Opinion

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

Innovate Finance Comments on Brexit Vote Delay

Today, UK Prime Minister Theresa May announced that the vote on her Brexit proposal, originally scheduled for tomorrow, will now be delayed. PM May stated: I have listened very carefully to what has been said, in this chamber and out of it, by members from all… Read More

Noted Columnist Discusses Contraction at ConsenSys, Ethereum’s Largest Consortium

Laura Shin, an independent journalist known for breaking an important story about deception by “blockchain” scions in Toronto, recently spoke to her former colleague at Forbes, Jeff Kauflin, on a podcast convened to discuss layoffs and business structure problems at ConsenSys, one of Ethereum’s biggest spin-off companies…. Read More

Tech Companies in Australia Must Now Turn Over Encrypted Data to Police; Implications for Crypto?

The Australian Parliament passed a bill this week obliging tech firms like Google, Facebook and Apple to turn over encrypted data sought in police investigations, Reuters reports. “Let’s just make Australians safe over Christmas,” opposition Labor party leader Bill Shorten told reporters when asked about… Read More

Oliver Gajda Updates on Pan European Crowdfunding Legislation & Possible Inclusion of ICO Rules

Several weeks back, CI covered the draft legislation for pan-European crowdfunding rules from the European Parliament. At that time, initial coin offerings (ICO) were part of the possible legislation. Crowdfunding is part of the European Union Fintech Action plan that directly aligns with the Capital… Read More

EU Startup Monitor Profiles European Entrepreneurial Marketplace

Most innovation occurs in smaller businesses and most job creation takes place within these small firms. This is a truism for all developed countries and in recent years governments around the world have sought to foster an innovation-driven economy. The European Union (Brexit aside) is… Read More

A Big November for the SEC’s Regulation of Crypto: What Does It Mean?

November was a busy month for the SEC’s burgeoning regulation of digital assets. In the first action of its kind, the Commission brought enforcement proceedings against the founder of digital asset trading platform EtherDelta for operating as an unregistered securities “exchange.” Ten days later, the… Read More

Congressman Davidson Discusses Forthcoming Legislation to Enable a Token that Trades but is Not a Security

Speaking at Blockland Cleveland yesterday, Congressman Warren Davidson, from Ohio’s 8th District, discussed forthcoming legislation that may dramatically impact the initial coin offering (ICO) industry in the US. Representative Warren said the draft legislation seeks to create a token that can trade but will not… Read More

Corporate Blockchain Defector Speaks on Sector Hype

A former blockchain division head at Ernst & Young (EY) has gone public about his misgivings regarding the much-hyped potential of corporate blockchain. Angus Champion de Crespigny, who graduated as an engineer and who has worked in cybersecurity, data analytics, regulatory compliance, and technology worked at… Read More

Initial Coin Offerings: I Have to File a Form 10? Great! What’s a Form 10?

Those who have read the SEC settlements with AirFox (CarrierEQ.Inc.) and Paragon Coin, Inc. published on November 16, 2018, will note that the defendant ICO issuers agreed, among other things, to register their “coins” under the Exchange Act (the Securities Exchange Act of 1934) by filing… Read More

SAFEs 2.0: YCombinator Updates the Form

In late 2013, seed accelerator YCombinator introduced the SAFE (simple agreement for future equity) – a convertible instrument designed to make seed stage investing quicker and less expensive. The SAFEs quickly became a popular structure for seed investing.  Early this fall, YCombinator introduced several changes… Read More

Congressman Patrick McHenry Selected as Ranking Member of House Financial Services Committee

Congressman Patrick McHenry has been elected as the Ranking Member of the powerful House Financial Services Committee. As Republicans lose control of House, Committee leadership positions have swapped parties. McHenry has been a member of the House Financial Services Committee for some time. “I am… Read More

Blockchain, Security Tokens and SEC Regulation A+: A Deeper Dive Into the Regulatory Jungle

As the expression goes:  “Look before you leap.”  But if you are an innovator, determined to blaze a trail never before navigated – there is not much to look at. Being a pioneer can be a lonely and dangerous adventure.  Nothing could be more true… Read More

Navigating Uncharted Waters in this Crypto Bear Market

At the tail end of 2017, all eyes turned to the cryptocurrency industry when Bitcoin’s price soared to reach nearly $20,000 per coin. Articles were written, hands were shaken, and early investors in the digital currency had a very good holiday season indeed. But that… Read More

Templum Comments on SEC ICO Enforcement Action: “We are Likely to See Continued Enforcement Actions & Litigation”

On November 16th, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced its first enforcement actions against initial coin offerings (ICOs) that did not file for an appropriate securities exemption following the SEC’s DAO report. The SEC settled claims with both Paragon and AirFox with each ICO issuer… Read More

Three Years After Ethereum’s Initial Olympic Release: What’s Up With the World Computer?

Three years into the smart contract revolution that should have brought us international, completely free and trust-independent markets, the time has come to see how far we’ve gotten and what remains from the grand idea. During its early beginnings, the Ethereum project was often introduced… Read More

Case Against Airfox and Paragon Initial Coin Offerings Makes Abundantly Clear SEC’s Approach to Post DAO ICOs

Last Friday, the SEC settled charges against two companies, CarrierEQ Inc. dba Airfox (“Airfox”) and Paragon Coin Inc. (“Paragon”), which raised money with initial coin offerings (“ICOs”).  The SEC found that both companies violated the registration provisions of the U.S. securities laws because neither company… Read More

DSTOQ CEO Craig Mc Gregor Shares Updates: New CSO & Vision for the Future

Co-founded by CEO Craig Mc Gregor and CTO Christian Peters, the DSTOQ platform issues real-world assets such as oil, gold, equities and bonds in the tokenized DSQ form, allowing investors on a global scale to use cryptocurrency to invest in high-growth assets such as Uber,… Read More

Reading the Tea Leaves: Doug Ellenoff Shares Opinion on SEC Enforcement Action Against Two Post DAO Report ICO Issuers

Last week, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced enforcement actions against two initial coin offerings (ICOs): Paragon (Paragon Coin Inc.) and AirFox (CarrierEQ Inc. dba Airfox). As the SEC recounted in their Administrative filing: Airfox: “Between August and October 2017, AirFox offered and then… Read More

Digitizing Individuals: How Digital Identities Can Fix the Internet and the World Around It

Proving who we are used to be a pretty straight-forward affair, or as Popeye the Sailor Man used to say: I am what I am and that’s all that I am. The increasing digitization of our lives, however, doesn’t tolerate this naive attitude any longer. … Read More

Republic’s GC Comments on SEC Enforcement Action Against Two ICOs: “Industry Participants Should Study this Settlement Closely”

Earlier today, CI reported on the first enforcement actions taken by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) pertaining to post-DAO initial coin offerings (ICOs). The case is precedent setting and sets a clear path for enforcement officials to proceed with other ICO issuers who raised… Read More

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