Arto Bendiken leads NEAR’s EVM Engineering Group. While one of the newer members to join the NEAR Team, Arto is a well-known Cypherpunk, Hacker, Software Engineer, Digital Nomad, and early cryptocurrency pioneer. As an exceptionally skilled thinker and builder, Arto has lived a busy life of entrepreneurship, activism, software development, and traveling. The short overview of Arto’s life written below does not do justice to the richness and fine-detail of his experience and deep-seated beliefs: Hopefully it provides a starting point for understanding one of crypto’s household names who has been around since the very beginning.

Climbing Into The Digital Age


As the future of finance is being built on public crypto-denominated blockchains, new products and services continuously evolve and develop: On new Layer 1 platforms services and incentives are constantly added to emerging DeFi projects seeking to accommodate the demands of a growing audience of DeFi enthusiasts.

Ref.Finance is the premier bluechip DeFi project of the NEAR Ecosystem. Combining best practices built into the NEAR Protocol, with a value-focused design of the core platform, Ref.Finance is a stack of DeFi services and products built around a core AMM. Set [tentatively] to initially launch 2.5% …


Interoperability With Polkadot Parachains Is Here

NEAR Protocol is pleased to announce a partnership with ICON, allowing NEAR to integrate as the second blockchain onto ICON’s Blockchain Transmission Protocol (BTP). ICON, a blockchain launched for the sole purpose of improving cross-chain communication, has steadily developed in recent years to provide cross-chain transfers of tokens and smart contract calls. For NEAR, this means that native NEAR tokens (including NFTs), contract calls, and data can be easily sent to BTP partners, including newly launched Polka Dot Parachains: Acala, Edgeware, Moonbeam, and Plasm.

NEAR’s Positioning At The Center Of The Universe Of Chains

NEAR is currently positioning itself to be one of the leading Layer 1 blockchains built at…


Vietnam has recently been heavily hit with the latest Delta variant of the novel Coronavirus. With limited supplies, hospital space, and medical support the country has had difficulty getting certain preventative materials and medicines to support ill patients, doctors and nurses alike. Within the NEAR Ecosystem, the NEAR Vietnam Community remains one of the most active and engaged communities to date!

Charity DAOs on NEAR


Here is what you need to know!

In the coming week, the Ref Token will launch on Skyward Finance for an exclusive sale of 2.5% of its total supply (2,500,000 $Ref). As the only public sale of the Ref token, this is DeFi investors primary opportunity to get in before it publicly launches in the coming months!

What is Ref.Finance?

Ref.Finance is the premier bluechip DeFi project of the NEAR ecosystem. Combining best practices built into the NEAR Protocol, with a value-focused design of the core platform, Ref.Finance is a stack of DeFi services and products built around a core AMM. …


Hosted by China’s leading e-commerce platform which generated more than $500 billion USD in revenue in 2020, Taobao Maker Festival (TMF) is an annual summit that brings together top creators and innovators from the Taobao community.

Built on a C2C, or consumer-to-consumer retail model, Taobao lets small businesses and individuals launch their own online storefronts. The TMF rewards the most outstanding young creators and small businesses with greater market exposure by spotlighting their creativity and making their products more discoverable on Taobao Marketplace. …


Here is What You Need To Know

The next wave of NEAR Guilds has arrived. A talented cohort of seven new guilds brings a second wave of founders, experts, and entrepreneurs into the NEAR Ecosystem to spearhead community growth and help rapidly develop the Ecosystem at large! While the first wave of NEAR Guilds featured Meme Experts, Latin American Development, Trading, product development, and much more, the newest wave of Guilds has leveled up in terms of talent acquisition and ecosystem focus:

From Legal Insights, to African Continent Development, to bridging the gap between Climate and Crypto, to promoting Octopus Network, this second wave of NEAR Guilds…


A Call to Action for Covid Relief in Vietnam

Vietnam is one of the countries that was hit the hardest by the covid pandemic with numbers of infections and deaths rapidly surging. As the NEAR community in Vietnam is one of the largest and most active communities, the NEAR ecosystem should mobilise to alleviate the suffering caused by the pandemic. Specifically, Vietnam is suffering from a lack of medical equipment, overloaded hospitals, need for vaccines, and locked down cities with limited employment prospects.

NEAR offers the perfect technological architecture to catalyse communities’ energies and resources to accomplish common projects. More precisely, the creation of a decentralised autonomous organisation (DAO)…


The NEAR Ecosystem continues to grow with new products and infrastructure added by the day. MOVE Capital, NEAR’s first venture DAO, is committed to accelerating the development of the NEAR Ecosystem by strategically funding user-friendly and strategically important projects that align with the guiding purpose of NEAR:


On July the 1st, Skyward Finance launched its initial token sale of $SKYWARD — the native utility token on Skyward Finance for a starting rate of 3.792 NEAR per skyward. At the end of the week the token price almost doubled reaching 6.428 NEAR.

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