BlockSpaces is dedicated to revolutionizing the financial world by harnessing the power of Bitcoin in business applications.

Our innovative solutions are designed to seamlessly integrate with existing systems, offering businesses a secure and efficient method to manage and maximize their digital asset holdings.

Our Mission is to equip businesses with the means to enhance their Bitcoin holdings, unlock the untapped potential of Bitcoin as a treasury asset, and effectively mitigate risks associated with its volatility, all while pioneering the advancement of post-trade collateral management.

We invite partners, investors, and customers who resonate with our mission to join us on this journey.

Our team is built on a foundation of mutual respect, open communication, and shared goals.

Innovation
We are dedicated to leveraging Bitcoin to revolutionize the finance world. We adapt to the rapidly changing technological landscape and strive to be pioneers, continuously seeking new ways to optimize and enhance our products.
Trust
We believe in the power of decentralization to create a more secure and transparent financial ecosystem. We are committed to fostering trust with our clients by delivering secure, reliable, and non-custodial solutions.
Collaboration
We understand the importance of strong partnerships in achieving our mission. We work closely with our clients, partners, and investors to ensure that our solutions help them unlock the full potential of Bitcoin

The BlockSpaces Story

Founded in 2017 in Tampa, Florida, BlockSpaces was one of the world’s first dedicated physical spaces for bitcoiners and blockchain enthusiasts to work, learn, collaborate, and build. By 2018, the space became known as a hub of activity and knowledge for businesses who were seeking to integrate this rapidly emerging technology for enterprise use cases.  

Leveraging an extensive and growing network of savvy, passionate developers in both emerging tech and traditional enterprise systems, the company successfully guided numerous businesses in harnessing the transformative potential of decentralized, peer-to-peer frameworks with a wide range of notable projects and use cases.

By late 2019, the founders recognized a problem with these various development projects and embarked on a journey to create a low-code platform that would enable enterprise development teams to effortlessly integrate blockchain-based solutions into their existing businesses systems rather than fully replacing and disrupting their traditional workflows and processes and without requiring costly and lengthy development cycles. This included managing the complexity of running the unique node infrastructure required for blockchain technology, so while designing and building the initial integrations, the company successfully managed decentralized, P2P infrastructure, involving thousands of nodes across four global regions.  

While in the design process, one focus became very clear right away as a major customer pain point: payments and the streamlined movement of collateral; the lifeblood of businesses of all sizes.  Indeed, the company was already experiencing its own internal problems accounting for transactions coming into their accounting system from their own Lightning node.  The Lightning Network is a second layer for Bitcoin (BTC) that uses P2P payment channels to scale the blockchain’s capability and handle transactions more efficiently and securely. The founders needed to way to directly integrate these transactions with their current system, but off-the-shelf solutions were clearly insufficient and cumbersome, costing both time and money to properly reconcile. So they developed an internal application to capture this data and embed it directly in their existing accounting software. Today, that internal application is available as the world’s first Lightning offering on the Quickbooks marketplace, with hundreds of other integrations available through it’s Fusion product.

In 2022, the financial industry faced multiple high-profile collapses due primarily to inadequate collateral risk management, highlighting a critical industry-wide problem. Drawing from their experience with the Lightning protocol and Fusion data integration technology, the BlockSpaces team envisioned a Bitcoin-native solution to comprehensively mitigate this risk.

BlockSpaces today is a Bitcoin-native financial and collateral risk management platform, built to serve the needs of Bitcoin companies, treasuries, lenders, OTC desks, and institutions. The core ARC engine utilizes Lightning’s bi-lateral, P2P channels for real-time margin settlement, demonstrating reduction of counterparty risk by over 90%. BlockSpaces' Fusion product seamlessly captures real-time Bitcoin/Lightning transaction data, ensuring accurate tracking, reporting, and settlement within existing financial systems, for full-cycle contract and financial management. From 2017 to the present , the company continues to focus on addressing critical industry challenges and offering innovative solutions for businesses in the digital age.

“We believe organizations like BlockSpaces that can facilitate a bridge between the “old world” and the new will have a huge impact on shaping the technology landscape over the next 5-10 years.”-Scott Barker, Venture Partner, GTM Fund

Founders

Rosa Shores and Gabe Higgins each bring over a decade of innovative blockchain and Bitcoin expertise. They lead a dedicated, thoughtful team who collectively bring many decades of experience in enterprise software and infrastructure, traditional finance and unique expertise of the Lightning Network.

About Rosa Shores, Co-founder & CEO (click to expand)

With a background in e-commerce and a deep understanding of the potential of bitcoin, Rosa has been at the forefront of the blockchain industry since 2012.

In addition to her role at BlockSpaces, Rosa is actively involved in the promotion of business-friendly, industry-led legislation through her work as the former Vice President of the Florida Blockchain Business Association and the current Corporate and Community Engagement Committee Chair.

She is also a member of the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services’ Ag Innovation Work Group, and the Blockchain Task Force for the International Fresh Produce Association.

Rosa is recognized as a leading woman in the blockchain space, having been featured in Forbes as one of the top women driving innovation in the industry.

She is a mentor for the University of Arkansas’ Blockchain Center of Excellence, and a technology partner/advisor for the University of South Florida’s fintech and business programs and initiatives.

About Gabe Higgins, Co-founder & Chief Blockchain Officer (click to expand)

Gabe Higgins is a well-respected figure in the blockchain and emerging technology space, with a wealth of experience as an author, speaker, mentor, and co-founder of BlockSpaces.

As an early adopter of Bitcoin, he has been actively involved in the industry since 2012 and has spoken at numerous universities, government organizations (including the Secret Service and the Department of Homeland Security), and private corporations on the adoption of Bitcoin, digital assets, and blockchain technology.

In addition to his work with BlockSpaces, the industry’s first blockchain integration platform, Gabe has also been advising VC-backed startups since 2014 and is dedicated to mentoring innovative entrepreneurs. As the lead organizer for Tampa Bay Bitcoin, the longest-running and most active Bitcoin and blockchain meetup group in the world, Gabe is also heavily involved in community leadership.

Recently, Gabe co-authored the book “Thank God for Bitcoin: The Creation, Corruption, & Redemption of Money,” which makes a compelling case for why Bitcoin is sound money from a Biblical perspective.

Our Team

The BlockSpaces Team has extensive experience in enterprise technology solutions, blockchain infrastructure, and Bitcoin through careers at these innovative companies.