Strategy

3 Challenges of Scaling a Fintech Company Across Borders

Investments in Fintech surged in 2018, reaching US $55 billion worldwide and doubling that of the year before, according to Accenture. Fintech companies are also getting bigger. Currently, 19 out of Forbes’ 50 Most Innovative Fintech Companies in 2019 have valuations of US$1 billion or… Read More

Blockstream Announces Imminent Launch of Securities Platform on the “Liquid” Bitcoin Sidechain

Blockstream, builder of Bitcoin satellites and financial contributor to Bitcoin Core, the project committing the majority of support for Bitcoin, announced at Consensus last week that it is launching a digital securities platform on the company’s “Liquid” sidechain. According to a company press release, “The… Read More

Fitch Report: Declining Credit Enhancement in US MPL ABS is Unwarranted

Fitch is out with a report on marketplace lending (MPL) asset-backed securities (ABS) stating declining credit enhancement is unwarranted. Fitch states that credit enhancement (CE) levels of ‘Asf’ category rated US MPL ABS have meaningfully declined since 2017, while asset quality remained relatively steady. As… Read More

When Does A “Digital Asset” Qualify As A Security? A Deeper Dive Into Recent SEC Guidance.

Here’s a question for all of you. Between coins, tokens, stamps, tickets, vouchers, and chips, which of these qualifies as a “security” under U.S. Securities laws? It’s actually a trick question, they all do! Well, technically speaking, they all could potentially qualify as securities. The… Read More

Scaling a Startup: Tips from Someone Who is Doing It

Find a business partner who’s your skills opposite Building a business is hard. The plan for my company had been in my head for some time, But I didn’t want to build it alone. Whilst I knew my target markets, clients, partners, users, and the… Read More

Cryptocurrency Forensics Firm Chainalysis Adds Tracking of Four “Stable Coins”

Chainalysis, an American company at the forefront of cryptoforensics (cryptocurrency transaction investigation), says it has added tracking of four “stable coins” to the suite of coins its “KYT” software can monitor. Chainalysis says its KYT (Know Your Transaction) software has already been being used by,… Read More

Nasdaq CEO Adena Friedman Says Smaller IPO Market Needs to be Fixed

Last week, Nasdaq CEO Adena Friedman sat down with CNBC to discuss the initial public offering market. Recently, multiple high profile issuers have completed an IPO or have indicated their intent to do so in the not so distant future. On the day Friedman was… Read More

As Some ICO Issuers Move to Give Money Back, Globex Offers Recision Software

While there have only been a few publicly announced recission requirements for initial coin offerings (ICOs) that have since been deemed unregistered securities, there are apparently quite a few more that have been giving money back under the radar. The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC)… Read More

Republic Quickly Distributes Note Tokens, Seeks to Issue Under Reg A+ with Holders Possibly Earning Income in the Future

Online investment platform Republic revealed last week that Note, a security token which may be issued under the Reg A+ exemption, has already granted 1.8 Note tokens.  The Note tokens concept was first revealed in March when it was reported that Republic had acquired RenGen… Read More

Are IEOs (Initial Exchange Offerings) Any Better than ICOs?

“Vetted” retail investors are lining up to buy a revamped version of ICOs (initial coin offerings) called IEOs (initial exchange offerings), digital tokens “curated” by trading platforms, Bloomberg reports. After a slew of bad press and bad results over the past few years, ICOs have… Read More

It’s Crypto Tax Season. Careful Records Needed

Careful record-keeping is essential for users and traders of cryptocurrencies and digital tokens. This is the main takeaway from an informational article published recently by digital security-token (DSO) issuance platform Securitize. Digital securities offerings (DSOs) are also commonly referred to as security tokens offerings (STOs) in… Read More

Is the No Action Letter for TurnKey Jet a No-Action Non Event? Doug Ellenoff Comments on SEC Digital Asset Statement and STO Framework

Last week, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) moved forward on clarifying their position regarding digital assets. First, a No-Action Letter (NAL) was released pertaining to the issuance of a token by TurnKey Jet. In a tightly defined issuance, Turnkey was deemed not to be… Read More

Yes, Token Ambassadors are a Thing! Meet the Influencers of the Crypto World

Millennials are blamed for the destruction of many industries that were initially incepted by the baby boomer generation. These industries include but are not limited to, the housing market, restaurant chains, 9-5 office jobs, and even plastic straws (with good reason). However, millennials aren’t quite… Read More

German Crowdfunding Association Issues Self-Regulatory Transparency Quality Label

At the InnoFinance Summit 2019 on March 26, 2019, the German Crowdfunding Association  (Bundesverband Crowdfunding) introduced its new “Transparency Seal”. The Transparency Seal is a self-regulatory label awarded by the association to member platforms which respect a set of quality and customer protection standards. With this… Read More

Medtech Start-up VoCare Boutique Crowdfunds $1.1 Million on Own Website

VoCare is raising capital for the launch of a new Medtech device, the Vitals360; a smartphone-sized diagnostic device for the Remote Patient Monitoring (RPM) and Point-of-Care verticals. Current investors include AGS Capital and SAW Capital and tax credits are available to Indiana investors via the… Read More

CipherTrace CEO: “It is a constant challenge to keep pace with crypto crimes and scams”

CipherTrace is a cryptocurrency cyber assurance and compliance firm that has recently formed some interesting partnerships. In February, CipherTrace was backed by $15 million in venture funding to help fulfill its mission on crypto security. In January, CipherTrace published a report on the global cryptocurrency… Read More

Insurtech: Assurely Partners with AXA to Provide Insurance on STO Investments, Investment Crowdfunding

Insurtech Assurely has partnered with AXA XL, a division of AXA, on a new insurance product for issuers and investors pertaining to online capital formation. The new product seeks to safeguard investments in security token offerings (STOs) and traditional investment crowdfunding offerings. Assurely reports that… Read More

Ransomware Defense: Tips for Small Businesses

2018 was an eventful year for ransomware attacks on North American soil and elsewhere. In November, the American Justice Department indicted two Iranians for alleged ransomware attacks on 200 government, institutional and private targets in the US, including an attack on the Port of San… Read More

Equity Crowdfunding: Inside Advice from Six Entrepreneurs Who’ve Done It

We interviewed several entrepreneurs who ran successful Reg CF campaigns – as well as two equity crowdfunding platforms – to break down the ins and outs of running a campaign. The bottom line? According to our review, you’re off base if you think equity crowdfunding… Read More

NEM.io Foundation Sticks to Transparency Promise: Releases Progress Update

Alex Tinsman

In February the NEM.io Foundation decided to opt for transparency and to “reboot” its operating structure after checking the books and seeing “little to no accountability for funds.” Under the guidance of newly elected president Alex Tinsman, this week the Foundation has made good on its… Read More

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