Written by Logan Smith

On May 4, 2022

Day 4 – Proton Hippos | Proton May #BetterNFTs

We’re back again to introduce the fourth project in this month’s campaign, Proton May #BetterNFTs. As a reminder, our goal is to introduce the incredibly talented creators behind the projects you know and love to help you learn more about the Proton ecosystem.

As part of the campaign, we publish a ‘Meet The Creators’ interview everyday, alongside an NFT giveaway from that creator, so you can learn more about their project, the inspiration behind each series, what’s next for them, and why they chose Proton.

Don’t forget: Proton allows users to mint NFTs instantly and without paying gas fees. Intelligent smart contracts ensure that creators earn royalties on future sales of their NFTs, allowing a pathway for artists to continue to earn income from their creations. And because Proton Market has an open-source template, talented creators can customize their own storefront to create a truly unique experience for their communities.

Please meet the team from another community favorite project, Proton Hippos!


Meet The Creators – Proton Hippos

Tell us a little bit about yourself and your background before getting into NFTs.

My name is Sven, 24 and I am an XPR investor & NFT project creator from Austria. I work full time for a financial institution and I got blockchain and NFTs as my hobby which I intensified back in January 2021 with an official Blockchain & FinTech degree at University Liechtenstein. I am here because I really trust the process of Proton and the whole healthy environment we are building around it. I think we all have the same goal to help XPR and Proton NFTs grow and I really know that this community can achieve what we believe in.


How were you introduced to NFTs?

It all started with me winning a twitter giveaway of HunterX the creator of CrypFennecs. Then I started to research Proton and I was blown away with the awesome utility and how “modern” it is. Nobody likes gas fees and slow transfers. My first ever NFT purchase was from Scott Anderson’s collection called “The Serpents”.


Why did you choose the Proton blockchain to host your collection?

We want our community and investors to get their adored NFTs as easy, cheap and fast as possible. Nobody likes expensive and slow transfers of NFTs. The Proton community showed me that they are very supportive and it makes you feel like a family.


Tell us about your collection and the inspiration.

After joining XPR as an investor and later on as an NFT investor I talked to my 15 year old little sister Sara if she would be interested in doing a project together. She got the talent to draw and I got the connection to the community. That’s why we started it and brainstormed about what kind of project we could do. I then did some research if there are different animal projects already and then had the idea to go for cute hippos with genders to breed a cute baby hippo that offers you passive income and other special utilities.

The biggest inspiration for me was to improve my little sister’s life. I always wanted her to have fun and get a little extra money for her hobbies and living.

Now we are working together with three very professional artists that keep providing Proton Hippos & Proton NFTs with high quality art. I am very thankful to be able to work with the whole team behind Proton Hippos.


What benefits do your NFT holders have?

We offer quarterly passive income, monthly raffle for a free adult hippo, cute baby hippos with our breeding system, watermelon rewards for the most active supporters. For buying a hippo you receive a free 3D watermelon coin – collect 6 for a FREE 3D hippo ready for metaverse worth 100 $. Our monthly free hippo raffle is for all adult hippo holders. SPECIAL BENEFIT: If you hold OG hippos from #1 – #20 you will be rewarded with two tickets for the raffle because they are the OG Sara hippos. Every other Hippo is worth 1 ticket! We also host a bi-weekly custom Hippo raffle with 3 prizes: Custom Hippo worth 75$+, 1000 XPR or 1 Free Ticket for the next raffle.Ticket price is only 10$ and can be obtained here: Proton Hippos Custom Ticket


What’s next for your project?

In the 2nd quarter of 2022 we plan to create our website & do collaborations with leading projects on Proton NFT marketplaces. With the drop of Hippo #100 we also plan to release the grow potion. This means that you can grow your baby hippos to adults & breed them again as a mixture of a new pair of parent hippos.
Future plans/roadmap plans with Hippoland. We want to enable metaverse usage of your 3D Hippos in there and offer special upgrades for other 2D Hippos. In future stages of Proton Hippos you are going to be able to buy land, own houses and drive supercars for your own Proton Hippo family.
I could imagine a change of the passive income to a community driven DAO. We also plan to introduce Merch. Also nft merch for Sandbox so you can fully walk around as your Hippos in the metaverse on other platforms too.
In Q3/Q4 we aim to create the metaverse Hippoland for our community. The map shall be built with the community together.


If you want to give a shout-out, now is your chance!

I would like to say thank you to all our supporters, holders and friends. All this was not possible without your help and advice.
I can’t name them all but Scott from DragonsLair & CrazyBatClub, Filip from Eruid, Debs from Otters Mayhem, Ste from hush kids & Max from Lazy Protemons are some of the closest artists I work with.


Project Details

Main Website | https://linktr.ee/ProtonHippos
Twitter | https://twitter.com/protonhippos
Collection | https://protonmint.com/454422145344

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