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Patrick Byrne to Increase Focus on tZERO and Digital Securities Exchanges

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Despite market conditions, there is no shortage of belief in the viability of blockchain.  Week after week, partnerships are made, and new products ramp up development.  One notable move has taken place just recently.  Patrick Byrne has indicated that he will be shifting his priority and focus from Overstock.com to tZERO.  This shift will see the sale of the retail side of Overstock.com.  The plan is expected to come to fruition by February of 2019, as they line up potential buyers.

tZERO

A subsidiary of Overstock.com, tZERO is a blockchain based platform.  The primary goal of the company is to develop and launch various securities exchanges around the globe.  Through these exchanges, investors will gain access to more efficient means of investing, alongside increased liquidity and transparency.

tZERO recently made waves in August, when they announced GSR Capital had invested roughly $300 million into their operations.  In return, GSR capital received an 18% stake in tZERO, as well as $30 million worth of TZROP tokens.

STO

In the summer of 2018, tZERO was able to successfully raise $134 million USD through a security token offering.  This STO saw accredited investors purchase TZROP tokens, with each representing fractionalized ownership in the tZERO platform.

At the time of the STO, tZERO CEO, Saum Noursalehi, commented on the proceedings.  He stated, “This funding will allow us to globally scale our blockchain capital market platform on a rapid timeline, ushering in an era of trust through technology for the global economy.”

Overstock.com

Overstock.com was one of the first and largest retailers to first accept Bitcoin as a form of payment.  They act as an online retailer, selling merchandise from jewellery to furniture, and everything in between.  The company first went pubic three years after launch in 2002.  In the time since, they have become one of the leading online retailers worldwide.

Medici Ventures

Medici Ventures is an investment branch of Overstock.com that acts as an accelerator for blockchain based start-ups.  It is through Medici Ventures that tZERO attained its initial backing.

Patrick Byrne

Patrick Byrne has been a recognizable figure for roughly 20 years.  During this time in the limelight, he captained the meteoric rise of Overstock.com.  In addition, he has long battled illegal trading activities, and is currently championing Bitcoin and cryptocurrencies at large.

Patrick Byrne, Executive Chairman of tZERO

No stranger to grand statements, Byrne recently commented to The Wall Street Journal, “I don’t care whether tZERO is losing $2 million a month…We think we’ve got cold fusion on the blockchain side.”

Gamble

Risk is subjective, and a matter of perspective.  While some may view pivoting towards blockchain as risky given current climates, Byrne obviously feels otherwise.  The ceiling for tZERO may reside in the billions.  Many people are visionaries, and many people have resources.  It is those that possess both that have the ability to actualize, and bring forth the future that they envision.  Patrick Byrne is one of those people.

In the time since the announcement, Overstock.com shares have surged a massive 23%.

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REMCO Software to see Security Tokens Listed on LATOKEN

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Upcoming STO

REMCO Software is in the midst of completing a ‘security token offering’. As you may know, this refers to a crowdfunding campaign tailored towards accredited investors. During the offering, investors are able to purchase digital securities in the form of a token, typically representative of equity shares within the issuing company – an efficient merger of traditional and future finance.

Recently, REMCO announced good news, as they have secured an agreement that, once issued, will see their tokens listed for trading on the LATOKEN platform. By providing a flexible listing platform, LATOKEN will enable investors to easily trade between REMCO tokens and FIAT currencies. The ability to do so is expected to result in new-found levels of liquidity, not normally witness when dealing with such assets.

Commentary

In their press release, representatives from both REMCO and LATOKEN spoke on the agreement, and what it means for the industry.

Valentin Preobrazhenskiy, CEO of LATOKEN, stated,

“We are especially pleased to welcome REMCO token in the pool of our future projects. Their business model is both practical and very innovative. It brings a great deal of added value to the industry.”

Peter Ojo, CEO of REMCO Software, stated,

“LATOKEN’s innovative approach appealed to us…There are many crucial steps to getting this business off the ground, and we appreciate reaching this milestone with LATOKEN.”

REMCO Software

REMCO is a young company looking to revolutionize the remittance industry. They intend to do so, by utilizing traits inherent to blockchain technology that will allow for greater transparency and efficiency in finance. They were founded in 2018, and are based out of Laurel, Maryland.

Company operations are currently spearheaded by CEO, Peter Ojo. Under his watch, the company hopes to successfully complete a security token offering, which will facilitate their envisioned future.

LATOKEN

LATOKEN refers to ‘Liquid Assets Platform’. Founded in 2017, CEO, Valentin Preobrazhenskiy, has guided the platform into becoming a promising player within the industry. As their name implies, the platform aims to bring liquidity to a variety of assets.  Through their FIAT gateways, they have now begun to attract the attention of companies, such as REMCO.

In Other News

While this is the first time that each of these companies have graced our headlines, there is no shortage of news in the industry. Here is a brief look at a few articles detailing recent partnerships, and industry developments.

How Lition Utilizes Blockchain for a Greener Future

Elevated Returns and Securitize to Utilize Tezos for digital Securities

Wyoming Moves to Allow Tokenization of Corporate Stocks

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Magic BlockchainQA to Collaborate with Securitize

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Cross-Collaboration

It was recently announced by Magic Blockchain QA, that they have established a working relationship with industry leader, Securitize.

The nature of this relationship will see each company refer clients to the other. They are essentially building bridges, which will provide clients with a greater variety of integrates services.

In addition to client referrals, this relationship will see Magic BlockchainQA offer their quality and analysis services for the DS-Protocol. This protocol was custom built by Securitize to fit the needs of the digital securities industry. Through its implementation, clients are able to sell, create, issue, and manage digital securities backed by a variety of assets.

This development is reminiscent of one that occurred just recently. At that time, we reported on a similar relationship between DESICO and Securitize. As stated, these types of relationships are key to ensuring steady growth in the relationship. At this stage in the game, what is good for one player is good for all players.

Commentary

Anuraj Soni, President of Magic Blockchain QA, took the time to address this development.

“The Securitize platform has gained significant prominence in last few years and this partnership allows Magic to train its consultants on this platform enabling Securitize clients easy access to a pool of Magic consultants who can help with the seamless adoption of this platform.”

Magic BlockchainQA

Magic BlockchainQA touts themselves as the world’s first quality and analysis services dedicated to blockchain applications. Check out the following video to learn more about why this is an important and needed service.

This young company was founded in 2018, and is based out of New York City. Company operations are overseen by President Anuraj Soni. He boasts years of experience in leadership roles at companies like Bank of America, GENPACT, and other.

To date, Magic BlockchainQA has established partnerships with not only Securitize, but MythX as well.

Securitize

Securitize is one of the leading companies in the rapidly developing digital securities sector. They operate out of San Francisco, under the watch of CEO, Carlos Domingo.

Since commencing operations in 2017, Securitize has developed a tech-stack that allows for them to offers clients end-to-end tokenization services. These services range from token creation, to issuance, and lifetime management post distribution.

In Other News

To learn more about the companies discussed here today, make sure to check out a few of the articles below. While this is the first time we have detailed Magic Blockchain, Securitize is a regular on our newsfeed.

Securitize combines forces with DESICO

Modulus to Implement Securitize technologies

Securitize chosen to participate in IBM Blockchain Accelerator

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Blockchain Identity Firm WISeCoin Announces STO

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WISeKey Announces STO

The Swiss-based cybersecurity firm, WISeCoin announced plans to host an STO in Q2 2019. The announcement has captured the attention of analysts and follows the receival of a “no-Action Letter” from the Swiss Financial Supervisory Authority (FINMA). The move marks another step forward for the Swiss security token market.

WISeCoin is a subsidiary of WISeKey. WISeKey created the WISeCoin platform to furhte3r pursue their blockchain identity strategy. Speaking on the decision to host an STO, WISeKey CEO, Carlos Moreira, discussed how his platform utilizes a wide-range of “blockchain enabled microchips” to provide clients with a customizable identification system. He also touched on the importance of increasing your digital identification procedures to adapt to the “evolving device landscape.”

WISeCoin

WISeCoin developers seek to revolutionize the world of digital identification via the integration of IoT, blockchain, and AI. The concept is anything but simple. WISeCoin integrates a host of proprietary technology to merge seamlessly merge these sectors. Here’s how the system functions.

WISeKey via Homepage

WISeKey via Homepage

Blockchain of Identity

Blockchain identification systems are nothing new to the sector. The ability to verify, authenticate, and securely manage digital identities via the blockchain continues to drive more firms into this business model. What makes WISeCoin different is their approach to the problem.

WISeCoin developers decided to leverage the immutable nature of blockchain technology by pairing it with the Internet of Things (IoT). The IoT is the network of billions of smart devices currently entering the market. These items are able to monitor and communicate with each other.

To put the scope of this network into perspective, there were 15.4 billion smart devices connected in 2015 according to IHS reports. Intel plans to expand that network to 200 billion devices by 2020. Of these smart devices, wearable units are the fastest growing. IDC forecasts predict a 31 percent increase in this sector by 2020.

As you could imagine, leveraging these devices is an extremely powerful way to monitor, verify, and authenticate people, or items. In order to accomplish this monumental task, WISeCoin developers employ “Root of Trust” RoT and PKI protocols. RoT protocols provide secure authentication across both digital and physical environments.

WISeKey International Holding Ltd.

The world of AI, IoT, and blockchain are destined to play important roles in the future. WISeKey combines the best attributes of these advanced sciences. The firm is sure to see continued success in the coming months as their STO approaches.

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