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Is EOS the iOS of Blockchain?

EOS Explained. EOS is a smart contract platform for the development and launching of decentralized applications. The project aims to be completely decentralized in the future, with the ability to support industrial applications at higher speeds and no fees. You may have heard of EOS… Read More

Perspective: Equity Crowdfunding Isn’t Your Only Option

Sugru is a good product. The moldable glue is pliable and somewhat resembles modeling clay, although it cures to a rubber-like texture. It adheres well to glass, leather, metals, and even plywood. In 2010, Time Magazine dubbed it one of the 50 best inventions of the year,… Read More

Don’t Brag About Your Bitcoin and Other Tips from Google Email Security Expert

The head of email security at Google says research tracing crypto thefts thefts back to comments made on online message boards means you should never talk up your crypto online, CNBC reports. This is because you never know who is watching nor how the info you… Read More

UKCFA Says News About IFISA Uptake is Great for Investors and the UK Economy

This past week, HMRC released numbers on the relatively new Innovative Finance ISA (IFISA) that enables savers to invest in debt based crowdfunding offerings. The UK government indicated that IFISA participation had topped £290 million during the 2017/18 tax year, or 8 times more than… Read More

Interesting: You Can Permit Investors to Purchase Securities in BTC or ETH. Just Don’t Do it

This is courtesy of a note being circulated by Prime Trust, a service that provides escrow options including for the burgeoning digital assets sector and crowdfunded securities. Scott Purcell in an email tackled the topic of whether, or not an issuer of securities may accept… Read More

The Great Crypto – Lawyer Brain Drain

Lawyers are being pulled into crypto startups at an astonishing rate.  On nearly a daily basis, we are seeing high quality founders / projects seeking to hire lawyers in the space.  Over the last month, our General Counsel network has seen no less than ten… Read More

How Poor Treasury Management is Killing ETH

2017 was a landmark year for crowdfunding. The JOBS Act passage coincided with blockchain, opened the door for a record in capital raised through ICOs (initial coin offerings) for early stage companies as well as Wantrepreneurs with an idea and a whitepaper.  ICOs were launched… Read More

ICO Tokens & the SEC: You Can’t Even Give Them Away …. No, Seriously

Summary:    The SEC has issued a Cease & Desist Order and sanctions against a token issuer and its founder.  Among several findings, the SEC determined that the “Bounty Program” run by the issuer constituted a securities offering.  The Order states “a ‘gift’ of a… Read More

Report: Coinbase Says it was Signing Up 50,000 A DAY Last Year. Meanwhile Crypto Tanks

Even while crypto is tanking inciting fears of crypto doom, Coinbase marches onward ignoring the daily vacillations of the market. In a report from Bloomberg today, Coinbase CEO Brian Armstrong shared that during 2017 they were signing up a whopping 50,000 each and every day. He… Read More

“Carnage.” Crypto Markets Descend 70-90% Below All Time Highs

Cryptocurrency markets have corrected to the upside slightly today, with Bitcoin up about 5% at the time of writing, and Ethereum up about 8%, but memories of yesterday’s steep price declines are still fresh and traders and holders dizzy. According to CCN, in the first… Read More

Trading Bitcoin Is Easy, Yale Economists Say

The best time to buy Bitcoin, according to Yale economists Yukon Liu and Aleh Tsyvinski, is when the price goes up 20% in a week, The Independent reports. This is because of strong momentum factors, say the researchers: “Specifically, we determine that there is a strong… Read More

Darren Marble: Bullish on the Emerging Security Token Offering Market in the US

Darren Marble, 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,  recently commented on the trends and observations in the U.S. security token market. In the write up, Marble made various… Read More

Why Real Estate Deals, Not Startups are the Big Success Story of Equity Crowdfunding

Equity crowdfunding for startups was supposed to be a game-changer. The excitement began in 2013 when Title II of the JOBS Act gave individuals who met certain requirements for income or net worth—called accredited investors—the ability to invest in some types of assets that had… Read More

Crowdcube Touts 19X Returns Generated by Early Investors in Revolut

Revolut is a Fintech unicorn and a prominent digital only challenger bank with global aspirations. In July, Revolut announced it had signed up 1 million UK customers and were adding new business accounts at a pace of around 120 a day. Revolut founder and CEO… Read More

JOBS Act 3.0: Breaking Down Highlights of The  “JOBS and Investor Confidence Act of 2018”

Earlier this month the House Financial Services Committee unveiled a new bill aimed at fostering increased private investment. The “JOBS and Investor Confidence Act of 2018,” as the bill is titles, is actually a compilation of 32 individual bills. While the complete list of the… Read More

A Transfer Agent’s Blockchain Manifesto

When the blockchain mania began many commentators and market participants were quick to point out the revolutionary aspects of this technology and began sounding the death knell of the traditional securities industry. They claimed that there would no longer be any need for regulation or… Read More

Securities Token Roundtable is Heads Down to Create Working Standard for Blockchain based Investments

  Earlier this month, CI reported about a gathering taking place in Barbados that incorporated a grouping of emerging security token firms. The goal of this meeting was to attempt and establish a standard by which securities could be offered on blockchain thus reducing sector… Read More

Wistia Says No to VC Money, Raises Debt to Buy Out Investors Instead

Wistia, a video software company for small and medium-sized businesses, has chosen a path less traveled by turning their back on VCs and other investors. Chris Savage, CEO and co-founder of Wistia, says when they started the company over a decade ago, the goal was to… Read More

56% of Cryptocurrency Startups Gone in Four Months

A study of the Twitter activity of 2,390 ICOs (initial coin offerings) has found that, four months after completing their initial token sales (ICOs), only 44.2% of crypto firms are still in business. [clickToTweet tweet=”Four months after completing their initial token sales, only 44.2% of… Read More

While Most Go Bust, are Successful ICOs Underpriced?

ICOs (Initial Coin Offering) have established themselves in the last year as an effective tool to finance technological start-ups, generally linked to the digital world: from January 2017 to May 2018 about 12 billion dollars were collected issuing tokens. As with more traditional equity offerings,… Read More

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