- Creators can mint NFTs that their fans can purchase to unlock gated content on Tellie.
- The startup will launch its own marketplace to build the onramp from Web2 to Web3.
- Creators can gate pages with exclusive content, products, tickets, and others.
Web3 sitebuilder for creators, Tellie, has raised $10 million in Series A funding. New investors Malibu Point Capital, Galaxy Digital, Osage Venture Partners, Dapper Labs, SXSW Innovation Fund, and Gaingels joined existing investors including Corazon Capital, TQ Ventures, and Upfront Ventures which incubated the company.
Tellie is a no-code content and commerce platform that gives creators the tools to build token-gated web pages for exclusive content and merchandise. Creators can gate pages with products, tickets, music, art, and mint NFTs that fans can purchase to unlock the gated content.
“Tellie is led by a team of incredible seasoned professionals who have worked with creators of all kinds,” said Kevin Zhang, Partner at Upfront Ventures. “With deep gaming and web3 expertise (Riot Games) plus proven ability to grow large scale infrastructure (Webflow), I couldn’t think of a better team to build the accessible creator onboard to web3.”
Funds will be used to expand the startup’s team, open up the platform to the public and launch the Tellie Collections marketplace. The Collections are creator-owned smart contracts on Polygon, with zero gas fees. Once a Collection is created, users will be able to directly mint NFTs onto their smart contract, also with no gas fees.
Currently in private beta, Tellie hopes to open up its platform to all creators to mint and sell Collections. Creators can set their own royalty rate, while fans will be able to purchase NFTs using cryptocurrency or credit card while unlocking exclusive content and experiences.
Creators can also gate pages and other content behind Ethereum, Binance, Avalanche, and Flow tokens, with support for Solana coming soon.
“For too long, platforms have locked creators inside walled gardens, controlling their creativity, their audience, and their livelihood,” said Kim Nortman, CEO of Tellie. “Tellie gives creators the tools to tell their story, take their fans anywhere, and participate long-term in the value they create.”
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