INDX is a blockchain FinTech, based in London, England. Founded in 2017, the team at INDX have developed a service which provides investors access to Proof-of-Stake yields form Masternodes, Staking and DPoS.
Above all, the goal of INDX is to provide qualified, self-accredited and limited numbers of non-accredited investors access to a passive income stream. As a result, sheltering participants from the volatility associated with the blockchain industry
The original idea behind INDX is to capitalize on new opportunities made possible through masternodes. A masternode is the underpinning of the increasingly popular proof-of-stake (POS) protocols, and similar hybrids. While proof-of-work (POW) continues to go out of style due to its perceived inefficiencies, POS becomes more attractive.
Proof-of-work protocols require miners to put in work, for the chance at being rewarded with tokens. This comes in the form of solving complex equations. In contrast, proof-of-stake protocol require users to ‘stake’ tokens as collateral. For protocols that utilize masternodes, if thresholds requiring a certain amount of tokens to be staked are met, the user may qualify for hosting a masternode.
The duties of a masternode go beyond simply staking tokens however. For instance, a masternode is responsible for verifying transactions, governing the network, all while hosting a complete copy of that project’s blockchain. The host of a masternode is in return, compensated with a steady return of the protocol’s native token.
Various companies within the industry utilize masternodes, with more popping up all the time. As previously stated, this is seen with companies utilizing POS or similar hybrids. Here are a few examples of companies that work in this way.
The Appeals of Passive Income
Passive streams are typically low-key, no-fuss, investments, which provide steady income streams. They require less management than active investments, and work towards bringing in income 24/7. They achieve this primarily through strategic diversification. Diversification plays an important role in any portfolio. It allows for investing risks to be mitigated through exposure to a variety of channels, when properly applied.
Actively trading cryptocurrencies can be highly lucrative. This however comes increased risk through exposure to the industry’s proven volatility. To shelter one’s self from these risks, many turn to passive streams of income.
While there are various schools of thought as to which is better (active vs passive), most agree that a successful portfolio will make use of both plans of action to some extent.
Capitalizing on the Opportunity
Now that we know what a masternode is, and the benefits of passive income streams, how will INDX take advantage of these opportunities?
INDX has created a fund, which will strategically invest in a variety of masternodes. Since creating a single masternode requires a significant amount of capital, and technical proficiency – meaning they are often out of reach for single investors – this a tricky endeavour. To raise the capital needed to host various masternodes, INDX is hosting a security token offering beginning July 1st, 2019.
This token generation event will see the company create, sell, and issue security tokens to accredited investors. These security tokens will provide holders with a proportionate share of dividends garnered from proceeds of the masternode investment fund.
To maximize revenue generated through the fund, INDX makes use of an advanced algorithm that routinely re-balances, and invests, in the best performing masternodes in the market.
In this scenario, not only do the protocols, themselves, benefit through network participation, and the increased security brought through masternodes, but the investors will benefit greatly as well. More specifically, this plan allows for accredited investors to gain access to rewards which are not only passive and steady, but typically out of reach due to the cost of hosting a masternode.
The Finer Points
INDX will be making 83.33% of their security tokens available through their STO. These tokens are SRC-20 based assets, which will be sold at $0.30 each, with an intent to raise up to $15,000,000.
Of the funds generated, 90% will be funneled into the masternode portfolio, while the remaining 10% will go towards a liquidity pool.
Of the revenue generated through hosting masternodes, 50% will be reinvested into the fund, while the remaining 50% will be split proportionately among token holders. These dividends will be paid out on a regular quarterly schedule, and can be received as BTC, ETH, or USDC, with future support coming for FIAT.
In addition to receiving dividends, the INDX tokens, themselves, are expected to rise in value, as the net-asset-value of the fund grows in time.
Based off of their ongoing trial portfolio, INDX has indicated that investors can expect within the neighbourhood of 44% annual returns.
As this event will see the distribution of security tokens, it is important to note that INDX is doing so in compliance with industry regulations. Consequently, only qualified, self-accredited or a limited number of non-accredited investors are eligible to take part in the STO at this time, as the event is proceeding under Regulation D.
Token holders should note that there are a variety of ways that security tokens can be structured. Those distributed by INDX do not represent equity share in the company; They simply represent the rights to a proportionate share of 50% of the revenue generated through the masternode investment fund.
Iconic Lab – Due Diligence
While INDX has generated support through multiple early investors, they have made the due diligence report from one of their main backers available for perusing. This would be Iconic Lab – a decentralized venture capital group.
A due diligence report is essentially an audit performed by a potential investor on a company. This audit overlooks aspects of the company, including, not only finances, but the overall mission and ‘gameplan’ for getting there.
INDX has a core team comprised of 5 individuals, with the team at large totaling 18. Here is a brief look at those holding ‘C’ level positions within the company.
The immediate future for INDX revolves around the completion of their STO. However, the months that follow this event are as busy as ever. Here is how the whole of 2019 breaks down for INDX.
Q2 – Pre-sale
Q3 – Token Sale (July 1st) Portfolio Funds Deployed
Q4 – Dividend Distribution Listing & Exchange
In Association With
Very few, if any, companies have hosted an STO on their own without the help of various specialists. There are simply no companies that possess all of the licensures and software necessary to do so.
To facilitate their own STO, INDX has turned to various industry specialists. For example, here are a few of their partners, and the roles that they will play in the process.
Swarm – Issuance platform
Coinbase Custody – Harbouring of funds
Lloyds of London – Insurance provider
INDX breaks down an investors options into three steps.
- An investor will purchase INDX tokens to gain access to the passive income derived from masternode revenue.
- Investors continue holding INDX as its inherent value rises along with the funds NAV.
- Holders can sell/trade their INDX tokens, gaining access to immediate liquidity.
Step 3 stands out as one of the main draws towards the nascent digital securities sector, is the promise of increased liquidity. Only trading of these tokens on secondary exchanges will provide this liquidity.
INDX recognizes this, and has already announced various alliances with exchanges that will support their token in the coming months.
- Open Finance Network – Integration confirmed
- London Block Exchange – signed ‘strategic alliance’, to host INDX Token upon LBX exchange launch
- Archax – intended future support
- Airswap – intended future support
- SharesPost – intended future support
Tokenization Headlines the World Economic Forum
This week, the World Economic Forum in Davos showcased its innovative side with the From Token Assets to a Token Economy forum. Here, world influencers heard from several blockchain industry leaders. These experts explained in detail how the tokenization of real-world assets has the potential to revolutionize entire markets.
Speaking on the importance of security tokens, Neha Narula, director of the digital currency initiative at MIT explained why token ownership differs from a traditional bank held asset. Importantly, she also touched on how blockchain technology improves overall market integrity through transparency.
Streamline Business Systems – World Economic Forum
During the forum, Narula described how smart contracts can streamline many of the world’s industries and business systems. She explained that smart contracts are a “programmable layer” that enables developers to create “really interesting applications“. In closing, she spoke on the roadblocks to large scale adoption.
Specifically, Narula listed a lack of consumer protections as one of the main factors slowing adoption. Like many other market analysts, she believes that a strong regulatory framework needs to be in place in order for the market to thrive. Notably, Narula sees regulations such as companies providing full disclosure about their firm and exactly what their token represents as the first steps in the right direction.
From Token Assets to a Token Economy – World Economic Forum
Jeremy Allaire, chief executive officer of crypto fintech company Circle, also spoke on the nuances associated with the issuance of security tokens that are fully collateralized. Importantly, he discussed how tokenization can create entirely new markets. These new market opportunities, combined with a global reach, have the potential to spur a wave of new investments. In turn, those funds would provide a new stream of capital for global businesses and markets.
Allaire spoke on the many reasons why it was paramount to create capital markets that are both open and allow global participation. Primarily, these new global markets could be far more inclusive than the traditional ones. For example, Allaire described how the current market structure is too limited. He pointed to the fact that there are only thousands of companies out of millions that participate as proof of the importance of a new approach.
World Economic Forum
The World Economic Forum is a multi-national organization that holds yearly meetings to discuss the most pressing issues facing the world. These events see attendance from some of the most powerful and influential people in the world. In this manner, the forum engages the world’s top leaders in regards to the global, regional and industry agendas at hand.
This year marks the 50th Anniversary of the World Economic Forum. The event was held in Davos, Switzerland. This year’s forum features around 3,000 participants from around the world. Topics ranged from the global economy, climate change, geopolitics, and world health.
Tokenization is Official
The fact that the World Economic Forum featured a session on tokenization and blockchain technology, in general, is a huge nod of approval for the market moving forward. You should expect to see the pace of adoption improve significantly as these influencers return to their homes with this bevy of new information.
A Look at the Silicon Valley Coin
The San Francisco-based venture capital firm, Andra Capital raised eyebrows across the market after announcing plans to host its Silicon Valley Coin (SVC) STO in the coming weeks. The funds raised via the STO will go towards the expansion of the company’s Open-Ended Technology Fund. The news demonstrates further security token usage in the US market, as well as, a desire to leverage blockchain technology to improve crowdfunding strategies.
The news officially broke on Jan. 22, 2020 via a company press release. In the release, Andra Capital described the purpose and concept of the Silicon Valley Coin. The firm cited the ability to provide investors higher returns and lower risks over a shorter investment period as one of the main focuses of the project.
Open-Ended Technology Fund
The Open-Ended Technology Fund is unique in many aspects. For one, the fund specifically targets companies in their hyper-growth phase. In this way, fund managers are able to combine a late-stage investment strategy with a perpetual VC structure that incorporates tradeable interests leveraged by the latest technology.
Additionally, Andra Capital incorporated world-class service providers into the equation as a way to ensure the success of their project. For example, Andra Capital decided to partner with the Tezos Foundation to make the concept a reality. As such, Andra Capital decided to utilize the Tezos Blockchain for the project.
Tezos was a smart fit for the project because the firm provides Andra Capital access to global investors. Additionally, Tezos utilizes institutional-grade security features. Features such as formal verification streamline the entire investor onboarding process.
Notably, Tezos utilizes a Proof-of-Stake (PoS) consensus algorithm to secure its blockchain. This style of consensus is far more energy-efficient than traditional Proof-of-Work systems such as the one utilized by Bitcoin. Importantly, Tezos supports secure smart contracts and features a unique live upgrade process. This ability to do live upgrades is ideal for long-term, high-value applications.
For their part, TokenSoft will provide access to its proprietary tokenization technology. These tasks will include the integration of KYC and AML smart contract protocols. These compliance mechanisms help qualify retail investors. Also, TokenSoft will both issue SVC and host the SVC STO.
Speaking on the new partnerships, Sam Raman, Head of Strategic Partnerships at Andra Capital called his partners “best-in-class providers.” He touched on their past successes and how each firm can provide their unique expertise in digital securities to better the overall project.
Silicon Valley Coin (SVC)
The Silicon Valley Coin (SVC) is a regulatory compliant, asset-backed, and tradeable security token. Each token represents a unit of interest in the Andra Capital Open-Ended Fund. Investors receive dividends equal to the percentage of tokens they hold in the fund. SVC tokens cannot be traded or transferred without first meeting KYC and AML restrictions.
Silicon Valley Coin (SVC) – A New Token in the Field
Andra Capital definitely did their homework prior to the launch of this project. The firm managed to partner with some of the biggest names in the industry to bring their concept to life. It will be interesting to watch this STO launch considering the amount of positioning each partner holds in the market. For now, the security token sector just got a new VC fund.
3 More Executives Leave SDX Due to Discrepencies
The blockchain-based digital asset trading venue SDX continues to have a rough start to the new year. This week, another high-level executive announced their departure from the firm. The news brings the number of executives who left the company in January 2020 up to three. The news demonstrates a realignment and shuffling of SDX’s business plan. Also, it showcases the growing pains associated with these changes
According to company documentation, all of these executives departed from their full-time positions in January. The three individuals to leave are Alex Zinder, an architecture lead at SDX, Ivo Sauter, SDX’s head of clients and products, and Sven Roth, the firm’s chief digital officer. The later of the trio agreed to stay on as an external advisor to SDX.
In a recent interview, Sauter explained the motivation behind his decision to leave. He touched on a number of critical changes made throughout the firm. These changes included a shift from the platform’s original vision. He explained that at first, the platform was to utilize the banking sector as a bridge into the rest of the market.
However, this strategy quickly changed as SDX began to tailor its platform specifically, and solely for use by banks. Sauter described how these changes effected moral and fueled the growing dis-alignment between executives and owners. He explained that originally, the platform was to be much more inclusive. For example, SDX was to enable startups to provide services around its features.
Sauter also took a moment to touch on the negative effects this corporate culture had on the project. He explained that, in his opinion, a bit more separation needed to occur between SDX and its mother company, the Swiss stock exchange operator SIX Group. Apparently, these feelings of discourse only grew as the mother company took more and more influence on SDX’s day to day operations.
Additionally, Sauter explained how the big-company approach also inhibited the company’s ability to save. Large corporations require much more reporting. In turn, this reporting raises operating costs. Additionally, smaller firms have more liberty in terms of flexibility and risk management. In the end, the corporate approach made many of the executives feel as if they had been stifled.
Despite the discrepancies, Sauter stated that he had left on good terms. He went as far as to claim that he was at a point in his career that he had no desire to have his contract renewed. Consequently, SDX chose to not offer a renewal.
Challenges in the Market
As with any major corporate reshuffle, there are going to be individuals that no longer fall in line with the platform’s overall goals. Discussing these challenges, a SIX spokesman touched on the changes and what they mean to the project. They explained that whenever you have a concept built from scratch, there are going to be many ups-and-downs associated with the development. In the end, the firm acknowledged that these changes have begun to add up with the spokesperson stating that the firm has “spent quite a few Swiss francs” on the ordeal.
SDX Moving Forward
From the tone of SDX’s past employees, the company is undergoing some heavy internal changes. As such, there is no way to determine exactly how these personnel changes will affect the overall strategy the company has chosen to follow. One thing is for sure, SDX appears to have made a priority shift towards servicing the banking sector exclusively with its new platform.