If you missed last week’s newsletter, welcome back! To quickly recap, last week we kicked off our official summer and fall internship programs, so this past week was filled with introductions, interviews, and resumes with the next wave of eager young blockchain professionals!
If you would like to apply to be an intern at GDA during the summer or fall months, kindly send your CV and cover letter to email@example.com.
As projects in the blockchain industry race to market, one thing becomes very clear. To stand out against your competitors, human, financial, and technological capital is required. Our goal at GDA is to be the vehicle that drives compelling blockchain projects to the top of their sectors. To do this, we need to ensure our network has the aforementioned resources to meet any obstacles our clients may face.
With this in mind, we are thrilled to announce a strategic partnership with MYNTD, Australia’s leading consulting and advisory firm for digital assets.
MYNTD offers a full suite of services with a focus on driving extra liquidity to projects through institutional-grade market-making, marketing & comms, and strategic business development.
This partnership allows both GDA and MYNTD to expand their respective networks, expanding each firm’s service capabilities while offering clients a global portfolio of financial services.
If you have technology or IP and you are unsure of how to get it into the marketplace, get in touch with us here!
Additionally, if there are any students who have yet to submit their applications for the GDA internship programs and are still interested in doing so, kindly send over your CV and cover letter here.
Welcome back to GDA’s official industry newsletter. Today we’re going to be talking about the GDA ecosystem, but if you didn’t get the chance to read the latest edition of our financial-focused newsletter, The Digital Asset Digest, we encourage you to. You can also sign up to receive your own weekly market insights here.
Our goal as North America’s first blockchain-focused merchant bank is to provide projects with the financial, technical and strategic resources they need to address real-world problems through blockchain, and ultimately bring their tech to the market at scale.
To do this, we have been expanding the GDA ecosystem by consistently adding to our partnership network. This gives us a full suite of technical and financial capabilities across all key geographies. This week we will be summarizing all of these key partnerships and explaining how we plan to leverage these relationships as we move into the month of May.
In this era of misinformation, some of our client’s most critical needs are reliable media channels. Scarce media regulation has caused a lot of for-profit entities to jump into the crypto space, completely disregarding factual reporting and journalistic integrity.
Originally GDA planned to circumvent this by cultivating strong relationships with ethical publications. However, it organically blossomed into so much more. With the singular goal of bringing objectivity to crypto, Timestamp Magazine was born. As an online-only publication, Timestamp Magazine is a blockchain-agnostic magazine that reports on all blockchains and decentralized projects.
Timestamp in no way receives any direction or oversight from the rest of GDA, it operates as a completely separate entity. What Timestamp provides GDA, is the same thing it provides every other company in the industry; peace of mind. From now on, GDA no longer needs to spend hours on discovery and due diligence on new media partners. We are now working with the industry’s most reliable publication.
If you are interested in exploring any media opportunities with Timestamp Magazine, kindly reach out to the editor here.
In early May, GDA and Accubits Technologies launched a joint venture. Accubits is a blockchain and artificial intelligence systems integration firm, specializing in enterprise and large-scale businesses. Based in the United States, this joint venture greatly expedites the speed at which Accutbits can bring their technology to new markets such as Canada and Europe. Moreover, this joint venture creates a phenomenal opportunity for GDA clients to get access to some of the industry’s best integration services.
If you have a decentralized application or blockchain project that needs third-party expertise, let’s get in touch here.
Back in April, we announced a partnership with MarkChain. A France-based marketing firm focusing on blockchain and decentralized application projects in Europe.
The partnership creates natural synergies as each firm can tap into each other’s investor network and expand their respective operating regions. With the combined capabilities, GDA can provide a global umbrella of marketing, capital markets, and product development services.
If you are interested in how we can help your project from the ground up, let’s get in touch here.
DigitalBits is a protocol layer blockchain built to support consumer digital assets, specifically branded currencies. As technology continues to innovate the way brands interact with users, GDA thinks it is critical that blockchain is at the forefront of this disruption.
Considered the 2nd generation of stablecoins, XBD’s branded currencies create a new form of engagement between brands and consumers, improving market intelligence, allowing companies to create more targeted marketing campaigns and develop stronger insights into consumer needs.
We are particularly proud to circle back to this announcement because DigitalBits has just secured funding from Alpha Sigma Capital (ASC) to help increase the institutional adoption of branded cryptocurrencies, a huge milestone on their strategic roadmap.
Although COVID-19 has been a tumultuous time for everyone around the world, we have taken this time to buckle down and work on our business. We now boast the internal capabilities, and external relationships to work with founders from any part of the world to help them realize their decentralized dreams.
If you or anyone you know is ready to take their project to that next level, let’s get in touch.
TORONTO, CANADA, May 1, 2020 — Global Digital Assets (GDA), the first merchant bank in North America to focus on blockchain and digital assets, announced today that it will be joining the DigitalBits ecosystem to further enterprise adoption for branded cryptocurrencies. GDA, in collaboration with other ecosystem participants, will provide the infrastructure necessary for consumers, merchants, brands and payment providers to benefit from branded cryptocurrencies, inclusive of the emerging subcategory of branded stablecoins.
GDA and its subsidiaries have worked with fortune 500 companies, such as Toronto Dominion Bank, governments in North America, the Caribbean, Africa and Asia, as well as some of the world’s largest digital ecosystems, such as TRX and the ONT networks. Founded through the combination of MLG Blockchain and Secure Digital Markets, GDA bridges enterprise solutions with digital markets to accelerate the adoption of blockchain technology within mainstream society. GDA will facilitate and support select enterprises focused on the generation and deployment of branded cryptocurrency solutions, inclusive of capital for the procurement of DigitalBits’ XDB tokens.
Sharing a common vision with DigitalBits to introduce blockchain to the average user, GDA seeks to introduce the skew of branded cryptocurrencies to existing clients and enterprises alike, generating further support for the emerging asset category of branded stablecoins.
“Brands and corporations may spur the next wave for banking the unbanked, and we believe that branded currencies may be the first glimpse of achieving this.” said Michael Gord, GDA CEO. “With DigitalBits, we intend to bring this emerging asset category together with today’s digital banking solutions.”
Global Digital Assets
Global Digital Assets (GDA) is a global blockchain & digital assets focused merchant bank based in Toronto & New York City founded during the combination of MLG Blockchain and Secure Digital Markets. GDA offers a full-suite of services spanning from ventures and capital to markets and liquidity in order to provide end-to-end solutions to disruptive and cutting-edge blockchain projects.
Global Digital Assets and its experienced management team has experience that spans the entire blockchain industry. This includes venture capital, capital markets, trading, blockchain technology, token development and issuance. Our team has played a significant role in taking dozens of tokens to market for clients around the world; having led million dollar marketing and activation campaigns, and completing over three billion dollars of private placement or OTC transactions. We have worked with a variety of firms ranging from family offices and HNWI, Fortune 100 enterprises, startups and global governments looking to accelerate their countries’ adoption of the blockchain.
DigitalBits is a blockchain protocol and network layer designed for consumer digital assets, specifically branded currencies. DigitalBits is focused on supporting innovators with driving enterprise adoption of cryptocurrency and its use in enhancing the consumer experience and corporate social responsibility initiatives. For more information, please visit www.digitalbits.io.
Global Digital Assets, a leading blockchain focused capital markets firm in North America, and Markchain, a leading blockchain advisory & marketing firm in France, have announced a partnership to collaborate on capital syndication and distribution for digital asset offerings through mutual portfolio and investor networks. The partnership between the two firms brings together complementary networks and geographic synergies in an attempt to provide disruptive blockchain technology companies with broader access to North American and European capital markets.
Global Digital Assets was founded last year as a joint venture between MLG Blockchain and Secure Digital Markets, to amalgamate two of the leading blockchain firms in Canada and streamline their operations to provide additional value and added services to the clients of both companies. GDA works with companies looking to access capital through blockchain markets through issuing digital assets and building blockchain ecosystems or public markets through mergers and acquisitions and bridges the gap for hedge funds and institutional investors to access top quality blockchain investment opportunities.
Markchain provides innovative marketing solutions for early-stage blockchain projects (including IEOs, ICOs, and STOs) all the way to established cryptocurrencies and blockchain events. The core services include bringing projects to market, community management, communications, investment strategy, and high-level consulting services. By offering clients a high level of availability and bringing in years of consulting and a high degree of expertise in the blockchain space, Markchain has been able to stand out and offer their clients superior service. As a result, Markchain has a 100% customer satisfaction rate.
CEO of Markchain, Quentin Herbrecht commented on the partnership by saying: “We are also very excited to start our collaboration with Global Digital Assets. This will allow our customers to reach the North American capital markets more easily with local experts such as Michael Gord and the entire team at GDA. On our side, we are now fortunate to be able to introduce North American based projects to our investor networks in Europe and specifically, France”.
The partnership provides more international geographical coverage to both firms. GDA’s global headquarters are in Toronto and NYC which is complementary to Markchain, whose global headquarters are located in Rennes, France. Both firms will now be able to access more global information, dealflow and successful project implementations from their combined business development efforts around the world.
“We are excited to partner with Quentin and the Markchain team who are leaders in the blockchain ecosystem in Europe to provide our clients with wider exposure for digital asset offerings. Quentin has a great track record of bringing innovative projects to market that we are excited to introduce in North America”, said Michael Gord, CEO of Global Digital Assets.
Global Digital Assets
Global Digital Assets (GDA Capital) is a global blockchain & digital assets focused merchant bank based in Toronto & New York City. GDA offers a full-suite of services spanning from ventures and capital to markets and liquidity in order to provide end-to-end solutions to disruptive and cutting-edge blockchain projects.
Global Digital Assets and its experienced management team has experience that spans the entire blockchain industry. This includes venture capital, capital markets, trading, blockchain technology, token development and issuance. The team has played a significant role in taking dozens of tokens to market for clients around the world; having led million dollar marketing and activation campaigns, and completing over three billion dollars of private placement and OTC transactions. GDA’s work with a variety of firms ranging from family offices and HNWI, Fortune 100 enterprises, startups and global governments looking to accelerate their countries adoption of the blockchain.
As a premier firm based in France, Markchain focuses on providing expert consulting services to a range of blockchain companies who are in need of funding and growth. This fits closely with GDA’s service offerings and the crossover will help them assist each other in giving their clients more coverage.
CEO Quentin Herbrecht founded Markchain in late 2019 and has been consulting in the blockchain sector for much longer than that. A passion for new technologies is what guided Herbrecht’s to the world of cryptocurrencies. Last year, Forbes interviewed the French native about his ICO advisory work success during a bear market and mentioned him as the best ICO advisor in France. At only 24 years old, his career is remarkable. He is an independent Blockchain Expert and evaluator for the European Commission, professor of fintech/ Blockchain in business school and regularly appear in summit or in the media to discuss about his favourite subject, blockchain and cryptocurrencies.
Reporting on the crypto industry since 2018, Timestamp has carved out a commanding presence across the blockchain and cryptocurrency media landscape.
Each week, you can expect new articles focused on the blockchain industry discussing topics related to breaking news, technical trading analysis, and thought pieces from industry veterans.
For your enjoyment, we have attached a copy of one of Timestamp’s articles, an exclusive interview with Dave Hodgson, the Director & Co-Founder of NEM Ventures!
If you are interested in leveraging Timestamp Magazine’s readership in your future initiatives, have ideas for new articles, or would like to participate as a contributor or interviewee, please reach out at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We are excited to announce that GDA Capital and Accubits Technologies have formed a joint venture to expand Accubits operations in the United States and launch in Canada.
Accubits Technologies is a full-service software provider, offering product development services to governments, start-ups, fortune 500 companies, and other commercial businesses.
The joint venture allows Accubits to launch a Canadian subsidiary, greatly accelerating the injection of IP, capital, products, and strategic partnerships into new territories.
This corporate structuring allows Accubits Canada to be owned entirely by GDA Capital and Accubits Technologies.
With GDA’s corporate offices in New York and Toronto, coupled with Accubits offices in Washington, UAE, India, Australia, Indonesia, Switzerland, Singapore, Hong Kong & Norway, this joint venture creates significantly more geographical coverage for both firms.
CEO of Accubits Technologies Jithin VG commented on the joint venture by saying “Global Digital Assets’ expertise in venture capital, capital markets, trading, blockchain technology, token development, etc is remarkable and that makes me excited about this joint venture. I believe this new initiative will enable both Accubits as well as GDA to better tap into the Canadian market for Blockchain development services.”
A primary reason for choosing Accubits as our strategic development partner is that they are aligned with our corporate values. During this COVID-19 crisis, Accubits has launched the application Break the Chain, to provide governments with better technology to track the spread of the virus. Break the Chain is a blockchain-based tracking network for governments, hospitals and citizens to get access to real-time info on COVID-19 threats near them.
With digital identity cards, shared databases for healthcare & governments, and real-time alerts of people with COVID-19 moving in and out of their areas, the platform creates a complete digital footprint of the virus’s impact. If you know of a government or corporate entity that could benefit from this technology please contact us here.
Over the next few weeks, GDA will be working with Accubits to get their technology in front of governments, corporations and health care agencies to help flatten the curve and reduce the impact of the Coronavirus.
If you want to learn more about GDA’s JV with Accubits, or if you have a business opportunity that is aligned with GDA’s service offerings please reach out at email@example.com.
TORONTO & NEW YORK — MLG Blockchain and Secure Digital Markets have reached a definitive agreement to launch their new joint venture, GDA Capital Corporation. This joint venture will be the blockchain industry’s leading capital markets business and combines businesses that have:
● Advised on more than two dozen digital asset launches for some of the largest blockchain networks in the world; ● Have advised on over $400M in capital raised; ● Brokered over $1B in digital asset transactions; ● Worked with Fortune 500 companies and government organizations in North America, Asia, Africa, Australia and the Caribbean; ● Brokered several M&A transactions and Reverse Takeovers with collective financings of over $100M ● A footprint of three offices around the globe and over 20 team members
Under the terms of the agreement, executives from MLG Blockchain and Secure Digital Markets will own 100% of GDA Capital Corporation, the capital markets business which will focus on digital asset offerings, mergers & acquisitions, capital formation and payments. MLG Blockchain will continue to focus on the ongoing enterprise activities the firm is doing involving consulting and development for large companies and governments to accelerate their blockchain roadmap. Secure Digital Markets will continue to focus on trading and liquidity.
MLG Blockchain and Secure Digital Markets will each distribute each other’s products and services and each organization will maintain a narrower area of focus to ensure the teams are executing at a world class level of performance. The firms will also benefit from the transaction by streamlining several shared expenses such as legal, finance and human resources.
Michael Gord, Founder & CEO of MLG Blockchain, said, “By bringing together MLG Blockchain and Secure Digital Markets’ strong revenue-producing businesses, we are creating a new industry-leading blockchain firm. GDA Capital will become the first choice for issuers and high-quality blockchain advisors by offering the broadest range of financial products and solutions in the blockchain industry, as well as the market intelligence and investment opportunities from both MLG Blockchain and Secure Digital Markets global networks. This joint venture is an important step forward in our mission to make blockchains and digital assets mainstream by building a group of blockchain companies with the resources to cater to the highest level of clients as we enter this next wave of blockchain adoption.”
Secure Digital Markets and MLG Blockchain will benefit from this joint venture by increasing the monetization potential from their capital markets business while continuing to benefit from both of their multi-year earnings streams as they streamline their organizational structure. The joint venture expands both firms’ access to global institutional asset management firms and capital partners which will, in turn, provide more access to financing opportunities and liquidity for clients.
Secure Digital Markets Co-Founder and GDA Capital Co-Founder & Executive Chairman, David Shafrir commented on the launch by saying:
“A rising tide lifts all boats, and we are wholly committed to injecting capital, technical tools and contributing strategic advice to founders that are pushing innovation in the industry forward. Michael, Joaquim and Zachary bring complementary insights and thought-leadership and share the same values and vision about GDA’s potential to expedite market adoption and facilitate liquidity on a global scale. By offering our clients a curated suite of financial services such as Tier-1 banking solutions, structured lending products, and secure custodial services we hope to usher in the new wave of institutional capital. With the launch of Global Digital Assets, we will also have the infrastructure to support founders & projects from ideation, to capital formation, project launch, and into secondary market liquidity and trading.”
The combined firm, to be called GDA Capital, will be comprised of executives from MLG Blockchain and Secure Digital Markets and will have more than 100 partners in 45 countries.
New industry leader will offer issuers and investors an unmatched global platform with a global footprint in Toronto, New York City, Montreal & Barcelona
Transaction will create significant value for both MLG Blockchain and Secure Digital Markets – with significant cost savings and additional revenue potential
About Global Digital Assets Headquartered in Toronto, Canada, Global Digital Assets is a full-suite advisory firm with a focus on merchant banking services for the fintech market with a specialization in blockchain. GDA’s mission is to ignite the blockchain revolution by stimulating demand for digital asset offerings by originating and matching innovative companies with strategic capital partners to create global synergies.
ArtValue Artificial Intelligence (AVAI) and Global Digital Assets (GDA) have reached an agreement to further deepen their strategic relationship in the build out and distribution of an AI driven art pricing, assessment and market sentiment platform. Positioning itself as an Art Data company, it is the goal of ArtValue to deliver Real Time Analytics (RTV) in order for art to be managed similar to mainstream asset classes.The two companies are pursuing several opportunities and products for art investors through the AVAI technology, including custom dashboards and a database of artwork value profiles.
The partnership consists of Global Digital Assets participating in an advisory and distribution capacity to help ArtValue build the required features to their valuation products to be useful across their network of art investors. ArtValue also has plans to be the valuation layer for payments of art assets that are stored on the blockchain, which ties closely with the focus from Global Digital Assets of putting assets onchain and making them transactable. Through the partnership, the two firms strengthen their market leading position for digital assets of art.
AVAI, which has been operating since 2016, has developed proprietary technology that is patent pending using the latest AI algorithms, big data and the semantic web and currently provides price assessment and correlations based on a database of over 2 million artworks including all blue chip artworks. The platform also provides search information on returns of select artists including price movements and forecasts, public auction sales data of similar works and many other factors that impact the value of specific paintings. The primary mission is to provide transparency to those who invest in art.
“ArtValue Artificial Intelligence is market leading software for art valuations that we can use to determine real time pricing of artworks to enable the transactability of digital assets stored on the blockchain that is supported by blue chip artworks.”, said Global Digital Assets CEO, Michael Gord. “We are happy to be working with their team of innovators and to use their software to ultimately increase the demand for and potential profitability of art investments by increasing their liquidity.”
AVAI users will be able to identity answers to questions that were traditionally difficult to verify such as what attributes of the artwork can impact the value, the relationship of the artwork to similar works that have been sold recently, the price trends for each attribute, the expected appreciation or depreciation rate of the artist, the size of the global collector base of each artist, the demand for each work from the community and the expected volatility of the artwork, among other relevant indicators. The AVAI community will be able to make educated decisions based on this compiled data to identify artists and artworks that meet their investment objectives based on their risk profiles.
“This partnership opens up tremendous growth opportunities for the family of products in the ArtValue portfolio. The teams at Global Digital Assets offer significant access to art investment networks that will prove invaluable to the expansion of our business.” said Brian McConville, co-founder and CEO of ArtValue. “I’m excited to be partnering with their market leading firm and working together to execute on our mutual goal of making art transactable and more liquid.”
Global Digital Assets
Global Digital Assets (GDA) is a global blockchain & digital assets focused merchant bank based in Toronto & New York City. GDA offers a full-suite of services spanning from ventures and capital to markets and liquidity in order to provide end-to-end solutions to disruptive and cutting-edge blockchain projects.
Global Digital Assets and its experienced management team has experience that spans the entire blockchain industry. This includes venture capital, capital markets, trading, blockchain technology, token development and issuance. Our team has played a significant role in taking dozens of tokens to market for clients around the world; having led million dollar marketing and activation campaigns, and completing over three billion dollars of private placement or OTC transactions. We have worked with a variety of firms ranging from family offices and HNWI, Fortune 100 enterprises, startups and global governments looking to accelerate their countries adoption of the blockchain.
AVAI is a product of Art2Score Inc. A2S Inc is a high tech, data driven, financial and information company designed to solve problems in art investing. It is a privately held company headquartered in New York City. AVAI provides tools such as art asset analytics to investors and financial companies using APIs and dashboards for art investing.
AVAI’s engineering team has many years of AI experience starting technology companies with backgrounds in NLP and deep learning, including proprietary algorithms and approach. Based on our hands-on AI development experience, we’ve designed the world’s first AI engine to value fine art as an investment asset. Our business mission is to help turn an art collection into art investing.
Global Digital Assets is excited to become the first North American Node of the Biki Exchange Gloabl Node Network
Headquartered in Singapore, BiKi.com is a global cryptocurrency exchange ranked Top 20 on CoinMarketCap. BiKi.com provides a digital assets platform for trading more than 150 cryptocurrencies and 220 trading pairs. Since its official opening in August 2018, BiKi.com is considered one of the fastest-growing cryptocurrency exchanges in the world with an accumulated 1.5 million registered users, 130,000 daily active users, over 2000 community partners and 200,000 community members in under a year.
BiKi.com has received investments from Du Jun personal, Genesis Capital Zhu Huaiyang, FBG Capital, ChainUP, totaling up to approximately 10 million USD. BiKi stands out as the exchange that offers a one stop solution besides the listing of a project’s token that will include: firstly, complimentary PR and marketing services. With news publications on the biggest Chinese crypto news media as well as spreading of information to 200,000 strong wechat users, BiKi helps projects create influence and brand awareness in the Chinese markets. Secondly, BiKi helps projects with community growth and managements via engaging influencers with tens of thousands to millions of followers who are active crypto traders, to serve as project’s local community ambassadors to grow community.
CEO of BiKi Southeast Asia, Ethan Ng said, “As we make our mark across the globe, attracting BiKi Partner Nodes in Romania, Singapore, and now Toronto, we hope to expand our network and resources to grow BiKi’s industry circle, making it richer and more diverse.”
This is a significant partnership for Global Digital Assets to provide more onramps for digital assets the firm is taking to market, introduce digital assets to a wide audience of crypto enthusiasts around the world stronger access in the East Asian markets. In addition, the BiKi Partner Nodes Program provides priority project listings, incentives as well as being handed a pipeline to BiKi’s wide industry circle and resources.
Michael Gord, CEO of GDA, said, “Being a BiKi Partner Node provides our clients access to a world class digital asset exchange that is more invested into the offering than the majority of other large exchanges. It adds additional value to the launch process by helping the team scale and expand in Asia. We appreciate how BiKi is positioning themselves in the market and we are excited to work with the BiKi team to expand their node network across Western markets to provide digital assets access to more global markets.”
Zachary Friedman, COO of GDA, said, “Working with Biki through their Partner Node Program brings immense value to us and our clients. We are very aligned with BiKi’s vision and support their efforts in Western markets to offer new exciting services to our clients.”
Global Digital Assets is a vertically integrated firm that launches digital assets and takes them through the entire offering process from seed to liquidity. Its assortment of clients include token projects and founders, exchanges and miners, family offices and accredited investors, enterprise and government organizations. It is a joint venture between MLG Blockchain, a leading blockchain advisory firm, and Secure Digital Markets, a market maker firm. MLG has advised on over USD 200 Million in raises through digital asset offerings and private placements with accredited investors and deployed multiple million-dollar marketing and activation campaigns on behalf of clients. For the last 18 months, Secure Digital Markets has been scaled to over USD 1 Billion in deal flow YTD.