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Blockchain Capital – A Pioneer in Blockchain VC

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Who is Blockchain Capital?

Blockchain Capital is the next generation of Venture Capitalism.  Founded in 2013, they have gone on to invest and facilitate growth in a significant number of companies.  Their focus is on blockchain related start-ups in every stage of growth.  They are trailblazers that have embraced regulatory standards and structured themselves with them in mind.  Below are but a few of their current investments – A full list can be found HERE.

AbraBitFury
BitGoCivic
CoinbaseHarbor
ParadexOx

In May, Cofounder Bart Stephens spoke with CoinDesk regarding their preferred investments.  He stated, “You’re going to see us continue to invest globally in the leading crypto companies, but also kind of the next generation of entrepreneurs and sectors outside of financial services. We’ve made investments in healthcare companies, in logistics companies, in identity management. To date we’ve seen a lot of focus on financial services and we really see that broadening.”

What is the problem?

Traditional means of financing can be a cumbersome process.  Although there is money to be made, funds are typically inaccessible for a long duration of time, meaning they are illiquid.  During this time interests change, markets change, and new opportunities arise.  For those that anticipate this, investing funds into an illiquid market may bring pause.

A second issue is the accessibility.  Traditionally, individual investors are not able to easily benefit from venture capitalism.

What is their solution?

To address the problem of illiquidity, Blockchain Capital has turned to a new investment vehicle – Tokenized Securities.  This new means of investment solves the issue of both illiquidity, and accessibility at the same time.

The team at Blockchain Capital was one of the first VC firms to tackle the idea of a tokenized security.  Dating back to early 2017, they were already hosting a STO.  At the time, the company face, Brock Pierce noted, “Our view is: let’s just face regulation head on, and see if this can be done compliantly. Once we’ve done this, everyone is going to copy the roadmap we’ve created.”

During the STO Blockchain Capital released their BCAP tokens.  A single token represents a share in the Blockchain Capital VC fund, meaning that as the value of the fund increases through investments in various entities, so does the value of the token.  As stated before, by tokenizing, a new level of liquidity is realized, as these tokens can be sold at any time.  Selling or transference of the tokens is also met with minimal fees, and is a seamless process.

The Team

The minds behind Blockchain Capital were very forward thinking.  Only now, in late 2018, is the industry really beginning to support tokenized securities.  For a long while, many companies were focused on circumventing regulations and the issuance of utility tokens.  By planning two steps ahead, the following individuals are only a few individuals that have ensure a bright future for Blockchain Capital.

  1. Bart Stephens – Cofounder
  2. Bradford Stephens – Cofounder
  3. Spencer Bogart – Partner

STO and Fundraising

Taking place in mid-2017, Blockchain Capital held an STO.  The sale was brief, with a goal of $10 million being raised in 6 hours.

In more recent months, the company completed a 4th round of fundraising.  This round saw them raise funds to the tune of $125 million.  At the time of completion this meant over $250 million was under the management of Blockchain Capital.

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

 

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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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TheArtToken – Preserving Wealth on the Blockchain – With ART

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What is ‘TheArtToken’

TheArtToken is a digital security, brought to investors by FineArtDigital. These security tokens are known as ‘TAT’ – with each token representative of a fractionalized share in a piece of art.

Investors can expect stable growth through joint ownership of a professionally curated art collection, by artists such as Vivian Maier.

To fund the expansion of the collection, and the gain the much coveted liquidity that investors strive for, TAT is holding its own Security Token Offering. This offering is being hosted through the marketplace, Swarm.

What is the problem?

Art suffers from a lack of liquidity – the number one reason many are excited about digital securities. While art may represent one of the most valuable and stable asset classes in the world, it is essentially trapped wealth.

Furthermore, the cryptocurrency industry is rife with volatility. Investments can ‘tank’ or ‘skyrocket’ at a moment’s notice.

How can each of these issues be solved?

How will TheArtToken Solve it?

FineArtDigital has recognized each of the aforementioned issues, and has set out to remedy them. With the rise of digital securities, they now have the ability to do so.

With a pre-existing professionally curated $4.1million collection of art, FineArtDigital will distribute fractionalized shares, known as ‘TAT’, representing ownership of the works.

In doing so, TAT offers those investors who are interested in blockchain, the ability to capitalize on a stable asset that was once nearly illiquid. In one fell swoop, both liquidity and volatility can be remedied through TheArtToken.

This stable asset will be comprised specifically of ‘Post war’ and ‘Contemporary’ Art. This subject matter was chosen due to their average growth of over 10% per annum, for over 50 years.

For continued growth of the project, sales of TAT will be utilized to purchase further works of art. As a result, holders of TAT will see their respective shares increase in value. This increase is seen both through the natural appreciation of current works in the collection, and its continued growth.

TheArtToken has broken down the process into a few simple steps. They are found on the TAT website, as follows:

  1. KYC & AML approved investors buy TAT.
  2. Funds are changed into TAT on a 1:1 ratio. Art is then insured, and stored in a government secured warehouse.
  3. Upon insurance and storing, TAT are now officially backed by art.
  4. Holders of TAT can now profit through the natural appreciation of the art, in addition to growth in the collection as a whole
  5. TAT tokens can be traded at any time via secondary exchanges, bringing unprecedented liquidity.

Team?

Those behind TheArtToken are a diverse, small team, with key advisors. Below are a few of the individuals leading the way.

Oliver Roehl – Strategy & Purchase

Sey Poellmann – Business Operations

Levent Suer – Markets & Trading

This team has been able to develop partnerships with a plethora of strategic companies, ranging from the Swiss Crypto Exchange, to Christie’s, and Sotheby’s.

Whats next?

TheArtToken has already received almost $10 million in investments. With a soft cap of $16 million, they are well on their way to completing a successful STO.

Beyond their STO, the team at TAT anticipates their tokens to be listed on secondary exchanges in early 2019.

Make sure to check our token listings page for more details on TheArtToken and their security token offering.

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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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