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Rosa Shores

Rosa Shores

Rosa Shores, is the co-founder and CEO of BlockSpaces. As a seven year veteran of the blockchain industry, she is well-recognized in the community as a passionate speaker and advocate for blockchain technology, and is the co-organizer of several of the largest and longest running blockchain groups in the Tampa Bay region since 2014. She is a former eCommerce digital analyst with Qurate Retail Group (HSN/QVC) and is the Vice President of the Florida Blockchain Business Association, a group dedicated to helping blockchain focused businesses thrive in the state through industry focused legislative efforts and education. 
First and foremost, we hope you and all your loved ones are staying safe and healthy during this unprecedented health crisis. We have seen and talked to many of you on our weekly video calls and meetups since March, and to those we have not seen, we do miss you! 

Some of you may have seen the recent announcement about leadership and directional changes BlockSpaces has made in order to address the growing demand for blockchain solutions and integration in business.  Like so many others in this space, we firmly believe that the coming multi-blockchain world will encompass both private and public blockchains and form a “network of networks” with legacy systems. In all our years living in the blockchain world day in and out, we see this as a moment of opportunity that is extremely important and rare in a lifetime.  To best capture this moment, and to continue to best serve this community, as we have since 2013, we have made the decision to discontinue the membership portion of our business model.  This change will only impact you if you are a paying member of BlockSpaces and, therefore, a member of Embarc Collective, and it is effective immediately.  Otherwise, the following will remain completely free as it has for the many years we have been honored to be the blockchain touchpoint for you all:

  • "Sunday Night Community Call" will move to be part of the Wednesday night Blockchain meetup which will continue as it has for the past 7 and half years.  We love seeing you all during this time and look forward to the day we can go back to meeting in person.  Gabe will never do anything else on Wednesday night for probably the rest of his life, that is practically a guarantee!

  • Tuesday at 11am will continue to be our "Start-Up Community Call" on Zoom. This call has been in progress since March and is specifically for startups that are working on active blockchain projects. Most of these startups have Channel Partner agreements with BlockSpaces as we work to integrate their solutions into our enterprise focused work. However, we would love to have you join us if you are in active development. Please send Gabe an email for the link if you would like to attend: gabe@blockspaces.io.

  • We will continue our live events and meetups as soon as it is safe to do so, and we will remain located in Embarc Collective, so please make sure and sign up for our newsletter to stay current on all our activities and news, or join our Discord channel and chat with us anytime.
 
New directions are always both exciting and bittersweet, as we do leave behind some amazing, and often hilariously crazy, memories of our time as a membership based organization.  But we know this door opens so many opportunities for us all and moves blockchain adoption forward in the best way possible, which has always been our goal.  As long as we can continue to be a resource for you, we will be here, and look forward to having you all with us on the journey forward!
Monday, 22 June 2020 14:37

BlockSpaces Announces Key Changes

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
 
BlockSpaces, Inc.
Contact: Rosa Shores
Phone: 727-483-3563
Email: rosa@blockspaces.io
 
BlockSpaces Announces Key Changes

BlockSpaces outlines a new operating model, management team and a seed round of capital.
 
Greg PierceTAMPA, FLORIDA, June 22, 2020 — BlockSpaces, Inc., today announced key leadership additions to their team, including the election of Gregory Pierce as Operating Chairman of Board.

With expertise in cloud trends, systems integration, security, scale computing and emerging technology strategies, Pierce was the co-founder and Chief Cloud Officer of Concerto Cloud Services, an affiliate company of Microsoft Dynamics 365 integrator, Tribridge, and helped lead their strategic acquisition to IT services company DXC Technology, in 2017. In that capacity, he led the development of the Concerto Private Cloud with extension into Azure and AWS platforms with the company being recognized as a “Top 15 Cloud Services Provider” and “Coolest Cloud Vendor in the Country” with more than $30 million in revenue. He currently serves as Chief Strategy Officer & Vice President of DXC Microsoft Americas focused on infrastructure, managed services and cloud solutions for customers throughout the U.S. and is nationally recognized as an expert in the areas of emerging and disruptive technologies.
 
“Blockchain is poised for explosive growth,” said Pierce. “I couldn’t be happier to be part of one of the leading blockchain success stories in the country.”
 
“We are thrilled to make this election to our board,” said Rosa Shores, Co-Founder and CEO of BlockSpaces. “Greg’s experienced leadership within the enterprise software space, as well as his success at scaling startup ventures, will be instrumental in helping to lead BlockSpaces through our next phase of growth.”
 
In conjunction with the election of Pierce, the company introduced a new operating model and 2 additional members of their management team. The new operating model, which is centered on a new product-based business segment, will position the company to have a stronger emphasis on the development of their core Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS), Harmonia, which is aimed at mid-market companies seeking to integrate blockchain with their legacy systems. Also joining the team is Charles Dyer, also previously with DXC, who will be taking over the role of Chief Operating Officer, and Chris Tyler, from IBM, who will be leading the company's technology team, as Chief Technology Officer, with their shift to enterprise focused blockchain development. Both Dyer and Tyler bring with them decades of Fortune 200 enterprise software development and product go-to-market experience.
 
“The opportunity for BlockSpaces now is to scale and support blockchain adoption in the mid-market enterprise with Harmonia." said Dyer. "I’m excited for the opportunity to reinforce and accelerate continued innovation, quality, and growth.”
 
“I have been working with BlockSpaces for over two years now as an advisor to them and their partner organizations on enterprise blockchain and IBM partner programs,” said Tyler. “They have always been a thought leader in the use of multiple blockchain technologies and I’m excited to be a part of their future.  Harmonia will simplify our customers’ adoption of blockchain by easily integrating the multiple systems and processes they use with a variety of blockchain networks, and will allow our customers to fully recognize the benefits promised by these networks.”
 
BlockSpaces opened its doors in Tampa in late 2017. At that time, co-founders, Rosa Shores and Gabe Higgins, both early adopters of blockchain, saw local demand for a collaborative space dedicated to developers and enthusiasts of the technology. Over the past year, the company has shifted focus to internal product development of enterprise solutions and raised $100,000 from a local angel investor in January. After completing a blockchain based distributed ID Proof of Concept for the Seminole County Tax Collector's office in March, the company had just kicked off a seed round of investment in March when the COVID-19 pandemic closed down their Embarc Collective office in downtown Tampa. “Although the pandemic initially stalled the seed round in Q1, we have seen an uptick in interest around blockchain solutions which added a significant pipeline to our existing funnel and solidified product-market fit for our PaaS integration platform,” said Dyer.
 
“We have been in this industry since 2012, and our mission has always been to accelerate the adoption of blockchain technology to transform business, industry and society,” said co-founder, Gabe Higgins. “As enterprise blockchain adoption continues to explode, we are seeing mid-market companies left under-served and unable to easily integrate with enterprise blockchain solutions and participate in networks that will impact their entire industry. Our new model will allow us to be more nimble and pursue new growth opportunities in a disciplined way that ultimately meets our customers’ needs no matter what stage of development they are in with this transformative technology. We are excited about the plans Greg and our new leadership team members have developed to move BlockSpaces to greater levels of success, as we kick off this capital raise.”  
 
BlockSpaces, based in Tampa, Florida is a blockchain and distributed ledger technology focused product development company that offers end to end business solutions, including blockchain consulting and education, custom full-stack software product development, technical support for enterprise, and community support for a marketplace of blockchain applications. For more information visit blockspaces.io or contact rosa@blockspaces.io
Monday, 18 May 2020 17:00

BlockSpaces Announces Harmonia

Tampa, FL— May 18, 2020 Today, BlockSpaces  announced that their core product, HarmoniaTM , entered private beta with select partners. Harmonia is a platform that enables integration of both public and private blockchains that allows transactions that require different blockchain protocols to be executed efficiently from a single source.

As blockchain technology becomes more pervasive across industries and across business processes, it is becoming more apparent that systems will involve communication and integration with multiple blockchain networks and technologies, as well as seamless integration into legacy applications. Harmonia is designed to serve as an integrated message bus for blockchain-based applications and their underlying blockchain technologies and platforms while, client-side, hiding the technical complexities associated with integrating  the various blockchain networks. 

Some of the most current leading use cases for blockchain in business are in supply chain, provenance of goods, financial transactions and decentralized identity. Today, the early adopters of blockchain have built applications specific to the use case, whether that is food safety, logistics and tracking, digital trust and identity management, or building a marketplace for trusted suppliers and buyers. These are generally stand-alone applications built with different protocols and technologies and they’re managed by different organizations within different environments. 

“Blockchain is not a stand-alone technology, it should be part of a business process; and to truly recognize the value, it must be seamlessly integrated into current systems and processes”,  said BlockSpaces COO, Chuck Dyer. “We are seeing an escalating trend in enterprise adoption of blockchain technologies. Being able to facilitate easy connectivity and interoperability with these networks is where we are going to lead the pack.”

Harmonia is designed to simplify the integration of your current business systems and processes with new or existing blockchain networks by leveraging an extensible, connector-based framework. To speed integrations, Harmonia provides a library of pre-built connectors for leading enterprise applications, such as Microsoft Dynamics 365, Oracle ERP/CRM, SAP, Salesforce and more. Harmonia also provides a marketplace of connectors for leading enterprise blockchain networks such as IBM Food Trust, TradeLens, WorldWire, Quorum and Bitcoin. 

Even if you are looking to develop your own applications to integrate with a blockchain network or you’re looking to develop your own network for your ecosystem or consortium, the Harmonia Connector Framework will allow you to build custom connectors which can be made available on our Harmonia marketplace.

“For years, BlockSpaces has remained focused on blockchain technology from an agnostic perspective, and we have seen the value in the entire spectrum of it’s innovation”,  said Gabe Higgins, BlockSpaces’ CBO/CoFounder. “We are excited to add our expertise to the rapid advancement of this technology and inevitable movement toward a multi-blockchain world.” 

BlockSpaces, Inc. 

BlockSpaces is a blockchain and distributed ledger focused product development company located in Tampa, Florida.  BlockSpaces offers blockchain consulting and education, custom software development, and technical support for enterprise, and community support for our marketplace blockchain applications.

For more information on BlockSpaces, please visit https://blockspaces.io

Tampa, FL— April 1, 2020— BlockSpaces, a blockchain and distributed ledger focused product development company, announced today that Co-Founder/CEO Rosa Shores and Chief Technology Officer Chris Tyler will be participating in a COVID-19 Best Practice webinar on April 6, 2020, titled “COVID-19 Best Practices: Blockchain, cybersecurity, and managing liquidity”. The webinar event, hosted by FloridaMakes, in partnership with Bay Area Manufacturers Association, will give a blockchain overview as well as discuss some of the supply chain challenges faced during the COVID19 outbreak. The talk will focus on specific blockchain solutions, and how blockchain can be instrumental in impacting global supply chain resilience.



BlockSpaces is a blockchain and distributed ledger focused product development company.  We offer blockchain consulting and education, custom software development, and technical support for enterprise, and community support for our marketplace blockchain applications.
BlockSpaces, Inc. 802 E. Whiting Street
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