Blackbird Labs is making headway in bridging the gap between the culinary world and the crypto verse, armed with a fresh $24 million in Series A funding championed by Andreessen Horowitz (a16z). Blackbird, crafted on Coinbase’s Layer-2 Base blockchain, isn’t just an app—it’s an immersive experience where the world of dining meets the innovation of blockchain.
When patrons saunter into a restaurant, a tap of the phone on a near field communication (NFC) reader not only cements their presence but also mints a non-fungible token (NFT) membership. It’s an exclusive passport to a world where dining isn’t just about savoring flavors but also about relishing rewards and bespoke services like off-menu delicacies and SMS concierge.
While Blackbird radiates mainstream allure, a peek behind the curtains reveals a robust blockchain foundation and a spirit of decentralization. The culinary journey with Blackbird is sprinkled with opportunities to earn $FLY tokens, unveiling a universe where loyalty isn’t confined but is as expansive as the public blockchains it resides on.
Engineered for seamless entry, users can step into the Blackbird experience without the initial need for a crypto wallet. A partnership with Privy means a phone number is a golden ticket to a self-custodial wallet, ensuring that the blend of culinary art and crypto is as smooth as the finest wine.
With its inception a few months back, Blackbird has already woven its magic in approximately 80 New York City restaurants, each echoing the symphony of flavors and innovation. In the landscape of dining, where the ambiance and taste have long been kings, Blackbird introduces a third monarch – the transformative touch of blockchain and crypto.