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Equinor Technology Ventures and Saudi Aramco Energy Ventures Invest
in the Blockchain-as-a-Service Company

HOUSTON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–lt;a href=”” target=”_blank”gt;#blockchainlt;/agt;–Data
Gumbo Corp.
, a Houston-based technology company that has developed a
Blockchain-as-a-Service (BaaS) platform to streamline smart contracts
management for industrial customers, announced today completing a $6M
Series A equity funding round co-led by Saudi Aramco Energy Ventures,
the venture subsidiary of Saudi Aramco, and Equinor Technology Ventures,
the venture subsidiary of Equinor, Norway’s leading energy operator.

Data Gumbo’s new capital will be used to expand the company’s commercial
blockchain network, in addition to growing the technical, sales and
marketing teams at their Houston headquarters and office in Stavanger,
Norway. This Series A round brings Data Gumbo’s total funding to $9.3

“We enabled the first application of blockchain technology in the
offshore drilling industry and will continue to break new ground with
applications of BaaS to improve the bottom line of companies of all
sizes. Blockchain will have a major impact on the oil and gas industry –
and all global industries – and we will lead the charge in its broad
adoption for sweeping operational improvements,” said Andrew Bruce,
Chief Executive Officer of Data Gumbo. “The partnership with Equinor and
Saudi Aramco, and their associated supply chains and partnerships, will
provide the momentum for the Data Gumbo BaaS network to gain critical

Data Gumbo was founded by Bruce, a former executive at National Oilwell
Varco and MHWirth, and serial entrepreneur with 20 years of experience
in the software and energy industries. Bruce built Data Gumbo after
identifying a multi-million dollar cost-saving opportunity to eliminate
a sizeable inefficiency between an oil supermajor and one of its
suppliers. Bruce devised a blockchain solution, spurring the creation of
Data Gumbo’s BaaS distributed ledger network to automate contract

The overarching problem that industrial companies, including those in
oil and gas, face is that transactions resulting from measurements are
interpreted differently by companies, their service providers and
suppliers, be it weight, speed, height, connection, delivery time,
volume, quality controls, or any other number of related contract terms.
Each company in the supply chain has different interpretations of the
data, and when it comes to payments, filings and audits, there are
significant delays and disputes. The supply chain parties currently lose
hundreds-of-millions of dollars in extra expenses and delays each year
due to these delays and disputes, and ensuing reconciliation between
supply chain parties.

Data Gumbo eliminates these differences in interpretation with the power
of its BaaS network and smart contract technology, facilitating
automated calculation, reconciliation and payment of invoice line items
in near real time with total transparency — driving reconciliation time
between supply chain counterparts down to zero, among other benefits.
After removing disputes and enabling automated payment, the BaaS network
records the result in an immutable record shared among all parties to
the transaction. Benefits include significant cost savings, better
reporting, bills paid on time, and clarity and certainty over financial
positions for all parties in the supply chain. Customers realize savings
of 5-10 percent off the top on Data Gumbo-managed contracts from a
combination of fewer disputed invoices, fast-pay discounts, and
performance contracts. Additionally, Data Gumbo offers a subscription
model, freeing industry from building and sustaining standalone,
in-house blockchain solutions with their inherent lack of
interoperability and neutrality.

“While we started in energy, we already have value for bulk commodity
haulage, trucking and shipping, with plans to parlay our momentum into
other global industries. Wherever two or more organizations share a
contractual relationship that can be verified with a digital source of
data, opportunities abound to realize efficiencies and cost savings
utilizing our blockchain network,” said Bruce.

Investor Quotes:

“Distributed ledger technologies have the potential to bring win-win
efficiencies between industrial companies and their suppliers, and Data
Gumbo is at the forefront of introducing this innovation,” said Daniel
Carter, senior investment director, SAEV. “While they have started in
the energy sector, Data Gumbo’s platform has broad industrial

“Over the past two years, through our internal and external efforts, we
have learned a great deal about how blockchain can create efficiencies
and save cost in our operations. We believe now is the time to put that
knowledge to work by supporting a promising company in this space and to
realize value by implementing their technology,” said Rannfrid
Skjervold, managing director, Equinor Technology Ventures.

About Saudi Aramco Energy Ventures

Saudi Aramco Energy Ventures LLC (SAEV) is the corporate venturing
subsidiary of Saudi Aramco, the world’s leading fully integrated energy
and petrochemical enterprise. Headquartered in Dhahran with offices in
North America, Europe and Asia, SAEV’s mission is to invest globally in
start-up and high growth companies with technologies of strategic
importance to its parent. For more information, visit

About Equinor Technology Ventures

Equinor Technology Ventures (ETV) supports small and medium enterprises
(SMEs) with exciting new technologies in oil and energy—and in turn,
helping Equinor be the world’s most carbon-efficient oil and gas
producer with a developing renewable business. For more information,

About Data Gumbo

Data Gumbo is the Blockchain-as-a-Service (BaaS) company creating a
massively interconnected blockchain network for industrial companies,
including oil and gas. The company is headquartered in Houston, Texas,
and Data Gumbo AS is a subsidiary with offices in Stavanger, Norway. The
company was named Most Promising Energy and Clean Technology Company at
the 16th Annual Energy & Clean Technology Venture Forum in 2018. For
more information, visit,
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Twitter @DataGumbo,
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Gina Manassero
Data Gumbo
(512) 553-2387
[email protected]

Heather O’Connor
Saudi Aramco Energy Ventures
[email protected]

Hasting Stewart
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