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07.01.2019

Blockchains CEO buys local bank, charting course for company

The Nevada Independent – Plenty of attention and scrutiny had already been paid to Jeffrey Berns and Blockchains before the 56-year-old attorney announced ambitious plans last year to construct a blockchain-focused master planned community and e-sports arena on a chunk of Nevada desert nearly the size of Reno. But the latest move by the enigmatic company and Berns is considerably more dull: purchasing a small community bank in a $28 million sale that becomes official on Monday.

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06.12.2019

Nevada strengthens stake in blockchain industry after Sisolak OKs trio of bills

Northern Nevada Business View – Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak has signed three bills centered on blockchain technology into law. The governor signed Senate Bills 162, 163, and 164, all sponsored by Sen. Ben Kieckhefer, R-Reno, on June 7. A fourth blockchain-focused bill, SB 161, has been sent to the governor’s desk for his signature, which as of June 12 had yet to be signed.

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06.07.2019

Blockchains Applauds Nevada Lawmakers for Passing Forward-Thinking Blockchain Legislation

Blockchains, LLC commends the bipartisan efforts of Governor Steve Sisolak and Nevada lawmakers. Today the governor signed three bills centered around blockchain technology into law. Senate Bills 162, 163, and 164, all sponsored by Senator Ben Kieckhefer, continue Nevada’s position as a national leader in legislation supporting the development of blockchain technology.

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06.03.2019

The Startup Behind Ethereum’s Infamous DAO Has Been Acquired

CoinDesk – Blockchain, a blockchain incubation and investment firm, announced today the acquisition of slock.it, a German company with roots in the original development of ethereum. Blockchains was primarily interested in slock.it’s Incubed project which enables human and machines secure participation in the economy of things through the ethereum blockchain.

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06.03.2019

Blockchain Firm Planning to Build ‘Smart City’ Buys slock.it

Bloomberg – The German firm slock.it is being acquired by Blockchains LLC, a Nevada company that bought more than 67,000 acres of desert land last year to build what it calls a “blockchain-based smart city.” The deal will help Blockchains “fast forward” its plans to marry theoretical uses of blockchain technology with real-world applications, President David Berns said in an interview.

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06.03.2019

Blockchains Acquires slock.it

SPARKS, NEVADA and MITTWEIDA, GERMANY – Blockchains, LLC, a company dedicated to conceptualizing, building, and incubating blockchain-powered ideas, today announced its acquisition of slock.it, a leading innovative German blockchain development company focused on connecting real-world devices to the blockchain.

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05.14.2019

R&R Partners and Blockchains Win Adweek Experiential and Worldwide Partners Impact Awards

The Drum – Advertising agency R&R Partners won two industry awards last week for its Global Launch Event for client Blockchains. The Adweek Experiential Awards honored R&R and Blockchains with the Best Event/Conference Experiential Activation distinction for the immersive event that took place at the iconic Forum Karlin in Prague during DEVCON 2018. This is Adweek’s inaugural Experiential Awards, and it honored work considered “extraordinarily creative, inventive and engaging.”

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05.09.2019

IndyForum Reno - Development, growth and quality of life

YouTube – Video from the IndyForum event with editor Jon Ralston, Blockchains CEO Jeffrey Berns, Reno Land CEO Chip Bowlby, and Center for Regional Studies project manager Brian Bonnenfant.

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04.02.2019

Lawmakers Welcome Blockchain Companies to Legislature

KTVN – Tuesday was "Blockchain Day" at the Nevada Legislature. Representatives from tech companies spent the day talking to lawmakers about what the new technology will do. "With any new emerging technology like blockchain, there's an element of education and ensuring that legislators and members of the public are educated on what the emerging technology is, why it's important and how it works," Matthew Digesti, Vice President of Government Affairs and Strategic Initiatives for Blockchains said.

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03.28.2019

Nevada NewsMakers

Watch an episode of Nevada NewsMakers on blockchain technology and legislation. The episode features State Senator Ben Kieckhefer, Blockchains VP of Government Affairs and Strategic Initiatives Matthew Digesti, and Washoe County Recorder Kalie Work.

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03.16.2019

Blockchain and Crypto Business Reps Protest Nevada Bill

Coin Telegraph – Representatives from the blockchain and cryptocurrency industries voiced their concerns about a bill in the Nevada State Senate in a Judiciary Committee hearing on Tuesday, March 12. The bill, SB 195, would introduce several uniform standards to the virtual currency industry, and would require crypto-related business like exchanges to register with the state’s Department of Business and Industry.

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03.12.2019

Three Ways Governors are Investing in Innovation

US Politics – Innovative new technologies are rapidly reshaping our country’s industries, workplaces, mobility patterns, and ways of communicating. Based on our readings of State of the State addresses in 2019, governors are responding to the challenge.

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03.04.2019

#NVLEG Week 4: Dem. Blueprints And GOP Priorities

KUNR – Lawmakers in Nevada are officially one month into the 2019 Legislative Session. KUNR's News Director Michelle Billman sat down with our political reporter Paul Boger to learn more about the latest from Carson City.

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02.07.2019

Nevada's Future: Blockchain could be "Next version of the Internet"

My News 4 – Blockchain is a confusing technology, but one that could change the way we live and how businesses operate. In its simplest form, blockchain is a digital ledger of transactions that keeps track of exchanges of values.

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12.05.2018

PUBLIC UTILITIES COMMISSION OF NEVADA APPROVES BLOCKCHAINS FIBER OPTIC RING

SPARKS, NV – Blockchains Communications LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Blockchains, LLC, can move forward with building a proposed 102-mile fiber optic ring that spans Innovation Park, Reno and Carson City.

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11.30.2018

Regulators Approved Blockchains Application For Fiber Network in Rural County

The Nevada Independent – The state’s Public Utilities Commission approved an order last week allowing Blockchains, which in January purchased 67,000 acres of land in Storey County at a prominent industrial park, giving a regulatory go-ahead for the company to proceed with its plans to construct a major fiber optic telecommunications network.

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11.28.2018

Region's most ambitious endeavor: Blockchains LLC's 'Innovation Park'

Reno Gazette Journal – Jeffrey Berns, the CEO of Blockchains LLC, purchased a large expanse of land near the Tahoe-Reno Industrial Center. His purported intent, according to several major publications and evidenced by meetings last year with Gov. Brian Sandoval and Elon Musk, is to build a new high-tech city operating on new and emerging technologies.

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11.05.2018

Miracle or Mirage? The Plan for a Blockchain City in the Desert

BREAKER – In a room backstage, Jeffrey Berns is still buzzing. After three years of working in secret and keeping his lips sealed, the class-action lawyer turned cryptocurrency millionaire has just spent half an hour baring his soul to hundreds of people—and tonight his soul is the size of 67,000 acres.

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11.02.2018

Blockchains, LLC Launches At Prague Blockchain Week

PR Newswire – Jeffrey Berns, CEO of Blockchains, LLC and company president David Berns hosted the company's global launch event during Prague Blockchain Week, revealing the long-awaited details of his plans for more than 67,000 acres of land in northern Nevada in what is now called Innovation Park. More than 1,000 developers in Prague for DevCon4 attended the Blockchains launch event on November 1 at Forum Karlin to learn about the company and Jeffrey Berns' plans for the future.

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11.01.2018

A Cryptocurrency Millionaire Wants to Build a Utopia in Nevada

The New York Times – A man spent millions on an enormous plot of land near Reno. Now he wants to build a community based on the blockchain technology introduced by Bitcoin.

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10.31.2018

Blockchains, NV Energy announce collaboration on energy projects using blockchain technology

The Nevada Independent - One day before a major unveiling in Prague, Nevada-based Blockchains LLC announced it had signed a memorandum of understanding with the state’s primary electric utility, NV Energy, to work on energy projects powered by blockchain technology.

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10.31.2018

Blockchains, LLC And NV Energy Sign Agreement To Work On Blockchain-Powered Collaborative Energy Projects

PR Newswire – The CEOs of Blockchains, LLC and NV Energy today signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) which outlines their agreement to work together on energy projects powered by blockchain technology. Blockchains and NV Energy's shared vision will pilot concepts that place the customer in control of energy creation, consumption, storage and transactions.

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10.16.2018

The Most Mysterious Company in Blockchain to Launch at Devcon

Trustnodes – 100 miles of land to build a sandbox? Far more than Musk’s Tesla next door in Nevada’s industrial park northeast of Reno. Enough for a city, but it’s not for mining.
“It will be the most talked-about event in Prague. It will be moving. And we want it to include you,” they say, adding “groundbreaking news from Blockchains, LLC founder, Jeffrey Berns.”

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10.10.2018

Blockchains, LLC Takes Center Stage in Nevada Governor’s Tech Summit

In a first-of-its-kind tech summit hosted by Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval, resident tech entrepreneurs and innovators shared their reasons for making Nevada their home, and their plans for expansion in their industries.

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10.10.2018

Sandoval Touts Economic Development at Event with Elon Musk, gives Proclamation to Blockchains CEO

The Nevada Independent – The summit, organized by the governor, included a panel discussion with the CEO and owner of Blockchains, LLC, a little-known startup that has purchased more than 67,000 acres — enough land to build a city — in the Tahoe Reno Industrial Center, where the Gigafactory is located.

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10.10.2018

Elon Musk: Tesla’s Nevada growth depends on ‘housing and infrastructure’

Northern Nevada Business View – The back-and-forth between Musk and Sandoval highlighted the governor's Oct. 9 tech summit inside the Tesla Gigafactory, located in Storey County about a half-hour east of Reno. The summit also included a discussion between Sandoval and Jeffrey Berns, CEO of Blockchains LLC, a mysterious startup that owns over 67,000 acres of land at the Tahoe-Reno Industrial Center. For perspective, Tesla owns roughly 3,000 acres at the center.

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09.12.2018

Reno blockchain company with major land holdings plans major fiber internet build-out

The Nevada Independent – Nine months after the massive land sale was announced, Blockchains LLC has made public its first major initiative — constructing a major fiber optic telecommunications network at the Tahoe-Reno Industrial Center, the industrial park that is also home to Tesla’s Gigafactory.

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06.22.2018

After scooping up 67,000 acres of land, Blockchains, LLC unveils its offices at Northern Nevada Industrial Park

The Nevada Independent – After purchasing about 67,000 acres of land in Northern Nevada last year, a little-known blockchain company pledged Wednesday to hire 1,000 new employees by 2021 during a tour of its initial offices. The company, known as Blockchains, LLC, has been the subject of intense speculation and remains quiet about what it plans to do with enough land to build a small town.

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