Brave Users Can Now Redeem BAT for Real-World Rewards from Top Brands in the TAP Network

SAN FRANCISCO – March 10th, 2020 – Brave Software, makers of the innovative Brave browser which combines privacy with a blockchain-based digital advertising platform, and TAP Network, the Rewards-as-a-Service technology company, today announced that Brave desktop users can now redeem Basic Attention Tokens (BAT) for real-world rewards offered by over 250,000 top brands and merchants in the TAP Network. The collaboration makes token utility redemption a reality for Brave users, and connects brands with an engaged consumer audience while respecting their privacy.

Brave pioneered a blockchain-based advertising model that gives 70 percent revenue share to users in the form of BAT. Brave's 12 million monthly active users all have the option to opt in to Brave Rewards to view relevant privacy-preserving Brave Ads in exchange for earning BAT. Through this partnership with TAP, Brave users in the United States can redeem these earned tokens for gift cards from hundreds of top national brands, including travel partners such as American Airlines, Delta, Hotels.com, and Uber; dining brands including Starbucks, Domino's, and Applebee's; entertainment partners such as Xbox, Playstation, Hulu and HBO; and retail brands including Amazon, Apple, Target, Walmart and many more partners in the TAP Network. Users can also contribute to the Red Cross, Habitat for Humanity, World Wildlife Fund, and over one thousand charitable causes via the TAP Network; and coming soon, access to travel deals worldwide and exclusive entertainment experiences.

"The relationship between consumers and advertisers on the Web is broken. Consumers get tracked and exploited while advertisers follow them around the web with complete disregard for privacy," said Brendan Eich, co-founder and CEO of Brave Software. "This partnership with TAP Network supports our mission of connecting consumers and brands in a respectful, mutually beneficial way, and contributes to the growth of our overall ecosystem by expanding the utility of BAT."

BAT redemption through the TAP network is available to Brave desktop users who have verified their wallet with Uphold. These users can connect their Uphold account to the TAP Network using OAuth, and then authorize TAP Network to provide various redemption options, without the need for additional registration beyond Uphold.

"Consumers today are stuck with very limited and often undesirable redemption choices in most rewards programs; this is especially true for the holders of most blockchain utility tokens," said Lin Dai, co-founder and CEO of TAP Network. "BAT represents a fundamental shift where consumers are rewarded for their attention, and TAP is excited to connect our network of trusted brands to the Brave ecosystem, and provide real world redemption utility to BAT users beyond those offered by any other digital tokens."

This functionality is available today on the Brave Nightly build for desktop users and will be available for general release in 6 to 8 weeks.

About Brave Software

Brave Software's fast, privacy-oriented browser, combined with its blockchain-based digital advertising platform, is reinventing the web for users, publishers and advertisers. Users get a private, speedier web experience with much longer battery life, publishers increase their revenue share, and advertisers achieve better conversion. Users can opt into privacy-respecting ads that reward them with a frequent flyer-like token they can redeem or use to tip or contribute to publishers and other content creators. The Brave solution is a win-win for everyone who has a stake in the open Web and who is weary of giving up privacy and revenue to the ad-tech intermediaries. Brave currently has over 12 million monthly active users and over 440,000 Verified Publishers. Brave Software was co-founded by Brendan Eich, creator of JavaScript and co-founder of Mozilla (Firefox), and Brian Bondy, formerly of Khan Academy and Mozilla.

About TAP Network

TAP Network is a Rewards-as-a-Service marketplace technology company, with a mission to bring more rewarding opportunities for the everyday consumer, while preserving their privacy and protecting their data. TAP Network brings together 250,000+ merchant and brand partners in travel, dining, entertainment and e-commerce and seamlessly rewards consumers across top brands that best fit their lifestyle. Co-founded by media and advertising veterans Lin Dai and Jared Christopherson, TAP Network rewards technology is licensed and white-labeled to top companies in media, entertainment, digital finance and beyond. To learn more about TAP Network and its technology, visit https://tapnetwork.io

Basic Attention Token

The Basic Attention Token is the new token for the digital advertising industry. It pays publishers for their content and users for their attention, while providing advertisers with more in return for their ads.