This Week in DAOs - May 4, 2023
A roundup of the most exciting developments in DAOs and web3.
🎞️ BlockchainBusters - ‘Space Junk’ is the newest animated TV series from web3 entertainment studio Toonstar, which is building the future of interactive storytelling through community-driven, animated NFT projects that give creators and fans creative control.
🏛️ Government Adoption - California’s Santa Cruz County is one of the latest - or earliest - to adopt and implement blockchain-based solutions on a government level. The county will partner with data transactions firm HUMBL to integrate blockchain-based digital wallet technology with local government services.
🚀 C2C Crypto - Starting this month, PayPal will allow its more than 60 million US-based Venmo customers buy and send cryptocurrency to another Venmo user or external wallet.
💳 Cross-Border Crypto, Officially - Mastercard has unveiled the Mastercard Crypto Credential, a set of common standards aimed at elevating user verification and compliance and ultimately allowing for cross-border transactions.
🌥️ Powerhouse Partnership - Google Cloud will be the strategic cloud provider for Polygon protocols in efforts to make it easier to build, launch, and grow web3 products and dApps. Under a new partnership agreement, Google Cloud will bring its fully managed node hosting service to the Polygon ecosystem.
Climate-Friendly NFTs - Distinguished European web3 photography platform Rhapsody Curated revealed its collaboration with renowned fine art photographers Yann Arthus-Bertrand, Namsa Leuba, and Nicolas Henry, whose works will be minted as NFTs to heighten climate change awareness.
📚 Be the Change - A beginners’ course on Impact DAOs is available for those aspiring to build the organizations of tomorrow. The Impact DAO course is designed with changemakers in mind. Join the group and be the change.
Show Me the Money
💸 Trustful - Fluree, a web3 data management and digital trust startup providing a data-centric architecture that simplifies governance, consolidates security, and provides secure access to clean and linked data, has raised a $10M funding round led by SineWave Ventures.
🪙 Smart(er) Wallet - Crypto wallet startup Giddy has raised $6.9M in new funding, led by Pelion Venture Partners, to bring crypto adoption to the masses through its “recoverable self-custody smart wallet technology.”
💦 Let it Pour - Cata Labs raised $4.2M in seed funding, led by Spartan Group, to build a cross-chain bridge that aims to solve the issue of liquidity fragmentation - amongst other goals - by making it easier for blockchains to communicate and transact with each other.
🔒 Building Security - ARPA Network has secured a multi-million dollar strategic investment from DWF Labs. Together, they aim to transform the blockchain landscape and usher in new privacy, security, and fairness standards.
🎧 Inside DAO - In Exploring layer-2 blockchains, Elisha Owusu Akyaw, of Cointelegraph’s Hashing It Out, speaks with Elena Sinelnikova, co-founder of MetisDAO, about the ever-growing sector of layer-2 blockchains and their potential impact on decentralization, scalability, and real-world applications.
Deadlines and Events
💻 April 17-May 31: WEB3ATHON
🇲🇪 May 19-23: EDCON
🇵🇱 May 24-25: Next Block Expo
🇩🇪 June 7-8: Blockchance 2023
🇵🇹 June 7-9: Non Fungible Conference, Lisbon
🌐 June 9: Epic Web3 Conference, Lisbon
🇵🇪 June 8-10: Blockchaincon Latam
🇹🇷 August 21-25: Istanbul Blockchain Week
🇮🇩 August 24-25: Coinfest Asia
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