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DESICO – Welcome to the World of Security Tokens

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Who is DESICO?

Founded in Lithuania, DESICO is a start-up looking to bring forth the next waves of blockchain tokens – security tokens.

What is the problem?

Due to the immaturity of the industry, there is a slim selection of services that facilitate the sales and trades of security tokens.  Many have recognized that while utility tokens have a time and place, they are not the solution many once thought them to be.  This, however, is a relatively new revelation, without a true solution.

The market needs a comprehensive, user friendly platform that will facilitate not only investing, but trading of securities as well.  With the regulatory scrutiny that the market is under, this platform would need to adhere to all compliance laws in effect.

How will they solve it?

Recognizing the lack of options within the current market, DESICO saw this as an opportunity.  They now find themselves well along their path in developing a hosting/exchange platform dedicated toward security tokens.

DESICO breaks down their platform into three components

  1. Crowdfunding platform
    1. Hosting of STOs and the issuance of security tokens
  2. Security Token Exchange
    1. This functions for securities as Bittrex does doe utilities
  3. Crypto – FIAT payment system
    1. Allows for exchange of assets, providing seamless investing or cashing out

To fully develop these services is a tall endeavour, and requires funding.  Fully believing in the technology which they are looking to facilitate, DESICO has decided to host their very own STO.  This to-be-released token will function as a security, and provide investors with their stake within DESICO revenues.

The model is simple – Regardless of where the revenue comes from (token exchange vs. crowdfunding vs. payment systems), 12.5% of these funds will be divvied up proportionately among token holders.  These dividends will be realized on a quarterly basis.

The team at DESICO estimates that if everything goes according to plan, investors can expect to see a 12-20x return on investment over a 10year period.

Team?

DESICO has already had success in developing and pushing their product.  Attaining the endorsement of entities such as the Lithuanian Ministry of Finance, and the Ethereum Alliance, the team has proven their mettle.  Here are a few of those in charge at DESICO, and their respective roles within the organization.

Laimonas Noreika – Cofounder / CEO

Audrus Griskevicius – Cofounder / Business Development

Povilas Laucius – CTO

Darius Noreika – Cofounder / COO

Whats next?

The next major hurdle is financing their endeavour.  As stated, DESICO has decided to issue their very own security token in an effort to raise funds.  This STO (Security Token Sale) is scheduled to open on November 7th, 2018.

For those interested, DESICO has made available a full demo of their software.  Here you can test their product and get a feel for what they are trying to achieve.

To learn details about the project, please view our Desico Token Listing page.

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CoinMint – Efficient, Green Mining

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Who is CoinMint?

Established in early 2015, CoinMint is a company looking to bring simplicity to the cryptocurrency mining industry.

It is situated on over 1300acres of land, with the facility benefiting from a dedicated hydroelectric dam 3km from site.  This means that the facility is primarily powered through fully renewable energy.

They are one of the world’s largest mining facilities, as well as one of the most efficient.  Through use of various sources of power, and the newest hardware available, CoinMint pushes the boundaries of mining efficiency.

What is the problem?

Cryptocurrency mining is a difficult and complex process.  Although the actual act of mining might be simple, the calculations involving expenditures is not.  Those interested must factor in equipment, lifespan of hardware, electricity costs, cooling measures, etc.  With the massive rise seen in Bitcoin hash rates over the course of 2018, it is simply not feasible to be a productive miner on a small scale anymore.

How will CoinMint Solve it?

CoinMint looks to solve the issue by providing fractionalized ownership of the hashrate provided by their state-of-the-art mining facility located in northern New York.  This facility makes use of both hydroelectric and wind power sources.  In doing so they are able to efficiently run ASIC devices to mine Bitcoin.  With a partnership established with Samsung to provide the hardware, the company has eliminated many of the sourcing issues that currently plague competitors.

Through their mining facility, investors interested in mining are able to take part while avoiding the following hurdles associated with the process

  •          Hardware acquirement and maintenance
  •          Run Costs
  •          Power requirement & delivery
  •          Facility location
  •          Cooling measures needed

These are just a few of the examples of the problems that CoinMint removes from the shoulders of would-be miners, and places on their own.

CoinMint does recognize the market interest in mining.  They also recognize the shifting market sentiment towards security tokens, and the benefits that they offer.  With this being the case, CoinMint feels as though they are the perfect solution for investors to take part in their operation.

By offering their own security token, investors are able to own a fractionalized share of the facilities by-product – Hash rate.  Proceeds of the mining process will be broken down as such.

  •          75% is divvied up proportionately among token holders
  •          25% is retained by CoinMint to maintain operations and as a performance fee

To make investment more intriguing, investors will benefit from DAILY dividend payouts.  This unique dividend structure makes them stand out from traditional investments that typically see investors receive dividends no shorter than quarterly.

Team?

Those behind the CoinMint project recognized the need to set themselves apart from the pack.  Various mining outfits exist in North America, however none of them offer investments structured like the opportunity being offered by CoinMint.  Here are a few of the minds at CoinMint that are behind the idea.

Ashton Soniat – President

Prieur Leary – CTO

Steve Wang – VP of Finance

Kyle Carlton – General Counsel

Kathleen Schneider – Controller

Whats Next?

Cryptocurrency mining is not an industry where you can lay a foundation, and then sit back and relax.  Being profitable requires constant upgrading of the hardware used.  This means sufficient company revenue must be consistently recycled into hardware upgrades and maintenance.  This is the only way to stay ahead of competitors, and remain a good investment for those that have provided funds to the company.

In addition to the constant upgrades required by the nature of the industry, expect to see CoinMint tokens on secondary markets in the near future.  With many platforms being developed to facilitate secondary market trading of securities, those invested in CoinMint will benefit from levels of liquidity never seen before.

The initial distribution of their ERC-20 compliant token known as CBM is being facilitated by securities platform Securitize.

To learn details about the project, please view our CoinMint token listing page.

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BlueOcean Ventures – A Medtech VC Fund

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Who is BlueOcean?

BlueOcean is an investment firm that has developed multiple funds over the past decade.  These funds are tailored towards the MedTech (Medical Technology) industry.

MedTech represents a massive industry in Europe alone, and is quite broad in its description.  Those within the industry may be credited with developing next-gen pacemakers, atrial valves, insulin delivery vehicles, and even deep brain stimulation methods.

BlueOcean recognizes not only the importance of this industry, but also the potential to both help and benefit it simultaneously.

What is the problem?

With over 12,000 patents filed within MedTech in 2016, over 40% of these originated from Europe.  Furthermore, of the over $1 billion invested every year in Swiss startups, $600 million of this is funneled towards healthcare.  From these numbers, it is clear – MedTech is booming.

Unfortunately, due to the vast amount of money and companies entering the industry, it is a difficult process to filter which start-ups are truly promising, and which aren’t.  This process requires vast amounts of experience in various fields ranging from Medical to Legal, financial and more.

Another hurdle that must be cleared is the fact that many investment funds are unable to take part in private equity.

With each of these hurdles in place, despite the amount of money flowing into the industry, many of the best opportunities remain either hard to spot, or simply out of reach.

How will they solve it?

BlueOcean Ventures is an investment firm that possesses experts in the following fields.

  •          Financial
  •          Technological
  •          Medical
  •          Legal

By having a diverse cast of experts, the firm has a history of selecting successful start-ups.  Currently, this team is actively building their second fund.  This is known as the BlueOcean Ventures II.  This fund currently has holdings in 5 different companies within the MedTech industry.  The firm is looking to both expand and increase their holdings in these companies.

To achieve their goal of expansion and increased exposure, BlueOcean is hosting an STO.  This STO will allow accredited investors the ability to invest in pre-vetted start-ups.  This means that they can take advantage of the wide array of skills the BlueOcean team brings to the table.

By utilizing blockchain technology, the investors in the fund will benefit from not only increased transparency (where are the funds being spent), but also from increased levels of liquidity.  As there is no lock-up period on the BlueOcean tokens (BOV), investors will be able to trade their tokens on secondary markets in a short amount of time.  Tokens are expected to be listed on cryptocurrency exchanges by Q1 of 2019.

Team?

More than just a fund providing capital, the team at BlueOcean provides its portfolio of companies with much more.  This may range from providing access to industry experts and hard to make contacts.  Below are a few of those leading the way at BlueOcean.

Faris Sabeti – Cofounder & Partner

Emmanuel de Watteville – Cofounder & Partner

Sacha Haymoz – Partner

Thomas Zehnder – Partner

Whats next?

With their STO currently active, BlueOcean will be preparing for token distribution.  Once complete, the funds garnered throughout the STO will be able to be put to use, and begin working for the investors that participated.  BlueOcean indicates that 100% of these funds will be invested in BlueOcean Ventures II.

For those looking to invest in MedTech start-ups via a curated fund, check out the BlueOcean STO;  The easiest way to gain indirect equity in these promising start-ups.

The fund is scheduled to close in 2025.  Upon closure, all assets will be proportionately divvied up among remaining investors.

To learn details about the project, please view our BlueOcean Ventures Token Listing page.

 

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Elio Motors – Alter the Course

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Who is Elio Motors?

Elio Motors is a vehicle manufacturer based out of the United States.  They are a company that is looking to reinfuse the North American auto industry with levels of ingenuity not seen in ages.

The company has garnered the attention of auto enthusiasts over the past few years by teasing their long anticipate flagship product.  With company successes resulting in Elio Motors raising significant funding to date, the company is now looking to host an STO, and raise the last needed funds to push their product into production.

What is the problem?

The average worker in North America lives a hectic lifestyle.  This means working long hours, and unfortunately, extended periods of time in vehicles going to and from work.  In the past decade, commuter travel times have risen to historically long durations.  These long commutes lead to significant amounts of extra fuel being spent by each commuter.

These long commuter times are awful not only for those individuals forced to endure them, but for the environment as well.  We have seen governments enact things like HOV (High Occupancy Vehicle) lanes in an attempt at reducing traffic congestion, and pollution.  These however are not enough to mitigate the issues at hand.

A large source of the problem is the types of vehicle that manufacturers currently offer.  There is a complete lack of affordable products aimed towards the average commuter.  Whether a commuter chooses to use a small car, motorcycle, etc., they are continually forced to make sacrifices.  These sacrifices come in the form of safety, purchase price, fuel efficiency, and more.  The people of North America need a vehicle that is safe, affordable, efficient, and adaptable, all at the same time.

How will they solve it?

Elio Motors has recognized these problems noted, and in 2012 they set out to remedy the problem.  Since that time, the company has produced a polished prototype vehicle that is ready for production.  Dubbed as ‘The Ultimate Commuter Vehicle’, Elio motors has titled this flagship product the ‘E1C’.

Elio Motors embraces what it feels is missing in today’s commuter cars, and hits the mark for each with their offering.

  • Fuel Efficiency
    • E1C will have 49mpg City / 84mpg Hwy
  • Safety
    • Fully equipped with today’s standard equipment such as airbags, ABS, crush-zones, etc.
  • Made in the United States
    • As this is a vehicle targeted towards a U.S market, the company has ensure 90% of the vehicle is sourced from the U.S. The production of this vehicle is expected to result in over 1500 U.S jobs.
  • Affordability
    • The average consumer cannot afford to purchase an expensive vehicle just for commuting. This is why the E1C comes in at a mere $7,450, making it accessible to a broad market.

While the company has raised money in the past, they are looking to do so once again.  This time Elio Motors will be hosting an upcoming STO.  The sale will be overseen by JonesTrading.  After a mandatory lock-up period, the company has stated that trading on secondary markets will be available on the tZero platform.  This isn’t surprising as the company has received investments and the full endorsement of tZero founder, Patrick Byrne.

During this sale, accredited investors located within the United States will be able to purchase security tokens known as the ElioCoin.  These tokens represented a direct share within the company itself.  Full details on the inner workings of the tokens has not yet been released.  This information will be made available to those interested upon closing of their current private-sale.

Team?

Below are a few of those in charge at Elio Motors.  These individuals are hoping see the E1C leave the production line by 2019.

Paul Elio – CEO

Tim Andrews – VP of Marketing

Michael Bolas – Director of Engineering

Spencer Lott – Corporate Controller

Whats next?

With interest and need at an all-time high for a product such as the E1C, the next crucial step for the company is the final execution.  Elio Motors has had multiple rounds of funding completed in the past, getting them to the point that they are today.  Upon completion of their upcoming STO, the company should be in the position to allow them to finally fulfill their more than 65,000 pre-orders for product.

As with any security token, the ElioCoin stands to benefit from the perks of blockchain.  This means that potential investors will gain unprecedented liquidity and transparency of their holdings.  With these benefits, the company should be able to meet their goal of raising $25,000,000 via an STO with relative ease.

To learn details about the project, please view our Elio Motors Token Listing page.

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