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July 11th, 2022

Hi there! 👋

Welcome to the first issue of Utopia Oasis, where I bring you fresh updates about our product, workflow tips & tricks, and food for thought.

We’ve been heads down and building this sprint and I have some fire updates for you. Short on time and want to cut to chase? Read our changelog here.

June 22nd, 2022

Today we’re excited to announce we’re launching Optimism to support the growing community of DAOs and projects on the chain.

Optimism is built by the Optimism Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to growing the Optimism Collective (a new model for properly rewarding those who create or sustain public goods). The Optimism community is one of the most dedicated builders focused on impact and growth, with over 1M dollars donated to public goods. We’re thrilled to be supporting Optimism DAOs and look forward to advancing toward the sustainability of public goods.

What is Optimism?

Today we’re excited to announce we’re launching on Gnosis Chain to support the growing community of DAOs and projects on the chain.

Previously known as the xDai Chain, Gnosis Chain provides stability, scalability and an extendable beacon chain framework. We’re so happy to support Gnosis DAOs onto Utopia to help scale their operations as organizations.

What is Gnosis Chain?

Today we’re excited to announce we’re launching on BNB Smart Chain to support the growing community of DAOs and projects on the chain.

Previously known as the Binance Smart Chain (BSC) and Binance Chain (BC), the BNB Chain was launched earlier this year as a blockchain dedicated to interoperability, efficiency, and security. The BNB Smart Chain is currently the third most popular chain in the Defi ecosystem, and Utopia is thrilled to be supporting this vibrant community.

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May 31st, 2022

Announcing our $23M Series A led by Paradigm

As the name suggests, Utopia Labs embodies the pursuit of the ideal. We’re leveraging technology to achieve better collaboration in the Web3 economy, where DAOs hold the potential to break down geographic and digital barriers and usher in a new era of decentralized coordination.

Since we launched Utopia last year, we’ve partnered and built alongside leading crypto-native organizations including OlympusDAO, Lido, Friends with Benefits, Yield Guild Games, Badger DAO, Illuvium DAO, Fingerprints DAO, SushiSwap, Tracer DAO, Pleasr DAO, and more. We’re proud to have helped scale more than one hundred DAOs while facilitating millions in contributor payments and operational expenditure.

As we enter our next phase of growth, we’re excited to announce that we’ve closed a $23 million Series A funding round led by Paradigm with continued support from our earliest seed investor, Kindred Ventures, as well as participation from Circle Ventures, Gusto, Coinbase Ventures, Infinity Ventures Crypto, Distributed Global, and Fourth Revolution Capital.

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April 29th, 2022

Today we’re excited to announce we’re launching on Polygon to support the growing community of DAOs and projects on the chain.

Polygon is a leader in exploring how to scale blockchains and developing technology that makes web3 accessible for all. It has an amazing and storied community of projects and supporters. The benefits of increased speed, efficiency, and lower cost make it an attractive option for web3 teams.

And Utopia is excited to support amazing DAOs and crypto-enabled organizations no matter where they live!

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April 28th, 2022

Today we’re excited to announce we’re launching on Avalanche to support the growing community of DAOs and projects on the chain.

Avalanche has been a leader in alternative chains since its launch in late 2020. It has a vibrant community of projects and supporters; who are not only crypto native but also institutional. The benefits of increased speed, efficiency, and innovative subnets make it an attractive option for web3 teams and companies making the transition from web2 to web3.

And Utopia is excited to support amazing DAOs and crypto-enabled organizations no matter where they live!

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April 27th, 2022

Today we’re excited to announce we’re launching on Arbitrum to support the growing community of DAOs and projects on the chain.

More and more DAOs are choosing to settle on Arbitrum as a scaling solution. The benefits of increased speed, efficiency, and cost all make it an attractive option for growing teams to build on.

And Utopia is excited to support amazing DAOs no matter where they live!

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April 11th, 2022

For a DAO catalyzed by an artist who goes by pplpleasr; the Pleasr community is anything but a pack of people pleasers. Whether it’s their principled acquisitions or vocal community, anyone familiar with the group knows the Pleasr community is made up of mavericks who embody the power of collective action and have developed new ways in which crypto can be used as a medium for impact. They are a collective of defi leaders, early NFT collectors and digital artists with a reputation for acquiring pieces at the intersection of culture and charitable activism.

The inception of Pleasr DAO came from the Uniswap Genesis NFT created by pplpleasr, and a tweet calling for the formation of a DAO to acquire that NFT. The ​​piece “x * y = k” represented a historic, cultural, and economic moment; It is the first automated market equation used by Uniswap. The community came together, aligned under pplpleasr’s vow to donate the proceeds to Asian and Pacific-islander focused charities, and solidified under their mission “to collect, curate and commission art with a cause”.

Figure 1. Uniswap's unicorn reaches the promised Ethereum land. ( "x*y=k" Video by pplpleasr https://twitter.com/Uniswap/status/1374069664297406467?s=20&t=VitzsLj1GXVDyFF_hgecxw).
Figure 1. Uniswap's unicorn reaches the promised Ethereum land. ( "x*y=k" Video by pplpleasr https://twitter.com/Uniswap/status/1374069664297406467?s=20&t=VitzsLj1GXVDyFF_hgecxw).

The genesis auction was just the beginning, the Pleasr team quickly amassed a wealth of accomplishments; one being liberating the legendary “Once Upon a Time in Shaolin” Wu Tang Clan album from the estate of disgraced financier Martin Shrekli. Like a decentralized Robinhood and band of merry outlaws, the Pleasr community returned a legendary piece of protest music back to the public through promised listening parties and exhibitions.

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January 31st, 2022

We are excited to announce the launch of Utopia’s first public product, Utopia Core. It launches today in a public beta - which allows any DAO to manage their payroll and payments effortlessly, built right on top of Gnosis SAFE.

DAO’s revolutionize the way work is done, and allow anyone from anywhere in the world to gain ownership in the value they produce. Utopia Core is a commitment to this vision.

Since the founding of Utopia Labs only four months ago, our team has been hard at work building our core product with a collaborative, co-creation software development process.

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January 19th, 2022

About Global Coin Research

GCR is a research and investment DAO focused on Web3. They were most recently featured on Coindesk here: https://www.coindesk.com/business/2022/01/06/will-daos-replace-crypto-venture-capital/

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January 12th, 2022

Written by: Kaito Cunningham

Over the past few months, I’ve been asked a lot about the nature of compliance for DAOs. Is this DAO compliant or not? Is compliance a challenge for DAOs?

My answer to these questions begins with the title of this article - compliance is a spectrum.

Before you start a company, you start a side project. You don't incorporate your side project on the day that you have the idea, and you’d likely not incorporate it until you’ve made your first sale.

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November 29th, 2021

About Fingerprints

Fingerprints DAO curates and collects artworks that use smart contracts in exceptionally creative ways. They bring together artists and builders to produce fingerprints of the blockchain.

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