UPDATE: What the Revised SEIS / EIS Guidelines Mean for Crowdfunders?

  We recently published an article from John Auckland, from TribeFirst, about HMRC’s new SEIS / EIS guidelines. Since we released this, the crowdfunding platforms met with HMRC to discuss the potential limitations these guidelines might present for companies looking to raise money through crowdfunding, so… Read More

Bad News: SAFTs May Not Be “Compliant” After All

The Securities & Exchange Commission (SEC) has reportedly sent a wave of subpoenas and information requests to companies engaged in Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs). The SEC scrutiny is perhaps not surprising, given that, as Crowdfund Insider writes, “if you invest in an ICO, the play… Read More

HMRC’s New Guidelines on SEIS and EIS May Worry Some but There is a Silver Lining

HMRC’s new stricter guidelines around their Seed Enterprise Investment Scheme / Enterprise Investment Scheme (SEIS / EIS) may worry some crowdfunding campaigners, but there is a silver lining. SEIS and EIS, both startup investment tax relief schemes, protect up to 80% of your investment into… Read More

Initial Coin Offerings: Is this How it Should’ve Been a Few Years Ago When US Securities Crowdfunding First Became Legalized?

    The very first initial coin offering (ICO) took place in June of 2013 when Mastercoin raised around $5 million in Bitcoin. That was the same year that Title II of the JOBS Act launched allowing general solicitation (SEC lingo for advertising) under Regulation… Read More

With Regulators Clamping Down on ICOs in the US, Should Issuers Consider Off-Shoring Their Crowdsales?

The environment for initial coin offerings (ICOs) in the US has changed dramatically in the past few months. In July of 2017, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) issued the DAO report that identified the token offering as a security indicating at least some of the… Read More

Fabio Ciucci Comments on the Way Forward for Cryptocurrency Exchanges as Poloniex Leads the Way

As we reported yesterday, Circle has acquired cryptocurrency exchange Poloniex for $400 million. Not a small sum. But Poloniex has a small issue it must address soon. It is currently operating as an un-licensed securities exchange. Additional information regarding the acquisition surfaced yesterday that indicated… Read More

Understanding the CFTC’s Proposed Interpretation of “Actual Delivery” for Cryptocurrency Retail Commodity Transactions

The recent and rapid proliferation of cryptocurrency¹ transactions involving retail or “Main Street” customers has left some — including many cryptocurrency platforms serving retail customers — grappling conceptually with the answer to a fundamental question: what constitutes “actual delivery” of cryptocurrency in the eyes of the… Read More

Sagewise Pitches Dispute Digital Resolution Protocol for Blockchain Based Smart Contracts

Ethereum (and Solidity for that matter) are far from perfect. While lauded for the ability to create smart contracts that are “immutable”, when something goes wrong and money disappears with no recourse, immutability may be the number one problem. Right? Ethereum is pretty cool, but… Read More

Disrupting Goldman Sachs: Polymath Wants to Create a New Investment Banking Paradigm with Initial Coin Offerings

Investment banking is a highly profitable business. Goldman Sachs, perhaps the most prominent investment bank in the world, raked in $32 billion during fiscal 2017 with the majority of this revenue driven specifically by investment banking. Yet arguably, much of the value that is provided… Read More

Raise-It-All with a Razitall Reg CF Campaign: Interview with CEO Dean Hampton on Crowdfunding Platform Launch

Razitall, a phonetic play on Raise-It-All, is a new crowdfunding platform founded with both entrepreneurs and investors in mind. The goal of the New York-based platform is to help entrepreneurs raise the target amount needed during a Reg CF campaign in order to succeed and to help… Read More

FactSet Syncs with CG Blockchain to Give Clients More Product Access

FactSet, a global provider of integrated financial information, analytical applications and services, has established a strategic relationship with blockchain developer CG Blockchain. Through this relationship, FactSet clients will have access to CG Blockchain investment products through its BCT Fundstore. CG Blockchain’s current and future clients will… Read More

The ABCs of Investing in ICOs

Initial coin offerings (ICOs) have recently become very popular, causing investors of all levels of sophistication to consider buying ICO tokens (or coins). Regardless of whether you view ICO tokens as “investments,” or whether you want to buy tokens for their utility function to make… Read More

Hartford Insurtech Partners with Global Claims Management Provider Crawford & Company

Hartford InsurTech Hub, powered by Startupbootcamp, has partnered with Crawford & Company, reportedly the world’s largest publicly listed independent provider of claims management solutions to insurance companies and self-insured entities. The partnership was formed through Crawford Innovative Ventures, LLC, an entity created by Atlanta-based Crawford & Company in… Read More

Bitcoin Sinks. Why? And What’s Next?

The price of Bitcoin is tanking today, depending on which exchange you are looking at Bitcoin, or BTC, is hovering over $11,000.  It was not that long ago that Bitcoin was barreling down on $20,000 per BTC. But oh, what a day or two makes… Read More

KNO-MO?   The Seemingly Small (Yet Actually Chasmic) Gap Between Crypto Knowledge & Crypto Capability

Oh the excitement!  Oh the frustration! Each day, more and more people are becoming aware of digital tokens generally, and an ever increasing number of them have begun the journey into purchasing some of those tokens.  But a lack of mechanical technological know-how may leave… Read More

Darren Marble, CEO of CrowdfundX: Reg A+ is Transformational, Predicts Big Things in 2018 for Blockchain Based Companies, Cautions on Crowdfunding Platforms

Darren Marble is CEO and founder of CrowdfundX – a firm that provides a modern spin on financial marketing for the new world of Fintech and online capital formation. Early on, Marble recognized the potential of Reg A+ crowdfunding in the US, as created by Title… Read More

ICOs are STILL Not Taking Compliance Seriously in Search for Big Money

The initial coin offering (or ICO) explosion accelerated by Ethereum smart contract technology has resulted in over $3 billion in raised capital in 2017 and garnered the attention of governments worldwide.  The US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has taken note.  In their statement on… Read More

Starta Publishes Report on ICOs: “Hybrid Capital: The Future of Venture in the ICO Era”

Starta Ventures has published a report on venture capital in regards to the emerging Initial Coin Offering ecosystem.  Entitled, “Hybrid Capital: The Future of Venture in the ICO Era.” The e-book, authored by Alexey Girin and Ekaterina Dorozhkina, is available for download on Amazon but you… Read More

Fresh from $6.5M Round, NYC Fintech EquityZen CEO Atish Davda Discusses Investment Access and Liquidity for All

EquityZen, a New York-based Fintech firm that operates a secondary marketplace for company-approved transactions in pre-IPO stock, has a mission: to improve the way startup employees are paid by unlocking the value of their equity compensation in a way that benefits all key players, including the… Read More

Why Massive Discounts & Short-Term Liquidity Are Bad For Most ICO Investors

In the early days of Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs), basically for much of this year, one of the keys of a successful ICO raise was ability to snag a crypto-influencer onto one’s advisory board – or to get them to be an early investor in… Read More