sorbonne, curated at the Louvre and ran galleries in Europe and Canada.
The company raised $2 million in seed from Earlybird Venture Capital, Freelands Ventures, Digital Currency Group, and various angels.
The company describes itself as a “notary and timestamp for intellectual property and creative works.” This means you can upload a digital image and state it is the definitive version. You can loan it out to people or even transfer it to another user. For example, I uploaded this photo of a smoke detector and now I can download…
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