Strategy

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

ICOs: The Dual Token Conundrum

It is clear that the SEC is going to do an enforcement action against a number of Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs), and the people who are selling utility tokens to investors for Bitcoin or Ether cryptocurrencies. Most ICOs are conducted by companies that have not… Read More

The Price of Bitcoin Rockets Past $10,000 – Can the Price of Bitcoin Go Higher ?

The price of Bitcoin (BTC) has been on an absolute hyperbolic ascent this past year. Yesterday, Bitcoin topped $10,000 and currently stands over $11,0000. One year ago, Bitcoin was priced at around $730. Think about that for a moment. IF you had purchased Bitcoin last… Read More

Priming the ICO Pump: Don’t Get Sucked In

If you’ve been under a rock for the last year or so, you might not know that “initial coin offerings” or ICOs are the hottest thing in the financial market today. As if the fact that the overwhelming majority of ICOs aren’t regulated in any… Read More

Early Stage Investing vs. Real Estate Investing: Similarities and Differences

Both venture capital (VC) investing and real estate investing involve some level of risk assessment, they both have the potential for big returns, and investors have the opportunity to help someone else reach a desired goal. Despite this common ground, there are some distinct differences…. Read More

First Regulated Initial Coin Offering Conference ICO 2.0 Summit Dives Deep into ICO Legal, Regulatory & Economic Implications

On Friday, November 10, 2017, StartEngine, a Regulation Crowdfunding platform based in Los Angeles, California organized ICO 2.0 Summit, the first regulated ICO conference – or at least the first that I’ve seen. While there seem to be an explosion of ICO and Blockchain-related conferences… Read More

Doing a Concurrent Reg D & Reg S Initial Coin Offering

Initial coin offerings are all the craze, and for good reason.  According to CoinSchedule, over $3 billion has been raised in the first 10 months of October.  The Securities Exchange Commission released an investigative report concluding that DAO tokens were securities, and that scared people… Read More

French Lending Platforms Adopt Common Performance Indicators

On 8 November 2017, the French Crowdfunding Association Financement Participatif France released the common set of performance indicators that member platforms specializing in loans, mini-bonds (a debt instrument specific to SME lending marketplaces) and bonds are invited to publish. Wishing to go beyond the legally… Read More

RallyUp Launches Free Crowdfunding Option For Nonprofits

Fundraising platform for nonprofit organizations, RallyUp, announced on Wednesday the launch of a crowdfunding option for nonprofits. While sharing details about the update, Founder and CEO of RallyUp, Steve Bernat, stated: “We released a free crowdfunding option for a couple of reasons. The crowdfunding market has become… Read More