Not too late to join the nonfungible token craze, asserts Steve Mitobe of WestCoast NFT in this CoinChapter exclusive

Key Takeaways:

  • The founder of WestCoast NFT Steve Mitobe believes it is not late to join the space.
  • Accordint to the entrepreneur, the industry will grow bigger once more corporates join the fray.
  • According to a recent survey, 69% of companies are open to buying an NFT.
According to WestCoast NFT founder and blockchain industry entrepreneur Steve Mitobe, it is still early for artists to enter the NFT space.
The NFT space is still relatively new and has much more to offer. Credit: WestCoast NFT/Canva

YEREVAN ( — The popularity of the nonfungible token (NFT) industry continues to rise. Projects and individual NFT pieces fetching millions of dollars have become commonplace. While some popular projects, such as the Bored Ape Yacht Club (BAYC) and CryptoPunks, continue to catch collectors’ fancy, they are joined every day by other entrants into the space.

With the flooding of the industry, some still wonder if they have missed the NFT bus. Major projects have become too expensive and are out of the reach of common people. For many that fail to get in early, it may seem too late to try. However, industry insiders insist this is just the beginning. 

Entrepreneur, NFT collector, and blockchain expert Steve Mitobe believes the ship has not left the harbor yet. 

“It is still so early to get into NFTs. Even though the numbers that are flying around are huge, it is a very small group of people that are buying…We are only scratching the surface of what this market will become,” 

Mitobe says. 
WestCoast NFT Founder Steve Mitobe
WestCoast NFT Founder Steve Mitobe

According to him, the complexities involved in buying nonfungible tokens are major reasons people keep away. In addition, the process of creating a wallet, funding it with Ethereum (ETH) or other cryptocurrencies, and then minting an NFT is still a challenge to many. 

As the co-founder of Hexbite Labs, Mitobe is not new to the industry. His company’s portfolio includes several successful projects in the blockchain space, including cryptocurrency payment gateway RapidCoin and crypto pairs price aggregator SwapCoins

Mitobe is also very popular in the NFT space. One of his ventures, the WestCoastNFT, is behind some of the most popular drops out there. The company has projects such as DoodlesSecret Society of WhalesHall Of Fame Goat Lodge, and mfers in its portfolio.

Doodles alone have traded nearly 89,000 in Ethereum (ETH) thus far. In fiat currency terms, that amounts to around $238 million in the current bear market.

His NFT collection includes one from the highly-coveted Bored Ape Yacht Club (BAYC). Mitobe is the “proud owner” of Ape #4149, with features that come as a fitting tribute to the WestCoast theme as well as his Japanese heritage. 

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Survey finds 69% of companies are willing to invest in NFT

Steve Mitobe is not the only one who believes in the bright future of NFTs. A recent survey by the digital signage company Yodeck revealed several corporates and business organizations are open to buying NFTs. 

Their surveyors approached 400 business owners, consultants, and relevant employees from various industries. Nearly 70% of them have a positive approach towards nonfungible tokens.

“Among the key findings, we learned that 69% of companies surveyed are open to purchasing NFT art. This, of course, is an important consideration for NFT artists who could find tremendous growth opportunities if they approach corporate buyers,” 

 Athina Lardi, Media Relations Specialist at Yodeck told CoinChapter.

In an additional positive indicator, the survey found that 15% of the participants would be willing to pay up to $1 million for an NFT art. Moreover, 7% stated they would even pay more than that for a nonfungible token.

Several companies are willing to spend as much as $1 million on an NFT.
Several companies are willing to spend as much as $1 million on an NFT. Credit: Yodeck

With 35% of the professionals that participated in the survey agreeing that NFT art offers companies an easy way of freshening up interior design, the opportunities for artists are endless. 

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WestCoast NFT can help you launch a project

For artists and creators who have kept away from the space because they don’t know where to start, Steve Mitobe’s WestCoast NFT offers a solution.

The company offers to take care of the technical side of the launch so the artists can concentrate on creating their works. The company also wants to make the industry more accessible by spreading NFT literacy. For Mitobe and his team, no artist should lose out on the opportunity because they lack technical knowledge.

WestCoast NFT helps artists launch their projects.
WestCoast NFT helps artists launch their projects.

To make sure financial worries don’t keep artists away from the industry either, the company does not charge upfront fees. Instead, it makes money only when the project succeeds. Due to the said artist-centric approach, WestCoast NFT claims to be different than its closest rivals in the space.

From custom smart contract development and deployment to a fully integrated web3 drop site, we will take care of the tech to ensure that your NFT drop is a success. We push the boundaries of what is possible in the NFT game,” 

the company assures. 

In addition, it also intends to help projects build a community and decide on a pricing strategy, provided they see merit in the vision creators bring with the idea.

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The NFT industry is yet to live its boom, Mitobe believes

Despite the complexities involved in acquiring an NFT, Mitobe is confident that the future is bright.

“Coinbase coming in this year will bring millions of people into the space and will make it more accessible. They are working with MasterCard to allow its users to purchase with a credit card. That in itself will be huge,” 

the entrepreneur believes.
Mitobe's Bored Ape Yach Club (BAYC) APE #4149
Mitobe’s Bored Ape Yach Club (BAYC) APE #4149

Once major players in the space help make NFTs more accessible, the industry will continue to grow even bigger, Mitobe adds, anticipating that the market would also see a huge influx of corporate brands into the space. It is yet too early to say if the prices will remain the same, but one can expect to see more creativity as more artists join the space.

As Mitobe indicates, any successful NFT project results from a good partnership. So, with the bigger picture still ahead, maybe your idea can be the next big launch by WestCoast NFT. 

NFT, Not too late to join the nonfungible token craze, asserts Steve Mitobe of WestCoast NFT in this CoinChapter exclusive

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