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Realecoin – The First Real Estate Fund built on the ETH Blockchain

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Who is Realecoin?

Realecoin is a real estate fund built upon the Ethereum blockchain.  They are young company looking to capitalize on what blockchain technology can offer them.  Under the guidance of an experienced team, they look to establish themselves as a force in the industry – beginning in New York.

What is the problem?

At any given time, there is a plethora of housing complexes that are in dire need of redevelopment.  Furthermore, there are countless property owners that are unable to cover mortgage costs.  In either situation, an influx of capital is needed to remedy the situation.

Unfortunately, capital is not always easy to come by.  Projects such as housing complexes that need development are typically long term.  They do not provide investors with liquidity on their contribution, and are typically limited to investors residing within the country’s borders.

How will they solve it?

Realecoin recognizes that blockchain holds the answer to each of the issues noted above.  With the help of Securitize, Realecoin is launching their very own security token – RC.

RC takes form as an ERC-20 token, and represents a 1:1 share in a redevelopment fund.  The process is simple

  1. Realecoin sells security tokens for their fund
  2. Realecoin invests the money raised from this sale into high-potential income producing properties for redevelopment.  Investment into distressed debt is also considered.
  3. Token holders receive dividends from income producing properties, while RC value increases alongside the equity built from the fund
    • Token holders also receive their share of property sales within the portfolio.
  4. Investors can trade/sell their tokens/shares via secondary markets at any time.

By utilizing this form of fractionalized ownership, Realecoin is able to attain large amounts of capital while remaining efficient.  Furthermore, through listings on platforms, such as Securitize, the token is able to be traded effortlessly.  This means that investors can experience high-levels of liquidity.  Something not feasible in the past.

Team?

Ruben Azrak – Cofounder

Ruben has amassed a real estate portfolio worth over $200 million since the 1970’s.  In addition, he successfully cofounded and sold Phat Farm for $140 million in the early 2000’s.

Andy Strott – Cofounder

Andy Strott has a vast amount of experience as an executive with companies such as Alliance Bernstein, MFS Investment Management, and BlackRock.

Speaking on their partnership with Realecoin and the team behind the project Securitize CEO, Carlo Domingo stated, “Realecoin offers a unique investment opportunity through the tokenization of real estate assets, usually considered to be a very illiquid asset…The management team’s lengthy track record, alongside their commitment to regulatory compliance makes this an exciting venture for Securitize.”

Whats next?

The next major step for this fund is the actual procurement of properties.  As indicated on their website, Realecoin has already decided where this property is.

162-164 East 82nd Street, New York, New York.

This property is the first of many to come as Realecoin looks to build equity, and meet their projected returns of a 6-8% annual dividend.

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

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Globex Licences ATS Platform to First Growth Funds Limited

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Platform Licensing

It was recently announced by Globex, that they have successfully licenced their software ATS platform to First Growth Fund Limited. This platform is tailored specifically for dealing with blockchain-based digital securities.

Being tailored for digital securities, the platform was built with the goal of offering end-to-end services for token issuers. This means token creation, issuance, compliance, distribution, and management.

The success and totality of the platform cemented First Growth Funds’ belief in not only their products, but Globex itself. With this in mind, the aforementioned announcement also indicated that First Growth Funds Limited has purchased equity within the Globex.

Commentary

In their press release, representative from each company spoke on the licensure discussed here today. The following is what each had to say on the matter.

Brian Collins, CEO of Globex, stated,

“Capital raising using the blockchain has proven to be a massive opportunity for business and doing so in a compliant manner is in the interest of the issuer, investor and investment advisory firm. First Growth Funds believes in the importance of such an end-to-end compliance platform and, coupled with their access to institutional and wholesale investors, the sky’s the limit for their clients.”

Anoosh Manzoori, Executive Chairman of First Growth Funds, stated,

“We see these new exclusive partnerships as an opportunity to support local companies wanting access to funding in new markets. We can also help enable and support local investment banks and advisory firms to gain liquidity of their illiquid assets. Regulatory compliance is the number one topic in this sector of late and will be even more important as the market matures. We are really looking forward to collaborating with Globex and leveraging this amazing blockchain technology to compliantly raise capital for our issuers.”

Horizon Globex

Horizon Globex is a software company situated in the heart of ‘Crypto Valley’ – Zug, Switzerland. They have been in operation since 2010. In the time since, they have grown alongside the crypto/blockchain industry, while developing solutions for investors.

Drawing upon previous experience as a CEO at Abbey Technology, Brian Collins decided to found Horizon Globex. Company operations have been overseen by Brian Collins ever since, as he occupies the role of CEO.

First Growth Funds

First Growth Funds Limited is an investment company, based out of Australia. Fund management is overseen by a board of directors. The following four individuals, comprising the board, boast a vast amount of experience in various sectors.

Anoosh Manzoori: Executive Director

Michael Clarke: Non-Executive Director

Atham Lekkas: Non-Executive Director

Geoff Barnes: Non-Executive Chairman

It should be noted that, to date, First Growth Funds is the only investment fund listed on the Australian Stock Exchange, which is licensed to deal with cryptocurrencies.

In Other News

The digital securities sector shows no signs of slowing down. This is made obvious by the increasing amount of articles detailing digital securities as one of the hottest emerging trends. With this in mind, here are a few articles detailing recent partnerships and developments with the sector at large.

NEO Announces Formation of Security Token Industry Consortium

Blockchain Identity Firm WISeCoin Announces STO

Interview Series – Augmate

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‘SpaceFund’ – Security Tokens for Futurist Investors

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SpaceFund is a forward-thinking tokenized venture fund. If you’ve ever wanted to invest in the inevitable future of space travel, this offers the liquidity that is so often lacking in traditional space investments.

Investing in space start-ups, or even established space companies requires the foresight to understand that commercial space travel is the next frontier. SpaceX is projecting a lunar tourism mission in 2023, and Blue Origin is planning on launching space tourism in 2019.

Outside of these two industry giants there are 100s of scrappy start-ups that are competing to supply these five major sectors of space:

  • Transportation on and off different planetary bodies and moving around in space.
  • Communication – Transmission of data, WiFi, etc.
  • Human Factors – Anything required to maintain human life in space.
  • Supplies – Supply chains for both humans and robots in space.
  • Energy capture and distribution for use in space or on earth.

SpaceFund will strategically invest in the companies which they believe are best positioned to take advantage of these five sectors. This solves a major problem which most investors have: lack of knowledge about this specialized field.

SpaceFund was started by a team of serial space entrepreneurs. The team has detailed knowledge of the industry and they currently manage the SpaceFund Reality Rating system which monitors 100s of companies and the probable success of the launch vehicles they are working on.

This is the industry’s first ratings system based on detailed analysis, publicly available data, and expert insights. This insider window into the industry enables them to strategically invest in companies that have a higher than average probability of success.

Another problem with investing in this sector is the long window before liquidity can be expected. Fortunately, a tokenized space fund solves the liquidity issue as these tokens can be traded on regular tokenized security exchanges such as OpenFinance.

The Team:

The team is where SpaceFund differentiates itself.

Rick Tumlinson:

Founding Partner – Rick is co-founder of several space companies and non-profits including Deep Space Industries, Orbital Outfitters, the New Worlds Institute, and the Space Frontier Foundation.  He has been voted as one of the top 100 most influential people in the space industry by Space news. On top of this he has been invited for numerous Tedx talks, including the one below:

Meagan Crawford:

Managing Partner – Meagan is a pioneer, she has co-founded the world’s longest running space business plan competition, and has taught, coached, and advised hundreds of space startups through their earliest stages – including some of the current generation of successful companies.

The team also has some heavy hitter blockchain veterans including:

David A. Johnston:

General Partner – Co-founder of 7 tech startups before 30. A pioneer in decentralized applications, he co-founded the first crypto angel investor group and co-founded the first all-crypto venture fund. He is also the founder of Yeoman’s Capital, the world’s first all-crypto family office.

Andrew Yashchuk:

General Partner – Co-founder of Factom, and advisor to Storj, Polymath, Rivetz and TrustRank.

Roland Hicks:

General Partner – Founding member of the Silicon Valley Blockchain Society, and a member of the Board of Advisors for Factom.

 

What’s Next:

The team behind this investment is serious about space, as they live and breathe the industry. When I asked Rick Tumlinson and Meagan Crawford if they would sign up to colonize Mars, both answered that yes absolutely they would, but that they prefer to be called ‘Settlers’.

When asked about the thinking behind a tokenized fund, they informed me that investors in blockchain understand the future and the potential for space better than traditional VCs. Being involved in this community I look forward to the success of this innovative fund.

Visit SpaceFund or our Spacefund Token Listings page for more information.

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CURF – Surfing Has Never Been So Easy

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What is Curf?

CURF is a specialty watersports company, based out of Germany. They are looking to develop next-gen jetboards through the integration of rapidly-developing electric motors.

Simply put, CURF has designed an electrically powered, self-propelled, surfboard with eye-popping specs.

What is the problem?

Watersports is a fascinating industry. Over the years, inventors have displayed incredible ingenuity through their creations. However, they have often been restricted by the technology of their time.

People enjoy power, speed, and convenience. These offerings are woefully scarce with personal water vehicles, unfortunately. The closest thing you will get to this is a sea-doo – not exactly cheap or convenient.

With the rise of electric motors over the past decade, has come a plethora of new applications that can benefit from it – smaller form factor, high power, efficiency, the list goes on. As a result, only now have electric motors developed to the point where their integration within a personal water based vehicle is feasible.

With new forms of technology at our disposal, who will be next in revolutionizing personal water sports?

How Will Curf Solve It?

CURF looks to bring excitement back to watersports. To achieve this they are capitalizing on the rise of new technology. The result is a self-propelled electric surfboard that looks like fantastic fun.

Just take a look at a few of the e-surfboards specifications:

Top Speed – 38mph / 61kmh

Acceleration – 0 to 30mph in 4.2sec

Usage time – 40 minutes

These boards use swappable batteries, so that there is never any downtime. When out of juice, simply swap in a fully charged battery, and get back on the water!

In addition, weighing in at only 60lbs, the e-surfboard looks to be a convenient way for anyone to enjoy water sports.

Team?

The team at Curf is small, but effective. Here are those leading the way behind the fun-loving company:

Thomas Grohnert – Cofounder / Management

Daniel Thamm – Technic and Development

Carsten Holtig – Cofounder / Product Management

Whats next?

These e-surfboards could be just the first step in a line of products. For instance, the electric motors, swappable batteries, and other technology put into them could easily be utilized in other form factors. A self-propelled kayak sounds like a fun time!

CURF is actively looking for investors. To fund the continued development of their product, the team will be utilizing NeuFund in early 2019. Through use of the NeuFund platform, CURF will hold an STO. In doing so, the team will be able to capitalize on a new means of fundraising as the digital securities market begins to boom. This STO will see investors receive equity within the company in return for their contributions.

To date, CURF has already received multiple seed investments, making the likelihood of a bright future even more probable – Dercks-Kohler is one such investor.

Commentary

“We are mastering the complex balance between motor, controller, propulsion and battery system. Therefore we are already shipping out boards. With the incredible innovation power of our team we will continue to stay ahead of the competition.” — Carsten Höltig, Co-founder CURF Technology GmbH

“I am fascinated by the acceleration and speed of CURF e-jetboards. Every ride is for me like a fountain of youth. You can leverage the CURF propulsion technology for other products such as e-canoes and e-tender boats. The founders have convinced me with their combination of long-standing product know-how and international management experience. “ — Frank Köhler, Family office Dercks-Köhler

 

To learn more about the safety measures, and e-surfboard ease of use, check out the CURF website HERE.

 

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