MiamiWeb3: A Bridge for Gathering All-hands to Build the Future of Web3 7557

MiamiWeb3 Summit, one of the most significant institutional Web3 events of 2022, co-organized by the City of Miami, the leading blockchain company CTH Group and its affiliate Atlas, was held in the heart of downtown Miami from November 28th to 30th. With this year’s theme, “Going Beyond Crypto to Embrace Web3,” the summit brought over 100 industry leaders together to discuss the future of Web3 in front of nearly 1,500 attendees, providing constructive ideas to push the industry forward.

With an all-star speaker lineup, enlightening topics, and full networking sessions across the mainstage and six side events, MiamiWeb3 succeeded in being a globally relevant platform to drive meaningful discussions and outcomes for the Web3 industry.

Raymond Yuan, Founder and Chairman of CTH Group and Atlas, expressed gratitude to all the participants, “We are humbled by everybody’s kind words of appreciation and support. MiamiWeb3 aims to be a bridge for gathering the community to talk about potential opportunities and build the future of Web3. We hope that MiamiWeb3 has shown the world that CTH Group represents the ideal global partner for any institutional Web3 needs.”

A strong sentiment echoed throughout the discussions that Web3 and blockchain technology will re-innovate traditional financial markets and is here to stay. Key themes of the first day of MiamiWeb3 included the need for more regulation while enabling innovation, Web3’s role as a revolutionary next step for financial markets, and the need for level-headed value creation in tough times.

Francis Suarez, Mayor of Miami, delivered an opening keynote speech and a fireside chat with Web3 native Julian Holguin, CEO of Doodles. Mayor Suarez said he is thrilled for the summit to be held in Miami and declared that Web3 in Miami was here to stay. As a vocal proponent of Web3, he emphasized the need for regulation, stating that it has to be regulation that does not stifle innovation. Mayor Suarez went on to highlight that it can be achieved if new emerging leaders work together with lawmakers to find the right regulatory benchmarks to make sure this technology helps people and creates democratizing investment and wealth creation opportunities.

Raymond Yuan presented a state of industry address following Mayor Suarez, sharing the six key points CTH Group has learned during the turbulent years. He is confident about the Web3 industry regardless of the current crypto winter: “With ten years of development, Web3 is still a young industry. We need more secure and efficient infrastructures, more reliable and user-friendly applications, and a wider range of user portals. More importantly, we need better solutions, and we need to combine our achievements across technological innovations and tools to create a more practical solution. We are embracing the second decade of Web3, a decade of infinite possibilities and profound impact.”

After Raymond Yuan and Mayor Suarez officiated the summit, speakers stepped up to share their diverse opinions on the industry’s changing dynamics.

Renowned policymaker Senator Cynthia Lummis of Wyoming discussed her perspective on crypto policy, highlighting the present state of regulation & policies facing digital assets and the Web3 industry in the United States, how industry & government officials need to work together to shape these policies to embrace Web3 technologies, as well as the potential impact the Lummis-Gillibrand Responsible Financial Innovation Act could have on the industry.

In line with the Senator’s outlook, leaders from traditional financial institutions such as Franklin Templeton and Neuberger Berman shared similarly optimistic views on what’s next. IDEG’s Head of Institutional Sales, Christophe Lee, moderated the session as the panelists spoke on their views on the future of decentralized finance (DeFi). Bloomberg Intelligence’s Senior Commodity Strategist, Mike McGlone, stated that this market will continue to evolve and crypto is here to stay. Chuck Mounts, Chief DeFi Officer at S&P Global, added, “Digital assets and blockchain technology are both a revolution and evolution. Revolution changes the creation of new capital pools and influences human, financial interaction via the tokenization of everything.”

Representatives from the world’s leading think tanks, Milken Institute, Tony Blair Institute, and the Atlantic Council, also weighed in on the demand for Web3. Benedict Cooney, Deputy Executive Director, Technology and Public Policy at the Tony Blair Institute, stated, “we continue to see the greater innovation and adoption mindset in frontier markets. Adoption is driven by the necessity for service.” Nicole Valentine, FinTech Director, Center for Financial Markets at the Milken Institute, highlighted that “our conversations are driven by how Web3 needs to develop and build actual value for the real economy”, to which Josh Lipsky, Senior Director, GeoEconomics Center at the Atlantic Council, reiterated that “Regulated stable coins by institutions have a significant part to play in global payment disruption.”

The first day of the MiamiWeb3 Summit ended with agreement among speakers and participants, echoed across the sessions, that there is room for disruption of the traditional financial and non-financial industries and that Web3 and blockchain technology have a critical role to play.

The second day of the MiamiWeb3 Summit was kicked off by Dr Guang Yang, Partner and Vice Chairman of CTH Group and Atlas. He stated, “CTH Group, with its sister companies, represents the ideal global and APAC partner, bringing its unique crypto expertise to Miami (U.S.),” putting into words what guests had been thinking since the day prior.

Following the warm opening, legendary venture capitalist Tim Draper, Founder of Draper Associates, and staunch advocate of Digital Assets, appeared on stage for a fireside chat with Henry Love, Managing Partner of Fundamental Labs, on the outlook of the Web3 industry. Tim Draper said: “Redefining the existing real economy takes time. It does not happen overnight. We rely on continuing to attract the smartest people to this industry to evolve our economy of today to the economy of tomorrow. Web3 will transform legacy finance, and those that innovate within the recession will fare best. Bitcoin, DAOs, and Web3 are set to revolutionize national economies.”

After the insightful fireside chat, Anthony “Pomp” Pompliano, Founder of Pomp Investments, a highly respected investor across Bitcoin and the entire Web3 venture landscape, shared his views in a fireside chat with Kyle Ellicott, COO of Fundamental Labs. Pomp said that currently, he is cautious about the market and risk-averse. He highlighted critical differences in traditional investment firms compared to Web3 investment firms, stating: “Bitcoin is viewed as the riskiest part within a traditional portfolio. However, Bitcoin, within a digital economy basket, compared to the venture capital investments I make, is the lowest risky asset. Institutions are already in digital assets. Free market economies allow individuals to build their own projects, sidestep the legacy incumbents, that are slower to innovate.”

From investors’ perspectives, well-known Web3 ecosystem funds & rising industry investors discussed investing in the Web3 future, from networks and platforms to applications and communities. The panel, led by Christoph Lee, Head of Institutional Sales at IDEG, gave attendees a rare opportunity to gain insight into the challenges and opportunities global investors face investing in an ever-dynamic industry. David Gan, Founder & General Partner of OP Crypto, a Fund of Funds (FOFs) and a direct investor in Web3 projects, said: “We see investing in managers and projects as the same due diligence process. Managers are finding capital raising scarce, and managers will likely cut fees this time, compared to the bull market.”

Following the venture capitalists, discussions shifted towards Web3 infrastructure and applications. Representatives from Ava Labs, Stratos, Partisia Blockchain, and Concordia joined Kevin Loo, Managing Director at IDEG, to discuss the contributions of infrastructure and scalability solutions that power the underlining industry and its applications along with the Web3 Foundation’s interoperable future.

Discussing the Web3 application layer, panelists dove into the rapidly evolving gaming world from speaking about on-chain in-game assets, interoperability between games, and the gaming industry’s potential to be a significant catalyst for Web3 adoption. The panel was led by Vinayak Rao, Principal at Fundamental Labs. Featured speakers ranged from gaming infrastructure providers to fully-fledged Web3 game developers, including David Bennahum, CEO of Ready Games, Jeremy Horn, Co-founder of Xterio, and Urvit Goel, VP of Global Games & Platform Business Development at Polygon. Mr Bennahum highlighted that a good user experience for the player would drive relevant adoption of in-game assets, which in turn can drive Web3 adoption.

Representing another important sector of the entertainment industry, the film industry, Bill Kramer, CEO of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, shared his unique insights on how Web3 can influence Hollywood’s content distribution mechanisms in the future. Bill Kramer emphasized that entertainment studios are thinking strongly about enhancing content distribution stating, “While we are keen to embrace Web3 technologies, studios need to safeguard against quality deterioration.”

Additional discussions finished out the latter half of the summit’s second day, covering topics including regulation with the Blockchain Association’s Executive Director Kristin Smith and Bain Capital Crypto’s Partner and Head of Regulatory and Policy, Tuongvy Le, digital identity with Unstoppable Domain’s SVP and Channel Chief, Sandy Carter, decentralized autonomous organizations (DAOs) led by Bitstamp’s Chief Legal Officer, Rika Khurdayan, the future of non-fungible tokens (NFTs) post the 2020-2021 hype, and how Web3 technologies could have a role in the industry of sports and museums. Finally, the event concluded with a panel about our digital lives and economics of metaverses led by Venture Miami’s Executive Director, Erick Gavin and joined by panelists Annie Yi, Ambassador to Theirsverse, Louise-Marie Marguet, Founder and CEO of Emojam and Jared McCluskey, Founder/CEO/CTO of The Mirror.

The MiamiWeb3 Summit aims to return next year in 2023 to continue to provide institutions with a one-stop opportunity to be part of the Web3 narrative and contribute to the industry’s future growth.

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Web3 Messenger Tribes Raises $3.3 Million and Launches Social Wallets, Allowing People to Co-Own and Manage Digital Assets 3884

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

Hector Network launches its NFT marketplace ‘Atlantica’ on Fantom 4002

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: 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:

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:

NADA Joins MOBI to Accelerate Zero Trust Innovations for Information Security and Business Automation 3855

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

Engiven: The Most Trustworthy Crypto Donation Platform 4258

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 Follow us on Twitter (@engiveninc) and LinkedIn (Engiven, Inc).

Native launches invisible DEX layer for crypto 4654

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

TaxBit Announces Acquisition of Digital Asset Accounting Startup Tactic 4772

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.

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