Fishburners chairman Clive Mayhew tips $1.2m into blockchain-based golf company Play Today by Mirk founders Mark and Michael Dries
, 2023-01-02 01:27:00,
But the company is also dabbling in NFTs and a metaverse, which takes the form of a virtual clubhouse where it is envisaged that golfers will gather, trade stories, watch live coverage of events, or attend special events.
“The thing that kicked it off, to be honest, is COVID, because suddenly nobody was allowed to submit their handicap by using a physical card, and all of the golf clubs started using these first-generation digital scoring apps, which are very basic,” Mr Mayhew said.
“What Michael and Mark have done is just gamified it and made it more exciting for golfers.”
Mr Mayhew is a mainstay of the Australian tech scene, and chairman of the board of local start-up community group Fishburners. He came to prominence in the late 1990s as the Australian managing director of Netscape.
In 2014, he sold Sky Software, a student management technology company he co-founded, for $21 million.
Michael Dries said Mr Mayhew’s investment had helped the brothers refocus their business efforts on Play Today.
The team of 15 developers and augmented reality specialists who had previously worked on client projects have all been reassigned to work full-time on Play Today.
Mr Dries said the scoring app and wallet was based on the Flow blockchain, which is well known as the blockchain underpinning the US National Basketball Association’s Top Shot digital collectables.
“We went through a…
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