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Lori L. Harmon Joins myGwork as Chair to Support the Company’s Mission to Make Workplaces Safer & More Inclusive




LONDON, Aug. 16, 2023 /PRNewswire/ — myGwork, the largest global LGBTQ+ talent platform, has announced the appointment of Lori L. Harmon as the new Chair of the Board, who will focus on driving the next phase of growth, and support the company co-founders’ mission to make workplaces safer and more inclusive for all worldwide.

Harmon is the Vice President and Global Head of Business Development at Cloudflare. As a strategic go-to-market executive and general manager, Harmon consistently leads and transforms sales and customer success teams to achieve revenue targets of over $1B for organizations of all sizes. She also serves on the Advisory Board for the American Association of Inside Sales Professionals (AA-ISP).    

Previously, Harmon served as an independent director for SiteLock, a leading security website company, prior to its sale to Sectigo. She is a natural problem-solver with expertise in digital sales, AI, customer success, cybersecurity and SaaS. Her problem-solving abilities and transformative leadership skills come from deep experience leading global sales, professional services, customer support, product management and marketing teams to help customers maximize their return, which have in turn helped her to consistently drive sales innovation and shape growth strategies. As an active member of networking organizations like Chief, Forte Group and, Harmon highly values the importance of diversity, and works hard to increase the representation of women in industries like tech, as well as in leadership positions. 

With strong expertise in the digital space, close personal ties to the LGBTQ+ community, and a strong public platform both in the U.S. and globally, Harmon’s expertise complements the skills of myGwork’s co-founders Pierre and Adrien Gaubert, who have spent the last decade helping to create safer and more inclusive workplaces. In fact, myGwork’s mission is one that Harmon holds close to her heart because a close member of her family also experienced anti-LGBTQ+ discrimination early on in their career, similar to the Gaubert brothers, which ultimately resulted in the creation of myGwork. 

“We’re delighted to announce Lori as the new Chair of our Board. The wealth of her strategic experience in the digital space coupled with her sales expertise and commitment to diversity and inclusion, will support myGwork’s ambitious international growth targets,” stated Adrien and Pierre Gaubert. “While we continue to focus on growing our business, our focus now is on strengthening our current product base and platform to ensure that we are maximizing the impact that we have on workplace inclusion globally. We believe Lori’s appointment as Chair and her deep expertise will help to achieve that.”    

Commenting on the new appointment, Harmon stated: “I am honored to have been offered the role of Chair of the Board at myGwork. It’s a chance to leverage my unique perspectives, expertise, and passion to lead myGwork into a brighter future. Together with an exceptional team, we’ll pave the way for inclusivity and diversity, driving positive global change in the world. Diversity is a proven competitive edge!”   

Harmon’s appointment is timely as it coincides with another round of investment totaling £1.3m, which the company recently secured despite the current challenging fundraising environment. The latest injection of funding, which was led again by 24Haymarket, with contributions from a new network of Angel investors and grant funding from Innovate UK, will be used to further enhance myGwork’s e-learning products, offered through the myGwork Academy, as well as expand its reach and impact internationally.    

“We are thrilled to continue to support the team at myGwork in expanding their reach amongst the LGBTQ+ community as well being part of the journey in upskilling workforces through the myGwork Academy. With the addition of this new round of funding, as well as the broadening of the board through the addition of a new chair, we look forward to myGwork growing and increasing impact from an already market leading position,” stated James Campin, myGwork Board Observer and Investment Executive at 24Haymarket. 

“A large portion of the funding package consisted of grant support from Innovate UK which will be used to support our network growth and user experience,” explained myGwork’s Chief Strategy Officer, Stephan Heinz. “New products include adding our first Spanish language course, and launching an additional course on Intersectionality, covering a much-needed knowledge gap, as confirmed by the majority of our clients.”   

“Our users and clients are the foundation of our business, so it’s important to us that our platform’s user experience is industry-leading and user-friendly. We are excited about the new and upcoming features that this additional funding will support, which include improved user analytics to provide that much-needed and unique personalized experience, which will ultimately help us in our mission to create safer and more inclusive workplaces for all around the world,” added Adrien and Pierre Gaubert.     

For more information about the myGwork Academy, or about the new appointment, contact: [email protected]   


myGwork is the largest talent platform and professional network for LGBTQ+ professionals, graduates, inclusive employers and anyone who believes in workplace equality. It empowers the LGBTQ+ community by offering individual members a safe space where they can connect with inclusive employers, find jobs, mentors, professional events, e-learning/training, news and much more. myGwork‘s co-founders and twin brothers Adrien and Pierre Gaubert have won many accolades in the diversity and inclusion space since setting up the platform. They have been honored as one of the UK’s Top 50 inclusion champions in the 2022/23 Diversity Power List, won the Attitude Young LGBTQ+ Entrepreneur of the Year Award and named as one of the Top 100 Global LGBT+ OUTstanding Executives. myGwork has won many awards too, including the Bank of London’s 2022 Rainbow Honours, and shortlisted for The 2022 Digital Leaders Impact Awards celebrating UK tech for good. The company was also listed in the Top 5 Startups with Pride by Geek Times and won the Diva Magazine Award of Corporate Allies.      



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Aperture Finance Secures Series A Funding at a $250M Fully Diluted Valuation to Build Intent-based Architecture for DeFi




 $APTR native platform token set for release on May 31, 2024

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., May 29, 2024 /PRNewswire/ — Aperture Finance, a decentralized finance (DeFi) platform pioneering AI-powered intents, has raised a Series A funding round, bringing the total across all rounds to $12 million and valuing the project at $250 million. The round was led by top-tier venture capital firms including Skyland Ventures, Blockchain Founders Fund, and Krypital Group, with participation from notable investors like Alchemy, SNZ, Stratified Capital, Tide, Cipholio, ViaBTC, CatcherVC, and Double Peak. Previous rounds included participation from ParaFi Capital, Arrington Capital, Divergence, Blockchain Founders Fund, Laser Digital (Nomura Group), Skyland Ventures, Costanoa, Rarestone, Krypital Group, Big Brain Holdings, LD Capital, ViaBTC, Cipholio, Double Peak, Athena Ventures, Coinseeker, Artemis Capital, and AWS.

Aperture Finance is innovating the use of Intents, a novel approach designed to streamline complex DeFi operations. Unlike traditional transactional methods, Intents allow users to specify their desired outcomes, simplifying interactions with DeFi protocols and enhancing accessibility. This innovative system leverages Uniswap V3, enabling users to declare end goals, such as liquidity rebalancing at specific price points, with transactions executed only when these conditions are met. The platform is already live on 9 EVM-compatible chains, processing a transaction volume exceeding $2.7 billion with 280,000+ unique users and 15k+ daily active users.

“Intents architecture bridges the gap between sophisticated financial strategies and everyday DeFi users,” said Yonkuro, Head of Crypto at Skyland Ventures. “By enabling users to articulate their financial goals in natural language, Aperture is  making advanced DeFi tools accessible to a broader audience, from retail investors to institutional players.”

The platform’s decentralized network of solvers calculates optimal transaction flows, which are then simulated and ranked by Aperture’s smart contracts. Initially launching with a centralized solver, the network has expanded to third-party solvers including Propeller Heads and Enso Finance with other solvers like Tokka Labs set to join in Q3 2024.

Aperture plans to further leverage its Large Language Model (LLM) interface that will convert user intents expressed in natural language into a domain-specific language (DSL) that can be codified on-chain. This feature aims to ensure clarity and precision in user instructions, further democratizing access to complex financial instruments.

“Aperture Finance is committed to reducing the learning curve in DeFi and providing more strategic options for our users,” said Peter Tan, Head of Product at Aperture Finance. “Our goal is to offer the same level of execution and pricing typically reserved for large institutions, making DeFi more inclusive and effective.”

The new funding will support the development of Aperture’s Intents infrastructure, expand its solver network, and enhance the user experience with the forthcoming LLM integration. This investment underscores the growing confidence in Aperture Finance’s potential to transform the DeFi landscape.

Following a successful airdrop campaign with participation from over 300,000 users, Aperture Finance will launch its $APTR token on Bybit on May 31, 2024.

About Aperture Finance
Aperture Finance is a pioneer in AI-powered intents to enhance the DeFi experience. Featuring an IntentsGPT interface and an AI-driven smart solver simulation, Aperture’s native solver network provides any DeFi user with institutional-grade intelligence. Combining the brightest minds in technology and finance, the founding team includes alumni from Amazon Web Services and Google, Stanford, Cornell, and UC Berkeley, and Citadel, JPMorgan Chase, and AIG. Aperture was a cohort member of Most Valuable Builder V by Binance Labs and participated in CoinMarketCap (CMC) Accelerator and HK Cyberport Incubation Programs.

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Vitalik Buterin claws back crypto community’s right to redefine ‘inflation’




Ethereum’s co-founder argues for the crypto community’s authority to redefine “inflation” as the expansion of currency supply, challenging conventional economic definitions and tackling misinformation.

Vitalik Buterin, one of the creators of Ethereum, has emphasized that the crypto community has already staked its claim to redefine the term “inflation.”

Buterin’s remarks were prompted by a post from digital media outlet Axios, which humorously suggested that “inflation” now refers to high prices rather than the traditional concept of rising costs.

Although the Axios post was presented in a lighthearted manner, Community Notes (CN) clarified that the definition of inflation remains unchanged.

Buterin’s response, posted on Farcaster, contested Axios’ interpretation of inflation by asserting that the crypto community has already reshaped the meaning of the term.

“[…] we already decided that it now just means ‘increase in the total supply of a currency’.”

Buterin’s rebuttal garnered support from other users on Farcaster, including former Coinbase employee Binji.eth.

Traditionally, inflation refers to the general increase in the price level of goods and services, resulting in decreased purchasing power as currency value diminishes.

However, Buterin’s argument suggests a cultural shift in the definition of inflation, proposing that ongoing global inflation arises from an essentially unlimited increase in the total supply of currency.

Tech investor Lee Edwards criticized Axios’ initial post for perpetuating misconceptions rather than educating readers.

Buterin has recently been active on Farcaster, advocating for community-driven solutions and initiatives focused on preserving privacy and addressing exploitation issues.

While Buterin has not commented on the concerns surrounding Ethereum Foundation researchers Dankrad Feist and Justin Drake’s involvement with EigenLayer, their decision to become advisors at EigenLayer in exchange for significant compensation in EIGEN tokens has sparked debate within the crypto community.

While some members support the transparency of the disclosures, others have criticized the decision, suggesting that the substantial compensation could influence decision-making.


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Blockchain dev Sphere introduces bank-to-wallet Telegram extension




Sphere Labs, a blockchain developer dedicated to facilitating stablecoin services for corporate clients, has unveiled a new fiat on-ramp and off-ramp tailored to operate within Telegram.

The bank-to-wallet extension enables Telegram users to seamlessly transfer funds between their bank accounts and wallets directly within the Telegram app, with an advertised fee of 0.1% per transaction for early adopters.

This service will be available to early adopters starting the week of May 27, with a full rollout expected later this year.

While users from any unsanctioned country can utilize the Telegram extension, they are required to link the service with a bank account denominated in United States dollars or euros.

Telegram remains a hotbed of crypto innovation and development, boasting a plethora of bots and applications such as Unibet and the CoinGecko bot, fostering a robust blockchain ecosystem within the platform.

At the heart of Telegram’s appeal to crypto investors, speculators, and enthusiasts lies the Telegram Open Network (TON), which integrates various components including the TON Blockchain, TON DNS, TON storage, and TON Sites, offering users a comprehensive solution for all their Web3 requirements.

According to DemandSage, Telegram boasts an impressive 800 million monthly active users, with over 52 million users engaging with the platform on a daily basis. DemandSage also reports that a staggering 15 billion messages are exchanged on Telegram daily, with the app being downloaded more than 1 billion times. Telegram is projected to reach 1 billion users by the end of 2024.

Furthermore, India ranks as the country with the highest number of Telegram users, estimated at 104 million users, making the platform an ideal environment for delivering fintech services to emerging markets.

The expansion of financial services to developing countries remains a central focus of the blockchain industry, with companies like Ripple Labs and Standard Diamond Co. striving to develop innovative solutions for those lacking adequate financial services in the modern era.


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