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


The last NEAR Town Hall featured Sasha Hudzilin from Human Guild, Riqui from Paras Digital, and Jonathan Dunlap from Mintgate, a group of pioneers of the new creator economy. In their presentation they have touched upon gaming, community building, the future of NFTs and much more.

The town hall kicked out Sasha’s presentation on the future of gaming on NEAR and the objectives that Human Guild is pursuing. It was followed by Riqui’s presentation focused on highlighting the major updates from Paras such as the new Automatic Marketplace, new partnerships and more. …


The Ethereum Community Conference (EthCC) is the largest annual European Ethereum event focused on technology and community. The conference consists of three intense days on conferences, networking and learning and features the most innovative minds of the sector.

On July 21st, co-founder of NEAR Illia Polosukhin featured on a panel called All Cross Chain Everything: Ethereum & Friends to talk about the relationship between Ethereum and other blockchains and the future of crypto.

Enemies and Friends in the World of Crypto

We often hear about the fights and disagreements between the different crypto communities. And, in particular, we hear…


Coin98 Wallet is working with Ref.finance and Near Protocol, to expand our DeFi gateway on a strongly growing blockchain.

Coin98 Wallet has been speeding up on our journey to drive mass DeFi adoption with numerous changes in our products, such as the release of version X with 25+ blockchains, 9+ AMMs, Cross-Chain Bridges and various DApps. These numbers are constantly increasing as Coin98 Wallet is collaborating with many new partners, including Near Protocol, one of the strongest growing Ecosystems in the market.

Near Protocol has had many achievements in the first half of 2021. They have successfully deployed two flagship…


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…

4NTS Guild

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