Opinion

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

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

France: Are ICOs a New Method of Finance? French Regulator AMF Publishes Report on Crypto

The Autorité des Marches Financiers (AMF) the regulator that has oversight of securities in France, has published a report on initial coin offerings. Entitled ICO Françaises: Un Nouveau Mode de Financement? – the document is a follow up to a year ago launch to the… Read More

Lame Duck Congress: Still Time for JOBS Act 3.0

After the first of the year, control of the House of Representatives will move over to the Democrat party following mid-term elections. While the Senate will remain in Republican control, the split Congress means agenda items will frequently be at odds. But in the final… Read More

How (Not) to Market Your Regulation A+ Mini-IPO Offering

SEC Regulation A (commonly referred to as Regulation A+) was implemented by the SEC in 2015 pursuant to major Congressional legislation, the Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act of 2012 (the JOBS Act). It allows companies to raise up to $50 million in a 12 month… Read More

Singapore or London: Which One is the Top Fintech Hub?

A report published a few days backed, addressed the question of which country is tops when it comes to Fintech innovation. For some time now, Singapore and the UK have both aspired to sit on the Fintech throne each providing unique characteristics to their entrepreneurial… Read More

“Democravesting,” a Possible Catalyst for the Next Crypto Bull Market

Last year’s explosion in cryptocurrencies (in both price and awareness among the public) has made the financial world sit up and take notice. The promise of blockchain technology disrupting industries, democratizing finance through decentralization and potentially making investors wealthy—was the driving force behind the rise… Read More

Investing in Crowdfunded Companies: Concept & Team Count but Pay Attention to Deal Structure

Investing in early-stage firms is highly risky. As this publication has stated time and again, many, if not most, early-stage firms will fail or simply bounce along failing to achieve the founder’s expectations of great financial success. Investment crowdfunding platforms typically list mainly startup or… Read More

Blockchain Holds the Key to Unlocking Gen Z’s Marketing Wishes

Gen Z: You know, the generation that dumped Facebook for Instagram, and prefers YouTube videos to cable TV. Gen-Zers were born after 1995 and are expected to represent 40% of consumers by 2020. The ‘post-millennials’ generation is growing older and marketing experts are creating new… Read More

Fake Blockchain: Report Says EOS is not Really Blockchain but a “Distributed Homogeneous Database Management System” [u]

Last week, a report was circulating about EOS that slammed the ecosystem saying it was not even a true blockchain. There are other people in the blockchain world who would agree with at least some of the statements from the report. According to Whiteblock, the “world’s… Read More

As RealtyShares Shuts Down, the Real Estate Crowdfunding Industry Ponders the Future

Earlier this week it was revealed that RealtyShares, a respected real estate crowdfunding platform that has originated just under $900 million in investment capital, was winding down operations. The turn of events was driven by the lack of available risk capital to keep the real… Read More

Germany: Blockchain Industry Representatives Meet with Bundestag to Work on Common Sense Regulation

It has been a few choppy weeks in Germany for the blockchain / digital asset industry. Last month, a German court ruled that Bitcoin was not a financial instrument. The case centered around an enterprising teenager who launched a Bitcoin exchange five years ago. He was… Read More

Attorney on SEC Crypto Exchange Enforcement Action: “Settlement May Be Only the First”

Today, the first enforcement action was taken by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) against a cryptocurrency exchange; EtherDelta. Prior to this, the SEC had only targeted issuers and promoters of crypto – largely for fraud and selling unregistered securities.  While the action against EtherData is… Read More

What Does Control of the House by Democrats Mean for Fintech Innovation & Small Business in General?

Washington DC Capitol At Night Red Light

Yesterday, mid-term elections took place in the US and while the Republicans maintained control of the Senate, the House of Representatives moved over to the Democrats. This split government means that an already divisive, and at times excessively acrimonious, political environment will get even more… Read More

Attorney on SEC & Crypto Asset Marketplaces: “By Not Allowing Intermediaries They Are Stifling Innovation”

Recently, at the StartEngine Summit during LA Blockchain Week, CI had the chance to sit down with prominent securities attorney Linda Lerner. Lerner is Senior Counsel at Crowell Moring and a veteran lawyer with deep experience and expertise in securities issuance and regulation of stock exchanges…. Read More

Is Artificial Intelligence the Biggest Beneficiary of the Autumn Budget?

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is creeping into every sector of the economy. Financial services is a huge beneficiary of AI as it has the potential to provide better services at a lower cost to many more people. In the recent Autumn Budget presentation by Chancellor Philip… Read More

Crowdcube Has Now Helped to Raise Capital for Three UK Unicorns

UK Unicorns Monzo, BrewDog & Revolut are Crowdcube Alumni UK’s largest investment crowdfunding platform by volume Crowdcube has now helped to raise capital for three separate unicorns aka firms that have attained a valuation of $ 1 billion or more. Crowdcube pointed to this fact… Read More

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