# What is Flamingo?
Flamingo is an NFT-focused DAO that aims to explore emerging investment opportunities for ownable, blockchain-based assets. NFTs are not just cat pictures. They encompass digital art, collectibles, and in-game assets and other tangible assets. These new forms of digital property are poised to play an increasing role in helping to create, monetize, and incentivize online digital content.
NFTs are not interchangeable, and they thus introduce a new form of scarcity in the digital world. They can represent digital or real-world assets, providing verifiable proof of authenticity and ownership (assuming they are created by the original author or owner) using a blockchain network.
Blockchain developers began introducing NFTs as early as 2016, with projects like Age of Chains (opens new window) and Rare Pepes (opens new window) using Bitcoin to create blockchain trading cards. These early experiments morphed into larger projects during the halcyon days of 2017 to 2018, with the launch of Cryptokitties (opens new window). Seemingly overnight, Crytpokitties took the Ethereum ecosystem by storm, generating tens of thousands of transactions and clogging the network as users traded lovable cats with one another.
While interest in Cryptokitties may have waned in recent years, the mechanics and growth of NFTs has not. Next generation NFT platforms and marketplaces are incentivizing a new generation of creators to digitize artwork, digital land, and in-game items. Recently, we've seen the emergence of next generation NFTs and platforms, expanding into digital art, land purchasing, and we're beginning to see NFTs intersect with trends in Decentralized Finance ("DeFi").
The growth of NFTs is just beginning, because NFTs represent the digitization and financialization of digital property and intellectual property. Trillions of creative works swirl around the Internet and are difficult to monetize, except through licensing models. NFTs hold out the hope of bringing back to the Internet an ownership economy. Creators can create, sell, and fractionalize ownership in their works, opening up a new chapter for creative endeavor. NFTs can be:
- combined into token sets;
- used as collateral for lending and stablecoin protocols; and
- dynamic and interactive, incorporating outside data feeds.
Over the longer arc, NFTs hold out the hope of becoming increasingly financialized, interacting with other core blockchain-based financial primitives. They may prove to be a core primitive for decentralized identity solutions, and may increasingly serve as a cornerstone for monetizing emerging metaverses and other gaming platforms.
Flamingo aims to develop a strong foothold in this emerging ecosystem, bringing together the "hive mind" of a DAO to the world of NFTs. Flamingo will give its Members the ability to develop and deploy NFT-focused investment strategies. Purchasing NFTs with Ether or some other base digital assets pursuant to the terms outlined in these FAQs.
Once purchased, Flamingo could evolve in a number of different directions. Members will have the right and ability to factionalize its NFT holdings. Any purchased NFTs can be lent, held, displayed in a digital art gallery, or used as collateral in other DeFi platforms. The direction is up to the Members.
More details about Flamingo's legal structure, operation, and funding process are outlined in these FAQs. Please read them carefully before applying or becoming a Member of Flamingo.