Hyperledger Foundation Adds Five Members, New Certified Service Provider and Verifiable Credential (VC) Format Technology Project 7414

Today, Hyperledger Foundation, the open, global ecosystem for enterprise-grade blockchain technologies, announced a line-up of new members along with its newest Hyperledger Certified Service Provider, latest technology project and year-to-date data on code contributions for 2022. In addition, Hyperledger Foundation, which is hosted at the Linux Foundation, named its two “at large” governing board members, which are elected by the membership at large. This year’s representatives are Heather Dahl, founder and CEO of Indicio, and Sophia Lopez, founder and president of Kaleido.

The five newest members of Hyperledger Foundation are Energy Web, Instnt and Integra Ledger, all general members, as well as associate members European Blockchain Association and Howest. This mix of organizations reflects the expanding use cases for the spectrum of Hyperledger technologies and show strong adoption and collaboration, especially in Europe.

Hyperledger Foundation continued to add to its project landscape with the introduction of Hyperledger AnonCreds, a widely used Verifiable Credential (VC) format. The growing Hyperledger technology landscape is the work of its global developer community, the world’s largest dedicated to open source enterprise-grade blockchain technologies. In 2022, Hyperledger’s total code contributor community grew by more than 18% with an average of almost 800 individuals actively contributing in each month. This active developer community has contributed more than 8 millions lines of code so far this year. Perhaps more importantly, contributors have made more than 2,800 code commits across Hyperledger repositories to date in 2022, an almost 7.5% increase over last year.

Hyperledger Foundation also expanded its network of Hyperledger Certified Service Providers (HCSPs) with Kaleido joining the ranks of the pre-qualified tier of vetted service providers that have deep experience helping enterprises successfully adopt Hyperledger Fabric.

Two new case studies underscore the increasing size and scale of deployments built using Hyperledger technologies. LACChain has created the world’s largest permissioned public blockchain using Hyperledger Besu, and GSBN is simplifying global trade with Hyperledger Fabric.

“As our high level of code contributions, expanding project landscape and growing roster of case studies underscore, there is no shortage of innovation in both the development and deployment of enterprise-grade blockchain technologies,” said Daniela Barbosa, Executive Director, Hyperledger Foundation, and General Manager Blockchain and Identity at the Linux Foundation. “Now, as we look ahead to 2023, we are focused on the rapid evolution of this market and the advances and implementations happening in our community across web3, digital identity, multi-chain networks, verifiable credentials, tokenization and a host of other applications. Our newest members add to the diversity of the markets and technologies that are at the forefront of enterprise adoption of blockchain and related technologies, and we welcome them to our global community of industry-leading organizations.”

“I am honored to be the first person from the Hyperledger Indy and Hyperledger Aries communities elected to the Hyperledger Foundation Governing Board,” said Heather Dahl of Indicio. “As CEO of a company that relies on and contributes to these projects, I experience the value of Hyperledger Foundation and its community every day. And, perhaps, even more important, our customers have come to understand the value of the Hyperledger ecosystem as they work with us to build and deploy open-source verifiable credential solutions around the world. Hyperledger Foundation’s vitality fuels our collective sustainability. This is why membership is important — and why expanding that membership to more and diverse companies and organizations is a focus for the coming year. Hyperledger Foundation is a powerful force for digital transformation. At Indicio, we see increasing momentum for transformation in verifiable identity and data and the opportunity to extend these benefits to the many. Open source, after all, derives its power from being open to all.”

“It was very exciting to build upon our team’s initial contributions helping jumpstart the Hyperledger enterprise blockchain community while we were at IBM, and to be back now in a leadership role carrying the torch forward for the next generation of needed technology. Hyperledger Foundation has established itself as the trusted open-source ecosystem for enterprises looking to build for web3,” said Sophia Lopez of Kaleido. “Kaleido is dedicated to making web3 radically simple for enterprises to adopt. Being an active member of Hyperledger Foundation is a strategic opportunity for Kaleido to help drive enterprise requirements that will advance the growth of our clients’ solutions and networks. My new role as an elected board member shows the value the Hyperledger community is placing on web3 technologies like Hyperledger FireFly, which are key to enabling enterprises to build and scale secure next-gen applications in the space.”

New General Member quotes:

Energy Web
Our team has been monitoring the growth of Hyperledger Foundation and, in particular, Hyperledger FireFly for some time,” said Mani Hagh Sefat, Chief Technology Officer of Energy Web. “We couldn’t be more excited to finally jump into the initiative and contribute directly to it as our stack evolves to better integrate with multiple legacy and Web3 technologies.”

Instnt
“Hyperledger’s SSI ecosystem was a natural complement to Instnt’s managed acceptance platform. We leaned heavily on Hyperledger Foundation projects to add decentralized capabilities to our automated KYC and CIP engine,” said Justin Kamerman, CPO, and Soubhratra Das, Head of Engineering, Instnt. “The open-standard implementations of the Hyperledger Indy distributed ledger and Hyperledger Aries toolkits are a key component of the #PortableKYC feature of Instnt Access™, positioning us as a trusted issuer of Verifiable Credentials under a NIST Level-of-Assurance model. Our engineering team receives ongoing support from the Hyperledger community and is committed to contributing to its frameworks moving forward.”

Integra Ledger
“Integra is the leader for enterprise blockchain technology in the global legal industry,” said David Fisher, Founder and CEO of Integra. “Since its launch in 2017, the Integra Ledger blockchain has been based on Hyperledger Fabric, which is used to authenticate documents and contracts, enabling their off-chain automation in traditional software. We look forward to working with the worldwide Hyperledger community to expand understanding and adoption of enterprise blockchain technology.”

About Hyperledger Foundation

Hyperledger Foundation was founded in 2015 to bring transparency and efficiency to the enterprise market by fostering a thriving ecosystem around open source blockchain software technologies. As a project of the Linux Foundation, Hyperledger Foundation coordinates a community of member and non-member organizations, individual contributors and software developers building enterprise-grade platforms, libraries, tools and solutions for multi-party systems using blockchain, distributed ledger, and related technologies. Organizations join Hyperledger Foundation to demonstrate technical leadership, collaborate and network with others, and raise awareness around their efforts in the enterprise blockchain community. Members include industry-leading organizations in finance, banking, healthcare, supply chains, manufacturing, technology and beyond. All Hyperledger code is built publicly and available under the Apache license. To learn more, visit: www.hyperledger.org.

About the Linux Foundation

Founded in 2000, the Linux Foundation and its projects are supported by more than 2,950 members. The Linux Foundation is the world’s leading home for collaboration on open source software, hardware, standards, and data. Linux Foundation’s projects, including Linux, Kubernetes, Node.js, Hyperledger Foundation, RISC-V, and more, are critical to the world’s infrastructure. The Linux Foundation’s methodology focuses on leveraging best practices and addressing the needs of contributors, users, and solution providers to create sustainable models for open collaboration. For more information, please visit us at linuxfoundation.org.

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Web3 Messenger Tribes Raises $3.3 Million and Launches Social Wallets, Allowing People to Co-Own and Manage Digital Assets 3878

Tribes, the Web3-native messaging app from DMs to DAOs, today announced it has raised $3.3 million in pre-seed funding led by Kindred Ventures, South Park Commons and Script Capital. Tribes also announced the launch of its social wallets — the first combined messaging and wallet offering that is foundational to unlocking the power of co-ownership and collective action. The group wallet enables people to co-own and manage digital assets, as well as communicating directly with other co-owners.

In today’s Web3 environment, the communications tools (e.g. Discord, Telegram) available are too separate from the decision making process around digital assets, which often makes it too hard for others to track what’s happening, thoughtfully participate, or even get involved in the first place.

Web3-native identity and infrastructure enables group chats (and token-gated groups) to go beyond talk — getting actual things done! However this only works when there is great communication. Tribes believes that co-ownership and collective action, made practical through Web3 technology, will change the economy and world for the better. This will happen in a variety of ways, including:

  • Friends and family co-funding and sharing big purchases like cars and homes
  • Groups co-investing in digital wares and financial products
  • Collectors and communities with a stake in creators’ successes
  • Fully-operational DAOs with shareholders and operators
  • Government and civic engagement

In order for ubiquitous co-ownership to come to life, communication (social) and ownership (wallets) must be deeply integrated. Tribes’ app gives all group chats access to a shared wallet — any participant can activate it with one touch. This shared wallet can send, receive and hold digital assets like NFTs, memberships, currencies, and more. Sending or “spending” group assets requires approval from the group — a threshold that groups determine themselves, like 3 of 5 members, for example. Group members can thumbs-up (or -down) directly in the groupchat to approve or reject transactions.

“Web3 primitives for co-ownership and collective action are transformative but few people can make sense of the existing products and processes required,” said Hish Bouabdallah, founder and CEO of Tribes. “In order to realize the full promise of Web3, nailing collective action is absolutely essential. Our approach to embed it directly into group chat makes these powerful and newly-possible Web3 actions understandable and accessible to the masses.”

Today’s social wallet enables “simple” experiences like:

  • Buy things you like together (i.e. buy an NFT as a group chat)
  • Save money as a group (casual investment club)
  • Manage a small organization (i.e. a soccer team or interest group) with collective decision-making and transparent treasury

And looking forward, each of these “simple” use cases is a building block towards on-the-horizon needs for DAOs, distributed app user groups, NFT communities, pop-up crowdfunds and other groups.

The Tribes social wallet combines best-in-class technologies including (Gnosis) Safe multisignature smart contracts, transaction signing with Coinbase Wallet or secure in-app signatures, and Web3 identity support (ENS, Lens, etc.) for co-owner collaboration.

The Tribes team is composed of people with years of experience building and shipping social and crypto products at scale. Bouabdallah was previously a staff software engineer at Coinbase Wallet where he was instrumental in building the flagship Web3 product. Product designer Andrew Courter previously founded a startup that was acquired by Twitter in 2019.

About Tribes

Tribes is a Web3-native messaging and group wallet app to help the next generation of crypto consumers, creators, communities, and DAOs collaborate and build relationships. For more information, visit tribes.xyz.

Hector Network launches its NFT marketplace ‘Atlantica’ on Fantom 3998

Atlantica, a new NFT marketplace project by Hector Network that aims to be “the marketplace of the future for Web3,” launched on Jan. 19.

At the start of 2022, Atlantica’s entry into the market was confirmed with the announcement of two major initiatives: the confirmed interest in the nonfungible token (NFT) space and the development of the necessary infrastructure to support and further expand the NFT market on all fronts. Atlantica’s plans are backed with all the base components that facilitate the baseline standards of the NFT Space — marketplace, launchpad and Atlantica’s very-own NFT collections.

Through the team efforts, the project has reached a significant milestone: the successful initial public release and fine-tuning schedule of their various sub-projects. These developments position Atlantica as a dependable servicer in the NFT Industry. Hector Network (learn more about Hector Network’s ecosystem and roadmap here: https://hector.network/#) is well-positioned to continue growing and expanding out Atlantica. The protocol is confident in its ability to deliver on its promises and bring the wonders of NFTs to a wider audience. Its innovative approaches and understanding of the NFT market dynamics set it apart from the competition, making it an up-and-coming project to keep an eye on.

Here is a brief snapshot of what Atlantica is:

NFT marketplace

Two components of Atlantica’s marketplace are its cross-chain compatibility and working alongside NFT solutions, making it the one-stop-shop with all the advantages each blockchain provides. Initially, the platform will feature well-established brands from the Fantom network NFT space. It will only be live on the Fantom chain, which is an incredibly efficient network with virtually zero fees, instant finality and a growing community.

The plan is to expand to other chains in Q1 and Q2 2023 to make Atlantica the marketplace of the future.

NFT launchpad

The Atlantica NFT launchpad will be dedicated to onboarding emerging and established creators who meet the highest quality standards our users expect. We offer a range of business-to-creator solutions that empower NFT creators to monetize their work effectively, giving them the tools and support they need to succeed in our platform. We are committed to following through with our creators to ensure their success on Atlantica and in their communities.

Fully-owned NFT collection(s)

Atlantica’s fully-owned NFT collection(s) are utility-focused ecosystem cards offering unique benefits within and outside the crypto world. These collections feature premium perk unlocks that enhance the user’s experience and engagement within our ecosystem. These platform-representing NFTs provide more than just the opportunity to collect digital items; they also offer access to exclusive virtual events, discounts and special deals, opening up a new realm of possibilities. You can learn more about the first collection, Mythos, here: https://twitter.com/Mythos_HEC.

An effective NFT facilitator plays a crucial role in displaying a wide range of options and matching the right products with the appropriate users. The success of these purposes relies heavily on the specific NFTs that the protocol chooses to offer. In the case of Atlantica, its target audiences are those that find value in the variety of collections and projects showcased, which are known for their quality and user confidence in mind. By providing a comprehensive and curated selection of NFTs, Atlantica will enable users to easily find and access digital assets they desire.

Atlantica will host and list collections of any form while keeping a close eye on digital assets with high utility, such as NFTs for play-to-earn games, collectible items/trading cards, NFTs with real-life use cases, music and media, virtual fashion, real-world assets, domain names and digital artworks from the best artists and projects.

Here is a recap shared by the team of the features that are live as of Jan. 19:

Features in the marketplace, Jan. 19, 2023:

  • User profile creation
  • Facilitation of ERC-721 and ERC-1155 NFTs
  • Buy/sell/auction/make offers
  • Publish NFT collection(s) and NFT(s)
  • Favorite/follow system

Atlantica’s launch is a significant milestone for Hector Network and its expanding ecosystem, but this is just a starting point. Many upgrades are due in the next weeks and months, including potentially new utility for the Hector Network (HEC) token and TOR stablecoin — both issued by Hector Network — to make Atlantica the marketplace that everyone, from users to creators, always dreamed of. Follow Atlantica’s Twitter and don’t miss the next important announcements: https://twitter.com/AtlanticaMarket.

NADA Joins MOBI to Accelerate Zero Trust Innovations for Information Security and Business Automation 3851

MOBI (Mobility Open Blockchain Initiative) today welcomes the National Automobile Dealers Association (NADA), an innovation and advocacy group representing over 16,000 franchised new-car dealer members, into its global community.

The MOBI community aims to develop and accelerate adoption of zero trust Web3 standards and solutions to enable seamless and secure business processes, while safeguarding sensitive business and consumer data. NADA brings a critical dealer viewpoint to this process. MOBI and NADA agree that the widespread adoption of a shared technology-agnostic framework will be critical to future innovations for members of both consortia. NADA and MOBI also believe that compliance with the Federal Zero Trust Strategy issued by the White House in 2022 will be crucial to maintain their competitive edge.

“We are thrilled to team up with NADA to co-develop solutions to help solve pain points for use cases such as Vehicle Registration, Titling, and Dealer Floorplan Audit,” said MOBI CEO and Founder, Tram Vo. “We look forward to collaborating on additional mobility and geolocation applications that improve security while preserving customer privacy.”

“NADA is excited to work with the experts at MOBI on behalf of dealers to ensure that this important technology improves and modernizes the auto retail experience, generates efficiencies, and brings increased convenience for dealers and consumers alike,” said Mike Stanton, President and CEO of NADA.

MOBI anticipates that NADA’s entry into the community at large will play a critical role in igniting a two-way exchange of expertise between the organizations’ respective communities, enabling greater collaboration on the road to more resilient mobility value chains and accelerating related innovations in research, development, and implementation. MOBI welcomes organizations of all sizes, industries, and locations to share expertise, define industry standards, and improve the sustainability, efficiency, and accessibility of mobility services around the world.

About MOBI

Mobility Open Blockchain Initiative (MOBI) is a global nonprofit smart mobility consortium. MOBI and our members are creating blockchain-based standards to identify vehicles, people, businesses, and MOBI Trusted Trip. We are building the Web3 digital infrastructure for connected ecosystem and IoT commerce. For additional information visit www.dlt.mobi.

Engiven: The Most Trustworthy Crypto Donation Platform 4256

Engiven, Inc., a leading cryptocurrency donation technologies company, announced today that it has achieved SOC 2 Type 2 compliance in accordance with American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) standards for SOC for Service Organizations also known as SSAE 18. Achieving this standard with an unqualified opinion serves as third-party industry validation that Engiven, Inc. provides enterprise-level security for customers’ data secured in the Engiven, Inc. system.

Engiven, Inc. provides SaaS-based technologies that equip nonprofit organizations to securely accept and liquidate cryptocurrency donations while eliminating complexity and risk. Engiven’s crypto donation platform is sleek, boasting a highly automated end-to-end solution where the donation is verified on the blockchain, exchanged for USD, and a gift receipt is immediately sent to the donor.

“Engiven was founded on the principle that complex giving solutions should be highly secure, transparent, and simple,” said James Lawrence, Co-Founder and CEO of Engiven. “Financial trust has now become paramount in the crypto services industry and Engiven continues to place trust at the center of our company. By meeting or exceeding industry standards for security protocols, we aim to inspire trust that unlocks crypto generosity for the nonprofits that are changing the world for good.”

SOC 2 Type 1 is a certification that examines a company’s controls at a specific point in time and provides an opinion on whether the controls were designed effectively to meet compliance standards. Engiven first received SOC 2 Type 1 status in June of 2022, becoming the first crypto donation platform to do so.

SOC 2 Type 2, on the other hand, is a certification that examines the effectiveness of a company’s controls over a period of time and includes testing to ensure that they are operating as designed.

An unqualified opinion on a SOC 2 Type 2 audit report demonstrates to Engiven, Inc.’s current and future customers that Engiven manages customer and confidential data with the highest standards of security and compliance.

About Engiven

Founded in 2018, Engiven is a leading provider of cryptocurrency donation services to nonprofits and faith-based organizations. The Engiven platform provides a highly automated crypto-giving solution that includes blockchain monitoring, automatic exchanges, gift receipts, bank deposits, IRS tax form creation, custody options, and a full suite of developer APIs. Engiven, Inc. has achieved SOC 2 Type 2 compliance in accordance with American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) standards for SOC for Service Organizations also known as SSAE 18. For more information about Engiven, visit https://engiven.com. Follow us on Twitter (@engiveninc) and LinkedIn (Engiven, Inc).

Native launches invisible DEX layer for crypto 4648

Native today announced the launch of its project-owned DEX layer for crypto.

Native created this technology because the crypto ecosystem has become too reliant on exchanges and market makers. Exchanges stand between users and projects, extracting fees and adding friction. Market makers operate in the shadows and few understand how they work. This needs to change. Crypto needs to become user-centric to scale to 1 billion users. That’s why Native exists.

Native’s technology empowers any project to become their own decentralized exchange (DEX). The protocol’s unique architecture pairs the on-chain transparency and security of a decentralized exchange with the efficiency of a centralized exchange. This solves an important problem for cryptocurrency, disintermediating 3rd-party exchanges and giving individual applications full control over their user journey and liquidity. For more information, see Native’s launch announcement on Medium.

Native is committed to building a community of projects and users who together bring crypto to a mainstream audience. Native’s DEX layer makes the swap experience frictionless and user-friendly.

The team has already announced a technology partnership with Ankr, the leading blockchain infrastructure provider, and a long-term campaign partnership with Galxe, the leading Web3 credential data network. Stay tuned for additional collaborative ventures ahead.

About Native:

Native is a blockchain technology company bringing crypto to the next 1 billion users. For more information, visit native.org.

TaxBit Announces Acquisition of Digital Asset Accounting Startup Tactic 4765

TaxBit, the leading tax and accounting provider for the digital asset economy, today announces the acquisition of Tactic, a digital asset financial accounting platform that offers a streamlined accounting subledger to save businesses hundreds of hours on critical digital asset management and reporting. This acquisition will combine two leaders in the digital asset accounting space and establish TaxBit’s New York office presence.

TaxBit co-founder and CEO Austin Woodward commented, “2022 demonstrated that there is a massive problem in the digital asset space with regards to credible accounting. TaxBit historically focused on top-of-market Enterprises, but it became evident that businesses of all sizes accepting, trading, or holding digital assets are in need of automated accounting solutions. As we got to know Tactic, it was clear that their world-class technical team, products, and culture perfectly align with what we are building and how we operate at TaxBit. We are excited to welcome their team onboard, and together continue building a turnkey solution for digital asset accounting.”

Tactic provides accounting automation tools, seamless integration with other financial software products, and increased visibility to reduce crypto accounting processes by as much as 75%. Tactic will augment TaxBit’s existing Corporate Accounting Suite (CAS) offering. The full integration of Tactic’s software and team with TaxBit will take place over the coming months.

The acquisition comes on the heels of major turmoil for digital asset markets. Recent crypto market events have highlighted the mission-critical need for transparency, especially in the form of auditable and verifiable accounting. As regulations evolve and as scrutiny increases, TaxBit can help restore investor trust with innovative and compliant solutions for tracking, processing, and reporting transactions.

Tactic co-founder and CEO Ann Jaskiw added, “As transparency and efficiency become the largest issues for businesses working in or entering the crypto sphere, we aspire to provide the definitive toolset for the industry. Austin and I share similar stories, being founders at the forefront of innovation and first movers in a fast-evolving industry. The team is thrilled to continue Tactic’s journey of product innovation and to establish our collective team as the go-to provider for digital asset accounting.”

The financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

About TaxBit

TaxBit is designed by CPAs and tax attorneys, TaxBit is the leading tax and accounting solution for the digital asset economy. TaxBit’s platform serves the industry’s top exchanges, institutional investors, governments, and individuals. TaxBit is SOC 1, Type 1, SOC 2, Type 2 attestation and ISO 27001 certified. TaxBit has raised over $235M from the world’s-top investors to enable widespread digital asset adoption by automating the regulatory hurdles of tax and accounting compliance at scale. TaxBit has offices in Salt Lake City, San Francisco, Seattle, New York and Washington D.C.

To learn more visit: www.TaxBit.com