Partnerships

Welcome back to GDA’s official industry newsletter. After last week’s partnership announcement with MYNTD, we have begun to roll out a global portfolio of financial, consulting and advisory services. Now, we have a new partnership to announce with Aquifer, a financial consultancy.

Aquifer Partnership Announcement

To perform these tasks to the best of our abilities, objectivity is always required. That is why this week we will be formalizing an agreement to work with one of Canada’s leading financial consultants, Aquifer Services. This engagement allows GDA to provide clients with objective corporate due diligence from a non-biased third-party.

aquifer

Aquifer is a part-time/fractional CFO consulting firm catering only to startups and SMB’s. The firm offers to set up accounting processes and systems, VC standard financial modeling while also providing 24/7 support for any CFO related questions regarding operations and capital fundraising.

To date, the Aquifer team has over +15 years of financial experience, has raised $60M of Venture Capital, and executed several M&A transactions. Assisting small and medium-sized businesses across a spectrum of industries, including fin-tech, blockchain, payments and many more, Aquifer understands the fluid nature of tech businesses in today’s economy and works with them to scale or reposition their resources in a lean and efficient manner.

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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.

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Last, and arguably the most exciting announcement was last week’s partnership with DigitalBits (XBD)

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.

Concluding Remarks

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

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.

Markchain

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.

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.

ArtValue

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.