Opinion

Editorial opinions on the burgeoning industry of CrowdFunding and the associated regulations.

Tone Vays Describes ‘Inevitable ICO Bubble’ at Blockchain Economic Event, Toronto

Well-known “Bitcoin Maximalist” and despiser of ICO’s (Initial Coin Offerings) Tone Vays has lately been so deluged with idiotic requests to advise on ICO’s that he has updated his LinkedIn profile to the following: “I am NOT interested in your ICO/Token Sale. Please send all requests… Read More

Goldman Sachs Has Big Plans for Marcus and the Future of Retail Banking

Goldman Sachs CEO Lloyd Blankfein told CNBC today they have not “lost their minds” by moving into the highly competitive consumer banking business with Marcus. Blankfein explained that the consumer business has moved to them because the digital world can allow them to scale. “If… Read More

CFTC Chair Giancarlo Comments on Crypto Fame, Importance of Principles Based Regulatory Approach for Digital Currencies

Speaking at Vanderbilt University Law School this past week, Commodities Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) Chairman J. Christopher Giancarlo made some interesting comments. Giancarlo, a Commodore Alum, spoke about the digitization of finance (Fintech) and the subject of virtual currencies. Giancarlo reflected on time spent with… Read More

Evolution, Revolution or a Big Bang? Monetary Authority of Singapore Speech Discusses the Unbundling of the Banking Value Chain

Traditional banks can be pretty horrible. Slow to embrace technology and tending towards a fee rich platform instead of a service that looks out for consumers, it is a truism that “people do not need banks, they need banking services” (as Bill Gates once said)…. Read More

Australian Government Posts Reasonable Cryptocurrency Tax Obligations

In mid-March, The Government of Australia published tax guidelines for citizens and businesses using cryptocurrencies to invest, make or receive payments. The document, “Tax treatment of cryptocurrencies,” is fairly readable and the compliance procedures outlined quite reasonable. In short: “Our view is that Bitcoin…is an… Read More

Navigating the Cryptosphere’s “Forest of Signs”

French philosopher Roland Barthes once stated, “The world is a forest of signs.” Every object was a sign, he believed, and behind it lay a world of meaning. At at recent blockchain conference in Toronto, one entrepreneur presented her product to help, “Navigate the Token… Read More

Crypto Trends to Watch in 2018: Stepping Aside from Hype and Speculation

As recently noted by Omkar Godbole, only two of the top 25 cryptocurrencies, VeChain’s VET token and Binance coin (BNB), saw gains in the first quarter of this year. That fact really gave me pause for thought. Stepping back from the hype and speculation, in… Read More

OCC: Comptroller Tells Community Bankers Position on Fintech Charter is Forthcoming

The Independent Community Bankers of America (ICBA) “stormed” Washington, DC this past week as community bankers from across the country urged much needed regulatory reform. The ICBA pronounced the “excessive and unnecessary regulation is stifling their ability to meet the needs of local communities.” As part… Read More

Jay Clayton: The Issue of Facilitating Capital Formation and Increasing the Attractiveness of the Public Markets for Smaller Companies is One of My Highest Priorities

Securities and Exchange Commission Chair Jay Clayton re-affirmed his commitment to bolster the environment for smaller companies to more easily raise the growth capital they need and to help foster a more conducive IPO market for SMEs. Speaking at an Equity Market Structure Symposium in… Read More

Neufund CEO Calls SEC Crackdown on Crypto a “War”

  Speaking Saturday at the Cryptochicks Conference in Toronto, Zoe Adamovicz, CEO of Neufund, an online equity token-investing platform based in Germany, characterized the current regulatory crackdown in the US as as much about “protecting investors” as a matter of “jurisdictional competition,” where countries, negotiate… Read More

Heard at LendIt Fintech 2018

LendIt returned to San Francisco this year as it continues with its annual conference which is one of the largest Fintech focused events in the US. This year’s event is a bit different for several reasons. First of all, more traditional banks showed up in… Read More

Last Year the US Department of Treasury Published a Roadmap to Create More Economic Opportunity Including Crowdfunding, So What Has Been Accomplished So Far?

In the Fall of 2017, the US Department of Treasury published a document entitled, “A Financial System That Creates Economic Opportunities – Capital Markets.” This comprehensive overview of the current regulatory environment regarding capital formation is probably the best publication I have ever seen produced… Read More

SEC Government-Business Forum on Small Business Capital Formation Final Report: Top Request is Fix the Definition of an Accredited Investor

The 36 Annual SEC Small Government Business Forum on Small Business Capital Formation took place last November in Austin, Texas. This past week, the SEC published the final report which includes the list of recommendations as prioritized by the participants in this yearly gathering between… Read More

Vitalik Buterin Outlines Off-Chain Ethereum Smart Contract Activity at Deconomy

In addition to calling Craig Wright a fraud, Vitalik Buterin addressed serious matters in Ethereum scaling at the Deconomy Summit in Seoul, Korea April 4th.   Vitalik Buterin calls Craig Wright (fake Satoshi Nakamoto) a fraud, while standing in front of him. #Ethereum #Bitcoin pic.twitter.com/lWd2cqLXfj… Read More

Pablo Escobar’s Brother Shills Absurd “DietBitcoin” Crypto

Sporting a name that might sound cool if you’re high, a purported crypto-product named “Dietbitcoin” is now being shilled by the brother of deceased Colombian Cocaine King, Pablo Escobar. Displaying a cadence and confidence either cocaine-fueled, Spanish or both, Roberto Escobar states in a paid… Read More

Switzerland and the Global Regulatory Competition for ICOs

The CryptoSummit 2018 organized by Blockchain startup Smart Valor gathered more than 1,000 attendees from 47 countries in Zurich. One of the recurring themes of the conference presentations was the regulation of Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs). Many participants pointed out that there is now an… Read More

Dawn of the Token Era: The New Global Network Economy

We are entering the era of the digital token.  Or to put it another way a new kind of frictionless economy based on an a new internet of value. We’re already beyond the point of no-return – the ‘token event horizon’ is already well behind… Read More

What’s next for the ICO? Reflections on Securities Law and the Future of Initial Coin Offerings

  To date, fundraising has been blockchain’s killer app. In 2017, Initial Coin Offering (ICO) fundraising eclipsed that of traditional venture capital, and in 2018, ICOs have already raised nearly $3 billion in non-dilutive funding. This new form of early-stage financing is incredibly promising, at… Read More

Is Bitcoin a Comparable Gamble to Student Debt?

News that young students are using part of their student loans to invest in crypto markets has caused a flurry of response across news platforms and social media since the story was first reported March 22nd. A yes/no survey by The Student Loan Report found… Read More

FINRA Approved Reg CF Crowdfunding Portals: 38 and Counting

Last time we checked in back at the end of December, there were 36 FINRA approved Regulation Crowdfunding (Reg CF) portals in operation. Today, that number has increased to 38 as two more entrants have entered the Reg CF space. As for portals that have… Read More