As more everyday consumers become more interested in the NFT (Non-Fungible Tokens) space, business partners Diamonte Zarba and Gregory Gadson saw an immediate opportunity to bring realism to the metaverse. “What I saw was a saturation of digitally created art such as GIFs, memes, and algorithmic patterns. Absent from the space, was traditional photography and videography.” Greg is quoted as saying when asked about his inspirations for CityVues.
In early 2021, Gadson and Zarba debuted CityVues.io, New York City’s first aerial art collection, focusing on photography and videography, tokenized into NFT’s. “We created an exclusive one-of-a-kind collection of VUES* capturing the most prominent areas in New York City. Our portfolio begins with the “Hudson River Collection” showcasing the west side of Manhattan, capturing New York from never before seen vantage points.” Diamonte Zarba, Co-Founder of CityVues.io says.
The team at CityVues describes a VUE as any form of traditional photography or videography that has been tokenized.
With six more New York City collections planned over the next three months, Greg and Diamonte have begun a campaign to educate people on this nascent but growing marketplace, which eventually led to the founding of The NFT Academy. Frustrated by being unable to find suitable educational tools and resources online, Gadson and business partner Diamonte Zarba founded The NFT Academy, due to be released in May 2021, which focuses on educating users on how to get involved and capitalize off the Non-Fungible Token space. The goal of The NFT Academy is simple..providing a full in depth course for beginners to be able to learn the skills to be confident in interacting in this space, and begin tokenizing assets..”
Gregory and Diamonte, both originally born and raised in the Bronx, NY, met playing youth basketball and remained friends throughout high school. After completing four years at Iona Prep, Gadson attended Temple University and graduated with a degree in Finance and minor in Entrepreneurship. Shortly after graduation Greg founded The Wilkenshire Group, a boutique asset management firm specializing in forex and commodities investment. In addition to his finance background, Mr. Gadson also sits on the Board of Directors for LWC Management, a large NYC based property management firm.
The team at The NFT Academy foresees a continuing shift in digital consumer spending habits and have realized the value of education & accessibility into the NFT space, especially for African-American content creators. With the potential to completely monetize the ownership of their work, absolute copyright protection and the ability to perpetually collect royalties, Non-Fungible Tokens are the future.
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